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KZN establishes team to investigate alleged death threats to AG’s staff

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The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Cooperative Governance has established a team to investigate the alleged death threats directed to the Auditor General’s staff auditing eThekwini Metro’s books.  Earlier, eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede briefed the media and expressed her concerns following the incident.

MEC for Cooperative Governance in the province Dube Ncube says they are concerned about reports that auditing staff, which have been auditing books from eThekwini Metro, have received death threats.

It alleged that the audit staff received these threats after they requested certain documents from both Supply Chain Management and the city’s Integrity and Investigations which are crucial in their audit work.

MEC Dube Ncube says they will also involve police to investigate the death threats. “We are already sending a team to do an investigation at the eThekwini municipality and are in touch with all relevant people as to what lead to the situation of those threats. As a department we feel that it will be totally unacceptable. So we take this on a very serious note and we want to make sure that if needs be the police are also coming in so as to assist us should there be any investigation that leads to any threat that would have been given or said,  we will ensure that police intervene in that regard.”

Gumede and City Manager, Sipho Nzuza expressed concern about these threats. Gumede, who was abroad, had to cut short her trip when these reports surfaced.  According to the Mayor the municipality will together with law enforcement agencies provide security to the AG’s staff when they come back to do their work.

“We are in communication with the AG’s office and we will not leave this situation unattended, this issue must be dealt with and we must ensure that it does not repeat itself. We are fully committed to clean governance.”

City Manager Sipho Nzuza says the Auditor General’s staff was not necessarily auditing municipal accounting records, but was testing municipal controls on supply chain management. Meanwhile, the MEC for Cooperative Governance will on Monday meet with the KwaZulu-Natal Head of the Auditor General’s office.

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Ramaphosa authorizes SIU investigation into several municipalities

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has authorized the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) to investigate serious irregularities in several municipalities and government departments.

The national Department of Public Works‚ the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport and the two Eastern Cape metro municipalities – Nelson Mandela Bay and Buffalo City – are among those under investigation.

Ramaphosa signed the broad range of proclamations in Pretoria.

The SIU will among others investigate the procurement of goods and or services in a manner that was not fair, competitive, transparent, equitable or cost-effective contrary to the applicable legal framework.

Nelson Mandela Bay mayor, Athol Trollip has welcomed the announcement of a series of investigations by the Special Investigative Unit into municipalities including the Nelson Mandela Metro.

Trollip says R8.8 billion of irregular expenditure, as noted by the Auditor General this week, must be the focus of the investigation.

He says it was spent by previous administrations who failed to preserve relevant documentation.

Trollip says the SIU must carry out its mandate and support the coalition government to clean up years of maladministration.

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King Zwelithini urges males to undergo circumcision

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Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has reiterated his call for all males to undergo medical male circumcision. He was addressing hundreds of people gathered at MaMaqadini in Inanda north of Durban during the launch of the millionth man to be circumcised in KwaZulu-Natal.

Television actor Melusi Yeni became the millionth man. The procedure was performed by Health MEC Sbonginseni Dhlomo  at the Sivananda Clinic in the Ohlange area north of Durban.

King Zwelithini started a campaign with the aim that all men in the province should be circumcised to help prevent HIV transmission.

41-year old Malusi Yeni has become an ambassador for the campaign, and is planning to visit various communities. “We are here in Inanda, it is a proud moment for myself to be the one millionth man. The initiative is to say to men let’s get into the clinic, hospitals and circumcise. It’s for our health benefit, 60 percent chance of getting STIs reduced and all other diseases , lets chase this two million,  together we can.”

KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Sbongiseni Dhlomo, who performed the surgery on Yeni, says all men should be circumcised even those who are HIV positive. Dhlomo says the campaign is targeting males between the ages of 13 and 75, which research has shown to be sexually active.

“What we are excited about is that he is number 1 million to be circumcised and there are no deaths in this province since the circumcision started. His task as a celebrity is that he must go out there and motivate other million people to circumcise. It’s not just a practice of circumcision that is an issue but it’s the consequences and the benefit.”

In 2009 Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini made an appeal for all males to get circumcised. Zwelithini has thanked traditional leaders for ensuring they encourage people to circumcise.

“As the Zulu-King I would like to thank Amakhosi who have taken this campaign to their areas. Let’s not stop but get more males to be circumcised. People should listen to the advices given by the adults, the traditional leaders and medical practitioners to live long. Let’s continue with this campaign.”

According to medical research circumcision reduces chances of contracting sexually transmitted diseases by up to sixty percent.

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Police Commissioner takes crime head on in Cape Flats

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National Police Commissioner  General Kehla Sitole on Friday officially launched an operation to combat gang violence in the Western Cape, at a community meeting in Lavender Hill, on the Cape Flats.

Operation Thunder will see 269 police members from specialised units being deployed to hotspots which have been identified in the province.

Sitole says the aim of Operation Thunder is to stabilise gang ridden areas in the Western Cape where crime is rife. He says they will also be migrating more resources from across South Africa, to the Western Cape, to improve policing in the province.

” There’s quite a lot of resources that will be coming from National Headquarters, Provincial Headquarters, we are pushing them down to police stations so that we make optimal use of the resources and we take the resources where the crime is. So some of these police stations here, they will benefit out of that process which will include even the upgrading of some of the police stations,” says Sitole.

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Lesbian film ban ‘ridiculous’ says Kenya Film Commission

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The head of Kenya’s film commission has slammed a decision to impose a domestic ban a Kenya-made film about lesbian love that received a standing ovation at this month’s Cannes festival. “Rafiki”, based on an award-winning short story, tells the tale of two young women who fall in love and was slapped with a ban
Source: The New Age

NGOs demand the release of 26 activists in Niger

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Ten international NGOs including Amnesty International and Oxfam called Friday for the release of 26 civil society activists detained since March after a banned demonstration in Niamey. A joint statement published on Oxfam’s website called on “the authorities in Niger to ease the situation by releasing the detainees and bring an end to the prosecutions”. Adama
Source: The New Age

DRC priest ‘infected with Ebola’ as death toll revised down

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A Catholic priest has been quarantined in the Democratic Republic of Congo after being infected with Ebola as health officials on Friday revised down the number of deaths to 22. “We have quarantined a priest from the diocese of Mbandaka-Bikoro who tested positive” for the Ebola virus, a medical source told AFP on Thursday, on
Source: The New Age

Higher education centre manager to appear in court for corruption

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A 56-year-old Department of Higher Education Centre Manager was on Thursday served with a summons to appear at the Modimolle Regional Court on the June 7 for alleged corruption. This comes after the suspect allegedly claimed to be a recruitment officer and fraudulently took R2500 from a job seeker in exchange for a job which
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Task team to review size and shape of government established

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has on Friday confirmed that a technical task team charged with reviewing the size of the cabinet has been formed and is reviewing the configuration of the national government. Ramaphosa confirmed in a written response to a question posed by Democratic Alliance MP, David Maynier that the task team comprising of officials
Source: The New Age

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