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Calls for ANCYL’s Collen Maine to step down

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African National Congress Youth League Deputy Secretary General Thandi Moraka has called on the league’s president Collen Maine to resign “urgently”.

In scathing attacks on Maine at a memorial service for late stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Moraka labelled Maine a sell-out, saying he is undeserving of being Youth League president.

She accused Maine of apologising to Ramaphosa to serve his own interest and not representing the league’s stance on the ANC presidency.

Youth League decided to support Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to succeed former President Jacob Zuma at the elective conference last December.

Moraka’s attacks come just days after a video surfaced of Maine telling mourners at another memorial of Madikizela-Mandela that he was introduced to the Guptas by North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo.

 

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Prime discussion: Busloads of Zuma supporters converge in KZN

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Political parties react to Zuma’s court appearance

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Former president Jacob Zuma says the charges against him are a continuation of what he calls a political conspiracy against him. He was addressing his supporters outside the High Court in Durban after his brief appearance on Friday.

Zuma’s case will be heard on June 8th. This after both the prosecution and the defence teams requested more time in order to allow Zuma’s legal team to bring a review application against the NPA’s decision to reinstate the charges against him. Zuma’s legal team will lodge the application on May the 15th.

Zuma is facing 16 counts of fraud, money laundering and racketeering related to the multi-billion-rand arms deal.

DA leader, Mmusi Maimane, says it will be in the best interest of all South Africans for  Zuma to personally pay for his legal fees.

Maimane says the DA will continue to keep a close eye on the court proceedings to ensure that justice is served.

“First of all I think it was significant that he came to court and set on the dock, telling the people of South Africa that anybody is held accountable. Secondly we hope as we have said that the NPA will prioritise this case so that we resolve the matter. Thirdly we’ve gone to court to fight that Mr Zuma fees should not be payed by the people of South Africa…he must pay them in his personal costs. He can’t appear in curt on the money of the people, ” he said.

UDM leader, Bantu Holomisa has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to clarify whether any taxpayers cash was used by the KwaZulu-Natal government when it came out in support of former president Jacob Zuma at court in Durban.

Holomisa has expressed concern over the support received by the former president  from the KwaZulu Natal provincial government.

KZN Premier Willis Mchunu, MEC’s Sihle Zikalala, Weziwe Thusi,  and Mthandeni Dlungwana as well as Ethekwini Executive Mayor Zandile Gumede were amongst officials who attended the court appearance.

Holomisa wants an official investigation into whether KwaZulu-Natal is a federal state.

“But of concerned to me is the appearance of the premier and entire cabinet to this case and one wonders how much did KwaZulu-Natal government pay to bus those people who were in attendance – clearly Cyril Ramaphosa the president of the republic needs to clarify exactly as to whether KZN is a federal state or what.”

The PAC says Zuma’s court appearance signals a new  page for the country. Secretary General, Bennet Joko says Zuma must use this opportunity to prove his innocence as he always said he wants his day in court. He says South Africans must not be fooled by the support he is receiving in and around KwaZulu-Natal – because the law will make its own  findings on the case which might just see the former president being found guilty.

The PAC’s Bennet Joko  says they have not forgotten about the multi-billion Rand arms deal saga.

“The PAC hopes that Mr Zuma will embrace the opportunity given to him and state his case in the court of law. And that the courts will also pronounce that this arms deal was a misplaced priority. Where African people are landless, ravaged by porverty – and the priority was given to buy arms – where there seems to be no security threat in the country. ”

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Zuma’s continued stay in office angers SACP, Cosatu

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Alliance partners of the African National Congress (ANC), the South African Communist Party (SACP) and Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) have used the Nelson Mandela centennial celebrations in Cape Town to vent their unhappiness about president Jacob Zuma’s continued stay in office.

Cosatu’s second Deputy president Zingiswa Losi says the labour federation has long pronounced on Zuma.

“We want the ANC that is going to put the issue of jobs at the center of their own mandate… We also want the leadership of the ANC to fight corruption without fear or favour. Cosatu is also saying amongst the issues that the leadership must further deal with is the issue of Cosatu on the recall of president Zuma.”

SACP provincial secretary Benson Ngqentsu says the President of the country is entangled in numerous allegations of corruption.

“We are saying this centenary must represent nothing but the reclaiming of the city of Cape Town and the legislature. It must represent the organisational renewal of the ANC… and we are saying for as long as the ANC continues to keep corrupt people within its ranks, the whole question of renewal remains meaningless. The SACP wants to register its message, to say the longer you keep President Zuma, the worse for our people, and the worse for our revolution.”

 

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Still no word on President Zuma’s fate

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The African National Congress (ANC) is still mum on the details of the talks on the fate of President Jacob Zuma.

This as opposition parties prepare to force the Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete to reschedule the debate of the motion of no confidence in Zuma as early as next week.

ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa has spent the week holding talks with the embattled Zuma to discuss issues relating to his imminent departure from high office.

Following the postponement of the State of the Nation Address (Sona), Zuma has had his public engagements reduced as the nation anxiously awaits a decision on his future.

It’s been one of the most toughest week for the ANC top leadership, as tension over the future President Zuma as Head of State heightened.

On Thursday, Ramaphosa addressed the ANC parliamentary caucus for the first time this year, amid growing anxiety over plans by opposition parties to stage a major government shutdown in protest against President Zuma’s continued stay in office.

Faced with mounting pressure to expedite Zuma’s recall, Ramaphosa was forced to issue a statement earlier in the week to assure South Africans that talks regarding the fate of the country’s President were on course.

Both Ramaphosa and ANC national chairperson Gwede Mantashe had to cancel their participation in the planned weekend ANC mass mobilisation campaigns in the Cape, to concentrate on discussions to secure Zuma’s dignified exit.

The postponement of the Ubuntu Awards due to be addressed by President Zuma, fuelled more speculations that the fate of the President might be sealed this weekend.

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ANC leadership meets President Zuma

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African National Congress (ANC) top officials are due to meet with President Jacob Zuma on Sunday evening, presumably to discuss his departure from office, and to determine whether he will deliver the State of the Nation Address on Thursday.

The meeting is scheduled to take place at the President’s official residence in Pretoria. It’s understood that ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa won’t be part of the meeting.

Instead the ANC delegation will be led by the party’s Deputy President, David Mabuza.

The National Executive and Working Committees had resolved last month that the top 6 officials handle the process of transition.

There’s been mounting pressure from within and outside the party for President Zuma to step down as head of state.

It’s believed if he stays on – he will hamper the party’s electioneering for 2019.

The much anticipated meeting is expected to discuss how exactly the transition should take place.

The sit down with the President follows the Top 6 programme to honor chiefs, Kings and Queens and religious leaders. Ramaphosa, Jessie Duarte, Ace Magashule and David Mabuza visited traditional leaders in Limpopo this weekend.

Chairperson Gwede Mantashe visited the St John’s Apostolic Church in Katlehong. – Additional reporting by Noma Bolani and Aldrin Sampear

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Prime discussion: NPA & Shaun Abrahams challenge high court ruling

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Dark cloud of impeachment

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AS PARLIAMENT prepares for Jacob Zuma delivering what is looming to be his last state of the nation address (Sona), a subcommittee is finishing a set of rules that will govern procedures to be followed for the removal of a president. This process is hanging like a dark cloud over Thursday, February 8, when Zuma
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Rand weaker ahead of rates decision

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The rand continued to trade sideways on Tuesday, inching weaker against the dollar with investors looking to hold positions ahead of a local interest rate decision later this week.

At 06:30 GMT the rand was 0.14% weaker at 12.3175 per dollar compared to a close of 12.3000 overnight in New York.

The currency initially saw some gains in offshore trade, reaching 12.2850, its firmest since January 4, with inflows driven by higher gold prices and mounting speculation that President Jacob Zuma would soon be forced out of office.

But with little clarity on Zuma’s future and U.S. manufacturing data due in the session investors looked to consolidate recent gains and get ahead of a dollar rebound.

Technical analysis suggests the rand could break in either direction in coming weeks, with support at 12.50 and resistance around 12.20, the latter a major target for bullish bets of a rally below the 12.00 mark. The Reserve Bank is expected to keep interest rates unchanged on Thursday, with seventeen of the twenty economists polled by Reuters last week expecting the bank will leave rates at 6.75%.

Bonds were flat, with the yield on the benchmark paper due in 2026 at 8.51%.

Stocks were set to open higher at 07:00 GMT, with the futures index of benchmark Top-40 up 0.25%.

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Universities insist they were not consulted on free education

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Universities and government have once again clashed, with vice chancellors insisting that they were not consulted about the implementation of President Jacob Zuma’s free higher education plan.

Zuma announced the plan at the African National Congress national elective conference last month.

Meanwhile, Morris Masuthu, the man who is believed to be the mastermind behind the plan, says free higher education is feasible in South Africa.

“It’s long overdue, it’s an issue of life and death. We have a bulk of youth unemployable, the only pre-condition to any form of progress is skilling those young people for them to become economically active so that you have some degree of economy moving forward. The feasibility of higher education in itself has been interpreted through narrow budget interpretations, it must be looked at as a real investment and not a cost,” says Masuthu.

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