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KZN premier lambastes racial attack on Indians

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Willies Mchunu

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu has condemned the racial comment making rounds on Facebook, in which the user is inciting violence against the Indian community.

In his comment, the user says Indians should go back to India, or suffer the consequences – making inferences to the recent death of a young girl in a botched hijacking in Chatsworth, south of Durban.

The subsequent outbursts on Facebook have created much racial tensions, to which a local businessman has laid charges.

Mchunu says he will be instructing a team to investigate, so that the user responsible will be charged accordingly.

“Why they are made a soft target I do not know. No Indians who are living in KZN or SA legally can be evicted by a single SMS. We plead with every member of society, ‘let us not bow down to this racial hatred that is displayed by some people. Let us not target the Indian community and make them a soft target for these attacks.’”

Chairperson of the Grey Street Mosque, Ahmed Valley Mohammed, says the Indian community is tired of being the soft target, when it comes to crime. He says he believes prayer is greatly needed in South Africa.

“I cannot justify if this is a trouble or criminal element, but it is on social media, and a message of this nature can turn a wrong signal and message. It will be difficult for our people who are going through a traumatic time of being hijacked, assaulted and robbed… I will pray, because it’s not only a threat, but a racist allegation and something must be done.”

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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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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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Prime discussion: Busloads of Zuma supporters converge in KZN

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ANC ban on party regalia backfires as hundreds appear in ‘personal capacity’

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The ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) decision to ban its party colours and regalia from the corruption trial of President Jacob Zuma has on Friday completely backfired. Despite an instruction issued last month by party Secretary General Ace Magashule against “displaying the ANC’s paraphernalia” hundreds of Zuma supporters turned up in their ANC gear outside
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Man to appear in court for killing 107-year-old woman

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A 36-year-old man is due to appear in the Howick Magistrate’s Court in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands on charges of murder, rape and house-breaking on Friday morning.

He was arrested last week in connection with the murder of a 107-year-old woman at Mpophomeni outside Pietermaritzburg.

The elderly woman was attacked in her bedroom. When her grandchildren went to investigate, they found the suspect trying to flee and handed him over to police.

He was out on parole in two other rape cases.

He has abandoned his bail application, for safety reasons.

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Arrest of Mabuyakhulu not politically-motivated: Hawks

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Hawks spokesperson Simphiwe Mhlongo has denied suggestions that the timing of the investigation and arrest of for KwaZulu-Natal MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu are politically-motivated.

Mabuyakhulu was arrested earlier this week on charges of corruption linked to a R28 million tender to hold the North Sea Jazz Festival in Durban in 2012.

Mhlongo says the provincial government referred the case to them after alleged irregularities were noticed in the tender.

“The issue of political association is not the thing that the Hawks are taking into consideration when they are investigating. Remember the Hawks mandate is to investigate serious corruption, serious organised crime, serious commercial crime without any fear or favour of who the suspects are,” explains Mhlongo.

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Nafupa partners with Dove to develop small business in the funeral industry

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Nafupa is seeking to develop small business in the funeral industry.

The National Funeral Practitioners Association of South Africa (Nafupa) has partnered with Funeral Cover Company Doves to develop small business in the funeral industry.

The two groups have been at loggerheads in the recent past, after Nafupa made a controversial call to prevent White and Indian undertakers from working in the country’s townships.

Doves alleged that it received threats and intimidation from Nafupa members, and later obtained a court order from the Durban High Court preventing Nafupa members from hampering their efforts to conduct business in the townships.

Nafupa’s Nkosentsha Shezi says their partnership with Doves is a milestone reached.

“We agreed that Doves is going to assist Nafupa SA to secure an insurance license on its own, and also the system that is used to capture policies to go with the license. We have made some agreements in terms of infrastructure throughout the country, wherever Nafupa SA members, have infrastructure – that infrastructure can be outsourced to Doves and Doves can also outsource some infrastructure to Nafupa SA members – which brings into a good cordial working relationship… so that whenever we have infrastructure we can bring in revenue on both sides.”

Meanwhile, Doves CEO Minky Ngcobo says their new partnership with Nafupa will bring new opportunities.

“We’ve also agreed to assist Nafupa SA as well as all undertakers in SA, as Doves, because we’re also black owned. Doves has been in a existence for more than 150 years… on how to conduct funeral services,  as well as difficult skills that are not normally offered through in our universities – that is embalming, beautification. The sale skills on how to get insurance clients, and various other funeral related skills.”

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DUT staff, Vice Chancellor at loggerheads

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Employees at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) in Durban say they have lost confidence in Vice Chancellor Professor Thandwa Mthembu after he failed to engage with them three days into their protected strike.

Members of three unions, National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu), National Tertiary Education Union (Nteu) and Tertiary Education National Union of South Africa (Tenusa) are demanding a 10% increase to their salaries.

The strike coincides with similar protest action at Unisa where students protested in solidarity with employees who downed tools are demanding a 12% increase. Both employers have offered only 4%.

Speaking on behalf of the three unions, Nehawu’s Milton Estrice says, “There’s been no talks with management, Rome is burning and they are writing love letters; but one thing is clear staff will not stop this strike until there is engagement and an amicable solution found.

“So on Wednesday we marched to let the Vice Chancellor know that he cannot turn a blind eye to what is happening and we have given him a memorandum indicating that staff has taken a vote of no confidence in him because he has failed to engage the union for the past three days.”

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Five accused of murdering SACP member Blose plead not guilty

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The murder trial of Inchanga South African Communist Party (SACP) member Nonsikelelo Blose got underway in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

Five men have been charged with her 2016 murder.

They’ve also been charged with the attempted murder of a Young Communist League (YCL) member who was present at the scene.

Bonginkosi Hlengwa, Sthembiso Mnguni, Lindokuhle Basi, Khehla Shozi and Lungisani Lungu Shozi have pleaded not guilty to both counts.

About two weeks after the 2016 Local Government Elections it’s alleged Nonsikelelo Blose went to a local tavern in Fredville to buy braaied meat, to celebrate the results.

She was shot there and died shortly afterwards.

The five men that have been charged with her murder are also charged with the attempted murder of Wandile Nxumalo, who was also at the scene.

He is the son of former eThekwini mayor James Nxumalo.

According to Blose’s daughters’ emotional testimony, one of the accused fired two shots hitting her mother. She alleges that his friends then pulled him away and fled the scene.

According to the charge sheet, it’s alleged that the murder was planned or premeditated and was committed by a group of people with a common purpose.

In a statement the suspects admitted being at the tavern, but say they were there, merely drinking liquor, enjoying each others company and singing.

They also denied being in possession of firearms.

The trial is set down for four days.

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