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KZN to host ANC January 8 Statement: Ramaphosa

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Ramaphosa and others on a walk

The ANC’s January 8 Statement rally will be held in KwaZulu-Natal. The party will also on the same day unveil its election manifesto.

President Cyril Ramaphosa told this to party volunteers who braved inclement weather conditions and walked with him at Esikhaleni Township outside Empangeni on the north coast.

He will also hand over 4 586 hectares of land to the community of KwaMkhwanazi.

The community was disposed of their land before the Native Land Act of 1913.

Ramaphosa thanked the community for being prepared to host the ANC January 8 rally.

He says: “That is going to be the biggest rally where we will be presenting the manifesto. There is no great honour in the ANC for a province to be given that responsibility of not only hosting the January 8 rally but to be hosting the January 8th where we will launch the manifesto.”

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Anticipation brews ahead of Durban July

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Preparations are in place for this year’s Vodacom Durban July.

More than 50 000 people are expected at Greyville Racecourse to witness South Africa’s best thoroughbreds race to the finish off the R3-million event.

Glitz and glamour will be the order of the day, but betting and festivities will not be limited to the racecourse.

Entertainment outlets in the region are gearing up to entertain fun lovers.

Residents of townships around Durban such as Umlazi and Umgababa on the south coast say they are ready to spoil the local visitors and holiday makers.

Owner of a venue near the Old uMgababa Sunlight Beach, Mondli Mtsho Makhathini, says they are looking forward to the weekend.

“Umgababa will host a showstopper event from Friday up until Sunday, where we will be wrapping up the July fun. The Coastal Lounge just opened its doors last month, and the fun is endless. KZN holiday makers who will be returning from the Durban Vodacom July have nowhere but the Coastal Lounge to go. We boast with a sea view and fun. Security has been beefed up, and people should not miss the happiness. The festivities begin on Friday and end on Sunday night.”

This year’s event will be celebrated under the theme “It Is Time” and event organisers say the concept has been warmly received in racing, fashion and social circles.

Fashion designers, hospitality providers and race goers will give their own interpretation of this theme to find that perfect look for the day.

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King Zwelithini calls on his subjects to defend their land

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The King of AmaZulu Goodwill Zwelithini has called on his subjects to stand up and defend their land. His majesty also warned political parties not to take voters for granted and continue exploiting them.

He was addressing AmaZulu at an Imbizo at Ulundi in northern KwaZulu-Natal. Thousands of people attended an Imbizo called by the King at Ulundi in the north of the province.

Parliament’s High Level Panel led by former President Kgalema Montlante recommended that the Ingonyama Trust whose sole trustee is the King be dissolved.

Over 3 million hectares of land in KwaZulu-Natal falls under the trust. AmaZulu converged in Ulundi to get a cue from the King on the way forward on the land issue, and especially on the Ingonyama Trust.

Speaker after speaker condemned the proposal to scrap the trust which controls millions of hectares of land in rural parts of the province.

The king reiterated he would not allow government to take his land away. He strongly warned those suggesting that he lose his land. He also promised to take the Ingonyama Trust issue to the highest court in the land if need be.

The Ingonyama Trust Act of 1994 allows amakhosi to hold all land previously owned by, or belonging to, the KwaZulu Government, in the name of the Ingonyama Trust. The trust is headed by King Goodwill Zwelithini.

The land debate continues to be a burning issue for many residing in areas under traditional leaders.

Ordinary people – including women – were given a chance to air their views.

“We do not want government to take our land, because we are not going to afford rates like people in urban areas. We are using our land to feed our children,” says one participant.

MKMVA spokesperson Carl Niehaus told the gathering that the ANC had not yet taken any decision on the recommendations made by the group led by former President Motlanthe.

“Let me first apologise for the remarks made by former President Motlanthe. He delivered the recommendations but the ANC has not taken any resolution about the land under traditional leaders.”

Ingonyama Trust Board chairperson judge Jerome Ngwenya says they will be taking the fight to scrap the board to the highest court in the land.

“We have done nothing wrong in the past 20 years in existence. We have not mismanaged any funds but there are people who see it fit to call for the disbandment of the board.”

King Goodwill Zwelithini did not mince his words addressing the Imbizo. He called on politicians to respect traditional leaders.

Translation: “Politicians need not to interfere with the land under traditional leaders… I am not scared of those continuously challenging me.”  The King of AmaZulu reiterated that he will not give government the land his forefathers fought for.

The King of the amaZulu also questioned the ability of police intelligence. He referred to the torching of several trucks at Mooi River in the Midlands earlier this year, allegedly by unhappy local truck drivers, demanding employment. He says intelligence services should have been able to pick up the planned protest.

 

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King Goodwill Zwelithini holds land imbizo

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Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini

Thousands of people are on Wednesday expected to descend on Ulundi, north of KwaZulu-Natal, to attend an imbizo convened by Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini.

At the centre of the imbizo is the land debate which has attracted opposing views from the society.

The King has in the past accused government of trying to take away land from his people.

This follows the proposal by the High level panel, led by former President, Kgalema Motlanthe, that the Ingonyama Trust should be scrapped.

The Zulu King wants the Trust to remain intact.

At the dawn of democracy the apartheid government signed over control of at least three million hectares of land in rural KwaZulu-Natal to the Zulu King.

Traditional leaders currently manage the land on behalf of the monarch.

Now the panel led by Motlanthe has said ordinary people don’t benefit from the land under the Ingonyama Trust.

It recommended that the Trust be scrapped and people be granted title deeds.

The Zulu King has in the past said he will not give government the land his forefathers fought for.

 

 

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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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Court and handcuffs

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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