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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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Cosatu, N West residents praised for fighting corruption

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North West Premier Professor Job Mokgoro has praised the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and residents for ensuring that they stop being subjected to unprecedented levels of abuse of public resources.

Mokgoro was speaking at the North West Cosatu 5th Elective Conference which started in Mahikeng on Wednesday night.

He took over from former premier Supra Mahumapelo who was removed following public protests.

Mokgoro insisted that corrupt officials who have been pointed out by the Inter ministerial Task Team probed governance in the province be harshly dealt with.

“If it had not been for Cosatu, other public sector unions and in particular the people of the North West, we would have still been subjected to unprecedented levels of abuse of much needed public resources. The stench of corruption in the public service indeed undermined trust within government and robbed many of our communities of the much needed efficient and effective delivery of services,” Mokgoro says.

Cosatu Provincial Chairperson Solly Lekhu raised concerns with what he termed a dysfunctional alliance within the North West.

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Mahikeng Municipality manager cries foul over ‘media bias’

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The manager of the embattled Mahikeng Local Municipality in the North West Thabo Mokoena has accused the media, including the SABC, of being used to tarnish his reputation, and that of the municipality.

Recent media reports say the municipality has invested R85 million in the VBS Mutual Bank, without following due processes.

The municipality is also reported to be paying R96 000 a month for a non-existent toilet at a local taxi rank following Mokoena’s approval.

Mokoena says the allegations against the municipality are untrue.

“I was told by a certain person, who was the head in the office of the executive mayor… he said to me, the only way to survive reputational damage in Mahikeng, is to give this person at SABC work. He’s a news reporter,” explains Mokoena.

“If you give him work, he’s not going to report bad about you. And that person has sent me the message saying, we’ll be inviting every stakeholder in a hall, where people are going to come, people are going to talk about this thing of VBS or whatever. This is the same person who said I must give him a job,” he adds.

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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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DA wants Sibanye mine to appear before parliament

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) wants Sibanye-Stillwaters mine to be hauled before Parliament to answer on the recent fatal incidents at its mines.

About 21 mine workers have died at Sibanye-Stillwater’s mines this year.

DA MP Solly Malatsi says he will be writing to the chairperson of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources to schedule an emergency meeting for the company to brief the committee.

Malatsi was speaking after visiting some of the families who lost loved ones at Sibanye-Stillwater’s mines.

“Their frustration with the lack of answers and their seemingly lack of openness on the part of Sibanye with regards to what actually led to the cause of death on the days and the lack of communication to the families. They are not being provided with the answers that they need and to hear them share that with us was so crushing,” says Malatsi.

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Minister Jeff Radebe addresses Energy Sector round-table

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Andile Lungisa denied leave to appeal assault sentence

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ANC councillor, Andile Lungisa‘s application for leave to appeal both his conviction and sentence have been dismissed by Port Elizabeth magistrate, Morne Cannon.

Lungisa was sentenced to three years imprisonment with one year suspended for the attack on DA councillor, Rano Kayser during a heated council meeting in 2016.

Lungisa pleaded not guilty to the charges during the trial. Video footage of Lungisa as the attacker was admitted as evidence. The court found there was no reason for him to hit Kayser.

The magistrate labelled Lungisa’s version of events as evasive, with inconsistencies and contradictions.

In handing down sentence, magistrate Cannon said it was evident that Lungisa showed no remorse for his actions.

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ANC NW PEC briefs media on Supra Mahumapelo’s future

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Supra Mahumapelo addresses his supporters after PEC meeting

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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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