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ANC distances itself from ZumaMustGoNow march

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Protests against Jacob Zuma

The African National Congress (ANC) in Johannesburg says any of its members who are involved in a group calling itself #ZumaMustGoNow, will face disciplinary action.

The group is calling for a national shutdown on Monday – if President Jacob Zuma does not step down.

The ANC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) will also be meeting Monday to decide Zuma’s fate.

The #ZumaMustGoNow group are expected to protest at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

The ANC’s Jolidee Matongo says as the Johannesburg region they distance themselves from the #ZumaMustGoNow group.

“As an ANC member you should know there is a national process outlined by the office bearers and working committee, on how to deal with the transition. So anything done outside of that is tantamount to ill-discipline, and these people… their membership will be verified… if they are indeed ANC members they will certainly be disciplined in accordance of the code of conduct of the ANC.”

 

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Zuma’s continued stay in office angers SACP, Cosatu

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Logos of the alliance partners

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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Trump to unveil $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan

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Donald Trump’s administration will sketch out more details of its plan to invest in America’s creaking infrastructure Monday, hoping it can leverage up to $1.5 trillion for the cause. Senior White House officials said the president’s budget, due to be released on Monday, will include $200 billion earmarked for projects to fix roads, bridges and
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Ramaphosa urges ANC members to emulate Madiba

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ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa

African National Congress (ANC) president Cyril Ramaphosa has appealed to the membership of his party to draw inspiration from the wisdom of late struggle icon, Nelson Mandela when they confront the issue of the future of President Jacob Zuma as Head of state.

Speaking outside the Grand Parade, from the same balcony where Nelson Mandela spoke after his release from Victor Verster prison in 1990, Ramaphosa told thousands of the party faithful that Zuma’s exit should be handled with care.

“As the leadership of the African National Congress, we are currently engaged in discussions around the transition to a new administration, and specifically, to resolve the issue of the position of the President of the Republic of South Africa. It is therefore important that we should manage the discussions that are underway with care and purpose, ensuring that we put the interest of South Africa first. It’s therefore important that we should draw deep from Madiba’s wisdom and Madiba’s style of doing things, in an orderly manner, in a purposeful manner… we’re doing all this with the key of uniting all our people.”

Ramaphosa called for a decision that will unite the party.

 

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Parliament to reject SASSA’s request to extend CPS contract

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Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Social Development has warned that it will not accept the extension of the contract between social security agency South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) and Cash Paymaster Services (CPS).

SASSA and the Department of Social Development are in trouble for asking the Constitutional Court for a six-month extension of its contract with CPS.

This comes after the court ruled in 2014 that the contract that SASSA signed with CPS in 2012 was invalid.

The committee’s chairperson Zoleka Capa says, “It will not be a cut and dry matter when that time for CPS comes … they have to report every other action but an extension we won’t agree.”

 

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Sona blow for showbiz

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THE Cape Town party scene was dealt a hard blow after the postponement of the state of the nation address (Sona). A number of celebrities along with some of country’s top fashion designers lamented the decision as they were forced to count their losses after forking out hefty prices on hotel fees and high-end designer
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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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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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IFP leader admits to challenges plaguing the party

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IFP President Inkosi Mangosuthu Buthelezi

Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) President, Inkosi Mangosuthu Buthelezi, says the party has decided to postpone its provincial and national conference due to internal squabbles.

The party leader said challenges of slate politics were not unique to African National Congress (ANC), as the IFP was facing similar challenges.

Inkosi Buthelezi was speaking at a gathering in Durban where the party welcomed new members.

With the National election set to be held next year, the IFP has hit the ground running, even before its election campaigns are officially launched. The party is already on a mass recruitment drive, and wants to regain the position it lost in 2014 as the official opposition party in KZN.

Since the 2016 local elections, the IFP has been on an upward trajectory winning most of the by-elections.

Inkosi Buthelezi believes the party’s recent successes has renewed people’s faith in the party.

“I come from the ANC Youth League… I come from the same political place as you do. But, just like you, when I saw that it was changing, and that things were not being done in the best interest of my country, I chose my country…, I  chose to stick to principles to maintain my integrity.”

Expressing concern that factionalism was hurting the party, Buthelezi admitted that the IFP too is facing its own challenges.

“I cannot lie and say that all is well with the IFP… we too are experiencing a number of challenges, and looking at these issues we decided that it’s not the right time to hold our conferences.”

IFP new member Romeo Hulane hopes party the will bring change.

“We are very happy to be joining the IFP, I feel that this is the party that will assist us with the work we are doing to change people’s lives.”

Despite announcing his intentions to step down, Buthelezi remains party president.

It remains uncertain if and when the IFP will hold its conferences that will elect new leadership.

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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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