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Mam Winnie a towering figure in fight against apartheid: UN

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A towering figure in the struggle for Apartheid is how United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres described Ma Winnie Madikizela Mandela.

Guterres says, “As a strong and fearless woman, she had to fight patriarchy’s definitions of womanhood. In apartheid South Africa, the combination of patriarchy and racism together meant that black women confronted enormous obstacles from the cradle to the grave – making her own achievements all the more exceptional.

The UN Chief led tributes at a memorial in New York that included the President of the General Assembly and Ambassadors representing each and every region of the world, describing her as a symbol of resistance who left an indelible mark on the history of the 20th Century.

The head of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka also lauded her role in the fight for women’s equality and empowerment.

In a video message Mlambo Ngcuka said, “Her courage sometimes looked even as if it intimidated the Apartheid system and that is what made her such an iconic leader because the system that people were afraid of, she was not afraid of. instead she made the system to be afraid of her…

“She was not just a wife of an iconic leader, she was an iconic leader in her own right, on who’s shoulders many other leaders, men, women, children, young people were able to stand and find their place in society. This is the memory we want to try and keep,” added Mlambo-Ngcuka.

Her advocacy for women’s rights, including in her role as president of the ANC Women’s League, reflected her dedication to justice.

Her sacrifices were acknowledged as having changed the course of history – her resilience described as inspiring by General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak.

Lajcak said, “In every period of history, there are some people, who are different to others. And that is because they are willing to sacrifice everything, to change the world around them. And, we owe a great debt, to people like this. Their sacrifices benefit all of those who come after them. And, their sacrifices – in a small or a serious way – change the course of history. I do not think any of us could deny that Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is one of these people. And that is why we are all gathered here, today, to pay tribute to her.”

Ambassadors from each regional grouping paid tribute, the United States as host country, additionally India, Cuba and Namibia’s Ambassador Neville Melvin Gertze on behalf of SADC.

Gertze says, “Mama Winnie, mother of the nation, spear of the nation, you have fought the good fight, you have finished the race but your legacy will live on to inspire generations to come, to never surrender to injustice but to stand up for justice. Let us honour her memory by rededicating ourselves to the next phase of the struggle, the economic emancipation of the suffering masses. The struggle now is to lift the poor out of a life of hunger and despair. To bring universal health to people everywhere, to improve the quality of life for all but most especially for the most vulnerable in the world. Let us ensure that no-one is left behind.”

Human rights lawyer Gay McDougall who stood alongside Madiba when he voted in the first democratic election in 1994 – described Mam Winnie as having rallied a nation when the leadership of the ANC was sent to prison or exiled.

McDougall says,”By taking a leadership role in uMkhonto weSizwe, the military wing of the ANC she shattered notions of a woman’s place in liberation movements and perhaps she insisted on staying close and living with people in the townships and because so many of her sister warriors came out of the trade union movement, she and they had a clear vision of a future SA in which black babies no longer die of hunger and all children would have equal access to quality education; a South Africa in which poverty was a distant memory.”

A life of great accomplishment in a nation and world now challenged to complete the task.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela by Okuhle Magcaba

Celebrating Winnie Madikizela Mandela by SABC Digital News

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Man electrocuted at Joburg construction site dies

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A man died on Friday, when he was electrocuted at a construction site in Fourways, Johannesburg, paramedics said.

ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said paramedics responded to the scene and arrived shortly after 3pm.

“Upon arrival, paramedics found a large tipper truck parked beneath some powerlines. A body of a man was found lying next to the vehicle.

Paramedics assessed the man and found that he had sustained serious burn wounds and showed no signs of life,” Meiring said.

“Unfortunately, nothing could be done for him and he was declared dead. It is alleged that the loading bay of the truck made contact with the above powerlines, causing the man to be electrocuted when he apparently touched the vehicles control unit.”

 

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Road closures expected for Mam Winnie’s funeral

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Motorists have been warned to avoid several routes around noon in Johannesburg amid mama Winnie’s funeral procession.

A heavy motorcade is expected to leave Soweto around midday to lay the struggle stalwart in her final resting place in Fourways, north of Johannesburg.

Johannesburg Metro Police Spokesperson, Wayne Minnaar says: “At approximately midday the funeral procession will leave Orlando stadium. It will proceed onto the N17, then go onto the N1 north as far as William Nicole.”

“They’ll go into Witkoppen, then right into Cedar road.”

From there the funeral procession will take a private route to the Fourways Memorial Park.

 

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Book ‘Divided Country’ revisits history of SA cricket

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When the South African cricket team thrashed Australia recently, it was a victory celebrated by the whole of South Africa. However, that was not always the case.

Professor Andre Odendaal and his fellow authors will launch ”Divided Country” on Friday.

The book tells the history of South African cricket between 1914 and 1950 when there were unbelievably seven Cricket South Africa’s split along racial and gender lines, each playing its own tournaments and leagues and selecting its own national teams.

”Divided Country” is Volume Two of the history of cricket in South Africa – a book written by Professor Andre Odendaal, Krish Reddy and Christopher Merrett.

The first volume was a book called ”Cricket and Conquest” which covered the period from 1795 to 1914.

The book documented colonialism at its worst with Cecil John Rhodes at the helm and how cricket in South Africa had been formed by colonialism, imperialism, racism, the superiority of the English and then segregation through apartheid.

“Today, we know the SA team bats for all cricketers in SA, but it was not always so. In the 1950’s,  there was a white only male SA (team) called Saca; there was a coloured, Muslim, SA (team) called SACB which was forced to become the Malay cricket board; there was the SA coloured  cricket association formed in 1926; there was a SA Indian cricket union; the SA Bantu Union which in the 60’s became the African Union; there was the SA/Rhodesia women’s cricket association for white women only, and finally there was an inter-race SA called SACB, later called SACBOC. It was an absolute jumble with seven different organisations in the same cities and towns each running their own leagues and inter-provincial tournaments each selecting their own national teams. Some of them have never been known about a lot. Now, for the first time, there is a coherent history, statistical appendage of 65 tournaments by these black and omen cricketers. We had to sweat blood in newspapers, old scorebooks, wardrobes and suitcases.We have reasserted people to history where they have been erased not by accident, but as a deliberate part of colonial and apartheid thinking and action,” says author Professor Andre Ondendaal.

The book deals with both World Wars and the hardships it brought; how Indians were discriminated against and how they only became citizens in 1961, 100 years after arriving in South Africa. They were based mainly in Durban and Johannesburg and were not allowed in the Free State.

They were resilient and their love for the game of cricket shone through against all odds. White women started playing cricket in 1952. The gentleman’s game, however, was real and while women were allowed to play hockey, golf and tennis, there was tremendous opposition to women playing the cricket.

African women were also involved in the game, but not in an organised forum. It was only in 2005 that women finally found a place in world cricket when the International Women’s Cricket Council became part of the ICC.

”Divided Country” also tells some amazing cricketing stories about matches and players that affected countries on a global scale.

”Divided Country” is a book that bowls out the existing history in SA cricket. It helps to decolonise the game and creates a past that will never be the same again. It will hopefully help change mentalities and attitudes and the ownership of cricket in South Africa today – a game to be cherished by all South Africans.

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Louw’s picture of Martin Luther King remains historic

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As the world commemorated this week the assassination of American Civil Rights leader Dr Martin Luther King, South African media community also remembers SA photographer Joseph Louw.

Louw was the only photographer to get pictures of Dr King seconds after he was shot dead in April 1968.

Former SABC News Editor Joe Thloloe remembers Louw as an excellent journalist. He says when Louw took the picture of King, it was a historic moment.

Louw, who was booked three rooms away from Dr King’s hotel room, was working on a documentary on the Civil Rights Leader.

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Louw is one Journalist who has paved the way for SA media globally, his pictures have been used over 50 years since King’s assassination.

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Thloloe says Journalists today can learn to be relentless from legends like Louw and cease every opportunity to capture a moment.

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Thloloe says because of journalists like Louw, it is important that Freedom of Expression thrives.  He says to preserve the legacy of such journalists, we need to have a form of memorial where we see the work of the likes of Louw.

“Journalists sacrificed their lives to tell South Africans stories. These are people who need to be remembered in a Hall of Fame.”

Joe Louw, who also worked for SABC, died in Johannesburg at the age of 64, in 2004.

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Mike Mabuyakhulu’s corruption case postponed

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KwaZulu-Natal ANC convener Mike Mabuyakhulu‘s case of fraud and corruption has been postponed to the 22nd of August.

Mabuyakhulu and co-accused made a brief appearance in the Commercial Crimes Court in Durban. Well-known businessman, Mabheleni Ntuli is among the accused.

Corruption charges against Mabuyakhulu relate to a R28-million contract for a jazz festival that never took place.
He is accused of receiving a R200 000 kickback from a company which was awarded the R28 million tender in 2012.

Mabuyakhulu is a former MEC for Economic Development in the province. He now heads the provincial interim structure of the ANC and has been tipped by some as a potential contender for the position of ANC chairperson in KwaZulu-Natal when the conference is held.

All sixteen are expected back in court in August for a formal trial date.

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Traffic authorities appeal to ZCC pilgrims to exercise patience

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Some motorists travelling on the R71 between Moria and Polokwane in Limpopo have applauded traffic authorities for controlling traffic flow along the heavily congested road.

Thousands of motorists are travelling to various destinations from Moria following the ZCC’s annual Easter pilgrimage. These drivers say they expect to take longer than normal to reach their destinations.

“I’m going to Venda maybe plus-minus 4 hours from here to Venda, because there is a lot of traffic and the traffic cops also are looking at each and every corners… I believe everything is gonna be fine.”

There is moderate traffic congestion on the R71 in Mankweng, outside Polokwane, Limpopo, as thousands of ZCC pilgrims make their way from Moria following the church’s Easter sermon.

Traffic officials are controlling traffic at many intersections in Moria and Mankweng. Hundreds of busses and small vehicles started lining up on the busy R71 at 5 o’clock after the church service has ended.

Many of the motorists are making their way to the N1 south bound en route to Gauteng and other destinations.

Limpopo traffic authorities are appealing to motorists who will be travelling on the province’s busy routes over night to exercise patience.

The N1 southbound and the R71 will be heavily congested as ZCC pilgrims make their way from Moria following the church’s annual Easter pilgrimage.

Traffic spokesperson Matome Tauatsoala says officers are on hand to ensure that all motorists reach their destinations.

 

Traffic is expected to peak on Monday.

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Archbishop’s message to Ramaphosa

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Archbishop Thabo Makgoba has delivered a commanding message to the current ANC leadership under President Cyril Ramaphosa to usher in a new administration that will be different from the previous one. Preaching at the St George’s Cathedral Easter church service in Cape Town, the Archbishop said: “Let us resolve never again to allow our government
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DA calls on Higher Education to intervene on CPUTs’ residence corruption

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) calls on the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) Council to collaborate with the Department of Higher Education and Training to stamp out corruption at its residences. This comes after the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee visited the Cape Peninsula University on Wednesday where the acting Vice-Chancellor Dr Chris Nhlapo revealed to it
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Dept of Transport condemns Taxify killing

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The Department of Transport says it is saddened by the news of the gruesome discovery of the body of a Taxify driver in a torched vehicle in Sunnyside, Pretoria.

It is alleged that the deceased was shoved into the boot of his car and taken to an open field in Sunnyside where the vehicle was set alight last night. The Department has sent its condolences to the family of the deceased.

It has also called on law enforcement agencies to leave no stone unturned in finding and prosecuting the perpetrators.

Gauteng Community Safety MEC, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane has appealed to anyone who might have witnessed the crime or know anything to come forward with the information.

 

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