DA urges Ramaphosa to publicly support charges against Gigaba and Dlamini

The Democratic Alliance has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to publicly support its efforts to have the two ministers Malusi Gigaba and Bathabile Dlamini axed from his Cabinet.

This follows after the DA leader Mmusi Maimane kept his promise to take Ramaphosa to court after he failed to heed to the ultimatum to axe both Gigaba and Dlamini.

“The fact that Gigaba and Dlamini remain in high office – with multi-million rand salaries, VIP protection, and numerous perks all paid for by ordinary South Africans – is an indictment on President Ramaphosa and his ability to lead our country forward,” said Maimane.

On Monday the DA launched an application in the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria, to review and set aside Ramaphosa’s decision to retain Dlamini and Gigaba as ministers.

This follows after the North Gauteng High Court found that Gigaba had also perjured himself in a legal battle over the Oppenheimer family’s private aviation terminal at the OR Tambo International Airport and reports which surfaced that a report into Eskom from the parliamentary inquiry by the public enterprises portfolio committee had implicated him and former public enterprises minister Lynne Brown over alleged mismanagement and corruption at the utility.

And the scathing Constitutional Court ruling over Dlamini’s handling of the social grants issue and directed the National Prosecuting Authority to investigate perjury charges against her.

“It is common cause that both Malusi Gigaba and Bathabile Dlamini have been found to have lied under oath in court cases relating to government work. These are not mere allegations – they are the unanimous findings of the North Gauteng High Court and the Constitutional Court respectively,” said Maimane.

Maimane also added that they want the respondents to pay the legal costs from their own pockets if they decide o oppose their application.

“Therefore, our legal team will today write to the Office of the State Attorney, formally asking that Mr Gigaba’s request for the State to pay his legal fees in this matter be rejected,” said Maimane.

“The South African public cannot be expected to pay millions of rands in legal fees on behalf of ministers who do not belong in Cabinet,” added Maimane.

The matter is set to be heard in March 2019.

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SAMWU calls on Ratlou municipality to halt the direct attack on workers

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) has called on the Ratlou Municipality in the North West Province to halt its attempts to dismiss workers.

This follows after it was revealed that 32 workers face the possibility of being dismissed as it is alleged that they were appointed by the previous municipal council and that the salary bill pertaining to these workers is too high as salaries were not adjusted from fixed term to permanent salary scales.

SAMWU Provincial Secretary Vincent Diphoko on Friday issued a statement, saying the municipality’s planned actions are disgusting. He also warned the municipality that if it continues with its plan to dismiss workers there will be dire consequences.

“We call on the municipality to desist from directly attacking workers, this action needs to stop now otherwise workers will be left with no option but to take matters into their own hands”, said Diphoko.

“We cannot sit back and relax when workers are being purged in the name of cleansing any sign of the previous administration and wanting to create space for their stooges” added Diphoko.

Meanwhile, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) called on higher bodies such as the municipality’s mayor as well as the ANC’s Provincial Task Team (PTT) to intervene on the matter. The union also warned that it will mobilise a massive strike if the higher bodies refuse to intervene.

By Senzile Kubheka

EFF & DA slam the ANC over e-toll march

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) have slammed the African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng and its alliance partners for the march it led to the Union Buildings to demand the scrapping of e-tolls in the province.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura on Friday together with the ANC in the province defied Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s ‘order’ of paying e-tolls in South Africa.

Makhura said as long as the ANC is in charged in Gauteng there will be no e-tolls. EFF’s Deputy President Floyd Shivambu in a tweet wrote that the ANC is day dreaming! He also said “The ANC is in charge now and there are e-Tolls. Schizophrenia perhaps!

 

 

DA’s Gauteng Premier Candidate Solly Msimanga said they find it “ironic” that the ANC is marching against its own government which implemented the e-tolls without consulting the people of Gauteng.
“Premier David Makhura cannot be trusted like many other ANC leaders.He failed to effectively fight e-tolls despite admitting that the e-tolls are not working,” said Msimanga.

 

 

 

Look at how the 1st ANC National Conference in 1991 shaped out

The African National Congress (ANC) is set to elect President Jacob Zuma’s successor in December during the party’s 54th National Conference.

With the race for presidency of the ANC shaping up to be a tight two-horse race between Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and former African Union Commission head Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, we take a look at how the first ANC National Conference in 1991 shaped out.

In July 1991, the ANC held its first National Conference within the borders of South Africa.  The Conference was held just over a year after the ANC got unbanned. The organization had been operating in exile and underground for 30 years, from 1959-1990.

The conference which was held in Durban from 2nd -6th  July, was attended by almost 3000 delegates and some 500 international guests, and debated a number of issues facing the country and the organisation’s role in determining its future; during the conference the following the chosen to be the top office bearers.

President: Nelson Mandela,

Deputy President: Walter Sisulu,

National Chairperson: Oliver Tambo,

Secretary General: Cyril Ramaphosa,

Deputy Secretary General: Jacob Zuma.

Ramaphosa and Dlamini-Zuma are currently in a tight race for presidency, while other presidential contenders, including Mathews Phosa, Jeff Radebe, Lindiwe Sisulu, Baleka Mbete and Zweli Mkhize, are all competing for a distant third.

In a rally which was held in Sekhukhuneland, Limpopo, Ramaphosa upped his pace and announced the ideal candidates for his “winning” team. He chose:

Deputy President: Naledi Pandor,

Secretary General: Senzo Mchunu,

National Chairperson: Gwede Mantashe,

Treasurer General: Paul Mashatile.

Dlamini is yet to announce her ideal candidates; however the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) has made suggestions of who they want to be part of the top six when Dlamini-Zuma is the ANC president. They chose:

Deputy President: Didi Mabuza,

Secretary General: Ace Magashule,

National Chairperson: Nathi Mthethwa,

Treasurer General: Maite Nkoane-Mashabane.

At the moment the two provinces, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo are contrasting fortunes for Ramaphosa and Dlamini-Zuma, however it is still unclear of who will win the ANC presidency.

The winner will be known after the Conference which will be held in Gauteng from 16th-20th December 2017.

 

 

 

 

ANCYL disappointed over Ramaphosa’s use of “divisive remarks”

The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL has slammed ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa for using “divisive remarks – “winning team”, during his pronouncement of who he prefers to be top office bearers.

ANCYL National Spokesperson, Njabulo Nzuza said they were disappointed by Ramaphosa’s move, as it will divide the organisation further.

“It is not recorded anywhere in the history books of the ANC that the Presidential hopeful took a podium and pronounced names of his preferred candidates to lead with him/her and titled that a “ winning” team,” said Nzuza

“Cde Ramaphosa is the first and hopefully he is the last to utter such divisive statements. The ANCYL [request] advises Cde Ramaphosa to desist from using such divisive language of “winning” teams in the ANC. The people that he mentioned as his “winning” team must also distance[d] themselves from such a divisive title. In the ANC there are no winning teams. The ANC is a unitary organization and the winner remains the ANC,” added Nzuza.

On Sunday, during a rally which was held in Sekhukhuneland, Limpopo, Ramaphosa announced the ideal candidates for his “winning” team.

The Spokesperson condemned Ramaphosa’s pronouncement by saying it demonstrated his ‘desperation’ to lead.

“By pronouncing his so-called “winning” team, the Presidential hopeful Cde Ramaphosa demonstrated his hunger to lead at all costs even if his utterances can cause the disunity of the organization. Cde Ramaphosa has stooped so low by purporting that there is a winning team in the ANC and thus suggesting that there is also a losing team,” said Nzuza.

Meanwhile, earlier this year, the League released a statement where they also pronounced who their ideal candidates of top office bearers are. They ANCYL chose Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as President, Didi Mabuza as Deputy President, Ace Magashule as Secretary General, Nathi Mthethwa as National Chairperson, Maite Nkoane-Mashabane as Treasure General and Jesse Duarte to remain as deputy secretary-general.

 

“#BlackMonday was a mockery of the national reconciliation project”-ANC

The African National Congress (ANC) has condemned the so-called #BlackMonday campaign, saying the campaign serves as indication that farmers are yearning for apartheid fascism and white supremacy.

ANC Spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said the myopic call for the protection of farmers, referring in particular to white farm owners, points to an ill-conceived sense of special entitlement.

“The racial characterization of crime and the stoking of racial hatred by some elements in the campaign through, amongst others, the arrogant and offensive display of apartheid South Africa’s flag, are indicative of an unrelenting yearning for apartheid fascism and white supremacy and make a mockery of the national reconciliation project…,” said Kodwa.

On Monday thousands gathered across the country on Monday in a protest dubbed #blackmonday to raise awareness of the dangers facing those on farms, with survivors speaking out about their heartache and losses. Some were photographed wearing T-shirts bearing the old South African flag.

Kodwa slammed those who were wearing T-shirts bearing the old South African flag and said they are undermining the deaths of black farm workers and other persons on farms.

He then condemned the manner in which white farmers are brutally killing black people and using statements such as that they were “mistaken for baboons”.

“The ANC calls on the farming community to appreciate the importance of all lives, not just white lives. It was during the apartheid era, which some today clearly still long for, where government sought to protect only the privileged white minority at the expense of the suffering black majority,” said Kodwa.

“The ANC invites the proponents of #BlackMonday to join, rather than alienate, the majority of South Africans in the fight against all forms of crime against all people in our country,” added Kodwa.

The wrong way to lose weight- 5 habits to ditch

Spring is here and some cannot wait to flaunt their “bikini bodies”. And well for that unfortunate few who haven’t been religious about their workout the last few months, we understand that you’ll have to work hard to achieve it, however people should wary of adopting extreme diet plans and habits.

It’s true that extreme diet plans and habits can yield extreme results-but not always in the way you’d like. Here’s a breakdown of the changes that happen in your body when you boycott carbs, drink every meal or deprive your body of the calories it needs.

Fat free diet

Picking the right kind of fat is one of the most important tricks of losing weight. Eating food that is packed with the wrong kind of fat will make you fat. Trans fat which are mostly found in some margarines, cracker and cookies and saturated fats found in processed and grain fed meats, do the worst to your body’s nutritional bottom line.

But healthy fats that you get from your olive oil, avocado, dark chocolate will do the opposite. They will suppress you appetite, making you cut down on the number of calories you eat in a day and also improve your heart health and stoking your metabolism.

Protein only diet

Doctors and nutritionists often say Carbohydrates are a huge factor when weigh gain is concerned and suggest  cutting all your carbs in favor of meat, meat, and more meat might help you lose water weight in the short-term. But in the long-term, these kinds of diets aren’t actually any more effective at helping you drop kilos.

Carbohydrates are the main source of energy for the human body, and when the body is deprived of carbs, it gets forced to burn body and dietary fat and protein to fulfil its energy needs. The breakdown products of burning large quantities of body fat for energy are called ketones. These keytones will then accumulate the body and a build-up of ketones can cause all kinds of damage to vital organs such as the liver and kidneys.

Other nasty side effects include loss of muscle tissue, high risk of high blood-fat levels, unpleasant body odour and bad breath, all cased by the ketones that have taken over the body.

Over exercising

Over exercising can impact one negatively both emotionally and physically. It leads to injuries, exhaustion, depression, insomnia, anxiety, and possible suicide. A person may see deterioration of their personal relationships as a result of their compulsions and frustrations or failure at work or school. Social isolation is common amongst those exercising compulsively as all available time is scheduled with physical activity, usually alone.

A person can become unaware of dehydration or more seriously be affected by natural elements such as heat or cold and suffer heat stroke or frostbite, respectively. Compulsive exercising can lead to insomnia, depression, fatigue, and anxiety. Physical side effects include muscular atrophy and skeletal injuries such as shin splits, bone fractures, arthritis, or damage to cartilage and ligaments. Too much exercise can lead to the release of excessive free radicals, which have been linked to cellular mutations and cancer. Females may cease menstruation, a condition called amenorrhea.

Drinking laxative tea:

They are often labelled as herbal, organic and recommended by weight loss and detox centres, but are these teas good for you? Laxative teas typically contain Senna as the main ingredient and provide essentially no nutrients and no calories for you. Dieters together with colon-cleansing fans equally sip on these stimulant laxatives during the day or before they go to sleep, but are not aware that they could cause more harm than good.

They irritate your intestinal wall and stimulate your colon, forcing your body to get rid of whatever is in your digestive tract. Though there may not be any immediate negative consequences, side effects include dehydration and nutrient absorption loss, which leads to serious nutritional imbalances, even causing grave damage to the gastrointestinal tract, brain, colon and potentially igniting kidney and heart issues.

Switching to Diet Soda

A lot of people who are trying to lose weight often see the word “diet” in a soda and then assume that it is healthy and that it will assist them in shedding off some weight, however that is unfortunately untrue.  Diet soda’s especially diet coke has ingredients like High Fructose Corn Syrup (and other artificial sweeteners) Natural Flavours and caffeine which are a ll not good for weight loss.

When one consumes regular sugar, the body registers the sweetness and understands that sweet things contain a lot of calories, so since diet sodas are made with a number of artificial sweeteners, the sweeteners tricks the human body so that its internal ability count calories is thrown away. When the calories count is thrown away, the metabolisms get shaken up, making one want to eat more and eventually leading to greater weight gain.

 

Are you drinking your health away?

Have ever questioned if the drinks you gulp down during breakfast, lunch and dinner are healthy, your 100% juice, organic ice tea and sports drink. They seem harmless right, however the daily consuming of these drinks add up to our health concerns.

A study conducted by the All Media Products has revealed that South Africa is one of the world’s top 10 consumers of sugary drinks and consumption has been growing at about 3% a year. The extreme consumption of sugar affects everyone, from you low-income households to the high –income households.

Sugary drinks have almost become the drink of choice. Sales are relentlessly driven by inescapable, hard-edged advertising and reinforced by aspirations. Yet the reality is that these drinks are far from healthy as frequently consuming these sugary drinks can lead to an increased risk of:

  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Type two diabetes
  • Excessive weight gain
  • Cardiovascular disease

Drinks we think are healthy

  • 100% fruit juice
  • 100% natural green tea/ice tea
  • Sports drinks
  • Vegetable juice
  • Diet Coke

Alternatives

  • Tea leaves/Natural tea
  • Coconut water/electrolyte water

Ingredients to watch out for in drinks

  • High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Natural Flavours
  • Brominated Vegetable oil
  • Modified food starch
  • Red 40

 

  • High Fructose Corn Syrup

HCFS is known to have ginormous loads of pure fructose and sugar; however the syrup contains other toxic chemicals. During the manufacturing of the syrup, chemical contaminants used in that process end up in the syrup, and chloralkali is used in the process. What we didn’t know is that Chloralkai contains mercury. And there are trace amounts of mercury found in high fructose corn syrup-containing beverages meaning that when consumed occasionally the heavy metal can build up in the body, causing health problem.

Eating too much HCFS can also cause Hepatic Steatosis also know as fatty liver, which is mostly common in America and about 90 million American are diagnosed with this disease, which is why The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition links food that contain HFCS to obesity, saying the tastier the food is, the more likely you are to overeat it, causing too much damage for your health, leading to diabesity which is pre-diabetes and Type two diabetes.

  • Natural Flavours

Natural flavours are complex mixtures created by specially trained food chemists known as flavourists. The mixtures contain more than 100 different chemicals including preservatives, solvents and other substances. These are defined as “incidental additives.”

Natural flavours appear safe for human consumption when consumed occasionally in processed foods. However, given the number of chemicals that may be part of a natural flavour mixture, adverse reactions are always possible.

  • Brominated Vegetable oil

Is a flame retarded chemical that is used in citrusy flavoured beverages, it has the element bromine attached to it, and bromine is classified in the halide class and halides often include fluorine and iodine. When consumed the bromine competes with iodine in our body, meaning the more bromine you consume, the lesser the iodine which may lead to Metabolic syndrome, early puberty, reproduction problems, behavioural problems and a decrease of the thyroid hormone.

  • Modified Food Starch

The ingredient is processed with potentially harmful chemicals and has a high risk of contamination and in some cases; we are actually consuming the chemicals.  This poses a health threat and is the actual cause for concern when modified starch is used in processed foods.

Modified food starch contains sulphuric acid, chlorine and maltodextrin, a flavorless powder that is employed as a binding agent in candies, sport enhancing supplements and drinks. Its side effects include sudden weight gain and wheat allergy-like symptoms including rashes, itching, asthma etc

  • Red 40

Red 40 is a certified colour that comes from petroleum distillates or coal tars; it is used to make our foods look more appealing and fresher. However it is very harmful to our health as a number of individuals have had adverse reactions caused by this ingredient.

Red 40 causes hyperactivity in children, caused immune-system tumors in animal studies, and has caused many people to have severe allergic reactions ranging from hives and swelling, to anaphylactic shock, it is also implicated in learning disabilities.

So all-in-all we emphasize the importance of going through the ingredients of every product you purchase and knowing whether they are healthy or not. Learn to eat food as medicine otherwise we will be forced to eat medicine as food.

 

DA calls on Grace Mugabe to hand over her documents

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called on Zimbabwe’s First lady Grace Mugabe to hand over all her passports to the South African government to ensure that she does not flee the country.

DA’s Shadow Minister of Police, in a statement said is Mugabe doesn’t hand over her documents she will remain “massive” flight risk.

“…it is imperative that South Africa be assured that Grace Mugabe will not flee the country in order to evade justice. The only way to ensure this is for all her passports to immediately be surrendered,” said Mbhele.

On Sunday Mugabe was accused of assaulting a South African model Gabriella Engels and was pleading for diplomatic immunity.

This follows after she failed to turn up at the Randburg Magistrates Court to answer to assault charge.

Mbhele said the Departments of police and International Relations, as well as the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), needed to play their role and ensure that the Zimbabwean First Lady is held accountable for what she has done, because she doesn’t qualify for diplomatic immunity.

“Grace Mugabe needs to be arrested to face charges of assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm – charges for which the investigation is complete and ready for court,” said Mbhele.

“The DA has already confirmed that Ms Mugabe does not qualify for diplomatic immunity, and reports today confirm that the government is similarly in possession of a legal opinion to this effect,” added Mbhele.

On the other hand, it has been rumoured that President Robert Mugabe might use his visit to South Africa to try and help the situation surrounding his controversial wife and kids.

President Mugabe is currently in SA for this week’s 37th South African Development Community (SADC) Summit in Pretoria. He arrived on Wednesday.

Gerrie Nel to represent Gabriella Engels

South African advocate and Prosecutor is gearing up to take on the first lady, this comes after Nel joined the Afriforum.

On Thursday the Afriforum announced that it will be supporting Engels in her criminal case against the first lady. The rights group said it aims at pressurising the NPA and police to apply justice fairly to ensure that the first lady is not granted diplomatic immunity.

By Senzile Kubheka

1st ANC Presidents

The African National Congress (ANC) is set to elect President Jacob Zuma’s successor in December during the party’s National Police and Elective Conference.

With Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini being touted as the possible candidates to succeed Zuma, below is the history of the first ANC presidents together with its wing, the ANC youth League and ANC Women’s League.

John Langalibalele Dube

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Dube was the founding President of the South African Native National Congress (SANNC) which later was renamed as the African National Congress (ANC) in 1923.

He was born in 1871 on the 11th of February in KwaZulu-Natal. He was later taken to America by missionaries and became a student at Oberlin College, a private liberal arts college in the United States.

Dube was a South African essayist, philosopher, educator, politician, publisher, editor, novelist and poet. He died on the 11th of February in 1946 at the age of 75.

Anton Muziwakhe Lembede

Anton Muziwakhe Lembede

Lembede was a South African Activist and the founding President of the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL).

He was born in 1914 on the 21st of January in KwaZulu-Natal. In 1933 Lembede became a student at Adams College and studied for a certificate as a “Native Higher Primary Teacher”, he then graduated in 1936.

Lembede then became a teacher and also pursued a Bachelor of Arts Degree, where he majored in Philosophy and Roman law. He also enrolled at the University of South Africa (UNISA) for a Law Degree, which he completed in 1942 and registered for a Masters Degree in Philosophy in 1943.

He died on the 30th of July in 1947 at the age of 33.

Charlotte Maxeke

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Maxeke was the founding President of the Bantu Women’s League which later became part of the ANC and was renamed the African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL).

She was born in 1871 on the 7th of April in Limpopo. In 1894 she travelled to Canada and the United States with the African choir which toured the England. She was then offered a scholarship by the Wilberforce University in Ohio.

In 1901 Maxeke graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree and became the First Black South African woman to receive a college degree.

She died on the 16th of October in 1939 at the age of 68.