Masina promises to build a University for the City of Ekurhuleni

African National Congress (ANC)’s Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzandile Masina has promised to build a University for the city.

Masina was giving a rundown of some of the goals he has set for the city, when he said the city will allocate a piece of land where the University will be located.

The city of Ekurhuleni on Wednesday held an Ordinary Council Meeting, where Masina delivered his acceptance speech and appointed Members of the Mayoral Committee (MMC).

During his speech Masina promised to increase the number of local clinics piloting the 24 hour health care programme and to establish a commission to fight fraud and corruption.

“During our campaign, people of Ekurhuleni demanded better access to housing, roads, tackle corruption…We are looking to appoint a commissioner who will fight corruption and fraud in our system,” said Masina.

He then went on to request opposition parties to work with them in improving the lives of Ekurhuleni residents.

“Through our collective efforts, our communities must see marked improvement in their living standards and conditions… We are serious about running a clean government and we call opposition parties to work with us,” said Masina.

Democratic Alliance (DA)’s Ghaleb Cachalia bashed the ANC as he was debating Masina’s speech. He said it must not be forgotten that the ANC didn’t attain the required votes to win the metro, he also criticized ANC coalitions by saying they are not about the people but about money.

Cachalia went on to say Masina is making empty promises; he then referred to the University as one of them. He added the University of Ekurhuleni has been on the agenda for years yet nothing has been achieved.

The DA also touched on Masina’s promise to establish a committee to deal will corruption, Cachalia questioned “who is fooling who as far as fighting corruption is concerned”.

He then warned the ANC that they will keep a close eye on them and hold them to books and even send them to jail if need be.

By Senzile Kubheka

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Mantashe warns ANC structures not to get involve in Gordhan-Hawks matter

The African National Congress (ANC) has warned all its structures no to get involved in the battle between the Hawks and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe said the involvement of its structures in this battle conveys confusion to the public, making them doubt the ANC’s position in the matter.

“All structures of the ANC, including the Umkhonto WeSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA), should not enter the fray as they contribute to the cacophony of noise, which promotes general confusion, and the perception of a politically motivated persecution,” said Mantashe.

On Monday, MKMVA chairperson Kebby Maphatsoe said the whole Gordhan-Hawks matter is a well orchestrated and deliberate attack at the Unit.

“The Hawks is but one of those institutions created by an act of parliament to enforce the law. Why then is the Hawks not being given the same affection, protection and support in the latest investigation? Is it because it is investigating the finance minister, among other persons?” questioned Maphatsoe.

Mantashe said the ANC hasn’t changed its stance on the matter, he added they are behind the Minister.

“Our position remains unchanged; all parties to the dispute are encouraged to cooperate in the investigation,” he said.

Former Finance Minister,Speaking as MKMVA Treasure-General Van Rooyen said Gordhan was using the media to gain sympathy on this whole issue.

“What we are arguing here is that, if you are given an opportunity to respond through state institutions, why then run to the media and give responses through the media? That is in our take, trying to take the matter which is supposed to be processed within appropriately established state institutions to the public,” Van Rooyen said.

Mantashe agreed with Van Rooyen and said the matter will continue proving to be impasse if it keeps debated in the public domain.

“We do however caution them against taking a public posture that seems to isolate them from the rest of government and position them as victims to be protected by society. Our position remains unchanged; all parties to the dispute are encouraged to cooperate in the investigation. This matter serves no one by being debated in the public domain,” said Mantashe.

He then urged both parties to deal amicably with the issue away from the public glare.

By Senzile Kubheka

“Don’t be bad losers, be humbler,” Msimanga tells the ANC

The African National Congress (ANC) on Friday adopted the Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF)’s strategy of disruption as Democratic Alliance (DA)’s Solly Msimanga was sworn in as the Executive Mayor of the Tshwane Municipality.

The ANC failed to contain their disappointment as its councillors started singing party songs when Msimanga got nominated as the mayor.

Tshwane municipality on Friday convened for their first inaugural council meeting and ANC councillors brought nothing but heckling throughout the proceeding of the day.

Following being the only nominee and accepting the nomination, Msimanga was then officially sworn in as the mayor of Tshwane.

ANC members became more relentless when Msimanga took the floor to deliver his speech as the new executive mayor of the municipality.

An ANC member then rose on a point of order and accused Msimanga and the DA of lying and said they didn’t win but were assisted to.

Msimanga then hit back at the ANC and said they should learn to be humbled and it is their lack of being humbled that brought them poor results.

“Don’t be bad losers. Be humbler, this is why you came second. Humble yourselves,” said Msimanga.

Newly elected speaker of the municipal council, DA member, Rachel Mathebe refused to kick out the heckling ANC and said she want the people of South Africa to see how the ruling party responds to defeat.

Following the August 3 local government elections, the DA secured 93 seats in the metro, the ANC 89 seats while the EFF has 25 seats.

After his inauguration, Msimanga received roaring applause from both the DA and EFF members in the council.

By Senzile Kubheka

 

 

ANCYL calls for the ANC NEC structure to be revised

The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) has called for ANC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) structure to be revised, following the poor election results.

ANCYL Secretary General Njabulo Nzuza said they believe that there is a need to reduce the size of the NEC to make it more efficient and effective and allow space for it to take decisions with speed and reduce the bossy behaviour.

“There is a need to change the design of the top 6 officials and allow for Two full time Deputy Secretary Generals. We strongly believe that we must have a DSG for Organisational Development and Organizing to deal with building of structures of the ANC and building organisational capacity,” said Nzuza.

Nzuza then called on the NEC of the party to go to an early uncontested conference in a bid to have a frank dialogue about the party’s fortunes and rediscover its glory again.

“The early conference must not be contested and there is a need to introduce Young leaders to the officials and the overall leadership contingent of the ANC,” said Nzuzo.

The ANCYL’s calls come after the ANC failed to gain majority in municipalities including Nelson Mandela Bay, Tshwane, Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni and lost to the opposition the Democratic Alliance.

Nzuza then called on the Party to do an internal introspection and not cast doubt on each other but note that the “glorious movement” of our people is under blockade.

“This is not a time for populism but a time for the ANC to regenerate itself…This is a time to stand hand in hand and believe in each other because the enemy is united,” said the Secretary General.

He then reiterated and stood with the ANC that President Jacob Zuma will rule until the end of his term.

“There are those who are opportunistic and lack thinking capacity who say the bad performance on elections is because of President Zuma. We would like to categorically put it clear that attributing the poor performance to a single person is opportunistic and lacks honesty. President Zuma is the president of the ANC and will remain so till the next national conference of the ANC,” said Nzuza.

By Senzile Kubheka

ANCYL Calls on ANC to root out corruption

The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) has called on the ANC to root out corrupt individuals who are tainting the ANC and its integrity.

ANCYL Secretary General Njabulo Nzuza said now is the best time for the ANC to deal with the people who taint the image of the organisation; he added the individuals must be expelled from the organisation.

“There are people who taint the name of the organization busy drinking champagne and expensive whisky whilst they taint the name of our glorious movement. The ANC must now, more than ever, deal with the people,” said Nzuza.

“It is time that those who are corrupt must suffer the consequences. The ANC cannot be defined as corrupt because of people who are self serving and end up tainting the ANC and its integrity… those found guilty of corruption must be expelled from the organization,” He added.

Expressing the Youth League’s disappointment on the poor election results, Nzuza said the results are a sign of discontent the people feel for the ANC.

The ANC failed to gain majority in municipalities including Nelson Mandela Bay, Tshwane, Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni and lost to the opposition the Democratic Alliance (DA).

“The ANC should take these results as a lesson that if we do not deliver or delay deliver this country will be led by counter revolutionary forces,”

“The results are also as a result of incapacity of the ANC to adapt and change our organisational design to respond to the needs of society in a speedily manner.” said Nzuza.

Nzuza then called on the ANC to re-engineer itself and change the manner in which the organisation handles situations

“This situation could have been avoided through the ANC delivering on its promised and resolved policy positions to make the lives of our people better like the issue of Economic Transformation that will foster Job Creation, Free Quality Higher Education for the poor, Scraping of E-Tolls and to invest in the future of young people,”

He then said the ANC should take these results as a lesson that if they do not deliver or delay deliver this country will be led by counter revolutionary forces. He then added they will overcome this and solder on to provide services for the poor South Africans.

By Senzile Kubheka

 

Civil society groups set to challenge Arms Deal findings

Civil Society Groups, the Corruption Watch (CW) and the Right2Know Campaign (R2K) are set to challenge the finding of the Seriti Arms Procurement Commission (Arms Deal).

The organisations said they are aim is to have the outcome set aside on the basis that the commission failed to carry out a full and independent investigation of the matter.

“The court application will be primarily aimed at setting aside a finding which has been widely criticised on the basis that the commission did not carry out a proper investigation and simply accepted evidence which was presented to it by those who were involved in the arms deal, without questioning it or testing it,” said the organisations.

The commission, which was chaired by Judge Willie Seriti, ended its three-year investigation by stating that it could find no evidence of corruption.

President Jacob Zuma appointed Seriti to probe allegations of corruption in the multi-billion rand arms procurement deal in 1999.

The commission did not make any recommendations and the African National Congress said it was a closed chapter.

However the organisations said they want to ensure that of one of the worst examples of corruption in South Africa’s history will not be whitewashed.

They added the commission failed to look at massive evidence during the investigation that cost the public more than 100-million.

 “Literally millions of documents, collected and stored by the now disbanded Scorpions, went unexamined,” said the groups.

The organisations are set to court proceedings in September at the North Gauteng High Court.

By Senzile Kubheka

 Semenya receives adverse attacks from the International media

 South African athlete Caster Semenya has received negative attacks from the international media for her participation as a woman in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

An international sports magazine questioned whether the 25-year old Semenya should be allowed to compete against women at the Olympics, following the results that she has high level of testosterone.

According to Yahoo, London Marathon world-record holder Paula Radcliffe claimed that Semenya winning the gold in the Olympics would be a disgrace to the sport.

“A victory by the South African in middle-distance running would trigger a feeding frenzy among the other countries to scour for female athletes with high level of testosterone,” said Radcliffe.

The sports magazine described her one of those East German female hammer throwers of the sixties and seventies, whose young bodies were irredeemably masculated by cruel state-sponsored doping programmes.

The New Yorker also attacked Semenya and said even though she is identified as a woman, she has many of the physiological features of a man, including internal testes and an exceptionally high testosterone level. It added she shouldn’t be allowed to compete as a woman.

Semenya’s ordeal began six years ago when the International Association of Athletics Federations subjected the athlete to gender tests.

It was then found out that she has naturally higher than average testosterone levels. Furthermore, it was discovered that she has no womb or ovaries, and instead, owing to a chromosomal abnormality, internal testes.

In the same year, Semenya was denied the opportunity to compete in a Stellenbosch track and field event pending the probe into her gender.

Since the attacks, South Africans have joined forces and slammed the international media by saying their criticism for Semenya was humiliating and demoralising and added that it creates the impression an African woman can’t excel in sport.

Semenya supporters went on and created a hashtag: #HandsOffCaster on Twitter to further express the support they have for her.

Even though there are tons of questions on whether Semenya should compete as a woman, South Africans continue to tout her as the gold winner for the women’s 800m.

Semenya is schedule to run in the 800m on Wednesday.

By Rachel Sigida and Senzile Kubheka