Opposition parties sceptical of ANC’s SABC Parliamentary inquiry

The Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have expressed their scepticism on the African National Congress (ANC)’s decision to launch a Parliamentary inquiry on the SABC.

This follows after the ANC on Wednesday announced that it has decided to let the Portfolio Committee on Communications launch a parliamentary inquiry into the fitness of the SABC Board to hold office.

DA’s Shadow Minister of Communications Phumzile van Damme said they welcome the ANC’s decision.

She then said the announcement made by ANC Chief Whip, Jackson Mthembu, must be put into action. She then warned that the decision should not be a public relations stunt by the ruling party to save the ANC.

“The board has overseen and allowed for institutional rot to set in at the SABC and should be held accountable for its failures. It is a pity that the ANC allowed the crisis at the SABC to continue to escalate over the last couple of months,” said van Damme.

“The crisis could have been avoided much sooner, nevertheless, we are pleased that they have woken up and smelled the coffee,” she added.

Deputy President of the EFF Floyd Shivambu also said they note and welcome the decision by the ruling party.

However he questioned whether the ANC will keep its word and stick by its decision to save the public broadcaster.

“The ANC Chief Whip made same threats about the SABC board before. Let’s hope this time there will be action. Bring them to Parliament ASAP!,” said Shivambu.

By Senzile Kubheka

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Reappointment of Motsoeneng is in violation of the law- Mthembu

The African National Congress (ANC) has called on the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Board to fire former Chief Operations Officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

ANC Chief Whip, Jackson Mthembu said Motsoeneng’s appointment is a complete violation of the judgments handed down by the High Court and Supreme Court of Appeal.

“The decision to reappoint the former COO is in complete violation of the judgments…, and it points to a management that has no respect for the rule of law. The decision is unlawful and the Board has a responsibility to immediately meet and rescind it,” said Mthembu.

On Tuesday the SABC at a media briefing announced Motsoeneng will return to his previous position of Group Executive, Corporate Affairs.

Mthembu said the SABC board has to intervene in the matter and solve the matters as the “shenanigans” that have been happening at the public broadcaster only serve to distract the broadcaster from discharging its core public service mandate.

 “The happenings at that public institution, which are taking place under the watch of the board, continue to cause serious embarrassment not only for the SABC but for the country as a whole,” said Mthembu.

The deafening silence of the Board and its apparent inability or unwillingness to swiftly intervene in the ongoing situation leaves much to be desired. It is clear that this Board is failing spectacularly to exercise its fiduciary obligations to steer the organisation in line with the Broadcasting Act and other governing laws

He added as the Majority Party in Parliament that is responsible for the appointment of the SABC board and oversight over the broadcaster, they have decided to let the Portfolio Committee on Communications to  launch a parliamentary inquiry into the fitness of the SABC Board to hold office.

“We are confident that through such a process, Parliament would earnestly address and arrest the troubling and undesirable situation at the SABC in the interest of the public,” said Mthembu.

“Parliament would be failing in its responsibility it allowed the deteriorating situation at the SABC to continue as it is,” he added.

By Senzile Kubheka

DA set to battle Motsoeneng’s redeployment

The Democratic Alliance (DA) is set to battle former SABC Chief Operation Officer(COO)  new appointment as the Group Executive of Corporate Affairs.

DA’s Federal Executive Chairperson Jamie Selfe said Motsoeneng’s redeployment illustrates a lot of irregularity

“The speed and apparent secrecy with which the “process” was carried out raises questions about the credibility of the appointment hot off the heels of the Supreme Court of Appeal’s (SCA) dismissal of leave to appeal,” said Selfe.

On Tuesday the SABC at a media briefing announced Motsoeneng will return to his previous position of Group Executive, Corporate Affairs.

Selfe said the appointed raised many questions and added they will be consulting their lawyers on any possible actions they can take against the SABC. He added they also request answers for their questions.

“This appointment raises questions specifically around: Who had the position of Group Executive: Corporate Affairs before? Was the position even vacant? Was the position advertised? Were proper appointment procedures duly observed?,” said Selfe.

“It is also particularly concerning because the CEO and acting COO are one and the same person- James Aguma. During the press conference it was also suggested that the board may not have been consulted on the appointment,” added Selfe.

On the other hand Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has warned the SABC that she will investigate it for not complying with the law by appointing Motsoeneng into another top position at the public broadcaster.

She said she will be probing the processes followed by the public broadcaster to appoint Motsoeneng to the position he previously held. She added she told the broadcaster that any appointment for Motsoeneng by the SABC is illegal and had warned all parties this week not to go ahead and appoint the former chief operations officer to any position.

By Senzile Kubheka

DA calls for “Student massacre” through a public petition- Ndlozi

Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) National Spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, has accused the Democratic Alliance (DA) of calling for Student Massacre by its petition for universities to be opened.

Ndlozi said the DA is characterising the protesting students as “criminals and then calls on the police to deal with them.

“This is the same logic and language that Ramaphosa used with Marikana workers when he called for “concomitant action”. The result was a massacre of 34 workers,” said Ndlozi.

On Monday the DA launched a petition to demand that universities be re-opened. The party said students who want to learn should be allowed to.

DA’s Shadow Minister of Higher Education Belinda Bizzoli said “The truth is that a small group of students, bent on destruction and violence, are determined to keep our campuses shut. Their threats and intimidation have forced management to keep Wits, UCT and many others closed this week, in the crucial period leading up to exams,”

“The burning down of a residence at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Pietermaritzburg campus is but the latest example of the criminality that has come to hold our campuses ransom. These criminals do not speak for the overwhelming majority of students who want to learn,” said Bizzoli

She then called on the Police to work with University Management and the Department of Higher Education to ensure that campuses are safe.

“Individuals who continue to use violence and destruction must be arrested and face prosecution,” said Bizzoli.

Ndlozi said the intellectual laziness of always calling the police to deal with protestors has reached a level where calls of massacre will be made.

“I have no doubt the petition was written by Belinda Bizzoli who is former DVC of Wits and now DA MP and shadow minister of higher education,” said Ndlozi.

“It is often her strategy to respond to students protest through police.  It’s her commitment to apartheid tactics that have found national expression,” he added.

Ndlozi then warned that university management and the department of higher education should respond with free education and not the police.

By Senzile Kubheka

Is  Kaizer Chiefs better with an international or national coach?

Calls to have Kaizer Chiefs Coach Steve Komphela axed as the teams coach are gaining moment, as fans are highly disappointed by the team’s continuation of  poor playing for the new season.

Komphela defended the team by saying they lack confidence, which is why they play in a disappointing manner.

On Wednesday, AmaKhosi played their second game with Platinum Stars and the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

The results angered AmaKhosi fans, leading to others saying that the team are better of coached by an international coach.

Below is a comparison of AmaKhosi coaches and PSL results, in the last five years:

Vladimir Vermezović, coach from 2009-2012

Originally from Belgrade, Serbia, the retired coach, Vermezovic joined Amakhosi in 2009, but he initially began coaching with PartizanBelgrade, a team from Belgrade. Vermezovic achieved success with the team when he reached the 1/8 finals of the UEFA cup in the season of 2004/05.

In 2012, Vermezovic was fired from Kaizer Chiefs and in May he returned to his first team.He ended his second spell in charge of Partizan in April 2013.

And then came back to South Africa in 2014 after he was appointed head coach of Orlando Pirates.

Under Vermezovic’s coaching, Amakhosi finished 3rd twice in the seasons 2009/10 and 2010/11 and finished in 5th place in the 2011/12 season.

Donald “Ace” Khuse, Coach from April-June 2012

Khuse is a retired South African football player, in 2009 he was appointed as coach assistance to Vermezovic, and when Vermezovic left South Africa, Khuse became the head coach for a short while.

Khuse is currently the interim coach of Amakhosi.

Stuart Baxter, coach from 2012-2015

Baxter is a Scottish former football player and manager; he joined the Glamour Boys in 2012.  He began coaching in 1986 and has coached clubs in Sweden, Norway, Portugal and Japan as well as the national teams of South Africa and Finland and the England under-19 team.

Baxter coached AmaKhosi for three years and in 2015 he parted ways with the team. In 2016 he then signed with SuperSports United as their head coach.

Under Baxter’s coaching AmaKhosi became league Champions in the 2012/13 season, and won 2nd place position in the 2013/14 season first place again in 2014/15 season.

Steve Komphela, coach from 2015- present.

Komphela is a South African former football player and current club manager; he joined Kaizer Chiefs in 2015. He began coaching in 2002 and has managed teams like the Dynamos, South Africa U-20, South Africa U-23, Platinum Stars and Free State Stars and Maritzburg United.

Komphela, is currently the couch of the Phefeni Glamour Boys and has played all 34 league games.

Under Komphela,s coaching, AmaKhosi finished the 2015/16 season in 5th place position.

By Senzile Kubheka

Zuma qualified for the home loan- VSB Mutual Bank

The Venda Society Building (VSB) Mutual Bank stated that they granted President Jacob Zuma the home loan as he was a qualifying individual.

In a statement released by the bank, Chief Executive Officer, Andile Ramavhunga said they adhered to the strict principles of sound corporate governance when they granted Zuma the loan.

“…like any financial institution the bank lends to qualifying individuals only,” said Ramavhunga.

This follow after calls from opposition parties requesting the bank to releases documents to prove that Zuma acquired the loan through good merit.

Ramavhunga said they will not release the requested informantion as they have to abide by the bank’s privacy regulations.

“…like any other responsible financial institution, would not release information about the business dealing of its clients under any circumstances,” said Ramavhunga

“As a responsible corporate citizen, the Bank abides by regulations pertaining to the privacy of customer information,” he added.

On questions of how the bank assisted Zuma as he is not a Venda reside, Ramavhunga said the Bank focuses specifically on traditional communities.

On Monday Zuma paid the full amount for all non security upgrades for his Nkandla homestead, through the assistance from VBS Mutual Bank which is one of the few financial institutions which offer home loans in respect of land owned by traditional authorities.

Following the announcement, Opposition parties questioned on how the bank managed to assist Zuma as he is not from Venda.

Democratic Leader (DA), Mmusi Maimane said he has written to Zuma to request that he produces proof that the correct procedures were followed in order for him to acquire the loan.

“…I have written to President Zuma requesting him to provide proof to the National Assembly, which he is accountable to, of his R7.8 million loan with VBS Mutual Bank. The details I have requested include: The loan application, the loan agreement, including the details of the loan repayment; and any other relevant supporting documentation,” said Maimane.

ANC accuses DA of being racist towards Mkhwebane

The African National Congress (ANC) has accused the Democratic Alliance (DA) of being racist by its opposition of Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane as Public Protector.

ANC National Spokesperson Zizi Kodwa in a statement said the DA must not be allowed to continue spreading false and damaging claims about Mkhwebane.

“The DA’s objection and its smear campaign against Adv. Mkhwebane also smacks of racist undertones which regards any Black candidate before Parliament as incompetent and unfit until proven otherwise,” said Kodwa.

“We have witnessed similar approach during the candidacies of Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and IEC chairperson Glen Mashinini, who have been leading their respective institutions with diligence,” added Kodwa.

On Wednesday DA’s Shadow Minister of Justice Glynnis Breytenbach  reiterated the Party’s stance on the nomination of Mkhwebane by saying she was “illogically” preferred over other qualifying candidates.

Breytenbach also said Mkhwebane lacked relative legal experience and stressed that it is suspicious why she failed to explain why she left a position at the Department of Home Affairs for a lower-ranking job in the intelligence services.

Members of Parliament debated Mkhwebane’s nomination and she was then endorsed by a majority of MPs and all parties except for the DA of course.

Kodwa said the DA’s stance in this issue was appalling and questioned how the Party could say such defamatory claims about Mkhwebane.

He added they condemn the DA’s “malicious political campaign” against Mkhwebane and then called on the Party to apologise to the next Public Protector.

“We wish to join all  patriotic South Africans in condemning with the deserved contempt the party’s malicious political campaign, whose real intention is not only to assassinate the character of a qualified and highly capable woman but to also to tarnish the crucial institution supporting our democracy,” said Kodwa.

“We therefore demand that it immediately retract and apologize to Adv. Mkhwebane and all South Africans,” he added.

With Mkhwebane having received the needed endorsement from MPs, she now requires President Jacob Zuma’s assent to be officially confirmed as the next Public Protector.

By Senzile Kubheka

Hands off President Zuma, says Mngxitama

The Black First Land First (BLF) says the Zuma Must Go Campaign was created by whites in South Africa and overseas.

BLF Leader Andile Mngxitama said whites use their economic power to buy politicians and are now gunning for President Jacob Zuma’s heard as they have no control over him.

“President Zuma understands the tactics used by white capitalists to control South Africa…But the white capitalist are not happy and now want to replace Zuma with a puppet president,” said Mngxitama.

Recently a movement called “Occupy Luthuli House” was formed in a bid to get Zuma and his National Executive Committee (NEC) to immediately resign.

The movement on Monday marched to the African National Congress head quarters in Johannesburg to deliver their memorandum.

Mngxitama said they say NO to regime change because it won’t serve black people. He added South Africa can only acquire economic liberation under Zuma’s leadership.

“We believe Jacob Zuma can get us the economic liberation we need. The ANC has the political power and must use it to help blacks get a better life,” said Mngxitama.

It’s time to serve black people. No more white agendas. Jacob Zuma must help us achieve economic liberation and black rights which have been ignored for so long,” he added.

Mngxitama then called on South Africans to supports his “Hands Off President Zuma- Economic Liberation Now!” campaign.

“BLF wants real economic liberation for black people now. Join us in action, say “No to regime change”,” said Mngxitama.

By Senzile Kubheka

 

Smaller numbers expected to attend #OccupyLuthuliHouse

The #OccupyLuthuliHouse movement has called on the general public to halt from participating in the planed protest to the African National Congress head quarters.

Leader of the movement and organiser, Gugu ndima said they have decide to scale down the number of protestors, citing security concerns and the safety of its members.

The movement is calling for the resignation of both ANC president Jacob Zuma and his National Executive Committee (NEC).

It has been reported that Ndima received threats and thus the decision to reduce the number of people attending.

Over two thousand protestors were expected to attend the protest but Ndima has urged the general public not to participate in the protest.

On the other hand the ANC has deployed the South African Police Service (SAPS), Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD), Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans and Presidential guards to guard the precinct.

On Sunday it was reported that a personnel in an unmarked minibus fitted the Luthuli House precinct with security apparatus, including CCTV cameras.

The cameras were part of the ANC’s attempt to stop members – who are demanding that President Jacob Zuma step down – from trying to storm the offices.

The campaign is also led by former Wits University student representative council (SRC) president Mcebo Dlamini, Joburg ANC member Sasa Manganye, and former ANC Youth League national executive committee members Ronald Lamola and Ntibi Modise, among others.

The movement is set to deliver its memorandum and in their memorandum they require the following:

OCCUPY

ANCWL resolves women leadership will unite the ANC

The African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) said only the leadership of women can revive and unite the ANC after the Party lost key Metropilitan Councils.

ANCWL’s President Bathabile Dlamini said it is time women are given a chance to lead the branches of the organisation.

“…we should go back to our structures, have women to lead branches of the ANC as they constitute the majority of the membership of the ANC,” said Dlamini.

The ANCWL on Sunday held a briefing in Pretoria, where reiterated that the next ANC president should be a woman.

“We are not backing down on our mandate that the next President of the ANC must be a woman… and make sure we carry out the mandate of South Africans working with women of all sub-sectors ,” said Dlamini

She added the ANC must enforce the 50/50 representation policy. She also said the top six should also consists of equal number of women,

“Women must enforce the 50/50 representation policy of the ANC in all our structures and that towards the policy conference we want to propose that the top six of the ANC must have 50/50 representation. We also want to lobby for officials (top six) of the ANC to be recognized as structure,” said Dlamini.

Dlamini then called on the government and the organisation to protect women and promote women leadership, following the intimidation of women during ANC electioneering.

“We have noted with great concern that during the list process many women were nominated and supported by communities but were removed, some could not come out because they feared for their lives,” said Dlamini.

She then urged Party structures to adhere to the 50/50 representation policy.

“We experienced the most brutal and most cruel and merciless killings of women comrades and we cannot allow this to continue… most structures did not adhere to the policy, patriarchy reared its ugly head and women were intimidated and some instances killed because men wanted to hold onto power,” she added

By Senzile Kubheka