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

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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.

Etwatwa Residents receive 300 title deeds

Etwatwa Residents receive 300 title deeds

The city of Ekurhuleni on Wednesday (24May2017) handed out 300 title deeds to the residents of Etwatwa Ext 9 and 10.

Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Paul Mashatile addressed Etwatwa residents, where he urged commuters to not sell their houses, even though they have title deeds and then blame the government.

“I plead with you not to sell your RDP houses and move back to shacks. We are today giving you title deeds which are confirmations that you are now home owners. Do not sell your houses and then blame the ANC for not giving you houses,” said Mashatile.

He then pleaded with the residents to report anyone who is trying to sell his/her RDP house, as this is a setback to the city.

Gogo Thamaria Mdlalose who was the first person to receive her title deed said she was ecstatic that after 20 years of being an Etwatwa resident, she is finally a home owner, with a title deed.

“I am pleased to know that even if I die, my five daughters and grandchildren will always have a roof over their heads,” said Mdlalose.

Even though a number of commuters where happy the number of title deeds being handed out, a few questioned when they will be receiving their own. However Mashatile assured them that they will receive them as the city was processing over 39 000 title deeds.

Mashatile also said the government has allocated and approved six “mega projects” for the city of Ekurhuleni.

He then called on all councillors around Etwatwa to keep in touch with community members and inform them about the progress of building houses in the area.

“I have a letter here with me and I will hand this letter to the councillors because I want them to inform you commuters about the number of houses which will be built in certain extensions around Etwatwa,” said Mashatile.

“And another thing will also be allocating land, service sites to individuals who are able to build their own houses. In those stands we will make sure that there is electricity and running tap water,” added Mashatile.

Mashatile then touched on the issue of women violence and pleaded with commuters to communicate with the police and report women and child violence.

Mthandeni ‘Igcokama Elisha’ releases his 8th Album

Mthandeni Sibusiso Manqele popularly known as Igcokama Elisha, the most loved Maskandi artist, is set to release his brand new 15 tracks album this weekend titled “I-Thousand”. The official release for this long awaited album is this coming Saturday, 3rd June.

This album is Igcokama Elisha’s 8th album since he started his solo career in 2013 and it comes with songs like “My Toffoluxe” for the lovebirds and “Hello Hello” to revive the hashtag: #UnyakaWamaBhinca, hence it is without doubt that this new album will also be well received by a number of Africans.

Manqele is a 29 year old KwaZulu-Natal born and bred hit maker from a small area called Mtubatuba, has promised that his new album is focused on growing his career as an artist, songwriter, delivering the best music to the Maskandi music lovers and contributing to the growth of this genre.

In this new album, Igcokama Elisha fans hope that the hit maker continues to brings innovation in the genre that speaks to the new generation with a sound that is inspired by what the youth in South Africa likes currently.

Manqele has taken the Maskandi genre to greater heights as he has made history by being the first Maskandi artist to be an Ambassador for a clothing brand called Cutty. In 2016 he was also the first Maskandi artist to be featured in an urban magazine called True Love Magazine

DA lashes out at Zuma for setting an Inter-Ministerial Committee to probe Melefe’s return

DA lashes out at Zuma for setting an Inter-Ministerial Committee to probe Melefe’s return

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has lashed out at President Jacob Zuma for setting up an Inter-Ministerial Committee to “gather facts” about the return of Brian Molefe to Eskom.

DA’s Shadow Minister of Public Enterprises, Natasha Mazzone said Zuma has proven that he undermines the Parliament by setting up a Ministerial Task Team that consists of “all Ministers firmly behind Zuma, and many with their own reputations of being captured”.

“Zuma’s announcement that an Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) will be established to investigate the very serious problems at Eskom, rather than Parliament, as the body mandated to oversee and ensure the smooth running of the entity, has flatly undermined Parliament,” said Mazzone.

“The President is clearly deathly scared of the evidence which will emerge from a full-scale and transparent Parliamentary Inquiry,” added Mazzone.

Zuma on Thursday decided to set up an inter-ministerial committee to “gather facts” about Brian Molefe’s return to Eskom.

Zuma on Thursday announced that he will set up an IMC to assist in gathering facts about the return of Molefe to the parastatal.

In a statement released by the presidency, Zuma said the presidency together with his cabinet is concerned by what is happening at Eskom.

“Cabinet is concerned about the recent developments at Eskom. Cabinet appreciates that the matter regarding the re-employment of Mr Brian Molefe as the Chief Executive Officer of Eskom is before courts and in Parliament, and shall therefore respect these processes,” said the Presidency.

The IMC set by the president is made up of: Ministers of Public Enterprises, Lynne Brown, Energy, Mmamoloko Kubayi, Finance, Malusi Gigaba, and Justice and Correctional services, Michael Masutha.

Two weeks ago, Molefe resigned as an ANC MP and returned to the power utility as CEO. He had resigned in November 2016 after he was named in the public protector’s State of Capture report.

Earlier on Thursday, Brown announced an inquiry into alleged corruption at Eskom. It would likely be conducted the Special Investigating Unit and overseen by a judge.

Briefing reporters before her budget debate, Brown said since South Africa first experienced rolling blackouts in 2007, there had been at least seven investigations into alleged maladministration and corruption at the utility. Several of these were commissioned by Eskom’s board and they culminated in the State of Capture report, which was released in November last year.

By Senzile Kubheka

Motheo Institute celebrates 78 ECD graduates

Motheo Training Institute Trust on Friday held a graduation ceremony where 78 Early Childhood Development (ECD) graduates received their FET Certificates.

The Event was graced by various guest speakers including Dr Thabi Molete who attended on behalf of Gauteng MEC of Education Panyaza Lesufi and a representative from Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality Pauline Ngakane.

Molete during her address commended the Director of Motheo Meshack (Rex) Molefe and said she was impressed that a male was involved in promoting the importance of early childhood development and giving women the opportunity to be employable.

“I am impressed that I see a man being involved promoting and showing the importance of ECD and proving that ECD can be promoted by any individual in any gender,” said Molete.

Ngakane, a representative from Ekurhuleni stressed the importance of being an ECD practitioner and how the municipality being a practitioner would benefit both the city and the country.

“As Ekurhuleni we hold your work in high importance and high esteem and we have also created platforms of rewarding the work that you are doing through some of the ECD awards,” said Ngakane.

“Graduates and also practitioners your success in ECD is equally a success for us as Ekurhuleni. What you have achieved today makes a positive contribution to the larger early learning development environment and also towards our economic growth as a country,” she added.

The day was filled with great speakers; however the children from Sabelo Day-care and South African Red Cross Day-care warmed hearts of ceremony attendees as they demonstrated what their ECD teachers are teaching them and how it benefits them as learners

Two graduates Nomvula Mohlala and Nomvula Shongwe expressed their excitement and said they can’t wait to go out there and be with children, teaching them rhymes, shapes and dancing

 “I mark this day as a great day, since it is the beginning of my career as an ECD practitioner. I know that with this certificate I will be able to contribute positively to the lives of the foundation phase learners, which is why I am also volunteering at Bhekimfundo Primary School,” said Mohlala.

“I am so excited that I have finally received my qualification because now I can register for a day-care centre with my qualification and if that doesn’t work I can also get permanent employment dealing with children because I honestly love dealing with children,” said Shongwe.

Molefe during his speech also expressed his gratitude towards the whole event and said the qualification which the graduates hold will contribute positively towards the economic growth of this country,as they will have employment and in turn reduce the high number of poverty in the country.

He then reminded the graduates the importance of being an ECD practitioner and said they must love and enjoy their career paths because they will be assisting in laying a great and steady foundation for children, which will in turn ensure that reach Matric and study further.

 

 

Springs Mall Shoppers welcomed by gun shots

Shoppers on Thursday during Springs Mall opening were greeted by gruesome sounds as gun shots rang out, leaving four individuals injured.

Shortly after the ribbon cutting ceremony, a number of shots were fired at the mall’s second (2nd) entrance. It was alleged that the individuals who fired the shots were attempting to rob the Fidelity cash-in-transit vehicle headed to Nedbank.

A reliable source from Netcare 911 confirmed that there had apparently been a cash-in-transit robbery, which left four people injured and one of the victims being airlifted to the nearest hospitals due to their critical condition.

Despite the whole event, shoppers were not discouraged as they enthusiastically continued with their browsing and shopping.

Two shoppers Clara Wallis and Monique Elliott were spotted dancing at Jet Store, saying they will not allow the matter to overwhelm them, or discourage them from enjoying their shopping.

“What happened out there was tragic, but that will not halt us from continuing with our shopping because we are always a happy bunch no matter the situation,” said Willis.

Lindiwe Nkosi a shopper said that she is happy with the new mall because its closer to her house, however she made it clear that she was not pleased with tragic event that took place at the mall, because this was supposed to be all fun and enjoyable; she went on to say that the great thing about the new mall is that it will open job opportunities.

Mahlatse Ndlovu from Bakerton,Springs said she is very happy with the new mall because it is big, has all the necessary shops and closer to her house.

Then Prince Ndlovu , Mahlatse’s husband, said he was also happy with the mall because he won’t have to drive far for shopping anymore, as it’s just a five minute drive.  On the tragic that transpired outside, Ndlovu said it was alarming for him because he bunked off work so that he could witness the opening.

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Clara Wallis and Monique Elliott dancing at Jet store

The rest of the day in pictures

Molefe’s swearing in is bad for SA- DA

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has expressed its disapproval of former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe’s swearing-in as an African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament (MP).

DA’s Shadow Minister of Finance David Maynier, said Molefe’s swearing-in was a disgrace and is a major escalation in the civil war within the ANC and the battle for control of National Treasury, being driven by President Jacob Zuma

“We cannot be sure but it will presumably not be long before Brain Molefe is appointed to the finance committee to serve time before being appointed as the deputy-minister of finance with a view to controlling the R1.8 trillion managed by the Public Investment Corporation,” said Maynier.

Maynier also said they fear the predicament which will follow in South Africa if Molefe gets a position in the finance family.

This follows after speculations that ANC MP Makhosi Khoza was redeployed from the Finance Committee to make way for Molefe.

“The fact is that appointing Brian Molefe to any position in the ‘finance family’ presents a clear-and-present danger to the institutional independence of National Treasury and will be bad for South Africa,” he said.

“The Guptas will be delighted because, if the State of Capture report is anything to go by, and Brian Molefe is eventually appointed to a position in the ‘finance family’, they will finally have National Treasury, the Public Investment Corporation and South African Airways on ‘speed dial’,” Maynier added.

Molefe was on Thursday morning in the Speakers office, sworn in as an ANC Member of Parliament

Molefe was said to be nominated by the ANC in North West, however it has been controversial as branch leaders in Hartbeespoort have questioned whether he is a member or not.

The official announcement is expected to be made when the National Assembly sits on Thursday afternoon.

ANC KZN wary conference will result in another splinter organisation

The African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) has requested national delegates to ensure that the Party’s National Police and Elective Conference in December doesn’t result in a splinter organisation.

ANC KZN Chairperson Sihle Zikalala said the party has to forge unity as he recalled the birth of the Congress of the People(COPE) in 2007 and the Economic Freedom Fighters(EFF)  in 2012

 “There have been challenges of unity and cohesion of the movement which led to the formation of COPE and later the EFF, both of these organisations were formed and established by former ANC leaders and the ANC Youth League Leaders,” said Zikalala.

The Party on Sunday met with its branches and leaders in Durban, to prepare its members for the year end conference.

Zikalala then warned those who will be representing the party during the conference not to go there just to vote for their preferred candidate.

He also said the province will take a zero tolerance approach to members being used by individuals seeking to advance their careers.

“Those who will attend as delegates will need to pay serious attention to issues of the ANC as a liberation movement and the future of the people of South Africa than being narrow and focus on individual agendas,” said Zikalala.

 

UDM’s Kwankwa displays great leadership skills during SONA2017

United Democratic Movement (UDM)’s Nqabayomzi Kwankwa displayed exceptional leadership skills during the State of the Nation Address (SONA).

 
Kwankwa on Thursday made way to people’s hearts by standing up to the two speakers of the National Assembly and National Council of provinces (NCOP).

 
Kwankwa questioned the type of leadership which was displayed in Parliament saying their political differences shouldn’t affect the proceedings of the house.

 
He went on to question the manner in which Congress of the People (COPE)’s Willie Madisha was chased out of the chamber.

 
Madisha was chased out of the chamber for speaking without being recognised by the speaker.

“We need to be treated fairly here, you were extremely harsh on honourable Madisha, there are members of Parliament who stood up fifty times and he said something once or twice and was told to leave the house,” said Kwankwa.

Following this great display of leadership, Kwankwa stole the hearts of Parliament fans and became their crush, threatening to take Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)’s Mbuyiseni Ndlozi’s title of being the “People’s Bae”.