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

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

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

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“I’m here to disturb the peace of the white man”- Malema

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has vowed to disturb the peace of “white man” until land is returned back to black South Africans.

Malema said black South Africans have never known peace because of all the land issues they have and are experiencing.

“They found peaceful Africans when they came here! They slaughtered them! We are here to demand our peace, Land!,” said Malema.

“Revolution is about disturbing the peace of those who are swimming in a peaceful environment through exploitation… they’ve been living in peace on our land while we never knew peace,” he added.

Malema on Monday addressed the masses that came to support him following his appearance at the Newcastle Magistrates’ court on two charges relating to the contravention of the Riotous Assemblies Act.

Malema was released on a warning, however the Leader and his party still maintained their call for land occupation despite the charges.

Malema then said they got him arrested because he threatened the peace of, he also said the ruling party values whites more than blacks.

“They called us here because we disturbed the peace of white people! No one dares touch white people,” said the Leader.

“This country is still in the hands of white people. I do not serve white masters! I’m here to disturb the peace of the white man! We have never known peace,” said Malema.

He added he will halt in his quest to get land for all black South African, as South African heroes: “Steve Biko, Nelson Mandela, were jailed because they disturbed the peace of white people!”

While dozens of EFF members showed up to support their Leader, a few individuals were spotted wearing African National Congress (ANC) T-shirts.

Malema said about them:”the people of the ANC who are here are not here to support Malema but to say, “We want the land!”.

 

 

 

MKMV calls on Mthembu to resign

Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMV) have called on African National Congress Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu to resign from his position.

This follows after Mthembu urged the ANC top six leaders to resign from the party, saying the leadership is abusing power and using governmental institutions to settle political scores within the ANC.

MKMV leader Kebby Maphatsoe said Mthembu’s utterances are a display of pure ill-discipline, he added the comments would promote factionalism within the party in the national assembly.

“He can’t call for all NEC members to resign, if he is principled and brave enough, we will be happy if we can hear tomorrow that he has sent a letter of resignation to the office of the secretary general,” said Maphatsoe.

When asking the top six leaders to resign, Mthembu said he includes himself and President Jacob Zuma.

“President Jacob Zuma is the president of the ANC. When I said the entire ANC leadership that has already taken collective responsibility must take the fall, I meant everybody, myself included, including President Zuma,” said Mthembu.

Maphatsoe said Mthembu’s comments prove that he is not fit to lead the ANC caucus in Parliament; he added Mthembu has continuously spoken against the party’s NEC.

 

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

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

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