“We were the first victims of the ‘war room’”-Cope

The Congress of the People says it was the first opposition party to fall victim of the African National Congress (ANC)’s alleged smear campaign.

Cope Spokesperson Dennis Bloem said they were not surprised when Public Relations Consultant Sihle Bolani, revealed that the ANC hired her to be part of a so-called secret smear campaign against the opposition parties.

“COPE is not at all shocked or surprised by the scandalous dealings that were exposed by the PR practitioner Sihle Bolani. COPE believes every word of Bolani,” said Bloem.

He went to say the ANC began their smear campaign during the 2009 national elections, in a bid to discredit the party from acquiring votes.

“The unethical and immoral ANC started its war room immediately after the formation of COPE. It was in full operation during the 2009 National Elections; COPE was the first victim of the war room and the ANC spent millions of rands in dirty tricks against COPE,” said Bloem.

On Tuesday Bolani said she is suing the ANC for R2.2 Million, as she spent three months as project manager for the ANC’s so-called “War Room”.

Bonani also revealed that she worked with ANC Stalwart and icon Walter Sisulu’s grandson Shaka Sisulu, who was the individual that the ANC paid.

Sisulu admitted to briefly working with Bolani but denied he was paid by the ANC nor took part in the covert operation

Bloem slammed both the ANC and Sisulu for denying being part of the covert operation to discredit opposition parties.

“No amount of denials can convince the public that Shaka Sisulu and his other comrades were not involved in these immoral and unethical dirty tricks. Bolani has exposed all of them. It’s a screaming shame that the ANC used R50 million of tax-payers to fight its opponents,” said Bloem.

On the other hand, the Democratic Alliance (DA) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are set to report the ANC to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and consider other legal options.

 

Malema hits back at Zanu-pf over Mugabe

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has hit back at the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF) for blasting the Party for urging President Mugabe to Step down.

EFF leader Julius Malema said even though Zanu-pf is insulting them for their call, they are reaffirming their call for Mugabe to leave office.

“The EFF reaffirms its position that President Mugabe’s occupancy of the position of president is not good for the radical African political program,” said Malema.

“He is the bastion of the reactionary phenomenon of “lead to the death” that has crippled the image and praxis of post-colonial Africa,” he added.

Malema on Monday addressed the media following the Party’s Plenum over the weekend,there he stated that Mugabe is no longer capable of discharging his responsibilities.

“Zimbabwe’s situation is bad. President Mugabe can’t even control a spade. He is no longer capable of discharging his responsibilities,” said Malema.

He then slammed members of Zimbabwe’s ruling party, ZANU PF for failing to remove Mugabe from office.

“We don’t hate the man. They can respond and insult us anyhow they want, but they are a group of cowards, those comrades in Zanu-PF to be scared to say to an old man like President Mugabe, please with due respect let go,” said Malema.

A Zimbabwean Member of Parliament blasted at Malema, saying he is “a little and irrelevant man” who is trying to gain support by insulting the Zimbabwean president, who has been in power since 1980.

“Not bothered at all by Julius Malema’s latest ranting. He is a little and irrelevant man who is trying desperately to gain political mileage in South Africa by insulting a great man in Zimbabwe. Won’t win!” Maziwisa said on Facebook

Malema on Tuesday answered to the post andand said: “Before the ZANU-PF and its youth wing respond to the EFF about the charge that they are cowards; they should ask themselves a simple question – what is revolutionary about being led by a person in old age; who sleeps all the time in meetings, can no longer even hold a pen or write half a page? Failure to respond to this question signifies not that they are afraid of others, but of President Mugabe”.

DA,EFF to fight ANC over ‘smear campaign’

Opposition Parties, the Democratic Alliance (DA) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are planning to take a battle with the African National Congress (ANC) for allegedly planning a smear campaign against them.

This follows after a Public Relations Consultant Sihle Bolani revealed that the ANC hired her to be part of a so-called secret smear campaign against the opposition parties.

Bolani also said she is suing the ANC for R2.2 Million, as she spent three months as project manager for the ANC’s so-called “War Room”.

However ANC Spokesperson Zizi Kodwa rubbished the claims saying the ANC does not need nor has engaged in any clandestine “black ops” to woo voters.

“The African National Congress (ANC) has noted and rejects, with the contempt they deserve, reports in the media that the organisation conducted or sought to conduct a “R50m..covert campaign targeting opposition parties” during the 2016 Local Government Election,” said Kodwa.

“We further reject any allegation that the organisation owes any monies to any companies purporting to run such clandestine campaign,” added Kodwa.

DA’s Federal Executive Chairperson James Selfe, said they have referred the matter to their legal counsel, he added they have requested them to consider the case towards both civil and criminal action.

“If true, these allegations show that the ANC is willing to manipulate and undermine ethical democratic conduct and action in order to ensure continued government rule. Such allegations can only be treated in the most serious light,” said Selfe.

EFF’s Spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said they are also considering legal actions against the ANC, as they had during the elections removed a poster with their Leader Julius Malema, from one of the streets in Sandton.

“We never did anything about it in terms of IEC rules or lodging any complaints because we didn’t know who’d put it up and who was behind it … until this story emerged,” said Ndlozi

EFF slams ANC for celebrating the Constitution

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has lashed out at the African National Congress (ANC) for celebrating the Constitution saying they have done everything to “undermine and undo it”.

EFF Spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said the ANC no longer has the moral authority and legitimacy to celebrate the constitution, he added they no longer have the ethical standing to lead society in terms of principles, values and objectives of the constitution.

“Therefore, in marking the twenty years of our Democratic Constitution, we call on the people of South Africa to embrace the true gain of the constitution which is the right to vote and unshackle the destiny of the country from the degenerate and corrupt ANC,” said Ndlozi.

On Saturday a group of EFF members disrupted President Jacob Zuma during a celebration which was held in Sharpeville to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the signing the Constitution.

Ndlozi said they disrupted the occasion because the ANC and Zuma have failed to respect and uphold the Constitution.

“It is a fact, however, that in the past five years of the ANC Zuma rule, the democratic ideal of the rule of law has been eroded. On two occasions, the ANC government violated the rule of law by ignoring rulings of the Constitutional court,” said Ndlozi.

Democratic Alliance (DA) Leader Mmusi Maimane said it is a shame that Zuma and the ANC only work in “antithesis” to the Constitution.

“It is therefore a shame that President Jacob Zuma, who derives his authority from the Constitution, has been found to have undermined and violated that which he swore, before the people of South Africa, to protect, uphold and defend,” said Maimane.

“The drafters of the highest law in the land never foresaw that such a compromised and corrupt individual would be entrusted with bringing the Constitution to life,” he added.

Ndlozi disses Parliament lawyers

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) National Spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has indirectly requested the Parliament’s Ad Hoc Committee conducting the SABC inquiry to shy away from using Parliament lawyers for the court battle of Friday.

The Ad hoc committee earlier on Tuesday held a preparatory meeting for the SABC inquiry.

It was during the meeting that Ndlozi said he doesn’t “trust parliament lawyers” as he has emerged victorious over them a number of times.

“Personally you know I don’t trust Parliament lawyers, well I have beaten them a lot in court, I don’t want to be beaten this time on Friday, I have to win,” said Ndlozi.

He added: “I’m always part of the winning team”.

The ad hoc committee is set to battle a court interdict application brought by the remaining SABC Board member, Chair Professor Mbulaheni Maguvhe.

Maguvhe wants Parliament’s Ad Hoc Committee to be “disqualified and reconstituted” from conducting the inquiry.

He wants the court order to instruct that the committee on the SABC should be suspended and prohibited from continuing to perform the inquiry.

Last month the SABC board was summoned to account for its controversial appointment of former Chief Operations Officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng to Group Executive of Corporate Affairs.

Following the meeting, the portfolio committee resolved to institute an inquiry into the fitness of the broadcaster’s board.

The ad hoc committee is now set to resume their inquiry next week.

MPs lash out at Mkhwebane for refusing to participate in the SABC inquiry

The Parliamentary Ad Hoc Committee has slammed Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane for refusing to appear in front of the committee members to defend the report on Ethics and Governance.

The ad hoc committee which is set to resume its inquiry on the fitness of the SABC board to hold office requested a number of individuals including Mkhwebane to participate in the inquiry.

However committee members lamented of the manner in which Mkhwebane responded to the parliament’s invite to have her to participate in the inquiry.

Democratic Alliance (DA)’s Phumzile van Damme said she is worried about Mkhwebane’s response to the committee.

“Reading through the correspondence I am very, very worried about the manner in which she has responded to the committee,” said van Damme.

“At first she said she doesn’t understand why this ad hoc committee is continuing with its work when there is only one board member left and then she said it is really her prerogative to decide whether  or not she must come to parliament, and now  she suggest that her staff member mustn’t  appear in front of camera’s,”she added.

Van Damme said lashed out at Mkhwebane and said the committee should not agree with her correspondence and added the Public Protector’s report is in the public domain and Mkhwebane’s office should be able to defend and speak about the report.

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said Mkhwebane has addressed them in a disrespectful manner

“The new Public protector must be told in no equivocal terms that this is the institution that constitutionally she reports to, if this institution wants her t come and speak on certain matter, unfortunately it part of her job description to appear,” said Ndlozi.

He then firmly said “the Parliament is her boss, Finish and Klaar!”.

The Ad hoc committee earlier on Tuesday held a preparatory meeting for the SABC meeting and there, they resolved that they are now going to summon individuals and public institutions that are refusing to participate in the inquiry.

The SABC inquiry is set to begin on Tuesday at 2pm.

By Senzile Kubheka

“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!”.

 

 

 

Malema encourages FeesMustFall shutdown

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Leader Julius Mamela has encouraged students to continue with the shutdown of universities as the Fees Must Fall campaign because that is the language the government understands.

Malema said the students must not be discouraged by rubber bullets, tear gas and jail. He then said their lawyers are ready to work.

“Our lawyers are readily available, they have been working day in day out bailing out students and encouraging them to go back to the pickets line,” said Malema

“You must be proud that you shaming the government of using the same tactics apartheid used to suppress genuine demands of our people,” added the leader.

Malema on Thursday addresses the Media on Issues including Fees Must Fall campaign, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s saga and State Capture.

The leader said he is proud of the students and added if the students allowed them to join the protests, they would be right there by their side.

“The students have made it very clear that they don’t want political leaders there, they are capable enough to hold the fees must fall on their own, they don’t want it politicised, they don’t want it hijacked for political reasons, otherwise we would have been there ourselves we are not scared of anything,” said Malema.

He then condemned the government for bringing Minister of State Security David Mahlobo and Minister of Police Nathi Nhleko to disrupt peaceful protests the students are having.

He then reiterated that the students shouldn’t be discouraged by pain as this will benefit them and future generations.

“Pains will always be there but after pains you will rejoice and say you worked very hard, and not only you but the many generations that will come after you, they will salute you and hold you  in high regard like they do with 1976. Don’t be discouraged,” added Malema

By Senzile Kubheka

EFF, ANC possible merger to jeopardise Ramaphosa’s chances of being President

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s chances of succeeding President Jacob Zuma are gradually vanishing.

This follows after Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Leader Julius Malema in an interview he had at ENCA’s CheckPoint, made an astonishing offer of merging with the African National Congress (ANC).

Malemma then predicated that after the 2019 elections, ANC support will drop below 50% while his party will increase to 9%-10%.

With Zuma’s second term as ANC president set to end in December 2017, it remains unclear who will be the next successor.

The ANC Youth League and Women’s League are vouching for a female president while the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Young Communist League of South Africa (YCLSA) have made it crystal that they support Ramaphosa as the next President.

Political Analyst, Aubrey Matshiqi said if the merger between the EFF and ANC would be successful, Ramaphosa’s future in the party would be jeopardised.

During Malema’s interview, he said he was willing to work with Winnie Madikizela Mandela once the two parties have merged, however Matshiqi said Madikizela-Mandela would have to play a huge role of mediation between Malema and Ramaphosa.

“If Winnie Mandela is going to become a factor in an  kind of mediations process, I suspect it going to me a multi pronged process…it may also be about Cyril Ramaphosa’s future in the ANC so she may play a mediation role in that respect,” said Matshiqi.

“Of cause she must make Cryril Ramaphosa acceptable to Julius Malema in the EFF, given Marikana,” added Matshiqi.

Matshiqi then reiterated that if there shall be a merger, Ramaphosa’s chances of being the next President will lie on Madikizela-Mandela’s ability to convince Malema.

By Senzile Kubheka

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