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Hawks breakthrough in VBS investigation
6 July 2019, 7:22 AM

The Hawks are hoping to make a breakthrough in their investigation into VBS Mutual Bank after they raided and seized documents and computer hard drives at the Free State Development Corporation (FDC) in Bloemfontein on Friday.

The FDC has recently been in the news following allegations that they received 104 million rand from the VBS mutual bank.

The bank illegally took deposits from municipalities and other entities before it was looted and rendered bankrupt.

Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi says they hope their investigation will lead to arrests… ” It relates to the VBS ongoing investigation. There were some documents, gadgets… that we needed to seize… and were successfully taken by the team. They are now going to be analysed, and based on what we get, it will be included in our docket. Due to the length taken, we want to make sure the matter is dealt with as soon as possible.”

Koroneka Trading and Projects Director Babadi Tlatsana
Former Ministers implicated in corruption
23 June 2019, 7:28 AM

Koroneka Trading and Projects Director Babadi Tlatsana has implicated former ministers, Lynne Brown and Dipuo Peters in corruption.

Tlatsana concluded her testimony at the State Capture Commission in Johannesburg on Saturday afternoon.

In a tape recording, allegedly between SA Express GM Brian Van Wyk and Tlatsana, Tlatsana explains how money laundered from the North West government through SA Express was divided among government officials and ministers.

The looted money she said, totalled over R97 million. It’s alleged to have been used to bribe former ministers Brown and Peters- who allegedly each received R10 million.

Tlatsana was quizzed by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo: “The whole amount of 20 million rands that your close corporation got in December was to be paid to the two ministers – of ten million each? ”

Tlatsana is still seeking payment from the North West government in regards to her agreement.

She also told the commission how unsafe she felt after finding out what arrangement SA Express had secretly entered into with the North West government.

She detailed how she and her family were being followed around, including how documents pertaining to her case have disappeared at the police station.

Tlatsana says she is still getting death threats and phone calls and feels very scared. Tlatsana says she reported the matter to the police but they have not done anything about it.

The commission is expected to resume on Monday.

 

Watch Tlatsana’s testimony in video below: 

 

Patricia de Lille
New parties set out expectations for SONA
20 June 2019, 5:30 PM

New players in the political space, and Parliament’s new kids on the block, GOOD and African Transformation Movement (ATM) have strong expectations of President Ramaphosa’s administration.

GOOD party leader, Patricia de Lille who has also been appointed a minister in Ramaphosa’s cabinet, says she wants Ramaphosa to focus on the economy.

“Our economy is not in a good shape and we expect the president to announce measures on how we can turn the corner. Eskom is on our minds, and we want him to tell us how we can get electricity security.”

GOOD has also called for young people to be involved in the planning and running of the country. “How can young people be part of planning and designing the future that they would love to see this country go into?”

On Wednesday, Ramaphosa engaged the youth in a Presidential Youth Dialogue. He took time to listen to young people’s views on the state of our democracy. He listened to their concerns and promised that nothing will be done for the youth without their involvement.

ATM, another new player in parliament is a party led by a young person, Vuyolwethu Zungula.

Zungula says they want the President to outline concrete plans. “The burning issue is unemployment, particularly youth unemployment. If he doesn’t have a concrete plan to tackle unemployment, then the SONA will not yield any positive results.”

ATM is also seeking to highlight the high rate of gender based violence in the country and they want Ramaphosa to work towards reducing this scourge.

“There needs to be a concrete plan to deal with gender based violence.” Zungula says an increase in police visibility is one way to help curb the war against women.

IEC Media release: announcement of elections results
11 May 2019, 7:25 PM

ANNOUNCEMENT OF RESULTS OF NATIONAL AND PROVINCIAL ELECTIONS 2019

11 MAY 2019

Tshwane (National Results Operations Centre) – The Electoral Commission is pleased to announce the results of the National and Provincial Elections 2019.

In the Eastern Cape:

  • The African Transformation Movement with one (1) seat
  • The Vryheidsfront Plus with one (1) seat
  • The United Democratic Movement with two (2) seats
  • The Economic Freedom Fighters with five (5) seats
  • The Democratic Alliance with ten (10) seats
  • The African National Congress with forty four (44) seats

In the Free State:

  • The Vryheidsfront Plus with one (1) seat
  • The Economic Freedom Fighters with four (4) seats
  • The Democratic Alliance with six (6) seats
  • The African National Congress with nineteen(19) seats

 

In Gauteng:

  • The African Christian Democratic Party with one (1) seat
  • The Inkatha Freedom Party with one (1) seat
  • The Economic Freedom Fighters with eleven (11) seats
  • The Democratic Alliance with twenty (20) seats
  • The African National Congress with thirty seven (37) seats

 

In KwaZulu-Natal:

  • The African Transformation Movement with one (1) seat
  • The African Christian Democratic Party with one (1) seat
  • The Minority Front with one (1) seat
  • The National Freedom Party with one (1) seat
  • The Economic Freedom Fighters with eight (8) seats
  • The Democratic Alliance with eleven (11) seats
  • The Inkatha Freedom Party with thirteen (13) seats
  • The African National Congress with forty four (44) seats

 

In Limpopo:

  • The Vryheidsfront Plus with one (1) seat
  • The Democratic Alliance  with three (3) seats
  • The Economic Freedom Fighters with seven (7) seats
  • The African National Congress with thirty eight (38) seats

 

In Mpumalanga:

  • The Vryheidsfront Plus with one (1) seat
  • The Democratic Alliance  with three (3) seats
  • The Economic Freedom Fighters with four (4) seats
  • The African National Congress with twenty two (22) seats

 

In the North West:

  • The Vryheidsfront Plus with two (2) seats
  • The Democratic Alliance with  four (4) seats
  • The Economic Freedom Fighters with six (6) seats
  • The African National Congress with  twenty one (21) seats

 

In the Northern Cape:

  • The Vryheidsfront Plus with one (1) seat
  • The Economic Freedom Fighters with three (3) seats
  • The Democratic Alliance with eight (8) seats
  • The African National Congress with eighteen (18) seats

 

In the Western Cape:

  • Al-jamah with one (1) seat
  • The Vryheidsfront Plus with one (1) seat
  • The African Christian Democratic Party with one (1) seat
  • The Good Party with one (1) seat
  • The Economic Freedom Fighters with two (2) seats
  • The African National Congress with twelve (12) seats
  • The Democratic Alliance with twenty four (24) seats

 

In the National Assembly:

  • The Pan Africanist Congress with one (1) seat
  • Al Jama-ah with one (1) seat
  • The United Democratic Movement with two (2) seats
  • The National Freedom Party with two (2) seats
  • The Good Party with two (2) seats
  • The Congress of the People with two (2) seats
  • The African Transformation Movement with two (2) seats
  • The African Independent Congress with two (2) seats
  • The African Christian Democratic Party with four (4) seats
  • The Vryheidsfront Plus with ten (10) seats
  • The Inkatha Freedom Party with fourteen (14) seats
  • The Economic Freedom Fighters with forty four (44) seats
  • The Democratic Alliance with eighty four (84) seats
  • The African National Congress with two hundred and thirty seats (230).

 

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Small parties lose big
11 May 2019, 4:41 PM

By Michael O’Donovan

 

One of the defining  features of the 2019 national election was the large number of new parties entering the fray.

This year 48 political parties paid the R200 000 required just to enter the competition for seats in the national assembly.  Only 14 parties are expected to win seats in the National Assembly. The vast majority will lose their deposit as they failed to secure a seat in parliament – in total R6.8m.

However if the 35 smallest parties had entered the competition as a single entity they, with a total of 375-thousand votes,  would have emerged  as the sixth largest party. This places them slightly behind the FF+ but ahead of the ACDP with their 146-thousand votes.

The number of votes they secured collectively amounts to 2 percent of the total.  This would have been sufficient for the parties to win nine of the 400 sets in the National Assembly.

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