Maxine Waters challenges SA youth to carry on with OR Tambo’s legacy
26 October 2019, 9:28 PM
Congresswoman Maxine Waters has challenged the youth of the country to make sure that they carry on with the legacy of the late former president of the African National Congress, OR Tambo. She was delivering the sixth OR Tambo Memorial Lecture in Boksburg on Gauteng East Rand.
Waters says Tambo made sure that the young people continued to be a symbol of hope to the elders.
The United States based activist and public servant says there’s a lot to learn from the late Oliver Tambo.
“This was president Tambo’s gift…South Africa’s promising youth. I want you to know that OR built the ANC on the values and on a foundation of humanitarian values and he was given by the ANC the moral high ground. His undeniable voters granted him a chance to fight the Apartheid regime. His values were helpful because they were and remain fundamental human rights.”
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Rockman to continue testifying at state capture commission
17 October 2019, 8:01 AM
The commission of inquiry into State Capture continues on Thursday in Parktown Johannesburg with the testimony of former MEC for Finance in the Free State Province, Elizabeth Rockman.
On Wednesday Rockman told the commission that Free State Treasury would not have been aware of the operational issues at the Vrede Dairy Project in 2013.
She said that in 2013 when she participated in a site visit Estina Dairy Farm it looked like a project being well run.
Rockman says it would not have been easy for her department to know whether or not the R104 million that was earmarked for Estina each year was used for the intended purpose.
She is adamant that monitoring and evaluation was the responsibility of the Free State Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
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Former Free State finance MEC admits meeting Gupta brother
16 October 2019, 12:21 PM
Former MEC of Finance in the Free State, Elizabeth Rockman has confirmed that she has met one of the Gupta brothers in August 2011.
She told the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture that she met him during a provincial Executive Committee meeting in Bethlehem.
Rockman says he was presenting the New Age Newspaper’s interest in advertising the Free State government.
She says prior to the meeting she received a call from former Premier, Ace Magashule and told her to meet with him for subscriptions for paper in the Free State.
Rockman says however it was not strange for people who were not part of the provincial government structure to attend Executive Committee meetings.
She says: “It was also not strange for private people to show up at venues where we had executive committee meetings.”
“The idea was that the office of the premier would enter into a subscription agreement on behalf of all departments. At that time we were moving towards transversal contracts. We for example used a media bulk buyer.”
IEC CEO Sy Mamabolo says after lengthy investigations, the commission has concluded that Narius Moloto is not the legitimate leader of the PAC.
He says the IEC followed all its legal processes to arrive at the conclusion.
“That’s where we are, based on those court judges, which of course as the lawful body we can’t ignore but act on them. We have then taken this decision and we hope that the progesterone within the party will have a period of peace, a period of tranquility so that the PAC can focus on its political programs as a political party,” adds Mamabolo.
Meanwhile, PAC secretary-general Apa Pooe has called on all members of the party to unite.
The party has welcomed the decision by the IEC to recognise Mzwanele Nhyontso as the legitimate leader of the party.
This follows internal leadership squabbles that saw the formation of two factions, one loyal to Nyhontso and other to Narius Moloto.
Pooe says they will be holding a strategy-planning conference to discuss ways of uniting the party.
“We are calling on all members of the PAC those who may have left the organisation because of the so-called infighting to come back home. The PAC is now a united single organisation. We are calling on all others who may have supported the former expelled leader Narius Moloto to also come on board and become part of a moving PAC. As the national executive council we’ll also be holding a strategic retreat wherein we will develop strategies on how do we make sure that this perception that has always been there that we are a divided party that we deal with it once and for all.”
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ANC and alliance partners seek to strengthen engagement
2 October 2019, 3:08 PM
ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule says they will soon have a political alliance council to iron out all the underlying issues within the tripartite alliance.
He says both the SACP and Cosatu were part of the NEC meeting over the weekend in Benoni, Gauteng, where there was robust discussion.
Magashule says claims of a lack of consultation with the alliance partners regarding the Economic Development Strategy Plan by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni was discussed.
Magashule however says there are no serious issues within the tripartite alliance.
“We are going to have a political alliance council so that where there are areas of disagreement, because we had a real good discussion, where people were open and frank and our differences are not so much, but we said where there are issues that need to be addressed we have actually made sure that we’ll come back and address those issues.”