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Zandile Gumede
Pro-Gumede supporters released on a warning
11 July 2019, 8:34 PM

Another 15 supporters of eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede have been arrested following a scuffle with police at the Durban Magistrate’s Court.

They were part of a group who blocked the streets in front of the court where seven other supporters who were arrested earlier, were due to appear.

They have been released on a warning.

The protesters are demanding the immediate reinstatement of Gumede.

The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal announced on Wednesday that Gumede’s leave of absence relating to corruption charges has been extended by another 30 days.

Thursday afternoon the ANC’s provincial offices were closed after the protesters marched to the building.

Police used stun grenades and fired rubbers bullets to disperse the crowd that blocked the street, outside City Hall.

Gumede took special leave after being charged with fraud and corruption relating to a R208 million Durban Solid Waste Removal tender.

Several municipal offices remain closed after workers were forced out on Thursday morning.

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Zandile Gumede
Gumede’s supporters take fight to ANC provincial headquarters
11 July 2019, 2:52 PM

The ANC’s KwaZulu-Natal provincial offices in Durban have been closed after angry supporters of eThekwini mayor, Zandile Gumede gathered in front of the building to demand her reinstatement.

Earlier some protesters were arrested after they blocked the busy Pixley ka Seme Street, formerly West Street, demanding Gumede’s return to office.

Staff and ANC provincial leaders left the offices as the protesters approached.

Meanwhile clashes once again broke out between police and supporters of the mayor. Police used rubber bullets to disperse a crowd of protesters who tried go to the Durban Magistrate’s Court where 7 of their colleagues would be appearing.

The seven were arrested during Thursday morning’s protests and charged with public violence.

A journalist with Independent Media was also arrested and charged with common assault. A case against him was opened by a Metro police officer he is alleged to have assaulted. But he has since been released.

The supporters want the ANC’s national leaders to intervene.

The ANC’s provincial executive council in KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday extended the mayor’s 30-day leave of absence due to corruption charges against her for a further 30 days.

One of the supporters says they want the ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule to address them.

“We are here to demand that the national must send one of their own in the form of secretary general comrade Ace Magashule to come and address us. Because we have exhausted every available avenue to speak with the leadership of the province in the form of the PEC. So we are here to demand to them that they facilitate a meeting with the national office bearers.”

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Dirco to discuss Koloane with President
11 July 2019, 2:30 PM

International Relations minister, Naledi Pandor says she will have a discussion with President Cyril Ramaphosa regarding what action to take against South Africa’s Ambassador to the Netherlands, Bruce Koloane.

This after allegations emerged again at the Zondo Commission this week that Koloane continued
brokering deals for the Gupta family.

Koloane appeared before the Commission this week to answer questions relating to his role in Gupta wedding plane saga at Waterkloof in 2013.

He was caught in a lie at the Commission after he claimed to not have used the name of former President Jacob Zuma in facilitating the landing of the plane at the Waterkloof Air force base.

It later emerged in recordings that he had in fact done so. It has also been reported that Koloane continued to help the Guptas in his position as ambassador.

Pandor says “I do think we need to have a discussion with the President. We’ve not had such a discussion yet. It is my intention that we do discuss whether any particular action might be merited, be it some form of letter or further training or any other action the President might deem necessary.”

Pandor also answered questions about SA’s Ambassador to Denmark, Zindzi Mandela’s comments on social media about the expropriation of land.

“I indicated there is nothing wrong with an Ambassador stating the policy perspectives of SA, particularly with respect to such a painful matter, as land. However, I did say there is a particular conduct I expect of our diplomats……it harms our standards.”

AfriForum has since laid a complaint of hate speech to the Human Right’s Commission.

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Nomhle Nkonyeni
Veteran actress Nomhle Nkonyeni dies
10 July 2019, 11:43 AM

The family of veteran actress, Nomhle Nkonyeni, has confirmed her passing in Port Elizabeth after a short illness.  She was 75.

 

Nkonyeni was recently awarded with the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver by President Cyril Ramaphosa in Pretoria.

Nkonyeni has been in the industry for more than 50 years and has appeared in numerous television productions including Mzansi, Igazi, Tsha-Tsha and the 2007 mini-series, Society.

The Nkonyeni family says it will release an official statement shortly.

 

 

WATCH: Memorial service for Mandla “Spaceboy” Maseko
10 July 2019, 11:39 AM

The memorial service for 30-year-old Mandla Maseko, popularly known as Spaceboy, is being held at Airforce Base in Swartkop in Pretoria.

Maseko died in a motorbike accident at the weekend. He became popular after he was set to become the first black African in space.

Maseko earned the name Spaceboy after he beat 1 million people to become one of the 23 people, who won a seat sponsored by the Axe Apollo Space Academy, on an hour-long suborbital trip in 2014.

Spaceboy will be buried on Saturday at Zandfontein cemetery in Pretoria.

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