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FF Plus lays charges against Sedibeng East education director
17 January 2018, 4:32 PM

Freedom Front Plus leader Pieter Groenewald has laid charges of intimidation and defeating the ends of justice against a Sedibeng East director of education Criselda Makhubela.

This emanates out of the Hoerskool Overvaal court case.

The High court in Pretoria set aside the Gauteng Education Department’s decision to place 55 English speaking learners at Overvaal an Afrikaans medium school.

Groenewald says during the case it emerged that two principals from neighbouring English medium schools indicated they had capacity for additional learners.

He claims the education director intimidated the principals into changing their statements to say they don’t have space.

Groenewald says the allegations against the education director constitutes a criminal offence.

“We also laying a charge of intimidation and instigation of perjury. These are very serious allegations against this director which was actually mentioned in the court. And therefore we say we expect the police to act in this to ensure that people must know that they cannot just break the law and get away with it.”

Cape Town nightclubs gang appear for a bail hearing
17 January 2018, 4:21 PM

Lawyers of the five men accused of intimidating and extorting restaurant and nightclub owners in Cape Town say further delays in their bail application amount to an infringement of their human rights.

Nafiz Modack, Colin Booysen and three others were arrested in connection with the alleged violent takeover of nightclub security in December.

The matter was postponed again on Wednesday due to the investigating officer falling ill.

The state told the court the investigating officer, Charl Kinnear, suffered chest pains on his way to court and is seeing a doctor. Kinnear is under cross examination by lawyers of the five accused.

The state is opposing bail saying the accused might interfere with witnesses.

The state also says they are facing serious crimes.

The lawyers for the five men say their clients are prejudiced by their long stay in prison because they are unable to earn an income. Others say they cannot access their life saving medications.

The five allegedly terrorised businesses in what is believed to be turf wars in the Cape Town nightclub scene.

They allegedly demanded payments of up to R90 000 per month per business to provide security.

During his testimony on Wednesday, investigating officer Charl Kinnear told the court that Modack and Cronje would be charged for last year’s murder of a bouncer at the Cubana nightclub in Green Point.

Magistrate Joe Magele granted the postponement.

The matter will return to court next Wednesday.

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Juncker says would like Britain to rejoin EU after Brexit
17 January 2018, 3:22 PM

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday he would welcome any British attempt to re-join the EU after Brexit, as Brussels jumped on speculation about a second referendum.

Juncker’s comment about possible re-accession comes a day after European Council President Donald Tusk said that the bloc’s “hearts were still open” if Britain decided to change its mind about leaving the EU.

Top EU officials have made a series of remarks about Britain reversing its decision since leading Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage floated the idea of a new vote following the June 2016 Brexit referendum.

Juncker, who heads the EU’s powerful executive arm, said Brexit was a “catastrophe” and a “lose-lose situation both for the British and members of the European Union.”

“Mr Tusk says our hands remain outstretched. If the British wish to find another way than Brexit, we are then ready to talk about it,” Juncker told the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

“I did note that in London there was a rather irritated response to this proposal, but even if the British leave according to article 50 (of the EU’s treaties), there is as well an article 49, which allows rejoining. I would like that,” he added.

“And I would like that we treat each other now in a reasonable way and do not try to outmanoeuvre each other.”

Responding to criticisms that the EU still does not understand the euro-sceptic sentiments that led to Brexit, Juncker admitted that “the guilt lies on many” for the fact that Britain “never felt entirely comfortable” in the bloc.

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesperson on Tuesday ruled out a second vote.

Britain voted for Brexit by 52 % to 48 % in a referendum in June 2016, stunning the world and deeply worrying the EU as it confronted a series of other crises.

Farage on Wednesday backtracked on his earlier referendum comments, in a debate with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in the European parliament.

“I would just say this to you: I don’t want a second referendum on Brexit, absolutely not,” the former UK Independence Party leader said.

“But I fear that you are all working together with Tony Blair and Nick Clegg (former British prime minister and deputy prime minister respectively) to make sure we get the worst possible deal,” Farage added.

On Thursday, Farage told British TV that “my mind is actually changing on this” and that “maybe, maybe I am reaching the point of thinking we should have a second referendum” because it would “kill off the issue for a generation”.

Britain and the EU reached a deal in principle on separation issues in December, and are due to start talks next month on a short transition period after Britain’s departure in March 2019.

Talks on future relations including the all-important issue of a possible trade deal, and how closely Britain will stay allied to the EU’s single market and customs union are not due to start until April.

Five accused of murdering SACP member Blose plead not guilty
16 January 2018, 9:19 PM

The murder trial of Inchanga South African Communist Party (SACP) member Nonsikelelo Blose got underway in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

Five men have been charged with her 2016 murder.

They’ve also been charged with the attempted murder of a Young Communist League (YCL) member who was present at the scene.

Bonginkosi Hlengwa, Sthembiso Mnguni, Lindokuhle Basi, Khehla Shozi and Lungisani Lungu Shozi have pleaded not guilty to both counts.

About two weeks after the 2016 Local Government Elections it’s alleged Nonsikelelo Blose went to a local tavern in Fredville to buy braaied meat, to celebrate the results.

She was shot there and died shortly afterwards.

The five men that have been charged with her murder are also charged with the attempted murder of Wandile Nxumalo, who was also at the scene.

He is the son of former eThekwini mayor James Nxumalo.

According to Blose’s daughters’ emotional testimony, one of the accused fired two shots hitting her mother. She alleges that his friends then pulled him away and fled the scene.

According to the charge sheet, it’s alleged that the murder was planned or premeditated and was committed by a group of people with a common purpose.

In a statement the suspects admitted being at the tavern, but say they were there, merely drinking liquor, enjoying each others company and singing.

They also denied being in possession of firearms.

The trial is set down for four days.

Water shortage a great challenge in North West province
16 January 2018, 8:22 PM

It has been six weeks since the residents of Bapong village near Gelukspan in the North West have had water.

The infrastructure provided by the district municipality is not functioning, forcing them to buy water from neighbouring communities.

The 12 000 litre water tank serves no purpose as there is no diesel for the generator to pump water into it.

Residents are frustrated.

“We are dying of thirst. We want to know where our municipal budget goes to, because they’ve been giving us diesel. Where is it going now?”

The Ngaka Modiri Molema District municipality blames this debacle on a lack of communication between a community member who was appointed to monitor and order the diesel.

Councillor Gilbert Mathakathaka MMC for infrastructure says:

“These pump operators, we receive them from the community meetings when we want one – so we are going to make the councillor to come and account, and on his account, he must just take the matter back to the community for the community to deal with such pump operator.

Forty litres of diesel were delivered to the village after SABC News alerted the authorities.

 

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