IFP expresses shock at killing of municipal councillor
12 October 2019, 5:31 PM
The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) in KwaZulu-Natal has expressed shock at the killing of its uMsinga municipality councillor Khaya Sithole in the midlands.
The party says Sithole was shot and killed by unknown men attending a municipal function.
IFP Chairperson in KwaZulu-Natal Thamsanqa Ntuli says councillors in the province are the main victims of brutal killings.
Ntuli urged police to work around the clock in arresting those who killed Sithole
“He was killed in front of the community and we received the news that when they were going for lunch some gunmen came and shot him and the other person who was part of the function to death. We are very concerned as the IFP because this is not the first incident where we see political leaders being killed in KwaZulu-Natal.”
Bafana aims to use Mali game to accelerate the progress of the team
12 October 2019, 4:00 PM
Bafana Bafana aims to use the international friendly against Mali in the Nelson Mandela Challenge on Sunday, to accelerate the progress of the team.
The team has been preparing this whole week in Port Elizabeth and are excited to execute the game plan that was developed.
It will be Molefi Ntseki’s first game as coach of the team since his appointment in August.
Bafana Bafana striker, Percy Tau, believes intra-squad competition is healthy and players are working harder to make the starting line-up.
Players like Tau, Bradley Grobler, Lebogang Phiri and Thembinkosi Lorch are expected to be included for the game against Mali on Sunday.
“The players are excited and everyone is looking forward to the game and it will be our first friendly under the new coach Ntseki, so we just want to go and do better and keep the momentum we had from AFCON.”
African National Congress (ANC) provincial chairperson, Zamani Saul says corruption is crippling governance in the Northern Cape.
He was speaking during the closing of the party’s local government summit at De Aar in the province.
Saul says the party needs to become honest about corruption.
“In the provincial government there is corruption there, that is a fact and the people of South Africa especially here in the Northern Cape have become sensitive around issues of corruption. As the ANC, cadres of the movement and deployees of the ANC we should lead the charge against corruption. It shouldn’t be an issue of the opposition parties.”
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Saul has also issued a warning, saying his party is in danger of losing the province to the Democratic Alliance (DA), if it does not improve governance in municipalities.
The Northern Cape ANC is on the path of introspection. Identifying what needs to be changed for it to recover the lost electoral support.
The party is currently governing with electoral support of 57 % – the lowest since 1994.
“Our character as the governing party is at a tipping point. Any wrong move and we are likely to lose this province. If we don’t address that, the DA Western Cape model of taking over will come to the Northern Cape. That is where we are heading to. There’s a DA model of takeover which is knocking, you can hear the drumbeats.”
Irregular expenditure in the province’s municipalities has increased to R624-million.
Self-serving and incompetent mayors were lambasted by the ANC chairperson, reminding them to serve their communities.
“You get into the municipality, you meet the mayor who is the political leader of the municipality this guy is just a complete joke. He does not know where he wants to take the municipality to, he does not care to share the vision, he does not care about any form of control over the affairs of the municipality.”
Out of the 31 municipalities, only one received a clean audit. The Sol Plaatje municipality – which runs the capital of the province, Kimberley, was singled out as one of the municipalities that needs to improve.
Sol Plaatje municipality mayor, Patrick Mabilo says something has to be done to improve service delivery in the municipality.
“The premier has just given us the marching order. We have no alternative but to accelerate service delivery and the summit will assist us to look at our internal challenges and come with a comprehensive program to address them,” says Mabilo.
Saul says this lekgotla should not be just a talk shop, but a starting point for implementing changes for better governance.
South Africa celebrates International Day of the Girl Child
The initiative focuses its attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and promotes girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.
On the 18th of September 2019, the Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities (DWYPD) attained Cabinet approval of the national Sanitary Dignity Implementation Framework (SDIF).
The SDIF operationalizes girl’s and women’s call for universal and equitable access to sanitary dignity in the country.
Chief Director for social empowerment and participation from the Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities Dr. Ntsiki Manzini Matebula spoke to SABC.
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Cargo plane crashes in Congo, killing presidential staff on board
11 October 2019, 2:40 PM
A cargo plane carrying presidential staff crashed in eastern Congo on Thursday, killing all eight passengers and crew, a presidential advisor told Reuters on Friday.
The plane, carrying President Felix Tshisekedi’s driver, a logistics manager and some soldiers, was headed for the capital Kinshasa and went off radar on Thursday afternoon, an hour after departing, a statement from the civil aviation authority said.
It crashed in a forest in Maniema and broke up upon landing.
“There are no survivors. The bodies were all burnt to ashes,” said advisor Vidiye Tshimanga.
The cause of the accident was not yet clear.
Local media showed a crowd of hundreds of Tshisekedi supporters hitting the streets of Kinshasa after the news broke on Friday morning, fearing that the plane crash had been some kind of failed coup attempt against Tshisekedi.
The president took over from long-standing former President Joseph Kabila in 2019.
No information immediately backed up such a claim.