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Fikile Mbalula
AfriForum considers private prosecution against Mbalula
7 August 2019, 8:49 AM

Lobby group, AfriForum, has warned that it will consider private prosecution against Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula should the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) fail to take action against him.

This follows the Public Protector’s findings that Mbalula’s family holiday to Dubai in 2017 was funded by sporting goods supplier, Sedgars.

Mbalula was Sports Minister from November 2010 to March 2017 and was helped by the firm when he failed to settle the bill for the lavish holiday.

AfriForum’s Monique Taute says they have laid criminal complaints of money laundering and corruption against Mbalula.

“The NPA’s failure to prosecute Mbalula on the PP’s recommendations has compelled AfriForum to lay these charges. We hope the NPA will do their job and the case will be investigated.”

“We believe that Mbalula had unfairly benefitted from this relationship. In the case the NPA does not take the appropriate steps, AfriForum has its own private prosecution unit and we will be looking at private prosecution as we believe there is a prima facie case if you look at the report of the PP.”


Jessie Duarte
ANC disputes any acts of illegality during 2017 leadership campaign
7 August 2019, 8:45 AM

The African National Congress (ANC) says it is not aware of any acts of illegality by any of its leaders during the party’s 2017 leadership campaign.

This follows leaked emails that allegedly provide details on donors for President Cyril Ramaphosa’s ANC leadership campaign.

The emails were published by News24 over the weekend, allegedly showing that Ramaphosa knew who some of the donors for his campaign were.

In a recent report, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane found that Ramaphosa misled Parliament about a R500 000 donation he received from Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson.

Ramaphosa has taken the report on review.

The ANC says the email leak is an attempt to undermine public confidence in Ramaphosa.

ANC Deputy Secretary-General Jessie Duarte says the party supports Ramaphosa’s version of events.

“You base your narrative on leaked emails, but you also have to have the responsibility to say where those emails come from. The President has given his truth in this matter, to say there is one email that I do recognise, the President had made available from his own pocket money for the campaign.”

“When he says he didn’t know, we believe in the ANC that we accept that. If he says he didn’t know, he is not going to say he didn’t know when he knew.”

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Eight provinces to hold ward by-elections
7 August 2019, 8:10 AM

Twenty-seven municipal ward by-elections will be held in eight provinces on Wednesday. The by-elections will be contested by 105 candidates from 15 political parties and five independent candidates.

The elections will take place in all provinces except in the Western Cape.

Five of the by-elections will be held in Mpumalanga, they include wards in Mbombela, Emalahleni and in Msukaligwa.

Mpumalanga IEC spokesperson Sibusiso Nkosi says the wards became vacant as a result of resignations and the death of the councillors.

“In Mpumalanga we have a total of five by-elections, one in Msukaligwa, two Emalahleni and two in the City of Mbombela. In Msukaligwa we have by-elections in ward 12 and ward 15, Emalahleni also in ward 29.”

“We have a by-election that will be contested by four candidates in the City of Mbombela ward 2…. Stations will be opened from seven o’clock and close at nine o’clock in the evening. We look forward to having a full participation by the communities.”

In Limpopo, there will be a by-election in ward 4 at Mookgopong. This comes after the resignation of an ANC councillor who has been appointed as a member of the provincial legislature.

Limpopo Electoral Officer Nkaro Mateta says four parties are contesting the by-election.

“The ward councillor responsible for ward 4 in the area of Mookgopong resigned. She was given a position as a member of the provincial legislature in Limpopo province, so as a result a vacancy was declared. The four candidates contesting ward 4 are  from ACDP, ANC, EFF as well as Mookgopong party.”


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Pink performing on stage
Pink’s tour crew crash land at Danish airport
7 August 2019, 6:41 AM

A private aircraft carrying members of US singer Pink’s tour crew crash landed at a Danish airport early on Tuesday and burst into flames, but all occupants escaped unharmed, concert promoter Live Nation Norway said.

“I have been told that it was part of Pink’s team which was on-board the plane and that everybody is unharmed,” Rune Lem of Live Nation Norway told Reuters.

The American singer, who is due to give a concert in the Danish town of Horsens on Wednesday night, was not on the plane.

The aircraft had been travelling from the Norwegian capital Oslo, where she performed on Monday night.

Pink is known for pop songs like ‘What About Us’, ‘Just Give Me A Reason’ and ‘Just Like A Pill’.

Danish police said a plane arriving from Oslo had an accident during landing at Aarhus airport, but that all 10 people on-board managed to leave the plane uninjured.

Passengers included four Americans, two Australians and a British citizen.

Botswana may experience tough elections in October
7 August 2019, 6:12 AM

Botswana’s 2019 polls may be the toughest and most competitive elections the landlocked nation has seen yet. This as the governing Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has experienced a significant decline in popular votes over the years, falling from 80% in 1965 to 47% in 2014.

The BDP faces a tough battle to retain power in the face of fierce competition from a coalition of three parties under the Umbrella for Democratic Change, as well as new parties including the Botswana Patriotic Front.

The elections are due to be held in October.

Wynter Mmolotsi, the President of the Alliance for Progressives, which will be contesting elections for the first time says, “We are hoping for a win. We are in this game to win because we are doing everything in our interest and in our power to ensure that we cover all corners of this country.”

He adds: “We have produced one of the best manifestos that we are trying to sell to the nation and we are very convinced that Batswana are listening to us.”

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