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Solly Msimang
DA calls for removal of some candidates on ANC list
17 April 2019, 9:12 PM

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has escalated its objection to the African National Congress’ (ANC)  list for Parliament and Provincial Legislature’s candidates. The DA protested outside the ANC headquarters led by its premier candidate Solly Msimanga.

The party was also on its election campaign trail in Bloemfontein and in the Northern Cape. This is the DA’s conviction when it comes to ANC leaders, fit for prison. The party claims Luthuli House is sending corrupt candidates to be lawmakers.

They have pointed out Deputy President, David Mabuza and National Chairperson of the ANC Gwede Mantashe as those who should be removed from the party list.

“These are not people that deserve to go to Parliament. These are not people that can be our public representatives, but these are people who should actually be sent to jail. We are here to say today, we have brought them uniforms; we don’t have to use tax payers’ money anymore to be giving to them while they are being sentenced. We are saying this is where they deserve to go,” says  Msimanga.

However, the ANC dismissed DA’s protest as cheap politics.

“Their usage of the ANC as a scapegoat is not going to assist them. They normally say where they govern they govern better, but now you can’t govern by running away from your responsibilities, particularly to your residents, to your tax payers, to the citizenry of the country.”  says ANC Spokesperson Dakota Legoete.

Meanwhile, in Bloemfontein the DA says it is still concerned about lack of safety for rural women. The party marched to South African Police Services (SAPS) Free State Commissioner’s office to hand over a memorandum.

“We want to highlight the plight of our women. They are raped and murdered, our police don’t have resources, and many cases are struck off the roll. Police don’t have capabilities. Cyril Ramaphosa is being looked after by 30 people but the ordinary people are not safe,” says DA Free State Premier Candidate Patricia Kopane.

The DA alleges lack of specialised investigative units has led to many reported cases not appearing before court. DA leader Mmusi Maimane visited residents of Douglas, in the Northern Cape.

Residents there are still using the bucket system. Maimane says Douglas residents are still using buckets and are poor.

He also says there is a criminal case opened against Good Party leader Patricia de Lille and the matter should be adjudicated by the electoral court.

Maimane says they will be meeting with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to discuss the ruling that the party should apologise to De Lille.

People with Sudan flag
SA urges UN to be guided by regional bodies in Sudan interventions
17 April 2019, 8:54 PM

South Africa has urged the United Nations Security Council to be guided by the regional approaches of the African Union and IGAD to its future interventions in Sudan. The Council met for its regular session on the situation in Darfur where the United Nations has a peacekeeping mission but developments at a federal level where also highlighted after the removal by the military of long-standing President Omar al-Bashir.

Several Council members endorsed the call by the African Union’s Peace and Security Council that threatened to revoke Sudan’s membership if the self-appointed Military Transitional Council does not establish a civilian government by the end of this month.

The head of the UN Mission -South Africa’s Jeremiah Mamabolo informed Council members that UNAMID remained vigilant, continuing with its robust posture  and that UN staff had not been targeted during the military takeover.

“However, protests continue in Khartoum and other parts of the country, with a sit-in at the Sudan Armed Forces Headquarters demanding the immediate transfer of power to civilians. It is worth noting that the Military Transitional Council has since initiated dialogue with the Declaration of Freedom and Change, the umbrella body of the protestors and other elements of the opposition, on a feasible transitional mechanism that would be all-inclusive and representative of all Sudanese interests.”

South Africa’s Jerry Matjila said it was critical for the Sudanese people to seize this opportunity to address all their current differences and ensure inclusion for all.

“South Africa underscores the importance of a credible transition and a transparent process and arrangements that will aide in unifying the country. The international community should rally behind the ambitions of the Sudanese people as they find one another and figure out the future of their country. The Council, in its engagement on Sudan should further be guided by regional approaches and through the African Union and IGAD.”

Kuwait was among those who cautioned against Council intervention arguing that developments in Sudan remained an internal matter while others urged the transitional military council to meet the demands of the protestors for wholesale changes in government and a return to civilian rule. Germany welcomed the strong intervention of the African Union through Minister of State Niels Annen.

“Germany believes that these voices of the people need to be heard as Sudan charts a new way forward. Therefore, Germany welcomes the statement of the African Union, which strongly underlines the imperative of a civilian-led and consensual political transition in Sudan. We echo this clear political message from the region. And we call upon all actors in Sudan to move in this direction – with determination, with urgency, and above all: without violence.”

The United Kingdom’s Jonathan Allen urged Sudanese authorities to use the opportunity to build trust in the country.

“Sudan is at a crossroads. The transitional military council faces a choice – it should listen to the Sudanese people, respect their legitimate demand for legitimate rule and enable the transition to a system which respects human rights, democracy and fundamental freedoms and delivers accountability. Making that choice would mean a new Sudan, it would be a Sudan respected in the international community of nations.”

Sudan’s envoy also called the matter an internal one, arguing there was no justification for discussing the matter in the UN Security Council; this is despite the AUPSC’s unambiguous deadline for a return to civilian rule.


Jacob Zuma
Zuma challenges High Court state capture judgment
17 April 2019, 7:36 PM

Former President Jacob Zuma says the High Court in Pretoria has failed to exercise proper judicial discretion when it delivered a damning order against him. Zuma has now approached the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein.

He is challenging the December 2017 High Court ruling which ordered him to personally pay the costs of his failed attempt to stop the release of the “State of Capture” report by former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

In papers before the SCA, the former President has argued that his court action was justified. He contends that he was of the view that former Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, sought to re-allocate his constitutional roles and that punitive costs order against him in his personal capacity raised constitutional issues.

Zuma is adamant that it could never be reckless and unreasonable for the President to seek to establish whether the chief justice could participate in the process of the establishment of a commission of inquiry in terms of the constitution.

Madonsela’s report led to the establishment of the State Capture Commission of Inquiry, headed by Deputy Chief Justice, Raymond Zondo.

Ironically then President Zuma authorised the very same commission.

The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution believes Zuma has failed to raise issues of conflict of interest in his SCA papers and that the High Court judgment was unassailable and properly reasoned.

In their papers before the SCA, the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) claim that Zuma’s alleged improper conduct was to pursue a personal agenda to benefit himself, his family and his associates from being held accountable.

The appeal hearing is likely to take place in August.


On air radio microphone
Government wants to repatriate Radio Freedom equipment
17 April 2019, 5:38 PM

South Africans, exiled to various African countries during the apartheid era, used Radio Freedom to send key messages back into the country. The Department of Arts and Culture is now repatriating all the Radio Freedom equipment that was left behind in the host countries.

This is all part of the celebrations of the 25 years of South Africa’s democracy. 56-year-old Promise Khumalo is a broadcast veteran who knows the story of Radio Freedom. She skipped the country at the age of 14 years, and five years later she joined Radio Freedom in Madagascar.

Mam’Khumalo says returning to Madagascar 38 years later has made her nostalgic. Her memories are still a sore point, one that she is not prepared to talk about. She says Radio Freedom was a voice for the voiceless and gave people direction.

however, for the Arts and Culture Department, the mission is to preserve Radio Freedom’s history. Director- General Vusumuzi Mkhize, says Radio Freedom played a role putting pressure on the apartheid government.  “The heritage will be kept to teach future generations.”

The equipment will be officially handed over on Wednesday. It will be stored at Freedom Park in Pretoria.

Omar al Bashir
Toppled Bashir moved from residence to Khartoum’s Kobar prison -relatives
17 April 2019, 4:55 PM

The deposed Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir was moved from his residence to Kobar prison in the capital Khartoum, two family sources said on Wednesday, and a prison source said he was being held under tight security in solitary confinement.

Sudan’s military ousted Bashir after weeks of mass protests that climaxed in a sit-in outside the Defence Ministry compound. Protests are continuing and their leaders say the unrest will not cease until the ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) hands power to a civilian-led authority ahead of elections.

The Sudanese Professionals’ Association (SPA), leading the revolt, has called for sweeping change to end violent crackdowns on dissent, purge corruption and cronyism and ease an economic crisis that worsened during Bashir’s last years in power.

In initial steps to tackle corruption, the TMC ordered the central bank to review financial transfers since April 1 and to seize “suspect” funds, state news agency SUNA said on Wednesday. SUNA said the TMC also ordered the “suspension of the transfer of ownership of any shares until further notice and for any large or suspect transfers of shares or companies to be reported” to state authorities.

Bashir, 75, had been detained under heavy guard in the presidential residence inside the compound that also houses the Defence Ministry, before being shunted to Kobar prison late on Tuesday, the family sources said.

Kobar, just north of central Khartoum adjacent to the Blue Nile river, housed thousands of political prisoners under Bashir’s repressive rule and is Sudan’s most notorious jail. At least some political prisoners have been freed since Bashir’s overthrow, including several SPA figures. Awad Ibn Auf, an Islamist like Bashir, initially headed the TMC before stepping down after one day in the post.

Abdel Fattahal-Burhan, who has engaged in impromptu dialogue with protesters in the streets of the capital, now heads the council and has promised to hold elections within two years. Bashir ruled Sudan with an iron hand for 30 years after seizing power in an Islamist-backed military coup.

Uganda will consider offering asylum to Bashir despite his indictment by the International Criminal Court, a foreign affairs official said in Kampala on Wednesday.

“Uganda would not be apologetic at all for considering an application by Bashir,” Okello Oryem, Uganda’s state minister for foreign affairs, told Reuters.

Bashir faces ICC arrest warrants over accusations of genocide and crimes against humanity in Sudan’s Darfur region during an insurgency that began in 2003 and led to the death of an estimated 300,000 people. He denies the allegations.


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