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Samwu unhappy over Sol Plaatje Municipality’s failure to table report
23 August 2019, 6:48 AM

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) in Kimberley in the Northern Cape has warned that the Sol Plaatje Municipality’s repeated failure to table a damning report on the municipality’s affairs will have dire consequences.

Despite repeated attempts, the municipality once again failed to table the report during a council meeting this week.

The report found that municipal CFO Lydia Mahloko regularly flouted procurement processes and that municipal manager Goolam Akharawary improperly benefited from a scarce skills allowance.

Samwu which went on strike last month says its members and the community will shut down the city should the municipality not follow through on its promise to table the report.

The union’s Dailey Semau says, “They have agreed now, suddenly the councillors don’t want this 106 to be tabled. So it creates a serious problem because that is one of our demands.”

“We want the 106 to be tabled. Now we are in a process to meet with the leadership of the community to see what pressure we can put on the municipality to complete this process of adopting this 106.”

 

Chippa confident of registering first win
23 August 2019, 6:33 AM

Chippa United are confident of registering their first win in the Absa Premiership when they take on Golden Arrows in Durban on Saturday.

United’s first two games of the season against Stellenbosch FC and Mamelodi Sundowns, both at home, were draws.

Coach Clinton Larsen, was in charge of Golden Arrows for three seasons before joining the Port Elizabeth-based side in January.

Larsen says three points in Durban will give them a solid start for the season.

“For us it’s all about consistent, trying to remain unbeaten, and I think three points in Durban will give us a solid start to the season getting give out of nine points, and to allow us the small objectives we set ourselves. In terms of the five game groupings and get minimum of seven points, getting three points will put us on course to achieve that,” adds Larsen.

 

Ramaphosa denies money donated to ANC members influenced cabinet
23 August 2019, 5:59 AM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has rejected suggestions that payments made to African National Congress (ANC) members who helped him to become party president influenced his cabinet selections.

Some Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members have resigned over money they received from Ramaphosa.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane asked during Ramaphosa’s oral question and answer session in the National Assembly whether the payments were some kind of reward.

His question evoked an outcry in the house, with Speaker Thandi Modise intervening.

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Judge Willie Seriti
Court to rule on arms deal findings
21 August 2019, 9:18 AM

Civil organisation, Right2Know, has sought to explain its reasons for bringing an application to the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria – to review and set aside the findings of the Seriti Commission of Inquiry into the controversial arms deal.

Corruption Watch and Right2Know (R2K) have argued that Judge Willie Seriti’s 2016 findings misled the public by exonerating politicians and public servants in wrongdoing during the arms deal saga.

Judgment in the application will be handed down at the High Court on Wednesday morning.

R2K national deputy co-ordinator, Ghalib Galant, says they believe the commission was selective in choosing who would testify or present evidence.

“Our challenge is essentially a procedural one, with how Judge Seriti handled the commission. The outcome, which exonerated those politicians, found no wrongdoing and it should be set aside. When witnesses were called before it, there were some that weren’t even asked a single question by the commission and the judge. It looked to us like the commission was very selective in what it chose to allow it and also who it excluded from testifying or presenting evidence,” explains Galant.

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Zimbabwe police block another protest
21 August 2019, 6:16 AM

Zimbabwe police deployed in force on Tuesday to block a street protest for the third time in five days, as the main opposition party said hopes were vanishing that the government might become more tolerant of dissent than the regime it replaced.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa was elected a year ago on a pro-reform ticket, promising a break with the political repression that characterised Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule and an economic upturn.

But the economy is mired in its worst crisis in a decade, and security forces have used strong-arm tactics to snuff out three attempts by the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) to hold street demonstrations since Friday.

“There is a determined effort by the regime to ensure that there is no more democratic space,” MDC national spokesman Daniel Molokele said.

“They are also deploying a lot of military and police in the streets… It clearly shows that the new government is even worse than that of Robert Mugabe.”

Tuesday’s heavy security deployment was in the central city of Gweru, where police – who had banned the march on Monday night – patrolled on foot and in lorries and cordoned off a university, a local journalist told Reuters.

The MDC said it would challenge the ban in court on Tuesday. The party failed to overturn two previous bans on marches in the capital Harare on Friday – where police rounded up MDC followers and dispersed them with batons and water cannon and tear gas – and in the second city Bulawayo on Monday.

In the days before the planned Harare demonstration, six political activists were abducted from their homes at night and beaten by armed men, rights groups say. [nL8N25B4N3]

They also say the government has this year levied subversion charges against at least 24 activists and opposition leaders, the highest number in a single year.

The MDC says the protest bans are unconstitutional, while police said they have had evidence the protests would turn violent and did not have enough manpower to monitor them.

Bulawayo saw massive looting and destruction of property in January as protests against a steep rise in the price of fuel turned violent, triggering an army crackdown that killed more than a dozen people.

Those deaths set a question mark against the 76-year-old president’s pledge to end the Mugabe-era repression – which the bans of recent days have further undermined.

“The move to ban demonstrations predicated on a spurious assertion that the opposition is plotting violent regime change, is not sustainable,” said analyst Piers Pigou, Crisis Group’s senior consultant for southern Africa.

“…This is contrary to the precepts of a “new administration” that President Mnangagwa and his team want to sell to the world.

The president, who served as a Mugabe aide over four decades, is also struggling to make good on promises that austerity-driven reforms will revive the economy, as popular anger mounts over triple-digit inflation, rolling power cuts and shortages of U.S. dollars, fuel and bread.

The crisis has revived memories of the hyperinflation of a decade ago that forced Zimbabwe to ditch its currency.

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