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PSL must account for Stadium rampage: DA
22 April 2018, 4:54 PM

Democratic Alliance (DA) Spokesperson on Sports and Member of Parliament Tsepo Mhlongo wants the institution to call the Premier Soccer League (PSL) to account for the violence that erupted at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night.

Mhlongo says the incident that unfolded was unacceptable.

Kaizer Chiefs fans went on the rampage after their team lost 2-0 to Free State Stars during the Nedbank Cup semifinal.

Chiefs Coach Steve Komphela announced his resignation after the defeat.

Mhlongo says the DA wants Parliament’s Sports Portfolio Committee to call the PSL to appear before it soon.

“The DA strongly condemns the violence that erupted at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, that left the destruction of property. We are going to report this to the Portfolio Committee Chair. We are going to write a letter to summon the PSL to come to account to the portfolio committee… And it is shocking – because this happened after the Minister has dropped the inquiry that was supposed to see exactly what happens to all safety at sports matches in PSL games. This is unacceptable – and we are going to make sure they account – and we are not going to treat this lightly.”

 

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Parliament to set date for Mgidlana’s disciplinary
22 April 2018, 4:07 PM

Parliament says a new date for the formal disciplinary hearing of suspended secretary Gengezi Mgidlana will be determined and communicated to him soon.

This comes after the institution indicated that it would continue to pursue disciplinary action after the High Court in Cape Town dismissed with costs Mgidlana’s attempts to interdict the process.

“With the dismissal of the case to interdict the disciplinary hearing against the Secretary to parliament who is on precautionary suspension, it means that the new date will be immediately determined, so that it can be communicated to him, so that the process can the unfold and concluded without delay,” says Parliamentary spokesperson Moloto Mothapo.

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Polish men detained for Hitler birthday concert
22 April 2018, 2:34 PM

Two men have been detained in Poland on suspicion of spreading fascism by organising a concert to mark Adolf Hitler‘s birthday, a prosecutor told AFP on Sunday.

The men, who have not been identified, were detained during a series of raids in Dzierzoniow on Saturday evening by around 300 policemen and agents from Poland’s Internal Security Agency.

“The Polish men, the main organisers of the concert in question, were detained on Saturday. Tomorrow they will be questioned by prosecutors,” Tomasz Orepuk, spokesman for the district prosecutor’s office in Swidnica, south-western Poland.

Around 100 people showed up for the concert, according to Orepuk, and police confiscated neo-fascist paraphernalia including flags and banners.

The public propagation of totalitarian ideologies like fascism or communism and ethnic or racial hatred is banned in Poland, a country still grappling with the memory of Nazi occupation, and carries a penalty of up to two years behind bars.

The raids in Dzierzoniow came as hundreds of neo-Nazis massed on Friday, Adolf Hitler’s birthday, just over the border in the eastern German town of Ostritz for a weekend festival.

Citizens and anti-fascist groups staged spirited counter-protests.

In January, Polish prosecutors charged three men for allegedly propagating Nazism after hidden camera footage of a group celebrating Adolf Hitler’s birthday sparked public uproar.

Legal measures have since been taken aimed at banning the far-right Pride and Modernity group associated with the men.

World War II erupted when Nazi Germany invaded Poland in September 1939.

Some six million Polish citizens, half of whom were Jewish, perished under the Nazi occupation that lasted until 1945.

In November, leaders of the governing right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party spoke out against xenophobia after several government ministers initially defended a controversial Independence Day march organised by nationalist and far-right groups.

It drew 60,000 participants and a chorus of condemnation from around the globe over openly racist banners and slogans.

While many marchers denied membership of or sympathy for extreme right groups, the event also drew representatives of far-right parties from across Europe.

Home Affairs declares war on long queues
22 April 2018, 1:18 PM

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says his department is finalising action plans to deal with problem areas they’ve identified at offices.

The department says it’s concerned following several queries from members of the public and the media on delayed processes and long queues at the offices.

Earlier this April, Gigaba went on a surprise visit to the Orlando West offices in Soweto as part of his on-going campaign to address the complaints.

He says he has received an assessment report that outlines the challenges faced by the public.

“The department is currently finalising the action plans to deal with problem areas identified. The report has identified those areas we think are behind this formidable challenge of queues. In terms of the report, long queues emanate from high client volumes, possible discontinuation of Saturday working hours, leadership issues at our front offices as well as front office spaces itself. The report further list as causes of long queues due to unstable systems, that is networks and applications.”

He has outlined a list of reforms his department is undertaking to address these problems.

Speaking at a media briefing in Pretoria, Gigaba outlined some measures to tackle the war on queues.

“We will be commissioning a customer satisfaction survey, to get the client contact centre working optimally and find a solution for unpredictable walk-in clients and for front office space. Explore possibilities of a new shift system, attend to the unstable system and scale up unannounced visits by senior managers to offices.”

 

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People stealing water in W Cape face fine up to R10 mil
22 April 2018, 12:42 PM

Western Cape Environmental Affairs MEC Anton Bredell says his department will investigate claims that some people are stealing water released from the Bergriver Dam in the Boland .

Five billion litres of water was released into the Misverstand Dam on the West Coast for household and industrial use.

Bredell says the water is 24 km away from its destination.

He says the flow is around 1 km per hour.

Bredell says they received reports that some farmers are stealing the water along the way.

He says those found guilty could be fined up to R10 million.

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