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Zille commends police for action in Hermanus
20 July 2018, 9:07 PM

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says police have managed to stabilise the volatile situation at Zwelihle township in Hermanus.

Zille has commended the police for arresting a number of people after two policemen were attacked at the township. One officer is recovering in hospital.

Three firearms were stolen and two have since been recovered.

The area has experienced ongoing violent protests linked to service delivery for two weeks. This led to the closure of schools and local business.

Addressing a stakeholders meeting at the Overstand Municipality building in the town, Zille says police have prevented another Marikana.

“The police have prevented another Marikana. There were a lot of people trying for another Marikana, and they arrested four of the ring leaders. We now have to find ways to get enough evidence to send them to jail for a long time,” says Zille.

Meanwhile, residents have called for the release of community leader, Ngcobani Nzongana arrested last week.

“The biggest problem is service delivery. Everything else happening here is the build-up from that. The municipality here is not treating people equally. Our community here is discarded. We are not known. It’s like there is no community called Zwelihle here. All the services focus on the white community … sorry to put it that way, but it’s like that,” says one of the local leaders Siyabulela Notwala.

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Calls rejected to have India prime minister arrested in SA
20 July 2018, 8:54 PM

The Muslim Lawyers Association of South Africa has been turned down in their request to have India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrested when he attends the BRICS summit in South Africa next week.

The Association’s request is based on a report by the UN about military atrocities by India in Kashmir.

Modi is under pressure at home, facing a motion of no confidence coming up soon.

The opposition will use this as an opportunity to make political gains ahead of next year’s general elections. The Prime Minister’s party will now have to prove its majority on the floor of the House and if it fails to win a majority, according to rules, the leadership will have to resign.

Prime Minister Modi’s party the BJP is likely to win the vote but this is an attempt by the Opposition to embarrass the Prime Minister.

 

Muslim Lawyers Association vice chairperson Yousha Tayob, says they will continue with their efforts.

“We will continue to engage with the NDPP. They have also requested substantially more evidence which we will gather for them in days to come so it’s not the end of it,” says Tayob.

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Moyane disciplinary inquiry to start on Saturday
20 July 2018, 8:49 PM

The disciplinary inquiry hearing against suspended SARS Commissioner, Tom Moyane will commence on Saturday in Johannesburg.

Advocate Azhar Bham, SC, is the presiding officer into the disciplinary charges against Moyane.

Charges against Moyane relate to alleged misconduct in violation of his duties and responsibilities in terms of the South African Revenue Service Act, Public Finance Management Act and SARS Code of Conduct.

Moyane’s lawyer Eric Mabuza says he and his client are looking forward to the hearing.

“We are pleased that we’ll have an opportunity to clarify all these misconceptions.  You’ll remember that our client has always said that he needs an opportunity to clear his name.  He’s complained about the unfairness of the inquiry, you would have also seen from the president’s submission, he said that Mr Moyane is sabotaging the inquiry which is not true, so tomorrow we’ll have an opportunity to set the record straight and explain the reasons why Mr Moyane complains why the inquiry against him is unfair,” says Mabuza.

Families of Esidimeni victims awaiting justice still
20 July 2018, 8:47 PM

Families of the Life Esidimeni victims say they are yet to find justice for the death of their loved ones. They accuse officials of dragging their feet in criminal investigations.

Elizabeth Phangela is one of the families still looking for answers. Her relative, Christopher Makhoba, was among the 144 patients was transferred to unlicensed NGO’s, but never lived to tell the tale.

Despite receiving  compensation  Phangela says she is yet to find closure. 

“As long as those people responsible have not been prosecuted I won’t find closure,” says Phangela.

The implicated officials, include former Health Mec Qedani Mahlangu, HoD Dr Barney Selebano and Mental Health Director, Dr Makgabo Manamela, are believed to be the brains behind the deadly transfers.

Despite the Arbitration process finding damning evidence against them, they have not taken personal responsibility.

Families of the deceased believe the NPA is dragging its feet in criminal investigations.

“We need the official charges. We need them to go to court; we need them to tell us exactly what happened,” says Christine Nxumalo of the Esidimeni Family Committee.

The NPA says investigations are yet to be concluded.

The African National Congress says Mahlangu’s matter is still before the party’s Integrity Committee but the Democratic Alliance (DA) believes this is just another delaying tactic.

“I tell you why the ANC Integrity Committee is not doing their job, it’s because they are comrades; they are covering up; they are protecting their friends. Why is Qedani, after the terrible events of life Esidimeni, still on their executive committee,” says Jack Bloom from DA Gauteng.

The DA has instructed government to take legal action against the implicated officials. But for now, families will have to wait a little bit longer for the wheels of justice to turn.

Pretoria man admits to dumping wife’s body but not killing
20 July 2018, 6:50 PM

A Pretoria man accused of murdering his wife has confessed to dumping her body but denies killing her.  Prem Basdeo made the confession in his third statement to the police.

Basdeo is currently applying for bail in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court.

His wife Dawn went missing in June 2018. Her husband reported her missing at the Brooklyn Police station.

The 58-year-old has also been charged with perjury for lying to the police about the whereabouts of his wife’s body.

57 year old Basdeo mysteriously went missing on the morning of the 8th. Her car was found dumped in Soweto on the 10th.

Basdeo admits to having dumped the car in Soweto so it would make it seem his wife was hijacked.

He claims they had an altercation on the morning and Dawn tried to attack him with a knife. She allegedly then slipped on the bathroom floor injuring herself. He then went to dump the body at a veld in Pretoria East, but the police could not find the body at the veld where he said he had dumped the body.

In 2004, Basdeo and his son Jordan were acquitted on a murder charge by the Durban High Court. He was charged with the murder of his first wife, Neetha.

Her body was found in a shipping container with a single gunshot wound to the head.

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