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Mahumapelo’s leave is unlawful: Law expert
10 May 2018, 10:30 AM

Constitutional law experts and political analysts say, the decision to place embattled North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo, on the so called leave of absence, is unlawful and unconstitutional.

They maintain that an acting premier can only be appointed if the Premier is abroad or on sick leave.

This is after the African National Congress (ANC) Provincial Executive Committee ordered Mahumapelo to abandon his planned resignation and stay put.

Mahumapelo has since appointed MEC of Finance Wendy Nelson as acting Premier.

Political analyst, from North West University, Dr. Piet Croukamp, says if the matter could be challenged in court, opposition parties may stand to win.

“The Constitution does not make provision for that at all. I think this is some sort of an agreement between Supra Mahumapelo and ANC in Luthuli House. He is most likely that he will never come back. If the Economic Freedom Fighters goes to court the court may just grant them the point. Because it is unconstitutional but I think before they finalise the matter, the ANC will act on this. I think there’s already an agreement that Supra must go, it’s just how fast they can come to the agreement, who should be appointed,” says Croukamp.

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‘North West corruption won’t stop under fraud-accused Nelson’
10 May 2018, 9:23 AM

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) says the appointment of North West Finance MEC, Wendy Nelson as acting Premier will not stop maladministration and corruption in the province.

In March, the North West health and social development portfolio committee laid corruption charges against Premier Supra Mahumapelo and Nelson, among others, in the wake of investigations into suspected R160-million fraud, corruption, and maladministration relating to a Gupta-linked medical service provider, MedioSA.

Mahumapelo reneged on his resignation as premier on Wednesday and took a leave of absence instead.

Nehawu spokesperson Khaya Xaba says it is going ahead with its planned mass action next week in the North West, in solidarity with the provincial health and social development workers who have been on a go-slow.

“Supra Mahumapelo and Nelson are cut from the same cloth. She was also involved in the R160 million tender of health and social development so it’s just replacing one person with another who will continue with the looting and the corruption so that’s why we are going ahead with our national day of action next week Wednesday to speak to these issues and register our discomfort,” says Xaba.

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Mahumapelo’s days in office are numbered: Analyst
10 May 2018, 9:04 AM

Political analyst, Ralph Mathekga says Supra Mahumapelo’s days as North West Premier are numbered and it is just a matter of time before he is replaced.

Mahumapelo took leave of absence on Wednesday and appointed Finance MEC Wendy Nelson to be acting Premier.

This after he reneged on his pledge to resign and now the African National Congress (ANC)’s national leadership is left to decide his fate.

Mathekga says although there seems to be a consensus that Mahumapelo must go, there are divisions in the national leadership which he is using to his advantage.

“I don’t think he can survive but the reality is that he was never go without a fight. There is no way that Mahumapelo will stay where he is. The national leadership seems to communicate that they want him to go but we know within the national leadership of the ANC there are divisions and for the likes of Mahumapelo it is about the difference between stay in their position or go to jail.”

“They are using the platforms that they still have to be able to push against an investigation into their conduct in the past. At this point in time the ANC has to manage this in matter that they are not being seen castigating a faction in North West in a manner that could result in a cost to the party come 2019,” says Mathekga.

Meanwhile, another political analyst Lesiba Tefo says Mahumapelo’s arrogance could be attributed to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s failure to exercise his authority.

“They’ve been overly circumspect and cautious in taking the decision. Yes, the president is a process man but in the process of managing the process I think they allowed Mahumapelo and his team to regroup and to be much stronger had they taken the decision earlier,” says Tefo.

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Civil group slams law enforcement on children killings in South Africa
9 May 2018, 2:09 PM

The Teddy Bear Foundation Director, Dr Shahida Omar has called on society at large to protect children.

Shahida’s call comes in the midst of media reports on raped, missing and killed children around the country.

Recent incidents include that of a ten year-old girl who was found hanging from a tree at her home, and was discovered by a friend.

According to the police, there was no foul play on Ntwisiso Chabalala suicide.

Shahida says, “I think it is not just parent’s responsibility to protect children, it is a whole community based responsibility. It requires a wider intervention, protection of children from all sectors. Yes, parents need to monitor every movement of their children and know where and whom their child will be spending time with. We should make it our business to keep children safe.”

Shahida has also bemoaned the law enforcement saying it let the perpetrators off lightly then they should.

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De Lille calls for evidence on corruption allegations against her
9 May 2018, 10:46 AM

Sacked Democratic Alliance (DA) leader, Patricia de Lille has called on the party leadership to provide evidence about the corruption allegations against her.

This comes after De Lille’s membership in the DA was revoked on Tuesday. She is being accused of undue influence particularly in appointing city manager, Ahmed Ibrahim, and failing to exercise her duties as City of Cape Town mayor.

“I am challenging DA leadership today, I will avail myself anytime from 12 o’clock, and we can sit with all of those, work through them in an open public meeting with the media. I have been asking for specific details around all of these allegations for the past six months. They are repeating the very same nonsense. I have gone as far to court, two months before the 3 of May, the court ordered the DA to provide me with records and evidence of the Stuinhuisen report. They failed to produce any evidence,” says De Lille.

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