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Hundreds of virgins converge in Mthatha for annual Inkciyo custom
5 December 2019, 7:30 PM

Hundreds of virgins from various parts of the Eastern Cape have converged at the Bhaziya Traditional Council outside Mthatha to celebrate the annual Inkciyo custom.

This cultural practice is aimed at promoting pureness among young girls with the aim of preventing teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted illnesses and upholding moral values through the testing of their virginity.

Young girls in the province face numerous challenges like forced marriages as well as a myth that having sex with a virgin cures HIV/AIDS.

The young girls believe this custom keeps them safe in society.

“It’s not only about where you come from, but it teaches you morals and how you are supposed to conduct yourself and gives you pride. We are always encouraged to focus on ourselves because those who are against this custom do not want young women to succeed,” say some young girls.

Meanwhile, Chairperson of the House of Traditional Leaders, Chief Mwelo Nonkonyane says they want their traditions to be a bulwark against moral degeneration.

“We had to perform the ritual early this morning to call upon all the ancestors to protect these girls and also to encourage our women. We condemn with the strongest possible terms the notion that if you have sexual intercourse with a young girl then it will cure Aids. All those people are criminals that need to be dealt with. This ceremony, therefore, encourages us all to work together to make sure the dignity of an African is restored,” says Chief Nonkonyane.

ANC and EFF vote out Tshwane Council Speaker
5 December 2019, 7:01 PM

The African National Congress (ANC) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have voted out the Tshwane Council Speaker Katlego Mathebe, with 111 votes.

The no-confidence vote against Tshwane Mayor Stevens Mokgalapa, which was delayed by several interruptions, will follow shortly.

This after the Speaker of the house was allegedly “chased from her seat” and her deputy ended up being accused of “smelling of alcohol”.

Tshwane Speaker Katlego Mathebe recused herself pending a motion of no confidence against her.

Meanwhile, the DA is drawing up legal documents to challenge the appointment of EFF acting speaker, Obakeng Ramabodu as well as all the decisions taken after his appointment as Speaker in the Tshwane Council.

DA provincial leader John Moodey says they will bring the urgent court application as soon as possible.

The DA contends it is illegal to elect an acting speaker when the Speaker, as well as the City Manager, are available to preside over the meeting.

The motion of no-confidence in the Speaker, Katlego Mathebe, was successful with the ANC and EFF voting for the motion and the DA refusing to vote.

Moodey says the DA will not walk out of the meeting but will also not participate in an illegal process.

Hospital surgery
(Warning Graphic Content) Women in critical condition after being violently attacked
5 December 2019, 6:57 PM

A 35-year-old woman is in a critical condition in hospital after her arms were cut off and her skull cracked during an attack, allegedly by her partner, at uMkhuze on the far north of KwaZulu-Natal.

The incident took place on Tuesday night in the presence of the victim’s 2-year-old child.

The victim, Nkosing’phile Nxumalo, was rescued by neighbours who heard her screams. She was then airlifted to a hospital in Durban. Speaking from her hospital bed, Nxumalo recalls the ordeal.

“He takes a big bush knife, he cut my hands and all over my body in my elbows and head. There was a lot of blood in the room and there was a baby, my little one, Sintusethu, she’s only 2 years. She was crying and I was crying. He thought he finished me. He took a rope, he committed suicide. And then I called the neighbours, they opened the door,” says Nxumalo.

Meanwhile, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Dr Stephen Simango says Nxumalo will have to undergo a number of surgical procedures. Simango says Nxumalo’s life will never be the same again.

“She has lost her arm. She has multiple cuts within the arm and a deep one which is here. She has another deep cut at the back and 8 wounds on the head for which one of them has fractured her skull. She has a big cut of the hand cutting through, with the hand handing on this piece of tissue. Her life will never be the same again. A teacher by profession, her life has been changed totally psychologically, functionally and all respect her life will be different,” says Dr Simango.

John Steenhuisen
DA disappointed at losing Joburg Mayor vote
5 December 2019, 5:24 PM

The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it’s disappointed to lose Wednesday’s election for the Johannesburg mayoral position. DA interim leader John Steenhuisen says the party is particularly disappointed at what he referred to as “ill-discipline” of councillors in its ranks who voted against the party line.

The African National Congress’s (ANC) Geoff Makhubo was elected the new executive mayor of the City of Johannesburg.

The position became vacant after former mayor Herman Mashaba resigned both as the mayor and also as DA member last month.

Steenhuisen says the party will be taking up the opposition benches with its head held high, but he lamented that its councillors have shown no loyalty to the party.

“Let me be very clear and upfront; I am extremely disappointed by the ill-discipline shown within our own ranks yesterday by a couple of DA councillors, who appeared to have broken ranks with the party and used the secret ballot to vote against the Caucasus line. I think what also emerged yesterday (was that) the EFF was not the kingmakers they said they are gonna be. But even with them, we would not have been able to cross the finish line,” says Steenhuisen.

Chaos erupts in Tshwane Council special meeting
5 December 2019, 5:18 PM

Chaos has erupted in the Tshwane Council special meeting for a motion of no confidence in the Mayor and the Speaker. The Speaker of the Tshwane Council, Katlego Mathebe recused herself before the special council meeting started under loud protest from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) saying they want to speak directly to her when bringing the motion of no confidence in her.

EFF council members tried to prevent her from leaving. Her deputy, Sweli Khumalo, took her place. The EFF however forcefully removed the chair from under him and he left the podium.

Last week, the Speaker disallowed a previous motion of no-confidence from the EFF in Mayor Stevens Mokgalapa. The meeting is yet to start.

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