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Busisiwe Mkhwebane
Mkhwebane says those speaking out against her are facing hot seats
16 February 2020, 5:50 PM

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane says those who are speaking out against her are doing so only because they are either facing disciplinary action or know of contemplated action. She has also questioned the timing of their complaints and says she suspects they might be working with those who are trying to have her removed from office.

This follows another complaint to parliament by a senior official in her office about alleged financial mismanagement. One of the complaints is that she spends too much money on litigation.  Mkhwebane’s spokesperson, Oupa Sekgalwe, says she is forced to defend herself in court.

“The PP does not just wake up and decide to take people to court. It is those people who take her to court. They filed affidavits citing her as a respondent. That alone forces her to take part in that litigation and therefore spends the money,” says Sekgalwe.

National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise has been asked to investigate the office of the Public Protector for alleged financial mismanagement. In a letter, the Public Protector’s representative in the Free State Sphelo Samuel says he has no other recourse but the Speaker’s office.

Among the allegations is that Mkhwebane has created an atmosphere of fear and that staff are isolated. He also says staff members are unable to perform their duties as they are not provided resources. Samuel has cited the example of not being able to visit their office in Qwaqwa, where there were protests recently.

“We have an office there. I can’t even visit my office. I have to rely on report and I can’t guide the investigation. That is because the office claims not to have money. The reason we don’t have money is because Mkhwebane is using the resources to fight court battle we don’t need to be fighting,” says Samuel.

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The Public Protector has also noted with disappointment what she calls the blatant distortions of the explanatory affidavit she deposed to following a court application by the Chairperson of the Judicial Commision of Inquiry into Sate Capture.

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She released a statement to clarify.

Farm cows
N Cape Department of Agriculture wages war against stock theft
16 February 2020, 5:06 PM

The Northern Cape Department of Agriculture is partnering with farmers and police to curb stock theft. In 2019 farmers lost hundreds of animals.

The department says poorly resourced farmers are feeling the pinch.

The Saamwerk Saamtrek Farmers Association says vigorous intervention is needed as stock theft is threatening the rural economy. The associations Sehularo Sehularo says a challenge is with the auctions not verifying when buying animals.

“The challenge is that if you sell at the auctioneers they don’t verify the brand mark they just buy your animals and for us as farmers we feel that stock theft is affecting rural economy because you find that people in rural areas, when their livestock is stolen they end up not having anything to do and then rural economy just dies,” explains Sehularo.

Police have threatened to arrest all people who transport animals without the necessary paperwork. Provincial police spokesperson, Mohale Ramatseba explains.

“We are also sensitizing our communities especially the farming communities. When they transport stock make sure that their stock is having permits so that as we do our road blocks we are able to check. When people are caught with stock without permits we will deal with them accordingly.  That’s why we always urge our farmers when they transport stock they ensure that they have permits,” explains Ramatseba.

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Faith Mazibuko
Department of Education called to register all that sell at schools
16 February 2020, 4:39 PM

Gauteng Community Safety MEC Faith Mazibuko has called on the Department of Education to register all those that sell items at schools.

This follows the arrest of a cake seller after 16 Ikusasalethu High School pupils in Soweto suffered food poisoning after eating so called “space cookies,” which are also known as dagga cakes, and were subsequently rushed to hospital last week. They have all since been discharged.

MEC Mazibuko says the department and parents need to know what is being sold to the learners.

“We wish to call upon MEC of education that they must start registering all people that are selling at the schools. Because once you know who is selling and who is selling what, you would be able to avert such things. A 21-year-old has been arrested. I suspect she overdosed this time because she says they are in demand. We need parents also to come on board; you must know what your children are eating at school. We have been fighting drugs that have been sold through the fences, now it’s obvious they are bringing them straight into the schools using some of the learners,” says Mazibuko.

Two learners have been suspended for allegedly helping with the sale of “space cookies”.  Gauteng Education spokesperson Steve Mabona says the suspended learners – who have been released into their parents’ custody –  are to face a disciplinary hearing.

“The two learners that were suspected to have sold the said cakes were then apprehended by the police. But then released because of them being minors. We also understand that the woman, who owns the cake business, was also arrested and detained at Dobsonville. The two boy learners were suspended with immediate effect. They will be appearing on February 24 at their disciplinary process.”

 

Cyril Ramaphosa
Eastern Cape ANC fully behind party president Ramaphosa
16 February 2020, 4:30 PM

The African National Congress (ANC) in the Eastern Cape says it is fully behind party president, Cyril Ramaphosa, amid rumours about an attempt to remove him at the upcoming National General Council (NGC) of the party.

The province is the second after Gauteng, to throw its weight behind Ramaphosa.

ANC Eastern Cape secretary, Lulama Ngcukayithobi, says they don’t expect any talk about an ousting.

“We do not expect anybody or anyone or anything to talk to the leadership changes and so on including the ousting of the president. It will not happen. The ANC in the Eastern Cape will go to the NGC to make contributions on the organisational renewal and unity of the ANC as it has been articulated in our national conference. So we do not expect anything diverting from that dictum,” says Ngcukayithobi.

Meanwhile, the ANC will not able to deliver on the programme of radical economic transformation if the party remains divided. This is word from ANC chairperson in the Northern Cape Zamani Saul who was addressing ANC delegates at the party’s two day lekgotla in Kimberley.

Saul told delegates that the ANC should focus on uniting as a party and cleansing itself of destructive tendencies like self-entitlement.

“We should see a leadership collective of the ANC that is committed to the renewal program to unite the ANC and ensure that we cleanse the movement from shallow destructive cultures. Why with all the privilege that has been accorded to us through the deployment processes of the movement we still want to steal?” asks Saul.

Cash in transit
SA sees cash-in-transit incidents almost daily in 2020
15 February 2020, 1:20 PM

At least one cash-in-transit incident has occurred every day countrywide since the beginning of the year.  21 of these were committed in Gauteng.

National police spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo says not all cash-in-transit incidents are categorised as heists. He says an incident is only considered as a heist if the suspects get away with money. Naidoo adds that heist gangs come up with new moda operandi every day.

The chief executive of the South African Banking Risk Information Centre, Susan Potgieter says about 35 cash-in-transit incidents have taken place since January.

 

 

 

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