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EFF is not a patriarchal party: Hlengiwe Mkhaliphi
14 December 2019, 12:49 PM

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Deputy Secretary General, Hlengiwe Mkhaliphi has smashed claims of the party being preserved as patriarchal.

Speaking at the EFF’s second elective conference in Nasrec, Mkhaliphi says introducing a Women’s Command is something delegates would need to debate.

“Five years ago, during the last elective conference the idea was put to the table. However, as the party was in its formative stage, it was something we could not take on,” says Mkhaliphi.

“At the first elective conference, two women were appointed into the top six positions,” says Mkhaliphi.

Mkhaliphi says all branches know and understand the mandate of diversity within the party.

Delegates at the EFF’s second elective conference are expected to nominate and elect top party leaders on Saturday.

The Institute of Election Management, which is chaired by former IEC top brass, Terry Tselane, will conduct the elections.

Some political analysts say Julius Malema is expected to be re-elected as party leader. They say the other five leadership positions will be highly-contested.

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EFF denies banning journalists from its elective conference
13 December 2019, 10:30 PM

The South African Editors Forum (SANEF) is accusing the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) of acting unconstitutionally.

The party has barred journalists from the Daily Maverick, the Citizen and other media houses from attending its elective conference in Johannesburg this weekend.

SANEF says journalists should not be excluded for merely doing their job.

“SANEF wants the EFF to include a diversity of journalists at it elective conference. We believe that citizens deserve information from all different perspectives both from critical voices and basically all kind of media houses. So what we are worried about is it seems that the EFF is actually not including all different groups and it sounds like all the critical voices have been excluded,” says SANEF’s Director Kate Skinner.

But the EFF is rubbishing SANEF’s claims.

The party says it was technically impossible to accommodate the over 600 journalists who applied for accreditation.

EFF leader Julius Malema says some media house’s numbers of journalists were reduced to prevent duplication.

Malema adds that the Daily Maverick and the media group’s investigative unit, amaBhungane, were not banned but were just not invited because the EFF has no relationship with the media house.

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Limpopo to intensify road safety campaigns this festive season
13 December 2019, 10:25 PM

The Limpopo Transport department will intensify road safety campaigns during the festive season.

MEC Dickson Masemola says law enforcement officers will be deployed across all major routes across the province.

Police officers will also be deployed in anti-crime operations, as the festive season unfolds.

During the first week of December traffic authorities launched a road safety campaign on the N1 near Polokwane. Motorists whose vehicles and credentials were checked were pleased with police visibility.

“I feel good because here on the road there is many people who are driving without licenses, without the papers of the cars and carrying overloaded people. I appreciate the way they are controlling everything, we are safe,” says one motorist.

The province is expected to see an increase in traffic volumes from this coming weekend. Deputy Police Commissioner, Jan Scheepers says there will be more anti-crime operations.

“The main aim of this road block is to first prevent crime, but also to make sure that the users of our roads are safe. We look at the safety of our drivers and vehicles. We make sure everyone is adhering to the rules of the road, the rules of the country and also to make sure that everybody traveling here is safe,” says Scheepers.

MEC Masemola says law enforcement officers will be deployed across all major routes.

“Throughout the province today and going forward we are busy trough lawn enforcement through the roads of the province conducting road blocks, doing stop and search as an extra-ordinary measure to make sure that these festive season we do not leave things unturned. Last year in the province 163 people died by the end of December out of 335 accidents. We do not want to see those numbers going forward,” adds MEC Masemola.

Motorists urged to be cautious on the roads
13 December 2019, 10:06 PM

As thousands of holidaymakers make their way to various holiday destinations for the festive season, motorists have been warned to be vigilant on the roads.

The Johannesburg Metro Police Department says it has begun to experience heavy traffic leaving the city using the N3 and the N1 north highways.

JMPD Spokesperson Wayne Minnaar has urged motorists to exercise caution while driving and to rest when taking long distance trips.

“Traffic is slowly starting to pick up in many of the major routes, particularly the N3 going towards KwaZulu-Natal and the N1 towards Limpopo. Motorists should do a pre-trip inspection before embarking on a long trip. And drivers should drive within the speed limit. They should not overtake when it is not safe. This behaviour causes accidents,” says Minnaar.

Traffic is also increasing on the N4 towards the Lowveld in Mpumalanga.

“We are definitely seeing increase on the volume of traffic going to the Middelburg Plaza as we speak, we expecting traffic to increasing more as people are heading towards the Lowveld and Mozambique on holiday,” says Trans African Concession (TRAC) Spokesperson Solange Soares-Nicholson.

At least 86 drunken drivers have been arrested so far in Johannesburg since the city launched its 2019 festive season safety operation over a week ago. The operation was launched by Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula. The Minister has warned that lawlessness will not be tolerated on South African roads.

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Staggie’s family not seeking revenge
13 December 2019, 9:22 PM

The family of former Hard Livings gang leader Rashied Staggie is still trying to come to terms with his death.

Staggie was shot while sitting in a car outside his family home in Cape Town this morning.

He succumbed to his injuries in hospital.

“There is quite a lot of family coming in and out, that are in great bereavement and sorrow, media will say another gangster, but he was somebody’s brother, husband and family but unfortunately we live at a time where nobody cares for each other as they should,” says Staggie’s younger brother, Solomon.

He says although there’s rumours that his brother’s death could be gang-related, his family won’t be seeking revenge.

Western Cape Community Safety Ministry Spokesperson Cayla Murray says police are on high alert following the murder, while police say they are following several leads after two suspects were seen leaving the shooting scene.

Staggie and his late twin brother Rashaad were notorious gang leaders in the 90s.

The People Against Gangsterism and Drugs protesters gunned down and set alight Rashaad in 1996 at the same street where Staggie came under a hail of bullets today.

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