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EFF top 6 positions open to all delegates: Ndlozi
13 December 2019, 6:33 PM

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) National Spokesperson Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has rubbished claims that the party’s top six positions have already been decided on and the second National People’s Assembly is only a rubber stamp of the decision.

The party’s 3 800 delegates gathered in Nasrec, Johannesburg, will vote for new leaders tomorrow.

EFF leader Julius Malema is widely expected to retain his position. However, the positions of Secretary-General and Deputy President might be contested.

Ndlozi says they’ll use a secret ballot system and every delegate is entitled to nominate a candidate of their choice.

“The people of South Africa, if they are watching they will all have the opportunity to see what is going to unfold. I’m saying to you with 3 800 people who have the opportunity to raise whatever name from the floor and who has the opportunity to vote in a secret ballot in a free and fair election. I think those are grounds to expect any surprise,” says Ndlozi.

Meanwhile, EFF students command and fellow young people within the party say the National People’s Assembly should strongly consider introducing women’s command.

SABC News spoke to some of them during registration at the Soweto Campus of the University of Johannesburg.

Below are some of their expectations from the conference:

Public Protector to petition the SCA over Estina ruling
13 December 2019, 4:40 PM

 

The Public Protector will petition the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) following the North Gauteng High Court ruling that’s dismissed her leave to appeal the judgment on her  Estina Diary farm report.

Judge Ronel Tolmay dismissed the matter with costs.

Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane had hoped the court will grant her permission to have a May ruling, which  declared her report on the diary scandal unlawful and uncostitutional reviewed.

She also wanted leave to challenge a cost order against her arising from the same case.

Public Protector spokesperson, Oupa Segalwe says they will approach the Supreme Court of Appeal following the disappointing ruling.

“Obviously the public protector is disappointed with this we would’ve expected a different outcome. But this is not the end of the road for us. We will be petitioning the SCA to challenge judgement of the high court. It has done its part and its time for us to approach the SCA with the hope of a different outcome,” says Segalwe.

The project at the centre of the storm was a multi-million rand Free State government initiative aimed at benefiting emerging farmers, but turned out to be a cash cow for the politically connected individuals.

Former Free State Premier Ace Magashule and former MEC for Agriculture Mzebenzi Zwane were alleged key players in the scandal.

Mkhwebane’s 2018 report on the matter, however, made no findings against the duo.

It also emerged she hadn’t questioned them during investigations.

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Eastern Cape motorists warned to be cautious of rock falls
13 December 2019, 4:31 PM

The Eastern Cape Roads and Transport Department is warning motorists travelling on the R61 between Port St Johns and Mpantu to be cautious of rock falls.

Rocks continue to fall, especially in mountain passes, due to heavy rains that lashed the area this week.

Department spokesperson Unathi Binqose says they are keeping an eye on the road.

“We are not surprised by reports of rock falls in Port St Johns and we would like to call on motorists to be alert just about all across the province. Rains are much welcomed, but we know that with their arrival there often are troubles associated with them particularly for our motorists. That is why we are calling on them to be alert at all times particularly in mountain passes we may experience more rock falls.”

eThekwini Municipality ready to fight crime this festive season
12 December 2019, 2:28 PM

The eThekwini Municipality has declared war against all criminals who will be visiting the city intending to commit crime during the festive season.

The municipality has launched its Festive Season Management Plan to outline its readiness to host thousands of holidaymakers who will be visiting the city.

The municipality says more law enforcement agencies will be deployed with the aim of ensuring the safety of holidaymakers. Among the attractions in the city is the new eight kilometre beachfront promenade that starts at the Blue Lagoon and ends at the Point Waterfront, making it the longest in Africa.

EThekwini Municipality Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda has issued a warning that law enforcement agencies will be out in full force.

He says they will be working with the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to ensure that cases involving tourists are resolved urgently.

“The National Prosecuting Authority has also been brought to deal with crimes perpetrated against tourists. We have appealed to the SAPS and the NPA to endure that cases involving tourists must be dealt with speedily because they are in the city for a short period of time. We don’t want to delay our tourists when they are here,” says Kaunda.

Kaunda says that as part of minimising congestion at the beachfront, the municipality will again use the park-and-ride system.

“To minimise traffic congestion at the beachfront, Metro police will enforce the traffic management plan. The city will once again implement the park and ride system that will be based at the old drive-in site. Our visitors will be ferried to the beach via shuttles and no taxis and buses will be allowed on the beachfront,” adds Kaunda.

Visitors are cautioned to refrain from drinking and swimming and leaving children unattended in public places.

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No arrest made in connection with toddlers’ deaths in Northern Cape.
13 November 2019, 3:55 PM

No arrests have been made in connection with the case of two toddlers who were found dead in a refrigerator at Bankhara village in Kuruman in the Northern Cape.

The two – aged four and five – went missing at the weekend and were found dead in a refrigerator in a yard opposite their homes.

Northern Cape police spokesperson, Mohale Ramatseba says an inquest docket has been opened.

Ramatseba says, “We have opened a case of inquest for further investigation. We would like to appeal to our communities to make sure that children don’t play around unused freezers or old cars.”

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