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ANC called on to probe provincial IPC coordinator Hlomane Chauke’s suitability to hold office
19 September 2021, 7:10 PM

ANC National Deployees in the North West have been requested by the party’s national officials to conduct an assessment on the party’s IPC Coordinator, Hlomane Chauke’s suitability to hold office.

This, after the complaint by former president Kgalema Motlanthe, who heads the ANC electoral committee, about Chauke’s conduct.

Chauke is accused of allegedly misrepresenting the party’s electoral committee resolutions.

This follows Chauke’s letter to ANC North West regions, amongst others, informing them that there will be no re-runs for the candidate selection process.

Convenor of the ANC Deployees, Obed Bapela, says they will be looking into the matter soon.

“We have agreed to meet next week as NEC deployees to then begin to look at the assignment given to us, and then based on that, we will then be able to look at what are the issues and how deep do they go, so that at a point when we call comrade Chauke to come and give us his own account of why the letter was written, what was his understanding of that letter (sic).”

However, disgruntled candidates in the Matlosana Local Municipality, who were removed from the list, demand that the ANC respect the will of the people.

Spokesperson Itumeleng Gigaba says, “Our position is very clear comrades, that the ANC must respect the will of the community. The ANC must respect those who have been selected in their respective communities. The ANC must ensure that those who have been elected at the end of the day, they end up being registered on the IEC and ultimately, finding themselves on the polls.”

Some ANC members are even calling for the disbandment of the IPC.

Their convenor, Lopang Rothman, says, ”This confirms our allegations or our call that initially, we have made that the IPC of the North West in particular, is not capable to deal with issues that seek to unite members of the ANC. This has been our call all along, that the IPC of the North West should be disbanded. All our allegations and all the noise we have been making that this IPC is incapable, they are divisive they don’t respect the ANC. They don’t respect processes of the ANC that is confirmed that.”

Meanwhile, the ANC national leadership says the intervention in the province will not affect the party’s election campaign.

Disgruntled ANC members threaten to interdict IPC’s branch meetings in North West: 

Hawks seize drugs worth over R2.3 million in Durban
19 September 2021, 5:01 PM

A 47-year-old suspect believed to be involved in dealing drugs is expected to appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Monday. The Hawks in KwaZulu-Natal seized drugs worth over R2.3 million in Durban on Saturday.

Hawks Spokesperson Simphiwe Mhlongo says an intelligence-driven operation led to the arrest of the suspect.

“An intelligence-driven operation was conducted by Hawks members from the Durban Serious Organised Crime Investigation. Working together with Crime Intelligence and Durban Metro Police Drug Team they arrested a 47-year-old suspect for dealing in drugs. Police received information about a suspect who was distributing heroin in various places in the province. An intelligence-driven operation was conducted at Glenwood and the suspect was caught red-handed carrying a bag leaving his place of residence. He was stopped and searched. Upon searching the bag, police found packs of pure heroin powder to the street value of approximately R2 340 000.00. He was subsequently placed under arrest and charged for dealing in drugs.”

Also in Durban, a 42-year-old suspect has been arrested for dealing in drugs worth R12 000 in the Durban CDB. The suspect is expected to appear in court soon.  

Police Spokesperson Thembeka Mbhele says, “Ongoing operations by the police to root out drug trafficking yielded positive results as one suspect was arrested for dealing with drugs in the Durban CBD. Yesterday afternoon, members of the Provincial drug and firearm unit conducted an operation in a park, which is situated under the M4 Freeway, near the Saint Andrews Street Taxi Rank. During the operation, one who man was searched, was found in possession of 260 plastic loops of heroin, 30 pieces of rock cocaine and 47 capsules of heroin. The suspect will appear at Durban Magistrate’s Court facing possession and dealing in drugs charges.”

President Ramaphosa describes Jolidee Matongo’s passing as a huge blow
19 September 2021, 4:06 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has described the death of Joburg Mayor Jolidee Matongo as a huge blow. Ramaphosa was speaking during the last day of the voters’ registration in Mbombela, Mpumalanga.

The ANC president took the party’s campaign trail to Mbombela where he visited Tekwane South and KaMagugu.

Ramaphosa interacted with the residents and encourage them to register to vote.

A plea for improved basic services. Community members in Tekwane South told President Ramaphosa of social challenges that include poor service delivery, poor road infrastructure, crime and drug abuse.

The residents also raised concerns with regard to government’s communication with communities.

“Substance abuse is also a major problem because young people have turned to drugs. They no longer go to school. They have dropped out. We don’t have much access to higher education. The unemployment rate keeps on increasing every time. While in this ward we have a lot of projects, we need our municipality to work on it.”

ANC Head of elections, Fikile Mbalula, says only deserving and capable people will be elected to leadership positions in order to improve the delivery of service.

“It doesn’t mean if you are number one in the list you will automatically become a mayor. We are going to conduct interviews and get the best mayor, who is able to control the finances to give direction to run the municipality and its executive council.”

President Ramaphosa paid tribute to Joburg Mayor, Jolidee Matongo, who died on Saturday when his car collided with another after a voter registration campaign in Soweto.

“It was a very sad moment for me to receive the news that comrade Jolidee has passed away. I worked with him the whole day and I have been involved in the interview to have him appointed. It was a big blow for me. May his soul rest in peace.”

City of Johannesburg Mayor Jolidee Matongo killed in a car crash:

Ramaphosa also called for political tolerance. This, after some ANC and EFF members, clashed in Pietermaritzburg. It is alleged that some ANC members tried to block EFF leader Julius Malema from monitoring voter registration at one of the stations in KwaDambuza.

“There should not be any political clashes. The ANC comrades know that we should allow all political parties to campaign anywhere. We must never stop any political party from campaigning.”

The president has assured the residents of Tekwane South that the construction of the bridge that was washed away by heavy rains in February will start this month.

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Some Afghan girls return to school, others face anxious wait
18 September 2021, 9:32 PM

Some Afghan girls returned to primary schools with gender-segregated classes on Saturday, but older girls faced an anxious wait with no clarity over if and when they would be able to resume their studies at the secondary school level.

Most schools in the capital Kabul have stayed shut since the Taliban captured the city just over a month ago.

Taliban officials say they will not return to the fundamentalist policies – including a ban on girls receiving an education – when they last ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001.

They have now promised that girls will be able to study – but only in segregated classrooms.

Nazife, a teacher at a private school in Kabul which had mixed classrooms before the Taliban takeover, said they had made changes in order to reopen.

“Girls study in the morning and boys in the afternoon,” she said. “Male teachers teach boys and female teachers teach girls.”

However, there was uncertainty for many other girls at the school, which teaches at both primary and secondary level.

On Friday, the education ministry said boys’ secondary schools would soon reopen, but made no mention of girls.

“Their spirits are down and they are waiting for government announcements so they can resume studying,” said Hadis Rezaei, who teaches the school’s female secondary-level pupils.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told the local Bakhtar News Agency on Saturday that arrangements were being made to reopen girls’ secondary schools but he gave no date.

“The education of girls is fixing a generation. The education of boys may affect a family but the education of girls affects society,” said the school’s principal, Mohammadreza.

“We are very closely following the matter so that girls can resume their education and complete their studies.”

Parents urged to take interest in children’s schooling following Limpopo pupils’ triple murder
18 September 2021, 7:01 PM

Social development officials in Sekhukhune, Limpopo, have called on parents to take an active interest in their children’s schooling. They’ve raised the alarm after the murder of three children.

Eight-year-old Themba Ngomane, his nine-year-old sister, Nonjabulo Ngomane, and their 14-year-old neighbour Katlego Sibande went missing on the 31st of August after leaving for school.

It later emerged that the children had not been in class for two weeks prior to their disappearance.

The children’s bodies were discovered in the Mohlabetse River in Phooko, Limpopo.

Their funerals were held today.

Addressing mourners, Social Development’s District director, Veli Maphutha said schools have a responsibility to communicate with parents when learners are absent from school.

He said parents should also check their children’s books to see if they have been attending classes.

“We are making an appeal to parents to communicate with schools about their children’s attendance, but also we are making an appeal to schools to communicate with parents about their children’s absence in schools. If that is done accurately, we will be able to monitor if ultimately our children reach schools.”

Investigation into the deaths of three Limpopo pupils continues: 

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