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winner of the contentious December presidential election Felix Tshisekedi.
Congolese organisation in SA fears chaos in DRC
10 January 2019, 7:30 AM

The Congolese People’s Organisation in South Africa says the opposition in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is concerned about suspicions of a deal between former president Joseph Kabila and the provisional winner of the contentious December presidential election Felix Tshisekedi.

The organisation fears that chaos could erupt in the DRC – after the country’s electoral commission declared Tshisekedi, the winner.

The other main opposition candidate, Martin Fayulu – who was tipped as the favourite in pre-election opinion polls – came second.

The DRC has been in the grip of a two-year crisis over the succession of Kabila, who said last year that he would step down after nearly two decades in power.

Security has been beefed up across the country amid fears of clashes – after bloody protests marred elections in 2006 and 2011.

The community’s spokesperson Jean Bwasa explains, “We will be in a conflict that might lead to chaos because Fayulu will certainly believe that he should take legal recourse and go to the constitutional court, so that might lead us to a possible invalidation of the electoral course as a whole. If not, we could also pre-empt that there is a cloud hanging on these results due to the fact that there was a negotiation between the opposition and the government’s PPRD. But no one knows what deal was signed.”

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MEC Fikile Xasa
E Cape welcomes sentencing of bogus traditional surgeon
10 January 2019, 6:15 AM

The Eastern Cape Co-operative Governance Department has welcomed the sentencing of a bogus traditional surgeon in the East London Magistrate’s Court.

34-year-old Lelethu Zilibele has been handed either an R8000 fine or two years imprisonment.

This after he was found guilty of circumcising a 15-year-old boy, who was later rescued. Zilibele was also sentenced to three years in jail, which is suspended for five years.

Cogta MEC Fikile Xasa says he hopes that this case will encourage other families to lay charges against illegal traditional surgeons.

“It will take bold steps for families of this nature to arrest such people, because obviously they can’t give evidence. It must be those who are affected directly who must stand up and give evidence. They must be bold because they will have pressure from society.”

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Cows
Namibia suspends meat imports from SA
10 January 2019, 6:14 AM

Namibia has suspended meat imports from South Africa due to the outbreak of the highly-contagious foot and mouth disease.

South Africa’s Agriculture Department says the disease, which causes lesions and lameness in cattle, sheep and pigs, was detected in Sundani village in the Vhembe District Municipality in Limpopo last year.

Chief veterinary officer Dr Botlhe Modisane says South Africa has lost its foot and mouth disease-free zone status.

“Losing status for foot and mouth disease zone freedom, we had to notify our trading partners, the international community of the disease until we have determined the extent of the spread. We are not able to export. It is such a big crises because we now have to stop all exports of cloven hooves, animals probably and their products.”

Residents of the village have expressed shock about the outbreak of the disease. They say it is the first time they’re experiencing it and have called on experts to urgently intervene.

“Foot and mouth disease is a life threatening disease to cattle. We have seen foot and mouth disease for the first time here in our village. It had never happened. We need veterinary officers to come and assist us so that our livestock survive. We are appealing to the department to intervene,  we need is to get vaccinations for this disease.”

 

 

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Ramaphosa reassures professionals
10 January 2019, 5:38 AM

African National Congress (ANC) President Cyril Ramaphosa has reassured professionals that the ANC understands their aspirations and will act on them.

He made the assurance in his address to hundreds of professionals in Durban on Wednesday night ahead of the launch of the ANC’s election manifesto on Saturday.

The party’s loss of support in the major metros in the 2016 local government elections has been attributed to the disgruntled middle class – many of them professionals – with the ruling party and its policies.

Ramaphosa, who was flanked by KwaZulu-Natal ANC chairperson Sihle Zikalala, answered questions from the professionals.

“We are pleased that you are articulating the views of people on the ground and we are going to be heeding those views be they issues of employment equity, be they issues of funding for businesses, be they issues of empowerment for young people who should get into business, businesses all those issues are top of mind for us.”

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Train collision in Pretoria.
EFF want MEC Vadi and Minister Nzimande to take responsibility for train collision
9 January 2019, 10:01 AM

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Gauteng says Transport MEC Ismail Vadi and Transport Minister Blade Nzimande must take responsibility for Tuesday’s fatal train collision in Pretoria.

The party says that the two have failed to hold PRASA accountable for the many deaths in the past.

Since January last year, 22 people have died in train crashes on the country’s railway lines.

EFF Gauteng’s Chairperson Mandisa Mashego says Vadi and Nzimande should consider the fact that train commuters are vulnerable members of society.

“What we are saying is that we want Ismail Vadi to get directly involved, to make sure as the MEC for Transport in Gauteng that the issues of safety and anxiety and the concerns of our commuters who are 100% the black working class. We need him to make sure that the correct compensation level is starting to be given.”

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