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US President Donald Trump’s brother dies
16 August 2020, 10:42 AM

Robert Trump, the younger brother of US President Donald Trump and a business executive who avoided the spotlight, died on Saturday night, a day after the president visited him in a New York hospital.

Trump announced the death in a statement. “It is with heavy heart I share that my wonderful brother, Robert, peacefully passed away tonight. He was not just my brother, he was my best friend,” the president said.

“He will be greatly missed, but we will meet again. His memory will live on in my heart forever. Robert, I love you. Rest in peace,” Trump said.

Robert Trump, who at 71 was younger than the 74-year-old president, was a business executive and real estate developer. Unlike his reality TV star brother, Robert Trump shunned the limelight.

President Trump made an emotional visit to see his ailing brother on Friday at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Centre before going to his golf club at Bedminster, New Jersey, for the weekend.

The president was expected to attend the funeral, an aide said. He has a busy travel schedule in coming days with plans to visit four battleground states as part of his re-election campaign.

 

Limpopo ANC welcomes ruling clearing Msiza on some VBS allegations
11 August 2020, 9:45 PM

The Limpopo ANC Provincial Executive Committee has welcomed the decision of the High Court in Pretoria, which has cleared treasurer Danny Msiza on some of the allegations in the looting and collapse of the defunct VBS Mutual Bank.

Judge Vivian Tlhapi has set aside parts of the Reserve Bank report findings on Msiza. The court found that Advocate Terry Motau did not afford Msiza the right to procedural fairness before he released the report. Msiza was suspected to be a kingpin who coerced the municipalities to invest funds in VBS.

“That decision is binding on us as the African National Congress we will not comment on the merits and demerits of the judgment because we were not a party to that litigation of utmost importance is that it sets a very good example to members and leaders of the ANC that when there are reports or accusations against you the honours is on you as an indivdual to clear your name and restore your integrity we heartily welcome the judgement,” says Limpopo ANC secretary Soviet Lekganyane.

Msiza’s lawyer, Joseph Maluleke, has described allegations that were levelled against his client as a smear campaign aimed at undermining his reputation, credibility, and character.

Maluke says his client has been vindicated.

“Those are allegations and of Motau had called my client to the inquiry he would have had a full opportunity to put all those questions to him and allow him to respond to them because he didn’t do that its very unfair. Our position has always been that given what was pronounced by the ANC had no legal basis whatsoever, those issues remain hearsay part and parcel of what our client construe as a smear campaign by certain political detractors who do not what to see him carry on with his political duties as a treasury of the ANC in Limpopo.”

Msiza and Florence Radzilani were recently reinstatement into the Limpopo PEC following a fallout on the VBS matter.

In the video below, contradictions over the duo’s reinstatement:

Limpopo government suspends multi-million rand shacks project
11 August 2020, 4:47 PM

Limpopo’s Human Settlement Department has suspended the construction of multi-million rand shacks in Burgersfort.

The 152 shacks to the tune of about R10 million were being constructed at Apiesdoring, Burgersfort. The provincial department says the aim was to alleviate overcrowding in informal settlements during the pandemic.

Following the public outcry about the amount of money being spent on the shacks, the provincial Human Settlement department has suspended the project in Burgersfort. The shacks are similar to the 40, which were handed over to the Talana hostel dwellers in Tzaneen last week.

MEC Basikopo Makamu says the construction will be on hold until they receive the report on quality of the shacks.

“We have decided to say the Burgersfort Extension 10 project should be suspended until we received the report that is commissioned by the national on the issue of Talana so there will be no longer continuing to do the project for now we will not be talking about the costs implications around Burgersfort and the construction because everything has come to halt we will be able to resume immediately after we have received a discussion with national HDA on the matter of Talana.”

In the video below, Uproar over Limpopo housing project in Talana:

Makamu adds that no contractor will be paid until investigations on the quality of work and cost is done.

“The procurement process has been done with the HDA and the contractor I don’t think there will be anybody who be paid for now before we can finish the report in Talana the congestion in the extension 10 is very terrible but the facts remains that we will have to wait and see how do we come with a measure that we will be able to relocate them pending the outcomes of the Talana because we wouldn’t be say we will go and look for an RDP now.”

Fetakgomo-Tubatse SANCO regional chairperson – Putiputi Mokgakala – says the project must just be scrapped not suspended.

“We will never relocate to that place because is far from town so we therefore calling for the MEC Bssikop Makamu and the premier that their project must be scrapped down the SIU must be involved in terms of price inflation those Mikhukhu and shacks we don’t want to see them in Tubatse.”

A report on the investigation is expected to be released next week.

Mabena lived for his family, says family friend
11 August 2020, 3:59 PM

Family friend Winston Maimane says Bob Mabena’s personality shone through in his work and was an extension of him, but his real love was to be with his family at home.

Mabena passed away yesterday at the age of 51. Maimane says Mabena was dedicated to both his family and work.

“In his private space he just loved being behind these gates at home, with family, quiet. Most of the time his phone would be off on weekends because that was his time. He was an introvert. But, Ja, his talents as we all got to experience them to close to 30 years now was just an extension of his authentic self. He just happened to be as good as he was, but he never took it for granted. I know even his last show that he did he always got goosebumps and nervous on his way to work.”

Miamane says the love showed by South Africans Mabena and his family after his death is like an extension of Mabena. He says it was a blessing being in Mabena’s life. Maimane was at the hospital when Mabena passed away.

“I don’t know how one could ever put it into words when you are so blessed enough to have a genuine relationship with somebody that you know loves you and you love him back. It is just as authentic as that and the memories flow in and out and sometimes you laugh about it, sometimes you smile, sometimes you break into tears. But there’s a lot to process and it’s gonna take a long time to get to a point where one’s mindset and emotion settles into this,” he says.

In the video below, tributes continue to pour in for Mabena:

Mabena’s passing unexpected and painful

As tributes continue to pour in for Mabena, the man who spotted his radio talent  when he auditioned for the radio job at the now defunct Radio Bop, Thapelo Thipe, says the radio and television personality’s untimely death was unexpected and is painful.

Thipe says when he spoke to Mabena last week Friday on his show he did not know it was for the last time.

Thipe says he received the news of Mabena’s passing through a text message and thought the sender confused Mabena’s death with that of another former Radio Bop personality, who also passed on yesterday morning

“When I saw that message I immediately wrote back and refuted the report that no you’ve got it wrong the person who is late is Clifford not Bob, and later I was quiet devastated when I saw it on television being confirmed that he is late, utterly shocked, absolutely shocked.”

He described Mabena as a dedicated worker, who was always empowering himself with knowledge.

Thipe says: “He was passionate, quiet focused and used all his time to stay at work, working on the next programme, for instance he would start the morning show, at 6am until 9am, then after 9am he would go and have some breakfast and there after come back again and spend the rest of the day at work in the library, listening to the music and going through magazines and books.”

Thipe says South Africans and the media fraternity must take solace on the fact that Mabena was not selfish and has passed his skills to others.

“We would take comfort from the fact that all along Bob was not selfish but he was replicating himself in others, He was pouring himself in others, and he was raising a new generation of radio personalities like him. He has passed on the baton to the next generation. He is a legend, he has left people who will walk on his footsteps.”

Thipe, who is now a senior pastor in Kimberley, has sent words of comfort to the family.

“I wish to say to the family be filled with God’s strength and God’s comfort, take solace from the fact that a great young man stood among you, and he has left a legacy and that should be a comfort to you, God bless you.”

Findings implicating ANC’s Danny Msiza in VBS theft set aside
11 August 2020, 2:45 PM

Limpopo’s ANC Treasurer Danny Msiza has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the VBS looting and collapse.

The High Court in Pretoria set aside the adverse findings and remarks against Msiza, which are contained in the Reserve Bank’s report, “The Great Bank Heist” on Tuesday.

Msiza had been suspected of coercing municipalities to invest public funds meant for service delivery in the defunct VBS mutual bank.

The court has found that Advocate Terry Motau’s failure to afford Msiza the right to procedural fairness during investigations is unlawful and unconstitutional. It also violated Msiza’s rights in terms of section 34 of the Constitution. The second respondent, the Reserve Bank, has been ordered to pay the costs of both counsels.

The ruling affirms the ANC’s decision to reinstate Msiza into the ANC Provincial Executive Committee in Limpopo. Msiza and the former Vhembe Executive mayor Florence Radzilani, were ordered to step aside by the ANC Integrity Committee following the report in 2018. However, last month – the ANC resolved to reinstate them amid an outcry from various quarters.

In the video below, uproar over Msiza and Radzilani’s reinstatement:

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