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KZN church leaders want tough sanctions against electoral fraudsters
10 May 2019, 4:44 PM

Church leaders in KwaZulu-Natal are calling on authorities to give a fitting sentence to those who will be found guilty of electoral fraud.

At least 20 people have been arrested for allegedly attempting to vote more than once.

17 of those nabbed are from KwaZulu-Natal, one of them is from Gauteng and two others hail from Mpumalanga.

The church leaders held a media briefing in St. Joseph in Durban on Friday. They expressed disappointment at the attempts by some voters to bring the Wednesday general polls into disrepute.

The clerics urged investigators to speed up the process so that the matter could be laid to rest.

Their call comes amid an audit to gauge the scale and impact of alleged multiple voting on the country’s provincial and national elections results.

At least 35 political parties want a re-run of the polls due to the alleged double voting.

Some are alleging that results of their party votes at voting districts where their supporters voted are not appearing on the leader-board.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the DA have dismissed the vote rigging claims – with the red berets admitting that the IEC should look into the outcry over its ink which was said to have been easily washable – despite specifics that it should last for days.

DA leader, Mmusi Maimane, says the party will closely monitor the outcome of the IEC’s audit, set to be done once  vote counting is complete.

Youth voter turnout concerns

The South African Development Community (SADC) Election Observer Mission is urging the country to investigate reasons behind a low registration and vote turnout among the youth.

Head of the Mission Zambian Foreign Minister, Joseph Malanji, was addressinge the media at the time in Pretoria.

Out of 26.7 million registered voters, 5.7 million of them were below the age of 30.

Malanji says the country’s think tanks should not let this go unchecked. “This requires special attention. The SEOM proposes the IEC, Human Science Research Council (SAHRC) are urged to assess the possible causes of voter apathy among young South Africans with a view of designing and implementing voter and civic education programmes to address this apathy .”

EFF supporters dragging a good
Call for probe into manhandling of elderly woman
10 May 2019, 12:11 AM

The African National Congress (ANC) is calling for an investigation into a video clip showing people wearing Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) regalia manhandling an elderly woman.

The gogo, adorned in an ANC T-shirt, is seen being dragged by the young people. 

It is said to be from Cosmo City in Johannesburg, Gauteng. 

Defenders of the violent action against the elderly woman accused her of having tried to commit electoral fraud. 

She was apparently trying to vote for a second time when she was aggressively stopped by the men.

The ANC is urging law enforcement agencies to thoroughly probe the matter and bring those involved to book. 

The EFF is yet to comment on the matter.


Bushiri and wife Mary
Bushiri’s court case postponed to August
9 May 2019, 11:31 PM

Charismatic preacher and self-proclaimed prophet Sheperd Bushiri and his wife Mary’s court case has been postponed to August 29.

The two were due in the Pretoria Commercial Crime Court on Friday, but their case was moved forward due to security concerns.

It was heard on Tuesday at the state’s behest.

Hawks spokesperson, Hangwani Mulaudzi says the move was to avoid commotion outside the court, especially since the country was still preparing for the general elections which were held on Wednesday.

Bushiri’s previous court appearances have been chaotic, with throngs of his supporters flocking to court demanding his release.

The couple faces charges of fraud, money laundering and the contravention of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act, dating back to 2015.

The pair’s bail conditions include that they resident between Gauteng and the North West.

Watch video of Bushiri’s February court appearance:

SOEs need urgent attention: Dawie Roodt
9 May 2019, 10:32 PM

Economist, Dawie Roodt, says state owned enterprises are under financial strain and will need urgent attention soon after the 2019 general election results are announced.

Roodt was speaking to SABC News at the elections results centre in Pretoria.

With nearly 60-percent of results already counted, South Africa is preparing to hear the final results of the country’s sixth democratic elections.

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says it expects 90% of the vote to be declared by 10pm on Thursday.

The African National Congress (ANC) is in the lead nationally, with around 56 per cent of the vote.

It’s followed by the Democratic Alliance (DA) with over 22%  and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) with more than 9%.

Roodt says Eskom and the country’s bloated public service are issues the new government will have to prioritise.

“I think this land thing and the nationalisation of the Reserve Bank is probably not going to die down, but is probably going to be moved to the back burner for now – because there are far more important and pressing issues. Eskom for example is a massive issue. The civil service generally speaking – there are just too many civil servants who are hopelessly overpaid in SA. We need to get the quality of service improved. We have to sort out SAA and that sort of stuff. That is far far more important than trying to nationalise the SARB, as an example. So my suspicion is those are the sort of things the President is going to focus on.”

He says international investors will be watching for policy changes and the make-up of the new cabinet.

Durban Samwu members back at work
9 May 2019, 7:07 PM

South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) members in KwaZulu-Natal have returned to work after a two-week strike.

Talks to resolve the standoff are however ongoing.

Samwu Provincial Secretary, Jaycee Ncanana, says the Ethekwini Municipality and the union had no choice but to come to a compromise.

“I can proudly say workers are back at work just because of that agreement we signed on the 7th of May. There were mixed feelings, but the bottom line is that we couldn’t keep that kind of situation forever we had to change our minds and attitudes so that we come closer to each other.”

Last week, striking workers brought Durban to a standstill.

They threw rubbish bins on the streets as they demanded the resumption of pay grade adjustment process for Umkhonto we Sizwe veterans working in the city’s water department.

Watch video of the strike:





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