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Disgruntled FS ANC members say party violated court order
15 December 2017, 7:11 AM

Disgruntled Free State African National Congress (ANC) members say the party has violated the court order by proceeding with the Provincial Elective Conference.

They have argued in the High Court in Bloemfontein that the results of the conference should be declared unlawful and also want the newly-elected Provincial Executive Committee dissolved. The conference has re-elected Premier and longest-serving provincial chairperson Ace Magashule.

This is the fifth time in two months the ANC in the province has been taken to court. Counsel for the disgruntled members Advocate Dali Mpofu argued that they seek the declaratory relief to prevent the Free State ANC from sending more than 400 delegates to the party’s 54th National Conference which will take place over the weekend.

Respondents counsel William Mokhari argued that the notion of 70 percent threshold which is stated by the ANC constitution has been met. Advocate Modise Khoza who represents the ANC submitted that the matter should have been dealt with internally. He says even the ANC secretary general has admitted that he was satisfied with branch general meetings.

Khoza says, “The secretary general said in his affidavit that he was satisfied that all these general meetings were held in accordance with ANC constitution. We have received no complaints from any of his members about those general meetings. And he said, what the applicants should have done was not to run to this court. But to come to his office to examine the record.”
Mpofu says his clients have, however, abandoned their initial application to challenge the legality of the Free State Provincial General Council , saying the event has already taken place. Judgement has been reserved and expected to be delivered later.

Uber investor departs venture firm amid harassment claims
15 December 2017, 6:26 AM

Silicon Valley investor Shervin Pishevar, known for his early bet on Uber Technologies Inc, said on Thursday that he would sever ties with his venture capital company, Sherpa Capital, after being accused of sexual misconduct.

Pishevar, who has denied the accusations, said in a statement provided by his lawyer that he was voluntarily leaving Sherpa Capital, which he co-founded, because of ongoing “untruthful attacks” against him.

Reuters was unable to independently confirm the accusations.
“I refuse to allow my enemies to drag my Sherpa family into their fight with me,” Pishevar said in the statement. “That is why I have decided on my own accord to end my association with Sherpa Capital, effective immediately.”

In a statement, Sherpa Capital thanked Pishevar for his contributions to the firm and said it was “deeply committed to our culture of integrity, inclusion, and respect.”
The firm previously said it had never received any sexual harassment complaint but was nevertheless launching an independent internal review to ensure its “practices and operations continue to reflect the highest professional and ethical standards.”

Pishevar earlier this month took a leave of absence from Sherpa Capital to fight the allegations of sexual assault and harassment and focus on a defamation lawsuit he filed against political consulting firm Definers Public Affairs, which he has accused of orchestrating the accusations.
Pishevar also stepped down from his board responsibilities at various startups, including Hyperloop One, the transportation company he co-founded.

His announcement on Thursday made his departure from Sherpa Capital permanent.
“I plan to focus now on the appropriate ongoing legal actions against those who are unjustly orchestrating the smear campaign against me,” Pishevar said.

Pishevar in November sued Arlington, Virginia-based Definers Public Affairs and its founder, Matt Rhoades, and president, Joe Pounder. The lawsuit, filed in San Francisco Superior Court, alleges that they orchestrated “a malicious smear campaign, apparently designed to incite false, defamatory, and highly damaging chatter and gossip about Mr. Pishevar.”

Tim Miller, a partner at Definers Public Affairs, called Pishevar’s accusations “frivolous.”
Earlier this month, Definers filed a motion seeking to have Pishevar’s lawsuit dismissed. At the time, Miller said the lawsuit had “kept women from speaking out.”

Suspect arrested for medical equipment fraud
15 December 2017, 6:23 AM

A suspect who allegedly defrauded a medical equipment company of R460 million, is expected to appear in the Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crime Court on Thursday.

The suspect’s eleven luxury vehicles, motorbikes, seven immovable properties with their furniture, appliances and jewellery have been attached. The suspect was arrested on Tuesday following a three month investigation.

Police spokesperson Ndivhuwo Mulamu says, “It is alleged that the suspect, who was the accountant for the company duplicated the payments by transferring money into her late husband’s bank account and is facing charges of fraud, theft, and money laundering. We are still continuing our Investigation regarding this matter.”

W Cape opts for Ramaphosa as next ANC president
27 November 2017, 7:05 AM

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has been announced as the Western Cape’s preferred candidate for the African National Congress’s (ANC) president.

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Miss South Africa takes Miss Universe crown
27 November 2017, 5:45 AM

Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was crowned Miss Universe Pageant on Sunday at the pageant held in Las Vegas becoming the second South African to take the crown.

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