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Citizens without proof of physical address could vote
3 December 2018, 3:33 PM

Eligible voters without proof of physical address could be allowed to vote after the passing of the Electoral Laws Amendment Bill by the National Assembly.

Among others, the Bill aims to prevent the possible challenge of election results in court based on the absence of addresses on the voters’ roll.

The amendment follows a 2016 Constitutional Court ruling that ordered the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to have a record of voters’ addresses, after the outcomes of the 2013 by-elections in Tlokwe were challenged.

The Minister of Home Affairs, Siyabonga Cwele, says the amendment makes provision for voters whose addresses are not on the voter’s role to vote.

“On election day, such a voter may present herself to the voting station, be given a form on which to record her address before being issued with both provincial and national ballots. For those persons where it is impossible to provide address, those persons will get national ballots,” says Cwele.

The Bill has been sent to the National Council of Provinces for concurrence.

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Vodacom condemns trashing of Polokwane outlet
3 December 2018, 2:53 PM

Mobile communications company, Vodacom, has condemned the vandalising of its Mall of the North outlet in Polokwane and intimidation of staff by alleged Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) supporters on Sunday.

They stormed the store protesting against an image of party leader, Julius Malema and his deputy Floyd Shivambu shown at the Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards.

The image, displayed during an address by Corruption Watch Chairperson, Mavuso Msimang, was captioned “Abusers of Democracy”.

Vodacom’s spokesperson, Byron Kennedy, says three women were assaulted and some items stolen when the shop was vandalised.

“Vodacom respects the right of every South African to freedom of expression and to hold legal and peaceful protests. But we condemn any form of violent behaviour, including the destruction of properties. These incidents seem to be linked to comments made by Mavuso Msimang. He was talking about the importance of media freedom. Mr Msimang was speaking in his capacity as the chairperson of Corruption Watch. Obviously, the views are his own and not those held by Vodacom. Certain stores including Mall of the North will remain closed until further notice. The safety and security of our customers and franchise staff remains of utmost importance,” states Kennedy.

Secretary of the EFF in Limpopo, Jossey Buthane denies the party sent its supporters to target the company.

“The EFF has not issued any directive to anyone that it must attend to Vodacom. Even when Vodacom provoked the EFF, we just allowed the sleeping dogs lie. So when people on their own, South Africans on their own, all over the country decide to go and attend to Vodacom for what it started Vodacom must stand its ground and remember that it is the one that fired the first shot. It’s not every person wearing the ANC t-shirt, the DA t-shirt that belongs to those organisations. So the EFF did not send anyone to Vodacom.”

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Masutha confident about improving Chippa United
3 December 2018, 2:21 PM

The new Chippa United coach, Joel Masutha, is confident about turning around the fortunes of the struggling Port Elizabeth-based team.

He replaces Eric Tinkler, who parted ways with the club this weekend after only three months as a head coach.

After their loss to Amazulu in Port Elizabeth on Friday, Chippa United is facing relegation as they are second from the bottom in the Absa Premiership table.

“This is not the first time for me to join a struggling team and we ended up going up. Remember, last season at Black Leopards after 15 games they were number 13 and eventually got promoted. It’s a challenge and I’m used to that,” says Masutha.

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Tshwane ANC to lay racism charges against DA leader
3 December 2018, 1:54 PM

The Greater Tshwane African National Congress (ANC) Council Caucus says it will be opening a case of racism against Democratic Alliance (DA) leader in Gauteng, Fred Nel, at the Brooklyn police station in Pretoria Monday afternoon.

The Tshwane ANC chair, Dr Kgosi Maepa, says the racism charges against the DA provincial leader allegedly emanates from intercepted racist emails exchanged between Nel and other members of the party.

During the press briefing, some of the emails allegedly target Tshwane DA leader, Abel Tau. Maepa called on Tau to join the ANC when laying the charges against Nel.

The ANC also called on Tshwane’s Executive Mayor, Solly Msimanga, to distance himself from the DA and resign from the party.

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Johannesburg-Mumbai route was making losses: Carolus
29 November 2018, 1:53 PM

Former South African Airways (SAA) Board Chairperson, Cheryl Carolus, has told the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture that the Johannesburg-Mumbai-India route was very important to SAA, as it brought people from the east to west corridor.

Carolus is giving her testimony at the commission in Parktown, Johannesburg.

She served in the position from 2009 until 2012, but resigned from it in September 2012.

Former Minister of Public Enterprises, Barbara Hogan, had told the inquiry earlier that she had come under pressure to terminate the route so that an Indian airline could take it over.

Carolus has admitted to the Commission that the Johannesburg-Mumbai route was making losses.

“The Mumbai route was quite critical and it is true we were making losses and we were building up that route from Mumbai to Johannesburg. We had four flights. We would have liked to have seven because you make your money out of business people,” states Carolus.

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