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Dysfunctional municipalities are to blame for lack of service delivery: Mabuza
10 September 2021, 6:16 PM

Deputy President David Mabuza says dysfunctional municipalities are to blame for failures in delivering services and for crumbling infrastructure.

Mabuza, who is also African National Congress (ANC) deputy president, has visited the Northern Cape to assess the contamination of the Vaal River from sewage and other sources.

Deputy President David Mabuza visits Northern Cape, Free State to assess Vaal River System:

The quality of local government services will be a key factor for voters during the local government elections on November 1st.

Mabuza says the contamination of a key source of water threatens the health of local communities.

The Vaal River flows through Gauteng, Mpumalanga, the Free State and the Northern Cape. Mabuza called for interventions to solve the Vaal pollution problem.

“Yes we have got problems, but the biggest problem we are confronting in our municipalities, a bit dysfunctional and a lot of squabbles within municipalities.

These are the services that they must provide to the people. Remember municipalities are water authorities, now this time the minister of water and sanitation is intervening, but these municipalities are authorities in their own right,  they must deliver water, they must deliver sanitation.”

UN calls for immediate global COVID-19 vaccination plan
10 September 2021, 5:41 PM

United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres has called for an immediate global COVID-19 vaccination plan which would include present and potential vaccine producers.

Guterres was presenting his ‘Our Common Agenda’ report, during a media briefing in New York:

He says vaccination programmes are not being implemented fast enough to end the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In our words, multilateralism is failing its most basic test. The lack of a global response to the vaccination programme to end the COVID-19 pandemic is a clear and tragic example.

The longer the virus circulates among billions of unvaccinated people, the higher the risk that it will develop into more dangerous variants that could rip through vaccinated and unvaccinated populations alike with a far higher fatality rate.

We need an immediate global vaccination plan implemented by an emergency task force made up of present and potential vaccine producers,” says Guterres.

 

 

Regional envoys to hold talks with Guinea junta over coup
10 September 2021, 5:12 PM

A delegation from West Africa’s main political and economic bloc arrived in the Guinean capital on Friday in hopes of steering the junta that ousted President Alpha Conde towards a civilian-led, constitutional regime.

West Africa’s third putsch since April has intensified fears of a backslide towards military rule in the region, which had been starting to shed its “coup-belt” reputation.

Regional leaders suspended Guinea’s membership of the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) bloc on Wednesday but stopped short of imposing further sanctions.

The African Union announced on Friday that it has suspended Guinea from all its activities and decision-making bodies because of the coup, backing the decision by ECOWAS leaders.

SA government calls for immediate release of Guinea President Alpha Condé: Faith Mabera

The ECOWAS delegation will be led by its Commission President Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, Ghana’s foreign affairs minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchway and Burkina Faso Foreign Minister Alpha Barry.

The envoys will push the junta to appoint a “credible” civilian prime minister as soon as possible to help guide Guinea back towards constitutional order, a high-ranking regional official told Reuters on Thursday.

As it moves to strengthen its hold on power, the junta led by Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, a former French legionnaire, ordered the central bank and other banks on Thursday to freeze all government accounts to secure state assets.

Doumbouya and the other special forces soldiers behind Sunday’s coup said they ousted Conde because of concerns about poverty and endemic corruption.

The putsch has been condemned by partners including the United States, which said on Thursday it was not involved in the military seizure of power after a video emerged of US soldiers in a crowd of jubilant Guineans as events unfolded on Sunday.

KaMagwaza-Msibi to receive Special Official Provincial Funeral Category Two
10 September 2021, 4:33 PM

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to grant National Freedom Party (NFP) leader and former Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi a Special Official Provincial Funeral Category Two.

The funeral will include elements of honors, and is reserved for distinguished citizens. KaMagwaza-Msibi’s funeral will be held tomorrow at Ulundi where Zikalala will deliver the eulogy.

Family, friends pay tribute to Zanele Magwaza-Msibi:

Zikalala says KaMagwaza-Msibi was an example to women and girls all over the country that gender barriers are meant to be broken.

“We thank the President for agreeing to give the leader of the NFP  and former Minister of Science and Technology  Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi, a provincial official funeral, this is important. It’s an honour to her contribution, a service she has made to the country but in particular the people in KwaZulu-Natal.”

The funeral service of the late KaMagwaza-Msibi will be held on Saturday at Mbhasobheni High School in Ulundi, northern KwaZulu-Natal.

KaMagwaza-Msibi, who died on Monday at the age of 59, was also the Science and Technology Deputy Minister between 2014 and 2019.

Memorial service of the late NFP founder and leader Zanele KaMagwaza-Msibi:

DA seeks review of Zuma’s medical parole
10 September 2021, 3:04 PM
Democratic Alliance (DA) leader John Steenhuisen says the granting of medical parole to former President Jacob Zuma makes a mockery of the judicial system.
The party will today apply to the High Court in Pretoria to review and set aside a decision to put Zuma on medical parole.
DA seeks review of Zuma’s medical parole:
Correctional Services Commissioner Arthur Fraser confirmed that he took a decision to rescind the recommendation by the medical parole board which had found that Zuma’s medical condition was stable.
Steenhuisen says this doesn’t bode well for the justice system.
“Mr Fraser’s parole decision harms the courts in exact same way as  Zuma’s original defiance and contempt of court did. Again it makes a mockery of judicial processes and sends a clear message to South Africans that if connected you don’t have to worry, because one set of rules for cadres of ANC and another for the people of SA.”
On Thursday, some legal experts warned that Zuma could face further sanctions over his refusal to allow a state-appointed doctor to assess his health. This as Zuma’s ill health looks likely to force another postponement in his corruption case related to the multi-billion-rand arms deal.

The video below is last month’s corruption trial proceeding:

The matter which was set to have been heard in the High Court in Pietermaritzburg on Thursday and was postponed to September 20.

Zuma was recently granted medical parole following his 15-month jail term after the Constitutional Court found him guilty of contempt of court for refusing to continue to appear before the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.

Legal expert Dr Llewellyn Curlewis said, “A presiding judge won’t just give mere directives, he will give an instruction to which will ultimately amount to a direct order by the court and non-compliance of that order will be met with a negative inference or serious sanctioning by the court.”

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