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SA National Day of Prayer to bring unity among citizens
26 November 2017, 7:18 PM

The Motsepe Foundation and various religious and faith based organisation hosted a National Day of Prayer.

South Africans from all walks of life gathered at the FNB stadium in unity.

Praying for guidance, leadership and blessing for a bright future of all South Africans.

A prayer calling on a higher power to bless the country, faith leaders from across denominations joined hands.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu was one of the prominent spiritual leaders. Due to his ill health he was beamed live from Cape Town.

Tutu prayed about unequal incomes.

The purpose of the National Day of Prayer includes prayers for the unity of all South Africans; for the poor, unemployed and marginalised, and for God’s guidance, leadership and blessings.

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IFP supports free education call
26 November 2017, 7:04 PM

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) says it supports a call for free education, but free education must be given to students from poor families.

IFP Youth Brigade National Chairperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa and IFP UThungulu District Chairperson, Thamsanqa Ntuli shared the stage discussing how government can fund free education.

The two were speaking at the launch of Durban branches of the IFP-aligned student organisation – Sadesmo.

The IFP-aligned student organisation used to have grounded support in institutions such as the University of Zululand and Mangosuthu University of Technology.

However, that support has taken a knock over the past few years.

Now the IFP is working to try and revive Sadesmo structures at institutions of higher learning.

The party believes the money that is squandered through fraud and corruption should have been used to fund free education.

According to Hlengwa South Africa loses billions of rand every year which are squandered through fraud and corruption.

Hlengwa believes free education should be given to young people who have been receiving a child support grant.

“Education becomes a commodity where only those that have money can buy it. Poor people must be given free education so that poor people can get skills and then get jobs so that they can break the cycle of poverty.”

The IFP’s UThungulu District chairperson says money that is supposed to fund free education is lost through fraud and corruption.

“The ultimate struggle today is fighting corruption which rob us millions of rands which can easily fund our education, which is a direct negative impact on education funding.”

The IFP condemned the high drop-out rate of students at universities and TVET colleges.

The party says students who fail and don’t finish their studies on time limit space at tertiary level for new applicants.







N West officials suspended for R1.2 million fraud
26 November 2017, 5:27 PM

The North West health department has officially suspended, with immediate effect, five officials who allegedly defrauded the Klerksdorp, Tshepong hospital complex of more than R1.2 million from May to November this year, the department said on Sunday.

“All the officials, except for one who is apparently on vacation leave outside the province, have been issued with ‘intention to suspend letters’ and given until close of business yesterday (Saturday) to make representations to Dr Kenneth Kaunda health district’s management as to why shouldn’t they be suspended,” the department said in a statement.

“Their suspected criminal activities were detected during the course of last week and have been reported with the Klerksdorp South African Police Service.”

North West health MEC Magome Masike reassured the public that the matter would be properly investigated by the relevant state authorities and decisive action would be taken against whoever was found to be on the wrong side of the law.

“The department wishes to reiterate its anti-corruption stance and warns its officials that engaging in criminal activities would result in possible imprisonment and immediate dismissal from the public service on account of misconduct,” the statement said.





Islamic State raises stakes with Egypt mosque attack
26 November 2017, 5:21 PM

The mosque was packed with hundreds of worshipers for Friday prayers in Egypt’s North Sinai when gunmen in military-style uniforms and masks appeared in a doorway and at windows.

The ease with which they mounted an attack, killing more than 300 people in the worst bloodshed of its kind in Egypt’s modern history highlighted the threat militant groups pose in the most populous Arab country.

After four years of battling Islamic State in the Sinai, where the group has killed hundreds of soldiers and police, authorities still face an enemy with growing ambitions in Egypt, despite its defeats in Iraq, Syria and Libya.

Carrying the black flag of Islamic State, the assailants arrived in off-road vehicles before opening fire on the cream-colored Al Rawdah mosque in Bir al-Abed, leaving its carpets stained with blood, officials and witnesses said.

People scrambled to escape as gunmen opened fire at worshipers, including dozens of children.

By the time the shooting stopped, many of the village’s men were lifeless. No group has claimed responsibility.

Egyptians were stunned because the attack was directed at a mosque, a rarity in the country’s history of Islamist insurgencies.

The possibility that ultra-hard-line Islamists are shifting tactics and picking new targets is worrying for Egypt, where governments have struggled to contain groups far less brazen than Islamic State.

Egyptian leaders have adopted a zero-tolerance policy, with air strikes, raids on militant hideouts and long prison sentences.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has once again threatened to crush the militants.

“The armed forces and the police will avenge our martyrs and restore security and stability with the utmost force in the coming period,” he said after Friday’s carnage.





Lack of interest in SA’s Constitution a concern
26 November 2017, 3:23 PM

Political analyst Sethulego Matebesi says lack of understanding and interest in the constitution of the country is a concern to him.

The University of Free State Lecturer says the constitution is the most important piece of information everyone needs as it provides the legal foundation for the existence of the nation.

Just like the national anthem, the constitution is the highest law of the land.

Many other experts in the field say South Africa’s Bill of Rights within the constitution is the best in the world because it protects so many freedoms for citizens.

The Bill of Rights contains Section 7 to Section 39 of the constitution, and human rights it protects are laid out in 27 Sections from Section 9 to 37.

The constitution, which protects the freedom of all the people who live in South Africa, was signed by Former President Nelson Mandela in 1996.

Matebesi says:”Somewhere along the line we do not pay attention to one of the fundamental aspects that actually determine our daily lives because everything that we do we have to do it according to the constitution and I honestly believe that the problem of the constitution is throughout the world, is that people think that it’s an academic document that is only there for certain people to use.”

Dr Matebesi says it is still a concern that most people do not even know national symbols or even the national anthem.

“Definitely its ignorance at the most highest level because the moment people do not understand that, how can we pride ourselves in our own country if we don’t know our national symbols. The question is what have we being doing since 1994. We are talking about democracy yet it seems we are not doing anything. I am referring to ordinary citizens. We cannot keep blaming government sometimes.”

All citizens have been urged to know the constitution as it plays a very meaningful role in their lives as well as impacting on society as a whole.

Matebesi added that the constitution does not only protect rights of all citizens but it also speaks out to the voiceless.









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