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Zanu PF’s 2017 special congress gets underway
13 December 2017, 9:22 PM

Zimbabwe’s ruling party on Wednesday held a special session of the politburo as the party’s 2017 special congress got underway.  This will be followed by a central committee meeting on Thursday before the party’s new leader addresses the main congress on Friday. As the party prepares for the congress, its former leader will not attend the gathering. Former President Robert Mugabe is currently in Singapore.

The congress will among others approve the Central Committee meeting resolutions. Those resolutions saw the endorsement of Emmerson Mnangagwa as president of Zimbabwe and the expulsion of those who supported Grace Mugabe. The congress will also nominate Mnangagwa as the party’s presidential candidate ahead of the 2018 election.

“Preparations for the extra ordinary session of congress are more than 95% complete. Sufficient resources have been mobilised for the event to take place. Party paraphernalia is already in place and accreditation is winding up. A total of 7874 people are expected to attend the congress with 5295 of them being delegates,” says ZANU-PF National Spokesperson Simon Khaya-Moyo.

ZANU-PF says it is on track to rebuild the economy. “The party has had overwhelming support from the corporate world and many other individual well-wishers. The new dispensation was rejuvenated and reignited, confidence and support cross the nation. This is a good indicator of where the party will be in 2018 as we hold harmonized elections.”

The ANC is expected to be represented by its National Chairperson. “Virtually all former sister liberation movements in the SADC region have confirmed sending representatives to this extra ordinary congress including the communist party of China.”

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Opposition parties welcome state capture judgment
13 December 2017, 9:13 PM

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has joined the Democratic Alliance (DA) in welcoming the North Gauteng High Court’s decision to set aside President Jacob Zuma’s application to review the public protector’s remedial action on the state of capture report.

Judge President Dunstan Mlambo handed down the ruling, saying Zuma should appoint a commission of inquiry into the state of capture report within 30 days. The Chief Justice, and not Zuma, is to appoint a judge to head the inquiry.

EFF Secretary General Godrich Gardee says going forward; President Zuma should no longer be allowed to address Parliament.

“We welcome the judgment by the court and it vindicates the demand that the EFF has made in Parliament that Mr. Zuma should never address the Parliament, he is not honourable. Come 2018 State of the Nation Address, hopefully the Nasrec conference of the ruling party will take a resolution that he should actually not come close to Parliament and address Parliament. The earlier he steps aside, the better for the country.”

Congress of the People (COPE) leader Mosiuoa Lekota says the entire leadership of the African National Congress (ANC) is to blame for not recalling President Zuma.

“The blame for this situation must be squarely placed before the entire leadership of the ANC, both for the first five years and the second five years that they have protected him. They themselves have failed to uphold the constitution. This thing of the ANC believing that it is above the Constitution, they think they can allow him and themselves to do as they please with the tax payers’ money.”

The judgment also stipulated that the President should personally bear the costs of the litigation.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane says in similar vein, Zuma should be prepared to pay from his own pockets should he decide to appeal Friday’s judgment.

“The ANC has protected the President and the President has failed to lead. I will say that publicly because it is clear Jacob Zuma has never been interested in investigating state capture allegations. If he does appeal, I would doubt that another court would not be consistent to keeping to the cost order so it ought to be in his personal cost in this instance. So him and the Guptas, if they want to continue this racketeering business, they must then fund that legal case.”

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Chippa United prepare for Absa Premiership
13 December 2017, 7:00 PM

Chippa United Coach, Teboho Moloi, says they have put their loss against Ajax Cape Town over the weekend, behind them, as they focus on preparations for the Absa Premiership.

Chippa will face Polokwane City at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday. This was the Chilli Boyz’ first loss in the league after 10 matches, placing them in fifth position on the log.

Moloi believes that it is important to end the year on a high note.

However, the Chippa United Coach is not underestimating Polokwane City who are third from the bottom of the table.

“They are a difficult team to play either at home or away, but they have their own flaws defensively. If they can catch you while still napping they can punish you. We have a game plan in place and we know what is expected of us.”

 

Judgment on State capture welcomed
13 December 2017, 6:26 PM

The African National Congress (ANC) has welcomed the judgment of the North Gauteng High Court in relation to the Public Protector’s Remedial Action on the State of Capture Report; specifically the remedial action relating to the appointment of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry.

This judgment brings the matter a step closer to the implementation of the ANC NEC resolution which directed that the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into allegations of state capture be established without delay.

The ANC further said that a Judicial Commission of Inquiry is the only recourse in verifying the very serious allegations of state capture which threatens the integrity of South Africa’s democratically elected government.

The statement further reads, “The Judicial Commission of Inquiry will provide everybody with an opportunity to tell their side of the story. We therefore trust President Jacob Zuma will act in accordance with this judgment without delay in the interest of our country.”

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State Capture Review Judgment (Text)

CPI slows down to 4.6%
13 December 2017, 5:38 PM

Consumer inflation slowed down more than markets expectations in November.

Statistics South Africa data shows the annual Consumer Price Index (CPI) was 4.6 % in the month, down from 4.8% in October. Economists say the decline in the CPI was due to a decrease in the fuel inflation rate in November.

The petrol price increase at the beginning of November was less than the increase recorded in at the same period last year. Food price inflation, another key driver of inflation has continued to moderate on the back of the dissipating drought in most parts of the country.

Inflation remains within the Reserve Bank targeted 3 to 6%. However, Nedbank’s Economist Busisiwe Radebe is concerned about the looming threats to inflation outlook. “CPI slowed down to 4.6 % market expected 4.7 % that slowdown was mainly due to transport.”

Economists say another risk is the depreciation of the rand which is expected to be impacted by the outcome of the African National Congress conference. “What is going to happen with the rand we don’t know, the SARB is taking the wait and see approach.”

Given the risks to inflation outlook, economists say the Reserve Bank is expected to keep interest rates unchanged in the coming months.

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