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Buthelezi says he will retire a happy man
8 December 2017, 8:22 PM

Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) leader iNkosi Mangosuthu Buthelezi says he will retire a happy man as the party is in an upward trajectory. On Wednesday his party won yet another by-election in Abaqulusi municipality in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

Last month the party scored another victory when it won a by-election at uMlalazi municipality. The ward was previously under the ANC.

“As someone who has indicated that not very long from now I will soon be handing over my baton to another leader, so I think it is very encouraging not for me to be seen to be running away from something that is dying but. Actually on something that is growing, that is getting stronger. I would really love to leave the party, really on the trajectory.”

However Buthelezi says the IFP like other parties has its own fair share of problems. He’s citing manipulation of party internal processes as some of the reasons party conferences had to be postponed.

“We have seen that in the ANC too;  even now there some many branches, I think our position is much worse than that to the extent that on Monday the whole NEC is going to Escort because relaying information to us about branches has proven in many cases actually not being reliable information. People are setting bogus branches, if you look in Facebook, there are a lot of activities going on, and for instance Escort is one example of that where numbers are not actually numbers that are accepted for branch. In many cases people have got the same ID’s.”

Free State Stars coach defends decision to axe goalkeeper coach
8 December 2017, 5:03 PM

Free State Stars Belgian Coach Luc Eymael insists there were no hard feelings in his decision to axe the club’s long-serving Goalkeeper Coach Walter Khumalo. Khumalo was replaced by Tunisian Moured Selmi.

Eymael says he has identified some concerns in the goalkeeping department hence the decision to opt for immediate changes.

Stars who are eighth on the Absa Premiership log table have conceded 13 goals in 12 league matches.

Eymael is confident that they will be able plug in holes in their leaking defence, starting with their Sunday league fixture against Bloemfontein Celtic.

“We thought that after perhaps four years in the club it is time to bring some new ideas in matter of goalkeeper training. I knew Moured (Selmi) because I worked with him in Tunisia. I worked with him at Zamalek. You know, already when I arrived people asked me to look about this department. But I wanted first to focus on my job with the team. You have to know that I’m a former goalkeeper, so I can analyse what has been down in the training. I can analyse also the games of my goalkeepers.”

Two Northern Cape municipalities avert water disruptions
8 December 2017, 4:14 PM

The Northern Cape Water and Sanitation Department says two big municipalities in the province have averted water disruptions.

NamaKhoi Municipality in Namaqualand, who owe over R90 million, and Dikgatlong Municipality in Barkley West owes approximately R60 million, have made arrangements to pay off the debt.

Friday is D-Day for thirty defaulting municipalities to pay their water bills, or face water restrictions. Six provincial municipalities owe the department of Water & Sanitation more than 239-million rand.

The municipalities are among 30 national municipalities who owe the Department of Water and Sanitation R10.7 billion.

“Then there is Gamagara. I’m not aware that they made any payment. There are two other municipalities with debt around R2 million, which we don’t regard as a major issue. Depending on the agreements that will be reached, we will have to see what further action needs to be implemented,” says Provincial Water and Sanitation Chief Director Abe Abrahams.

UDM welcomes NPA court judgement
8 December 2017, 2:37 PM

United Democratic Movement Leader Bantu Holomisa has welcomed the judgement. Holomisa says a new NPA head who will do the job without fear or favour should be appointed soon.

The High Court in Pretoria has ruled that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has 60 days to appoint a new National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), because President Jacob Zuma is too conflicted to appoint a new NDPP.

The court has set aside Shaun Abrahams’ appointment as NDPP and declared the position vacant.

A full bench of judges has also declared invalid the R17 million golden hand shake granted to the former NDPP, Mxolisi Nxasana, who has to pay back the money.

Handing down judgement, Judge Dunstan Mlambo referred to the many criminal charges against President Zuma and made it clear he cannot appoint the next NPA chief.

“It is declared that in terms of section 96(2) b the incumbent president may not appoint, suspend or remove the NDPP or someone in an acting capacity as such. Eight, it is declared that as long as the incumbent president is in the office, the deputy-president is responsible for decisions relating to the appointment, suspension or removal of the NDPP or someone in an acting capacity as such.”

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‘Phosa has overlooked ANC procedure by going to court’
7 December 2017, 8:47 PM

Chairperson of the African National Congress’ Subcommittee on Organisational Development Fikile Mbalula says the party’s presidential hopeful Mathews Phosa has overlooked ANC procedure by taking the legal route over the results of the Mpumalanga Provincial General Council.

Phosa filed an urgent application in the Pretoria High Court to nullify the council’s results.  He alleges that the nomination guidelines were violated by allowing a ‘unity vote’.

Mbalula says Phosa has the freedom to do as he pleases. However, the ANC will defend itself where necessary.

“The ANC process starts with the branch. It is the branch that must lodge a complaint. To jump to the court and overlook the ANC process, I don’t see how it will work to his advantage. People have got money. They’ve got lawyers to pay to go to courts and then overlook organisational processes. Court to me should be the last resort. We are a democratic organisation, but not to the detriment of the organisation. The organisation will defend itself.”

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