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President Ramaphosa calls on communities to work with police to fight crime
5 September 2021, 3:26 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on the public to partner with the police in the fight against crime. Ramaphosa met the families of police officers that lost their lives in the line of duty, during the annual South African Police Service Commemoration Day at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

Tribute was paid to the 34 men and women in blue that died between 1 April 2020 and 31 March this year.

Ramaphosa says the recent unrest and looting, have shown that communities can work with law enforcement agencies to stop criminal acts.

“It is because of structures such as the Community Police Forums that police, the SANDF, and other law enforcement agencies were able to contain the violence and looting that erupted in KwaZulu-Natal, and Gauteng in July. Criminals live with us and among us in our communities. We must therefore work towards strengthening community-police relations to bolster the efforts of police to bring down the level s of serious and violent crimes.”

He says that criminals must know that there is no place for them to hide in communities.

A call to prioritise strategies to curb GBV as Nosicelo Mtebeni is laid to rest
4 September 2021, 5:38 PM

Activists and government officials who attended University of Fort Hare law student Nosicelo Mtebeni’s funeral have called for the government to prioritise and implement comprehensive strategies to deal with gender-based violence.

Mtebeni has been laid to rest at her home village of Khauoe near Matatiele in the Eastern Cape.

Family and friends described her as a humble and visionary individual whose mission was to contribute to the judiciary of this country.

Nosicelo was brutally killed allegedly by her boyfriend at Quigney in East London.

Social Development MEC Siphokazi Mani-Lusithi says it is time to act.

“Gender-Based Violence needs all of us to help each other; not against each other. It needs government, civil society, traditional leaders, religious leaders because it needs leadership to be shown where the people are. It is something that government cannot fight on its own. The implementation of the national framework on gender-based violence, what is paramount (is that) there must be accountability from all levels.”’

Higher Education, Science, and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande has condemned the brutal killing of women.

“I am hurt whenever a student passes away, whenever a woman student is brutalised, but this brutalisation of Nosicelo is beyond words.”

Nzimande says the focus should also be directed to a boy child, in order to curb the scourge of gender-based violence.

“We need to ask ourselves a question, ‘what are we telling the boys such that some of them just become monsters like Nosicelo’s boyfriend?’ What is it (that) we do not tell them (that) we are supposed to tell them? We must address this because clearly there is a problem.”

Nosicelo Mtebeni Funeral I Minister Blade Nzimande delivers eulogy:

Loved ones devastated 

It was a traumatic and sorrowful farewell for student.

Mtebeni was a beacon of hope for her family and community – a would-be Concourt judge.

Her father, Kholisile Mtebeni, says this is a painful experience for the family.

“Nosicelo was very close to me and I cannot best explain her closeness to me. She was never raised by her mother. I raised her since she was 4 years and I took it upon myself to raise and educate her. So, I am heartbroken”

Nosicelo Mtebeni Funeral I Her father Kholisile Mtebeni expresses his grief:

Her close friend Asiphe Mhlathi described her as a hope to the family.

“I am hurt, and very hurt. I am not ready to talk about her. It is difficult to see parents mourning their child. We were expecting a beautiful graduate but this one we did not see it coming.”

Nosicelo Mtebeni’s funeral service:

Stakeholders believe that gender-based violence will continue to haunt South Africa if family structures and values are not intensified. They want a curriculum that will talk about gender-based violence, at schools.

City of Cape Town rejects claims that electricity and water tariffs are unfairly high
4 September 2021, 5:15 PM

The City of Cape Town has rejected claims by some residents that their water and electricity tariffs are unfairly high.

Mayoral Committee Member for Finance, Ian Neilson, says they are doing everything in their power to keep tariffs as affordable as possible.

“The city absolutely rejects any misinformation being spread by certain groupings about the city’s tariffs and rates, despite numerous efforts by the city to correct the misinformation. It is very clear if one actually looks at the data that the city’s tariffs are fair, as affordable as possible, and at a sustainable level to ensure the municipality is healthy and can carry on delivering services, paying Eskom for electricity bulk purchases and all other major input costs.”

Neilson says without the income from tariffs, the city will not be able to provide any services. He says because of Eskom’s price hike this year, they were forced to implement a 13.48 % increase from the first of July.

“Electricity is becoming an increasingly expensive commodity – of that, there is no doubt. It is only if Eskom has competition that we will see a real impact on household electricity prices. The city has done and continues to do, everything in its power to keep these prices in check as much as possible, in the most fair way possible. Reducing the price (or not increasing the price as much) for anyone customer category has a resultant knock-on effect elsewhere, for some other customer category, and these impacts must also be considered. The city has to help available indigent customers as well as those who have been severely affected by COVID-19 and the lockdowns. All applications are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.”

He adds that the city has absorbed more of the price hike than any other metro in South Africa where the average increases are 14.59%.

Political parties in KZN hit the ground running following ConCourt decision on elections
4 September 2021, 3:42 PM

Political parties have reacted to the ruling by the Constitutional Court that the October local government elections will go ahead as planned or latest on the 1 November.

The National Freedom Party (NFP) in KwaZulu-Natal says it welcomes the ruling.

NFP KZN Secretary Zandile Myeni says the party hopes the Independent Electoral Commission will make an announcement soon around the electoral programme.

“We will also wait for IEC to pronounce moving on what are they going to do but with this judgement, as the NFP we welcome it, because people of South Africa need to go and vote. It’s their constitutional right.”

The African People’s Movement in KwaZulu-Natal says it is happy with the ruling because the pandemic might be worse in months to come.

Apemo Chairperson Khumbulani Hlongwane says they have started campaigning.

“We respect the decision made by the ConCourt because it is on the constitution that each and every five years there must be local government elections. So, due to the pandemic that we are facing right now in the country and worldwide, we don’t know whatever month the elections can be postponed to, how the pandemic will be.”

More reactions to the ConCourt ruling:

Parties ready to contest elections

Democratic Liberal Congress (DLC ) leader Patrick Pillay says they are ready to contest the elections. Pillay says they have confidence in these elections.

“The DLC is prepared for the election. We are ready to go. We are geared up for the day. It’s the right thing to do. I think procrastination of this election will set a terrible precedent and it’s something that we would not recover from. So, the court was justified in our opinion that the election should not be postponed.”

Deputy President of the African Christian Democratic Party in KZN, Wayne Thring, says the party believes it is time for change.

“We believe that this decision is a decision which upholds the integrity of the Constitutional Court; not only does it do that, but it also gives citizens and voters in South Africa the opportunity to change councillors and the ruling powers in municipalities that are corrupt and have not considered service delivery a priority. As the ACDP, we stand ready to unite build and grow South Africa and we are ready to contest these elections.”

SA will not be receiving Afghan refugees
1 September 2021, 8:45 PM

South Africa will not be receiving any Afghan refugees after the Taliban takeover. The International Relations Department says it will be unable to grant the request to accommodate refugees who are currently in Pakistan.

Thousands of Afghans have been fleeing their homeland after the Taliban gained total control of the country last month.

On Monday, all United States soldiers withdrew from the central Asian country: 

The International Relations Department says South Africa is already home to a substantial number of refugees and is seized with addressing their needs. It says these refugees’ needs include social grants and free medical assistance.

The statement continues to say that in line with international law,  the refugees will be best served by remaining in Pakistan, their first country of arrival.

Last week, Uganda received 51 Afghanistan refugees who will be temporarily sheltered in the African country while awaiting permanent placement in America.

About 2000 are expected in total.



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