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ANC factions in Mpumalanga withdraw their case
12 December 2017, 3:44 PM

The African National Congress (ANC) factions in Mpumalanga have agreed to withdraw their case brought before the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg earlier on Tuesday.

A faction led by Mathews Phosa approached the court to nullify the nominations process of the ANC Mpumalanga Provincial General Council.

He wanted to stop the over 200 branches that nominated “unity” for the ANC’s top six positions from attending this party’s National Elective Conference in Johannesburg this weekend.

However, his lawyer Advocate Dali Mpofu says both parties have since agreed to settle the matter out of court.

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Liquor outlets in Gauteng won’t extend hours during ANC conference
12 December 2017, 2:35 PM

The Gauteng government says it will not grant any liquor outlets or alcohol-selling venues permission to extend their trading hours to cater for the African National Congress Conference in Nasrec, Johannesburg this weekend.

It has warned any outlet that will sell liquor illegally during the duration of the conference that the law will take its course. The conference to be held at the Nasrec Expo Centre is expected attract thousands of guests and ANC members.

“We want to warn them that they must comply with their licensing conditions. Failure to do so, their licenses will be suspended. Working closely with the police, we’ll be conducting impromptu raids in some of the areas,” says Gauteng Economic Development Department spokesperson Castro Ngobese.

UN peacekeepers from Tanzania killed in DRC
9 December 2017, 9:31 AM

The United Nations (UN) say at least 12 UN peacekeepers from Tanzania have been killed in an overnight attack in the Democratic Republic of Congress’ central North Kivu province.

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Dr Selebano apologises to families of Life Esidimeni victims
8 December 2017, 9:11 PM

Suspended Head of the Department of Health in Gauteng Dr Barney Selebano says he intends visiting the families of the Life Esidimeni victims individually to ask for forgiveness.

Selebano apologised to the family at the end of his testimony at the Life Esidimeni hearings in Parktown, north of Johannesburg on Friday.

He had been subpoenaed to come and account for the deaths of 143 mentally-ill patients who were transferred to ill-equipped NGOs.

Selebano says he is prepared to do whatever it takes to show how remorseful he really is.

“And I know what might probably happen; they’ll say, ‘don’t come into our house. Get out! You messed us up. You come here? Out!’ And I’ve resolved in my heart, Justice, that if they do that, I’ll come back again, I’ll come back again. And they’ll say come in. I’ll come in and they’ll say don’t ever come into our house. And I’ll come back again, and they’ll say what is your story and I’ll say, ‘I want you to forgive me at a personal level. Forget the department and if I have to walk the streets and the miles around Gauteng, I want to do that.’”

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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.”

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