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IFP to launch its election manifesto on Thursday
30 September 2021, 8:40 AM

The Inkatha Freedom Party is due to launch its election manifesto on Thursday at the Greyville Racecourse in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

The launch is being held in the run-up to the November Local Government Elections. The IFP’s National Spokesperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa says they are ready.

“We are very ready. I think we must say that in as much as we said we wanted the elections postponed for health considerations, we did set into motion plans and preparations for candidate selection and that is why we met the deadline and did not need to come in through the back window. Now it is all systems go. This morning, we will be launching our campaign bus. Our structures have been interacting and engaging with communities and tonight we will be presenting a 10-point-plan manifesto which is responding directly to the issues of local government.”

LGE 2021 | IFP to launch manifesto on Thursday

The party launched its election campaign earlier this month. 

During the launch, IFP Deputy President Mzamo Buthelezi said they have carefully selected men and women with integrity to serve the people of eThekwini.

“It is also a special occasion personally for each and every candidate who was nominated through our structures to lead in their respective wards and who we as leadership of the party carefully selected to make sure that the team of aspirant leaders setting the support of the residents of eThekwini are truly made up of values of the IFP.”

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Britney Spears ‘on cloud nine’ after father suspended from conservatorship
30 September 2021, 5:58 AM

The conservatorship that has controlled the life of Britney Spears for 13 years neared a possible end on Wednesday after a judge suspended her father, and the pop super-star said later that she was “on cloud 9 right now.”

At a contentious three-hour hearing, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny removed Jamie Spears from oversight of his daughter’s $60 million estate and set a November date to discuss whether to terminate the entire arrangement.

In an Instagram post following the judge’s ruling, the “Stronger” singer posted video showing her seated next to a pilot in the cockpit of a small plane and maneuvering the controls.

“First time flying a plane and first time in a prop plane !!! Geez I was scared,” she wrote, without mentioning the conservatorship.

In court, Penny removed Jamie Spears from his role after the singer’s attorney said she did not want him involved for even one more day.

“The current situation is not tenable. It reflects a toxic environment which requires the suspension of Jamie Spears, effective today,” Penny said.

The judge said she would hold a hearing on November 12 to discuss a petition to terminate the conservatorship that controls Britney Spears’ business and personal affairs.

Britney Spears, now 39, has been struggling for years to get free of the legal arrangement. She did not take part in Wednesday’s hearing.

“It’s a great day for Britney Spears and it’s a great day for justice,” the singer’s attorney Mathew Rosengart told #FreeBritney fans gathered outside the Los Angeles courthouse.

“Britney Spears has been faced with a decade-long nightmare, a Kafkaesque nightmare, orchestrated by her father and others,” Rosengart said.

Jamie Spears will be replaced by an accountant, John Zabel, on a temporary basis, Penny said.

“IT’S LOGICAL, IT’S FAIR”

#FreeBritney fans erupted in cheers as the judge’s ruling was conveyed. Pop singer Cher tweeted, “I’m more than thrilled 4 her. Bless our super star.”

Jamie Spears had been in charge of his daughter’s business affairs since 2008, when he put in place a wide-ranging, court-approved conservatorship after she suffered a mental breakdown. The details of Britney Spears’ mental health have never been revealed.

Rosengart said he envisaged an orderly transition in which the conservatorship could end before the close of the year. “It’s simple, it’s logical, it’s fair, it’s just,” he told the judge.

Ironically, it was Jamie Spears who earlier in September reversed years of objections and abruptly called for the conservatorship to end. But he argued that he should remain in his role to smooth the transition.

Rosengart, however, demanded that Jamie Spears be suspended immediately.

“According to Britney Spears, his service has been abusive, it’s been toxic and it’s been cruel,” he said.

A New York Times documentary released last week alleged that the singer’s phone and bedroom were bugged by security staff working for her father. Conversations with friends, her children and her previous lawyer were monitored, a former security staffer said.

Jamie Spears has said his actions were within his authority as conservator. “Mr. Spears has faithfully and loyally served as a court-appointed conservator for 13 years. His record is impeccable,” his attorney Vivian Thoreen said on Wednesday.

Spears stepped up her efforts in June to break free of the conservatorship, telling the judge in her first public comments that she wanted her life back.

Public support, helped by three documentaries, has swelled.

Two weeks ago Britney Spears announced her engagement to Sam Asghari, 27, her personal trainer boyfriend of more than four years. The pair hope to marry after negotiating a pre-nuptial agreement.

“Free Britney! Congratulations !!!!” Asghari wrote on his Instagram account after the hearing.

British army to start driving tankers as queues for fuel continue
29 September 2021, 1:19 PM

British soldiers will start driving tankers to replenish empty pumps, as drivers queued again for fuel after days of shortages, despite Prime Minister Boris Johnson saying the situation was improving.

Britain has been gripped by a rush of panic-buying for almost a week that has left pumps dry across major cities after oil companies warned they did not have enough tanker drivers to move petrol and diesel from refineries to filling stations.

Business minister Kwasi Kwarteng said 150 soldiers had been mobilised and would be driving tankers within a few days.

“The last few days have been difficult, we’ve seen large queues. But I think the situation is stabilising, we’re getting petrol into the forecourts. I think we’re going to see our way through this,” Kwarteng said.

Johnson has sought to quell concerns, saying supplies were returning to normal while also urging people not to panic buy.

A shortage of around 100,000 drivers has sown chaos through supply chains and raised the spectre of empty shelves and price increases at Christmas.

Asked if he could guarantee that there would not be problems in the run-up to the busy retail period, Kwarteng said: “I’m not guaranteeing anything. All I’m saying is that, I think the situation is stabilising.”

By the early morning rush hour, there were already long queues of cars in and around London and on the busy M25 orbital motorway circling the capital. Signs were up at some sites announcing no fuel was available.

The gridlock has sparked calls for doctors, nurses and other essential workers to be given priority access to fuel, a move Johnson has resisted.

Industry groups said the worst of the shortages seemed to be in London, the southeast and other English cities. Fights have broken out as drivers jostled.

The Petrol Retailers Association (PRA), which represents independent retailers who account for about two-thirds of all the 8 380 UK filling stations, said on Tuesday 37% of its members’ stations were out of fuel.

The shortages have added to an air of chaos in the world’s fifth-largest economy, leaving gaps on supermarket shelves. A spike in European wholesale natural gas prices has also tipped energy companies into bankruptcy.

Britain left the EU single market at the start of this year, preventing hauliers from recruiting drivers in the bloc. To tackle the shortage, the government has said it will issue temporary visas to 5 000 foreign drivers, a measure it had previously ruled out.

“What we want to do is make sure that we have all the preparations necessary to get through until Christmas and beyond, not just in supplying the petrol stations but all parts of our supply chain,” Johnson said.

Hauliers, petrol stations and retailers say there are no quick fixes as the shortfall of drivers is so acute, and transporting fuel demands training and licensing. European drivers may also be reluctant to take up the visa offer, which only lasts until December 24.

Three men charged in the Phoenix murders appear in court
29 September 2021, 12:26 PM

Supporters of the three men charged in connection with violence in the Phoenix area during the unrest in July have gathered outside the Verulam Magistrate’s Court to attend their bail application.

On the other side of the road, a handful of people demanding justice for the victims are chanting struggle songs.

Brothers Dylan and Ned Govender and Jeetendra Jaikissoon are being charged with murder and attempted murder after a group of Phoenix residents allegedly attacked five unarmed men as they were walking down a suburban road during the July civil unrest.

It is alleged racially motivated attacks took place in the area during the widespread unrest and looting in various parts in the metro and KwaZulu-Natal.

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has made this announcement in September at a peace march from Phoenix to the neighbouring township of Bhambhayi in the north of Durban.

Meanwhile, various initiatives have been launched to heal the rifts caused by the killings.

Zikalala says the monument will bear the names of all the victims of the Phoenix massacre. After a symbolic peace march of about a hundred people through the streets of Phoenix to the neighbouring Bhambhayi, white pigeons were released as a sign of peace.

“Tougher legislation and sentences alone will not get rid of deep-seated roots of violence. We need to return to the source and begin to promote sanity for human lives in our families, (and) in our communities. The foundation is the family, and we must build from our families,” says Zikalala.

Parliament to probe killings

In July, Parliament announced that it would probe the violent unrest, vandalism and looting which left over 300 people dead in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

Government is yet to give clarity on the people and reasons behind the public unrest despite President Cyril Ramaphosa’s suggestion that it was an insurrection.

National Assembly House Chairperson responsible for Committees, Cedric Frolick, said the probe will start as soon as possible.

“The visit by the parliamentary committees in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng last week raised more questions than answers after seeing the devastation that was caused by the looting and the rioting that took place. Absolute mayhem of property being destroyed and lives lost. It became clear to us that we require more information,” he says.

Phoenix Update | Fostering social cohesion

 

 

 

Accident
Six people including three children killed in Pretoria crash
29 September 2021, 10:51 AM

Police are investigating a case of culpable homicide after six people, including three children, died when a car crashed into a truck on the N4 close to the Rossouw off-ramp in Pretoria on Tuesday evening.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation has also launched an investigation.

ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring says the truck allegedly made a u-turn on the highway when the car crashed into it.

ER24 and Tshwane Fire Services found the vehicle in the middle of the road with grain spread over the vehicle and road.

Meiring says all six occupants of the car, including three children aged 3, 8 and 12 and an elderly woman, were declared dead on the scene.

In another accident on the N1 North highway between the William Nicol and Rivonia off-ramps on Tuesday, two people died when a chemical truck and two cars collided.

One person died on the scene and the other in hospital

Johannesburg Emergency Services spokesperson Wayne Minnaar said one of the cars caught fire.

“One of the cars, that appears to be a Golf completely burnt out, the driver burnt out on the scene and the passenger of this car died in hospital. The driver of the other car, a silver Polo, was taken to the Sunninghill hospital. And the tanker was empty at the time of the accident.”

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