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In commemorating OR Tambo – new R5 coin in circulation
6 October 2017, 3:17 PM

The Reserve Bank and the South African Mint have launched the Oliver Tambo memorial coins in Johannesburg. The new coins to commemorate hundred years since the birth of of South African liberation stalwart Oliver Tambo.

The event to introduce the new coins to members of public was hosted earlier by the South African Mint and The South African Reserve Bank. Tambo, along with Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu, were the founding members of the ANC Youth League in 1943, becoming its first National Secretary and a member of the National Executive in 1948.

Tumi Tsehlo, Managing Director of South African Mint has more on the significance of the newly launched coins.

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Zimbabwe Embassy pulls out of Grace Mugabe’s assault case
6 October 2017, 3:15 PM

The Zimbabwean Embassy has withdrawn its participation in the matter brought by model and civil rights group Afriforum to review the diplomatic immunity the South African government granted to first lady, Grace Mugabe.

The applicants approached the High Court in Pretoria to seek permission to serve Mugabe with papers through the Zimbabwean Embassy in Pretoria.

Mugabe allegedly assaulted 20 year old Engels with an electrical cord after she found her with her two sons at an upmarket Sandton hotel in August.

Afriforum brought an application seeking assurance that the Zimbabwean first lady will be able to receive court papers through the embassy. The embassy intervened in the matter, opposing Afriforum’s request, saying Mugabe does not live at the embassy.

Judge Harshla Kooverjee granted the embassy leave to oppose the matter. She has given the embassy seven days to file papers stating on what basis it wants to be involved in the matter.

“Leave is granted to the intervening party to file an affidavit within seven days from this order, if so advised to set out whether it has a mandate from the second respondent to represent her in respect of the proceedings. Part A of the application and if not to set out concisely on what basis it has a right to intervene in these proceedings,” said judge Harshla Kooverjee.

However, it now seems the matter will take another turn, as the embassy has decided to withdraw its participation in the matter. The embassy says it’s pulling out as its legal representative, Advocate Simba Chitando, says he has been receiving threats.

Chitando couldn’t elaborate on the nature of threats: “The conduct of various individuals in this matter has made the future involvement of Zimbabwean embassy undesirable. The Zimbabwean embassy regardless of the outcomes of these proceedings shall no longer participate in this hearing.”

AfriForum has welcomed the Embassy’s decision. Lawyer Willie Spies says the withdrawal will make things easier for them to proceed with the matter: “If they decide not to use the opportunity, it will at least be the end of the road with regard to this specific application and our review proceedings will carry on and we can approach the court again on an unopposed basis .”

Spies has criticised the embassy for intervening in the first place. He believes this was a strategy to buy time. “The mere purpose of the involvement of the embassy from the outset was to frustrate the process, to delay the process, and to ensure that justice is delayed. Fortunately they have now withdrawn which makes the whole process further easier.”

Mugabe has denied assaulting Engels and alleges the model is the one who attacked her.

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– By Phumzile Mlangeni

ZanuPF first Vice President accused of destabilising the country
5 October 2017, 8:24 PM

Zimbabwe’s ruling ZanuPF Senior Member has accused its first Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa – of destabilising the country and fanning ethnic tensions, after he said in public for the first time that he was poisoned last month.

ZanuPF supporters are expected to demonstrate at Mnangwagwa’s office after he contradicted President Robert Mugabe who dismissed the poisoning allegations.

The second Vice President Phakamile Mphoko has accused Mnangagwa of undermining President Mugabe.

Emmerson Mnangagwa was admitted to a Johannesburg hospital after he took ill last month. For the first time Mnangagwa said at a rally this past weekend that he was poisoned.

However, a statement released by second Vice President Phakamile Mphoko who was Acting President when President Mugabe was in South Africa says Mnangagwa confirmed to a ZanuPF Central Committee meeting at the time that he was not poisoned.

This is what President Mugabe said at the time. “There was no food poisoning at all. But what surprised us was that our colleague got sick, diarrhoea, committing, until he could no longer vomit. He was fainting.”

Mphoko has questioned Mnangagwa’s latest claims, accusing him of undermining the authority of President Mugabe, destabilizing the country and using lies to fan ethnic tensions for political purposes.

The standoff is likely to fuel tensions in the ruling party.

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– By Sophie Mokoena

Nakedi Mathews Phosa
5 October 2017, 6:20 PM

Nakedi Mathews Phosa, an attorney, unsuccessfully ran for the post of African National Congress (ANC) Deputy President in 2012. Cyril Ramaphosa received 3,018 votes and was elected deputy president of the ANC, convincingly defeating Mathews Phosa, who received 470 votes and Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale, who received 463.

Born on 1 September 1952, in Bushbuckridge in Mpumalanga, Mathews is the former premier of Mpumalanga and ANC Treasurer-General as well as a former member of the National Executive Committee of the ANC.

He studied at the University of the North and received an Honorary Doctor of Laws at Boston University.

Mathews published a volume of poetry called Deur die oog van ‘n naald (Through the eye of a needle) in 1996 and speaks nine languages.

On April 29th 2017, Phosa announced that he had accepted a nomination for the ANC Presidency and would be a candidate at the 54th ANC conference in December.

On June 11th 2017, Phosa officially announced his intention to seek the Presidential nomination in December 2017.

In July, 30, 217 Phosa while addressing the Methodist Church of Southern Africa in Mdantsane in the Eastern Cape says he is ready to restore the dignity of the ANC if he is elected as party head at the December Elective Congress.

Phosa currently holds chairman, vice-chairman or board member positions at more than 10 prominent South African institutions and companies, including the University of South Africa, Afrikaanse Handelsinstituut, Special Olympics South Africa, Value Logistics, EOH (Pty) Ltd, SA Golden Leaf and Hans Merensky Holdings.

Controversies

In 2001, Cyril Ramaphosa, Tokyo Sexwale and Phosa were investigated in connection with an alleged plot to oust Mbeki. They were cleared.

In May ANC Presidential hopeful Phosa told the SABC that should he be elected as ANC president in December, one of his tasks would be to rally the National executive Committee (NEC) to recall President Jacob Zuma from the highest office in the land.

Supporters

In June Student’s organization Sasco in the Bathandwa Ndondo Branch came in their numbers in support of Phosa as ANC candidate for president.

Chairperson Khanya Kenqa says although they do not vote in ANC conferences, they have a preference when it comes to leadership selection.

In April Phosa accepted an endorsement to be the next ANC President.

Ward 52 under the Eric Moscow Lusaneni Branch
and several other wards in the Western Cape say Phosa is one of few ANC members who still has integrity.

Phosa says those who are stealing from the people must be prosecuted and taken to jail. He was speaking in Khayelitsha where seven ANC branches endorsed him to be the next president.

In June 16, 2017 ANC PEC member in the Western Cape, Andile Lili is calling on young people to rally behind party veteran Phosa, as the party’s president. Lili is in fact the convener of the Phosa presidential campaign.

Phosa received a resounding welcome at the Sekakene community hall in Botlokwa, Limpopo as he accepted nomination to be the party’s next president by the ANC Molemole sub-region.

Mzwake Mbuli has thrown his weight behind Phosa.

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Tensions rise in Mozambique after mayor gunned down
5 October 2017, 5:40 PM

Tensions are high in Nampula, Mozambique’s third largest city in the country’s north, after Mayor Mahamudo Amurane was gunned down Wednesday night.

Amurane was a member of the Mozambique Democratic Movement, a majority party in most parts of northern Mozambique that broke away from Renamo some years ago.

Moz TV journalist Marciano Mubai says angry members of the party have blockaded most of the roads with burning tyres and rocks in protest for the killing of Amurane.

“A gunman went to a shop where he was standing somewhere there and shot him three times. He died when someone was taking him to the hospital. He later died. The police say they don’t know who killed him. They are trying to find out what is going on to find the people who killed him.”

– By Jonathan Lungu

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