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Social workers join calls for Mahumapelo to step down
20 April 2018, 11:02 AM

Social Workers in the North West have stopped working, as they join calls for the Premier Supra Mahumapelo to step down.

National Health Education & Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) provincial secretary, Patrick Makhafane, says the workers have been working in a very difficult condition under his watch for many years.

He added that they had exhausted all manner of engagements with the relevant departments for intervention, but they also failed the workers.

“Their issue is the state of the offices that they are working in. The school development offices are embarrassing, they did not comply with the occupational standards, so workers have been working under those conditions for years now. Workers then decided we have done everything in our power to raise issues with the Department of Labour and with Department of Social Development but as an employer nothing is happening,” says Makhafane.

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Embattled Mahumapelo suspends N West Health HoD
19 April 2018, 3:20 PM

North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo has finally suspended provincial health HoD, Dr Thabo Lekalakala.

The provincial government spokesperson, Brian Setswambung has confirmed the suspension. It follows the release of a preliminary report on forensic investigations Mahumapelo instituted at the health department over the Gupta- linked Mediosa Company.

The company which paid Lekalakala’s trip to India received a 30 million rand advance before rendering services.

Provincial spokesperson, Brian Setswambung says, “I can confirm that the reports are true. This follows the Premier receiving the report, preliminary report on the forensic investigations that’s been conducted and the findings indicate that there are serious matters and the Premier then took a decision on the head of department and has ordered that the disciplinary proceedings against the HOD must then commence.”

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Injury blow for Bulls against Rebels
19 April 2018, 3:06 PM

Vodacom Bulls coach John Mitchell named a largely unchanged squad to face the Rebels in a Vodacom Super Rugby clash at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

Mitchell tweaked his loose trio combination due to an injury to Hanro Liebenberg, with Marco van Staden moving from the side to the back of the scrum and Roelof Smit starting in the number six jersey again in the only change to the starting team in Durban last weekend.

Smit, who started on the bench in that match, Van Staden and Thembelani Bholi will start together as a combination for the first time this season, although they did so for most of the match in Durban after Liebenberg left the field injured.

Mitchell included Shaun Adendorff on the bench. Adendorff will make a first appearance for the Bulls this year.

“We are back again at Loftus Versfeld and playing in front of our home fans. We have another opportunity to show that we are a team that play until the very end and that is an exciting opportunity for this squad,” said Mitchell.

“We are gaining some momentum and are improving all the time. We are not the finished product yet though and hard work and commitment remain important for us.”

Bulls captain, Burger Odendaal, said the Rebels showed their class already. “We have seen them playing some really good rugby so far this season. They are a well-drilled unit and are getting better and better as the season progresses. We need to keep on improving as well, as we have set our standards very high and we are not where we want to be yet.”

The players also welcomed back the home crowd. “Nothing beats playing at Loftus. We are lucky to have passionate support and I sincerely hope the crowds will turn up to get behind us.”

Bulls team: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Johnny Kotze, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Burger Odendaal (captain), 11 Divan Rossouw, Handre Pollard, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Marco van Staden, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 RG Snyman, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Pierre Schoeman

Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Frans van Wyk, 19 Jason Jenkins, 20 Shaun Adendorff, 21 Andre Warner, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Duncan Matthews

We are acting in taxpayers’ interest by prosecuting Malema: AfriForum
19 April 2018, 2:15 PM

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Chief Whip and the Party’s Deputy leader Floyd Shivambu has described AfriForum’s bid to pursue private prosecution against Julius Malema, as a nonsensical attempt to stop the political voice of the EFF.

AfriForum announced earlier Thursday that it will reopen the fraud and corruption charges against Malema which were dropped in 2011.

Shivambu says,” The EFF is of the view that the private prosecution by Afriforum is a nonsensical attempt to suppress the political views of the EFF. AfriForum is known to be opposing the land expropriation without compensation struggle led by the EFF.”

“And they are now resorting to using our laws to suppress the political struggle. And we are going to expose them to who they are. We are going to illustrate to the whole of South Africa that there is no pursuit of the rule of law but it’s just a nonsensical attempt to try and stop the voice of the Economic Freedom Fighters,” says Shivambu.

Meanwhile, civil rights group AfriForum says it’s acting in the interest of all taxpaying South Africans in its bid to have Malema prosecuted.

AfriForum announced in Pretoria today that if the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) does not prosecute Malema by August this year, they will apply for a certificate to prosecute him privately.

They want Malema charged with fraud and corruption relating to tenders awarded to his company On-Point Engineering.

AfriForum CEO Kallie Kriel, AfriForum alleges that the NPA is delaying the matter and that amounts to shielding an individual from prosecution.

“The prosecution should just go ahead and that is why we are intervening to put pressure on the National Prosecuting Authority to simply do their work with regard to the interest, also as you’ve mentioned you have to have a specific interest in a particular matter to privately prosecute. We have said from the start that we want to broaden the law in that regard because in this case, every one of us that pays tax has an interest.”

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Absa denies role in Steinhoff shareholders’ losses
19 April 2018, 2:09 PM

Absa Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barclays Africa Group Limited (BGL), has distanced itself from compiling or reviewing the financial statements of Steinhoff International, saying that it was only the retailers’ Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) transaction sponsor.

This comes after media reports that Dutch Investors Association (VEB) in January launched a class action against Steinhoff in the Netherlands for the losses suffered by its shareholders in a 2015 share sale.

On Wednesday, VEB mentioned that it had given three banks; Absa, Barclays Plc and Commerzbank AG, notices of its plan to file the lawsuit over “misleading prospectus”.

VEB alleges that the banks are liable for damages incurred by Steinhoff shareholders because of their roles in the listing of Steinhoff on the Frankfurt and Johannesburg stock exchanges in November 2015 as part of its creation of a holding company in Amsterdam.

The banks all provided services to Steinhoff when it was producing two prospectuses in 2015 that preceded its listing in Frankfurt.

“We have noted press reports that VEB has indicated that it has notified Absa and two other banks that it is holding them liable for losses incurred by Steinhoff shareholders. Absa has not received any notification from VEB in this regard,” the bank says in a statement.

“Absa’s role was limited to ensuring that the JSE’s listing rules were complied with by Steinhoff SA, the relevant JSE-listed company. Absa’s mandate specifically did not include the compilation or review of the financial statements of Steinhoff South Africa or any other Steinhoff company.”

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