The mayor of the Ingquza Hill municipality in the Eastern Cape’s Transkei region, Pat Mdingi has been arrested.
This after the municipality failed to rebuild 38 houses it illegally demolished at New Rest Township in 2016.
The High Court in Grahamstown had issued an order for the arrest of mayor for contempt of court. The order stipulated that failing to rebuild the houses within the stipulated time, would lead to the mayor and municipal manager serving 30 days in prison.
Ingquza Hill Speaker, Ntandokazi Capa believes the mayor’s arrest is premature.
“We are aware that there was a court decision that we must reconstruct the houses within a period of 10 days. If we don’t do that we’ll be in contempt of court. As far as we know, the 10 days was not yet at the end. At the same time there was nothing that says you have not managed to do what you were supposed to do therefore your mayor will be arrested.”
“There is nothing that informs about that. Despite that, as a municipality we are very committed in making sure that what has been instructed by the court we will do. As a result, we have already appointed a service provider to construct those houses,” says Capa.
SuperSport United treading dangerously after Cape Town City draw
15 April 2018, 8:35 AM
Relegation-threatened SuperSport United remain perilously perched just above the drop zone after a 0-0 league draw with Cape Town City at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday night.
Matsatsantsa, who have not scored in their last five matches, are just two points above Ajax Cape Town and could find themselves in the relegation zone if the Urban Warriors win away at Chippa United on Sunday.
In a game in which both sides hit the woodwork, the first half never really moved beyond the first couple of gears. The visiting side were particularly lack-lustre in this period, although they did show more urgency after halftime.
The Cape team were not a whole lot better but did at least have some chances and they were unfortunate not to score in the 18th minute when Craig Martin cut in from the left flank and crashed a thunderous drive into the crossbar before Tariq Fielies shot over from the rebound.
There was also a good opportunity for Thabo Nodada, back on the field and bandaged up after a head injury, but he stabbed a volley wide with the goal at his mercy and goalkeeper Ronwen Williams out of position, eight minutes before the interval.
The game remained tight after the restart, with little more than half chances for City striker Judas Moseamedi and his Matsatsantsa counterparts Evans Rusike and Aubrey Modiba, who all fired off target.
There was work to do though for Citizens keeper Sage Stephens in the 65th minute when he pulled off an outstanding save to keep out Modiba’s pile-driver before Thuso Phala squeezed a shot just wide of the post as the Pretoria team stepped their efforts up.
SuperSport then came even closer as Clayton Daniels powered a 73rd-minute header into the upright from a corner kick.
The Tshwane team continued to push for openings, but it was City who should have won the match eight minutes from time when Martin’s cross picked out Surprise Ralani at the back post, but from just a few yards out, he scooped his shot over the goal.
The result extends SuperSport’s winless to seven matches, and they have just three games left to rescue their season.
‘The lesson that women can draw from Winnie is to be strong’
This comes as the nation is in preparation for Mama Winnie’s final send-off on Saturday. Madikizela-Mandela died at the Netcare Milpark Hospital last Monday after suffering from a long illness.
Speaking to SABC News, Dlamini says, “The role that Mama Winnie has played in South Africa, especially for women, is impeccable and I don’t think it can be compared to any role that any icon has played in the country, especially in the African National Congress Women’s League. She is the person that has pioneered the change and equality.”
“I think I saw her greatness in 2010, when we hosted the African Women Championship. I think it is her nature that she catered for everyone. She was not someone of a distance, who you couldn’t reach. When we lost the semi-final to qualify for the World Cup, she came down to us on the pitch to encourage us to remain strong.”
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Amanda Dlamini Foundation empowers girls through soccer
The Amanda Dlamini Girls Foundation tournament will take place in Makhehleni Sports Ground in Kwamashu, north of Durban on Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 09h00.
The Foundation has partnered with KwaMashu based organisation, Khulanathi Sports and Recreation, and is sponsored by Jockey. The schools will be provided with soccer kits.
“Basically, the aim is to encourage the young girls to sort of take up a talent, because I think it is where you develop your love for sport. For me as a little young girl at the age of 11 years already, I was playing football. I feel that we need to encourage the young girls to take a sport, especially soccer because it is still predominantly a male dominated sport. Our aim is to remind not only girls but the teachers and community at large that girls should also play sport, especially soccer.”
The schools that will be partaking in the tournament are: Nsimbini Primary School, Vilakazi Primary School, Bhekilanga Primary School and Dumani Primary School.
Dlamini also believes that women’s football status in the country is on the rise, but she also feels that it’s something that should have happened long ago.
“I think some of us have even retired because things were not changing, and if it is that things have changed we would have probably made soccer a career. And we wouldn’t have to start now looking for jobs everywhere, but the passion kept us that long in the football career. Hopefully, after South African Football Association (Safa) elections we will find people who will really advocate for women’s football and equality,” says Dlamini.
Moreover, the 29 year-old retired footballer, says she is happy to see South African female players going to oversees, and she says that shows a huge improvement.
In echoing Dlamini’s sentiments the Secretary General of Khulanathi Sports and Recreation, Mduduzi Majola, says these kinds of tournaments seek to empower and provide young girls with preventive tools against social ills which affects townships, like substance abuse as well as teenage pregnancy just to name the few.
“Street drugs like Whoonga and alcohol have robbed our township of career driven and responsible youth, and so such initiatives aim to prevent or mend the scars left by such socials ills.”
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Emfuleni Municapilty faces water cuts over non-payment
Earlier this year, residents spent days without water, which led to protests in some communities. Rand Water says it expects the municipality to settle the debt at the end of the month, before it turns the taps off.
Emfuleni Local Municipality communications manager, Stanley Gaba says the municipality’s current account is up-to-date.
However, it has only paid part of what Gaba describes as ‘historical debt’.
“We have been able to keep with the current account payment. The only unfortunate part is that we have not been able to fully pay on what we agreed in terms of the historical debt that has accumulated over a period of years.”
“Part of the terms is that we must pay the current account plus the best. And also if we failing to pay the historical debt is that we must communicate with them and we have been communicating with them to say we are unable to meet this debt, part of it but the current account we are paying,” says Gaba.