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Boy Mamabolo found guilty of contravening ANC constitution
8 August 2020, 7:20 PM

ANC MP Boy Mamabolo has been found guilty of contravening ANC Constitution rules and bringing the party and its parliamentary caucus into disrepute.

The party Chief Whip Pemmy Majodina has written a letter to reprimand Mamabolo for verbally abusing a newspaper journalist Ngwako Malatji. Mamabola has been ordered to write an apology to Malatji, the general public and to attend an anger management course.

In a recording, Mamabolo was heard hurling insults at a journalist and threatening to shoot him for investigating allegations that the MP had made unsavoury remarks about President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to ban the sale of alcohol for the second time.

Malatji provided evidence from a source in the form of cellphone screen-grabs of a WhatsApp conversation in which Mamabolo threatened them with violence.

Mamabolo says he has pleaded guilty on all the charges against him.

“I pleaded guilty to all the charges that I was facing for insulting and threatening Sunday World journalist Mr Ngwako Malatji I pleaded guilty because I wanted us to deal with this matter as soon as possible. I’m going to apologise to Mr Malatji because I believe in media freedom and as a public representative, I’m expected to behave myself in the manner that is dignified. From now on, I know that a private conversation on a cell phone is not different from what we are doing in the public. I will be apologising to Mr Malatji, Sanef and also the public at large.”

The ANC Parliamentary Caucus said on 1 August that they had instituted an internal disciplinary process against Mamabolo for the verbal abuse of Malatji. The Caucus denounced Mamabolo’s behaviour, saying that it strives to maintain a cordial relationship with members of the media and respects the Constitutional values and Bill of Rights.

These include freedom of expression as well as the freedom of the press and other media to do its work.

‘Disciplinary action’

The South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) Executive Director Kate Skinner called on the ANC to take the necessary disciplinary action against Mamabolo.

“We hope that SAPS will take this threat against the journalist seriously and carry out the necessary investigation. We hope that the MP responsible for the threats will be brought to justice to show that this unparliamentary behaviour has no place in our democracy. We also call on the ANC to show that it does not tolerate such behaviour within its ranks and that it will duly take steps to discipline its member.”

The Democratic Alliance has referred Mamabolo’s actions to Parliament’s Ethics Committee.

Celtics beat Baroka to advance to Nedbank Cup finals
8 August 2020, 6:44 PM

Bloemfontein Celtic are through to the final of the Nedbank Cup after they beat ten-men Baroka FC side 3-0 in the first semi-final match of the doubleheader.

The match was played at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Nedbank Cup kicked off after a five months break following the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. However, not before the pandemic has left a trail of destruction in its wake.

The pitch at the Orlando Stadium was patchy and was slowly losing its green. There were a few injuries while players were rusty and sluggish on the field of play.

It was a matter of time that they made a few mistakes and one of them was when Ananias Gebhardt of Baroka rough tackled Lucky Baloyi. The referee Victor Hlongwane did not waste time and gave Gebhardt a straight red.

The captain’s sending off killed Boroka’s confidence and Ndumiso Mabhena scored on the stroke of half time.

In the second half, Celtic piled more pressure on the opposition and was duly rewarded when they won a penalty. Victor Letsoalo scored the second goal.

Letsoalo capped their winning in style when he finished his brace to score the third goal just before the final whistle.

Recent deaths of senior royals devastating for King Zwelithini: Royal Household
8 August 2020, 6:30 PM

The Zulu Royal Household says the recent deaths of several senior royals from the AmaZulu Royal family has been devastating to King Goodwill Zwelithini.

On Friday, the royal family laid to rest King Zwelithini’s brother, Prince Milton Zulu of the Ezibindini Royal House of King Solomon.

Prince Zulu, who was also a national executive member of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), died on Wednesday at the age of 45.

He is the third senior member of the royal family to have died recently. This follows the passing of Princesses Nobuhle and Busi of the Mbelebeleni Royal House and Queen Noloyiso Sandile who was the Queen Regent of the AmaRharhabe Kingdom in the Eastern Cape.

A spokesperson for the Zulu Royal House Prince Thulani Zulu says the household wished to pass on condolences to his majesty.

“The Zulu royalty is mourning the death of several princes and princesses that have died unexpectedly these days. We are very sorry about this and we wish to pass our condolences, especially to the Majesty the King because yesterday, on Friday, we were burying Prince Milton Zulu of Ezibindini. We are so devastated about this death.”

Earlier, the National House of Traditional Leaders also expressed sadness and shock at the death of Prince Mandla Zulu.

‘Outstanding leader, community builder’ 

President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed his sadness at the passing of Prince Mandla Zulu. Ramaphosa has described him as an outstanding leader and community builder at such a youthful age.

In a statement, the President said his thoughts and prayers are with the family. “My heart goes out to His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini and the royal household at the passing of an outstanding leader and community builder at such a youthful age; a passing that compounds the grief already experienced by the royal family in recent weeks.”

Medical fraternity mourns death of Professor Lungile Pepeta
8 August 2020, 6:06 PM

The medical fraternity and the higher education sector are mourning the passing of one of the seasoned doctor and an academic Professor Lungile Pepeta.

Pepeta died of COVID-19 related illness at a Port Elizabeth hospital on Friday evening. He was executive dean of health sciences at the Nelson Mandela University.

Pepeta played a vital role in the establishment of the Nelson Mandela University’s Medical School, which the university is gearing up to open.

He’s a renowned Paediatric Cardiologist in the country and was recently appointed as the chairperson of the Medical Schemes by Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize.

Messages of condolences pour in following the passing of Professor Pepeta:

 

Nelson Mandela University’s Vice-Chancellor professor Sibongile Muthwa says Pepeta played a leading role in the University’s response to COVID-19 within the institution and the community at large.

“He had extensive experience in working with key stakeholder in the health and higher education sector; provincially nationally, continentally and beyond. It is these fine credentials and his unwavering commitment to finding sustainable solutions in the health sector that makes him an immense loss. His humility and heart for ordinary people will be sorely missed. Mandela University extends its deepest condolences to his wife, family, his students and colleagues, and lowers its banner in honour of this trailblazer and leader par excellence.”

Tribute by Premier Oscar Mabuyane

Professor Pepeta also formed part of the provinces panel of experts that advised Premier Oscar Mabuyane’s administration on how to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mabuyane says he will remember Professor Pepeta for being humble and dedicated to nation-building. To this effect, the premier has written to President Cyril Ramaposa to request him to accord the Professor an official provincial funeral.

“We writing to the President as you know it’s only him that can grant that honour. We believe that this man deserves such an honour for the entire health sector. He has outdone himself and done things beyond his age.”

Head of Health, Dr Thobile Mbengashe has described Pepeta as a rare breed and a visionary.

“I have worked with him and been in his presence with all his extraordinary ideas about how we could make changes. We are very saddened and shocked; I know his friends and his students and some of them are specialists. We hope all the work he has done the province will continue to build healthcare for the NHI; that was his dream.”

Oscar Mabuyane to request an official provincial funeral for Professor Lungile Pepeta:

Nehawu pays tribute to Professor Pepeta

Nehawu deputy Secretary, Sweetness Stokwe, says they will remember Prof Pepeta for the enthusiasm he displayed at his work and love for humanity.

“He was a leader not like many. Students loved him because even in times when students would have problems, he would come down and talk to them; something that is very rare. He was a people’s person, very humble and easy to reach.”

The date for his funeral is yet to be announced.

Taxi driver arrested for murder of Cape Town traffic cop
8 August 2020, 4:34 PM

A taxi driver has been arrested for the murder of a Cape Town traffic officer. 46-year-old Deon Sampson was checking the license disc of a taxi waiting at a roadblock in Khayelitsha on Friday night, when the driver accelerated, ran him over and dragged him along the road for nearly 200 metres.

It is reported that other officers chased after the vehicle, but the driver refused to stop.

Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith, says they had to shoot several times at the vehicle before the driver was eventually apprehended off Oscar Mpetha Drive.

“What happened to Officer Sampson is horrific and I call on the South African Police (SAPS) to expedite this investigation so that justice can be served. The city extends its condolences to Officer Sampson’s spouse and his three children and his extended family as well as the colleagues in the traffic department. It cuts deep when we lose one of our own, but even more so when the circumstances are as incomprehensible as what transpired last night.”

The suspect is expected to appear in the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

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