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Situation still volatile in Cato Crest, Durban following the murder of ANC ward Candidate
16 October 2021, 1:37 PM

The situation is volatile at Cato Crest in Durban following the murder of African National Congress (ANC) ward candidate, Siyabonga Mkhize, on Friday night.

Mkhize and another ANC member were shot dead in their vehicle just after conducting a door to door election campaign in the area.

Two others were rushed to the hospital after sustaining gunshot wounds. Mkhize was the councillor for ward 101 in the eThekwini municipality.

Police said no arrests have been made and the motive for the killing is not yet known.

Meanwhile, the ANC is expected to visit Mkhize’s family this afternoon.

An ANC ward candidate killed in Durban


ANC Deputy President David Mabuza campaigns in Tshwane
16 October 2021, 12:45 PM

The African National Congress (ANC) Deputy President David Mabuza is leading the party’s election campaign trail on Saturday in the Tshwane Metro.

It is his fourth visit to the capital city in a fortnight.

Mabuza visited Soshanguve on Saturday to lead the governing party’s election campaign ahead on the local government election on 1 November.

Gift of the Givers founder calls on the media to hold those in power accountable
16 October 2021, 11:12 AM

Gift of the Givers founder, Dr Imtiaz Sooliman says it’s up to the media to hold those in power to account.

Sooliman was speaking on “The role and importance of independent journalism and active citizenry in a weak state”, during a fundraising dinner by the South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) on Friday night.

SANEF is celebrating 25 years of defending media freedom. Sooliman says the media must also tell the positive stories of what government does and not only the bad.

“We need responsible leaders in government and you are the ones that can hold people into account. To get leaders who can come and serve the country and not serve themselves and I’m telling you there’s a lot of good people in government. There’s a lot of them who want to do good. If you promote the good and don’t keep saying government is bad. Teach the morality, teach the ethics, look at the good, expose the bad, hold people to account,” says Sooliman.

SANEF celebrates 25 years of championing media freedom

KZN Treasury takes over financial control of cash-strapped uMkhanyakude District Municipality
16 October 2021, 7:32 AM

KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Sihle Zikalala has identified the cash-strapped uMkhanyakude District as one of the municipalities that have not been co-operative under government intervention.

The provincial Treasury has taken over financial control in the municipality after it failed to pass the municipal budget on time.

The provincial Co-operative Governance Department has released an assessment of how municipalities have fared over the past three years.

Zikalala was speaking on the side-lines of an event attended by senior municipal officials in Empangeni, on the North Coast.

“Where municipalities are faced with challenges and leaders appreciate that there are challenges, the interventions works. But where, like in uMkhanyakude, some leaders will not appreciate challenges, then the intervention will not work. One of the challenges is uMkhanyakude have been even the failure of the Council to meet and we were also considering maybe we should just disband it. In areas when we intervene, where we work together with the leadership, we use to improve the capacity and the performance of the municipality. But in areas where the intervention is met by resistance, then it does not succeed” says Zikalala.

Fire at Enoch Mgijima municipality was at an unused art gallery: Spokesperson
12 October 2021, 1:01 PM

The Enoch Mgijima municipality says the fire in Komani, which occurred on Monday night, was at an unused art gallery. The building belongs to the municipality. A video of the fire was circulated on social media with users speculating it is the municipal building that has been torched.

Municipal Spokesperson, Lonwabo Kowa says the Municipality was engaged in talks with potential tenants from both the public and the private sector for the building.

“The building was not used, it had been leased out by the municipality to the Department of Sport and Recreation, but at the moment, when the fire happened there was no one using the building. As the municipality, we are still in discussions with potential buyers. There was no files or assets kept in the building as it has never been used for administration since 2016,” says Kowa.


Lesseyton residents want an investigation into Enoch Mgijima Municipality’s sports field

The municipality was in the news last week with the now infamous R15-million Lesseyton sports facility that was opened.

The community of Lesseyton in the Eastern Cape wants law enforcement agencies to investigate the deals behind the infamous sports field. Residents have questioned the R15 million project unveiled by the Enoch Mgijima Municipality, and say the facility is not ready for use.



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