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Pieter Groenewald
Groenewald calls for President to unite the country
22 May 2019, 7:40 PM

Leader of the Freedom Front Plus (FF plus), Pieter Groenewald has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to use the responsibility given to him by the people to work towards uniting the country and ensuring equal rights for all, including minority groups.

Speaking in Parliament on Wednesday, Groenewald called on the President to heed the call of the nation, even when it may differ from the views of the African National Congress (ANC).

“Honourable President, there’s a huge responsibility on your shoulders. The people of South Africa want hope, they want hope for the future that’s what we need in South Africa. Part of that responsibility is that you are now also the President of the people, all the people and therefore you must ensure that the interest of the people of South Africa is more important than the interest of your political party, the ANC. You have to ensure and enhance nation-building in SA,” says Groenewald.

 

PRASA executives Dr Sipho Sithole has been suspended for improper, irregular, corrupt, fruitless and wasteful expenditure.
Prasa executives placed on suspension, special leave for corruption
22 May 2019, 6:36 PM

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PrasaBoard and Group CEO, Dr Nkosinathi Sishi have placed various executives on suspension and special leave.

This decision follows the outcomes and ongoing investigations that have dogged Prasa of improper, irregular, corrupt, fruitless and wasteful expenditure by various employees of Prasa at all levels of the organisation.

Two executives, namely Dr Sipho Sithole and Martha Ngoye have been placed on suspension. Whilst Tiro Holele, an executive in the office of the Group CEO has been placed on special leave.

The suspension and placement on special leave of these executives is to ensure a fair process based on a principle of innocent until proven guilty.

The Board and staff continue to work with vigour and commitment in our quest to create a PRASA that delivers quality service to our commuters.

Stan Mathabatha
DA, EFF show concerns over Limpopo leadership
22 May 2019, 4:55 PM

The Democratic Alliance (DA) says the return of some MECs back in office will not bring any change in Limpopo.

DA leader Jacques Smalle says MECs like Dickson Masemola should not have returned, due to a bad record.

“The premier didn’t hold people accountable in the 5th parliament. I don’t see him holding people accountable now and some dodgy characters that made their return. You will know that Dickson Masemola was the key MEC when the province was placed under administration in 2011. When he was responsible for over R2 billion which led to the fall of the province,” says Masemola.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has expressed concern over the return of Stan Mathabatha as the premier of Limpopo.

Provincial chairperson Jossey Buthane says the appointment of new MECs will not make any difference under the same leadership.

“You still have a premier known for sleeping on duty even the new one will sleep on duty and we are going to have an issue of accountability, what these people needed was a leader and this government was on auto pilot. Now this guy is going to sleep on duty,” says Buthane.

Taxi Violence
Police arrest 5 men involved in W Cape taxi violence
22 May 2019, 4:49 PM

Police members attached to the Western Cape Organised Crime unit, the dog unit and the Ceres Crime Prevention Unit have arrested five men in Ceres in connection with taxi-related violence that claimed one life.

Police spokesperson FC Van Wyk says two rival taxi associations were at loggerheads last week after a farm owner made an arrangement with one of the associations to transport his workers from his farm to the Eastern Cape.

Van Wyk says a 55-year-old man was shot and killed while another was injured during the dispute.

“Five suspects aged between 26 and  39  were arrested  Members seized two licence firearms and confiscated a Navy blue VW Golf 5.  The main motive has been confirmed as taxi violence and these suspects will appear in the Ceres Magistrates Court soon on charges of murder and attempted murder,” says Van Wyk.

Thandi Modise has elected as National Assembly Speaker.
Modise elected National Assembly Speaker
22 May 2019, 3:58 PM

African National Congress (ANC) MP Thandi Modise has been elected as Speaker of the National Assembly.  Thandi Modise overcame the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Richard Majola by 250 votes, whilst Majola only got 83 votes.

Modise’s name was proposed by Minister Nosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Majola by DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen.

Voting took place earlier in the day via secret ballot in Parliament for the position of Speaker of the National Assembly.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) had supported the African National Congress (ANC) nomination of Thandi Modise for the position of Speaker of the National Assembly.

Lechesa Tsenoli has been elected unopposed as Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng announced the results of a secret ballot, declaring Modise’s victory.

EFF leader Julius Malema voiced his support for Modise. However, EFF MPs refrained from voting as they did in 2014.

The EFF has abstained from voting for the position of National Assembly Speaker. Members of the party have remained seated when their names were called while other members went to the voting booths.

“When you compare Thandi Modise with the previous speaker Baleka Mbete, she’s the most reasonable person, she’s seasoned she’s a woman of substance and she’s able to rise above political party pettiness and we hope that when elected she will not succumb to the party pressure to a point where she wants to turn this parliament into a mouthpiece of the ANC,” said Malema.

Earlier the African National Congress (ANC) MPs have broken out into song in Parliament as they wait for the votes to be counted for the position of National Assembly Speaker.

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