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Bathabile Dlamini
DA gives Dlamini 48 hrs to report to police
12 June 2019, 7:16 PM

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has given former African National Congress (ANC) MP Bathabile Dlamini 48 hours to report to the police following allegations of corruption contained in her resignation letter or they will lay criminal charges against her.

The DA already wants the National Prosecution Authority (NPA) consider whether Dlamini should be prosecuted for allegedly lying under oath during her testimony at the inquiry into the social grants crisis.

Dlamini has resigned as an MP. The DA says in her resignation letter Dlamini alleges that she is aware that wives of some ANC members were involved in seemingly dubious relationships with Cash Paymaster Services.

The Post Office is now administering the payment of grants.

Gatland
Gatland to take charge of British and Irish Lions 2021 SA tour
12 June 2019, 6:58 PM

Welsh coach, Warren Gatland, will be in charge of the British and Irish Lions for the third successive time after being named as head coach for the 2021 tour of South Africa.

The New Zealander, who led the Lions to a series victory over Australia in 2013 and a drawn series against New Zealand in 2017, was widely expected to be given the role despite saying two years ago that he was done with the job and that it was time for someone else.

He was also an assistant to Ian McGeechan when the Lions last toured South Africa, losing the 2009 series 2-1. They won their previous series there, also under McGeechan, in 1997.  The 55 year-old Gatland will stand down as Wales coach after this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan, having become the country’s longest-serving coach and leading them to three Grand Slams.

Crime scene
Two arrested following gun attack on anti-gang police members
12 June 2019, 6:15 PM

Police say two suspects have been arrested following a gun attack on six anti-gang unit members in Nyanga on the Cape Flats. The officers were shot at while conducting a tracing operation in the Samora Machel informal settlement.

Two unit members were seriously wounded and the other four also hospitalised. Police spokesperson, Novella Potelwa, says a second alleged attacker was nabbed in Cape Town after another suspect was arrested shortly after the incident.

Police are searching for one more suspect.

Narius Moloto
PAC leadership facing factions again
11 June 2019, 5:04 PM

The newly-found peace among warring Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) leadership factions seems to be in trouble, yet again. Party leader, Narius Moloto has written a letter to the PAC’s Secretary General and the National Executive Committee in which he invoked clause 14.2 of the party’s constitution and placed the PAC under decree.

Moloto says this is due to the failure of the office bearers and the NEC to work together in organising the party’s upcoming National Elective Conference in August.

This effectively means that the current National Executive of the party ceases to exist and an administrator will now be running the party until an elective congress is held.

Moloto says the actions are in line with party policies.

“As a party president, you arrive at a place where there is no agreement towards what you need to achieve. You look into what mechanism do you have in your own constitution to achieve that. For instance, I have appointed, in the administration, the former secretary general of Mpumalanga and Kimberely, so they are all in, everybody is in,” says Moloto.

China resource evaluation
China launches survey on earth’s mineral resources
11 June 2019, 4:23 PM

China launched a survey of rare earth resources in seven regions on Monday, the China Securities Journal reported on Tuesday, amid speculation Beijing may curb exports of the materials to the United States.

The newspaper, controlled by the official Xinhua News Agency, said China’s state planner National Development and Reform Commission, industry ministry and the natural resources ministry began the survey in areas including Inner Mongolia and Jiangxi province.

Local authorities in the surveyed regions must provide specific data and cases on major issues in protecting, developing and applying the resources, according to the official newspaper.

Beijing also asked these provinces to share thoughts and suggestions on how to improve the supply security of strategic mining resources like rare earths. The ministries could not immediately be reached for comment outside normal business hours.

The campaign, mainly directed by the country’s state planner, might lead to a reduction of rare earth output and push-up prices, as Beijing is expected to crack down on illegal mining and trade of the critical elements, said the newspaper, citing an unidentified industry insider.

Chinese rare earth prices are set to climb further beyond multi-year highs hit following a flurry of state media reports that Beijing could weaponise its supply-dominance of the prized minerals in its trade war with Washington.

China accounted for 80% of rare earths, a group of 17 chemical elements used in high-technology consumer electronics and military equipment, imported by the United States from 2014 to 2017.

China is home to at least 85% of the world’s capacity to process rare earth ores into material manufacturers can use, according to research firm Adamas Intelligence.

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