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Zandile Gumede
Embattled eThekwini Mayor Gumede to take leave
10 June 2019, 5:21 PM

eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede has agreed to take leave of absence after the African National Congress (ANC) Provincial Executive Committee requested her to, on Sunday.

Gumede, who is also the regional chairperson, is out on bail of R50 000 for allegedly defrauding the municipality of about R208 million in a refuse removal tender.

The committee meeting in Empangeni on the KwaZulu-Natal North coast has also decided to disband the party’s eThekwini Regional Executive Committee.

The region was supposed to hold its conference in 2018, but postponed due to the general elections.

“Without saying comrades who are charged are guilty… As the PEC, we want to affirm the decision we have taken. We have taken a view that anyone who is charged for any serious case will have to step down and the ANC subject that matter to processes within the movement, and the ANC should finalise those processes within 30 days – and that stepping down means a comrade charged must take a leave. But if a comrade is not taking voluntary leave the ANC will be compelled to remove that comrade and ensure that members of the ANC vote out that person,” says Provincial Chairperson Sihle Zikalala.

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Quinton de Kock
Proteas in early trouble as rain delays play
10 June 2019, 3:03 PM

Rain has come to South Africa’s rescue in their ICC Cricket World Cup match against the West Indies in Southampton.

The Proteas who were sent in to bat, lost their first two wickets for just 28 runs with both Hashim Amla and Aiden Markram dismissed by Sheldon Cottrell for six and five respectively.

When the players left the field, the Proteas were on 29 for two in the eighth over. Quinton de Kock was on 17 not out, while captain Faf du Plessis faced seven deliveries and is yet to get off the mark.

WSU
Vehicles set alight in WSU strike
10 June 2019, 2:56 PM

Three university vehicles have been set alight, allegedly by protesting students at the Zamukulungisa campus of the Walter Sisulu University (WSU) in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape.

Disgruntled students have been protesting since last Monday due to the non-payment of allowances and tuition fees by National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).

University Spokesperson, Yonela Tukwayo says the university has implemented the standing court interdict to ensure the safety of staff and students at the institution.

“We have now moved to get the students out of the university so that we can be able to regain control of the campus and we are hoping that we will able to resolve all issues later on this week. We were scheduled to start exams today but now we have decided as management to move exams to next week,” says Tukwayo.

Muhammadu Buhari
Gunman wipes out Nigerian villagers
10 June 2019, 2:18 PM

Gunmen on motorbikes killed 43 people in waves of attacks in northern Nigeria, police said Monday, the latest violence by criminal gangs raiding villages and stealing livestock. The series of attacks, carried out overnight Saturday to Sunday in Nigeria’s far north western Sokoto state, saw the gangs ride out from forest hideouts, speeding into villages and beginning to shoot.

“They opened fire on the village indiscriminately,” said Abdullahi Dantani, from the village of Satiru, where 18 people were murdered.

In Sokoto state’s Rabah district, gunmen rode into four villages Rukunni, Tsage, Giire and Kalfu massacring 25 people.

“Twenty-five people were killed,” said Ibrahim Kaoje, Sokoto state’s top police officer. “Several domestic animals were rustled by the attackers.”

Four people were arrested in connection to those attacks, Kaoje said, “including a female informant of the gangs, who disguised as a mad woman.”

In a separate wave of attacks in Satiru village, in Sokoto’s Isa district, the raiders shot 18 people, and then stole animals.

“We lost 18 people in the raid by the gunmen, who came into the village on motorcycles,” said Satiru village resident Umeh Na-Ta’ala.

The gangs have long been a scourge of rural communities in northern Nigeria, raiding villages, stealing cattle, burning homes, looting food, and kidnapping for ransom.

President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the killings, expressing his “deep shock and sadness over the death of scores of people in the banditry attacks,” in a statement issued late Sunday.

“Perpetrators and sponsors of such dastardly acts (will) be held accountable,” Buhari added.

Eskom
Kgoale blames dismissal on refusing to take ANC instructions
10 June 2019, 2:00 PM

Former Thaba Chweu Municipal Manager Patrick Kgoale says his dismissal is the result of backlash after he refused to take instructions from the African National Congress (ANC) Bohlabela Regional leadership in Mashishing, Mpumalanga.

Kgoale says he was dismissed for misconduct and corruption for appointing a company that installed civilian cameras at the municipal buildings and failure to pay the Eskom debt.

Kgoale was found guilty by an internal disciplinary hearing. He says there’s serious political interference.

“Even the people (who) were presiding the matter, we actually long told (them) ‘no, get rid of this man. (He) is problematic.’ But on those allegations making (sic) it is not correct. The only problem which I’m dying for (is) this backlash of the forensic investigation that I had conducted to establish exactly what happened with R342 million that I inherited; those irregularities, in that unfortunately I’m dealing with very powerful political influence,” says Kgoale.

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