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Hlaudi Motsoeneng
ACM president says he is ready for highest office
4 May 2019, 6:44 PM

African Convention Movement (ACM) president Hlaudi Motsoeneng says he is ready to take over the highest office in the land come the May 8 elections.

Motsoeneng says he’s optimistic that his party will do well in the next week’s general elections. He was addressing more than a thousand party supporters at the Platberg stadium in Harrismith in the eastern Free State.

Motsoeneng says his party will bring radical changes to the area if voted into power. He says they want to give ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa a run for his money.

“I’m looking to take my seat at the Union Buildings, because the Buffalo, what he knows, Cyril Ramaphosa is to deliver posters and buy all these animals huge money but he can’t look after his own people. How can you trust someone who look after animals, who does not look after human beings.”

Motsoeneng says the masses will be shocked when the IEC finally releases the results of the elections. He says within six months of his party taking over, there will be radical changes.

Motsoeneng also touched on improving health, policing and alleviating unemployment.

Sundowns vs Wydad Casablanca
Sundowns eliminated from CAF competition
4 May 2019, 6:30 PM

Mamelodi Sundowns have been knocked out of the CAF Champions League by Moroccan side, Wydad Casablanca, after a goalless draw in the second leg in Atteridgeville, west of Pretoria.

Wydad advance to the final on a 2-1 aggregate win.  This after they won the first leg of the tie at home a fortnight ago.

Wydad will play Tunisia’s Esperance in the a two-legged final later this month after they beat TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo over the two legs in another semi-final tie.

 

Shiraaz Mohamed
Shiraaz Mohamed’s kidnappers demand ransom
4 May 2019, 4:27 PM

Humanitarian group, Gift of the Givers Foundation, says those behind the kidnapping of South African photographer Shiraaz Mohamed have now demanded a ransom.

Mohamed was kidnapped in Syria two years ago after being accused of being a foreign spy.

Earlier this week, a video was released showing him alive and pleading with the organisation and President Cyril Ramaphosa to secure his release.

Mohamed was flanked by a masked man yielding an AK-47 assault rifle.

Gift of the Givers’s founder Dr Imtiaz Sooliman explains: “They said the request is 1.5 million US dollars. We said that figure is quite ridiculous. We explained that Shiraaz does not belong to any corporate company that could assist in the payment of that kind of money. The family doesn’t have much means. They don’t have the money and I said the South Africa government certainly will not pay, so they need to rethink. They then told us, we need to go and think about our options and what we’re gonna do. They called back and asked what would you like to do? So we said you price is too high. They said the price is negotiable, think about it and get back to us,” explains Dr Imitiaz Sooliman.

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Mmusi Maimane
Maimane says Ramaphosa, ANC are in for a surprise
2 May 2019, 9:18 PM

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane says President Cyril Ramaphosa and the African National Congress (ANC) are in for a surprise come May 8. Maimane believes his party will garner enough votes to unseat the governing party.

He was addressing supporters in Kwadukuza, on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast.

There are few days left before elections and politicians are not leaving anything to chance. Maimane received a warm reception but the voters soon turned to their grievances.

“I am a graduate and I am unemployed for the past 11 years. I am voting DA. The message for me is promises, better services for us.”

The Blue Party leader wasn’t going to leave the campaign without highlighting the ANC’s failures. He pointed at the embattled SOEs, saying his party would do a better job if given enough votes to run the country.

“On one side we have Mr Ramaphosa who arrives everywhere, when lights go off he is shocked. When State Capture happens he is shocked. When he sees how people live, he is shocked. He is shocked because his party brought us here. But I have one more shock for him on the 8th of May; the people of South Africa are going to give him the biggest shock of his life when they vote out his government,” says Maimane.

Maimane wrapped his campaign by sending condolences to victims of the floods in Durban and surrounding areas. But still blamed government for not providing proper housing.

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KZN and NW provinces identified as high risk for Election Day
2 May 2019, 8:28 PM

The North West and KwaZulu-Natal provinces have been identified as high risk areas ahead of Election Day. The Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) Cluster of ministers says resources including extra security will be deployed to ensure free and fair elections.

However, the Cluster has assured the nation that elections will be free, fair and safe for all. This as over 51 000 police officers will be deployed to the voting stations across the country on Election Day.

The run up to Election Day has seen numerous protests and so called shutdowns across the country.

Many of the demonstrations were related to service delivery. However, the protests are not of major concern to the security cluster.

The Cluster identified North West and KwaZulu-Natal as hot spot area. JCPS says the two provinces have had strong elements of violence and political intolerance.

Police Minister, Bheki Cele says, “Some areas eThekwini especially the hostels, were there have been interference even with the registration and campaigning, so that makes those high because people don’t just engage on their constitutional right activities but they begin to interfere with the rights of other people so police come in there and the cluster comes in here.

“North West I’m sure you are aware there was a place where the premier he could not go and three days, two days there busses burnt when other people were campaigning in a place called Brits. So that’s why, there is a lot of interference with the political and constitutional right of other people that’s why these two provinces are taken up,” Cele adds.

The Cluster says advance security teams have already been deployed to stabilise hotspot areas. Other security teams will be deployed to one Correctional Services to ensure inmates’ safety on voting day.

Meanwhile, a total of 22 924 voting stations will be opened for all citizens to vote on May 8th.

Despite numerous shutdown protests in South Africa. The Gauteng province has not been identified as high risk by the security cluster ministers, stating that the province has enough capacity to manage any possible election disruptions.

Home Affairs which is part of the cluster, says it will be fully operational on Election Day to assist voters with their identity documents.

The department will extend operational hours at front line offices from the 6th to the 8th May 2019.

 

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