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Uniting People First
Elections 2019: Uniting People First
1 May 2019, 5:57 PM

Abbreviation: UPF

In the 2019 elections, the party will be contesting for seats in the North West Legislature.

It was formed in 2016 and is led by Dr SS Ngono.

The party’s manifesto was launched on March 2 in Montshioa Cultural Village in Mmabatho, Mahikeng.


Herman Mashaba
Mashaba not amused by ANC walkout during his City Address
1 May 2019, 4:44 PM

The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Johannesburg Mayor, Herman Mashaba, says it was not unusual to witness African National Congress (ANC) members staging a walk out during his State of the City Address.

With a week to go before the May the 8th elections, Mashaba outlined in his speech in Braamfontein programmes for the city and emphasised the importance of service delivery.

His announcement, that a multi-party government has brought about change to residents, prompted ANC members to disrupt proceedings and leave.

Mashaba says his speech was not meant for electioneering, but rather to highlight what has been done in the city so far.

“Those that decided to walk out of Council have demonstrated that it is what they do every time – delay and disrupt proceedings. My entire address is there for the public to see. Does it really mean when I talk about corruption of the precious administration, am I lying? Am I lying when I say ever since this multi-party government took over, just in 2.5 years we have issued over 6 000 title deeds? We’ve now attracted R20 billions of construction opportunities – where 11 000 people are going to get job opportunities.”

Cape Metro arrest suspects in possession of house break-in tools
1 May 2019, 4:01 PM

Cape Town Metro Police say they have arrested three suspects after they were caught in possession of tools used for breaking into houses, in Bothasig.

Metro police spokesperson, Wayne Dyason, says officers noticed them driving around in a car in the area.

He says the officers followed the car and instructed the driver to pull over. Upon questioning the suspects they all gave contradictory reasons for having the tools in their possession and were placed under arrest.

“The officers spotted a suspicious vehicle and called for assistance in order to pull the vehicle over. Once the vehicle had been pulled over and searched it was found to have a crow bar (house break-in tools), screwdrivers (car break-in tools) and even a glass cutter and gloves. The suspects aged 33 and 35 from Mannenberg were transported to Bothasig SAPS and charged,” says Dyason.

Julius Malema
Malema wants Gauteng govt to account for missing funds in Alex renewal project
1 May 2019, 3:13 PM

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)  leader, Julius Malema has called on the Gauteng government to account for missing millions that were supposed to be used for the Alexandra Renewal Project.

Last month, residents in the township north of Johannesburg embarked on violent protests calling for housing development promises to be delivered.

Speaking at his party’s May Day Rally in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg, Malema says former Housing MEC Paul Mashatile and Premier David Makhura must answer to the people.

Malema says they’ve identified many plots of land across the country that could be used for human settlements and agriculture.

He says if the EFF win the upcoming elections, the expropriation of land without compensation will be implemented without hesitation.

Malema used an example of a plot of land in Rabie Ridge, Midrand, that is privately owned.


Mac Chavalala
ANC govt no longer interested in working class: Chavalala
1 May 2019, 2:54 PM

Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) president Mac Chavalala says the African National Congress (ANC) led government no longer has the best interest of the working class.

Chavalala addressed members of the trade union’s affiliates during Workers Day celebration at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, Limpopo.

He has accused government of creating labour laws which are unfavourable to workers.

“Labour law reforms are actually implemented to work against the working class. In other words, making things difficult for workers to strike and to exercise their right. There are threats over AMCU, to deregister AMCU. As SAFTU we are against any form of attack on workers and workers rights. Labour brokers are still happening in South Africa,” says Chavalala.

Workers in SA not united

SAFTU says employers continue to oppress employees because workers in the country aren’t united. SAFTU’s Secretary-General Zwelinzima Vavi says many workers were exploited even on workers’ day and weren’t given time off.

Addressing thousands of union members in Durban, they painted the Central business district red. Vavi accused employers of not paying workers the minimum wage.

He lashed out at government for not addressing the plight of the workers. Vavi also called for unity in the labour movement and warned that the well-being of workers is being compromised by divisions among them.

“One of the things we want to deliver during this May Day celebration is the theme of unity, or organising, of mobilising, of recruiting workers as to join unions to build solidarity amongst themselves in each and every workplace and across all the sectors of the economy so that they can be heard again as a worker’s voice in our country.”

Meanwhile the Socialist Revolutionary Worker’s Party says it has received SAFTU’s blessing to form a worker’s party.
But Vavi disputes these claims.

The federation also called for workers to embark on a two-day national shutdown on a date still to be announced.



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