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Gauteng ANC to haul Mashaba before Ethics Committee of Council
5 June 2019, 4:55 PM

The Gauteng African National Congress (ANC) says it is planning to  haul Gauteng Mayor Herman Mashaba before the Ethics Committee of Council after the City of Johannesburg took responsibility for the demolition of illegal structures in Alexandra north of Johannesburg.

City Manager Ndivhoniswani Lukhwareni admitted in the Alexandra Enquiry sitting in Braamfontein that the city authorised the demolitions.

This after Mayor Herman Mashaba made an undertaking to rebuild the houses at the City’s expense. The ANC says it was not surprised by the admission.

“The Mayor is irresponsible, he is acting outside of the bylaws so we will have to take the decision to process him through various councils which he has for a long time defied to go to the Ethics Committee of Council so we will be taking the matter with the Minister of Cooperative Governance to ensure that the Mayor is brought to book,” says Johannesburg ANC spokesperson Jolidee Matonga.

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Traditional surgeon arrested for alleged underage circumcision
5 June 2019, 2:45 PM

Eastern Cape police have arrested a 29-year-old traditional surgeon (ingcibi) who allegedly circumcised four under aged boys at Scenery Park in East London on Friday.

The father of one the boys has opened a case with the police.

The Buffalo City Circumcision Forum has already recorded seven illegal circumcisions of under aged boys since the start of the winter initiation season.

Police spokesperson, Hazel Mqala, has urged parents to always know the whereabouts of their children during this season.

“A 29 year-old male yesterday (on Tuesday) at Scenery Park in connection with unlawful circumcision, he will appear in the East London Magistrate’s Court soon. We as SAPS members, we are urging community members to look after their children especially this time of the year. The schools will be closed and the boys are going to circumcision, it may happen some, they don’t even tell their parents. They go to the bushes without the consent of the parents,” says Mqala.

Keven Lerena
Boxer Lerena to make 4th title defence against Ducar
4 June 2019, 8:46 PM

South Africa’s cruiserweight champions of the International Boxing Organisation, Kevin Lerena, will make a fourth defence of his title at Emperor’s Palace in Kempton Park on Saturday evening.

His opponent, Vasil Ducar of the Czech Republic, is a mixed martial artist and is unbeaten in the boxing ring after eight professional bouts. Lerena is one of South Africa’s favourite and most certainly busiest boxers right now.

He defeated German Artur Mann in March, and is back in the ring less than three months later.

“Training has been very good. I fought in March against Mann. I knocked Arthur Mann out in the fourth round in March so it hasn’t been a long layoff which is nice. So it has been quick turn-around between fights so I’m ready, I’m ready to fight,” says Lerena.

His opponent, Vasil Ducar, is an inexperienced professional boxer with only eight fights under his belt. But the 29 year-old form the Czech Republic is a former mixed martial artist who should be a tougher test for Lerena.

“Tough competitor Vasil Ducar is. I look forward to the challenge and his gonna bring something different to the table but I’m one hundred percent prepared and one hundred percent ready,” says Lerena.

Ducar has been in South Africa for a while,  and is acclimatized and ready for the biggest night of his boxing career.

There will be six fights on the under card at Emperor’s Palace on Saturday evening, before the main bout between Lerena and Ducar.

Over 1500 cases of fraud and corruption handed over to NPA
4 June 2019, 7:25 PM

The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation says it has completed over 1 500 cases of fraud and corruption in government and these cases have officially been handed to the National Prosecution Authority (NPA), for possible prosecution.

Forty nine of the cases are from the North West and allegedly involve high profile individuals. Close to 100 cases of corruption were investigated. 44 are being handled by the Special Investigative Unit, 49 more by the Hawks.

Several departments are under the microscope.

The Hawks also raided the Department of Agriculture, where State-owned farms were allegedly shared amongst politicians and officials. Former President Jacob Zuma allegedly received  R1.5 million worth of cattle meant for emerging farmers.

Prominent officials and politicians, including the former MEC are also implicated in awarding themselves state cattle.

At the North West Premier’s office, two Chief Directors are on suspension for irregular payments in relation to an ICT contract.

“Anyone, who has played a role in feeding into corruption in the province must be held accountable from politicians and even service providers, in aiding corruption in the province as government we say whoever is involved must face the full might of the law,” says Hawks spokesperson Hanguani Molaodzi.

The net should also be closing on politicians that may have had a hand in the alleged corruption.

“All these corruption which were done in the province where influenced by politicians,” says Papiki Babuile, who is the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) North West secretary.

Democratic Alliance (DA) Caucus leader, Winston Rabotapi, says the corrupt people are working behind the scenes.

“We know of the people that are arrested are actually fronting, the actual doers of corruption are behind the scenes, they are only using these poor officials,” says Rabotapi.

Meanwhile, NPA spokesperson, Bulela Makeke, refused to comment, as they say they do not discuss sensitive cases in public.

Student Protest
KSD TVET College students protest
4 June 2019, 5:06 PM

The students of King Sabatha Dalindyebo (KSD) TVET College have embarked on a protest at Umsobomvu Campus near Mthatha. They have accused some lecturers of drinking alcohol during working hours.

They are also complaining about the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) claiming it has not paid all their outstanding fees.

“We have complained about the way the institution treated us because there are lecturers who come to our institution drunk. They threaten the future of us as students. The principal failed to come to us, even if we come to her office, they would call the police to shoot us and chase us away. We also complained about NSFAS. There was an NSFAS agent who came to our institution and couldn’t make it to our campus to address the students about the issues of NSFAS,” says Siphelele Vava, who is one of the students.

The management of the institution says they have approached the court regarding the protest but are open to negotiations. The deputy principal of King Sabatha Dalindyebo TVET College, Thembelihle Ntlangano, says that students have now rejected some of the College’s lecturers.

“Students are rejecting some of the lecturers, insisting that we must appoint some of the temporal lecturers, which is not going to be possible. Now students are refusing to go to classes. We have applied for a protection order, which is insisting that those students who are protesting should be standing 200 metres away from the campus. However, those who are willing to attend classes, the lecturers are available. We have not closed the channels of communication. The delegation of NSFAS has been in the institution about two weeks ago. They have visited several campuses, but couldn’t make it to Umsobomvu campus. We have extended the invitation to NSFAS again. We are waiting for NSFAS to give us a date,” says Ntlangano.

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