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Julius Malema
Malema congratulates Ramaphosa on 50/50 gender spilt cabinet
30 May 2019, 3:21 PM

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has congratulated President Cyril Ramaphosa for achieving the 50/50 gender split in his new Cabinet.

Ramaphosa announced a 28 member cabinet with 34 deputy ministers. Half of the ministers are women.

However, the EFF is angered by the return of Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan after the Public Protector found him guilty of misconduct in the 2010 Ivan Pillay pension payout matter.

Malema says Ramaphosa had no choice, but to appease African National Congress (ANC) factions.

“And we have seen the return of Bosasa people like Gwede Mantashe, Thabang Makwetla. Those are the people you don’t need in the so-called new dawn. The only positive thing about the whole cabinet is that we’ve got 50/50 men and women. That’s a positive welcome, but the whole achievement gets undermined by the fact that the Cabinet remains bloated and it’s going to cost South Africans a lot of money. There was no way he was going to reduce Cabinet because he wants to balance factions,” says Malema.

EFF seeks to appeal ruling to apologise to Trevor Manuel
30 May 2019, 3:01 PM

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says it has instructed its lawyers to appeal the ruling against them to pay half a million rand in damages to former Finance minister, Trevor Manuel over a defamatory tweet published in March.

The High Court in Johannesburg also gave them 24 hours to retract the statement and make an unconditional apology.

The EFF says they will not adhere to the court order as they will be appealing the judgment.

 

Manuel had been appointed by the President to chair an interview panel for the top job at SARS.

The EFF charged that the panel was operating in secret to hide Manuel’s corruption and nepotism. In actual fact, Manuel recused himself from an interview because he had worked with that candidate previously.

The EFF alleged that the two were also related, but Manuel has denied this. The court found that the EFF acted in malice by publishing unverified statements on social media. The statement was found to be defamation and unlawful.

Etienne Tshisekedi
Tshisekedi long awaited remains still delayed
30 May 2019, 1:56 PM

Democratic Republic of Congo waited on Thursday the delayed return of the remains of former opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, an emotion-laden moment for the country after his son Felix became president this year.

A revered opponent of authoritarianism in DRC, Tshiskedi died in Belgium in February 2017 at the age of 84 and was unable to witness his son’s victory in bitterly-contested presidential election.

Felix Tshisekedi has vowed to repatriate his father’s remains and bury them in his home country, a goal that faced multiple roadblocks under his predecessor Joseph Kabila.

The return of the body, which had been scheduled for early Thursday, was delayed after a last-minute hitch over the overnight flight from Belgium, a member of the Tshisekedi family said.

The funeral is scheduled for Saturday.

Cyril Ramaphosa
Young people optimistic about Ramaphosa’s cabinet announcement
29 May 2019, 7:31 PM

With President Cyril Ramaphosa expected to announce his new National Executive of Ministers and deputies on Wednesday evening, some young people, mostly students, at both Tshwane University of Technology and University of Pretoria are optimistic that his team will look into the needs of poor students. Some are also urging the president to consider putting more young vibrant ministers in his team.

One student says: “We want ministers who can be able to help us with our needs as students, as you know most students are suffering getting bursaries maybe they can make that available to a lot of students. Another student says “Once again unemployment is a big issue. We right now we been moving around Pretoria looking for in-service training as tourism management students and we struggle.

Yet another student says: “Before we get to like the kind of Ministers, I heard the other time there’s this program where there’s like, we put youth that are in politics into the cabinet. I think it would be nice if they put in like more youth into the cabinet.”

The first priority for president Ramaphosa will be to turn the country’s economy around, he will need competent members of cabinet who are equal to the task. Cabinet is expected to be reduced from 35 to 25 departments.

In ensuring that the economic cluster is efficient one analyst says various departments that focus on the economy should be merged. I see areas that relate to communications being merged you know, postal services, communications, I see a possibility of merging them and have one ministry.

Mhlahlo
Former Public Works MEC Mhlahlo honoured
29 May 2019, 6:39 PM

Former colleagues and Eastern Cape Members of Provincial Legislature have described the former Public Works MEC, Thobile Mhlahlo as an astute leader. The newly-sworn-in MPLs visited Mhlahlo’s home in Port Elizabeth to pay their respects.

Sixty-four-year-old Mhlahlo passed away two weeks ago after a short illness. He will be laid to rest on Saturday in a Special Official Provincial funeral.

Eastern Cape Legislature Speaker, Helen Sauls-August, says he contributed in the Legislature.

“He contributed in the Legislature having served in Public Works, serving in Transport and Safety. He’s astuteness with handling specifically when it came to safety issues. I remember fondly his contribution going to the Richmond Hill area when they started with drug infestation in the area taking the police there knocking at the doors, kicking down doors. So, that was a kind of a figure he was; a fighter. And nothing could stop him in that respect,” says Sauls-August.

Former MP, Humphrey Maxhegwana who served with Mhlahlo in the Provincial Legislature says Mhlahlo had a solution to most problems.

“Very cool! He took things very cool. He laughed about them but he came with a solution. It’s true that he was a very astute politician and he would approach things always from the angle of politics typical of a worker-leader, because he was a worker-leader while he was still outside the country,” says Maxhegwana.

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