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Premier Oscar Mabuyane instructs attorneys to interdict the Public Protector’s findings
9 October 2021, 8:30 AM

Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane has instructed his attorneys to immediately interdict the Public Protector’s findings against him.

Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane found that Mabuyane personally benefitted to the tune of R450 thousand from the funds meant for the memorial service of the late anti-apartheid stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in 2018.

Mabuyane denies he ever benefitted and has taken the report by Mkhwebane on judicial review. The funds were allegedly sourced from the Mbizana Local Municipality which is now named after Madikizela-Mandela.

Spokesperson for the Office of the Premier, Sonwabo Mbananga, says the Premier maintains his public statement.

“Premier maintains his public statement issued on the matter in 2019 and maintains his position that he was never involved in any acts of fraud or corruption. As a result, he has instructed his legal representatives to take the report on judicial review because it ignored substantial information that sought to respond to the allegations levelled against him. He has further instructed his legal counsel to urgently interdict the implementation of the remedial actions.”

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane releases investigation reports:

According to the Public Protector’s records, Mabuyane has denied the allegations levelled against him.

Mkhwebane says, “Despite this, Mr Mabuyane denied any knowledge of the arrangements between Mr Bam and Mr Madikizela who benefitted to the tune of R350 000 of the R1.1 million, which was certainly public funds which went into the FNB Account on one PM Plant Hire – a private company owned by his wife Mrs Zonazethu Ziyazithanda-Madikizela as set out in the evidence. The ANC benefitted R280 000 from the R1.1 million which went into its FNB fundraising account as set out in the evidence.”

The matter has been escalated to the Hawks for criminal investigation. Mkhwebane says this is with the view to prosecute those alleged to have tampered with and unduly benefited from the public purse.

“On the issue of R1.1 million and the R2.2 million, all the evidence which we have will be handed to the Hawks. I know that there’s a case that was opened and it’s being investigated. I am just waiting for the senior investigator to confirm that indeed the Hawks are investigating the matter. This evidence will assist them to proceed criminally on this issue,” adds Mkhwebane.

The reports formed part of eight reports released by the Public Protector’s office in commemoration of Good Governance Month.

Eastern Cape Premier Mabuyane implicated in the latest Public Protector report

 

Angie Motshekge
2021 Matric results to be expected at the end of January 2022: DBE
9 October 2021, 6:53 AM

The 2021 Matric class can expect to receive their results at the end of January next year. The Department of Basic Education said in Pretoria that the national announcement of the matric results is expected to be made on January 20.

Director of Public Examinations and Assessment at the Department, Priscilla Ogunbanjo, says all provinces have shown an increase in the number of full-time and part-time learners who registered for the exams.

Special arrangements will be made for learners who test positive for COVID-19 or show symptoms, as exam locations will have isolation rooms or designated centres for them to write their papers.

Ogunbanjo says the last paper will be written on December 7.

“At the end of December, we expected to have captured all the marks because we are going to be finishing marking at the 22 of December. And we will go onto our pre-standardisation processes by the 6th of January and we’re expecting the Minister will be announcing the results by the 20th of January and provinces will release thereafter on the 21st.”

Minister Angie Motshekga gives an update on the developments in the basic education sector:

Pit toilets in schools

Meanwhile, the department says it is making progress in eradicating pit toilets at schools. Motshekga says the initial report that more than 3 000 schools still depend on pit latrines, was shown to be incorrect, after a verification process.

She says at some of the schools, there were toilet facilities but the water supply to the schools had been cut.

Motshekga says the verification process now shows 2 825 schools are still using pit toilets.

“From the 2 825, 1 185 schools have already received new sanitation. We have in the system also a thousand which are at different stages of implementation. We even had a meeting this morning with the deputy minister. We’re left with less than a thousand.”

Vuyolwethu Zungula
South Africans now living in fear due to escalating crime: ATM
3 October 2021, 7:06 AM

The African Transformation Movement (ATM) says South Africans are living in fear because of escalating crime in the country. The party launched its election manifesto in Mthatha, in the Eastern Cape on Saturday.

The ATM contested its first elections in 2019, winning two seats nationally, as well as one each in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal legislatures.

The party’s leader Vuyolwethu Zungula says they will make fighting crime their priority should the electorate vote for their councillor candidates.

LGE 2021 I ATM launches its election manifesto

The African Transformation Movement (ATM) took its election campaign to the rural village of Sithebe outside Mthatha in the Eastern Cape two weeks ago.
Zungula highlighted gender-based violence, fraud and corruption, unemployment and poverty as the main challenges facing the country.
He said the ATM’s stance is the re-introduction of the death penalty to curb the high rate of gender-based violence in the country.
“We cannot have each and every month women are killed left and right in our country to an extent that women are living in fear and they are saying “Am I next?” because there is a culture of killing women in our country and the government does nothing to protect women and children. So, each and every person who decides that they are going to kill people they must know that under the ATM government, death penalty awaits them.”
Jadon Sancho
Solskjaer defends Sancho after Southgate’s remarks
2 October 2021, 9:01 AM

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer dismissed England coach Gareth Southgate’s questions over Jadon Sancho’s form and said the winger will soon be a “top player”.

Southgate named Sancho in his squad for this month’s World Cup qualifiers but said that the 21-year-old’s selection was “probably not” deserved if based on his performances over the last few weeks.

Sancho flourished at Borussia Dortmund but has struggled for game time at United following his 73 million pounds ($98.88 million) transfer in the summer, and has drawn criticism for some of his performances.

But Solskjaer defended Sancho, praising his display in Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Villarreal in the Champions League group stage.

“Was that interview (with Southgate) done before Wednesday night?” Solskjaer said before Saturday’s Premier League home game with Everton. “Jadon was exceptional, he was electric, the crowd loved him.

“I think he felt that connection with the crowd, and that is what we want from him, to be direct, positive, go past players numerous times.”

Sancho played a limited role in England’s run to the European Championship final in the summer and missed World Cup qualifiers against Hungary, Andorra and Poland with an injury.

He has yet to score for United, having started only two of his five Premier League games and featured three times in Cup competitions.

“Yeah he’s not scored yet but that night I thought, ‘Yeah that’s Jadon’ and we’re going to see loads of that,” Solskjaer added.

“And Gareth has also said it’s important Jadon knows they believe in him. They have invested time in him. He will be a top player. Performances are going to come.”

Abdel Fattahal-Burhan
Sudan says it repelled attempted incursion by Ethiopian forces
26 September 2021, 12:49 PM

Sudan’s military said on Sunday it had repelled an attempted incursion by Ethiopian forces in the border area between the two countries.

The Ethiopian forces had been forced to retreat from the Umm Barakit area, a military statement said, without giving further details.

The head of Sudan’s military, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, told reporters the incident took place on Saturday. He said it showed how the military was protecting the country in the wake of a coup attempt in Khartoum last week.

Colonel Getnet Adane, Ethiopia’s military spokesperson, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Tensions along the border between Sudan and Ethiopia have escalated since the outbreak of a conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region last year that sent tens of thousands of refugees into eastern Sudan.

The tensions have focussed on an area of fertile farmland known as al-Fashqa, where the border is disputed.

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