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Murder-accused nanny drops bail application
8 November 2019, 2:34 PM

A nanny accused of the murder of a baby under her care has abandoned her bail application.

Mannana Tsabane has been accused of the murder of 20-month old Langelihle Mnguni.

She abandoned her bail application at the Benoni Magistrates Court, East of Johannesburg on Friday.

The toddler’s body was found inside one of the rooms in his parents’ house after the nanny allegedly murdered him.

Her case will resume in the same court on December 10th.

The Daveyton community has welcomed Tsabane’s decision to abandon bail. Community member Phindile Macamo says: “At least it worked out, we can see the light now if bail was not granted it means they took into consideration all necessary investigations because we don’t know the root cause of the whole thing; we can assume it’s the lady but there might be someone behind it. So I’m relieved they are taking into account all investigations, we are just hoping for the best, that justice will be served.”

Black First Land First (BLF) leader Andile Mngxitama announces the following venue for the Special Policy Conference to be held on the 30 November 2019 in Durban, KZN
BLF describes de-registration as an insult to black people
8 November 2019, 11:22 AM

The Black First Land First (BLF) movement has described the de-registration of the party as an insult to black people.

The BLF applied to appeal the Independent Electoral Commission’s (IEC) de-registration, which was later denied by the Electoral Court in Bloemfontein.

The movement was de-registered after the Freedom Front Plus (FF Plus) lodged a complaint with the court, because of its stance on excluding people based on race, colour or ethnicity, which goes against the IEC’s constitution.

BLF leader Andile Mngxitama reiterated that the de-registration does not spell the end of the party, which is expected to hold a Special Policy Conference at November 30, 2019 in Durban.

“It’s an insult to black people, not just to BLF… I mean, we as black people need to take ourselves seriously. We are going to go to this conference and look at options. We are not going out of the political system. It is only going to make it easier for land thieves. We want a pro-black constitution in the political arena in this country. It has been stolen from black people and we need to get reparations over and above the fact that we need to get our land back.”

“The reason why we are banned, quite frankly, is because the FF Plus knows that BLF is the only movement that can force the African National Congress (ANC) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) – these parties that have a 2/3 majority in parliament – to address the land question,” added Mngxitama.

 

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Child minder who allegedly killed toddler to appear in court
8 November 2019, 8:21 AM

A child minder accused of killing a toddler left in her care at the baby’s home in Daveyton on Gauteng’s Eastrand is expected to apply for bail in the Benoni Magistrate’s court on Friday morning.

Mannana Celinah Tsabane is accused of the murder of 20-month-old Langelihle Mnguni whose body was found inside one of the rooms in the house in October.

It is alleged that the baby was strangled.

Langelihle’s parents Lerato Mnguni and Sihle Tshabalala spoke to reporters outside court on Wednesday after Tsabane’s case was postponed.

They said they want justice for their little boy.

Mnguni says, “Yes it’s the court proceedings unfortunately you can’t speed up the process but we are hoping justice will prevail. I never thought something like this would happen to me as Langa was my only child, my first child – I am really shocked of what has happened.”

 

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Zuma loses appeal in Hanekom defamation case
7 November 2019, 1:34 PM

Former president Jacob Zuma has lost his appeal in the Derek Hanekom defamation suit.

Judge Dhaya Pillay made the ruling in the High Court in Pietermaritzburg on Thursday.

In September, Pillay had ordered Zuma to remove a tweet from his social media account in which he called the former Tourism Minister a known enemy agent and also ordered him to issue a public apology to Hanekom.

Earlier this week Zuma’s legal team argued that the tweet was fair comment in the context of a political debate.

Hanekom’s legal team insisted that Zuma should prove his allegation that the former minister was an enemy agent.

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BLF to host conference to chart way forward
7 November 2019, 11:35 AM

Leader of Black First Land First (BLF) Andile Mngxitama says he will not back down from convening a special policy conference in a bid to map out a plan to counter the de-registration of the movement.

Mngxitama said the Electoral Commission of South Africa’s (IEC) decision to have the BLF de-registered is aimed at denying indigenous people the ownership of land.

In June 2019, the Electoral Court ruled in favour of the Freedom Front Plus (FF Plus) to have the BLF officially scrapped from the list of the country’s political parties.

The IEC said this was based on its constitution which states that it may not register a political party that excludes membership on the basis of race, colour or ethnicity.

Mngxitama says they have the right to exist.

“The decision of the Electoral Court is to deny us leave to appeal, but it does not mean we do not have a right to go to the Constitutional court. We could use that option, we are just opting not to exercise that right, we are not going to appeal, instead we are holding a policy conference, month end in Durban where a way forward for our movement will be chartered…”

“We will not compromise on the land question, they want us out from the political system, we will not make that easy for them,” added Mngxitama.

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