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Cape High Court rules against Disadvantanged Taxi Association for operating in the Garden Route
12 January 2022, 9:32 PM

The Department of Transport in the Western Cape says it fully supports a decision by the George Municipality to interdict members of the Disadvantaged Taxi Association for operating in the Garden Route town.

The Cape High Court granted the municipality an interdict to stop the CODETA-affiliated association from operating at the local taxi rank as well as on all routes.

The disadvantaged Taxi Association has since abided by the order and ceased all operations pending an appeal. It has been operating without a licence since 2019 Western Cape Transport spokesperson, Jandre Bakker.

“This group has submitted various memoranda to the George Municipality demanding operating licences and seeking to be recognised as a legitimate taxi association without following due process. The processes of applying for recognition as a legitimate taxi association and of applying for operating licences have been explained to this group on numerous occasions. However, this group continues to use tactics like demonstrations to try to force the government to accede to its demands regardless of process, procedure, and applicable public transport laws.”

-Report by Sphiwe Hobasi

Makhosi Khoza claims she received hail of insults from ActionSA for ‘working with ANC’
11 January 2022, 4:49 PM

The feud is mounting between the ActionSA leader in KwaZulu-Natal, Dr Makhosi Khoza and the party’s national leadership.

Dr Khoza claims she has suffered a hail of insults by some in the party’s national leadership accusing her of working with the ANC to destabilise the party.

Khoza recently stepped down as the party’s KZN chairperson after the ANC elected her as Municipal Public Accounts Committee chairperson in eThekwini metro.

While during the inauguration of eThekwini in November she was accused of having voted with the ANC even though the Action SA position was that its councillors would form a block with the opposition.

Dr Khoza explains, “I was obviously also quoined how did I allow the ANC to vote for me and which was a very difficult question for me because what do you say when people are voting for you. Do you say don’t vote for me? The ANC did vote for me. Well, I probably received a hail of insults from some members of the senate in the party who were thinking that I am being planted to destroy the Action SA within.”

Meanwhile, Action SA National Chairperson Michael Beaumont says the party stands by Dr Khoza. “No, I am not aware of anyone who has hailed insults to that effect. I think the leadership of the ActionSA and certainly the leadership I have engaged on this matter has a great deal of confidence in Dr Khoza and her leadership. And for what it’s worth I think it was very clear the statement issued by Herman Mashaba on the 23rd December expressed confidence to her as a leader. You know if there are certain individuals who feel differently within the Action SA no those views are not known to me and I don’t agree with them.”

Mabuza urges traditional leaders to encourage male circumcision
30 November 2021, 9:19 PM

Deputy President David Mabuza says traditional leaders must encourage male circumcision to help in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The traditional leaders, as the custodians of culture, have much influence on the circumcision and initiation schools.

Mabuza was speaking during a meeting with the traditional leaders in Malamulele, Limpopo, ahead of the World Aids Day commemoration on Wednesday.

Mabuza, who chairs the South African National AIDS Council, has called on the traditional leaders to take the lead in the fight against HIV/AIDS. He was engaging with traditional leaders and healers at Malamulele community hall on Tuesday.

“When there was an outbreak of COVID-19, we slumbered in our fight against HIV/AIDS. We abandoned all the programs to fight with HIV, now we see the virus resurging. We urge all men to go to circumcision to help fight the spread.”

The chairperson of the House of Traditional Leaders, Kgoshi Malesela Dikgale, says that police must arrest perpetrators who sexually abuse minors with the perception that it cures HIV/AIDS.

“A person who sleeps with a 15-year old girl, we must never allow that as the community. That person must be arrested and go straight to jail.”

Deputy Chairperson of the South African National AIDS Council in Limpopo, Solanga Milambo says traditional healers must also play a role in disseminating information on HIV/AIDS.

“Traditional healers need to play a role in ensuring that people receive information about HIV/AIDS, during campaigns they are the ones at the forefront. They sometimes refer patience showing symptoms of HIV to the clinic.”

The country commemorates World Aids Day on Wednesday. The infection rate is said to be on the increase in the country.

SAFPA offers burial help to families of Phoenix killings
27 July 2021, 2:29 PM

The South African Funeral Practitioners Association (SAFPA) has offered their assistance to bury victims of the unrest two weeks ago in the Phoenix area, north of Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal.

SAFPA made the offer after being approached by a taxi association.

A police task team, set up to investigate cases linked to the unrest in the area, has opened 35 murder dockets.

More than 330 people died in the widespread unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, which began after former president Jacob Zuma’s jailing for violating a Constitutional Court ruling,

SAFPA Deputy President, Ndabe Ngcobo, says the assistance is for any families who were affected during the unrest.

“We have extended some assistance that will go a long way in assisting families to bury their loved ones in dignity and in a manner that would be acceptable to them as families. We are appealing to those affected to contact us,” he adds.

On Monday, 10 suspects appeared in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court in connection with the looting and killings that happened in Phoenix during the week of unrest in KwaZulu-Natal.

More on what transpired in court in the video below:

 

Alice residents wait for RDP houses to be fixed, six years later
25 November 2019, 7:53 PM

Residents of Golf Course settlement at Alice in the Eastern Cape are fuming after a promise to fix their shoddy RDP houses has not been realised.

They were demolished due to poor workmanship, but now still lie unfinished.

It’s alleged that a contractor was appointed to rebuild them, but has now left the site.

Residents allege they’ve been waiting for six years to have them fixed and their patience has run out.

Thokozile Phiyiwe, who vacated her house, wishes she did not agree to have it fixed.

“Not having a house while you used to have one is very painful. Yes, the houses were not in good condition and we want them to be fixed. When I pass by my site my heart becomes very painful because I know I used to have a house.”

Human Settlements Spokesperson, Masiza Mazizi says the MEC is aware of the matter and it will be resolved soon.

“She doesn’t want for now to respond on this matter. She has sent a team of officials to investigate this matter. She has written to all the regional directors to give us reports of all these projects across the province. So, that two-day meeting will be convened where she will be able to discuss with her team, discussing each project, each challenge and its way forward thereof.”

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