Tuesday 23 January 2018
(Mail & Guardian 06/07/13)
The head of security at the home affairs department refugee centre in Cape Town has been sacked for allegedly taking bribes, say reports. Home affairs department provincial head Yusuf Simons said the manager in question at the Customs House refugee centre was being investigated, the Cape Argus reported on Friday. He said a home affairs supervisor allegedly saw the security official in question taking a bribe. Many refugees reportedly complained that guards were demanding cash in return for helping them make progress in the queue. The newspaper previously reported that many were forced to sleep outside the building to have a chance of getting to the front of the queue. Some refugees said they had to camp on the pavement...
( 06/06/13)
Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has urged ordinary South Africans and Parliamentarians to get behind a proposed bureau to tackle corruption in the public sector, which the department hopes to have up and running next month. The proposal to set up the Anti-Corruption Bureau is contained in the Public Administration Management Bill, which was published for comment on Friday. Responding to questions in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday on how the department would ensure the credibility of the bureau, Sisulu said there were no shortcuts to achieving this. "It is only when we show the country that we are determined to deal with this scourge ... [that we will] be able to create the necessary credibility .....
(News24 06/06/13)
Cape Town - Law enforcement agencies are well-prepared to deal with any potential threats to state security, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said on Wednesday. Responding to questions in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), Motlanthe said President Jacob Zuma and his Cabinet were kept appraised of all security matters. "Government is satisfied that the security agencies are well-equipped to deal with any matters that concern the security of our country, including border security, illicit trade, cyber security and terrorism threats." He said the government was constantly training security managers to deal with potential threats to national security. "An integral part of the management and maintenance of any security system is the need to ensure that those charged with the upholding...
(Mail & Guardian 06/06/13)
Mamphele Ramphele has announced she applied to register her party political platform Agang as an official political party. Ramphele made the announcement at a Foreign Correspondent's Association of South Africa (FCA) meeting on Thursday. Agang was formed as a party political platform in February, but will now become an official political party. "We are supposed to get our registration certificate this week," the struggle icon and organisation leader said. She elaborated on the nature of Agang, stating that "it doesn't make sense to talk about left-right. What Agang stands for is social justice." She also said she believes "we [Agang] have a chance to gain enough votes to form an alternative government". Ramphele criticised President Jacob Zuma's adversarial stance towards...
(City Press 06/06/13)
Expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema is “OK” with a picture of him under one of a monkey in a Bloemfontein school classroom. “They can do that with me, displaying me next to the monkeys, it’s OK,” Malema told the Sowetan newspaper. “Nothing shocks me. Our people are subjected to harsh realities of racism everyday. As for me, once you display a racist attitude, I don’t waste time, I deal with it right away because I know that that is how they are brought up.” The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said on Monday it would investigate allegations of racism at a Free State school. “There were complaints that some of those kids (in the school) have been called...
(Business Day 06/06/13)
AMID assurances by President Jacob Zuma that the government has the best interests of mining at heart, the sector has been caught off guard by his proclamation of controversial amendments to the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act. The amendments, drawn up in 2008, were never passed into law because they were so problematic and were fiercely opposed by the mining industry and lawyers. They become law on Friday. The Department of Mineral Resources is understood to be "scrambling" to head off some of the amendments, a source said, as officials realise their fuller implications. The department was unavailable for comment. Mr Zuma’s proclamation in the Government Gazette of May 31 has left companies little time to prepare for changes...
(Business Day 06/06/13)
AFRICAN National Congress (ANC) MPs on Wednesday dug in their heels against amendments to South Africa’s labour law on strike ballots, picketing rules and labour brokers — despite the new rules having been accepted by the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac). The MPs appear to have fallen in with ANC ally the Congress of South African Trade Unions’ (Cosatu’s) opposition to parts of the Labour Relations Amendment Bill. Although no final vote has been taken, with an election next year and Cosatu’s unconditional support for the ruling party not entirely secured, the concessions could be seen as sweeteners for the federation’s continued support for the ANC. Having finalised the technical amendments and the simpler parts of the bill...
(Business Daily 06/06/13)
Japan hosted the fifth meeting of TICAD, the Tokyo International Cooperation on African Development this week. The meeting is a reminder that, while the rest of the world obsesses over Europe’s economic travails, America’s political paralysis and growth slowdown in China and other emerging markets, there remains a region — sub-Saharan Africa — where poverty is almost the rule, not the exception. From 1990 to 2010, the number of people living in poverty ($1.25 per day) across sub-Sahara Africa rose from less than 300 million to nearly 425 million, while the number living on less than $2 a day grew from about 390 million to almost 600 million. Still, the proportion of those living in poverty declined from 57 per...
(Mail & Guardian 06/05/13)
The ANC Youth League has argued in the South Gauteng High Court that it has no assets or funds to liquidate in order to pay outstanding debts. In an answering affidavit filed at the court for the youth league, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said it was a matter of record that the affairs of the youth league were "shambolic and chaotic". "The respondent at present has no disposable assets and its operations, which are currently limited to auditing its membership and restructuring the chaos, are being funded by the ANC," Mantashe said. The case was set to be heard at the high court on Wednesday, but was stood down. The liquidation application is being brought by Z2 Presentations CC,...
(Mail & Guardian 06/05/13)
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is being called on to explain comments she made in the media about her office's accountability to Parliament. Members of Parliament’s oversight committee on justice and constitutional development, which Madonsela’s office reports to, want her to appear before them soon to explain the remarks. This is also to smooth the relationship between her office and Parliament, they said. The MPs also want a transcript of the Justice Factor current affairs programme in which Madonsela appeared. The show's host, Justice Malala, questioned Madonsela about a section of the Constitution which allows MPs to ask certain questions about cases the Public Protector is pursuing. "That section is not an accountability section, that section is a contempt of the...
(The Guardian 06/05/13)
Labour disputes, union turf war and falling commodity prices rock sector that has shaped country's history and economy. It could be described as a canary in the coal mine. The South African government's admission this week that it might deploy a peacekeeping force to the country's mines is a vivid sign of an industry under siege. Peacekeepers are usually associated with war zones, but the shootings at Lonmin's platinum mine on Monday in which a union leader died underlined a creeping existential crisis. On the same day Glencore Xstrata, the mining and commodity trading group, said it had sacked 1,000 workers across three of its chrome mines for an illegal strike last week that brought operations to a standstill. An...
(News24 06/05/13)
Johannesburg – About 67% of CEOs anticipate that the extent of unsecured lending will negatively affect the South African economy this year, according to a survey conducted by Merchantec Capital. While it was noted by some CEOs that a tightening of overall credit extension would have a negative effect on the South African economy‚ there was a fair amount of uncertainty in relation to the timing thereof. Some CEOs indicated that the banking sector would implement measures to ensure that lending practices were more sustainable‚ and that the exposure of the big banks to unsecured lending was not significant to the extent that it would affect operations. Smaller microlenders by nature have a greater exposure to the negative effects of...
(Bloomberg 06/05/13)
Glencore Xstrata Plc (GLEN), the world’s fourth-biggest mining company, said it fired about 1,000 workers who participated in an unauthorized strike at three South African chrome production sites. All dismissed employees have the right to appeal against the decision by today, Christopher Tsatsawane, a spokesman for the company, said by phone. “We condemn any form of violence or intimidation and we will continue to work with the authorities to resolve the situation peacefully.” He declined to say how many remain on strike. A strike started May 28 at the Helena mine in the North-West province after an employee who is a member of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union accused a shift supervisor of assault, Tsatsawane said. After about...
(Los Angeles Times 06/05/13)
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius displayed no emotion during a brief court hearing Tuesday that saw the celebrity shooting case that has transfixed South Africa postponed until August. Pistorius is charged with premeditated murder in the Valentine's Day killing of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp. She would have turned 30 on Aug. 19, the day the case is scheduled to resume. Pistorius says he mistook Steenkamp for a burglar and shot her through the door of the toilet cubicle in the bathroom. The prosecution alleges that he killed her after she locked herself in the cubicle to hide following an argument. The mutally agreed-to postponement was allowed so that police could complete their investigation. Pistorius drew world...
(Mail & Guardian 06/05/13)
Media coverage of the Pistorius trial is close to breaking constitutional principles. But can journalists be charged for reporting leaked evidence? There was a time when court reporting had a stiff upper lip. Journalists rarely reported on developments outside the hallowed halls of justice once an accused person entered a plea. Reporters rose when the magistrate entered the room. Cellphones were always switched off. Oscar Pistorius’s murder trial has changed all that. On Tuesday, murder-accused Blade Runner made his second court appearance – which resulted in a postponement as expected. The entire court sitting lasted just shy of 20 minutes. But the press were out in full force. Magistrate Daniel Thulare seemed unimpressed by the amount of attention the press...
( 06/05/13)
The Northern Cape's embattled ANC chairman John Block remains a member of new premier Sylvia Lucas's reshuffled provincial executive, it emerged. Block faces charges of racketeering and fraud related to allegations that Northern Cape government departments purchased water purification equipment at inflated prices in 2005 and 2006. The matter will be back in court on January 31, 2014. In a separate case, he faces charges of fraud and corruption involving rental and lease contracts property company Trifecta signed with the Northern Cape social development department. Also retained in the new provincial government leadership committee is former social development MEC Alvin Botes. Botes faces fraud charges with Block in the Trifecta matter. In the new provincial executive, Block remains treasury, economic...
(Voice of America 06/05/13)
Global hunger, poor nutrition and obesity are costing the world trillions of dollars in health costs and lost productivity, according to a new report from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The FAO report says fighting hunger is not enough. Tackling the more complex problem of malnutrition calls for action across the entire food system, from farm to fork. About 870 million people worldwide are hungry, according to the FAO. But malnutrition is about more than just hunger. “Two billion people are deficient in essential vitamins and minerals," said FAO's Kostas Stamoulis. "One child in four under the age of five is stunted. And 1.4 billion people are overweight.” The FAO report says the combined effects of all these...
(New Vision 06/05/13)
Libya is seeking to recover more than $1 billion in assets allegedly stashed in South Africa by former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, a local newspaper reports. The paper said on Sunday that the South African government has been called upon to assist Tripoli in repatriating diamonds, gold and cash. Repots said that Libyan investigators had provided the South African treasury with evidence that four local banks and two security companies have held the assets. “The process of verifying the group's claim is under way,” said Jabulani Sikhakhane, the spokesman for South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.The daily published extracts of letters from Libya's justice and finance ministers to their South African counterparts which said Libyan investigators had “uncovered large funds...
( 06/05/13)
The ANC Youth League will face a liquidation claim in the High Court in Johannesburg. The Star newspaper reported that the R15 million claim by an unpaid contractor dated back to the ANCYL national congress in Mangaung in the Free State in 2008 when Julius Malema was elected leader. The liquidation application would be brought by Z2 Presentations CC, which trades as University Events Management. "The application has its origin from a judgement in the Free State High Court against the ANCYL in 2008, on which the current outstanding amount, interest included, is over R15 million," said University Events Management lawyer Marius van Rensburg. "The application is opposed and will be argued in court." The Star said the sheriff twice...
(Mail & Guardian 06/05/13)
The Supreme Court of Appeal has overturned the verdicts and sentences given in two cases by a Limpopo judge to two convicted rapists, reports Beeld. The Beeld reported on Wednesday appeal court judges found, in both cases, that "serious irregularities" and "ignorance" occurred on the part of Judge K Hetisani, who had heard both separate cases in the Thohoyandou High Court in Limpopo. In the first case, Tshifhiwa Nemavhola was immediately released. Hetisani had sentenced him to life in prison for raping a 13-year-old girl. The appeal court judges found that Hetisani made his judgement without the state having proved its case. In addition, Nemavhola had an alibi who placed him 170km from the rape on the day of the...

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