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  • 13 April

    Zuma hits back at ANC ‘critics’ Mantashe and Ramaphosa – Times LIVE

    Zuma hits back at ANC 'critics' Mantashe and Ramaphosa

    Roxanne Henderson | 2017-04-13 15:39:43.0

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    President Jacob Zuma has struck back at his critics‚ including those in the ANC‚ saying that his decision to reshuffle the cabinet was lawful and was rational.

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    In an affidavit filed in the Constitutional Court on Thursday‚ Zuma said that the president must exercise his powers within the law. The Constitution does not require the consequences of such decisions to have a positive or negative outcome‚ he said.

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    “I note the utterances attributed to the Secretary General of the ANC‚ Mr Gwede Mantashe‚ and the Deputy President‚ Mr Cyril Ramaphosa‚ regarding a perceived failure on my part to consult with ANC leaders and/or officials about changes to the cabinet.

    “What I do as President of the ruling party are matter political. What I do as the President of the Republic requires compliance with the Constitution and the law.

    UDM secret ballot application assumes ANC MPs ‘cowardly and spineless’ - Mbete 

    “Public office requires the exercise of public power to be done within the constitutional constraints‚ least of which is rationality. My decision to reshuffle the cabinet was done for rational purposes.”

    Zuma was responding to a court application launched by United Democratic Movement. The party approached the Constitutional Court on Monday after the Speaker of the National Assembly‚ Baleka Mbete‚ refused its request to have the pending motion of no confidence against Zuma conducted by way of a secret ballot.

    Zuma said that the UDM's application resorted to judicial intervention‚ when the majority party was legitimately exercising its rights.

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    “The applicant asserts that without a secret ballot there is no realistic possibility that the motion of confidence will succeed‚ unless the majority party decree that it must.

    “As a matter of fact‚ that is the advantage of enjoying a majority in Parliament and that is how the mandate of the majority is carried out by the majority party.” The president also argued that the UDM's claim that MPs participating in the motion of no confidence vote could be intimidated or suffer career-limiting consequences if the vote is done openly is spurious and without evidence.

    Speaker Baleka Mbete also filed an affidavit at the court in which she said she is “personally not averse to having a motion of no confidence in the President being decided by secret ballot”.

    “I am however‚ bound by the Constitution of the Rules that the (National Assembly) has adopted. Accordingly‚ I have no authority or discretion to accede to the applicant's request.”

    Zuma said that the Constitution permits Parliament to develop its own rules in order to run its affairs.

    UDM leader Bantu Holomisa said the motion of no confidence in the president‚ which were this week postponed‚ was critical in light of the country's economic and political crisis.

    Two of the three ratings agencies have downgraded South Africa’s long-term foreign currency sovereign rating from investment grade to “junk” status since the reshuffle‚ he said.



  • 13 April

    ‘Stop your nonsense’ – Mbalula orders IPID and SAPS bosses – Times LIVE


    Times LIVE ‘Stop your nonsense’ – Mbalula orders IPID and SAPS bossesTimes LIVEPolice minister Fikile Mbalula has a definitive message for warring national police commissioner‚ Khomotso Phahlane‚ and Independent Police Investigative Directorate head‚ Robert McBride: stop your nonsense and get on with your jobs.Mbalula withdraws appeal against Ntlemeza judgmentEyewitness NewsYolisa …

  • 13 April

    Cash-in-transit robbery on N4 – Jacaranda FM

    The police's Kay Makhubele says the suspects were allegedly dressed in police uniform and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash and three firearms. 

    "No shots were fired. We are investigating a case of armed robbery and the circumstances around the robbery. 

    "We will be investigating whether the recent [cash-in-transit] cases are linked," Makubele said.

    Meanwhile, Netcare 911's Chris Botha says the security guards who were targeted during the robbery claim petrol was poured over their vehicle.

    "Four people have sustained serious injuries. Three security guards from cash-in-transit vehicles were also injured," Botha said.

  • 13 April

    South Africa currently has debt of about R1.8 trillion

    After Fitch Ratings downgraded the country’s debt ratings to junk status last Friday, the Global financial service company J.P. Morgan, announced that South Africa will be excluded from its investment -grade emerging market bond indexes in late April. This announcement was made hours after South Africa was downgraded to junk …

  • 13 April

    Mbalula: Any form of violence will force SAPS’ hand – Jacaranda FM


    Jacaranda FM Mbalula: Any form of violence will force SAPS‘ handJacaranda FMPolice Minister Fikile Mbalula says South African Police Service (SAPS) members will deployed during the National Day of Action march by opposition parties against President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday. Fikile Mbalula and Khomotso Phahlane_jacanews …Wednesday’s march expected to be peaceful, …

  • 13 April

    Blood donation held at Vosloorus SAPS Barack Hall. – Kathorus Mail


    Kathorus Mail Blood donation held at Vosloorus SAPS Barack Hall.Kathorus MailCommunication official at Vosloorus SAPS Capt Piet Rossouw said Vosloorus SAPS, CPF and other stakeholders have chosen to donate blood because they take saving people’s lives seriously. “We don’t only fight crime in Vosloorus, we also save lives. Source link

  • 12 April

    ConCourt should find for the UDM – Mail & Guardian

    Nation – Google News – Mail & Guardian ConCourt should find for the UDMMail & GuardianI hope the Constitutional Court will hear the United Democratic Movement's (UDM) case about whether the speaker of Parliament has, at the very least, discretion when it comes to deciding on a secret ballot for …

  • 12 April

    City of Cape Town declares Imizamo Yethu disaster area – Citizen

    Nation – Google News – Citizen City of Cape Town declares Imizamo Yethu disaster areaCitizenMay 22 – The City of Cape Town is set to battle the steep and mountainous terrain on which its new R200 million Imizamo Yethu phase three housing project is situated. If all goes according to …

  • 12 April

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  • 12 April

    Mapaila stands firm on call for Zuma to go, despite death threat – Independent Online

    Johannesburg – South African Communist Party leader Solly Mapaila says he will not relent on his party’s calls for President Jacob Zuma to step down, even after his attempted assassination on Monday.

    SACP second deputy general-secretary Solly Mapaila. File picture: David Ritchie/Independent Media

    The SACP on Tuesday said that someone pointed a gun at Mapaila during the commemoration event of Chris Hani’s assassination in Boksburg.

    The SACP’s second deputy secretary general said he has now hired a bodyguard following the incident.

    “Even if they assassinate me and get rid of me we, as the SACP will never retract from our views for Zuma to step down. These on not my own view but that of the party,” said Mapaila.

    The South African Communist Party, which is in an alliance with the ANC, has been vocal in its calls for the president to step down and where later joined by another alliance partner Cosatu also calling for Zuma’s head.

    The two had issues with the fact that Zuma did not consult them when he took the decision to reshuffle his cabinet and fired a number of ministers including former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas.

    The party said it would now lay charges with the police and further action would be taken with its alliance partners.

    “This is the worst form of political and ideological degeneration and will, if allowed to prevail, completely destroy the ANC-headed political movement. This comes against the backdrop of ongoing systematic murders of SACP members in KwaZulu-Natal,” said the SACP in statement.

    The party has vowed to continue with efforts to confront corporate capture within the ranks of the ANC, state corruption, rent-seeking, patronage and abuse of state resources.

    “The SACP will not allow anyone, regardless of the methods they resort to, to succeed to silence the voice the party from any angle whatsoever,” said the party.

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  • 12 April

    ANC bids farewell to Ramatlhodi, a minister who ‘served with distinction’ – Mail & Guardian

    Nation – Google News – Mail & Guardian ANC bids farewell to Ramatlhodi, a minister who 'served with distinction'Mail & GuardianFormer public service and administration minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi served with distinction and dedication, ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu said on Wednesday. Echoing the same message he issued when the first …

  • 12 April

    Outrage over proposed SAPS station upgrade – Independent Online


    Independent Online Outrage over proposed SAPS station upgradeIndependent OnlineA group of SJC members on Tuesday staged peaceful demonstrations outside the provincial headquarters of the SA Police Service (SAPS) in Green Point, against the imminent upgrade and extension of the police station, situated on top of a steep hill …Protesters say …

  • 12 April

    Seshego is calm says Lim SAPS – Bosveld Review


    Bosveld Review Seshego is calm says Lim SAPSBosveld ReviewReview spoke exclusively to Lim police spokesperson, Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo on the current situation in Seshego. 15 seconds ago. Mojapelo says there is a heavy police presence in Seshego at the moment. POLOKWANE – Mojapelo confirmed that the … and more » Source link

  • 12 April

    SAPS trainees completes training – Bedfordview & Edenvale News


    Bedfordview & Edenvale News SAPS trainees completes trainingBedfordview & Edenvale NewsPolice trainees, who were getting practical experience alongside officers at the Edenvale Police Station, recently finished their practical training. 2 hours ago. Here the group can be seen celebrating as they come closer to the end of their training. Source …

  • 12 April

    Lim SAPS react swiftly to Modimolle house robbery – Bosveld Review


    Bosveld Review Lim SAPS react swiftly to Modimolle house robberyBosveld ReviewMojapelo says Lim SAPS want to thank members of the local community for assisting the police in this case and says investigations continue. “This action should serve as an example for people to work with us and not to take …

  • 12 April

    SAPS team wins medals – News24


    News24 SAPS team wins medalsNews24The SAPS national karate team are from the left, front: WO Ansunette Stemmet, Capt. Susan Vava and Const. Daniel Phetlo; back: Lt.Col Samuel Nkosi, Const. Gregory Mosweu, Const. Deon Hofman, Sgt Frank Helmie and WO Bushy Figlan.Photo: Supplied. Source link

  • 11 April

    Emir’s visit to Kenya opens new chapter in relations – Gulf Times

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    Gulf TimesEmir's visit to Kenya opens new chapter in relationsGulf TimesHH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at the official reception ceremony hosted at the presidential Palace in Nairobi yesterday. Text Size: A A A. QNA/Doha. Qatari-Kenyan relations enjoy mutual respect and ...Zuma angers Qatari delegation over change in plans due to protest 'embarrassment' - sourcesNews24PICS

  • 11 April

    SAPS reservists nabbed for corruption in Polokwane – Bosveld Review


    Bosveld Review SAPS reservists nabbed for corruption in PolokwaneBosveld ReviewSAPS reservists nabbed for corruption in Polokwane. The Hawk’s Serious Corruption Unit arrested two female police reservist constables for corruption in the the city’s central business district (CBD) on Tuesday. 30 seconds ago. According to Hawks …Hawks arrest two police reservistsJacaranda FM …