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April, 2017

  • 27 April

    We must band together to rid SA of oligarchs, says SACP – Citizen

    Nation – Google News – Citizen We must band together to rid SA of oligarchs, says SACPCitizenSACP 2nd General Secretary, Solly Mapaila (L) and SACP 1st Deputy General Secretary, Jeremy Cronin briefs media at University of Johannesburg, Soweto, 10 July 2015. Picture: Nigel Sibanda …Eliminate monopoly and oligopoly domination of …

  • 27 April

    Mbalula-Ntlemeza ‘spat’ a blow to confidence in Hawks – Daily dispatch

    Nation – Google News – Daily dispatch Mbalula-Ntlemeza 'spat' a blow to confidence in HawksDaily dispatchThe battle between Police Minister Fikile Mbalula and suspended Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza came to a head on Monday‚ with Mbalula taking to a conference room full of journalists to utter more than a few …

  • 27 April

    South Africa nuclear deal null and void, court rules [The Morning Call]

    Plans to build nuclear power plants in South Africa will take a halt after a court ruled that president Zuma should have sought parliamentary approval for a deal with Russia. The western cape high court made the ruling yesterday morning that Zuma’s decision to call for proposals for the procurement …

  • 27 April

    South African Police Service (SAPS) condemns cop killings – Soweto Urban

    South African Police Service (SAPS) condemns cop killingsSoweto UrbanThe Acting National Police Commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS) calls on the public to help law enforcement agencies in condemning and apprehending those responsible for the on-going killings of members of the SAPS. “The murder of … Source link

  • 27 April

    South African Police Service (SAPS) condemns cop killings – Westside Eldos

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    Westside Eldos South African Police Service (SAPS) condemns cop killingsWestside EldosThe Acting National Police Commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS) calls on the public to help law enforcement agencies in condemning and apprehending those responsible for the on-going killings of members of the SAPS. “The murder of … and …

  • 27 April

    South Africa: North West Premier Commends Arrest of Two Suspects in Coligny – AllAfrica.com

    Pretoria — North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo has commended police for the swift arrest of two suspects linked to the murder of a 12-year-old child in Coligny.

    "The swift arrest of the two suspects is a demonstration of the good work police are able to do when the community supports their efforts in rooting out criminality in our communities," said the Premier.

    The community of Coligny has been agitated since the killing of the child, as they believe the incident is racist. Residents in the town have protested since the death of the boy, who allegedly fell off a moving vehicle driven by a white farm worker last week. Reports claim the boy was accused of stealing sunflowers from the farmer and was loaded onto the back of his bakkie. He fell from the vehicle and later died at a local clinic.

    Premier Mahumapelo has called for calm and stability in Ditsobotla Local Municipality and has assured residents that law and order will be maintained in the area.

    The Premier on Tuesday set up a task team to attend to the situation in Ditsobotla. It is made up of five MECs, the Mayor of Ditsobotla and the Mayor of Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality. The team is led by Education and Sport Development MEC Sello Lehari, who is also a leader of government business in the province.

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    While Others Are Throwing Insults in Pretoria, We're Celebrating - Zuma

    President Jacob Zuma took a jibe at those protesting against him on Freedom Day, saying they spend "lots of money just… Read more »

  • 27 April

    Mayville SAPS welcomes new station commander – Rising Sun Overport

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    Rising Sun Overport Mayville SAPS welcomes new station commanderRising Sun OverportMayville SAPS’s newly appointed station commander urges the community to work together with the police to fight crime in the area. Lt Col Xulu Wellington plans on working closely with each police officer, community leaders and residents to ensure the …

  • 27 April

    SAPS urges motorists to exercise caution when drinking – Bedfordview & Edenvale News

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    Bedfordview & Edenvale News SAPS urges motorists to exercise caution when drinkingBedfordview & Edenvale NewsCaptain Jean Olckers, spokesperson for the Edenvale SAPS, said most of the crimes were reported in sectors one and two. He said in recent weeks there has been an increase in violent crimes, such as residential …

  • 26 April

    Opposition parties, activists welcome nuclear deal judgment – Citizen

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    CitizenOpposition parties, activists welcome nuclear deal judgmentCitizenEnvironmental activists celebrate outside the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday after the court found government's nuclear procurement processes to be unlawful and unconstitutional. PHOTO: Catherine Rice/ANA ...High Court renders nuclear deal unconstitutionaliAfrica.comOpinion: Court's 'clean slate' nuclear directive a big opportunity for new Energy MinisterCreamer Media's Engineering NewsSouth African Court Declares Nuclear Plan with

  • 26 April

    Man nabbed for allegedly plotting to kill ‘state capture beneficiaries’ – Citizen

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    CitizenMan nabbed for allegedly plotting to kill 'state capture beneficiaries'CitizenThe 23-year-old was arrested while explaining to donors how the alleged assassination would be carried out. A 23-year-old man allegedly planning the assassination of “state capture beneficiaries” was arrested by the Hawks, it was reported on Wednesday.BREAKING: Hawks arrest 'coup plotter' planning to assassinate prominent South AfricansTimes LIVEHawks arrest man

  • 26 April

    Taxi crash leaves 18 injured – eNCA

    LYDENBERG - A taxi crash in Mpumalanga’s Lydenburg left 18 people injured on Wednesday afternoon, with two of them reportedly in critical condition.

    The taxi reportedly drove into a tractor under a railway bridge on Voortrekker Street shortly before 5 o’clock.

    READ: 23 injured in Durban minibus taxi crash

    The injured were transported to a nearby hospital, and the cause of the crash is being investigated.

     

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  • 26 April

    Man arrested for allegedly planning to have Cabinet members assassinated – News24

    Nation – Google News – News24 Man arrested for allegedly planning to have Cabinet members assassinatedNews24Cape Town – A 23-year-old man was arrested in Midrand on Wednesday for allegedly plotting to assassinate officials perceived as state capture beneficiaries, the Hawks have said in a statement. The Hawks in October last …

  • 26 April

    We wanted Zuma to resign over Guptas since 2013 – SACP – News24

    Nation – Google News – News24 We wanted Zuma to resign over Guptas since 2013 – SACPNews24Mthatha – The South African Communist Party (SACP) second deputy general secretary Solly Mapaila says the party had started its negotiations with President Jacob Zuma in terms of his resignation as early as 2013. …

  • 26 April

    Mbalula’s Zim soldiers remarks spark diplomatic row – Independent Online

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    Police Minister Fikile Mbalula. PHOTO: Jonisayi Maromo/ANA

    Tshwane – Zimbabwean Ambassador in South Africa, Isaac Moyo, on Wednesday visited the department of international relations to register "unhappiness" over Police Minister Fikile Mbalula's remarks to the effect that members of the Zimbabwe National Army, fleeing from the military service in their country, are engaging in violent crimes across South Africa.

    Spokesperson for the department of international relations, Clayson Monyela confirmed to African News Agency (ANA) that Moyo had indeed been at the department in charge of South Africa's foreign policy, headquartered at the OR Tambo building in Pretoria. "We can confirm that the ambassador of Zimbabwe did come to the department today. He came to register their unhappiness with the statements of Minister Mbalula," said Monyela.

    He however said he had no information regarding claims that Zimbabwe's Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi has reportedly summoned South Africa's ambassador Mphakama Mbete to clarify Mbalula's remarks.

    Monyela promised that he would check the veracity of those claims. On Tuesday, the new South African Police Minister, Mbalula told a media briefing in Pretoria that Zimbabwean ex-soldiers were wrecking havoc in the neighbouring country, committing violent crime including robberies.

    “There are people who come here from Zimbabwe, and they cross the line here. They run away from the military in Zimbabwe and they come here and promote criminality here in South Africa. There are Zimbabwean ex-soldiers who are in this country, robbing banks and promoting criminality. They are running away from uncle Bob [Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe] there,” said Mbalula.

    “In Zimbabwe once you are a soldier, you are a soldier for life. You can’t get out of it. So to get out of it they run to South Africa, then they come here and rob banks. They are on the payroll of criminals, and we can’t trace them. If a South African steals, it’s easy to trace them because I will find you somewhere in the forensics because I have your fingerprints. I’ve got you all covered, South Africans.” Mbalula said the Zimbabweans “enter the country illegally and they just come here not to promote goodwill”.

    The minister however said his remarks were not xenophobic. “Zimbabweans are working for us in this country. Very good Zimbabweans. They are working in our kitchens, they are everything, highly educated people. If there is anything that President Mugabe did was to educate his people. The people working in your kitchens are doctors. They are more educated than you. They are from Zimbabwe,” said Mbalula.

    “Then there is a group of these criminals who come from the army. They come into this country – they rob, they terrorise, and they kill. That’s what they do. So we arrest them. We have got them.” Mbalula urged members of the South African Police Service to toughen their stance against criminals in the country. “We will meet fire with fire. Within the prescripts of the law, we will shoot to defend the innocent. We will shoot to defend ourselves, the force and members of the SAPS to ensure that there is law and order in this country. Criminals will not reign,” he said.

    “The TRT [the SAPS’s elite Tactical Response Unit] will remain and execute it’s job. They must be positioned to respond to dangerous criminals. I’m not saying use force recklessly. I’m against that. I’m against rogueness, the use of force recklessly and the use of force against unarmed civilians.”

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  • 26 April

    Coligny, Lichtenburg violent acts demand more from SAPS – Joe McGluwa – Politicsweb

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    Politicsweb Coligny, Lichtenburg violent acts demand more from SAPS – Joe McGluwaPoliticswebScenes of violence, looting and community division in Coligny and Lichtenburg, in the last 24 hours, highlight the need for a far greater SAPS response to prevent violent protests before they escalate. The DA calls for calm in these …

  • 26 April

    South Africa: Minister Motsoaledi On SA’s Health System and Freedom – AllAfrica.com

    By More Matshediso

    Pretoria — Having one seamless health department is what Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi believes would mean freedom to him and the millions of citizens who depend on the country's health system.

    As South Africa commemorates Freedom Day every year on 27 April, and regards the whole of April as Freedom month, SAnews spoke to Minister Motsoaledi about what freedom day means to him and the health system in general.

    On 27 April 1994, South Africa held its first democratic elections which gave birth to freedom and the country's constitutional democracy. The elections made it possible to embark on a journey to build a country that belongs to all who live in it.

    We meet the Minister at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital, a hospital that happens to be named after one of South Africa's foremost activists who fought for the country's freedom.

    The Minister cannot contain his excitement as the hospital he normally checks in at for medical check-ups had just received a donation worth more than R1 million from the Chinese government. We ask him what freedom day means to him.

    "Freedom day to me means that we have started a journey to have one prosperous, non-sexist, democratic, non-racial South Africa. Freedom day was the beginning of that journey.

    "Attaining freedom on 27 April 1994 was the first phase of the transition. The second phase of the transition is to look at the economy and equality, and that is why government is always talking about radical economic transformation or inclusive growth, as the current economy of the country does not include everybody," says Minister Motsoaledi.

    He says there is no way that South Africa would achieve economic freedom without first attaining political freedom.

    Motsoaledi says being at the hospital that was only providing services to white people during the apartheid times is also a sign of freedom, because Steve Biko Academic Hospital today serves everybody regardless of race.

    "It is one of the best hospitals that the government can offer to South African citizens. These are the fruits of democracy," he says.

    "The greatest achievement which people tend to ignore is that, before democracy, there were about 14 different departments of health with 14 ministers of health in this country, with different standards. The lowest standards were meant for African people in the homelands.

    "One of the things that we have achieved is to have only one health department. The problem we are still solving is the fragmentation into public and private hospitals, which is wrong because it is fragmented along income--those who are poor must go to public hospitals and those who are rich must go to private hospitals," says Minister Motsoaledi.

    Zooming into the future of the health sector as South Africa's democracy matures, he believes that the National Health Insurance (NHI) is going to bring the fragmentation to an end.

    Minister Motsoaledi says the main plan, which will be one of the greatest achievements if implemented, is for South Africa to have one seamless department of health.

    "The biggest fruits of democracy will be ensuring that South Africa establishes one seamless health financing system where we pull funds together for all South Africans, irrespective of their socio-economic status in what we call the NHI, for them to have access to good quality healthcare services, which is not provided according to your status or income.

    "That is our biggest dream, and we know that we are sharing that dream with the rest of the world. If we do not achieve that, we can never claim that we have achieved full freedom," says Minister Motsoaledi.

  • 26 April

    Sharpen up security warns SAPS to fuelling station owners – Boksburg Advertiser

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    Boksburg Advertiser Sharpen up security warns SAPS to fuelling station ownersBoksburg AdvertiserAccording to the Boksburg North SAPS communications officer, Capt Juanita Coetzer, recently, a fuelling stations are being increasingly targeted by robbers. “Some stations can secure their property by erecting palisades around their premises,” she said. Source link

  • 26 April

    Is South Africa getting fed up with President Jacob Zuma? BBC Newsnight

    The last year has been a bumpy one for South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma. He has appeared to veer from one crisis to another – the latest being the controversial sacking of his internationally respected finance minister. Alastair Leithead reports. Newsnight is the BBC’s flagship news and current affairs TV …