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  • 19 October

    SAPS: Disciplinary action against striking 10111 staff to continue – Eyewitness News

    Eyewitness News SAPS: Disciplinary action against striking 10111 staff to continueEyewitness NewsJOHANNESBURG – The South African Police Service (SAPS) says it will continue with disciplinary action against South African Policing Union (Sapu) affiliated 10111 members after the Labour Court dismissed the union’s application to interdict the process. Source link

  • 19 October

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  • 19 October

    Worst is still to come for government, warns Esidimeni victim’s father – Independent Online

    Johannesburg - The father of Hendrick Maboe, who died after he was transferred from Life Esidimeni to an NGO in Hammanskraal, on Thursday lashed out at government's fatal decision to relocate mentally ill patients, adding that all the 141 who died would still be alive if they were left at Esidimeni.

    "We could not be sitting here if these people were left at Esidimeni...they could all still be alive. It was not God's will that they died..God is not evil," he told the arbitration hearing chaired by retired Justice Dikgang Moseneke.

    "The officials say 'Batho Pele' [people first] but they themselves do not care. As you can see what is happening in the country, they [government] do not know what they are doing...and I am telling you the worst is still to come for this government, I am sorry to say that."

    Maboe's son, affectionately known as Billy, had been at many psychiatric institutions from a young age. He was at Esidimeni for 20 years, the longest compared to the other institutions. Maboe said Billy was epileptic, a condition he suffered from from his teenage years.

    He was transferred to Bophelong, an NGO in Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria, without his father's knowledge.

    "Billy loved being at Esidimeni, he was nearer to home, and had adapted to the environment at Esidimeni. He was happy to be there also because he could see his cousin, who is a nurse there."

    During one of his visits in May 2016, Maboe said he noticed two trucks at Esidimeni and saw patients taken from the wards to the trucks, led by nurses.

    "They looked so confused, some of them were crying, they did not know what was happening at that moment. They each held plastic bags, they were like sheep going to an auction...I was so hurt to witness the forced removal initiated by government."

    When he returned to Esidimeni to check when his son would be moved, he found builders renovating the premises.

    He was not allowed in, and was told no one else was in the premises, the place would house a rehabilitation centre. Maboe said he spent months not knowing where his son was until he called him to wish him a good birthday, and was able to locate him in Hammanskraal.

    Maboe said he found Billy looking disorientated, hungry and dirty. The premises housed 40 men who slept in a garage at the back of the house. He was not allowed to drink water because he wet himself, Maboe was told.

    "I asked a woman there about the diet and whether they received medication...she said there was no medication and that the patients were taken to a local clinic whenever they were ill. Most did not have [identity documents] IDs or [South African Social Security Agency] Sassa cards," Maboe said.

    ''I found him to be very quite at that place of death...he was not talking and said he was thirsty and hungry.''

    He said the NGO refused to allow him to take his son home. He later received a phone call in July informing him of his son's death.

    - African News Agency (ANA)

    (Edited by: Devereaux Morkel)

  • 19 October

    Cabinet will not abandon or privatise SAA, Mmamoloko Kubayi says – Business Day

    The Cabinet is not ready to cut its losses with the embattled South African Airways (SAA)‚ with Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi saying the Cabinet was not considering privatising the national airline.

    Briefing journalists in Pretoria on Thursday following a Cabinet meeting‚ Kubayi said the Cabinet did not discuss Dudu Myeni’s tenure as the board chairperson of the ailing SAA.

    "We looked at issues‚ we do not look at people‚ we look at issues about the state entity because otherwise we will be distracted‚" she said.

    Announcing the changes to the SAA board on Thursday‚ Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba said Johannes Bhekumuzi Magwaza would replace Myeni as chairperson.

    The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) welcomed Myeni’s departure‚ saying that she was at the core of SAA’s problems.

    The organisation said that since her appointment as chairperson in 2008‚ the government had bailed out the national carrier to the tune of a staggering R23.8bn.

    "This year alone‚ SAA received R2.2bn to repay Citibank. Gigaba has announced that a further R3bn will be made available from the fiscus for SAA‚" Rudie Heyneke‚ Outa’s portfolio manager for transport‚ said.

    He said Myeni‚ who is said to be President Jacob Zuma’s ally‚ had no ability as a director and should not be on any board.

    In March, Outa issued a summons against Myeni to have her declared a delinquent director. Outa said this court action was continuing and was at an advanced stage, despite Myeni’s departure.

    "If Myeni is declared a delinquent director‚ she will not be able to act as a director or serve on any board in any company for up to seven years. Such a sanction will send a message to the government that competent‚ skilled and experienced individuals should be appointed to lead our state-owned enterprises‚" Heyneke said.

    The DA‚ meanwhile‚ took issue with the date the changes to the board would take effect — November 3‚ at which date the minister would have a special meeting with the new board.

    "This effectively means that the removal of Dudu Myeni and other changes to the SAA board will only be effective from November 3 2017 and that Myeni remains as the chair of the SAA board for another 14 days‚" the DA’s deputy finance spokesperson‚ Alf Lees‚ said.

    He added that Gigaba seemed to think that by removing Myeni‚ SAA would be saved.

    "This is not the case. The airline is bankrupt and requires R10bn to continue to limp along. It is time to face up to the fact that SAA can only be saved if it is put into business rescue‚ stabilised and sold‚" Lees said.

  • 19 October

    High court strikes down corporal punishment defence for parents – Mail & Guardian

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  • 19 October

    Singer Jennifer Ferguson breaks 24-year silence on rape – Mail & Guardian

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  • 19 October

    FBI opens investigation into South Africa’s Guptas – report

    The FBI has opened an investigation into U.S. links to South Africa’s Guptas, escalating a scandal over the family’s alleged use of a friendship with President Jacob Zuma to control state businesses, the Financial Times said on Thursday. The newspaper, which cited “people familiar with the matter”, said U.S. investigators …

  • 19 October

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  • 19 October

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    WATCH: Kempton Park SAPS honours loyalty and commitment – Kempton Express

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  • 19 October

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  • 19 October

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  • 18 October

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  • 18 October

    Gigaba adviser asked former Eskom chief to meet Guptas – Business Day

    Observers have pointed out that the current status quo in which Eskom deals with both the generation of power and its transmission was undesirable and stifled the growth of independent power producers.

    The inquiry’s scope includes the reappointment of Brian Molefe as group CEO of Eskom; the power utility’s role in the purchase of Optimum Coal by the then Gupta-owned Tegeta Exploration and Resources; the award of about R11.7bn worth of coal supply contracts — at inflated prices — to Tegeta; the R43m contract with the Guptas’ The New Age media firm; payments of more than R400m to Trillian Capital Partners for consulting and advisory services; and allegations of impropriety made against former acting CEO Matshela Koko, who is
    on suspension.

    On Wednesday, the inquiry also heard damning testimony from Ted Blom, an energy director at the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) and a former Eskom employee.

    Blom told the inquiry that a "fixer team" set up by President Jacob Zuma, made up of "pre-eminent" persons including doctors and lawyers had attempted to loot Eskom in 2009. He said he had attempted to alert Zuma in his capacity as the head of the ANC about the mess at Eskom. He had even submitted a detailed report on corruption and governance lapses to the president during one evening meeting.

    Blom left Eskom in 2008.

    He told the committee that Zuma then set up the fixer team, ostensibly to deal with issues he had raised. A meeting was organised with the team by former JSE chairman Norman Lowenthal. "I was informed to meet the fixer team in Midrand … during the meeting the ‘fixer team’ [indicated] that they wanted to ‘join the gravy train
    at Eskom’." Blom said he was angry when he realised that the fixer team actually wanted to use his expertise and knowledge of Eskom to loot the power utility. He left the meeting and later received a call from Lowenthal expressing his dismay that he had insulted and walked out of the meeting with "pre-eminent persons".

    "Instead of fighting corruption, they wanted me to help them eat at Eskom, because I have so much experience, and I would have been able to guide them [to loot]," Blom said in response to questions from EFF chief whip Floyd Shivambu.

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  • 18 October

    Six arrested for illicit tobacco trade worth R18m in Eastern Cape – Citizen

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  • 18 October

    It’s fireworks season – act responsibly, warns Metro SAPS – Berea Mail

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