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To protect democracy, only the ANC – not Parliament – must rid SA of Zuma – Mail & Guardian

While South Africans grapple with Jacob Zuma’s one-upmanship of the country’s political order, a disturbing narrative is creeping into the mass action call for the president to step down, which could ruin the gains of democracy in the country.

This narrative, a call on MPs, particularly those of the ANC, to break ranks with their political parties and vote with their consciences on the no-confidence vote against Zuma is dangerous.

The call was first made by former rector and vice-chancellor of the University of the Free State Professor Jonathan Jansen on social media where he wrote: “How I long for a country in which the elected representatives of the people vote their conscience and not their careers.”

It was followed by a similar call by former president Thabo Mbeki, who wrote: “MPs, each elected to this position by the people as a whole, and never by individual political parties, including their own, must act in Parliament as the voice of the people, not the voice of the political parties to which they might belong.”

This call, which comes from some of South Africa’s most eminent minds, seeks to disentangle the ANC’s dominant position in Parliament, which has frustrated previous efforts by opposition parties to remove the president.

It seeks to be a Plan B to force Zuma to step down.

Yet this suggestion, which looks logical and could be the solution to immediate problems, is fraught with dangers that will haunt the country in the aftermath.

Some of Africa’s worst dictators had to break the unity of multiparty political formations to secure their grip on their countries.

From Kwame Nkrumah in Ghana to King Mswati III in Swaziland and for more than half a century the argument has been the same: party politics deprive individual MPs the right to vote with their consciences in Parliament.

Political parties, the argument further goes, do not serve the interests of the people but are beholden to the dictates of their manifestos, which do not necessarily reflect the wishes of citizens.

If Jansen really wishes to see a political system where MPs do vote with their consciences, without any political party affiliation, all he has to do is jump over the fence into Swaziland and visit our Parliament when it is sitting.

He will find that there, too, motions for votes of no confidence in the government have been moved several times without any success. He will also find that careerism and individual self-interest are just as rife as it is in South Africa.

Zuma’s presidency has tested the endurance of South Africa’s democracy in an unprecedented way.

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Sisulu slams ANC decay – News24

Nation – Google News – News24 Sisulu slams ANC decayNews24Minister of Human Settlements Lindiwe Sisulu addresses the opening of new ANC branch in Keiskammahoek near King William's Town, where she has been nominated to run for the ANC presidency in December. Picture: Tebogo Letsie. Multimedia · User …ANC may have …

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Nzimande slams Guptas, calls for commission of inquiry into state capture – Eyewitness News

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WATCH: Senseless to transform a junk economy, says SACP – Independent Online

Pretoria – Instead of preaching the gospel of the much punted radical economic transformation, the national discourse across South Africa should currently be on turning around the fortunes of the economy which was experiencing a downward spiral, the South African Communist Party (SACP) in Gauteng said on Friday.

"Of all the issues we believe, the very first step for a radical economic transformation is to defend the sound, strong financial institutions of our country. Any radical economic transformation of a junk economy will not make sense. It will not help the poor," SACP Gauteng Secretary Jacob Mamabolo told reporters during a picket at the National Treasury in Pretoria central.

"We don't want to radically transform a junk economy. That will not make any sense. We believe South Africans must take active interest in anything that could degenerate our country. The Guptas have got options, they can move their investments overseas. The monoplies and all other sections of monopolistic capital have alternatives. By the pressing of a button they can move their investments somewhere. Where will the poor people go when this country is finally junk?"

Mamabolo implored all sections of the South African community to "rise" against the economic downward spiral.

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"No one is safe. That is why we are saying to people, rise and stand up now to make sure that this country is not junk. The rule of law must prevail, our governance must be sound, and we must make sure that we don't play with the economy of this country particularly using populism and cheap statements," said Mamabolo.

"The whole alliance has raised issues about the direction our country is taking. There is massive evidence that indicates that it is indeed important that as a country, as a nation and a people we become patriotic in the sense that we must defend our national sovereignty against this country being declared yet another failed African state."

Mamabolo led scores of SACP supporters, dancing and singing outside the National Treasury building which was tightly guarded by police officers. He said among other demands, the picketers were protesting against rampant corruption, state capture and the abuse of parastatals for private gain.

"We are also picketing against activities of monopolistic capital such as [investments management entity] Allan Gray and CPS [Cash Paymaster Services] that are also targeting the social security network which is really the source of life for pensioners, child-headed households, people with disability, and we are here to ensure that it should never ever again happen in our country that the vulnerable and the most marginalised citizens of our community are put in a panic mode about whether they will get their social grants or not," he said.

Mamabolo said despite the SACP picket on Friday, National Treasury officials had been instructed not to receive their memorandum of demands.

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"This is a picket we will continue to conduct every now and then. We have only decided on a picket because we are aware that they [Treasury] does not want the Communist Part here. That is why they have decided they will not receive a memorandum from us. They have instructed every official that no one must come close to the SACP," he said.

"We know why they are scared. It is because we always tell the truth even if it hurts. We will not be handing over any memorandum. We are not worried about whether they snub us or not. We are here . We will be here in May, in July and until April next year. Whether they come to receive our memorandum or not, they can see and hear our message through our posters. We don't even trust they would address our memorandum properly."

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Nzimande calls for overhaul of electoral system – News24

Nation – Google News – News24 Nzimande calls for overhaul of electoral systemNews24Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, officiated at the graduation ceremony and the launch of the Education, Training and Development Practices at Umgungundlovu TVET College on Tuesday. Afterwards, he faced some tough questions. Watch.Nzimande: Leading anti-Mbeki campaign 9 …

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WATCH: Moment Durban man shot in road rage clash – Times LIVE

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WATCH: Moment Durban man shot in road rage clash

Matthew Savides | 2017-04-20 16:02:14.0

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Footage has emerged of the moment a man was shot during an apparent road rage incident in Durban on Thursday.

According to paramedics and security companies on the scene‚ the incident came after the driver of a truck switched lanes and nearly collided with the driver of a Ford Ranger.

The clash took place under a bridge on the M13 freeway between Gillits and Hillcrest‚ heading up Fields Hill.

The video‚ which was shot by a driver on her cellphone‚ shows the driver of a truck jumping out of his vehicle holding a piece of pipe.

He then starts shoving and pushing the driver of a orange Ford Ranger.

Several people rush over to try and break the men up before the Ford driver goes back to his vehicle and fetches his firearm.

In a subsequent squabble‚ which followed after the Ford driver hit the truck driver in the head‚ a single gunshot can clearly be heard.

Michelle Smith‚ medical director at Meditech Emergency Response‚ said the man was taken to hospital with a gunshot wound to his left hand. "It appears it was a partial amputation. He was transported [to hospital] in a serious but stable condition‚" she said.

Andreas Mathios‚ Blue Security media liaison who was on the scene shortly after the incident‚ said that eyewitnesses reported that the driver of the truck realised he wouldn't fit under the arched bridge so moved over to the right hand lane.

"There was a Ford Ranger in the fast lane…and the truck nearly took him out. The whole scene happened under the bridge‚" he said.

SAPS spokesman Captain Nqobile Gwala confirmed a case was being investigated.

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DJ Zinhle’s beau granted bail – News24

Nation – Google News – News24 DJ Zinhle's beau granted bailNews24Johannesburg – Popular DJ Zinhle's partner Brendon Naidoo was granted R60 000 bail by the Alexandra Magistrate's Court on Tuesday. The case was postponed for further investigation until May 6, National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Phindi Louw …Brendon Naidoo out on …

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Protesters stone vehicles as Vuwani shutdown continues – News24

Nation – Google News – News24 Protesters stone vehicles as Vuwani shutdown continuesNews24Several vehicles were stoned in Vuwani as motorists tried moving through the village as residents continue their protests against demarcation. Police spokesperson Moatshe Ngoepe said they had made adequate deployments against protesters engaged in …Almost 30000 Vuwani pupils …

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3 killed, 35 injured in KZN taxi collision – News24

Nation – Google News – News24 3 killed, 35 injured in KZN taxi collisionNews24Durban – Three people were killed and about 35 others injured on Monday after two taxis collided on the N3 in Mooi River, KwaZulu-Natal paramedics say. Both vehicles had been found on the side of the road, …

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Huff Post Blog a Sad Day for Journalism – Media24 Head – AllAfrica.com

Media24 announced on Sunday that it would investigate the controversial blog "Could It Be Time To Deny White Men The Franchise?" published on Huffington Post South Africa on Thursday.

Huffington Post South Africa removed the blog on Saturday after it was unable to confirm the veracity of the source, Shelley Garland, who claimed to be a Masters student at the University of Cape Town.

In the blog post, Garland argued that white men should be denied the right to vote for 20 years.

In a statement, Media24 CEO Esmaré Weideman said the post has damaged the Huffington Post South Africa and Media24 brands.

"Responsible journalism is at the heart of what we do; it's the currency we trade in," she said.

"When our systems fail, we're not just alarmed, we're outraged. This is a sad day for journalism."

Huffington Post South Africa is a joint venture between Media24 and Huffington Post international.

Fury erupted on social media on Friday after it was established that Shelley Garland was not a student at the University of Cape Town and most likely an imposter.

Huffington Post South Africa subsequently removed the blog on Saturday and promised to increase scrutiny when publishing future blogs.

"We apologise for the oversight. We welcome further discussion," editor-in-chief Verashni Pillay wrote in a blog post.

"We have bolstered and strengthened our blogging procedures that, until now, have operated on the basis of open communication and good faith. From now on, bloggers will have to verify themselves."

* News24 is a Media24 publication

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Former Eskom Chief's 'Golden Handshake' Must be Probed - Opposition Party

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane must investigate reports that former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe's received a R30m golden… Read more »

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Ntlemeza vs Mbalula: Standoff – News24

Nation – Google News – News24 Ntlemeza vs Mbalula: StandoffNews24A power struggle is brewing between new Police Minister Fikile Mbalula and former Hawks boss Mthandazo Ntlemeza over the latter's ejection from office. Ntlemeza insists that he is still in charge of the Hawks and will turn up for work on …

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South Africa: Stolen Military Weapons May Be Used to ‘Unleash Terror On Communities’ – Sanco – AllAfrica.com

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