Category: NATIONAL POLITICS

JULIUS MALEMA’S LAWYER TO REMAIN BEHIND BARS AFTER BAIL MOVED

Tumi Mokwena, a prominent Limpopo lawyer who has represented EFF leader Julius Malema. / THYS DULLAART. 02/03/2010. © THE TIMES

CAPE TOWN – Julius Malema’s lawyer Tumi Mokwena will spend the weekend behind bars after his bail application was postponed. Mokwena made his first appearance at the Thabamoopo Magistrates Court in Lebowakgomo on Friday after he was charged with

CITY OF CAPE TOWN THE ONLY METROPOLIS TO RECEIVE CLEAN AUDIT

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CAPE TOWN – The Auditor-General’s report has revealed that the City of Cape Town is the only metropolitan municipality which received a clean audit in 2015-2016 financial year

Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu released the results on Wednesday saying 14 districts municipalities received clean audits.
The provinces with the highest clean audits were the Western Cape with 80% of its municipalities receiving clean audits.

Makwetu said the Western Cape was continuing with setting the pace on growing its clean audit numbers from 73% in the previous years to 80% in 2015\2016.

He noted the Western Cape’s “focused interventions” and the support from provincial leadership.

“The support from provincial leadership through the premier’s coordinating forum, operation clean audit and municipal governance review and outlook processes continued to bear fruit,” said Makwetu.

Following slowly behind was KwaZulu-Natal with only 18% of its municipalities receiving clean audits.

And only 16% of The Eastern Cape’s municipalities received clean audits.

Gauteng lagged behind with only the Midvaal maintaining its clean audit status.

Makwetu said there was need to focus on accountability and filling of important vacancies, such as municipal manager and financial officers.

He said this was key to improving audit performance of municipalities.
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CAPE TOWN, SA CLOSER TO FREE MEDICAL HEALTH CARE

News24

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CAPE TOWN – The country is a step closer to accessing free healthcare, Cabinet has said in a statement.

Cabinet released a statement on Thursday, saying the white paper on the National Health Care Insurance [NHI] is to be gazetted as a policy document.

The NHI, Cabinet said, was a health financing system that allocated funds to provide access to healthcare.

It said the move was consistent with the National Development Plan.

A briefing is expected to be held by the Department of Health on June 29 to further inform the public on the white paper.

The ministry and department are responsible for drafting a green paper, which is a discussion document, in a process of making laws.

This is followed by a consultative process, for further input or objections.

Another paper is then drafted, which is called the white paper.

That paper can also be sent to various parliamentary committees before the document is approved.

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GORDHAN, NENE CHARGED WITH FRAUD

CAPE TOWN – A charge of fraud over alleged corruption of about R4.3bn has been laid against dismissed finance ministers Pravin Gordhan and Nhlanhla Nene.

The president of the organisation Black First Land First (BLF), Andile Mngxitama, laid the charge against Gordhan and Nene at the Hillbrow police station in

PRESIDENT ZUMA ATTENDS FUNERAL OF FIREFIGHTER, PROMISES SUPPORT FOR VICTIMS

FILE: Fire crews battle flare-ups in the Knysna mountains using both helicopters and ground teams. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN – President Jacob Zuma on Thursday afternoon attended the funeral service of a volunteer firefighter in Plettenberg Bay.

24-year-old Bradley Richards was one of seven people who lost their lives due to wildfires across the Southern Cape.

Clean-up operations are currently underway in the Garden Route towns as authorities count the cost of the devastation.

Richards sustained 70% burn wounds to his body when the fire reportedly turned on his crew in the Harkerville forest.

He died in a George hospital on Friday.

Speaking at Richard’s funeral, President Zuma gave the assurance government will do all it can to help those affected.

“This has been the biggest fire. We have seen the places where it has taken place. It was the wind, fire that really devastated.”

Over the weekend, 63-year-old volunteer firefighter John Blaauw also died of injuries sustained, while a woman succumbed to her injuries while being treated at Tygerberg Hospital.

Her three-year-old daughter died last week.

PHOTO: Fire crews battle flare-ups in the Knysna mountains using both helicopters and ground teams. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

BREAKING: FORMER DA LEADER APOLOGIZES FOR COLONIAL RANTS ON TWEETER (VIDEO)

AllAfrica

CAPE TOWN  —  Helen Zille will retain her position of Western Cape Premier despite her removal from key bodies in the Democratic Alliance. This comes after she apologised unreservedly to the public for a series of tweets she wrote in which she defended colonialism.

“I realise the wounds of history that my tweet and subsequent defense of it has opened. I recognise that my actions were insensitive to South Africans who suffered under colonial oppression,” said Zille.

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane announced that Zille would step down from all the party’s decision-making structures. “Helen has agreed that it is in the best interests of the party for her to vacate her position on all decision-making structures of the party, including the Federal Executive, Federal Council and Provincial Council.” Zille’s political communication will now be restricted exclusively to the Western Cape provincial government, said Maimane.

According to the Mail and Guardian, Zille’s decision comes one week after she informed the publication she was seeking legal advice on how to appeal her suspension from the party. The risk of a protracted legal battle was a key factor Maimane considered and one he hoped the Democratic Alliance would avoid in the lead-up to the 2019 election. “This has not been an easy decision,” he said.

RESOURCE: Helen Zille Apologises for Her Colonialism Tweets

VICTORY? SARS LOSES BID TO APPEAL RULING ON MALEMA

Times Live

CAPE TOWN – The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has suffered another setback in its legal battles against Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema.

On Friday Judge Tati Makgoka dismissed the application by Sars for leave to appeal a 2016 judgment that partly favoured Malema.

Sars wanted the High Court in Pretoria

GO TO HELL, WE’LL VOTE FOR DA COME 2019 – JULIUS MALEMA TELLS ANC

The Citizen

EFF Comander in Chief Julius Malema is seen at the EFF Manifesto Launch, 30 April 2016, at Orlando Stadium in Soweto. Picture: Michel Bega

CAPE TOWN – The EFF leader was reacting to being told his party was a ‘traitor’ because it voted ‘white imperialists’ into power.

Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema has hinted that, if given an opportunity, his party will vote the Democratic Alliance (DA) to power in the 2019 national government elections, just as they did in the 2016 local government

SA ON THE VERGE OF BECOMING A MAFIA STATE – SACC

The report is a consolidation of information received from corruption whistle-blowers opting not approach authorities due to fear of victimisation.

CAPE TOWN – Rampant corruption driven by efforts to capture all apparatus of the State and a Cabinet with “a diminishing integrity” are pushing South Africa to the brink of becoming a mafia state, with no point of return, the SA Council of Churches (SACC) said on Thursday.

The organisation released its report of the Unburdening

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