EFF Rejects President Jacob Zuma’s Settlement Proposal

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The EFF has rejected President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla proposal and accuses him of trying to influence the Constitutional Court judges.

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema is not prepared to accept President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla settlement proposal unless he agrees to the party’s terms.

“We not going to agree to any settlement until he reaffirms the powers of public protector, and two [reaffirms that] the remedial actions of public protector are binding and three that President Zuma agrees in the settlement that [by] failing to implement the remedial action he was in breach of the Constitution and his oath of office,” Malema told reporters in Johannesburg on Thursday.

“We will not agree that he had all the right to behave in the manner he did. We are not going to be party to any settlement which does not speak to those three points.”

On Tuesday, Zuma sent a letter to the court to suggest that it order the auditor general and finance minister to determine how much he should pay back for the multimillion-rand upgrades to non-security features at his home in Nkandla. Zuma was prepared to pay for the visitors’ centre, the amphitheatre, the cattle kraal, chicken run and the swimming pool. There was a “need for finality”, Zuma’s lawyers said.

However, the Constitutional Court responded on Wednesday saying it was up to the parties to decide on the settlement.

“The settlement proposal is a matter for the parties to decide and calls for no directions from the court at this stage,” the registrar said in the letter.

Malema accused Zuma of trying to influence the Constitutional Court judges by sending the letter.

“In his typical way of trying to control everything and influence institutions of the state, unduly so, he then took a copy of the proposed settlement to court in an attempt to influence judges.

“Zuma being Zuma writes to us and copies judges so that he can influence judges, so that when we arrive at court the judges already see him as a reasonable man,” he said.

But Malema said the judiciary had always rejected “ANC control”. “I’m happy we were able to see this crook even before he is attempting to do things [which are] unacceptable.”

The EFF and Democratic Alliance were due to argue in the Constitutional Court next Tuesday that Zuma needed to comply with Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s recommendations and repay a reasonable part of the R246-million spent on renovations at Nkandla.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane told the Cape Town Press Club on Thursday morning that they would not accept Zuma’s proposal. The DA wanted the matter heard in court so it could make a ruling on the public protector’s powers.

Gupta’s propaganda machinery?

Meanwhile, Malema also warned that Gupta-owned media such as ANN7 and The New Age will not be welcome at his party’s events.

“[The] Guptas must leave the country. We’re tired about talking about [the] Guptas. We’re going to take practical action,” Malema told reporters in Johannesburg.

“Gupta media must no longer come to EFF events. We don’t want to see The New Age and ANN7.”

Malema accused them of being products of corrupt activity, used to perpetuate corrupt actions.

“It’s… propaganda machinery.”

He said protectors of corruption would not be tolerated.

Addressing the reporters from The New Age and ANN7, Malema cautioned them to “move out the way”.

“Sisters and brothers in Gupta firms we love you and don’t want you to be casualties.

“We cannot guarantee the safety of those printing New Age and ANN7.”

Malema said the Gupta’s would be dealt with the same way apartheid was.

The Guptas are said to have a close relationship with President Jacob Zuma and other highly placed ANC leaders.

ANN7 earlier promoted on their Twitter page that they would be carrying the EFF press briefing live on Thursday.

Shortly after Malema’s comments, the broadcast was stopped.

source-News24

Freedom Of Expression- ‘Zuma Must Fall!’ Billboard Erected In Capetown, South Africa

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In Africa, not all rights go beyond the paper they are written on but, one can safely argue that, Freedom of expression has reached a new level in South Africa, after a prominent “Zuma Must Fall” billboard was erected in the heart of the city of Cape Town in South Africa on Friday morning.

It is yet to be established as to who erected the bill board but an opposition group,  the Democratic Alliance, which constantly demanded for President Jacob Zuma’s impeachment is allegedly rumoured to be a potential culprit of this ‘drama’.

However it is also reported that South Africa’s  DA national spokesperson Phumzile van Damme has said the Democratic Alliance are not responsible for the controversial bill board’s presence on a prime, costly advertising space, one side of an apartment block  situated at the top of Long Street, on the intersection of  Buitensingel street and   Kloof street. By Sibusiso Ngwenya

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Eagleliner Cross Border Bus Overturns, 4 Zimbabweans Dead, 29 Injured

Four people have been killed and 30 others injured after an Eagleliner cross border coach from Zimbabwe  they were travelling in lost control resulting in the bus overturning near Louis Trichardt town in South Africa’s Limpopo Province today.

Limpopo police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Ronel Otto said the incident occurred at around 10 am this morning near Witvlag turnoff along the N1 highway. bus drove into an embankment on the N1, 20 km outside of Louis Trichardt.

All four patients died from their injuries before emergency services could arrive.

Patients were found on scene with injuries ranging from minor to critical.

Once treated, all the patients were transported to various hospitals in the area for urgent treatment.

The body of the deceased was later removed from beneath the bus by rescue services.

According to the  Herald, Lieutenant Colonel Otto said the bus was travelling from Zimbabwe to Johannesburg with 65 passengers on board including the bus crew.

Lieutenant Colonel Otto said the bus’ wreckage was still in the road adding that they had temporarily closed the highway and urged motorists to use the Witvlag road as an alternative.

“The bus was travelling to Johannesburg and when it reached near Witvlag turn off  the driver lost control resulting in it overturning killing four people (two male and two females ) instantly. Twenty nine other people escaped with minor injuries while another 32 were unhurt,” said Lieutenant Colonel Otto.

 Source: Byo24

‘Relief For 90 Zimbabweans Stranded At S. Africa Liphalale Police Station ‘

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The 90 Zimbabweans left stranded earlier this month at Liphalale police station in South Africa’s Limpopo province, after their employer fired and evicted them for demanding payment for overtime, have been transferred to a temporary shelter by well-wishers.

The group, which initially had 300 people, was transferred to Waterbase Disaster Management Centre by the Gift of the Care Givers on Tuesday morning.

Some of the members have returned to the homes, while others have relocated to other towns in that country.

A spokesperson for Gift of the Givers, Allauddin Sayed, confirmed yesterday that they had sent relief to the group.

“We’re giving them food and blankets. We’ve spoken to them and they’re appreciative,” said Sayed.

She said they would continue assessing the situation and helping the group until a solution to their problem was found.

The Zimbabwe Consulate has also sent a team to assess the situation on the ground.

Consul general Batiraishe Mukonoweshuro, was not available for comment last night.

The victims’ spokesperson, Thembani Ndlovu, said they had received tents, water and food from another nongovernmental organisation Hope for Food.

“The shelter and amenities here are better than the police station which had become our home for the last few days.

“Authorities from the Zimbabwean embassy here have also promised to help in resolving our labour dispute with our former employer. We’re very hopeful that a solution will be arrived at soon,” he said.

He said the numbers of people at the new place was rising by each day as those who had left earlier were coming back for assistance.

The Zimbabweans had been engaged by a commercial farmer, a T J Van der Walt, the proprietor of Johannesburg Farm in Liphalale area who evicted them at the beginning of December.

The farmer specialises in maize, tomatoes, onions and potatoes production. It is also reported that some of the members were kidnapped and assaulted by Van der Walt and nine other people including farm managers for voicing their concerns.

The farmer and the farm managers have since been charged with kidnapping and assault and will appear in court on 13 January for trial.

According to Ndlovu most of the victims had been employed at the farm since 2005 adding that Van Walt had facilitated the processing of their work permits though most of those have expired.

“We were working from 6AM to 11PM and being paid between R60 and R70 per day, which is below the government stipulated R103 if one works for eight hours per day.

“Things got worse in August when we engaged him over the review of the wages and the payment of overtime.

“He then fired all the workers and tried to get us deported to Zimbabwe but authorities at the department of Home Affairs said he should pay the money he owes to us first”.

Ndlovu said after being chased away from the farm they were taken back to the farm by the police and officials from the department t of labour.

He said since August they were staying in the farm compound without wages adding that the farmer cut water and electricity supply.

“During that period we weren’t allowed to move since he keeps our permits. He would beat you up if he came across you in the farm. Only at the beginning of December he came armed with his friends and started beating and shooting at us.

“He forcefully evicted us and also kidnapped those he felt were leading other workers astray. We then sought refuge at the police station where we are surviving on handouts from well-wishers,” said Ndlovu. – by Thupeyo Muleya. Source: Herald.

Zuma Denies Affair With South Africa Airways Boss


Presidential romance? … President Jacob Zuma with South African Airways (SAA) chairperson Dudu Myeni

JOHANNESBURG: South African President Jacob Zuma on Saturday denied rumours he had an affair with the chairwoman of state-owned airline amid media speculation the relationship had led to the sacking of the finance minister.

Zuma dismissed Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene on Wednesday. The minister had earlier rebuked Dudu Myeni, chairwoman of state-owned South African Airways and a close ally of Zuma, for mismanaging a 1 billion rand ($62.98 million)deal with Airbus.

Myeni is also executive chairwoman of Zuma’s charitable trust, the Jacob Zuma Foundation.

“Her relationship with the President is purely professional, and is based on the running of the Foundation,” the Presidency said in statement. “Rumours about a romance and a child are baseless and are designed to cast aspersions on the President.”

Zuma replaced Nene with a relatively unknown parliamentarian, David van Rooyen, unnerving investors in an ailing economy whose investment grade status is already at risk.

Citing an unnamed government official, Business Report newspaper reported this week that Nene’s dismissal could be linked directly to his fall-out with the SAA board.

Many other local media had also speculated Nene might be moved out after he rebuked Myeni.

Rumours of a romantic relationship between Zuma and Myeni have circulated since 2009 when the she was appointed to the board of the ailing national flag carrier.

Zuma’s office also criticised as a “malicious fabrication” reports that Nene was removed because Myeni was not happy with instructions from the respected former finance minister.

“No member of the SAA Board is above the Minister of Finance or can operate outside of the mandate and direction provided by the Minister of Finance and the National Treasury,” the Presidency said.

Zuma, South Africa’s leader since 2009, is a polygamist married six times and father of more than 20 children

The axing of Nene, a veteran civil servant who was keen to rein in government spending in Africa’s most industrialised economy, has sent the rand to record lows and caused a sell-off in banking stocks.

Nene was also opposed to plans to spend possibly as much as$100 billion building a fleet of nuclear power stations, aninvestment most analysts said the country could not afford. Former South African health minister and leading anti-apartheid activist Barbara Hogan called on Friday for Zuma to quit.The highest-profile member of the African National Congress(ANC) to come out against the sacking of Nene, Hogan said Zumahad crossed a line and needed to be held to account for thedismissal of a respected long-term finance ministry official.

 

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’49 Of 322 Zimbabweans Escape Deportation By Jumping Off Moving Buses’

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Beitbridge – A total of 49 Zimbabweans, believed to be mostly ex-convicts, jumped off moving buses as they were being deported from South Africa by road on Thursday morning.
The group was among 322 people Zimbabweans who were being repatriated into the country via Beitbridge border post in a convoy of four buses. They had been rounded up in Gauteng Province by South African authorities for violating immigration laws while others were ex convicts who had completed their prison terms in that country.
 
A majority of the deportees had taken advantage of the self-deportation facility, whereby immigrants pay a fee to be repatriated. The immigrants were coming from Lindela Transit and Holding Centre in Johannesburg.
 
Sources yesterday told The Chronicle three people jumped off the bus near Bakwena tollgate along the N1 highway while the second group made their escape between Polokwane and Makhado towns.
 
“They jumped off when the buses slowed down where the highway is under maintenance,” said one of the sources. Zimbabwe’s consul general to South Africa, Batiraishe Mukonoweshuro, confirmed the developments yesterday. “The deportation process needs to be reviewed to avoid such incidents. There are ongoing discussions to have ex-convicts separate from normal over stays when self deporting.
 
“This seems not to have been done when this last movement took place. This, coupled with the perennial complaints that irregular migrants aren’t given an opportunity to collect their belongings, result in such actions.” Mukonoweshuro said the escorts during self- deportations are also limited to two or four officials who travel in their own vehicles and not in the buses.
 
He said the arrangement needed to be reviewed. Mukonoweshuro added that South Africa introduced the self-deportation process in October due to financial constraints in that country.
 
He said under the self-deportation process, the immigrants pay R350 in transport fees for them to be sent to Zimbabwe. Mukonoweshuro said those who preferred being deported by air would also pay the prescribed rates by the airlines.
 
“The new system of self repatriation has thus far been received well by inmates at Lindela Holding Facility. The inmates also felt that the conditions in Lindela are not conducive for a long stay. “Furthermore they also couldn’t stomach being in the facility during the festive season” he said.
 
Mukonoweshuro added that those without money would occasionally be deported during weekends in Home Affairs trucks. He said the host government usually stops deportation between 15 December and 15 January of each year. “We want to urge our nationals to have relevant documents and regularise their stay in South Africa to avoid unnecessary situations,” Mukonoweshuro said.
 
The Chronicle is reliably informed that the South African government would, prior to the new development, spend R538 on transporting one person from Lindela to Beitbridge and also spend R99 for each person’s upkeep per day. It costs R240 to travel between Beitbridge and Johannesburg using public transport.
 
The deported immigrants are being assisted by the department of Social Services with warrants to travel to their respective homes. A total of 14,372 people were deported from South Africa between March and November while 1,418 bodies of Zimbabweans were repatriated for burial between January and June this year.
 
In April this year, the government repatriated a total of 1,200 people from areas within Durban and Johannesburg who were fleeing xenophobia motivated attacks in that country.Source: Chronicle

Air Zimbabwe a.k.a ‘Mazarura’ Horror As Toilet Leaks Sewage Mid-Flight

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There is a Whatsapp message circulating indicating that an Air Zimbabwe flight from Zimbabwe to Johannesburg was leaking sewage mid air.
The message goes like, “A South African based friend wrote me this. “Just thought to share some pictures from my flight this morning on Air Zimbabwe UM 465 to Joburg. About 30 mins to landing effluents began pouring down the aisle from the lavatory. Rather than make an announcement explaining what was happening to bewildered passengers the crew was upset that I was taking pictures. They threatened to hand me over to security operatives ‘for trying to embarrass’ the airline. Luckily I was landing in Joburg and I knew there was no way they could carry out that threat,” he said. Source: byo-24

2 Kombi Taxi Drivers Arrested For Attempting To Smuggle 24 Children & 10 Adults Zim To SA

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SOUTH African police have arrested two taxi drivers in Limpopo for allegedly attempting to smuggle 24 children and 10 adults from Zimbabwe into South Africa.
 
“The two taxis were intercepted in an intelligence-driven operation after information was received that children – between the ages of five and 16 – and 10 adults would be transported illegally to Gauteng from Zimbabwe‚” said Hawks spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.
 
The two suspected traffickers‚ aged 27 and 52‚ were arrested on the N1 after they had driven past the town of Makhado (Louis Trichardt) in Limpopo.
 
“The 24 minors are currently being accommodated at a place of safety in Polokwane while the 10 adults are being processed to determine their status in the country‚” Mulaudzi added.
 
The two suspected traffickers are expected to appear in the Sekgosese Magistrate’s Court on Monday for charges linked to human trafficking. Source-newzimbabwe

SOUTH AFRICA JUDGE,BLASTS MUGABE’S FORMER HELICOPTER PILOT ‘ROBERT MHLANGA’ OVER R100M DEAL

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DURBAN:The whereabouts of a Zimbabwean businessman, who was subpoenaed to give evidence in the Durban High Court in a case related to his purchase of North Coast properties, remained vague on Thursday, other than that he was “in Europe and the Middle East”.

And suggestions that Robert Mhlanga – who is said to have strong ties with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe – would make himself available when it suited him were strongly rejected by Judge Piet Koen, who said: “I don’t care if it’s Donald Trump. A witness should not dictate when they will come to court. That just doesn’t wash.

“It would set a dangerous precedent that any high-powered businessman can dictate when they will come to court … it is unheard of,” he said.

The businessman, Mugabe’s former helicopter pilot, is chairman of Mbada Diamonds which operates in the controversial Marange area which is at the centre of allegations that billions of dollars in gem proceeds were diverted from government treasury.

He is wanted in Durban Court over a transaction in which he paid R100million (about US$4.6m) for a property which the owner acquired for R100,000 (US$4,600) in 1996.

Mhlanga was asked to testify by Martin Sherwood, who is suing Michelle Mauvis for R5 million which he says she owes him for introducing her to Mhlanga. This was in relation to Mhlanga’s purchase for R100 million of Mauvis’s property.

Sherwood and Mauvis each owned about seven hectares of land on the doorstep of the plush Zimbali Estate.

Sherwood said he sold his land – which had development rights and on which he had built a mansion – to Mhlanga for R85 million.

He then, at Mhlanga’s request, introduced him to Mauvis, which led to his paying R100 million for her almost vacant property which she bought 20 years ago for R100 000.

According to documents before the court Mhlanga’s cash came from “various businesses in Dubai”.

Sherwood says they had a deal that Mauvis would pay him 5% of whatever she got for the land, but Mauvis flatly denies this.

In response to a request from Sherwood, Mhlanga has put up an affidavit in which he confirms there was some “introduction fee” agreement, although he says he does not know the final percentage agreed on.

Prior commitments

The admissibility of this is being opposed by Mauvis’s lawyers, who say it is hearsay unless Mhlanga testifies.

On Thursday Mhlanga’s Johannesburg-based attorney, Paul Casasola, testified that his client had a “prior commitment which he could not reschedule”.

He said a draft of the affidavit had been prepared by Sherwood’s attorney and sent to him.

In response to objections raised by Mauvis’s advocate, Spiko Dickson, about the hearsay issue, the judge asked if Mhlanga was going to be called to testify.

Advocate Greg Harpur, for Sherwood, said he could not be sure.

Mhlanga’s lawyer Casasola testified that his client had various business interests in commodity training, mining and property.

He had properties in South Africa, the Middle East, the Far East and Zimbabwe, he said.

Under cross-examination, he agreed that apart from the Zimbali property, Mhlanga also had a house in Umhlanga.

“So he must come to KwaZulu-Natal. It would be a terrible waste of that sea view if he didn’t,” Dickson said.

Casasola replied: “A hundred percent.”

Dickson also referred him to a letter written by Sherwood’s attorney, which noted that an affidavit from him might avert the trial which, if it went ahead, would be a matter of public record.

Mhlanga would be required to give evidence “in public” and would be required to attend court for the entire set-down period.

“I am sure that filled his heart with dread. So there were a number of incentives for him to think he should play ball,” said Dickson

Casasola replied: “Point taken.”

The trial was adjourned on Thursday to the middle of next year. source- by IOL news I UK Bureau
photo-Mugabe’s former helicopter pilot ‘Robert Mhlanga, who, at the height of the diamond rush, went on a buying spree, snapping up prime, multimillion dollar properties in South Africa for the despot leader Robert Mugabe.

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