Who will be the next North West Premier?


By BAKANG MOKOTO

The African National Congress (ANC) National Working Committee (NWC) has already arrived in the North West province to discuss who should be the suitable replacement of former North West Premier, Supra Mahumapelo.

According to reports, the battle is now between Professor Job Mokgoro and North West Provincial Legislature’ Speaker, Sussana Dantjie after Minister of Environment Affairs, Edna Molewa allegedly turned down a nomination.

The ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) mandated the NWC structure to deal with the North West matter during the Special NEC meeting that was held at Irene near Pretoria on Monday.

ANC national spokesperson, Pule Mabe said: “The ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) met in a Special session on Monday as decided by its 3rd regular meeting held on the 26- 28 May 2018 to consider reports on the Eastern Cape, Free State and North West.

“The structure also touched more generally on preparations for Regional and Provincial conferences. The Special NEC dealt with these issues based on the report of the National Working Committee.”

Mabe said a Special NWC will sit on Wednesday to conclude on the matter regarding new North West Premier.

According to the statement from North West Provincial Legislature, the President Judge at North West High Court in Mahikeng has issued a notice convening the North West Provincial Legislature in terms of Section 128 of the Constitution to fill the vacancy of the Premier of the North West province on Friday at 10am.

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MEC opens case against police boss for refusing to vacate an RDP house


RDP House

Picture: (Locals walk past an RDP house which the Groot Marico police station commander allegedly took over) 

The North West MEC for local government and human settlements Fenny Gaolaolwe has registered a case of trespassing against a local top cop for refusing to vacate an RDP house belonging to an impoverished woman.

The MEC stepped into the matter after reading in Sowetan about the plight of Tsholofelo Molefe, 34, of Groot Marico near Zeerust.

Molefe had been fighting a lonely battle for years over her state-issued house which is now occupied by station commander Margaret Mokgatlhe.

Mokgatlhe “inherited” the house from her now late boyfriend, who had occupied the house ahead of its legal owner, Molefe.

She had been fighting to evict Mokgatlhe since 2015. The top cop claimed her lover had spent a fortune renovating the house.

Molefe reported the matter to the public protector who ruled that the house must be returned to her.

Yesterday, Gaolaolwe said she could not allow the matter to drag on.

“I [have] opened a case against the station commander,” the MEC said.

Her spokesman Ben Bole said they investigated the matter after Sowetan’s report and found out the house indeed belonged to Molefe.

“In our view the station commander does not qualify, that is why the MEC has opened a case against her,” Bole said.

He said they would also find out how the house allocated to Molefe ended up being occupied by the now deceased man. He said such problems were widespread in the area.

“We first get a number of beneficiaries from the municipality before we build the house[s]. We even know whose house we were building for, and house number 1152 belonged to Molefe.”

Molefe, who now rents a backroom for R600 a month, said she would be happy only when the house is returned to her before the end of winter.

“I have put my trust in God. I believe that the MEC will help me get it back,” she said.

Mokgatlhe could not be reached for comment.

North West police spokesman Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone said they were investigating the “case of trespassing against the station commander”.

Source: http://www.sowetanlive.co.za 

Maine touches many hearts through painting   


Picture: (Sello Maine next to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela painting)

By KEDIBONE MOLAETSI

Taung-born artist, Sello Maine won many people’s hearts after he painted a face of the late struggle stalwart, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela who passed away few months ago. The picture depicting Mama Winnie as Madikizela-Mandela was affectionately known in the political landscape, circulated on social media and shared among many people.

Maine said the gallantry and courage showed by Mama Winnie, inspired him to display his craftsmanship to celebrate her life. Mama Winnie was buried at tranquil and exclusive Fourways Memorial Park and EFF wants the Cape Town International Airport to be named after her.

“I am very passionate when coming to painting. Many people came out in numbers to her funeral and honoured her. However, people like me who stay in the deep rural area such as Mokgareng village, in Taung could not attend the funeral. So, the least I could do was to paint her picture wearing a doek.

“Remember that artists play a different and necessary part in contributing to the overall development and well-being of our society. Painting needs creative thinkers and makers to provide their communities with joy, interaction and inspiration. So, that is what I would like to do to disseminate a message through painting,” he said.

Maine added that he started to take his painting artwork very serious at the age of 15. He went to Mmabana Cultural Centre in Taung in 2002 to polish his craft.

“I also went to Artist Proof Studio in Newtown, downtown of Johannesburg in 2005 to further his studies in painting. I studied Sign Writing and Print Making course, which was different to what I obtained at Mmabana. My work continues to inspire others as people come out in numbers for more paintings.

“I am self-employed and use the money I get to provide for my family. I normally make R5000 per month and that assist me to improve my livelihood. However, I would like to have my own Painting Academic Studio one day. This will assist me to develop emerging artists and share my experience. I like to paint facial and animal painting,” Maine said.

He matriculated back in 2003 and could not further his studies because of financial upheavals. However, Maine said he was grateful to God for giving him the natural talent.

“I am also inspired by season painting artists like William Kentridge and Gerald Sekhoto. The paintings of Kentridge and Sekhoto give thoughtful critique to the political, economic and social systems. Maine said most people think painting artworks is just a waste of time, but one can make a living out of it.

“Our work normally pushes communities to engage thoughtfully and make steps toward social progress. Our work range from documenting human history to expressing collective emotions and they are creative contributors in the society,” he said.

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‘ANC is ready for 2019 General Elections’


Picture: (ANC Provincial Executive Committee member in North West, Doctor Mmolawa)

By BAKANG MOKOTO
African National Congress (ANC) PEC member in Bokone Bophirima, Doctor Mmolawa said they will continue to work hard to ensure that the ruling party is well-prepared for the 2019 General Elections. Mmolawa said he is not concerned about the infights and divisions that have transpired in the province recently.

“We are aware of those counter-revolutionaries unfolded in the province recently. However, we need to unite and ensure that the ANC is the biggest winner at the end of the day. What happened is a wake-up call for the organization. Yes, the infights will affect us in the upcoming General Elections, but I maintain that the party will win this province.

“The ANC is the only party that can ensure that there is sustainability within economic growth and prosperity in changing the lives of the masses. ANC-led government is the policymaker and always provides other stakeholders with the opportunity to contribute to that dialogue by sharing their aspirations and concerns,” he said.

Mmolawa, who was born on Witrankiesfontein Farm, near Potchefstroom said, he was inspired by the former ANC and South African President, Thabo Mbeki and the former Minister of Safety and Security, the late Steve Tshwete. A 52 year-old politician said life was difficult during apartheid, but he never gave up.

“I started to develop interest in politics while I was working in a mine back in 1986. I joined the ANC and became part of the struggle. I was raised by a single parent who was working as a labour on that farm. However, they were forcefully removed from the farm and we relocated to Jouberton Township in Klersdorp.

“In 1996, I returned home after working in rigorous environment as a miner. I participated in all structures of the ANC and South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO). The main aim was to change the situation and fight apartheid regime. Our parents and fellow brothers were subjected to injustices by the apartheid government. We had to sacrifice ourselves for the betterment of the people,” Mmolawa said.

In 1996, Mmolawa was elected as the ANC branch chairperson in ward 6 in Jouberton. He served for two years in that position and he was elected as a deputy branch chairperson afterwards.

“I was working together with the likes of George Mtutuzene and the later Abuti Chika. In 2004, I was elected as a branch treasurer. I also served as SANCO additional member in their Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) in the province. Our youth can learn more from our previous leaders like the late Dr Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Moses Kotane, Ruth Mompati and others.

“The ANC is a national liberation movement that was formed to unite the African people and spearhead the struggle for fundamental political, social and economic change. However, some people use the party for self-enrichment which is uncalled for,” he said.

Mmolawa said the ANC has led the struggle against racism and oppression for decades. He added that the time is now to fast-track Radical Economic Transformation (RET).

“We believe that the economy and the wealthy of the country should equally benefit its people. The ANC achieved a decisive democratic breakthrough in the 1994 elections, where it was given a firm mandate to negotiate a new democratic Constitution for South Africa. Now, we have to ensure that economic freedom is also achieved.

“We will also continue to call for united, non-racial, non-sexist and democratic society. However, we continue to see glimpse signs of discrimination from some individuals and we call justice system to be harsh on those people. I will be grateful if I could see our Africans and black people in general being liberated from political and economic bondage, Mmolawa concluded.

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Vryburg-based author aims high


Picture: (Vryburg-based author, Lesego Ndima)

By KEDIBONE MOLAETSI
Lesego Natalia Ndima (17) who is a young writer from Vryburg has published her second book. Ndima said people need to embrace reading especially school children to improve their literacy skills.

She is currently doing Grade 12 at Vryburg High School in Vryburg and stays with her father and siblings. She said reading plays a pivotal role in children’s growth, creativity and well-being in the widest possible sense.

“I started to develop the love for writing at the tender age. I was in Grade 3 when we were given an essay assignment and that is where I found my niche in writing. I started to write short stories and published my first book calledAdopted and Abducted in 2016.

“This novel narrates a story of a young girl who was adopted at the younger age, but met her real parents after she has grown up. Now, after she realised that those who raised her were not her biological parents, she decided to run away. Unfortunately, she was abducted by the same family that raised her,” Ndima said.

She published another book calledInside the Broken Soul in 2018. Ndima added that all her books are doing fairly-well in the market despite circumstances.

“I am working with a world-renowned writer, Freddy Nyama, who is my manager. I met Mr Nyama through my father and he assisted me a lot to develop my writing skills. I would like to write more books in the future. The aim is to touch more people through my writing skills and change the world for the better.

“I am not concern that many people do not read, however, I would like to encourage our youth to spend more time reading. We need to ensure that more people understand the wider role of reading in order to build a new, much more effective and holistic approach to life,” Ndima said.

She is also a young motivational speaker and stays with her father who works at the Public Works and Roads department in Vryburg. Ndima said she enjoys spending time with her family, but unfortunately her mother is based in Pretoria as she is working as a police.

“My family is amazing and it gives me a necessary support. My parents always encourage us to study hard and they believe in education. I want to study medicine next year after finishing my matric. Maybe going to Cuba will be a great idea.

“I am planning to visit schools to inspire the culture of reading. Reading contributes to children’s lives more broadly and we must also encourage government to build more libraries in our areas respectively,” Ndima said.

She said young children must use social media correctly and download books on various online websites. Ndima said it is also important to have Book Clubs across all areas.

“We are originally from Soshanguve in Pretoria, but we moved this side after my father was transferred here. I received a warm welcome and I feel part of the Vryburg community now. It is important to empower each other as individuals so that we can eradicate poverty, inequality and unemployment.

“We also have socio-economic challenges that are affecting young people such as crime, poverty, alcohol and drug abuse, teenage pregnancy, unemployment, HIV and AIDS pandemic. We need to seek guidance from our parents and ensure that we work together to fight against these challenges,” Ndima said.

She said those who want to order her books can contact her Manager, Freddy Nyama on 0763941127/ 0767662129

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Sisulu expresses gratitude, as SA elected as a member of UN Security Council


Picture: (Minister of Dirco, Lindiwe Sisulu)

By BAKANG MOKOTO
Minister of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco), Lindiwe Sisulu had expressed her sincere appreciation to the Member States of the UN General Assembly for supporting South Africa’s candidacy for the non-permanent seat on the Security Council for the period 2019-2020.

Sisulu said the country is honoured and humbled by this gesture of confidence. She said this will be South Africa’s third term on the UN Security Council, having previously served in 2007-2008 and 2011-2012.

“Our tenure in the Security Council will be dedicated to the legacy of President Nelson Mandela and his commitment to peace. In marking his centenary this year, a Summit on Peace will be held on the eve of the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly in September. South Africa will use its tenure in the Security Council to promote the maintenance of international peace and security through advocating for the peaceful settlement of disputes and inclusive dialogue.

“We will continue to enhance close cooperation between the UN Security Council and other regional and sub-regional organisations. During our two previous tenures, we advocated for closer cooperation between the UN Security Council and the African Union Security Council (AUPC), which culminated in the adoption of the landmark Resolution in 2012 on strengthening cooperation between these two bodies,” she said.

Sisulu added that South Africa’s diplomatic efforts over the past two decades include conflict resolution, prevention, and mediation, peacekeeping and peace-building. She said they firmly believe that, while they must strengthen the tools at the Security Council’s disposal in addressing conflicts as they arise, the focus should be on preventative diplomacy and on addressing the root causes of conflicts.

“We believe that peace cannot be achieved without the participation of women in peace negotiations, peacekeeping operations, post-conflict peace-building and governance. During our tenure, we will ensure that a gender perspective is mainstreamed into all Security Council resolutions in line with UNSC Resolution 1325 (2000) on Women, Peace and Security.

“As we assume the non-permanent seat, we look forward to collaborating with the members of the Security Council in promoting the maintenance of international peace and security and the social well-being and advancement of all the peoples of the world,” she said.
The Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation also shared the same sentiments. The Chairperson of the Committee, Siphosezwe Masango said the work the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco), under the stewardship of Minister Lindiwe Sisulu is commendable.

“This is further evidence that Africa and the world still have trust in the country and South Africa is an influential global player when it comes to mediation efforts and ability. SA is happy to play a role at this level, and will continue with mediation role in various areas where there are disputes in the continent and in the world.

“SA has also assisted in negotiated settlements that were political in various other countries. The UN Security Council is a body, which is constituted by five permanent members – with veto power and nine non-permanent member seats that rotate every two years,” Masango said.

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SANCO welcomes public sector wage settlement agreement


By KEDIBONE MOLAETSI

The South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) welcomed the signing of the public sector wage settlement agreement granting between 6%-7% increases. SANCO spokesperson, Jabu Mahlangu said the civic organization also welcome the de-linked housing allowances for spouses of civil servants employed in government who were denied the benefit.

Mahlangu further said they urge government as well as unions to focus on resolving outstanding labour disputes and improving service delivery.

“We commend parties for appreciating the economic challenges, budget constraints, competing development priorities as well as external factors facing the country as it strives to address poverty, unemployment and inequality.

“Some communities have in recent months been negatively affected by unprotected strikes that stems from alleged corruption and maladministration. These will need to be urgently addressed to remove impediments to service delivery and avoid a re-occurrence,” he said.

Mahlangu added that labour peace will contribute positively towards the country’s economic recovery, efforts aimed at attracting foreign direct investments and creating jobs.

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Jali joins Sundowns


Bafana Bafana midfielder Andile Jali has signed with Premier Soccer League champions Mamelodi Sundowns‚ ending the long-dragging speculation surrounding the former Orlando Pirates midfielder.

Jali was seen posing with Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane in a picture which was posted in Sundowns official twitter account @Masandawana on Friday afternoon.

“At last this deal is done‚ it’s been a long process but I’m relieved and I can relax before the season starts!‚” Jali was also quoted in Sundowns twitter account.

Jali is joining Sundowns after leaving Belgian outfit KV Oostende‚ the team he spent just over four years at after leaving Pirates having won a double treble with them.

Mosimane has always been an admirer of Jali and has often told the media that they were in the running for his services‚ even though Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs were also after his services.

It would seem Sundowns being the league champions and their consistent participation in the African Champions League‚ the competition they won in 2016‚ attracted the duminitive midfielder from Matatiele.

At Sundowns‚ Jali will be expected to fight for a position with captain Hlompho Kekana and Tiyani Mabunda.

Source: http://www.sowetanlive.co.za

‘Young hero received a befitting present, as his killer sentenced to life’


Kutlwano Garesape

By REGINALD KANYANE

A Taung-born mother, Evelyn Garesape said she was relieved after the killer of her son received a hefty sentence. Tefelo Dikole (31) attempted to rape Evelyn and brutally stabbed Kutlwano Garesape to death on 12th of August 2016.

The atrocity took place at Jan Kemdorp in Northern Cape where Evelyn was residing. Evelyn, who originates from Manthe village in Taung, relived what happened on that fateful day.

“I was walking with Kutlwano and his brother to school when we came across Dikole. He requested R2 from me and I said I did not have. However, Dikole grabbed and shoved me around in quest to rape me.

Tefelo Dikole

Picture: (Tefelo Dikole, who brutally stabbed Kutlwano Garesape sentenced to life imprisonment)

“I screamed for help and Kutlwano came to my rescue. He pelted Dikole with stones. Furious Dikole chased him and brutally stabbed him multiple times. He also tossed Kutlwano’s tiny body in the air and put it along the railway lines,” she said.

According to autopsy, Kutlwano’s intestines were protruded because from stabbing wounds.

“I sometimes blame myself for the death of Kutlwano. However, I believe that wherever he is, he is relieved. This is a befitting gift for him because he could have celebrated his 8th birthday today if he lived,” she said.

Northern Cape police spokesperson, Capt Olebogeng Tawana said Dikole was also sentenced to seven years for attempted rape.

“The sentences will run concurrently. Kutlwano was dubbed a “Hero Boy” for dying in defence of his mother. The young man took upon himself to defend his own mother when Dikole attempted to rape her.

“He could have turned 8 years-old on the 5th of June 2018 if he lived. Kutlwano was robbed of his life at the young age. His family lost a light of future in him too,” Tawana said.

Dikole appeared to be very oblivious in court and not seem to know what was happening around him.

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Witness breaks down during testimony in Coligny murder trial


Bonakele Pakisi

A key witness in the Coligny murder trial broke down as he testified in the North West High Court in Mahikeng on Wednesday, forcing the judge to briefly adjourn the matter.

Bonakele Pakisi told the court how he witnessed 16-year-old Matlhomola Moshoeu being pushed from a moving vehicle on April 20, 2017. He broke down and lost his composure as he relived the incident.

Judge Ronnie Hendricks was forced to adjourn the matter for a few minutes to allow the 28-year-old to recover as he battled to speak.

Pakisi was testifying in the trial of farmworkers Pieter Doorewaard 27, and Philip Schutte, 34, who are accused of killing Moshoeu in Coligny last year. The pair claim they caught Moshoeu stealing a sunflower on April 20, 2017.

Doorewaard and Schutte said they intended to drive him to the local police station, but that he jumped off their bakkie along the way and broke his neck.

Dressed in a maroon shirt and blue jeans, Pakisi told the court that on the day of the incident, he heard gunshots coming from the sunflower field.

‘He was bleeding through his mouth, nose and ears’

He also claimed that he heard Moshoeu crying and screaming: “Mama help, I am dying.”

Pakisi said he saw the accused assaulting Moshoeu and then pushing him from a moving vehicle. He said when the accused saw him, they apparently asked him what he had seen.

“I told them I saw nothing,” he testified.

Pakisi also alleged that the accused drove him around with Moshoeu, who was severely injured.

“He (Moshoeu) was injured on the face. He was bleeding through his mouth, nose and ears. I couldn’t speak to him because I was told to lie down,” he said.

He said while Moshoeu lay in the bakkie injured, the accused “did nothing to assist him”.

“Accused two (Schutte) instructed me to check if the child was still alive. They also instructed me to take off my jersey in order for me to wipe his blood. They said I should lift the child but his [head] was hanging, so I didn’t know if he was still alive,” he said.

‘The police told me that I was crazy’

Pakisi also alleged that the accused forced him to drink alcohol and when he refused, he was then assaulted.

He said after drinking the alcohol, he felt dizzy and started vomiting.

“They hit me with open hands and clenched fists. They hit me on the face…they forced me to eat my own vomit,” he said.

He said they then said they were taking Moshoeu to the clinic.

“I went to the police station the same day and the police told me that I was crazy,” he said, adding that another officer said he was drunk.

Moshoeu’s death sparked protests in the area as some residents believed he was killed because he was black. Several houses and businesses were burnt to the ground.

The accused have pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, intimidation, kidnapping, theft, the unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition and pointing a firearm.

Doorewaard and Schutte are out on R5 000 bail each.

Source: http://www.news24.com 

‘Car theft and hijacking increasing in Taung’


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By REGINALD KANYANE

A 29 year-old man was hijacked his Toyota Corrolla vehicle at Taung Dam in Manthe village, near Taung on Sunday. North West police spokesperson, Col Adele Myburgh said the motorist was stranded next to the road after he ran out of petrol.

Myburgh said the motorist, who was with his friend at the time was approached by five occupants driving a white BMW. She said the suspects allegedly offered to assist the gullible motorist and ferried him to the local petrol station.

“The motorist filled his car and drove off to Cokonyane village, in Taung where he dropped off his friend. The motorist was allegedly stopped on his way back by the same white BMW with occupants who assisted him earlier.

“The suspects allegedly forced the motorist to drive towards Manthe village through Taung Dam route. They allegedly stopped and assaulted. The victim managed to escape from the claws of the suspects leaving his car behind at around 23:00,” she said.

Myburgh said a case of assault and car hijacking was opened at Taung Police on Tuesday. She also urged motorists to buckle-up at all times. Few car hijacking were reported recently at Taung and its surroundings.

Meanwhile, two suspects were arrested over kidnapping and hijacking in Taung in November 2017. Tshepiso Monyadiwa, who was driving his Hyundai 120i from Kuruman to Kathu said he is grateful that he is still alive.

“I picked three suspects who masqueraded as hitch-hikers. They hitch-hiked me and pretended to be going to Kathu. Along the way, one of the suspects drew a firearm and pointed it at me. They ordered me to get off the road before they tied me up and squeezed me in the boot of my car.

“They drove with me to Taung and we arrived there at around 4am. The suspects robbed me off my belongings including my cellphone, before they released me. They dropped me off at Taung circle and ordered me to walk away,” Monyadiwa said.

He further said he went to the local garage for assistance. Two suspects aged 35 and 38 were subsequently arrested and appeared at Taung Magistrate’s Court and Hartswater Magistrate’s Court respectively. Monyadiwa’s red Hyundai 120i was also recovered.

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A Toyota Cressida 1.6 vehicle stolen at Taung Complex


Toyota Cressida 1.6

By BAKANG MOKOTO

A theft of a motor vehicle was opened at Taung Police Station on Tuesday. North West police said the unknown suspect stole Vincent Marwele’s Toyota Cressida 1.6 vehicle at Taung Complex in Taung.

“A 54 year-old motorist who took his sick father to the doctor, parked his vehicle at Taung Complex parking lot. According to Marwele, he looked back at his car before he approached the surgery. He saw someone in his car and ran back.

“A commotion ensued between the suspect and the driver. The suspect allegedly drove off and dragged Marwele few metres with the car. The victim suffered a broken leg and he was ferried to Taung Hopsital for medical attention,” she said.

Myburgh said the victim was later transferred to Klerskdorp Hospital in Klerksdorp after his situation deteriorated. She said the police are concerned about car hijacking and urged motorists to always avoid situations that make them vulnerable.

“Avoiding those situations is a step in the right direction to stop crime. There are tips motorists can apply when parking their vehicles. They should check their rear-view mirror to ensure that they are not being followed. They must always be on the look-out for suspicious vehicles or persons.

“Motorists must never leave the keys in the ignition when climbing out of their cars to open the gates. Never sit in your parked car without being fully conscious of your surroundings. Sleeping in a stationery vehicle is also dangerous. When exiting your vehicle, be cautious and aware of surrounding obstructions and bushes that may conceal a hijacker,” Myburgh said.

She further said motorists should familiarize themselves with their environment, especially in CBD and unmanned parking lots. Myburgh said those motorists who encounter challenges in Taung can call: Taung Police Station on (053) 994-9222/6 or Emergency number on (10111) or dial 112 on their cellphones.

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A man linked to 22 burglary cases and theft nabbed


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By REGINALD KANYANE

A 36 year-old man briefly appeared at Bloemhof Magistrate’s Court in Bloemhof on Tuesday. Buti Senatle was arrested after he was linked to 22 burglary cases and theft case in Christiana and Hertzogville respectively.

North West police spokesperson, Colonel Adele MyBurgh said those cases were committed between August 2017 and April 2018.

“The Christiana police in collaboration with the Provincial Tracking Team arrested Senatle during an intelligence-driven operation on Thursday. During the operation, various household items such as kitchen utensils, linen, tools, clothing and a compressor were recovered.

“The electrical equipment, car batteries and clothes allegedly used by Senatle during the commission of these offences were also recovered.  He was remanded in custody until 12 June 2018,” Myburgh said.

The North West Police Commissioner, Lieutenant Gen Baile Motswenyane commended the police involved in the operation for their efforts that resulted in the arrest. Motswenyane said the police will continue to work hard to stamp the authority of the State and bring down the level of serious crimes.

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Four Swazi nationals arrested for dagga


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By KEDIBONE MOLAETSI

FOUR suspects were arrested for dealing with dagga in Batlharos, near Kuruman on Tuesday. Northern Cape police spokesperson, Capt Sergio Kock said the John Taolo Gaetsewe (JTG) Cluster Crime Intelligence unit, JTG Highway Patrol, Kuruman K9 unit and JTG Trio Crime unit all embarked on an intelligence-driven operation regarding dagga sales in Batlharos.

“The police raided a house in Maruping village, in Batlharos and found dagga estimated to the street value of R123 000 stashed in the bedroom and toilet of the premise. The dagga weighed 12.430kg and police confiscated undisclosed amount of money from the suspects. All suspects are Swaziland nationals,”Kock said.

The JTG Cluster Commander, Major Gen Johan Bean lauded the police for a sterling job. Bean also commended the community for their assistance in this regard.

“The police will continue in their quest to uproot the drug dealers and traffickers from our society and they will leave no stone unturned. One female suspect (33) and three male suspects aged 32, 33 and 52 respectively will appear at Kuruman Magistrates Court on charges of dealing in dagga soon. The investigation continues,” he said.

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27 students graduate from Taung Agricultural College


Taung Agricultural College stuff with the class of 2017

By BAKANG MOKOTO

Taung Agricultural College is the only institution in South Africa accredited to offer Diploma in Irrigation Management course at NQF level 6 and one of two state-owned agricultural colleges in the province tasked with training and producing agricultural technicians to serve communities of the province.

A total number of 27 students graduated and received Diploma in Irrigation Management after they completed a three year programme recently. Back in 2012, the college obtained accreditation to offer a diploma in agricultural irrigation management.

One of top achievers, Badudule Kolisi who was born and raised in Centane in the Eastern Cape acquired 93% in his final year. Kolisi said the top achiever status came as a bonus to sleepless nights and hard work he went through.

“What really kept me motivated was the unshakeable support that I received from my family. My parents always told me that I can achieve great things if only I put enough effort in everything I do. I also want to applaud the college for the quality of service rendered during my stay.

“TAC is one of student-friendly institutions and it offers good quality of education. I am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Technology (BTech) degree at Tshwane University of Technology and plans to further my studies by pursuing a Master of Technology or Master of Science Degree immediately after completing my BTech,” he said.

Kolisi said he wants to publish atleast one peer-reviewed article in a reputable scientific journal someday before going into farming. He added that many people do not know much about the irrigation management programme and that will assist.

“I had to do a lot of research about irrigation management before I could understand what does it entails. We do not have more female counterparts in the industry, so I encourage young women to choose agriculture as a career.

“We need to relinquish the stigma associated with the field of agriculture. I am going to do my best to assist women in rural areas. Truly, women have always been the backbone of subsistence farming. Empowering them with knowledge or necessary resources will make them to be more productive in the industry,” Kolisi said.

North West MEC of Rural, Environment and Agricultural Development department, Manketsi Tlhape said: “In order to realise the National Development Plan vision 2030, we expect agricultural colleges in the province to improve the ratio of graduates. We highly-appreciate the quality of skill and knowledge that is imparted by the Taung Agricultural College.

“We encourage the new graduates to continue working hard and ensure that they participate efficiently in our economy, especially the agricultural sector which is currently faced with a variety of challenges in this climate change conditions. They are well placed to develop water efficient farming models.”

Tlhape added that they also acknowledge the progress made by the college’s community outreach programme that has donated fresh produce to non-governmental organization and schools around Taung. She said the college also provides technical advice to emerging farmers.

The college’s Director for Structural Training and Education, Dr Karabo Mabe expressed gratitude towards the college advisory council on the guidance they continue to give the institution and the efforts put by the staff to ensure that they equip students with knowledge and technical know-how to be ambassadors of agriculture in Bokone Bophirima.

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Three nabbed with illegal firearms in Taung


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Picture: (Two suspects arrested in Pudimoe for possession of illegal firearms) 

By REGINALD KANYANE

Three suspects are expected to appear at Taung Magistrate’s Court soon. Taung Detective Branch, SAPS Crime Intelligence and K9 units in Hartswater and Kimberley SAPS Tactical Response launched a joint ad-hoc operation on Monday after a recent robbery of a well-known bottle store in Hartswater and other business in Taung.

Northern Cape police spokesperson, Capt Segio Kock said: “The armed robbery took place over the weekend in Hartswater and soon led to Pudimoe and Vryburg in the North West. Police followed up on information and spotted the suspects in black VW Polo in Pudimoe, where they were stopped and searched.

“Police found and confiscated two firearms, 3 live 7.65 rounds, one firearm magazine, three cellphones as well as the black VW Polo. The three suspects are charged with possession of illegal firearms and ammunition. The possibility of linking them to the business robberies that took place in Hartwater and Taung cannot be ruled out,” Kock said.

Kock said the investigation continues. Greater Taung Anti-Crime Organisation applauded the police for their swift arrest. GTACO chairperson, Peggy Molatlhegi said: “We want to applaud the police for their swift arrest as crime affects our people’s lives. We also urge people to continue to work together with the police in combating crime.

“Criminals have turned Taung into a nest where they practice their criminal activities. However, we will continue to ensure that those who are involved are arrested. There is no place for criminals within our society and people should report any criminal activity taking place within their vicinity.”

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Young people urged to participate in a non-racism essay competition


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By KABELO KEMP

The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation’s essay writing competition will now see the top three winners receive cash prizes over and above laptops.

The top writer will receive R5000, followed by R3000 and R2000 for the second and third best essayists respectively.

The closing date for the essay writing competition has also been extended to Mandela Day to mark Madiba’s centenary. Topics for the competition remain: A future free of racism; Tolerating racism is racism; and Root out racism.

The cash prizes are sponsored by the foundation.

The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation Director, Neeshan Balton said: “We hope that the laptops would be a valuable resource which the three winners can use for school or university work and develop their writing skills. The winners can determine how best to use the cash prizes themselves too.

“Apartheid, colonialism and slavery have had an immense impact on the psyche of the nation. It certainly affects current day experiences and perceptions of diversity and race in the country. South Africa’s youth were born in a country free of legislated apartheid and were dubbed the born-frees.”

Balton further said this does not mean that racism, or the negative impact of apartheid has ended. He also provided several examples of racial incidents in the last few weeks alone in South Africa.

“Just recently, a Pam Golding properties agent was called out on social media for declining to rent out a property of a white client, supposedly because the client only wanted white people renting their property. Then, we had the incident involving actor Rajesh Gopie, who referred to violent soccer fans at the Nedbank Cup semi-finals as “baboons”.

“There was also the case of business executive Mark Lamberti, who referred to an ex-employee as a “female employment equity candidate”. We’ve also read reports of investigations into allegations of racism at UNISA,” Balton said.

He added that more recently, there was a video of former Springbok player, Ashwin Willemse alluding to racial issues within the sport. Balton said the competition will make a meaningful contribution in their quest to deepen non-racialism.

“We hope this will make a meaningful contribution towards working for society free of racism, sexism and discrimination. We hope to involve young people in the fight against these problems. The foundation also aim to give young people a voice and a platform to articulate their views on matters that are undoubtedly key to our progression as a country and as a continent,” he said.

  • To enter the essay writing competition, submit your essay to: email: youth@kathradafoundation.org ; fax: 011 852 8786; or post: P.O. Box 3240 Lenasia 1820.

Entrants must be between the age of 15 and 21 years. The essay should be a minimum of 1000 words and maximum 1400 words and can be in any one of the South African official languages. Essays containing plagiarism will be disqualified. Only one essay per entrant is allowed. For more information, contact on 011 854 0082.

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MEC for Education to visit the families of Stella victims


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Picture: North West MEC of Education and Sport Development department, Sello Lehari 

 

By BAKANG MOKOTO

The African National Congress (ANC) in North West condemned the atrocity that took place at Stella High School in Stella, near Vryburg on Saturday.

Two female learners were allegedly hanged at the school hostel. The lifeless bodies of Marna Engelbrecht (17) and Sharnelle Hough (16) were discovered by the police after being informed by the hostel matron, who found the first body.

The ANC acting provincial secretary, Sussana Dantjie said: “The ruling party is devastated by the tragic death of two teenage girls. It is alleged that the girls aged 16 and 17 and both in Grade 11 were found by the hostel matron hanged on the rails of the staircase of the hostel, while the second one was found in the bathroom.”

Dantjie said they strongly condemn this barbaric action of men killing girlfriends or wives, which now appears to be a daily occurrence in the society. She further said the struggle for equality in society is far from over if the country continues to have these brutal acts.

“These acts are going to delay us in achieving the national democratic society that is non-sexist. We urge the department and the police to fully investigate this matter to get to the bottom of these actions.

“We also want to applaud the police for that speedy action. We encourage our communities to turn out in numbers to support the school and the families of these girls in calling for justice to prevail,” Dantjie said.

The Portfolio Committee on Basic Education said is also saddened and outraged by these double murders. Committee Chairperson, Nomalungelo Gina condemned femicide and any form of violence against women and children.

According to police, the alleged perpetrator was formerly involved in a relationship with one of the girls.

Gina said: “Surely our young men cannot be thinking that this is a way to address challenges. Furthermore, the gruesome manner in which these young girls were killed is truly shocking.

“It has been reported that one of the girls was found hanging from a staircase by the matron at the school, while the body of the second girl was later discovered with a rope around her neck in the bathroom. They were 16 and 17 years old.”

She praised the police for the speedy arrest of the suspect and appealed for speedy justice for the girls. Gina added that they will ensure that justice is served speedily.

Meanwhile, the accused, Zander Bylsma (19), who is a former learner at Stella High School, briefly appeared at Vryburg Magistrate’s Court. Bylsman was remanded in custody until 6 August 2018 for formal bail application.

North West MEC of Education and Sport Development, Sello Lehari is set to visit the families of the victims in Stella on Tuesday at around 12pm. The department spokesperson, Freddy Sepeng urged learners to speak-up if they come across any bullying at their schools.

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‘Double murder case postponed’


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Picture: (Double murder accused, Zander Bylsman led away by police)

By REGINALD KANYANE

North West MEC of Community Safety and Transport Management, Dr Mpho Motlhabane said it is disturbing to see the increasing violent attacks and murders of women and young girls in the hands of their boyfriends and partners.

Motlhabane said the social media is particularly abuzz with reports, comments and disturbing images about these incidences of late. He also sent his heartfelt condolences to the families of Stella High School girls who were allegedly killed on Saturday.

It is alleged that the accused, Zander Bylsma (19) was in a romantic relationship with one of the deceased. Marna Engelbrecht (17) and Sharnelle Hough (16) were found dead at the school’s hostel on Saturday by the hostel matron.

North West police spokesperson, Lieutenant Col Amanda Funani said: “The police discovered a body of a 17-year-old girl, which was found hanging from the rails of the staircase in the hostel. They conducted a further search and found the second body of a 16 year-old girl with a string around her neck at the communal hostel’s bathroom.

“The police subsequently began a frantic investigation that led to the swift arrest of Bylsma. The motive for the incident is yet to be known and the police are still investigating.”

Motlhabane said: “Let me send my heartfelt condolences to the family of the two young girls and wish each family to remain strong and find solace in God’s abiding arm, during this trying time. I also want to commend the hostel matron for her motherly reaction.

“She did not hesitate to report this heinous act to the police. For that, I thank her, as she has empowered the police to act with speed and gather necessary evidence that enabled the police to effects arrest. This evidence may well be enough to prosecute and convict the suspect successfully.”

He urged partners and couples, especially young ones to seek parents’ indulgence whenever conflicts and relationship differences becoming apparent. Motlhabane added that those who come across challenges must rather speak-out and not be hapless or hope things will just be alright.

South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) Provincial Chairperson, Paul Sebegoe said they condemn in the strongest terms possible the heinous and ghastly acts and trust that the arrested suspect will be denied bail.

Sebegoe said Bylsma should face the wrath of the law, if he is found to be responsible for the outrageous murders which have send a shock wave across the country.

“We are appealing for calmness and questioned how the culprit gained access to the girls’ hostel to commit the atrocious crime when there was supposed to be security round the clock. We need answers as to why nobody heard any commotion or realised that something was amiss until the bodies were discovered,” he emphasised.

 

Bylsma briefly appeared at Vryburg Magistrate’s Court in Vryburg on Monday. The accused was remanded in custody until 6 August 2018 for further investigations and more charges are expected to be added.

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Molosankwe takes 10-year Africa walk to honour Madiba


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Every step that Thato Molosankwe takes is intended to raise awareness around social ills such as violence against women and children.

In July this year, the Mahikeng social activist will embark on a 10-year journey from Cape Town to Cairo. He calls this journey “Rounding Africa” because he plans to walk through each and every African state, not merely cutting across the continent as many have done before.

“In this historical journey, I will be walking and praying for victims of child marriages, ethnic wars, corruption and xenophobia. I will also be addressing parliaments, churches and various organisations on issues that affect their specific country. Some of the challenges I will be confronted with on my journey are rebels and wild animals, but I will organise various groups who will be assisting me to cross these dangerous territories,” Molosankwe told Semphete this week at his home village of Lomanyaneng.

He will start his long walk on 18 July this year, the day Madiba would have turned 100 if he were still alive.

“As I honour Madiba, I will be honouring other struggle stalwarts such a Thomas Sankara and Muammar Gaddaffi who fought to ensure that their people lead dignified lives,” said Molosankwe.

He called out abusers, saying that they are not only hurting the victim, but a whole social structure.

“As an abusive person, you live with the pain of knowing that somebody is suffering as a result of your actions so you can never lead a happy and normal life. I am pleading with all abusers to change and encourage all the men who are treating women well to advise other men how to lead positive lives”.

Molosankwe said the walk from Cape to Cairo started with a dream.

“In 2015 I had a dream of walking from Cape Town to Cairo so I started with the Johannesburg to Mahikeng walk. I took 12 days, which means 6 days to Johannesburg and 6 days back to Mahikeng. It is now an annual walk during Women’s Month called Maftown-Jozi Walk. Only women are currently taking part in this walk and men are only there to support them,” he said.

Molosankwe has also walked from Mahikeng to Cape Town on a Father-Son Mentorship Walk. He said he feels that this was not enough and this is why he then rounded up all the country’s nine provinces on a Moral Regeneration Walk, which h used to conduct various talks in schools on topics such as substance abuse. This, he says, was in preparation of his dream walk, the Cape to Cairo.

Molosankwe grew up as an activist and took part in the Bophelong Youth Club from the age of 16. He is also the founder of the Thato Molosankwe Charity Foundation, a non-governmental organsiation with a primary focus on moral regeneration.

He started his awareness campaigns by cycling from Mahikeng to Johannesburg in 2013 to mourn the passing of “Thandi”, a victim of multiple rapes. “Thandi” later passed away at the age of 19 due to HIV/Aids related illnesses. Molosankwe said he felt that through cycling this long distance, he was returning a sense of pride to “Thandi.”

He has also done some outstanding work in denouncing the violence and xenophobic attacks that happened in Mahikeng in April.

“Steve Biko taught us that we should do things without expecting anything in return. This is why I am working towards building the nation,” said Molosankwe.

Source: http://www.semphete.co.za 

Tlakgameng-born student finds accommodation


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After Semphete published a story on his plight in last week’s edition, a final year BCom Management student at the North West University’s (NWU) Mahikeng Campus has finally found a safe place to stay.

Gakenatshepo Motshwaedi from Tlhakgameng had braved the winter cold to stand on Ngaka Modiri Molema Road, begging for a place to sleep with a board that communicated his need.

But now the NWU has managed to find a vacant room for him at their Dr James Moroka Residence on the Mahikeng Campus.

Mahikeng community members read about his plight on social media where they shared the post, some even called to offer him accommodation. This is when the university managed to hear about the student and the problems he faced.

“I am very happy to have found accommodation and a place where I can study. The university residence is an ideal place for me to stay because I have access to libraries and the internet. This is a huge relief for me because I can now concentrate on my studies and complete my degree. I would like to thank North West FM and Semphete newspaper for sharing my story with the public,” Motshwaedi said in an interview this week.

NWU Spokesperson, Christopher Motabogi told Semphete that there is a huge demand for student accommodation and the university tries to assist where it can.

“The university is pleased that we were in a position to assist the learner. We are working with the homeowners and various service providers to provide accommodation that can meet the needs of tertiary students. We are currently refurbishing the old Mmabatho Tusk Hotel and by 2019 we will be able to accommodate about 900 learners,” Motabogi said.

Motshwaedi was squatting with a friend in Motlhabeng Village from the beginning of the year until the landlord decided that he has leave the premises because no prior arrangement had been made. He said being homeless had affected his studies.

“I used to stay with a friend who attends school at Mmabatho High but then the landlord said I should leave his place because he does not know me. The situation affected my studies because the time I spent on the streets could have been used study purposes.

“My mother is a single parent and I have three other siblings at home. My family is dependent on social grants that are provided by the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) which made my situation complicated,” he said.

Motshwaedi said he went to the bursary office of the NWU Mahikeng Campus to seek an alternative solution to his problem where he was finally assisted a week later.

Source: http://www.semphetenews.co.za 

Young Brits XP patient needs urgent help


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Picture: (XP patient, Paballo Mabetwa)

The future of a six-year-old boy from Letlhakaneng village near Brits is hanging in the balance after he was diagnosed with a rare skin disorder known as Xeroderma Pigmentosum.

Xeroderma pigmentosum, which is commonly known as XP, is an inherited condition characterized by an extreme sensitivity to ultraviolet (UV) rays from sunlight. This condition mostly affects the eyes and areas of skin exposed to the sun.

Paballo Mabetwa now needs a sophisticated area to play in order to protect him from any further skin disorders. Because of his XD, his skin cells’ ability to repair damage caused by ultraviolet light is deficient.

Paballo’s mother, Sarah Mabetwa, told Semphete that the family does not know where to seek help because they stay in a three-roomed shack that is not ideal for her son’s condition. The skin condition is already spreading to other parts of Paballo’s body.

“My son was diagnosed with skin cancer while he was nine months old. He is not allowed to play in the sun because the sunlight affects his skin. We need help as the situation is terrible. If there is any good Samaritan out there, please help us with transportation and to build a refined area for Paballo to play during the day.

“He was admitted to Dr George Mokhari Hospital in Ga-Rankuwa near Pretoria. Now he is getting treatment from the hospital, but doctors said there is nothing they could do to stop the cancer from spreading to other parts of his body. Paballo underwent an operation two weeks ago in which doctors removed his left eye,” the mother said.

Unemployed Sarah said they are faced with financial constraints as Paballo’s father is a taxi driver and does not earn much. Her wish is to take Paballo to specialists at private hospitals, but that would be too expensive.

“It is so difficult to see you child suffering on a daily basis, but you feel helpless. I could see that my son is staring at his death and it’s just a matter of time. But I still have hope and believe that he can beat cancer. My son cannot even attend school because of his condition and this affects me emotionally,” Sarah said.

A dermatologist at Tshepong/Klerksporp Hospital, Olehile Kgabale, said Xeroderma Pigmentosum is a skin disorder caused by the defect in the DNA excision repair mechanism, leading to marked sensitivity to ultraviolet and multiple skin cancers.

“All these disorders present with varying degree of photosensitivity in infancy or childhood. In each instance, the differential diagnostic considerations include most of the disorders, depending on the associated findings such as premature aging or mental retardation. In photosensitivity in infants, erythropietic porphyria and other forms should be excluded at birth, neonatal lupus erythematous must also be considered,”
Kgabale said.

He added that even though the disease is incurable, those who are affected must avoid being exposed to the sun.

“Those children who are born with the Xeroderma Pigmentosum cancer are called Moon children. They can only be able to play under the mild environment, but if they get into conduct with the sun, their skin cells will be damaged by the sunlight. The lifespan for them is between 20 and 25 years,” he said.

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CATA celebrates Africa Day in Taung  


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North West MEC of Culture, Art and Traditional Affairs (CATA) department, Ontlametse Mochware said African Day need to be celebrated across all spheres of the continent. Mochware said this will encourage many people to love and preserve Africanism without any fear.

She was addressing community members at Sekhing village, near Taung on Friday during African Day celebration.

Different countries were well-represented and showcased their cultural attires.

“It is imperative to celebrate this day because it means a lot to us. The day reflects on what it means to be an African. We need to appreciate and embrace our socio-economic challenges and ensure that we have better ways to address them.

“We need to know that we are different either according to our culture, heritage or economy. However, we need to face our challenges head-on. The current leadership and the communities across African continent must work together to ensure that there is economic growth,” she said.

Mochware further said her department will work together with North West University to ensure that more students study Indigenous Knowledge System course. According to the university, only fewer students embark on Indigenous Knowledge System faulty and this brings concern.

The Parliament of the Republic of South Africa also joined the African continent and the world in wishing Africa a speedy rise to prosperity and meaningful development of its entire people.

In a joint statement to mark Africa Day, National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete and National Council of Provinces (NCOP) chairperson, Thandi Modise said.

“The time for Africa’s awakening as a giant in the world in many respects has come and no effort should be spared in driving the collective advancement of the people of Africa. Africa Day is observed across the continent to celebrate the establishment of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in 1963, later remodelled and renamed the African Union, to drive an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa with all its peoples at the centre of such fundamental change.

“The collaboration of liberated African countries and the liberation movements in the struggle against colonialism and apartheid took 31 years to free all African countries. Africa Day is also an opportunity for us to celebrate our majestic past, our common heritage and the values of Ubuntu, which include common humanity, mutual respect, caring and protection, which lie at the heart of this heritage. Advancing these ideals involves resisting those practices that undermine the values of our common humanity and result in destabilisation and impoverishment of our continent.”

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Municipalities’ assistance will boost audit outcomes


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Local Government and Human Settlements MEC, Galaletsang Gaolaolwe, has raised concern over municipalities that still continue to receive negative audit outcomes.

Gaolaolwe revealed that to mitigate the situation, the departments of Finance, Economy and Enterprise Development and Local Government and Human Settlements, have developed plans to assist municipalities to improve their audit outcomes.

Tabling her 2018/19 Budget Speech last week, MEC Gaolaolwe explained that the department had been able to capacitate Municipal Public Accounts Committees (MPACs) to enable them to perform their oversight roles and responsibilities in their respective municipalities.

“We are pleased to indicate that, 77% of our MPACs are functional and the department will continue to support them and pay special attention to the remaining 33%, which are not functional. These include Maquassie Hills, Lekwa-Teemane, Mamusa, Tswaing and Ditsobotla local municipalities,” she told the Provincial Legislature.

Gaolaolwe added that both Finance, Economy and Enterprise Development and Local Government and Human Settlements deaprtments succeeded in putting in place a Section 32 programme, a procedure to follow in supporting council committees, MPACs and municipal administration to stop  unauthorised, irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditures.

“To date, Bojanala Platinum District, Rustenburg, Madibeng, Ratlou and Kgetleng Rivier local municipalities have been assisted to put an end to unauthorised, irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditures. During the current financial year, the programme will be rolled out to all municipalities to work towards achieving better audit outcomes,’’ she said.

Source: http://www.semphetenews.co.za 

‘Mahumapelo’s resignation welcomed’


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Picture: Former North West Premier, Supra Mahumapelo

By REGINALD KANYANE

African National Congress (ANC) in Bokone Bophirima has welcomed the resignation of North West Premier, Supra Mahumapelo. Mahumapelo announced that he is embarking on an ‘early retirement’ during media briefing at Luthuli House in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

The official Twitter account of @MyANC_BokoneBophirima reads: “We are happy as the organisation that Mahumapelo has now followed a proper organisational process before announcing his resignation. As ANC in Bokone Bophirima, we thank Mahumapelo for the period he has served as the Premier of our province.”

The South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) in the North West also shared the same sentiments.

SANCO provincial chairperson, Paul Sebegoe said: “Mahumapelo’s resignation is a step in the right direction that affords the ANC an opportunity to accelerate service delivery. We trust that it would be followed through with in depth investigations into allegations of corruption leveled against his administration.

“This will reclaim good governance that was seemingly compromised. We hope that systems that had created a condusive environment for corruption to thrive will be dismantled, while provincial departments and municipalities are strengthened by national intervention to address service delivery challenges.”

Sebegoe said they urge the communities to exercise calm and unfolding developments to purposefully take them forward as they reclaim and reposition the province for unity, shared prosperity, economic growth and development,” he said.

Sebegoe further said that the vigilance of communities has been stirred and their quest is for accountability and clean governance at all levels including municipalities all of which have according to the Auditor General’s 2016-2017 financial report failed to get a clean audit,” highlighted Sebegoe.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the North West said it noted much anticipated and delayed exit of disgraced Mahumapelo. DA Provincial leader, Joe McGluwa said this is a step in the right direction towards bringing order and stability to the province.

“The province has being besieged by violent protest action after years of ANC mismanagement and callous leadership. Mahumapelo’s “early retirement” does not shield him from accounting for the long list of corruption leveled against him.

“He represents only the tip of the ice-berg, therefore his exit will not miraculously fix the province’s deep problems of corruption, lack of service delivery and joblessness. The ANC is rotten to its core and over the past years. The ANC has put the interests of the party before that of the people of North West,” McGluwa said.

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Downs want to get back on track


Johannesburg – Mamelodi Sundowns will use the free soccer lessons they received from Barcelona to good effect in the CAF Champions League.

The Brazilians will now turn their attention to the Champions League, where they face Guinea’s Horoya AC in their second game of the group stages on Tuesday evening.

The game was rescheduled to accommodate the Barcelona friendly, which was held to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s centenary.

After being made to run around by the star-studded La Liga champions on Wednesday, Pitso Mosimane said the game was good preparation for the Horoya match.

Mosimane said he was not disappointed with the 3-1 final scoreline, but was unhappy about how his players gave away possession too cheaply, and allowed two costly mistakes that resulted in two goals against them.

The Catalans put Sundowns to the sword with an easy victory thanks to goals from Ousmane Dembélé, Luis Suárez and André Gomes.

Sibusiso Vilakazi scored Downs’ consolation goal.

The Brazilians need to get their campaign back on track after dropping points at home against defending champions Wydad Casablanca.

Downs are third on the log behind Horoya, who won their opening game at Togo-Port, and Wydad, who also beat the Togolese side in their second match this week.

Mosimane said he expected his players to go back to playing their normal game – unlike when they froze on the big stage and committed schoolboy errors against Barca.

Downs will welcome back striker Percy Tau after he missed the opening game due to suspension.

Against the north Africans, Downs were impotent in front of goals and clearly missed the services of their top scorer.

Although they created chances to wrap up the game, they could not capitalise and Mosimane bemoaned their lack of killer instincts as their downfall.

He is hoping for a better outing against an equally good side, who will be motivated by their away win.

Downs cannot afford to drop more points if they are to advance to the knockout stages of the tournament.

Downs will be eager to end this season on a high as this match will serve as their last game before the World Cup and their much-needed break.

Added to this, they do not want to lose sight of leaders Wydad at the top.

A loss to Horoya will make their lives difficult going forward.

This could also be Khama Billiat’s last game for the club as his contract runs out at the end of the month.

The Zimbabwean has refused to extend his contract and he has been linked with clubs in Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan.

Sundowns’ next game will be in Togo in July.

Source: http://www.news24.com

‘Bloemhof bones have no link to missing children’


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By REGINALD KANYANE

A search to find Bloemhof missing children continues after the DNA test revealed that the bones that were found in the area have no link to Rethabile Tshabadira (3) and Matseleng Nteta (7). Two girls went missing almost a year ago at Boitumelong Location, in Bloemhof after they went to a local tuck-shop to buy sweets.

Two girls went missing almost a year ago at Boitumelong Location, in Bloemhof after they went to a local tuck-shop to buy sweets.
Few months ago, bones were found in a shallow grave in the area and that raised hopes of Tshabadira and Nteta’s families. Maria Nteta (29) who is Matseleng’s mother said they were disappointed after the police informed them about the results.

“We were relieved when we heard that there were bones found in a shallow grave in Bloemhof. We want to bury our children, if they are dead and have closure. This tortures us every day without knowing where you child might be.

“However, we still urge anyone with information to come forward and ensure that our children are found either dead or alive. We lost hope long time ago in the police because nothing positive came out of their investigations. It seems they have also hit dead end. I missed my daughter so much,” Maria said.

Rethabile’s grandmother, Lenah Tshabadira (49) said the police have failed them dismally. She said the police did not put more efforts in finding their children.

“Rethabile was a bubbly person and I still maintain that the police failed us. The police took 48 hours to intensify a search. We could have found them in time if their reacted earlier. However, we will remain confident and hope that one day they will crack this case,” she said.

North West police spokesperson, Brig Sabata Mokgwabone said: “No DNA found on the exhibits (bones). So, the bones were not linked to the missing children and will not be handed over to the families. Police investigation continues and the families were duly given feedback regarding this.”

Dr Ruth Mompati region social activist, Mika Moeti said: “We will work closely with police to ensure that perpetrator/s is caught. We cannot continue to live normal while we having missing children. They have families and it is wrong for monsters do as they please within our communities.”

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Public Hearing on Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs underway in Taung


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Picture: (Portfolio Committee chairperson, Boitumelo Moiloa)

By REGINALD KANYANE

The North West Provincial Legislature’s Portfolio Committee on Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs will be conducting public hearings on the North West Provincial Arts and Culture Council Repeal Bill 2016 and Mmabana Arts, Culture and Sports Foundation Bill 2017 on Friday.

Portfolio Committee chairperson, Boitumelo Moiloa said the events will be at Madibogo Community Hall, James Motlatsi Hall in Vaal Reefs near Klerksdorp, Taung Depot and Word Alive Christian Church in Mmotla village near Carousel at 10h00.

“The North West Arts and Culture Council Act, Repeal 2016 seeks to provide for the disestablishment of the North West Arts and Culture Council and the repeal of the North West Arts and Culture Council Act, 2000 and to provide for matters connected therewith.

“Mmabana Arts, Culture and Sports Foundation Amendment Bill, 2017 seeks to amend the Mmabana Arts, Cultural and Sport Foundation Act, 2000, so as to effect textual amendments; to insert a new definition and new provision; to provide for matters connected therewith,” she said.

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Naledi municipality owes Eskom R280 million


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By BAKANG MOKOTO

Two North West local municipalities owe Eskom R573 million. The chairperson of Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa), Themba Godi said Naledi local municipality in Vryburg owes the power utility R280 million, while Ditsobotla in Lichtenburg owes R293 million respectively.

Godi said Scopa has resolved to meet with the inter-ministerial task team to seek a resolution to the challenge presented by defaulting municipalities and the impact they have on Eskom. He further said the Scopa today met with Eskom, the South African Local Government Association (Salga), the Department of Cooperative Government and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) and the National Treasury in an effort to understand how these various entities can work together to solve this challenge.

“The committee was not satisfied with the responses from the parties, particularly on how they can work together to ensure that municipalities pay back their debt to Eskom. Scopa hopes that a meeting with the inter-ministerial task team will provide resolutions, particularly as some municipalities who are able to pay are reluctant to do so.

“Scopa has also resolved to call the top 10 defaulting municipalities to understand why they are not paying their debt. Scopa notes that the top two defaulting municipalities are in the Free State. They are Maluti A Phofung, which owes Eskom R2.8bn and Matjhabeng, which owes R1.8bn. The defaulting municipalities are eMalahleni in Mpumalanga, which owes R1.6bn, Ngwathe in Free State owes R936m, Emfuleni in Gauteng owes R606m, Govan Mbeki in Mpumalanga owes R517m, Lekwa in Mpumalanga owes R491m, Thaba Chweu in Mpumalanga owes R431m,” Godi said.

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Denel CEO resigns


JOHANNESBURG – Denel CEO Zwelakhe Ntshepe has resigned from the arms manufacturer.

He has worked at the state-owned entity for 20 years, but was chief executive for only six months.

Denel’s board has appointed its head of aeronautics, Michael Kgobe, as interim CEO.

Ntshepe’s resignation comes after revelations that Denel gave North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo’s son an R1.1-million bursary to become a pilot.

Rapport newspaper reported at the time that Denel had “bent the rules” to award the bursary.

Ntshepe reportedly signed the contract.

The DA has laid a criminal complaint against Ntshepe and Mahumapelo for alleged fraud and corruption.

– eNCA

BOKAMOSO |Let’s unpack unequal opportunity in South Africa


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By MMUSI MAIMANE

So much of the trouble in South Africa today is that we seem unable to hear each other. Like a disintegrating relationship between two people who used to love each other, our first instinct is to blame, attack, and find fault, rather than listen, empathise and attempt to understand. The difference is that unlike a relationship, we can’t simply “end it”. Our country belongs to all who live in it, and our society works best when we work together. So we had better start finding a way to have a rational, empathic conversation about those things that stand in the way of our common success.

For one, “freedom” and “basic rights” in South Africa do not mean the same thing to everyone, because for most South Africans these are just theoretical concepts, not lived realities. This is the core reason I entered politics, and it remains my core motivation. Unless we can extend meaningful opportunity to all South Africans, we will continue to struggle to be a cohesive, prosperous country. So long as people have literally nothing to lose, they will continue to feel aggrieved and feel that it is ‘okay’ to step over and on others to get ahead.

So when having this conversation, we must avoid the temptation to take immediate offence, and make a special effort to understand, and indeed to be understood.

There are two main categories of unequal opportunity that most white South Africans still enjoy, that most black South Africans do not. Firstly, “never having to contend with assumptions about your integrity, intelligence, competence, achievements, ability to pay…” that are made “simply because you are black”, as Berenice Paulse eloquently describes in this excellent article.

And secondly, the superior access to tangible opportunities available to them to get ahead in life. White children generally live in areas with better schools, better transport, better libraries and safer neighbourhoods. Their families are generally better educated, so better able to read to them and help them with homework, and generally better resourced, so better able to give them a head start in life, be it through better nutrition in the early years or through a loan to start a business in early adulthood. That this racialised inequality of opportunity exists is, frankly, indisputable.

By its very nature, this advantage is self-perpetuating and will persist across generations until we successfully expand these opportunities to black children and their families, an aspiration of our Constitution that remains elusive. Thus, endemic black poverty and racial inequality are persistent features of our nation. I say generally, because of course there are exceptions. SA has a growing black middle class and white poverty exists.

The DA is committed to expanding opportunities to address racial imbalances. This is not a new position. It is what attracted me to the DA. While other parties focus on manipulating social outcomes and dividing South Africans against each other, the DA has a deep and authentic commitment to expanding opportunities to all. As one of our previous campaigns declared, we believe in Freedom you can use. As then DA leader Helen Zille unequivocally stated “our policy is unashamedly that black advancement benefits everyone and if there’s any South African who doesn’t like that, there’s many parties to choose from”.

We fight for equal rights and opportunity for all individuals, no matter their race, class or creed. And we believe this is in everyone’s best interest. In my Federal Congress speech last month I said: “As African liberals, we understand that communities, customs and tradition play an important role in shaping individuals. We recognise the spirit of Ubuntu – that I am who I am through other people.”

This is not a zero-sum game. The hopes of one should not be the fears of another. Our focus must be on the wealth this country can build in the future. A wealth we can all share in. Not on fighting over the spoils of our past.

We are not interested in protecting privilege for one group, or in shifting privilege from one group to another. We are committed to growing privilege, with the ultimate objective of equal access to opportunity.

How do we expand opportunity to all? Apartheid was a legislated system of deprivation. Two decades into our democracy, that system of deprivation is still largely intact. This is a result of the long tentacles of its legacy, but also a result of the signal failure of the post-democratic governments (especially recent ones) to improve public education at the primary and secondary levels, among other failures.

As a nation, we must fight for quality education for all our children. We must prioritise job-creating economic growth, so that more and more people are brought into our economy. We must support full individual ownership of title deeds, so that people have collateral to use to start businesses and build personal wealth that they can transfer to their children. We must reject vanity state spending on items such as SAA and VIP security, in favour of spending on education, infrastructure, housing and land reform.

As individuals, we must all ask more of ourselves. As fathers, mothers, teachers, community members, business leaders, voters, we must all ask: how can I build a brighter future for all South Africa’s children?

If SA is going to succeed, we need to break out of our racial laagers. We must break the continuous cycle of racial nationalism that is consuming us and start seeing ourselves as individuals who are all connected. Individuals who work best when we work together. We need to approach our future with love, not hatred. In the words of Nelson Mandela: “Let’s recommit to work towards our common goal: a nation where all of us are winners, all of us have shelter, food and education.”

Some media commentators have suggested that I quit the DA. Nothing could be further from my mind. I will never give up on the idea of South Africans of all races coming together to “find each other”, working together to address the inequalities that exist in our nation. For me, the DA embodies this dream and together we will stay the course.

Mmusi Maimane
DA Leader

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Municipality mourns the death of its councillor


Ward 21 Clr Agnes Letswamotse

Picture (deceased): Moses Kotane Local Municipality ward councillor, Tsholofelo Letswamotse 

By KEDIBONE MOLAETSI

The Moses Kotane Local Municipality mourns the death of its ward councillor, Tsholofelo Letswamotse who passed away last week. The municipality speaker, Sipho Vava sent his heartfelt condolences to the family of Letswamotse.

“The municipality has extended its deepest condolences on the sad passing of Letswamotse, who passed away last week. The late Letswamotse (53) joined the municipality in 2016 after the Local Government elections and she was sworn-in as a ward councillor until her untimely death.

“Letswamotse served as a councillor for ward 21 at the municipality, which is formed by Seshibitswe, Vrede and Tlokweng villages. Memorial service will be held at the Council Chamber (Mogwase) at 10am,” he said.

Letswamotse will be laid to rest on Saturday at Tlokweng village.

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Man found guilty of killing six-year-old hero Kutlwano


Family members and supporters of slain six-year-old Kutlwano Garesape said that they expect a lengthy and harsh sentence to be handed to the man found guilty of his murder.

Tefelo Dikole was on Friday found guilty in the Northern Cape High Court of the brutal murder of Kutlwano and the attempted rape of the young boy’s mother on August 12, 2016.

Kutlwano was killed while trying tried to defend his mother from Dikole who wanted to rape her.

Members of the public filled the gallery and sighed in shock as they heard how Dikole assaulted Kutlwano by twice throwing him into the air and letting him fall to the ground before stabbing him with a broken bottle in full sight of his mother.

After the guilty verdict, they shouted at Dikole and told him that he deserved two life sentences for the crime.

“Two life sentences two life sentences,” one lady shouted as she held up two fingers.

Kutlwano’s mother, Evelyn Garesape, said that she was relieved that Dikole was found guilty and she now wants the harshest sentence handed to him.

“We are happy that the case has finally come to an end. It did seem that this chapter would never end when the case first started. I am glad that the man who killed my son was found and will serve jail time for killing my baby,” Garesape said.

She added that she still feels a void in her life and misses Kutlwano every day.

“I think about Kutlwano every day there is not a day or moment that passes where I do not think of him.

“Kutlwano is my hero. It is heartbreaking that he had to pay with his life to protect me I am forever indebted to him for his brave act. He was only six years old but fought for what was right. I would have been a victim of rape if it was not my son.

“I miss him terribly but thank God for giving me a guardian angel,” she said while fighting back the tears.

Adam Feltman from the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) of South Africa said that they were also pleased that Dikole was found guilty on both the murder and attempted rape charges.

“This is a case where an innocent child and his mother were attacked. The attack resulted in a young child being brutally killed. What is even worse is that the attack happened while the mother was walking to school with her two minor children. We do not want people such as the accused in our societies. We should be able to live in our societies,” said Feltman.

He added that the MJC will continue to support Kutlwano’s family.

“We have been in contact with the family since we got news of the attack in 2016. We have assisted them with the educational needs of their younger son. We will continue to support the family in any way possible,” he said.

The ANC in the Northern Cape also welcomed the judgment.

“We have been following this matter as the ANC and commend the police as well as the courts for reacting speedily on this matter. We see the ruling as a major victory, which sets a good precedence for future offenders and especially those that prey on vulnerable children and women,” the party said.

“We applaud the Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison for the assistance that has been provided to the family in their time of need. We call on all community members to assist government’s initiatives in ensuring that we protect the most vulnerable members in our communities.”

Source: http://www.iol.co.za

Motsweding FM presenter laid to rest


By BAKANG MOKOTO

Thousands of mourners came out in numbers to witness the burial of SABC’s Motsweding FM presenter, Modiko Mothupi. A 56 year-old broadcaster passed away on Monday after a short-illness and he was buried at Mmabatho Cemetery in Mahikeng on Saturday.

SABC News Provincial Assignment editor, Winston Mphahlele said Mothupi served the organization for more than 15 years.

“He was a disciplined, dedicated and determined announcer, DJ and presenter. Mothupi was a colleague who spent his better part of life in broadcasting. He was the example of the crop that was chosen and came into the industry with passion. Mothupi did not join the SABC for personal gain, but because of passion.

“He went through thick and thin, but he continued to serve the organization unconditionally. Mothupi was also a soft-spoken and kind individual who was easy to associate with. He was also a devoted Christian and he was so creative when coming to his work,” he said.

Mothupi’s longtime friend and colleague, Lawrence Kuntwane shared the same sentiments.Kuntwane said: “We wish we could have a person of his calibre, especially when coming to traditional Setswana music. Our emerging presenters could take a leaf out of Mothupi’s life. Mothupi was a simply man who never regarded himself as a celebrity. He was the voice of the station.”

Kuntwane said: “We wish we could have a person of his calibre, especially when coming to traditional Setswana music. Our emerging presenters could take a leaf out of Mothupi’s life. Mothupi was a simply man who never regarded himself as a celebrity. He was the voice of the station.”

Judge Bafshoe, who was Mothupi’s neighbour said: “Mothupi loved God and he was always vibrant. He believed in himself and always encouraged people to work hard.”Mothupi was also advocating a fight against women and children abuse. He was well-known and blended well with his neighbours.

“Mothupi was also advocating a fight against women and children abuse. He was well-known and blended well with his neighbours.

Bafshoe added that Mothupi played an integral part in making sure that they become a one big family.

“I will miss him and I hope God will grant his family serenity,” he said.

Keorapetse who is Mothupi’s daughter said: “We will always cherish your presence in our life. You also encouraged us to study harder as you believed in education. We hope you will always look down on us from heaven and we were grateful to have a father like you,” she said.

ANC acting Provincial Secretary, Sussana Dantjie said: “Mothupi was so passionate about his job. He promoted Setswana language and culture. Mothupi has been dedicated to his job as a Setswana broadcaster fordecades and contributed to our society’s history and development.

Mothupi leaves two children, Keorapetse and Oarabile Mothupi behind including his wife, Brenda.

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ANC N West denies plan to remove MPLs


ANC members of the North West provincial legislature will not try to oust Premier Supra Mahumapelo as the province faces an administrative takeover by the national government.

Chairperson of the province’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa), Mahlakeng Mahlakeng has denied reports that he and six ANC colleagues face expulsion from the legislature for opposing Mahumapelo.

The reports say the seven are in the firing line for conniving with the EFF to support a motion of confidence against the premier. Mahlakeng says as senior ANC members, they would never vote with the opposition.

“There are a number of people who think we are talking too much because we are talking on matters of corruption. It is not something that we are not going to be intimidated to do. We are going to continue talking it is our job that is why people are paying us because you know that i get paid for talking and talking to represent the people of the North West and I will continue together with this team doing that work without fear of contradiction and it doesn’t matter but happens to us and we will do that work.”

ANC Spokesperson in the North West, Gerald Modise, denies they were planning to remove the seven MPLs from the provincial legislature. He says the issue was distorted by some members of the ANC.

“We want to dispute the rumours that are doing around in the media that the PEC has resolved to recall some of these MPLs. It must be noted that in terms of the electoral act it permits political parties to annually in May replenish their reserve list and that is what we have done so far nothing that is indicated in the media is true.”

This comes as the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) prepares to implement cabinet’s decision for the national government to take over the administration of North West under Section 100 of the Constitution – a first for South Africa.

The NCOP has 180 days to take detailed action in this regard.

The Constitution states that, when a province cannot fulfill its executive obligations, the national executive may intervene by taking steps to restore governance.

NCOP chairperson Thandi Modise is expected to table Ramaphosa’s letter in parliament this week.

The NCOP will conduct its own assessment and make a determination within 180 days.

The presidential spokesperson, Khusela Diko confirmed the letter to the NCOP.

Source: http://www.sabc.co.za

Ramaphosa puts North West province under administration


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By KEDIBONE MOLAETSI

The National Council of Provinces chairperson, Thandi Modise said she has received a communication from the Republic of South Africa president, Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to invoke Section 100 (1) of the Constitution on the North West.

Modise said Ramaphosa notified the House of Cabinet about the decision on Friday. She said this is the quest of the president to address challenges facing the province.

“The Constitution states that, when a province cannot or does not fulfil an executive obligation in terms of the Constitution or legislation, the national executive may intervene by taking any appropriate steps to ensure fulfillment of that obligation. I will table the President’s letter through Parliament’s official publication, Announcements, Tablings and Committee Reports (ATC), for the attention of Members of Parliament during this week.

“The matter will follow an ordinary course of parliamentary procedure, which includes it being referred to a committee or committees of the House for processing. As enjoined by the Constitution, the National Council of Provinces must independently conduct its own assessment that the National Executive observed all procedures and circumstances for the intervention and must make a determination within 180 days,” she said.

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Xun leader dies in a car crash


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By BAKANG MOKOTO

The community of Xun and San in Platfontein near Kimberley is mourning the death of its leader, Mario Mahongo. Northern Cape police spokesperson, Capt Sergio Kock said a 66 year-old man, who was driving a Nissan Almera, allegedly crashed into an electric pole and died instantly.

Kock said the atrocity took place on the entrance road of Platfontein in Kimberley on Saturday.

“We are investigating a culpable homicide and anyone with information can contact D/Sgt Modise Moshotloa on 082 302 0407. The investigation continues,” he said.

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A man killed in Kimberley


close-up of man holding knife smeared with blood and still dripping.

close-up of man holding knife smeared with blood and still dripping.

By KEDIBONE MOLAETSI

A man was found dead in the early hours of Saturday in Kimberley. Northern Cape police spokesperson, Capt Sergio Kock said a man who is aged between 28 and 30 was found dead by a passerby.

“The police in Kimberley are investigating a murder case after the body of a deceased was discovered by a passer-by in the early hours of Saturday. The deceased had a wound in his neck and he is dark in complexion.

“The deceased is approximately around 30, about 1.7 metre tall and had beard. He was dressed in a blue jeans, blue overall top and black Adidas tekkies. Anyone with information about the deceased can call D/Capt Doggie Magugu on 082 469 0578,” Kock said.

The police investigation continues.

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SA mourns the death of veteran photographer


Sam Nzima

South Africa is mourning the death of a veteran photographer, Sam Nzima who died at Nelspruit, in Mpumalanga on Saturday. Nzima was affectionately known for taking the famous picture of dying Hector Peterson during Soweto Uprisings on June 12, 1976.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has also expressed his deepest sadness. Ramaphosa conveyed his condolences to Nzima’s family on behalf of government and the people of South Africa.

“Nzima was one of a kind and his camera captured the full brutality of apartheid oppression on the nation’s psyche and history from the Defiance Campaign through to forced removals and the Soweto student uprisings.

“We will especially remember his iconic photograph of a dying young Hector Peterson, which became a symbol of resistance against the imposition of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in the black schools. We convey our heartfelt condolences to his family and may his soul rest in peace,” he said.

Nzima was the recipient of the National Order of Ikhamanga.

The South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) spokesperson, Jabu Mahlangu said: “The death of veteran photographer, Sam Nzima has robbed South Africa of a true patriot. SANCO would like to express its condolences to the Nzima family, his colleagues in the media and South Africans that appreciated his remarkable work throughout decades of dedication to expose the brutality of the apartheid regime.

“His world acclaimed photo of the shooting of Hector Peterson put apartheid in South Africa firmly on the spotlight, as well as the agenda of the United Nations and other multilateral institutions. It depicts his courage and the passion with which he used his skill to advance the course of the struggle for liberation and democracy.”

Mahlangu further said the history of resistance to oppression would be incomplete without Nzima’s incredible work. He added that Nzima was an institution and he showcased the evolution of the struggle for liberation at great risk to his personal safety,

“Nzima showcased a community activism and the ugly face of repression as part of the narrative to tell of the triumph of the human spirit and the march to Freedom and Democracy,” he said.

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EFF in North West to table ‘Motion of No Confidence’ against Dantjie, Nelson


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Picture: North West acting Premier, Wendy Nelson 

By BAKANG MOKOTO

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in the North West said it will table a ‘motion of no confidence’ against the interim North West Premier, Wendy Nelson and the North West Provincial Legislature speaker, Sussana Dantjie.

This came after the North West Premier, Supra Mahumapelo decided to take the ‘leave of absence’ and appointed MEC for Finance, Economy and Enterprise Development department (FEED), Wendy Nelson.

EFF Member of Provincial Legislature, Thabo Sehloho said: “We will table a motion of no confidence against Dantjie and Nelson. We believe that the Premier has flouted the Section 100 Constitution. Nelson is faced with fraud allegations regarding Gupta-linked company, Mediosa.

“The North West Health department was under administration when maladministration, fraud and corruption taking place. We believe that Mahumapelo will control Nelson while on leave. EFF will continue to expose maladministration, corruption and fraud taking place at all departments in the province.”

However, North West Provincial government refuted the allegations leveled against Nelson. The provincial government spokesperson, Brian Setswambung said the administration has noted with concern the misleading and unfounded news reports that imply that Nelson stands accused of fraud, corruption and maladministration.

Setswambung further said this unfounded and malicious report suggests that Nelson face charges of corruption in relation to a Gupta linked company, Mediosa. He added that the Provincial Administration places it on record that Nelson has never had fraud charges laid against her by the North West Provincial Legislature’s Portfolio Committee on Health and Social Development Committee.

“It is therefore, unfortunate that the media has decided to run with such incorrect information which casts aspersion on the character of the acting Premier. Allegations made are malicious and seek to tarnish the work of Nelson in her commitment and determination to selflessly serve the people of North West.

“She is committed to serve to the best of her ability by ensuring transparent and good governance. The Provincial Administration wishes to clarify that the case that was opened by the Portfolio Committee in March 2018 had nothing to do with the acting Premier,” he said.

Setswambung said the allegation that the Provincial Treasury has paid Mediosa as suggested by media reports is devoid of the truth and has been confirmed in many engagements by the North West Health department that an enquiries relating to this matter be directed to them.

He further said people should refer to their past media release which provided clarity and information relating to the forensic reports on Mediosa.

“Allocations to departments are done in line with government budgetary processes and appropriated accordingly by the North West Provincial Legislature. Government also reaffirms its commitment to ensure the implementation of PFMA by observing the responsibilities of each accounting officer in terms of section 38.

“The Provincial Administration unequivocally rejects the false reports about Nelson and request that she be given space and time to execute her new responsibilities. Her track record speaks volumes having served with distinction in various portfolios in all three spheres of government,” he said.

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SACP welcomes Mahumapelo’s resignation


Madoda Sambatha

Picture: SACP Provincial Secretary, Madoda Sambatha

By BAKANG MOKOTO

The South African Communist Party (SACP) in North West welcomed the resignation of the North West Premier, Supra Mahumapelo. SACP Provincial secretary, Madoda Samabatha said they applauded the Mahumapelo for listening to the masses.

“We want to congratulate Mahumapelo for rendering his resignation as the North West Premier. We call for serenity in the province and our people need to understand that the ANC is the people’s party. The SACP also calls for a better replacement that will ensure that service delivery reaches people.

“We want somebody who will take the province to greener pasture post-Mahumapelo. The ANC has resolved to curb corruption, fraud and greed within government. So, we welcome the resignation and wish him all the best in his new endeavours,” Sambatha said.

North West Business Forum spokesperson, Sello Mogodiri said they welcome Mahumapelo’s resignation. Mogodiri said the former Premier listened to his conscience and resigned.

“There is no individual triumphalist in Mahumapelo’s resignation, but ANC is the winner. The people of the North West come first and we are happy that there is no loss of blood. So, we also call for stability and tranquility in the province while moving forward,” Mogodiri said.

The African National Congress (ANC) in Bokone Bophirima has welcomed the resignation letter of Mahumapelo. ANC acting Provincial Secretary, Sussana Dantjie said the ruling party accepts Mahumapelo’s decision with a sense of apprehension, but great pride.

Dantjie said: “We welcome the Mahumapelo’s voluntarily exit from his deployment as the Premier. We are proud of him for having introduced the five concretes to implement
the National Development Plan (NDP), which are Agriculture Culture & Tourism (ACT), Villages, Townships and Small Dorpies (VTSD) economic approach, Reconciliation Healing and Renewal (RHR), Setsokotsane and Saamwerk-Saamtrek philosophy.

“As an organization, we will forever be appreciative and learn from his emphatic principled, but simple approach to issues. We also commend him for having crisscrossed the entire province in pursuit of a better life for our people through the Setsokotsane campaign. In Mahumapelo’s 35 years of revolutionary activism in the ANC, he has mastered the art of remaining simple and humble at all times, despite sustained concocted attacks against him by some friends and comrades.”

Dantjie further said they know that Mahumapelo will continue to serve his movement, the ANC in whatever new role they will decide for him. She added that they urge Mahumapelo to remain steadfast in what he believes are the necessary tasks of executing the revolution.

“As the ANC in Bokone Bophirima, we still believe in Mahumapelo’s innocence until he has been proven otherwise. We commend him for putting the interests of the province and its people before his own. We salute you Moidi for your selfless role in government. Continue leading us on an exemplary role in society as you have done for so many years,” she said.

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Mahumapelo resigns as North West Premier



By KEDIBONE MOLAETSI

The African National Congress (ANC) in Bokone Bophirima has welcomed the resignation letter of North West Premier, Supra Mahumapelo. ANC acting Provincial Secretary, Sussana Dantjie said the ruling party accepts Mahumapelo’s decision with a sense of apprehension, but great pride.

Dantjie said in a statement: “We welcome the Mahumapelo’s voluntarily exit from his deployment as the Premier. We are proud of him for having introduced the five concretes to implement the National Development Plan (NDP), which are Agriculture Culture & Tourism (ACT), Villages, Townships and Small Dorpies (VTSD) economic approach, Reconciliation Healing and Renewal (RHR), Setsokotsane and Saamwerk-Saamtrek philosophy.

“As an organization, we will forever be appreciative and learn from his emphatic principled, but simple approach to issues. We also commend him for having crisscrossed the entire province in pursuit of a better life for our people through the Setsokotsane campaign.”She said in Mahumapelo’s 35 years of revolutionary activism in the ANC, he has mastered the art of remaining simple and humble at all times, despite sustained concocted attacks against him by some friends and comrades.

She said in Mahumapelo’s 35 years of revolutionary activism in the ANC, he has mastered the art of remaining simple and humble at all times, despite sustained concocted attacks against him by some friends and comrades.

Dantjie further said they know that Mahumapelo will continue to serve his movement, the ANC in whatever new role they will decide for him.
She added that they urge Mahumapelo to remain steadfast in what he believes are the necessary tasks of executing the revolution.

“As the ANC in Bokone Bophirima, we still believe in Mahumapelo’s innocence until he has been proven otherwise. We commend him for putting the interests of the province and its people before his own.

“We salute you Moidi for your selfless role in government. Continue leading us on an exemplary role in society as you have done for so many years,” Dantjie said.
North West Provincial government spokesperson, Brian Setswambung said he cannot confirm nor deny if Mahumapelo has resigned, but people should wait for Wednesday media briefing,” 

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NW ANC: MAHUMAPELO MUST BE GIVEN OPPORTUNITY TO DEFEND HIMSELF


North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo is facing serious claims of corruption and maladministration amid ongoing protests calling for his recall.

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JOHANNESBURG – The African National Congress (ANC) leadership in the North West is rallying behind Premier Supra Mahumapelo despite a decision for the ANC’s top six leaders to begin urgent talks with him  about his fate.

Acting ANC provincial secretary Susan Dantjie says that they welcome the announcement by the party’s national working committee because it will give Mahumapelo a chance to respond to accusations.

Mahumapelo is facing serious claims of corruption and maladministration amid ongoing protests calling for his recall.

The ANC’s top leadership held a series of meetings in the North Westwhere they heard a range of accusations placing Mahumapelo at the centre of rampant corruption.

Dantjie says that the ANC in the province believes that Mahumapelo should be given an opportunity to defend himself.

She says that before the ANC’s top brass take a decision on the premier’s fate, he should respond to the accusations.

“We view this as an opportunity that he has been requesting from the leadership to listen to him, because allegations are allegations.”

Details of the meeting between Mahumapelo and the ANC top six are yet to be confirmed.

Source: http://www.ewn.co.za 

SANDILE MANTSOE GETS 32 YEARS FOR KARABO MOKOENA’S MURDER


On Wednesday he was found guilty of murdering Karabo Mokoena last year and burning her body.

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JOHANNESBURG – Sandile Mantsoe has been handed an effective 32 years in jail for the murder of Karabo Mokoena.

On Wednesday he was found guilty of murdering 22-year-old Mokoena last year and burning her body.

Mantsoe: I’m a very smart guy. If I really wanted to do something elaborate I would have done better.

Source: http://www.ewn.co.za 

EFF abandons court challenge for secret ballot in anti-Supra motion


The EFF wants to test the resolve of ANC members of the North West legislature to get rid of embattled Premier Supra Mahumapelo.

The party is abandoning its court challenge for a secret ballot in the motion of no confidence against him.

Instead, it will now write a letter to the speaker of the legislature to demand that the motion be debated urgently.

The EFF wants to test the resolve of ANC members of the North West legislature to get rid of embattled Premier Supra Mahumapelo.

The party is abandoning its court challenge for a secret ballot in the motion of no confidence against him.

Instead, it will now write a letter to the speaker of the legislature to demand that the motion be debated urgentl

“We have no sympathy for Supra. Secret ballot or no secret ballot. We want to expose the crooks inside the ANC, to see if they mean business when they say they want Supra to go. Why don’t they vote with the EFF in our motion of no confidence?” EFF leader Julius Malema said.

He was speaking in Coligny, North West, at a rally to celebrate the party’s Ward 15 victory in by-elections last month.

The speaker of the legislature had earlier decided to indefinitely postpone the EFF’s initial motion of no confidence, when it approached the court to demand a secret ballot.

‘No need for bloodshed’

Malema accused some members of the legislature, including those from the SACP, of refusing to use their powers within the legislature to rid the province of Mahumapelo.

“When we gave them a tool to remove Supra without a drop of blood, through a motion of no confidence, they refused,” Malema said.

The ANC’s national working committee (NWC) was due to meet on Wednesday to discuss Mahumapelo’s fate. Members of the NWC have argued however that only the national executive committee (NEC) has powers to recall a premier.

A battle is expected when the NEC sits this month to discuss the matter, among others.

“We don’t want a drop of blood. We want you to take government using your votes [instead of violence],” Malema said.

“A motion of no confidence is a peaceful thing introduced in our Constitution by Mandela and [others]. They are refusing to use it,” he said.

Protests not ‘genuine’

Malema labelled Mahumapelo as corrupt, accusing him of stealing money from various government departments meant for the poor.

He denounced the violence that recently gripped the North West. Several towns ground to a halt as residents looted shops and set alight public buildings, demanding that Mahumapelo step down.

A 16-year-old boy was killed during the unrest.

Malema warned EFF members against participating in the protests, which he said were part of factional battles within the ANC.

“I don’t want the red berets in places being burnt. Don’t get involved in the looting of shops, it is an ANC thing to do. They are fighting factional battles, it’s not a genuine fight. If it was genuine why don’t they use the EFF’s motion of no confidence to remove Supra without a drop of blood?” he asked.

Malema said the EFF would remove Mahumapelo the same way it removed former president Jacob Zuma, who was now sitting idle in his home village of Nkandla.

The EFF exerted pressure on the ANC NEC to remove Zuma by calling a motion of no confidence against him in Parliament.

The EFF wants to test the resolve of ANC members of the North West legislature to get rid of embattled Premier Supra Mahumapelo.

The party is abandoning its court challenge for a secret ballot in the motion of no confidence against him.

Instead, it will now write a letter to the speaker of the legislature to demand that the motion be debated urgentl

“We have no sympathy for Supra. Secret ballot or no secret ballot. We want to expose the crooks inside the ANC, to see if they mean business when they say they want Supra to go. Why don’t they vote with the EFF in our motion of no confidence?” EFF leader Julius Malema said.

He was speaking in Coligny, North West, at a rally to celebrate the party’s Ward 15 victory in by-elections last month.

The speaker of the legislature had earlier decided to indefinitely postpone the EFF’s initial motion of no confidence, when it approached the court to demand a secret ballot.

‘No need for bloodshed’

Malema accused some members of the legislature, including those from the SACP, of refusing to use their powers within the legislature to rid the province of Mahumapelo.

“When we gave them a tool to remove Supra without a drop of blood, through a motion of no confidence, they refused,” Malema said.

The ANC’s national working committee (NWC) was due to meet on Wednesday to discuss Mahumapelo’s fate. Members of the NWC have argued however that only the national executive committee (NEC) has powers to recall a premier.

A battle is expected when the NEC sits this month to discuss the matter, among others.

“We don’t want a drop of blood. We want you to take government using your votes [instead of violence],” Malema said.

“A motion of no confidence is a peaceful thing introduced in our Constitution by Mandela and [others]. They are refusing to use it,” he said.

Protests not ‘genuine’

Malema labelled Mahumapelo as corrupt, accusing him of stealing money from various government departments meant for the poor.

He denounced the violence that recently gripped the North West. Several towns ground to a halt as residents looted shops and set alight public buildings, demanding that Mahumapelo step down.

A 16-year-old boy was killed during the unrest.

Malema warned EFF members against participating in the protests, which he said were part of factional battles within the ANC.

“I don’t want the red berets in places being burnt. Don’t get involved in the looting of shops, it is an ANC thing to do. They are fighting factional battles, it’s not a genuine fight. If it was genuine why don’t they use the EFF’s motion of no confidence to remove Supra without a drop of blood?” he asked.

Malema said the EFF would remove Mahumapelo the same way it removed former president Jacob Zuma, who was now sitting idle in his home village of Nkandla.

The EFF exerted pressure on the ANC NEC to remove Zuma by calling a motion of no confidence against him in Parliament.

Source: http://www.news24.com

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SANDILE MANTSOE GUILTY OF KARABO MOKOENA’S MURDER


Sandile Mantsoe is accused of killing his 22-year-old girlfriend Karabo Mokoena last year, burning her body and dumping it in a veld in Lyndhurst.

Sandile Motsoe

JOHANNESBURG – Sandile Mantsoe has been found guilty of Karabo Mokoena‘s murder.

Mantsoe was accused of killing his 22-year-old girlfriend, Mokoena, last year, burning her body and dumping it in a veld in Lyndhurst.

In his ruling on Wednesday, Judge Peet Johnson has found that the State managed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that he had murdered Mokoena and burnt her body to try and destroy the evidence.

“That the deceased did not have a tendency to commit suicide, did not attempt it, did not commit it and that the accused killed her.”

He’s questioned why Mantsoe felt the need to dispose of Mokoena’s body if he had not killed her.

Johnson has accused Mantsoe of trying to paint Mokoena as suicidal and depressed in order to drive his narrative that she had taken her own life.

The court will soon hear whether sentencing proceedings will continue Wednesday afternoon.

Source: http://www.ewn.co.za  

‘Hands off Supra’


NORTH WEST went up in flames last week as protesters called for Premier Supra Mahumapelo to step down.

The scenes of vandalism and looting were still on police officers’ minds when minibuses filled with ANC members parked outside Luthuli House in Joburg yesterday.

Only this time the people were marching in support of Mahumapelo.

The marchers travelled from North West to demand that Mahumapelo be left alone.

More than 1 000 Mahumapelo supporters barricaded the road leading to Luthuli House, bringing traffic to a halt.

The marchers said they represented the Bojanala, Ngaka Modiri Molema, Dr Kenneth Kaunda and Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati regions.

The group claimed a third force was behind the protests in North West.

Mlungisi Mathews, an ANC member in the Dr Kenneth Kaunda region, said many of the people who were calling for Mahumapelo to step down were not even ANC members.

“There are people who are being paid to wreak havoc in our province.

“Many of them don’t even know who Supra is. These people are not members of the ANC, yet they are leading the chaos,” said Mlungisi

According to the group’s memorandum of grievances, North West is ready to hold its regional conference. The memorandum called for members to rally behind the North West ANC’s leadership.

The marchers also demanded that a motion of no confidence suggested by the EFF be done away with.

Their memorandum was received by the ANC’s national executive committee member Febe Potgieter-Gqubule.

The group said it expects a response by Friday.

– Daily Sun

‘Those who want to go back to school should do so’- Makoro


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By REGINALD KANYANE

It’s been almost two months since pupils at Baga-Maidi community were prohibited to go to school due to strike over a tar road. The community members in Molelema village in Taung and its surroundings embarked on protests where shops were looted and few buildings were torched in the process.

They also barricaded road linking Taung and Schweizer Reneke and other internal roads with debris and burning tyres. The community members demand tar roads on D208 and D209 respectively.

North West Public Works and Roads department heed their call and offered to construct 10km tar road as a start. MEC Mmule Maluleke said the department cannot construct 71km tar road as there is no budget.

However, Maluleke’ submission was fervidly rejected by community members as they said: “Either 71km tar road or nothing.”

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Community leader, Mothibi Makoro said: “The situation is unscrupulous and school children are mostly affected. We had a meeting with those who are affected and the parents of those children agreed that there will be no school until our demands are met. However, we agreed that those who want to go back to school should do so without being prohibited.

“Some of these school children also agreed with the decision and say they understand the demands are valid. So, we will be meeting with the department today at Greater Taung Local Municipality offices for a way forward.”

Makoro also lambasted those who circulated fake messages on social media under his name. He said people should be wary of that and refrain from redistributing those messages.

“There is a section of community members who want to divide us and create confusion. However, we are aware of those detractors and we will address that decisively. We cannot budge now and let people to divide us. We stand together as community and we want to see our demands being properly addressed,” he said.

North West Education and Sport Development department spokesperson, Freddy Sepeng said the protests affected many pupils especially Grade 12s. Sepeng urged those who are behind protests to let children to go to school.

“We urge those who are behind those protests to refrain from prohibiting pupils to go to school. These protests will affect those children in future. The department understands that communities are angry and their demands are valid. However, it is absurd and irresponsible to prohibit children from attending school.

“We will come up with remedial actions and assist those who are affected. Our teachers will organise extra classes especially during June school adjournment to recover from time lost during unrests,” he said.

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MAIMANE: NORTH WEST NEEDS SERIOUS GOVERNANCE OVERHAUL


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DA leader Mmusi Maimane visited Mahikeng after violent protests last week. Residents have called for Mahumapelo’s resignations and accused him of corruption.

MAHIKENG – Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane says the North West needs a serious governance overhaul, one without Premier Supra Mahumapelo.

Maimane visited Mahikeng after violent protests last week. Residents have called for Mahumapelo’s resignations and accused him of corruption.

Maimane says that residents have legitimate concerns of maladministration, corruption and poor service delivery.

He has urged residents to think much harder when they vote next year.

“The ANC has its own internal factions. It’s one faction versus another and the people are being left out.”

The DA leader has visited the families of those who claimed that they were brutalised by police.

Maimane has promised to press criminal charges against law enforcement officers if need be.

Meanwhile, the South African Community Party’s Madoda Sombatha says change in leadership is necessary, but he still believes in the alliance.

While the ANC is yet to take a decision on the premier, both the SACP and the DA agree Mahumapelo must go as a matter of urgency.

CALM FOR NOW

Mahikeng has been calm following days of violent protests last week.

It is business as usual, with taxis seen ferrying passengers across the town.

No roads have been blocked and traffic to moving freely.

Some shops are also opening. Workers could be seen waiting outside stores.

Meanwhile, 23 people who were arrested during last week’s violence are expected to appear in court.

Police are still on high alert and say they’re prepared to intervene should tensions flare up again.

The ANC is expected to finally put the matter to rest soon by announcing its decision on Mahumapelo’s position as premier.

Source: http://www.ewn.co.za 

Mahumapelo calls for calmness amid protests


By BAKANG MOKOTO

North West Premier, Supra Mahumapelo said he is concern after some of his detractors are using service delivery protests to settle a political score. This came after protests erupted in Mahikeng and other areas across the province.

Foreign-owned shops were looted, while some properties were vandalized. Few cars torched during the service delivery protest duped #SupraMustFall. North West Provincial government spokesperson, Brian Setsambung toldSAFM that Mahumapelo is extremely concerned about the situation that is prevailing now.

“Mahumapelo characterizes this as a political campaign that is manifesting itself in a form of service delivery. There are also individuals who continue to use young people to resort to criminality. There are several stores that were looted today in Mahikeng and innocent people who wanted to go to work were stopped and intimidated.

“It is unfortunate seeing people turning these protests into criminal activities. There is an ongoing strike action by members of NEHAWU in the department of health. However, Mahumapelo has intervened by putting together a team led by a leader of Government Business, MEC Sello Lehari,” he said.

Setswambung added that the task team has met with NEHAWU representatives last week. He said that another meeting is scheduled to take a place next week.

“We want to ensure that all issues raised by NEHAWU are resolved so that our people can stop suffering. The suffering is the result of NEHAWU members not reporting for duty in various clinics and hospitals.

“As the provincial government, we are hopeful that the meeting between intervention team and NEHAWU will yield necessary results. The main objective is to ensure that our people do not continue to be stranded across all health-cares in the province. The premier has also put in place several engagements to address service delivery in municipalities across the province,” Setswambung said.

He said there are initiatives such as Agriculture, Culture and Tourism (ACT), Villages, Townships and Small Dorpies (VTSD), Reconciliation, Healing and Renewal (RHR), Setsokotsane and Saamtrek-saamwerk initiatives. Setswambung further said the province uses these as a way of connecting with the people.

“So, we call on protesters to refrain from using violence as that infringes other people’s rights. Mahumapelo exercises the open door policy and he has set up various platforms for people to engage with him. He is willing to take responsibility for anything that he feels that he is responsibly.

“However, at this stage, we are concern that people are using service delivery to settle political score,” he said.

North West MEC for Community Safety and Transport Management, Dr Mpho Motlhabane appeals to residents of Mahikeng and the surrounding communities to be on the lookout amid continuing violent protests.

Motlhabane said: “There is an element of criminality on the protests and residents are urged to remain calm, exercise caution and stay indoors as much as possible for their safety and security. We have observed that there are certain individuals who are taking advantage of the current situation to commit crime.

“We are appealing to communities to stay away from these illegal protests to avoid finding themselves on the wrong side of the law. While citizens do have the right to protest, that must be done peacefully, within the framework of the law and not to loot from shops as well as damaging of private properties.”

The African National Congress (ANC) in Bokone Bophirima said is concerned aboutthe sporadic protests that started in Mahikeng and have escalated into lawlessness and violence.

the sporadic protests that started in Mahikeng and have escalated into lawlessness and violence.

ANC acting Provincial secretary, Sussana Dantjie said: “While there are often genuine service delivery protests, we as the ANCregard these latest acts of violence in Mahikeng as political opportunism disguised as community outrage. This is evident in the main call of those
who have been quoted in the media attacking ANC Provincial Chairperson, Supra Mahumapelo, who is also Premier of our province, using untested
allegations of corruption.

“They are continuing on the same trajectory of the #SupraMustFall campaign started by those who once called themselves the North West Business Forum and have now changed to their name to the Revolutionary Council. This is the same call that is now being used by

some opposition parties in the province.

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N West government on the brink of total collapse


Picture: (North West Premier, Supra Mahumapelo)

The North West government is on the brink of a total collapse due to corruption. The startling disclosure came out of a briefing by the Inter-Ministerial Committee appointed by Cabinet to assess the governance situation in that province.

It was briefing members of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) in parliament on Thursday.

The Committee painted a picture of a government that is almost dysfunctional. It appeared from the briefing, that Public Finance Management Act had been completely disregarded.

Almost all municipal governments were dysfunctional. Twenty of a total of 22 received disclaimers, while 12 of them were totally dysfunctional.

But according to the Committee, the rot was deeply embedded in the Premier’s office.

Technical Task Team Mpumi Mpofu says:”The office of the premier failed to provide administrative leadership to the entire province and was not able to prevent conditions or responsibilities of oversight in this instance come to question.”

The most scathing report was the one presented to the Inter-Ministerial Committee by other stakeholders.

The Committee has recommended immediate interventions to stop the rot.

The NCOP will be visiting the province soon to conduct its own oversight.

Source: http://www.sabc.co.za

DA: ‘Ramaphosa keeps North West IMTT report secret’


Picture: (DA Provincial leader, Joel McGluwa)

By REGINALD KANYANE

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in North West is furious after the ‘Presidency’s office denied them access to the Inter-Ministerial Task Team report on the North West. However, the DA Provincial leader, Joe McGluwa said they will appeal the decision.

“It is shocking how the African National Congress (ANC) denies communities the right to know how the problems within North West will be fixed. The report is in the public’s interest as it has a direct impact on their daily lives. It is important that our communities have access to all the findings by the IMTT.

“A month ago, we lodged a Promotion of Access to Information Act of 2000 (PAIA) application to ensure that the people of the North West gain access to the IMTT report. The Deputy Information Officer in the Presidency, Lusanda Mxenge informed us of the decision to keep the report a secret,” McGluwa said.

He further said the decision by The Presidency to keep the IMTT’s report under wraps is in contradiction with the democratic principles of accountability and transparency. McGluwa added that the IMTT has, to date, done nothing to bring order to the province and North West will remain in shambles while they govern here.

“The people of the North West have been caught in the middle of an ANC factional battle, where the casualties are the people and service delivery. The fact that the North West is still without an elected Premier shows that South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa lacks the political backing and will to put the people of the province first.

“As we have long said, the IMTT along with the Section 100 intervention are a smokescreen used to cover up the fact that Ramaphosa clearly has no political will to deal with the deep-rooted problems here and he clearly does not want to act against Supra Mahumapelo and his cadres,” he said.

McGluwa added that while they play cat and mouse, it is the people who ultimately suffer. He said the communities need action that will bring order and change the lives of the people for the better.

“The ANC has failed the people of the North West and we are sceptical that the ANC will ever be able to put the people first and turn the province around. We will not be discouraged by their refusal to make the report public and will consider all avenues to get the truth out in the open.

The North West needs the kind of change that only a DA-led government can bring,” he said.

However, Mxenge said: “I wish to bring to your attention the provisions of section 12 of PAIA which reads as follows. This ACT does not apply to a record, (a) of the Cabinet and its Committees. I have considered the aforementioned request and made the decision to refuse the access to the record.

“Kindly be advised that you have the right to appeal against the refusal for access in terms of section 74 of PAIA within the prescribed period.”

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