Daily Archives: September 5, 2016

SOUTH AFRICA: END POLICE KILLINGS, URGES DEPUTY PRESIDENT

The killing of police can never be justified and must come to end, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said.

Their murder can never be justified in our country, we ask our nation to unite in saying that the murder of our police officers is unacceptable and it must end, Deputy President Ramaphosa said.

He was speaking during the Sunday wreath laying ceremony to remember members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) who lost their lives in line of duty. The National Commemoration Day ceremony honoured police officers who lost their lives between April 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016.

The death of one police officer is one death too many. It is thus heart-breaking to learn that during the last year 72 members of the police service lost their lives, 40 of them in the line of service, said Ramaphosa.

The youngest of the police officers who lost their lives was 28-year old Constable Sabelo Manyanga who lost his life after he was shot two days before Christmas last year while on duty in KwaZulu-Natal.

He had three children with the youngest being one month old.

Ramaphisa, who spoke shortly after relatives laid their wreaths at the SAPS memorial site at the Union Buildings on Sunday, commented that it’s difficult to comprehend the depth of the loss that Constable Manyanga has caused to his family.

May you all find comfort in the knowledge that millions of South Africans truly value your loved ones and the service they rendered with distinction to the people of South Africa and our nation as a whole.

As the names of your loved ones are etched today on the monument please know that your pain and your sacrifices remain etched in the hearts of all of us as South Africans.”

He said the murder of police officers should not only be condemned but that communities should commit to working with the justice system to ensure that those who commit these crimes pay for their deeds.

On behalf of government and the people of South Africa we wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of our fallen heroes and heroines. We pray that you heal and gain strength as you rebuild your shattered lives, he said adding that when a police officer dies we not only lose a beloved family member but a valuable skilled, trained and committed patriot is also lost.”

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.

South Africa: CoGTA On Post Minmec

The Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) meeting of Minister and the Members of the Executive Councils (MECs), MINMEC was held today on 02 September 2016 in Pretoria. This was the first meeting to take place after the successful Local Government Elections that took place on 03 August 2016.

The meeting was chaired by the Minister of CoGTA, honourable Des van Rooyen. The Minister congratulated all MECs and the provinces and commended them for the sterling work and the leadership they provided during the local government elections. The Minister further urged the MECs to continue supporting the newly re-constituted Municipalities as they begin with their new term.

The meeting received presentations and discussed a number of key areas as part of the programme:

There is a discussion on the two-tier system of local government and within this context, the roles and responsibilities of the District Municipalities was discussed. The meeting was appraised with the progress undertaken on this matter within the context of improving service delivery to the communities. The meeting noted and agreed to continue to look at the role that Districts are playing in the delivery of services. There was agreement that there be an audit around how the two tier system is working so as to inform further reforms.

The meeting also received a report on Local Government transition matters which outlined the progress being made across the country with the formation of councils in municipalities across the country. The meeting also noted some municipalities that had missed the dead line of the 24th August to constitute themselves and the actions that provinces were putting in place to ensure that they are indeed constituted. At that time, about 99% of municipalities had held their first meetings and 4 councils were not able to meet on time – Jozini (KZN), Nquthu (KZN), kgatelopele (NC) and Gamagara (NC), but there has since been progress registered by some of this municipalities.

MINMEC also received a report on the matters of gratuity to be paid to non-returning councillors. The gratuity will be a once off amount, which is a 3 month’s salary to be paid to a councillors. In paying the gratuity, the department will consider the last salary level of the councillor. The MINMEC acknowledged that even though there are strict compliance requirements relating to the payment of gratuity and also bearing in mind that 2011 payments of the gratuity took about 12 months, the meeting agreed that the 2016 payments to deserving councillors should be accelerated. CoGTA will communicate with all the provinces and outline the processes to be followed in this regard.

The meeting was appraised with the issue of Hung councils. In 2011 we had 31 hung councils which led to coalitions governments. This means that the 2016 elections saw the drop in hung councils from 31 to 27. In terms of risks identified, this types of councils are usually not stable and sometimes experiences ongoing political challenges and uncertainty which might have a negative impact on service delivery. “As the department, we are encouraged that the hung municipalities have succeeded in in convening their first meetings and we hope that delivery of services will be prioritised”, said Minister van Rooyen. The meeting was also appraised with the key interventions that needs to be done going forward. This includes – strengthening the powers of the speaker, strengthen the code of conduct in relation to the decorum of councils, legislative review, and develop guidelines/framework to ensure stability and continuity in conducting council business.

On the Integrated Councillor Induction Programme (ICIP), the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) briefed the meeting about the programme beginning on Monday 05 September 2016. This multidisciplinary programme will ensure that councillors receive recognition certificates out of this programme. This programme will also continue beyond the induction to capacitate the councillors on various skills in other functional areas. The returning councillors will also be accommodated in terms of the theoretical part of the training to refresh their skills. A number of key stakeholders which includes LG SETA, COGTA, the National School of Government and the Auditor General are all ensuring that this programme becomes a success. The programme will have three phases, short term deliverables, medium term deliverables and long term deliverables to capacitate councillors to serve communities better. The programme will also feature case studies that are geared to introducing the 10 000 councillors to how the municipalities operates, thus preparing them for the challenges ahead. The meeting appreciated this intervention as an effective response to the challenges at the local sphere, as this will assist to strengthen Back to Basics programme.

On the issues of Ward committees, the meeting indicated that they are an important institutional mechanisms intended to contribute towards bringing about people centred, participatory and democratic local governance. This will assist to strengthen public participation in local governance through ward committees by introducing ward level service improvement plans. The MINMEC agreed that ward committees should be established within 90 days. Their functions should be located within the broader strategic plans of the department to drive service delivery.

The meeting was also briefed on the plans by the department of Traditional Affairs to host the Traditional Leaders Indaba later this year. This will be an opportunity to discuss all areas within the scope of traditional leadership in the country. More information will be provided at a later stage on all the processes around the Indaba, the topics to be covered and those who will be invited as guests and presenters.

The meeting also received a close-out report on the winter initiation season. For this period, the department had put together teams that crisscrossed the provinces to ensure that initiation takes place within the correct prescripts issued by government. The meeting agreed that plans should be put in place to ensure that the deaths of young initiates should come to an end. In addition, the meeting was also informed that there is progress with the legislation on Initiation which is expected to be approved by the end of the year. Even with such an increased interactions between government and the public, we unfortunately lost 39 young lives which was a drop the 44 deaths last year as the same time.

The MINMEC committed to work with and support all the councils as they begin their 5 years term of providing services to communities across the country.

Source: South African Government.

South Africa: IFPYB Sets Its Sights On 2019 – Taking Over SA Through the Barrel of the Ballot!

The IFP Youth Brigade has set its sights on 2019 National General Elections.

IFPYB National Chairperson, Mkhuleko Hlengwa MP, was speaking at rally in Bergville in the uThukela District where declared that “We must not lose the momentum of August 3, we must build on the gains of the past elections. It is urgent that we vote out the ANC if we are serious about rescuing South Africa from the clutches of corruption and poor administration. We must take over South Africa through the barrel of the ballot.”

“We have proven that the phoenix can rise from the ashes. On August 3 we bounced back; we are rightly the come back kids. From the same ashes out of which we rose, South Africa must rise. Removing the ANC from power is now a national emergency. It must be done. It can be done. And in 2019 it will be done.” said Hlengwa

Hlengwa further added “The possibility of change is real, and on August 3 the IFP did its share of setting South Africa on a direction of change in different parts of the country, and in 2019 that change must become whole. We cannot rest until we have rid South Africa of the ills of poverty, corruption and inequality which continue to escalate under the current regime.”

“Bouyed by our positive showing in the elections as the IFP we must continue with our grassroots approach by strengthening our branches, regaining lost ground and venturing into new territory.” Emphasised Hlengwa

The Youth as citizens of the future have every responsibility to build a prosperous future for themselves alongside all South Africans.

Hlengwa pointed that “Going into 2019 South Africa has two choices either to continue on the current path of failure, incompetence and inefficiency or we choose a new path: A path of economic growth and economic development. A path of anti-corruption through transparency and accountability. A path of poverty eradication. A path of quality education. A path of unity in diversity through reconciliation. A path of dignity through real jobs, sustainable jobs!”

“Today, I make a clarion call, to all South Africans and the youth in particular: Let us work towards 2019 where will choose the second path. Let us choose change. We deserve better than the current dismal failures being dished out by the regime. We dare not accept what we have now as the best we can do as a people. We are a proud Nation, with a rich past and equally we owe it to ourselves to craft, for ourselves, the best future. We deserve the second path.” Concluded Hlengwa

Source: Inkatha Freedom Party.