Daily Archives: July 25, 2017


BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA, A traumatized family from Clocolan in South Africa’s Free State Province will have to bury a relative for a third time after the body of Banta Ranthako was exhumed, but with the head missing.

Four men who are Lesotho nationals and a South African woman, all aged 32, have been arrested for violation of graves and possession of human body parts. One of the suspects is said to be a traditional healer.

Even in death Banta Ranthako has not found peace after his family was contacted when his grave was found open. They had to rebury him without a head after the arrest of the five suspects found with body parts, including a human head.

The family are now facing the traumatic task of burying him for the third time once DNA tests have been carried out following the recent gruesome find.

Sarah Ranthako, Banta Ranthako’s sister in-law, said monday: What happened is unbelievable. We have never ever experienced or seen anything like this before. The Ranthako family nor the community of Clocolan has never seen anything like this.

One of the arrested suspects is a traditional healer. The recovery of a human skull at his house led police to the other suspects. Police say the skull was dug out next to the door of his house. A human tongue was found inside the same suspect’s consulting room.

The State intends to oppose an application for bail when it is heard on Wednesday.


Limpopo convenes Special Provincial Intergovernmental Forum, 26 Jul

Limpopo Provincial Government to Convene a Special Provincial Intergovernmental Forum

Limpopo Provincial Government will host the Special Premiers Intergovernmental Forum (SPIGF) to address some of the challenges identified in the 2015/2016 Municipal Audit Outcomes and agree on tangible steps to move towards improving the Provincial audit outlook. The Forum is also designed to discuss, asses the performance of municipalities and track to progress since the last SPIGF.

The SPIGF will be attended by Premier Chupu Stanley Mathabatha, Members of the Executive Council (MECs), Local Mayors, the Director General of the Limpopo Provincial government, Mr Nape Nchabeleng and Heads of Departments of the entire Provincial Administration, including Municipal Managers of all district and local Municipalities.

The SPIGF will also create a platform to address issues that includes, but are not limited to: state of service delivery in the province, 2015/2016 Municipal Audit Outcomes and the new methodology on Municipal Audits and the challenges faced by the municipalities. Provincial Treasury MEC, Rob Tooley will present on the Municipal support programmes to help improve future Audit Outcomes in the Province. The last SPIGF was held on the 15 March 2016.

Source: Government of South Africa

Selection of the Sixth Annual U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations

The U.S. Department of State, in partnership with the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA), is pleased to announce the selection of the sixth annual U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations. Ms. Munira Khalif of Minnesota was chosen from a competitive pool of applicants that included top-ranked university students and young professionals from across the United States.

Ms. Khalif studies economics and government at Harvard University. She co-founded a youth-run non-profit organization called Lighting the Way, which works to make education more accessible and equitable for girls in East Africa. She has actively advocated for women and girls’ issues at the United Nations through the UN Foundation’s Girl Up Campaign and is passionate about empowering youth voices through grassroots community initiatives.

The U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations program was launched in 2012 to increase youth engagement in global affairs. As the Youth Observer, Ms. Khalif will represent American youth at the 72nd UN General Assembly in New York and other UN events throughout the coming year, traveling within the United States and overseas to share her impressions and experiences. Ms. Khalif follows Ms. Nicol Perez, who served as a voice for American youth at major global events in New York, Rome, Dubai, and Berlin as the U.S. Youth Observer for 2016-2017.

Source: U.S Department of State

Minister Fikile Mbalula visits premises of a major drug bust in Soweto, 25 Jul

Major drug bust in Soweto

The Minister of Police Mr Fikile Mbalula this afternoon together with the South African Police Service (SAPS) be at the premises of a major drug bust in Dobsonville, Soweto. The premises are alleged to be a hub of criminal drug activity with chemicals and other manufacturing equipment.

Source: Government of South Africa

Zimbabwe’s Parliament Amends Constitution to Let President Handpick Top Judges

HARARE � Zimbabwe’s parliament has amended the country’s constitution to empower the president to handpick the southern African nation’s top judges.

Plans to give President Robert Mugabe such power started early this year when the then-chief justice left the bench after reaching the age of retirement.

Mugabe’s ruling ZANU-PF immediately petitioned the courts to halt public interviews to appoint the next top judge until the constitution had been changed to allow Mugabe to choose the new jurist.

The application failed, but ZANU-PF introduced a bill proposing the amendment to ensure the president chooses a chief justice, along with the deputy and the head of the high court, known in Zimbabwe as the Judge President.

Priscilla Misihairabwi, an opposition member of parliament who had campaigned against the constitutional amendment, says the move reverses what Zimbabweans voted for in 2013.

“Why do we take away the will of the people, something that was voted in by millions and millions of Zimbabweans?” Misihairabwi said. “The second thing is that it goes against [the] very basic tenet of democracy. One of the things that democracy demands is that you have to have separation of power. You cannot create a situation where you put all the powers in one individual. What this thing has done is the second thing to the executive presidency. We had the executive presidency, now we have created a bigger creature than the executive presidency.”

ZANU-PF parliament member Ziyambi Ziyambi says he sees nothing wrong with the new law that awaits Mugabe’s signature.

“I think it is good for our democracy,” Ziyambi said. “We discovered a lacuna [gap] in our law, something needed to be rectified and the bill was tabled in parliament. We did all the due processes. … It was discovered that there were impractical things which were within that constitution. For instance, the outgoing chief justice will interview his successor. It is something which is not attainable. And besides, even if you look at most jurisdictions, even in Europe, they do not hold public interviews for the chief justice. For other judges, yes.”

The opposition has criticized the amendment as a direct reversal of the will of the people. The 2013 constitution passed by popular referendum limited presidential powers, including removing Mugabe’s ability to handpick judges.

Observers say the amendment could have implications for the 2018 elections, as the Supreme Court would decide on who rules on any poll disputes.

Source: Voice of America