Daily Archives: October 3, 2017

Zimbabwe Police Hold Reporter for Story on Grace Mugabe

Police in Zimbabwe detained a journalist for reporting that President Robert Mugabe’s wife allegedly donated used underwear and women’s nightgowns to ruling party supporters, a defense lawyer said Tuesday.

Kenneth Nyangani, a reporter with the NewsDay newspaper, was detained on Monday in the eastern city of Mutare after the story was published but police have not formally charged him, lawyer Passmore Nyakureba said.

In the Newsday story published Monday, Nyangani reported that a ruling party legislator donated the clothing items on behalf of Grace Mugabe. The first lady, whose political profile has risen in the recent years, routinely donates clothing and food items to ruling party supporters at her rallies.

They wanted to charge him with criminal defamation, but I told them that law has been struck down by the Constitutional Court, Nyakureba said of his conversations with police. They didn’t even seem aware of that fact. They are also not telling us whether the complainant is the first lady or the legislator.

Amnesty International appealed for Nyangani’s release, describing his arrest as an attempt to harass and intimidate him and other journalists.

The intention is to send a chilling message to journalists and media workers that they must self-censor rather than expose truths, said Cousin Zilala, executive director of Amnesty’s Zimbabwe branch.

President Mugabe, meanwhile, was in South Africa on Tuesday for a meeting with President Jacob Zuma. He was not accompanied by his wife, who received diplomatic immunity from South Africa after being accused of attacking a young woman in a Johannesburg hotel in August and inflicting head wounds by whipping her with an extension cord.

AfriForum, a group representing 20-year-old Gabriella Engels, has said it is challenging the South African government over the immunity issue in an attempt to complicate any effort by Zimbabwe’s first lady to return to South Africa.

Grace Mugabe has denied any wrongdoing, saying Engels attacked her with a knife while drunk.

Source: Voice of America

A Re Yeng going the extra mile

The Gauteng Roads and Transport Department, in partnership with the City of Tshwane, has launched a R170 million state-of-the-art A Re Yeng bus depot in Tshwane.

We wish to compliment the City of Tshwane for taking the bold decision yesterday to introduce A Re Yeng bus services in Mamelodi, even though the infrastructure is not in place, Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi said at the launch held under the theme ‘Transforming and Modernising Public Transport in Gauteng’.

The operating company for A Re Yeng is wholly owned by the taxi industry in the region.

This is a wonderful example of the municipality and the taxi industry going the proverbial ‘extra mile’ in service of our communities, MEC Vadi said.

Provincial road network

The provincial department has a road network of 5 638km, with 4 250km being paved roads. The network includes 676 bridges and 428 culverts.

We have been hard at work to maintain and upgrade this network. Yet, we are deeply disappointed by the damage that is being done to this network by overloaded freight vehicles and at times community protesters, MEC Vadi said.

The total asset value of the network is calculated at R25.5 billion.

MEC Vadi condemned the damage caused last week to the R59 in Meyerton by service delivery protesters, who had dug a wide and deep trench right across the dual lane road, putting at risk the lives of motorists.

The sad thing about what happened in Meyerton is that protesters threatened and intimidated departmental officials who were on site to repair the road.

While we are mindful of the rights of residents to protest, this should be done within the confines of the law and without damage to public infrastructure, he said.

Transport Month events

During Transport Month, the department will officially open new bus-rapid transit (BRT) routes in the Tshwane city centre and host a rail summit with PRASA to look at safety and service delivery standards, specifically along the Vereeniging-Johannesburg corridor.

A new technological application for travelling information and a pilot of the integrated e-ticket across Gautrain and BRT systems in the province will also be launched.

The rehabilitation of the Double-Decker, Oxford and Federation bridges has been completed and the three lanes on both sides of the M1 freeway will be opened to traffic shortly.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Rise of Avian Bird Flu in Western Cape Concerns Committee

Parliament´┐Ż The Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries notes with concern media reports about the high number of birds culled in the Western Cape due to avian influenza. To date over two million birds have been culled or found dead since the outbreak.

Whilst the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has advised the Committee that it has strict control measures in place, the Committee remains concerned that the outbreak is spreading and increasingly a large number of birds have had to be culled. Thus far, five provinces are affected.

The Chairperson of the Committee, Ms Rosina Semenya, said: The poultry industry is severely hit, resulting in a shortage of birds and an increase in the price of poultry and eggs. This will affect the poor and we call on the national Department to work tirelessly with provincial authorities to curb the outbreak.

The Minister has reassured the Committee that the Department is doing all it can to stem the outbreak and has engaged all stakeholders to put measures in place to keep farm poultry away from wild birds, which are the carriers of avian flu. The Committee urges the Department to work hard to find solutions to defeat this disease.

The Committee also reiterates its call to farmers to contact the Department if they are in need of assistance.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

Woman sought BY Port Shepstone FCS unit for kidnapping

Port Shepstone Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) are making an urgent appeal to the members of the community to assist in tracing the whereabouts of Nqobile Nkonyeni/Ndovela (19) of Gamalakhe. She is wanted for disappearance of a nine-month-old baby Christopher Khutyiswayo. It is alleged that on 23 September 2017, the parents of baby Christopher left him in the care of an Aunt Nqobile Nkonyeni/Ndovela. She then took of the baby from Mbayimbi area, Murchison, Port Shepstone, all attempt to contact her were unsuccessful. A warrant of arrest has been issued against her. We appeal to anyone with information of her whereabouts or who can assist police in tracing the suspect, and information that may assist in finding the baby to contact Constable Nurse Ngubane on 039 688 7900 or 082 334 9682. Our Crime Stop number can also be contacted on 08600 10111.

Source: South African Police Service

Minister Malusi Gigaba on amending regulations and withdraws exemptions

Minister makes amendments to regulations and withdraws exemptions

The Minister of Finance, Malusi Gigaba, has amended the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Control (MLTFC) Regulations, and withdrawn Exemptions made in terms of the Financial Intelligence Centre Act, 2001 (FIC Act), effective 2 October 2017. The Government Notices to this effect were published in the following Gazettes:

a) 29 September 2017, No. 41153; (link) and

b) 29 September 2017, No. 41154 (link).

The amendments to the MLTFC Regulations and the withdrawal of exemptions were previously published in draft form for public consultation, and the comments received were considered. In addition, the amendments to the MLTFC Regulations were amended where necessary.

These amendments to the MLTFC Regulations and the withdrawal of exemptions coincide with the commencement of a number of amendments to the FIC Act, which the Minister had announced on 13 June 2017 (link). This provides the legal basis for a shift in the measures to protect the integrity of the South African financial system to a risk-based approach, which modernises the manner institutions undertake customer due diligence and encourages innovation in the way they deal with their customers.

Single transaction threshold and withdrawal of exemptions:

Institutions should determine what constitutes single transactions in the context of their own business, and provide for the application of a single transaction threshold in so far as they accommodate such transactions. The Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC), in collaboration with the National Treasury, the South African Reserve Bank and the Financial Services Board, has issued guidance in Guidance Note 7 (link), in this respect that may be of assistance to institutions.

While the withdrawal of exemptions may impact institutions’ compliance approach to the customer due diligence requirements of the FIC Act; nevertheless, institutions may continue to be guided by the content of the withdrawn exemptions in the implementation of their compliance approaches. This is also addressed further in the guidance issued by the FIC.

Although a few objections were received on the withdrawal of some exemptions, these were not supported by adequate empirical data; consequently, sufficient information was not provided to retain the exemptions in question.

Further consultations on new exemptions may be considered in sectors where it can be clearly demonstrated that such exemptions are necessary and will not undermine the objectives of the FIC Act.

Mandatory reporting and implementation of a risk-based approach:

Certain comments indicated a concern that to prescribe information sets for reporting in accordance with the FIC Act precludes institutions from applying a risk-based approach to customer due diligence.

To address this concern, the proposed amendments to the MLTFC Regulations concerning the new reporting requirements have been aligned with the introduction of a risk-based approach in the FIC Act.

Furthermore, to clarify the expectations regarding mandatory reporting, the FIC has issued guidance in Guidance Notes 4A (link), 5B (link), 6 (link) and 7 (link) on how institutions should best manage their mandatory reporting obligations within the context of a risk-based approach to customer due diligence.

Source: Government of South Africa