Daily Archives: October 26, 2017

Joe Maila a champion for the poor

Late spokesperson Joe Maila was committed to ensuring that children from impoverished communities do not go to school barefooted, says 1Million School Shoes Campaign Chairperson Thabiso Chauke.

Addressing Maila’s memorial service in Pretoria on Thursday, Chauke said his children should be proud of their father because he was a champion for the poor.

He was a man who quietly performed heroic acts in the lives of poor children across the country, Chauke said.

Maila was one of the co-founders of the 1Million School Shoes Campaign, a Non-Profit organisation, which provides school shoes to Quantile 1 as well as Quantile 2 schools.

The organisation which was founded about two years ago has reached more than 5000 primary and high school pupils across the country.

Maila was always the first to identify the children who needed more than school shoes and he would do his best to assist them.

He would dig deep in his pocket to help children, over and above the donation of the 1Million School Shoes Campaign, Chauke said.

According to Chauke, Maila once identified an orphanage in Hammanskraal, in northern Gauteng and donated a bed.

He then approached two members privately to assist him to buy the orphanage some groceries. He ensured that we bought the basics that were needed to run the home, Chauke said.

He said Maila had a special relationship with the children and loved his own children.

He was a consummate professional who represented us well and was very passionate, often argued for his views to be heard. He was a warm person, full of life and jokes.

He was the one who laughed without reservation, smiled unconditionally, gave without expectations, cried at the sight of poverty, and shared the little that he had, went all out for his loved ones and put people first, Chauke said.

He said Maila served the country with love and commitment.

I invite and challenge all of you to join our cause in ensuring that we better the lives of the people of our country and the children who are hopeless because of school shoes. I am inviting you to help us restore their dignity, Chauke said.

Next week the 1Million School Shoes Campaign will dedicate its handover of about 400 school shoes in Carletonville, Western Gauteng, to Maila.

1Million School Shoes Campaign spokesperson Roleta Lebelo said in all of the handovers that the organisation has had, Maila always went beyond the call of duty.

He would leave us and go to the shops to buy groceries or a uniform for someone. Sometimes when we get to a school and we are short of shoes or we have the wrong sizes, Maila is the first one to offer to go and buy the shoes.

He was a planner and a strategist, he would always come up with ideas of how we can better the 1Million School Shoes Campaign, Lebelo said.

Maila, who was the spokesperson for the Minister of Health, passed away last Thursday. He is survived by his wife and two children. His funeral will be held on Saturday in Limpopo.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Two suspects arrested for the possession of unlicensed firearms

Today, 26 October 2017 at about 01:00, members of the Kokstad Stock Theft Police together with Afsondering Police arrested two suspects, aged 53 and 65 years, for the possession of unlicensed firearms at Pamlaville Village, next to Matatiele.

Police were busy conducting a stock-raid at the said village, after receiving information of stock which was seen roaming in the village and as well as people who were suspected of being involved in stock theft. Upon searching homesteads in the area, they found the unlicensed firearms as well as ammunition.

The suspects will appear in the Maluti Magistrate Court at tomorrow, 27 October 2017, on charges of possession of unlicensed firearms.

Source: South African Police Service


JOHANNESBURG, Oct 26 (NNN-SABC) — A much anticipated meeting of top leaders from South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) and its partners in the Tripartite Alliance — the South African Communist Party and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) will take place here Thursday with the recent Cabinet reshuffle expected to a major topic of discussion.

The SACP will use the meeting to once again ask President Jacob Zuma to resign, more so following his decision to drop SACP leader Blade Nzimande from the the Cabinet. Cosatu, the country’s largest labour federation, has also been calling for Zuma to resign. Also attending the meeting of the Alliance Political Council n will be top leaders of rge South African National Civic Organization (Sanco).

The Alliance Political Council is made up of the ANC’s top six leaders and the national leaders from Cosatu, SACP and Sanco.

In September, the meeting was cancelled before it started following calls by the SACP for President Zuma to step down and the removal of SAC General Secretary Nzimande from the Cabinet since then has strengthened their resolve.

SACP Deputy Secretary General Solly Mapaila said Wednesday: The manner in which the president did this, it was a point of humiliation rather than of political differences.

Cosatu President Sdumo Dlamini said: It’s unavoidable although we have not agreed on the agenda of the meeting. It is not an issue. That is a small issue.

Political analyst Professor Stephen Friedman said the ANC needs to create a conducive environment for the alliance to hold together.

The ANC is optimistic the alliance partners will find each other to heal the tensions. Its Deputy Secretary General, Jessie Duarte. said: We have always been able over the years to find each other after the debate and discussion being extremely honest with one another and that is really what a revolutionary alliance is about. It’s not to dwell on misgiving, but to look at how you take your partnership forward.

Prof Friedman said the ANC needs to create a conducive environment for the alliance to hold. The President reshuffled his Cabinet and half his top six say they were not consulted. That obviously creates problems. The other side now feels it is important to heckle the president at meetings rather than to engage. Unless the ANC is able to create the situation in which the competing side can talk to each other rather shout at each other, the situation is going to continue.

The Alliance Political Council meeting had been postponed a number of times because of disagreement over the agenda. The last such meeting was in October last year, when partners discussed the ANC’s poor performance in the 2016 local government elections.

Resolutions at that meeting included urging members of different formations to exercise high levels of discipline, be exemplary in their conduct and respect the outcomes of Alliance processes.

The meeting is scheduled for two days.


Presidency warns against phishing schemes

Office of the Deputy President warns against phishing schemes

The Office of the Deputy President has been alerted to various instances in which suspected criminals are using email aliases incorporating elements of Cyril Ramaphosa or Deputy President to target businesses and members of the public.

The email aliases include numbers or special characters and are often linked to global domains instead of the official gov.za used by South African government departments and entities.

Some of the suspicious mails make reference to or are addressed to credible institutions, such as the China Development Bank, as part of misleading mail recipients.

Persons receiving apparently fake emails or other means of electronic communications with offers of investment or other opportunities are advised to exercise caution, including not opening links embedded in such messages, and reporting suspicions to the police.

Source: Government of South Africa

Presidency on review of Public Protector remedial action

Update on review of Public Protector remedial action

At the hearing of the review application into the lawfulness of the remedial action taken by the Public Protector in her state of capture report issued on 2 November 2016, the President abandoned prayer 1.2 of his relief which required the Court to remit the matter back to the Public Protector in the event that the President was successful.

The President has stated in Parliament that he was awaiting the finalisation of the review application in order to establish a commission of inquiry, not through dictation.

Given the President’s unequivocal undertaking to establish a commission of inquiry, it was a logical conclusion not to ask the Court to refer the matter back to the Public Protector for further investigation in the event that the President was successful.

The abandonment of the prayer to refer the matter back to the Public Protector will provide the President with the opportunity to act on what he had stated in Parliament, mindful that such a process must enjoy public confidence that its outcome is credible and legitimate.

Source: Government of South Africa