Daily Archives: August 14, 2018

SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT TAKES NOTE OF COURT RULING TO APPOINT NEW NDPP

PRETORIA– The Presidency says it has taken note of the ruling by the Constitutional Court, South Africa’s highest court, which declares as invalid and unconstitutional the appointment of Shaun Abrahams as the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP).

Justice Mbuyiseni Madlanga on Monday said the appointment of Abrahams was invalid because the removal of his predecessor, Mxolisi Nxasana, was also constitutionally invalid because of the fact that former President Jacob Zuma bought him out of office.

“The Presidency is currently studying the judgment, cognizant of the order of the court directing the President to appoint a new National Director of Public Prosecutions within 90 days of this order,” the Presidency said here Monday.

“In studying this judgment, The Presidency is guided by the undertaking given by President Cyril Ramaphosa in the February 2018 State of the Nation Address that South Africa’s law enforcement institutions would be strengthened and shielded from external interference or manipulation.”

President Ramaphosa had also stated that urgent attention would be given to leadership issues at the National Prosecuting Authority to ensure that this critical institution is stabilised and able to perform its mandate unhindered.

Under Section 179(1) (a) of the South African Constitution, a National Director of Public Prosecutions is appointed by the President, as head of the national executive.

The Presidency said steps to be taken arising from the Constitutional Court judgment will be communicated in due course.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Operation Buya Mthetho in full swing at the hostel as unlicensed firearms are recovered

Operation Buya Mthetho is in full swing and gradually realising its objective of eradicating and combating crime in Gauteng. This was seen when police, in full force, tackled the George Gogh Hostel and recovered unlicensed firearms and dangerous weapons.

Gauteng SAPS and Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department members, led by Acting Gauteng Deputy Provincial Commissioner Policing, Major General Sithole, raided the hostel with the intention of recovering unlawful firearms and illegal substances.

This mission was accomplished when three unlicensed firearms and other dangerous weapons were recovered. Furthermore, police arrested six suspects after they were found with drugs, dagga and selling liquor without a permit.

The arrested suspects will appear at Magistrate’s Court soon.

Source: South African Police Service

Teacher killed, suspect(s) sought

NELSPRUIT – Police are looking for suspect(s) responsible for the death of a 50 year old teacher, Florence Nyundu from Sifunindlela Trust, Kabokweni, near White River.

Nyundu was found murdered yesterday, 13 August 2018, at approximately 01:00, when police were summoned to the local hospital after she had been brought in by family members with a gunshot wound on her upper body. The reason for her murder is currently unknown and police are investigating.

Any person with information that could assist police in their investigation as well tracking down of the perpetrator(s), is urged to contact Captain Shaka Nkosi at 082 525 4637 or Sergeant Shikisha Sifunda at 076 598 1945. The SAPS Crime Stop number may also be called at 08600 10111.

Source: South African Police Service

Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane holds women’s dialogue in KwaZulu-Natal, 16 Aug

As South Africa celebrates women during the month of August, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) has convened a number of events celebrating women, including the annual South African Women in Science Awards.

In the run-up to the prestigious women in science event, the Minister of Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, will hold a women’s dialogue with young girls in the rural eDumbe region of KwaZulu-Natal.

Young women in this municipality bear the brunt of poverty, domestic violence and unemployment. The high school drop-out rate, particularly among young girls, is disturbingly high, and almost half of the young people in the area are unemployed.

The dialogue is aimed at inspiring young women to participate in local and economic development. The event also hopes to encourage girls to pursue subjects like mathematics and science. The Minister will also hand over dignity packs to the young girls.

The DST’s Women’s Month events are aligned with the government’s initiatives and held under the theme celebrating Mama Albertina Sisulu.

Source: Government of South Africa

Minister Senzeni Zokwana commends AgriSA for condemning Afriforum statement

Minister Senzeni Zokwana Commends AgriSA

Minister Senzeni Zokwana has commended AgriSA for publicly condemning the Afriforum statement about the so-called list of farms that government plans to expropriate.

Afriforum is so intent in stigmatizing the current parliamentary process around land expropriation without compensation such that peddling of lies, such as these claims of an existing list of farms to be expropriated by government, is made without shame. This latest confusion by Afriforum following their overseas drive to mobilize negative sentiments against South Africa is an act of sabotage. It is an act against the national interest of the country said Minister Zokwana.

We call upon all farmer organization, like AgriSA has demonstrated, to work with the government in this crucial time of such parliamentary process. We must isolate Afriforum as any organization of added value on this question. As government, We want to emphasize that the process of amendment of section 25 and the reform process in that nuanced context will not undermine food security and agricultural sector as a critical economic contributor to our country.

We reassure that government will undertake a careful process mindful of all the factors, he concluded.

Source: Government of South Africa