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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.


Justice, Police and Health Ministers brief media on corruption allegations at State Attorney’s Office, 14 Aug

Minister of Justice, Advocate Michael Masutha together with the Police Minister Bheki Cele, Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi and the Special Investigation Unit head Advocate, Andy Mothibi will tomorrow Tuesday, 14 August 2018 brief the media on the presidential proclamation authorising SIU to investigate corruption allegations levelled against the office of the State Attorney.

Source: Government of South Africa

MEC Sihle Zikalala visits site of fatal boat accident in Richards Bay, 08 Aug

MEC Zikalala to pay urgent visit to site of fatal boat accident in Richards Bay

The MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Mr Sihle Zikalala and the CEO of KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board, Mr Mthokozisi Radebe will today pay an urgent visit to the Newark Beach in Richards Bay where a boat carrying officials responsible for serving shark safety gear capsized early today.

While details of the incident still remain sketchy, a boat allegedly capsized while carrying five Sharks Board employees. Rescue operation is currently taking place.

Source: Government of South Africa

Eskom launches National Electricity Safety Month

Electricity related injuries and deaths will come under the spotlight as Eskom has embarked on its National Electricity Safety Month.

During the course of August, Eskom officials will visit various communities and schools around the country to educate South Africans about using electricity safely and responsibly.

The aim of the campaign, said the power utility on Wednesday, is to ensure that people don’t suffer serious or fatal injuries due to the unsafe use of electricity.

One person losing their life or getting injured because of the unsafe use of electricity is simply one too many, especially because these are avoidable incidents. We as Eskom want to eliminate all injuries and fatalities caused by electricity and ask communities to help us in this continuous battle.

We know what the biggest causes of these dangerous incidents are and therefore appeal to all South Africans to assist us by not connecting illegally and making sure that all electrical cables and appliances in the home are safe and in a good condition.

We place more emphasis on electricity safety in August every year, but our campaigns and community education sessions run throughout the year, said Corporate Occupational Health and Safety Senior Manager at Eskom, Miranda Moahlodi.

Last year, a number of members of the public passed away and many suffered serious injuries due to unsafe or illegal uses of electricity, and other electricity-related issues.

The main cause was illegal connections, which are extremely dangerous since these are made with no or poor insulation, or that the wires touch other metal objects such as shacks or fences, which then become energised and could electrocute people.

While issues like illegal connections, vandalism, electricity/cable theft, meter tampering and bypassing are national problems, there are some areas with a high prevalence. These hot spot areas are in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.

Eskom officials will be shining the spotlight on these areas during this week and bringing members of the public important messages on how to stay safe from harm, said Moahlodi.

Eskom is looking to use this intensive month-long campaign to also encourage all community members to report any unsafe conditions or connections they come across by calling 08600 ESKOM (37566).

These include exposed electrical wiring, low-hanging cables, illegal connections and cable theft.

Our major concern in the case of illegal connections is that danger is posed not only to the people who make the connections but also to the rest of their community, particularly children. These connections unfairly inconvenience law-abiding and paying customers, as they often cause power failures due to overloading of the network, said Moahlodi.

The power utility has urged South Africans to always get qualified electricians to do any electrical connections or repairs.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Wits and NWU in the driving seat in Round Three

NWU will host UL on Thursday at the NWU-Mafikeng Stadium in a game the home side will want to use to solidify their position as one of the competition leaders.

Monde Hlatshwayo’s men are returning home from a 2-0 victory over UKZN making it two-from-two after their 2-1 win over UWC in Round One. A victory over the newly promoted UL would put NWU in the driving seat ahead of their home clash against TUT in Mahikeng the next week.

UL will have a lift in confidence going into the game. The recently promoted UL took a heavy 7-1 defeat against UJ in their fixture but seemed to shake off the cobwebs and held a vivacious TUT side to a 1-1 all draw. UL will hope they can replicate their strong defensive effort against NWU.

NWU take on UL at 16:00 on 9 August at the NWU-Mafikeng Stadium. Live on SS4 and SS10.

Bragging rights at stake in Johannesburg Derby

Valuable points, but more importantly, bragging rights will be on the table when UJ and Wits play their hands at the UJ Soweto Campus on Thursday.

UJ will arrive at their home stadium with a massive 7-1 victory over UL and 1-1 draw against UP-Tuks under their belt after two home games. Wits on the other hand are coming two successive victories after defeating UKZN in a 3-2 thriller in Durban and then taking a 1-0 victory over UWC in Johannesburg.

UJ captain Potoko Mametja believes the bragging rights on offer will definitely add spice to an already momentous fixture, while his side are keen to impress their home crowd.

Playing Wits is always an exciting game, it’s not just the Johannesburg Derby, it’s definitely also about fighting for bragging rights to see who’s the best in Jo’burg. I think they are going to try and avenge themselves after we beat them 4-1 at their home ground last season. We are ready for anything.

As for my team, it’s going to be a big one, we are playing at home, the pressure is on us. We never want to disappoint the home crowd, I think we are going to manage the game well.

Wits captain Mahle Mtabane explained the level of competition between the two sides is close to the PSL, while echoing Mametja’s sentiment on being the best in Johannesburg.

Playing UJ is always going to be difficult since it’s a derby. The atmosphere at the stadium for both teams and players is probably the closest we feel to being part of a PSL (Premier Soccer League) match in my opinion.

We also would like to be considered the best team in Jo’burg. It’s also a grudge match considering the result of last year.

UJ will host Wits at the UJ Soweto Campus Stadium at 18:15 on Thursday, 9 August. Live on SS4 and SS10.

Tuks search for first win

Current Varsity Football champions Tuks, hope to claim vital points as they take on UKZN in Tshwane on Thursday.

Defending champions, Tuks, who are known for slow beginnings, will hope to grab all three points and continue their record of following up slow starts with breath-taking football as the tournament progresses. In their first match, they lost to their city rivals TUT by 2-1 and thereafter drew one-all with UJ.

Debutantes UKZN on the other hand, will be looking to revive some sort of hope in the tournament as they will be playing their first away match ever, following their 3-2 and 2-0 home defeats to Wits and NWU respectively. At the moment they sit rock bottom of the table with no points. UKZN also have a history of coming strong towards the end of the game and will be looking to continue with that record.

The points will be crucial for both teams in the match as the two teams are separated by just a single point between them, and both have not yet tasted victory in the tournament.

The match will take place at the Tuks Stadium on Thursday and the kick-off is at 18:30pm.

UWC determined to turn season around

UWC captain Clinton Herwel believes his side can change their fortunes after two successive losses on the road.

The men from Belville have lost two games in a row, after being defeated 2-1 in Mahikeng by NWU, they then lost 1-0 to Wits after holding the Braamfontein side goalless for most of the game with substitute Waylan Rooi giving Wits the advantage on the 80-minute mark.

Herwel conceded two defeats on the trot is not how UWC wanted to start the season.

It’s been a tough start to the Varsity Football 2018 campaign as we lost two consecutive games. It’s never easy playing away because there are certain factors which are out of our hands, but we need to focus on ourselves and what we good at.

The experienced skipper is adamant that his side has what it takes to make it to the business end of the competition.

UWC is known for their character and fighting spirit, and this needs to be active for the remainder of the season. Our next game is against TUT, at home which is our fortress, Herwel said.

I still believe we can go all the way, but our fate is in our own hands. We need to get positive results going forward, by all means try our best to win every game but taking one game at a time and take each game as a final. We are a talented group of guys, but we need execute it on the field of play. We need to bounce back and get our confidence up again and hopefully it can happen Thursday.

UWC will host TUT at 18:30 at the UWC Sports Stadium on 9 August.

Source: South African Football Association