Mayor who faced Sindiso Magaqa murder charges elected as KZN deputy speaker – How is this even possible?

The appointment of Mluleki Ndobe as deputy speaker in the KwaZulu-Natal legislature on Wednesday has ruffled feathers.

The provincial legislature sat for the first time on Wednesday for the swearing-in of Sihle Zikalala as premier, as well as speakers and new MPLs.

Zikalala hailed his election as a responsibility to serve the people of the province, rather than a position. Delivering his acceptance speech after being sworn in by KZN judge president Achmat Jappie in the provincial legislature in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday, Zikalala pledged that he would not disappoint the people.

“I’m conscious of the fact that this is not a position but rather a responsibility to serve our people,” he said.

Zikalala, who takes over from outgoing premier Willies Mchunu, also called on various political parties in the legislature to work together for the people of the province.

“We’re coming from different political p
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Innocent until proven guilty? Prasa places three executives on special leave, terminates former secretary’s contract – wonder if those placed on special leave will still receive full remuneration?

The suspension and placement on special leave of these executives, is to ensure a fair process based on a principle of innocent until proven guilty.

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has announced that it has terminated the employment contract of its former company secretary Matome Mohube with immediate effect.

This comes after a disciplinary hearing on various charges involving various charges including falsifying board resolutions.

“Our commitment as Prasa is to make sure that we have a calibre of individuals and employees that are ethical, honorable and who understand the mandate of this organisation and their role in contributing to delivering public value for this country.

“We are focused on delivering efficient service to the commuters who experience hardships associated with over-crowding, delays and cancellations, and, are determined rid Prasa of corruption, nepotism and administrative inefficiencies,” said g
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South African Municipal Workers’ Union goes after corrupt officials for plundering R88m from workers’ coffers

The embattled South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) said on Wednesday that it has mandated its national office bearers to open criminal cases against other persons and companies involved in stealing money from the union account.

This as Samwu confirmed that the workers’ coffers had been plundered of almost R88 million in just three years and said that the report into this wide-scale plundering had been kept under wraps.

Samwu said the bank accounts had a combined balance of just more than R94.5 million by 3 November 2015, but this had drastically decreased and the union’s bank balance was over R6.2 million, and not the R538 which has been widely reported in the media.

“The special CEC has therefore resolved that the attorneys which have been implicated in the report should be removed from the union’s panel of attorneys and also be reported to the law society,” it said.

“Employees who have been im
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Estimated 5 000 workers to lose their jobs at Tongaat Hulett in KZN as property giant restructures its business, its not known whether restructuring will be BEE compliant

The sugar and property giant is the largest employer on the lower North Coast and one of the largest in the province.

An estimated 5 000 workers are set to lose their jobs as South African agriculture and property giant Tongaat Hulett restructures its business, North Coast Courier reports.

The beleaguered company would not confirm the actual number of retrenchments, but informed sources said the workforce totalling 30 000 would be cut by about 16 per cent, or 5 000 jobs.

The company is the largest employer on the lower North Coast and one of the largest in the province.

Recently appointed CEO Gavin Hudson initiated a comprehensive assessment of Tongaat’s finances by accounting firm Price Waterhouse Coopers amid reports of financial anomalies which saw the company’s value drop to the lowest level in two decades.

The share price has fallen from around R80 last August to R20.16 this week.

The company’s problems have been
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Horrible cost of violence against trucks in South Africa – truck drivers under siege by rock throwing thugs

Rocks being hurled directly at truck drivers is “something new” as a spate of attacks on the “soft targets” plays out on the country’s roads – some of them deadly.

That was the warning sounded by Road Freight Association (RFA) CEO Gavin Kelly on Wednesday, as reports of more rock-throwing and looting incidents emerged.

“Throwing rocks or stones from overhead bridges is something new. We’ve had rocks packed on the road or roads being closed off to bring the truck to a standstill and then burnt. But these incidents now are attacks directly on the driver,” Kelly said.

“One can compare it to what happened in the 80s and the 90s. There is a lot.”

Road Freight Association reports and in accordance their database, 320 people – nearly one person a day on average – died in the road freight industry over the past year due to crime or violent service delivery protests.

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‘K-word’ can only be offensive when used by whites, says black lawyer

The alleged threat made by businessman Peter-Paul Ngwenya that he would kill his former business associates is a fabrication, the defence argued on Thursday.

“The accused denies emphatically that he uttered the words that he ‘would kill these dogs’. It’s a concoction,” said Ngwenya’s lawyer, advocate Nqabayethu Buthelezi, during closing arguments in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court.

Ngwenya is facing charges of contravening a protection order and of crimen injuria for allegedly calling Investec chair and former long-term friend, Fani Titi, the k-word in a text message.

The conflict between Ngwenya and Titi stems from a business deal that turned sour.

Ngwenya allegedly sent SMSes telling MRC Media managing director Aqeel Patel “you will bleed,” and that Titi would “see his mother” – regarded by Titi as a threat to his life.

Buthelezi said it was improbable that N
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Refuse backlog woes continues at Tlokwe Municipality, governed by the ANC- Only two garbage trucks left to collect refuse in Potchefstroom due to mismanagement and ageing fleet

Refuse backlog woes continues to be an impediment to restore Potchefstroom and Ikageng to the clean and impeccable state it was in the past.

Washington Ncogolo, the spokesperson of the waste management employees says although they are trying their best and walking an extra mile to keep the city clean, they are now left with only two trucks to cover the whole areas.

“On 7 May we were using only one truck to collect refuse and waste. On 13 May, the municipality provided us with the second truck.”

He explained that they have 12 teams on the ground for refuse removal. “We have to rotate two teams on two trucks and always have to cover long routes and end up working throughout the night. It is not safe for us, but we are trying our best,” he said.

“The main problem why we are battling to keep the areas clean is the shortage of the trucks. “The municipality promised that in the beginning of May or end of May we will have 6 trucks. W
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Good grief! – Their term just started but a few MP’s are already sleeping in Parliament

As the swearing-in of MPs for the country’s sixth democratic Parliament got off to a start on Wednesday, a photo taken by a witness is spreading like a wild fire on social media.

It seems like these parliamentarians are finding the proceedings very tiring or just plain boring since they are captured sound asleep during events. With the new term still ahead, we can just shake our heads in astonishment and wonder what the feature has in store for our fellow South-Africans.

SA news team

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It pays to be a politician – These are some of the perks awaiting new MPs – Cellphones, R1-million salaries, free flights and airport parking

When the 400 newly elected members of the national assembly, and 90 members of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), are sworn in on May 22, they can expect a host of benefits. Aside from a minimum R1.1 million annual salary, each member will also get accommodation, travel expenses and transport for their dependents.

Khuthala Noah, parliamentary media relations manager, told Business Insider South Africa that the benefits are continually reviewed and updated to cater for changing needs.

She said perks for the upcoming MP term include:

88 domestic journeys per year which can either be by air, train, bus or vehicle.
Transport to and from South African airports.
Parking at South African airports.
Transport of dependents.
Relocation costs.
“Tools of trade”, which include mobile phones, tablets and laptops.
Equipment, furniture and stationery for MPs’ offices inside the national assembly.
Personal a
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WATCH | SA farm murders and attacks: Polygraph Analyst Identifies that it’s ‘inside jobs’!(SHARE)

Silke Kaiser, a polygraph analyst who has worked on more than 300 farm attack cases in South Africa, says that farm attacks are ‘inside jobs’ as employees provide detailed security information to the hit squads who commit the murders.

The motivation is to steal guns, money and jewelry. Kaiser says that rape, torture and murder are pre-planned and are related to witchcraft. She explains how farmers can avoid attacks as very few arrests are made and when there is an arrest, the police are paid off to lose the dockets so there is no prosecution.


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Eskom ticking time bomb! – National power utility managed by ANC-regime, debt jumps to nearly R500-billion and is currently the biggest threat to the SA’s economy

Embattled South African state power utility Eskom’s debt burden, described by Goldman Sachs Group as the biggest threat to the nation’s economy, has burgeoned, compounding the difficulty the government faces in formulating a turnaround plan.

The company’s debt is approaching R500-billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg from public records, including bonds and issued loans, up from about R370-billion a year ago. While the utility declined to comment on the current number, its CEO, Phakamani Hadebe, last month put total debt at about R450-billion.

Eskom hasn’t been selling enough power to cover its operating costs and interest payments, and has been forced to implement rotating blackouts over the past few years to prevent a collapse of the national grid as its fleet of ageing and poorly maintained plants struggled to keep pace with demand.

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced plans earlier this year to split the company into three
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Illegal BLF land invasions – 16 farm owners have applied for interdicts to stop the party from occupying farm land

Sixteen farm owners have so far applied for interdicts to stop the Black First Land First (BLF) from occupying farmland of which five have been granted within a week in two separate matters.

In the latest case Judge Derek Wille on Monday granted an order in favour of Zindro Properties (Pty) Ltd, Trikores (Pty) Ltd, Altydgedacht Durbanville (Pty) and Antikes (Pty) Ltd.

The order interdicts and restrains the BLF from erecting or attempting to erect any form of structure on the properties; occupying the property; or unlawfully demonstrating at or within 200m from the property or uttering threats of invasion.

The properties were purchased for around R71million.

In terms of the order the SA Police Services assisted by law enforcement agencies, as required, are also authorised and directed to take steps to prevent an unlawful deprivation of rights to property arising from any invasion or occupation.

In court papers, Evangelosgeorges Kolo
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