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www.citypress.co.za 9 771016 396005 4 5 1 8 INSIDE VOICES INSIDE VOICES KENEILWE MABAPA, MONDLI MAKHANYA, TIMOTHY MOLOBI, SIPHO PITYANA t t# # THE gqom gqom BARBIE PLUS PLUS TRAVEL TRAVEL MOVIES MOVIES PERSONAL PERSONAL FINANCE FINANCE GIVEAWAYS GIVEAWAYS WINNIE A WOMAN IN FULL VOICES VOICES NGWAKO MODJADJI firstname.lastname@example.org A former senior executive of the scandal- ridden VBS Mutual Bank has revealed that a branch manager was ordered to make a R3 million payment to fund the national congress held by the SA Communist Party (SACP) last year, allegedly in exchange for the party’s silence on the bank’s relationship with the controversial Gupta family.
City Press can reveal that Vele Investments, which is the majority shareholder of the soon to be defunct bank, used one of its subsidiary companies to pay the SACP’s R3 million bill for the use of facilities at the Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni.
The senior executive, who was at the centre of the bank’s activities and has requested anonymity, has told City Press how Vele Investments – VBS’s parent company – conspired to use a subsidiary company account to conceal the link to the SACP payment. The senior executive’s revelations are the first to draw the SACP national office into the VBS saga after it fiercely denied any links to the bank. The ANC has already admitted that it received R2 million from VBS, and has undertaken to pay the money back. The senior executive alleged this week that a senior SACP official demanded a R3 million payment from former VBS chairperson Tshifhiwa Matodzi to stop making “noise” about VBS’s relationship with the Gupta family.
In January last year, almost a year after the country’s four major banks closed the accounts associated with the Guptas, VBS announced that it was following suit after discussions among the bank’s bosses. Months later, the SACP learnt that VBS had allowed Gupta entities to open new business accounts. The senior executive detailed how Matodzi ordered the branch manager to make a R3 million payment a day before the start of the SACP’s national congress. “On July 6 2017, he [the branch manager] got a WhatsApp message from Matodzi saying that he must make a payment of R3 million for the SACP national congress.
Matodzi told him that he was getting pressure from SACP leaders to have that payment done because the SACP congress was starting the following day. “He was instructed to move R4 million from Vele Investments’ bank account to MML Food Services’ bank account. From there, R3 million was directly transferred into the Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre’s bank account with the reference of the SACP. This was done to ensure that it cannot be traced.” MML Food Services is a subsidiary of Vele Investments, which was a majority shareholder in VBS. Matodzi, who was the chairperson of both VBS and Vele, is the central character in the VBS scandal.
Matodzi and his associates have been positively identified as the main beneficiaries of the massive fraud at VBS. In the explosive forensic report released by the SA Reserve Bank last month, which was authored by Advocate Terry Motau, MML Food Services is mentioned as one the companies that received a R19 million deposit and a R17.5 million facility from sister company VBS. Matodzi declined to comment yesterday, saying: “I have no comment on anything that has to do with VBS.” The chief executive officer of MML Food Services, Ronald Letsoalo, and Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre director Jazzman Mahlakgane ignored repeated requests for comment.
The senior executive also revealed that the system had to be programmed to allow the R3 million to go off and be available in the next bank immediately. “We had to make the payment with RTC [real time clearance]. The intention was to silence SACP leaders from exposing Gupta accounts with VBS,” the senior executive told City Press. According to the senior executive, a branch manager has the authority to make a payment of up to R1 million. Any amount above that has to be authorised by the senior executives at the corporate office level. Another insider within VBS said it appeared that the SACP leaders and VBS executives reached an agreement that R3 million would be paid to cover the costs of the SACP’s national congress.
“It means that there was a prior arrangement. Delegates at the SACP congress enjoyed water and food paid for by VBS,” the insider said. The senior executive said all the transactions done by the branch manager were ordered by Matodzi. Continued on page 2 BANK scandal NOVEMBER 11, 2018 R18.70 (INCL. VAT) NAMIBIA: N$18.70 ,,,, DAILY SUN ATE MY T-SHIRT PAGE 7 VBS BANK PAID MILLIONS FOR SACP In return for the money, the party would stop making ‘noise’ about the bank’s relationship with the controversial Gupta family FUTURISTIC PARADISE Grace Bol walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show New York City, this week.
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JAN-JAN JOUBERT email@example.com T he Constitution is to be changed soon to simplify and expedite expropriation of land without compensation, but the ANC and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) differ completely on how and to what end it should be done. This has emerged from the draft observations and recommendations of the ANC and EFF, respectively, as they gave their inputs into the decision of Parliament’s Constitutional Review Committee, which aims to finish its work this week in order for the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces to debate and vote on its findings before the end of the month.
Huge differences have emerged in the committee on how the issue should be handled. The ANC, EFF and UDM are firmly on the side of expropriation without compensation, the IFP is more difficult to place (but on the record that they oppose it) and the DA, Freedom Front Plus, ACDP and Cope are firmly opposed, especially to changing the Constitution. Parties have until 4pm tomorrow to finalise their inputs, but according to the draft inputs of the ANC and the EFF, copies of which City Press has seen, a change to the Constitution is definitely on the cards, and soon, although the ANC and EFF differ markedly on how and why it should be done.
In its draft input, the ANC notes differences of opinion on whether the current Constitution is an impediment to land reform and on whether it allows for expropriation without compensation. The governing party also acknowledges that differing views exist on whether title deeds (private ownership) or state custodianship of land is preferable. What the ANC is completely convinced of is the urgent need to expedite land reform programmes, and that the impact of any land reform law on the economy, food production, agriculture, investor confidence, exposure of banks and emerging farmers must be carefully calibrated.
The ANC concedes that the lack of state capacity to implement land reform must be addressed, and is adamant that both dignity and cultural practices must be protected.
The draft ANC recommendations firstly state that section 25 of the Constitution (the so-called property clause) must be amended to make explicit what it regards to be implicit already with regards to expropriation of land without compensation, as a legitimate option for land reform. This is to address the historic wrongs caused by the arbitrary dispossession of land, and in so doing assure equitable access to land and further empower the majority of South Africans to be productive participants in ownership, food security and agriculture reform programmes.
The governing party’s draft finding is that Parliament must urgently amend section 25 of the Constitution, that Parliament and Cabinet must ensure that all legislation related to land reform must be enacted urgently and that security of tenure for farm workers, farm tenants and those residing on communal land in trust must be assured.
In its draft input, the EFF notes land hunger across South Africa, especially from dispossessed Africans. It holds that present land reform programmes have done little to change the shape and identity of land ownership. According to the EFF, land is identity and nationhood, not just property, and restoration of African land ownership is necessary to combat the effects of colonisation and colonialism.
The party in red points out that many of the South Africans who made oral inputs at the public hearings on expropriation without compensation believe the current Constitution does not appreciate the deleterious effects of dispossession, and that the Constitution favours the dispossessor over the dispossessed. The EFF argues that the negative wording of section 25 precludes the imperative of restorative justice, and is specifically opposed to section 25(2)(b), which says expropriation must be accompanied by compensation. IF YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEMS AROUND THE HOME DELIVERY OF YOUR NEWSPAPER OR WANT TO SUBSCRIBE, THE DETAILS BELOW WILL HELP CONTACT CENTRE NUMBER: 0861 248 977 EMAIL ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org NEW SUBSCRIBERS SMS LINE: SMS “SUBS” to 32368 SUBSCRIBE TO CITY PRESS SUBSCRIBE TO CITY PRESS .
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You can also contact our Case Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org or lodge a complaint on our website: www.presscouncil.org.za PRESS COUNCIL PRESS COUNCIL Given that the courts currently have the final say on compensation where expropriation is effected, the EFF claims that the wealthy are in the pound seats because litigation favours those with property. Furthermore, the EFF disagrees with section 25’s definition of what is just and equitable, and argues that it is very unlikely that “just and equitable compensation” would ever mean that no compensation would be paid. The party points out that the South Africans who argued during the public hearings that the Constitution already implicitly allows for expropriation without compensation did not explain why, if this is the case, they are not in favour of the explicit clarificatory amendment thereof.
According to the draft EFF document, the party concedes that the capacity of the state and potential corruption by state officials can be cited as problems regarding state-led land reform. The core of the party’s view is encapsulated in its final observation: private land ownership entrenches inequality. The EFF’s recommendations closely mirror its land policies as contained in its seven policy pillars, although at times it seems contradictory. These uncertainties are sure to be ironed out as the ad hoc committee discusses the different parties’ inputs later this week. Firstly, the EFF recommends that the Constitution be changed to allow for expropriation without compensation, and that this be done before the 2019 elections.
It also wants land, water and natural resources to be nationalised and administered by the state on behalf of the people.
Also, the EFF will argue that the state must take steps to make land more accessible, taking into account racial imbalances in land holding. It envisages a land redistribution bill which must be passed as soon as possible, and which would create an independent state land management agency. The party believes in land ownership ceilings, and the institution of an independent land ombudsman to ensure people’s land rights are not violated by the state. It is the EFF’s demand that a bill to change the Constitution be finalised by the end of the year, that a separate bill be passed to protect small-scale farmers and ensure the state procures products from them, and that a moratorium be placed on large-scale land purchases in anticipation of the change in the Constitution.
DEVIL’S IN LAND POLICY DETAIL The ANC and EFF agree land should be expropriated without compensation, but not on why, or how to do it The governing party’s draft finding is that Parliament must urgently amend section 25 of the Constitution ... that all legislation related to land reform must be enacted urgently and that security of tenure for farm workers, farm tenants and those residing on communal land in trust must be assured The EFF claims that the wealthy are in the pound seats because litigation favours those with property. It disagrees with section 25’s definition of what is just and equitable, and argues that it is very unlikely that ‘just and equitable compensation’ would ever mean no compensation would be paid ANC EFF TALENT IN THE MAKING Edward Nkumishe and Zukisa James, from Inkaba Creative Art House, opened the 26th annual Zwakala Festival with their play, titled Ibala, at the Barney Simon Theatre in Newtown yesterday.
The two- day festival is a Market Theatre initiative focusing on young community theatre groups. It aims to give these groups a prominent platform as well as professional guidance to develop their works PHOTO: ROSETTA MSIMANGO The world is your stage ABRAM MASHEGO email@example.com Transnet has made good on its threat to sue its former executives, who were allegedly involved in the controversial 1 064 locomotives tender that saw the Gupta family and their companies score more than R5 billion in kickbacks.
On Friday, Transnet sent subpoenas to Gupta-linked financial services company Regiments Capital, demanding that it repay the R189 million it was overpaid to provide financial services to Transnet in the locomotives acquisition process, the cost of which ballooned from R38.6 billion to R54.5 billion. Transnet also sent a summons to its former chief financial officer Anoj Singh, former group treasurer Phetolo Ramosebudi, former group chief financial officer Garry Pita, and axed group chief executive Siyabonga Gama to pay back the money. In papers filed before the High Court in Johannesburg, Transnet demanded that “the defendants (one paying the other to be absolved) are ordered to pay the sum of R189.24 million”.
Transnet is also seeking interest to be paid on the total amount, which will be determined by the court. The freight logistics group’s lawyers, Mncedisi Ndlovu & Sedumedi Attorneys (MNS Attorneys), gave the former executives and Regiments Capital 10 days to file notice to oppose the lawsuit. City Press has learnt from three sources familiar with the developments that Regiments Capital, as well as Trillian Capital Partners to whom Regiments ceded the contract – which ballooned from R15 million to R166 million – were negotiating an out-of- court settlement with Transnet.
“They have already made offers to Transnet and the discussions are under way,” said an insider privy to discussions.
However, this could not be confirmed with the companies, which could not be reached for comment. In the summons, Transnet outlines its claims and alternative claims against the former executives and Regiments. In the main claim against Regiments, Transnet states in the documents that during the course of its investigations into the locomotives tender, the board became aware of the R151 million overpayment. “Only R15 million was due, owing and payable for the transaction services provided by Regiments, including the arrangements of cross-currency swaps and credit default swaps with JP Morgan,” the papers state.
In the alternative claim, Transnet states that Regiments, Gama, Singh, Ramosebudi and Pita colluded fraudulently to cause Transnet to transfer the R151 million. Gama, Pita, Singh and Ramosebudi could not be reached on their phones yesterday. City Press has also learnt that, in addition to this lawsuit, Transnet will be launching a civil suit against China South Rail, the Gupta-linked manufacturer that received the lion’s share of the tender to build electric locomotives, as well as a locomotive maintenance contract worth hundreds of millions of rands.
TRANSNET SUES FORMER EXECS 2 CITY PRESS, 11 NOVEMBER, 2018 news From page 1 “He would say to the branch manager via WhatsApp or telegram [a secure communications mechanism]: ‘Pay this much to this account.’ All the things the branch manager had paid for were because he got an instruction from Matodzi.” The senior executive said the branch manager told investigators about the payment that was made on behalf of the SACP. “They interviewed him. He told them about the payment he was ordered to make on behalf of the SACP. They omitted to mention that SACP benefited from VBS in the report.” However, SACP national spokesperson Alex Mashilo denied that the party received money from VBS or Vele Investments.
When asked yesterday about the sponsors of the SACP’s national congress last year, Mashilo said: “It comes across as a generally fishing question to ask who has ever made a donation to the SACP. “At its special national congress held in July 2015, the SACP published a financial report for the period dating back to its 13th national congress held in July 2012. The report published a number of details, including an assessment of SACP membership fees and levies. It also identified a number of donors, of whom the core are trade unions. The next financial report, which was made available at the 14th national congress of the party in July 2017, categorised the sources of income received with due regard to the rights of all parties.” Mashilo said that the party’s record spoke for itself.
“It is utterly unfair to make a sweeping allegation against SACP leaders. The SACP has many leaders. The allegation is obviously senseless and dismissed with contempt. The SACP is on record [as saying] that, should any incontrovertible evidence of corruption involving the complicity of its members emerge in any scenario, the party will take decisive against that member,” he said. This week, the SACP in Limpopo suspended its provincial secretary and former Capricorn District Municipality mayor Gilbert Kganyago, whose council illegally deposited R60 million into VBS when he was in charge.
Mashilo said the party had been consistently vocal against the Guptas.
“It is common knowledge that the SACP has been consistently vocal and mobilising against the Guptas’ capture of state authorities in particular and capture of the state in general. The party will not stop, but deepen this just struggle,” Mashilo said. Matodzi, along with his co-directors and his friend Robert Madzonga, stands accused of facilitating the looting of nearly R2 billion at VBS. ANC leaders, notably ANC Limpopo deputy chairperson and Vhembe District Municipality mayor Florence Radzilani and treasurer Danny Msiza were also implicated in the Motau report into the VBS scandal. Radzilani is mentioned in the Motau report as having complained that she “only” received R300 000 for ensuring that millions deposited by the Vhembe District Municipality into VBS were not withdrawn.
Radzilani wrote to ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule last week to deny any involvement in the VBS investment. Msiza is challenging the report in court. TALK TO US What do you make of the SACP’s denial? If allegations are true, should it be forced to pay the money back? SMS us on 35697 using the keyword SACP and tell us what you think. Please include your name and province. SMSes cost R1.50. By participating, you agree to receive occasional marketing material VBS PAID millions FOR SACP ’’ It is common knowledge that the SACP has been consistently vocal and mobilising against the Guptas’ capture of state authorities in particular and capture of the state in general.
The party will not stop, but deepen this just struggle
Yanga Sobetwa was 16 when she stepped up to the audition camera in a casual military green jumpsuit and purple gladiators, her hair simply tied into a bun with her twist braids. She turned 17 in the Idols house and has stepped out glowing and confident with gorgeous natural hair. She’s as confident as she was in the start, so certain she’d pick up a golden ticket she’d already arranged long- distance learning with her school, Rhodes High, ahead of the auditions. She had to prove judges Randall Abrahams and Somizi Mhlongo wrong, who predicted she’d crash. The girl can unleash high notes with that small body and that hoarse voice, and who can forget her showstopper performance where she belted out Letta Mbulu’s hit anthem Not Yet Uhuru – and scored a standing ovation? Heading into the finale, with Somizi laying his jacket on the floor for her to step on, Ms Yanga is queening.
Yanga It was in Joburg that we first met the shy 19-year-old from Alberton, who seemed to have such self-confidence issues you wanted to climb into the TV and hug her. Thando Mngomezulu didn’t even celebrate her golden ticket when she made it into the top 10 – her understated victory dance had Instagram lolling as she literally gave us a Madiba jive. But with time and lots of patience, we got to see Thando emerge from her shell. Today, you can see she loves she stage and has unleashed her inner warrior queen, and, with it, a sense of fun. She nailed her Destiny’s Child rendition and we were all talking about how she had improved, especially after her performance of Soweto Gospel Choir’s Ke Na Le Modisa.
Then Thando topped it all last week with Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never. You better duck because Thando is ready to drop some bombs on stage.
Thando SHY Thando Mngomezulu during her audition at Carnival City in Johannesburg FLY Thando, one of the remaining three contestants, is now confident on stage PHOTO: ROSETTA MSIMANGO Underdog Thato Makape, a barber from Postmasburg in the Northern Cape, travelled 1 250km to Cape Town for the auditions and blew the judges’ hair back with Lauryn Hill’s I Wanna Give You Some Love. He still performed with a guitar back then, which the judges told him to ditch as it was competing with his voice. He’s lost the dye in his dreads, but none of the hunger that has characterised his bid this year. And what a difference a stage coach makes.
Where Thato stood static during his audition, today he’s the hottest dancer on the Idols stage. His versatile voice has found its Afro-pop niche and the six-pack he revealed (and keeps flaunting on stage) sure scored him a good few of those record-breaking votes. His showstopper performance was effortless and full of energy, and it didn’t surprise anyone when Randall Abrahams referred to Thato as a young Usher. Thato HOPEFUL Thato Makape sings for the golden ticket after travelling for a whole day and night VERSATILE Makape has developed as an artist and can ace any type of song PHOTO: ROSETTA MSIMANGO FLEDGLING Yanga Sobetwa was only 16 when she auditioned for the show FIERCE Watching Yanga sing her high notes and powerful songs on stage is bliss PHOTO: ROSETTA MSIMANGO NOMPUMELELO MAGAGULA firstname.lastname@example.org Opinions were divided when the 14th season of Idols SA kicked off in July.
Some said they were over the show, but the sheer number of voters this season has proven that the contest is still popular. Even before next week’s finale at Carnival City in Boksburg, the show has smashed its voting record, with 110 million votes logged so far.
The show has also broken online records, with more than 14 million views on its YouTube channel and more than 100 000 subscribers. Idols SA executive producer and director Gavin Wratten this week said: “Looking at the number of votes that other reality shows in South Africa receive, I would never have imagined that 100 million votes were in any way achievable. To have passed this milestone with the finale still to come is incredible.” Incredible is also how one could describe the transformation of the three Idols left standing. We decided to haul out their audition tapes to look at their now-and-thens.
Cape Town was where last year’s winner Paxton Fielies auditioned, and it’s also where we met two of this year’s final three. . Idols SA is on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) at 5pm FINAL 3 Idols breaks votes record Jourdan Dunn is wearing a pretty dress. Unfortunately it’s too fairy- like for this event and nothing seems to fit her properly. Love the hair though PHOTO: GETTY MISS Janet Jackson is perfect. Saying anything bad about her is quite blasphemous, so I’m just going to keep it moving and hope for future improvement PHOTO: REUTERS MISS While rapper Nicki Minaj might not have had the best musical year and is said to have threatened award shows that she won’t pitch or perform if she doesn’t get an award – just listen to her latest album, it’s mind- boggling how she’d win ...
or rather don’t – but this silver gown by Versace is more Halloween costume than red carpet statement PHOTO: GETTY Camila Cabello – who rose to fame as a member of the girl group Fifth Harmony, formed on the US edition of X- Factor – has been killing it at award shows, but unfortunately forgot that part of being a pop star is killing it on the red carpet too PHOTO: GETTY MISS MISS NTOMBIZODWA MAKHOBA ntombizodwa @citypress.co.za A NC Youth League president Collen Maine’s marriage is said to be on the rocks.
Several well-placed sources claimed that Maine’s wife, Kelebogile (33), has allegedly moved out of the house they shared, after she discovered that Maine (35) was allegedly entertaining himself with other women outside his marriage. Two sources told City Press this week that Maine and Kelebogile are going through a very difficult time, but they are trying to keep it under wraps because they don’t like airing their dirty laundry in public. City Press has learnt that things got ugly in two family meetings. Kelebogile allegedly told the family elders that she had tried so many times to give Maine a second chance, but that she was tired of his infidelity.
“Even Maine’s parents tried to save their son’s marriage, but it seems both families have failed. As a result, Kelebogile has since decided to pack her bags and leave the opulent double-storey mansion they shared in Tshwane,” said sources close to Maine.
Another source said that, even after the two family meetings, there was very little the relatives could do to help fix their marriage. “It is clear that Kelebogile has made up her mind. Maine has hurt her so many times,” said the source. When called for comment on Friday, Maine laughed out loud. “This is very funny,” he said before he hung up. This week City Press tried to track down Kelebogile who has a number of accounts on social media. She used to work for the National Youth Development Agency, as well as a construction company. But aside from those details, she appears to have managed to keep her private life very private.
The two, both of whom are from North West, have been together for more than eight years. Several attempts to contact Kelebogile this week were fruitless. She did not respond to messages or emails. But this is not the first time Maine has allegedly cheated on his wife. Three years ago, when he was still North West MEC for local government and human weeks after he was elected youth league president. The double-storey, triple-garage home on a large erf in the Woodhill Residential Estate and Country Club backed on to the greens of an 18- hole championship golf course.
Maine originally submitted a cash offer and the Guptas’ lawyer remitted the entire amount from the Bank of India.
In response at the time, Maine said: “I don’t know who is discussing those things with you. I have gone to the bank. I have got an agreement with the bank on how I pay the house for 20 years, so I would not then discuss my private issues in public any more.” In April Maine admitted for the first time to meeting the controversial Gupta family. “We must be honest about this comrades. Some of us did not take ourselves there, we were taken there.
“And I must confess that I was not taken to the Guptas by former president Jacob Zuma, but by Supra Mahumapelo, [the former North West premier]. And this is the truth,” he claimed. settlements, Sunday Sun reported that he cheated on Kelebogile with another woman. It was alleged he had been caught red-handed with another woman in Mahikeng. The tabloid alleged that an angry Kelebogile broke all the windows of their house using rocks and a steel pipe. At the time Maine complained about the story to the press ombudsman, but the complaint was dismissed.
Maine is serving his last term as the leader of the ANC Youth League which is preparing to go to its 26th elective congress to elect new leaders in December.
Those in the know say the conference might sit only after next year’s elections. The house Kelebogile moved out of could well have been the swanky golf estate home in Pretoria for which Maine received a cushy loan from the Gupta family. City Press and amaBhungane reported two years ago that Maine and Kelebogile bought the R5.4 million property – with a R140 000 a month bond – east of Pretoria in 2015, six FASHION POLICE This year’s MTV EMAs took place in Spain – and the artists came to kill it on the red carpet. Well, not all the artists, but... Rhodé Marshall takes a scroll through to see some of the best and worst looks of the night Tiwa Savage killed it! She won an award, and looked sexy and fun while doing it.
PHOTO: GETTY Our masterful singer Shekhinah looked ridiculously dope in this avoid- the-rain outfit. While she made international lists of worst dressed for the night in this Thebe outfit, we love it and think it’s fun and age appropriate for a Euro red carpet night. Haters gon’ hate Shekhinah! PHOTO: GETTY CITY PRESS, 11 NOVEMBER, 2018 3 news HIT HIT OH, OH, OH, OH The Maines’ marriage appears to be on the rocks, as Kelebogile waves goodbye NO MORE MARRIED BLISS Collen Maine and his wife, Kelebogile PHOTO: INSTAGRAM ” Even Maine’s parents tried to save their son’s marriage, but it seems both families have failed.
As a result, Kelebogile has since decided to pack her bags and left the opulent double-storey mansion they shared in Tshwane OROS
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Gigaba was also embarrassed after a sex video of him touching himself went viral. Ramaphosa has not commented on Gigaba’s troubles, but met him at his private residence to hear his side of the story.
Despite the Constitutional Court dismissing his application for leave to appeal a ruling that he lied under oath, Gigaba is convinced there were errors in the initial judgment. Last year the Pretoria High Court ruled that Gigaba lied under oath and violated the Constitution. The judgment in November 2016 followed a court battle in which Fireblade Aviation, owned by the wealthy Oppenheimer family, claimed Gigaba had approved an application to operate a private terminal at OR Tambo airport. Gigaba contends he did not give approval to the family at a meeting on January 28 2016 to operate a private terminal at the airport.
Gigaba reiterated his “in principle” support for the project, subject to the conclusion of a feasibility study into its operations. Gigaba maintains the Pretoria High Court erred. “I respectfully submit that the source of the fundamental error was made by [Judge Sulet] Potterill, sitting in the North Gauteng High Court in that she misconstrued my denial of the allegation by the Oppenheimer [family] that I had approved their Malusi Gigaba SETUMO STONE email@example.com An air force soldier who was unlawfully fired from the force has written to Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane to vent his frustration, after the defence force ignored a ruling to reinstate him.
City Press has seen emails in which ex-soldier Bushy Mvithi complained to deputy public protector Kevin Malunga about the “unlawful manner” in which Mkhwebane’s office and some of its employees were “deliberately sabotaging” his case against the SA National Defence Force and Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. “Why else is my matter being swept under the rug by the Public Protector?” Mvithi wrote in an email dated November 1. “Why is the Public Protector so hellbent on destroying my children’s future by its very deliberate failure to finalise my matter?” he continued, adding that he was “deeply concerned”.
“Do you have any idea of the harm and suffering your institution is inflicting on me and my family by its arrogant connivance with the minister and the defence force? “It is prayed for that sanity prevails at the Public Protector. I humbly request a written commitment, with specific time frames from you, as to when you are finalising my matter,” he continued. The case involved the national defence force’s noncompliance with the 2012 recommendation of the military ombudsman to reinstate an unlawfully dismissed air force member, Lieutenant Colonel Babalo Mvithi, who then turned to Mkhwebane for protection.
Since the report was issued in July last year, Mvithi remains stranded – despite the Public Protector giving the defence force and the minister 30 days and 60 days, respectively, to implement the remedial action and institute disciplinary steps against the defence force officials involved in subverting the military ombudsman’s recommendations.
Serapelo Nkosi, the compliance manager in the Public Protector’s office, told Mvithi in a follow-up email, dated November 6, that: “Subsequent to the [defence and military veterans] department’s institution of a judicial review to set the Public Protector’s report aside, a number of letters were forwarded to the department to urge the Secretary of the Defence to comply with the report, despite the institution of a judicial review. “Unfortunately, since then no response was received. Furthermore, it is regrettable that this office cannot confirm when this matter will be finalised, even if the time frames were provided in the final report,” wrote Nkosi.
“It is clear that the department is not prepared to comply with the said time frames – hence the institution of a judicial review against the Public Protector’s report.” To this end, added Nkosi, “we will try to subpoena the department to come before the Public Protector to explain its basis for noncompliance. If no cooperation is received still, we will escalate this matter to the minister of defence and the Parliament.” Public Protector spokesperson Oupa Segalwe said: “The problem lies with the department of defence and military veterans, which refuses to implement the directives of the Public Protector in respect of the remedial action.
“The Public Protector is on record stating, as a key challenge, the failure by organs of state to implement remedial action outlined in some of her reports.” Linked to this problem, said Segalwe, “is the financial constraints that her office continues to experience”. “Among other things, these constraints restrict her from going to court to enforce the remedial action on behalf of complainants such as Mvithi.” Segalwe dismissed claims that a subpoena had been prepared for Mapisa-Nqakula but withdrawn. “The claim smacks of malice and seems intent on feeding into the tired narrative that [Mkhwebane] shields politicians – when evidence, as seen in her recent reports, points to the opposite.” He said that Mkhwebane was “in the process of writing to Parliament to request that [Mapisa-Nqakula] be held to account”.
In August, advocate Ramcharan Thameshni, the national defence force’s legal advice director, commented on the matter, saying: “The department has brought a review application on the remedial actions and the matter is sub judice. The department has issued and filed the relevant review court papers and the matter is proceeding accordingly.” However, the Constitutional Court made it clear – after a landmark case involving the Economic Freedom Fighters and the speaker of the National Assembly – that remedial action could be disregarded “only after a court of law had set it aside”.
Mkhwebane agreed that this meant that the intention to take a Public Protector report on review did not discount the obligation to comply.
EX-SOLDIER QUESTIONS MKHWEBANE’S EFFICACY JUNIOUR KHUMALO firstname.lastname@example.org Efforts by the ANC national executive committee (NEC) to mend the rift and stop disgruntled ANC Free State members from taking the party to court over the “illegally constituted” provincial executive committee (PEC) have hit a brick wall. The discontented Free State members, who are signatories to the latest interdict at the high court in Bloemfontein to nullify the May provincial conference, are accusing the party of not taking their grievances seriously when it chose to deploy party secretary general Ace Magashule to the province.
They accuse him of bias and exclusionary handling of the matter, as well as being the originator of their problems.
Representing the NEC, Magashule this week visited the deeply divided province and addressed a packed Phuthaditjhaba Stadium in Qwaqwa, urging ANC members to strive for unity and stop “chasing after party positions”, which he said leads to divisions. In this same breath, Magashule singled out recently reinstated Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality Mayor Vusi Tshabalala, who was kicked out of council in May for alleged corruption, and described him as “the only person whom I know to be a hard worker from the province”.
“Hey Vusi, when enemies surround you don’t make a noise, just stand up and sing a hymn,” he said.
He urged all ANC Free State members to resemble the ANC of old: “Let us return to the ANC of [Nelson] Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Chris Hani and Joe Slovo, which was characterised by unity,” said Magashule. This singling out of one member for recognition did not sit well with the already disgruntled members. Neo Motaung, one of the signatories, told City Press on Thursday that it was not surprising that Magashule had singled out Tshabalala for praise, since “the two are close allies”.
The aggrieved member said “the choice by the ANC NEC to utilise Magashule as a go-between was not a well-thought-out one”. “Magashule and members loyal to him – Tshabalala included – have been accused countless times of running the province using mafia tactics,” he said. “I am surprised that Magashule would come all the way to the Free State to preach unity and yet instead of being accompanied by the current Maluti-a-Phofung municipality mayor, Gilbert Mokotso, he chooses to align himself with Tshabalala, who was booted out of council after allegations of corruption.
“If the ANC was really serious about resolving this matter out of court then the NEC should have come and met with the disgruntled members and resolved this matter with urgency because as it is there are no ANC structures in the province.
“As soon as Magashule loyalists are legally voted out of their positions for involvement in corrupt activities the former premier resurrects illegitimate parallel branches and renominates his allies,” said Motaung. DA Drakensberg constituency head Leona Kleynhans described Tshabalala’s reinstatement as follows: “October 25 2018 will remain a sad day for the Maluti-a-Phofung people as this is the day the failing ANC reinstated the former mayor, Vusi Tshabalala, as a councillor on the instruction of the ANC Free State PEC.” Kleynhans called Tshabalala “a bosom buddy of Magashule” and questioned why, although he had been removed as a mayor, he continued to receive his councillor’s allowance.
Tshabalala denied any wrongdoing and said he was never pushed out of the mayoral position. “I resigned as mayor, but retained a position in the council,” said Tshabalala. He requested that any questions relating to his alleged relationship with Magashule be addressed to party spokesperson Pule Mabe, who until publication of this article had not responded to all attempts to reach him. Last year the court ruled that the provincial conference, which was a direct result of events that occurred during branch general meetings, was unlawful and unconstitutional.
Last December, the court nullified the PEC and a provincial task team was set up to sort out affairs in the province.
Both the PEC and task team are allegedly constituted of members loyal to Magashule. Motaung said leading up to next year’s elections if the ANC truly seeks to have a squeaky clean image then it needs to deal decisively with public representatives such as Magashule. Motaung also said the situation in the Free State was truly disheartening for loyal ANC supporters as all the branch structures had been decimated.
“It is all good and well to kick-start the Thuma Mina campaign nationally for the elections, but if there are no foot soldiers to drive the mandate then the ANC should forget about winning in this province,” he said. Magashule still a divisive figure in the Free State RAPULE TABANE and SETUMO STONE email@example.com B eleaguered Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba had a meeting with President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday in what is believed to be a last-ditch effort to save his job. Gigaba’s political career is in turmoil following weeks of spectacular setbacks. Ramaphosa was given a deadline of 20 days by Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane to take disciplinary action against Gigaba for lying under oath.
She said she was satisfied the allegation that Minister Gigaba violated the Constitution and the executive members’ ethics code by lying under oath had been substantiated. She investigated a DA complaint after the Pretoria High Court ruled in December last year that Gigaba told lies under oath about his agreement with the Oppenheimers. The Public Protector gave National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete 14 days from receiving the report to refer Gigaba’s violation to the joint committee on ethics and members’ interests.
application to mean that I was contending that I was opposed to it.” He said new facts had emerged about the Oppenheimer family’s dealings with the Guptas and he avers that the wealthy family’s interactions with senior ANC officials that have since come to light provide grounds for the matter to be re-examined.
An ANC MP who attended a caucus briefing with Ramaphosa and ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule on Tuesday in Cape Town said Ramaphosa was firm that party leaders should watch their conduct in public. According to the insider, Ramaphosa said the ANC should appear responsible in the manner in which it responds to allegations against its leaders. “That was a loaded statement,” said the MP, adding it could have been a hint he was looking at changing the Cabinet. A government official working in the office of a minister said speculation was rife that a reshuffle would happen in the coming week.
He said at least four ministers could be affected. However, the reshuffle has been dismissed by other ANC leaders who believe that, with six months before the election, Ramaphosa is unlikely to want to antagonise any party constituencies. Embattled minister says new facts have emerged about the Oppenheimers, which could overturn verdict Gigaba pleads his case to Cyril 4 CITY PRESS, 11 NOVEMBER, 2018 CHARRED REMAINS Cars destroyed by wildfire, known as the Camp Fire, sweeping through California this week sit in the lot of a used-car dealership in the town of Paradise. Fuelled by high winds and low humidity, the rapidly spreading Camp Fire ripped through Paradise and rapidly engulfed about 28 000 hectares, destroying numerous homes and businesses within hours.
The fire has become the most destructive in California’s history, with entire neighbourhoods levelled PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES
CITY PRESS, 11 NOVEMBER, 2018 5 news Standard T&C apply and can be viewed at www.telkom.co.za. E&OE. *Free 60GB data only available on the Telkom network. SUMMER EXCLUSIVE Call 10213 Click telkom.co.za Go to any shop THE GREATEST DEALS THIS SUMMER THE GREATEST DEALS THIS SUMMER Do much more with the greatest mobile deals ever. CASH PRICE R16 099 NEW CASH PRICE R6 399 SIM-ONLY DEAL OR ADD A DEVICE OF YOUR CHOICE Explore More with FreeMe 20GBdata Stream More with50GBfree LIT_musicand video includingYouTube and Showmax ConnectMore with 1500All-network talkminutes ChatMore with 3000 Telkom-to-Telkom minutes Share More withfreeWhatsApp calls and messages SIM-ONLY DEAL 60GB MORE DATA* SAMSUNG GALAXY A6+ + FREE 10GB DATA PM x 6 + 64GB MICRO SD CARD R699 PMx24 60GB MORE DATA* HUAWEI MATE 20 PRO + FREE 10GB DATA PM x 6 R1099 PMx24 SIZWE SAMA YENDE firstname.lastname@example.org B ongani Zikhali spits expletives in hushed tones.
“Bayanya (They are bullsh*tting).” The former policeman is adamant that he will not accede to demands by the Ingonyama Trust that he pay rent for the land on which he lives in Jozini, KwaZulu-Natal, where he was born 57 years ago. The trust manages an expanse of about 2.8 million hectares of land under the jurisdiction of Zulu monarch King Goodwill Zwelithini. This constitutes about 30% of the province’s land. The trust has, since 2007, been persuading the king’s subjects to sign 40-year lease agreements and pay anything from R1 500 to R7 000 a year for residential, business and farming land.
This has resulted in dissatisfaction and unprecedented resistance among some of those who have been loyal to the province’s traditional leadership for generations.
“We want to own the land,” Zikhali said. “Isilo (the king) is our father, and if need be that we have to take care of him, we can – but not by paying rent, as if we are foreigners in the land of our ancestors,” he told City Press on Friday. “I am ready to face the king any day and tell him the truth.” Other residents have obliged the demands of the Ingonyama Trust, but Zikhali has refused to pay a cent for his two stands on a hill. This is where his own house and a house left by his parents are located. The trust, he said, wants R3 000 from him. Zikhali’s gripe is that neither the trust’s board members nor the king have explained the lease agreements to the community.
He said that in about 2012, the local headman called them to meet Ingonyama Trust staff and they filled out forms. “Out of respect for traditional leadership, I filled out the forms and left. I had a problem when they started sending me letters demanding payment.” The lease agreements require occupiers to pay annual rent, which increases by 10% every financial year. Occupiers also need permission to build on the land, are required to record all improvements and have to submit the records to the Ingonyama Trust. The trust is entitled to cancel the lease if an occupier fails to pay and can sell off their properties.
This week, two lobby groups – the Council for the Advancement of the SA Constitution (Casac) and the Rural Women’s Movement – as well as individual land occupiers, including Zikhali, filed papers in the Pietermaritzburg High Court in a bid to stop these lease agreements and revert to the Permission to Occupy system.
Residents living on traditional land have land rights and security of tenure protected under the Interim Protection of Informal Land Rights Act of 1996. Traditional leaders do not own land but administer communal land on behalf of government. Casac argues that the Ingonyama Trust and its board acted unlawfully and violated the Constitution. In its court papers, the lobby group said the trust and the board had also violated customary law. Casac wants the Ingonyama Trust interdicted from persuading residents to enter into new lease agreements. It also wants the court to cancel agreements that have already been signed and have the money collected from such leases refunded.
By the end of the 2016/17 financial year, just over R106.8 million was collected from residents and went into the trust’s coffers. “The personal accounts of applicants (residents) and the records of the land leased out by the trust for residential purposes demonstrate that these violations are serious, widespread and systematic,” said Casac executive secretary Lawson Naidoo. “The lease agreements impose serious burdens on the residents and occupiers of trust-held land, many of whom are impoverished and cannot afford to pay the rental demanded of them. “Residents of trust-held land are being threatened by letters of demand for rental unlawfully claimed by the trust and the board, and are vulnerable to eviction.” Ingonyama Trust board spokesperson Simphiwe Mxakaza did not respond to written questions to indicate whether the trust would defend the application or not.
Phuti Mabelebele, spokesperson for the department of rural development and land reform, also did not respond. Meanwhile, Hletshweleni Nkosi, another Jozini resident and applicant in the court case, has a different reason to boycott paying her annual rent to the trust. Nkosi claims that, as a woman, she was not allowed to lease a stand where she built a house and lived with her boyfriend. “I signed papers, but I boycotted paying because I feared losing my house to the man if I paid and had my house registered in his name,” she said. She added that besides the patriarchal hindrance, she wanted to live free of charge on traditional land.
July Gumede (61) paid R2 000 in rent for two years, after signing a lease agreement for his business plot, where he rents out buildings to shopowners. A tyre business, a grocery shop and a salon operate in his building.
“I am still waiting for an explanation for why I should pay. How can you rent land where you were born?” said the grey-haired man. “Also, what is this money we should pay being used for?” When you dial the Ingonyama Trust’s offices in Pietermaritzburg, you listen to a persuasive advertisement while waiting for someone to answer the phone. It lists the benefits of signing the lease agreement as an enabler to get a loan from commercial banks and having an address to register a cellphone SIM card.
Zikhali’s expletives reflect his anger and frustration at the situation. “We are the owners of the land and the isilo is not.
I am prepared to die for what I am saying,” he said. TALK TO US What do you think the chances are of the court ruling in favour of the land occupiers? SMS us on 35697 using the keyword KING and tell us what you think. Please include your name and province. SMSes cost R1.50. By participating, you agree to receive occasional marketing material SOLE CUSTODIAN? King Goodwill Zwelithini’s claim to Ingonyama Trust-held land is being legally challenged PHOTO: THULI DLAMINI Zulu king IS ‘EXPLOITING’ US Occupiers of land falling under the monarch’s jurisdiction have joined a court bid to stop paying rent and to secure their rights BONGANI ZIKHALI JULY GUMEDE
MSINDISI FENGU email@example.com A costly error made by Eastern Cape education officials resulted in a passionate maths teacher losing out on two years’ worth of work lucrative work in a public school. Mlungisi Valisi (40) found out about this in 2016 when Gauteng education officials could not enter his name on Persal – a government employee registration system. His name was “blocked” because Eastern Cape officials erroneously captured that he was dismissed for absconding when in fact his temporary teacher contract had expired on December 31 2008.
For five months, officials in Gauteng allowed Valisi to be in class without having been vetted.
They only found later that the system was rejecting him and by then he had not been paid his salary for duties he performed as a maths teacher between July and December 2016. A relieved Valisi said after two years of fighting, Gauteng education finally paid, although he was not convinced with the department’s calculations, but that’s another battle. “Eastern Cape has also contacted me saying it was an error on their part and they will rectify their records. Once that is done Gauteng will reinstate me, so that is a huge relief,” he said.
Valisi said he was going to legally pursue the issue of compensation as he had explained to Eastern Cape officials that their error caused him to lose income for two years. He thanked City Press for its involvement. “Without your involvement I would still be fighting a losing battle,” Valisi said. He said he had tried in vain to let Gauteng officials know that this was an error and to have Eastern Cape authorities attend to the matter. It was only after City Press intervened a month ago by asking questions of Eastern Cape authorities about the blunder that it was finally acknowledged. This week, Eastern Cape education spokesperson Loyiso Pulumani confirmed that the department’s investigation revealed that the error occurred when officials recorded the type of his termination on Persal.
“We’ve liaised with the district office and it is in the process of rectifying the error,” Pulumani said. The provincial department also extended its “deepest and sincere apologies for inconveniencing” Valisi. After his resignation from the Gauteng education department in 2016, Valisi joined a private school, earning R10 000 less than he was supposed to get from government. City Press has seen an email Valisi sent in September to the head of Eastern Cape education, Themba Kojana, and chief of staff in the office of the MEC Nkosiphendule Duntsula after initial phone calls to the department raising his plight allegedly proved futile.
In that email Valisi said he was seeking their intervention because he “suffered and continues to suffer emotionally and financially. As such, my future and the wellbeing of my family is negatively affected.” But he said the two senior authorities never responded. When Gauteng authorities were asked to respond on how Valisi was employed, provincial education spokesperson Steve Mabona said there were challenges on the verification process of employees from other provinces, which have since been resolved.
Valisi was employed as a maths teacher for Grades 9, 11 and 12 at St Ansgar’s Combined School in Lanseria in July 2016.
He quit in December that year after he could no longer continue working without compensation. Armed with a national diploma in technical education majoring in maths, graphics and technology – which he claims he obtained cum laude at the then Eastern Cape Technikon, now Walter Sisulu University (WSU) – Valisi said he was excited and thought the “future looked bright”. He later added two advanced qualifications from WSU, majoring in maths and maths literacy, and another in education from North-West University. He started working as a Grade 10 and 11 maths and English teacher at St James Secondary School in Cofimvaba, Eastern Cape, between 2005 and 2006.
The school is one of the best performing in that province.
Between September and December 2006, he worked as a Grade 10 and 11 maths and maths literacy teacher at Pakamani Senior Secondary School in Butterworth, also in the Eastern Cape. He said he left because his contract as a temporary teacher was not renewed by Eastern Cape authorities. He then left for North West, where he worked as a technology, natural sciences, maths and maths literacy teacher at Tshebedisano Secondary School until July 2016. Valisi said he had worked without any problems in North West and claimed to have been promoted to deputy principal from 2013, following his involvement in maths intervention camps and a stint as a senior marker at the external matric marking centre, until he left to pursue greener pastures in Gauteng.
He dismissed claims made by Gauteng authorities that he misrepresented himself when he was employed. “If I understand correctly they are basically saying I lied and that’s not true. I was never dismissed and I never underwent any disciplinary hearing for that matter,” he said. Valisi said he was happy the matter was closed and he could now get his life back. Teacher’s triumph against wrongful exclusion obtain the minister’s instructions,” the letter reads. These instructions, Malatji said, were sought to confirm whether Gordhan was obliged to respond to the Public Protector’s February letter when no reply had been forthcoming from her office.
“In the intervening period, the office of the Public Protector proceeded to issue a subpoena on October 1 for the minister to appear before her on November 14. Minister Gordhan will nevertheless appear before the Public Protector in response to the subpoena.” In his submission to the state capture inquiry, Gordhan also said the Public Protector’s complaint against him was laid by Lebogang Hoveka, a speechwriter in Deputy President David Mabuza’s office. In a media statement, Hoveka hit back at Gordhan, saying the minister’s decision to name him was an “appalling and gratuitous attempt to bully me and tarnish my good name”.
“It is trite law that my request for an investigation is a protected disclosure. It should never have been made public without the express instruction of the Public Protector,” Hoveka said. “I now fear for my life and safety. This is grossly unfair and unjust. I cannot understand how we expect people to report corruption when such leaks sink into the public domain. I felt it is my civic duty to report the matter. It was my view that government monies were being stolen and the country opened to serious political risk.” There was no collusion between him and Mkhwebane, he said, adding that “Gordhan protests too much”.
TALK TO US Do you think Mkhwebane’s probe is part of the misuse and abuse of public powers for suspicious objectives? SMS us on 35697 using the keyword FIGHT and tell us what you think. Please include your name and province. SMSes cost R1.50. By participating, you agree to receive occasional marketing material Mkhwebane is deceptive – Gordhan PRAVIN GORDHAN BUSISIWE MKHWEBANE Minister riled up over Public Protector’s tweet accusing him of ignoring her requests to answer to allegations related to Ivan Pillay’s retirement SIPHO MASONDO firstname.lastname@example.org P ublic Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has fired a salvo at Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, accusing her of lying and of being “deceptive”.
In a letter Gordhan sent to Mkhwebane on Friday through his lawyers Malatji Kanyane Attorneys, the minister laid into Mkhwebane after she took to Twitter this week to claim that he hadn’t responded to her letters during her investigation into him.
Gordhan has been subpoenaed to appear before Mkhwebane on Wednesday – the week before he is due to appear before the commission of inquiry into state capture. “Any communication that suggests that Minister Gordhan has not responded to the Public Protector’s enquiries between February and July 2018 – or that ‘responses were not forthcoming’ – is simply deceptive, false and incorrect,” the letter states. Gordhan was responding to a tweet on Thursday from Mkhwebane’s official Twitter account, which said: “Did you know that PP @AdvBMkhwebane wrote to Minister Gordhan 4 times between February 2018 and July 2018, requesting a response to the allegations levelled against him.
When the responses were not forthcoming, she issued a subpoena on 02 October 2018? #LetsGetOurFactsRight.” Mkhwebane posted the tweet following the revelation earlier this week that her office had subpoenaed Gordhan to appear before her on Wednesday. Mkhwebane is expected to question Gordhan on his role in granting early retirement to his former SA Revenue Service (Sars) deputy commissioner, Ivan Pillay, in 2010. Gordhan was Sars commissioner at the time. The news about Gordhan’s appearance before Mkhwebane is contained in his submission to the inquiry, which is chaired by Justice Raymond Zondo.
In his affidavit, which was leaked on Wednesday, Gordhan told Zondo that Mkhwebane’s investigation was part of the “misuse and abuse of public powers for suspicious objectives”.
In October 2016, former National Prosecuting Authority boss Shaun Abrahams charged Gordhan, Sars executive Oupa Magashula and Pillay with fraud in connection with Pillay’s early retirement package. Abrahams dropped the charges in dramatic fashion a week later. In the letter to Mkhwebane, Gordhan’s attorney, Tebogo Malatji, sets the record straight. “On February 5 2018, [Mkhwebane] sent a letter to Minister Gordhan. The letter reiterated the very same allegations that were the subject of a criminal investigation by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation and subsequent criminal charges by the National Prosecuting Authority levelled against Minister Gordhan on October 11 2016, regarding the early retirement of Mr Ivan Pillay and his subsequent re-employment by Sars as deputy commissioner in 2010,” Malatji writes.
“On October 31 2016, the criminal charges were withdrawn by the National Director of Public Prosecutions based on, among other considerations, the written submissions ... to the Hawks that showed that the criminal charges cannot be sustained on any factual or legal basis. “In a subsequent complaint to the Public Protector in November 2016, it was alleged that the approval by Minister Gordhan of Mr Pillay’s early retirement amounted to maladministration, dishonest and improper conduct by the minister in dealing with public funds,” the letter continues.
“We wrote to the Public Protector on 16 February 2018, expressly stating that we require that we be provided with the particulars and evidence of the alleged dishonesty and impropriety on the part of Minister Gordhan.” Malatji said the office of the Public Protector had not provided any evidence, but had written to him, informing him that investigators were conducting a preliminary investigation.
The same letter, he said, was also to inform Gordhan that Mkhwebane’s office had no evidence implicating him in any wrongdoing.
“The investigators in the office of the Public Protector contacted our law firm on July 3 requesting that Minister Gordhan respond to the initial letter of February 5. They did so despite the fact that no particulars had been provided as requested. For the sake of cooperating with the Office of the Public Protector, we advised the Public Protector that we will 6 CITY PRESS, 11 NOVEMBER, 2018 news MSINDISI FENGU email@example.com A school principal walked into a matric exam centre and allegedly gave pupils the answers to the geography paper 1.
This is what a whistle-blower has alleged to have happened last week at Mpontsheng Secondary School in Katlehong, Gauteng.
The whistle-blower, a concerned parent, made a submission to Umalusi – the organisation responsible for quality assurance of the National Senior Certificate (NSC) matric exam. This is the first such incident to have been reported to authorities this year. A matric cheating scandal that rocked the country in 2014. The basic education department – the body responsible for the assessments – distanced itself from a “fake letter” last month that claimed a maths paper had been leaked.
At the time the department denied a question paper had been leaked and urged parents, teachers, pupils and department officials to ignore the letter. It indicated at the time that, with provincial education departments, it was monitoring the exams on a constant basis to ensure that all went well. The exams, which started on October 15 are scheduled to end on November 28. A total of 796 542 candidates are writing the exams across 6 888 exam centres. Of these 629 141 are full-time candidates and the remaining 167 401 are part time.
The whistle-blower told Umalusi that on Tuesday last week his/her daughter had told the family that the principal, Steven Sihadi, walked into one of the exam centres where grade 12C was writing and gave pupils answers to questions to geography paper 1.
“Pupils were apparently bragging about the incident afterwards. Apparently the principal also told them not to worry about the geography paper 2 either, as he would also help them with that paper. I understand that the principal teaches geography at the school,” the whistle-blower allegedly told Umalusi.
City Press understands that the whistle-blower had asked to remain anonymous so that his/her child would not be victimised at the school. When City Press visited the school on Wednesday Sihadi declined to comment and referred questions to Gauteng education authorities. Umalusi spokesperson Lucky Ditaunyane confirmed the complaint had been filed last week. “Umalusi did receive the information on the alleged incident and informed DBE [the department of basic education] about it.” Ditaunyane said in terms of the policy regulating the administration and management of national exams, Umalusi did not investigate such incidents.
“Instead, it is the assessment body’s responsibility to investigate alleged irregularities. After the investigation, the assessment body is required to submit a formal report to Umalusi. Based on the outcome of the investigation, Umalusi will adjudicate whether due process was followed. If not, Umalusi can direct the assessment body to conduct further investigations,” Ditaunyane said.
Basic education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga confirmed that Umalusi had communicated the “alleged incident of support provided to the pupils at the Mpontsheng Secondary School during the writing of geography paper 1”. Mhlanga said the department had requested the Gauteng education department to investigate the alleged irregularity and to provide the basic education department with a report. “From the preliminary investigation conducted by the [Gauteng education department] it was apparent that the school principal, in the administration of his normal responsibilities as the chief invigilator, at the inception of the examination, provided candidates with guidance on which questions they should answer.
“The school principal has been relieved of his responsibilities as chief invigilator and the examination is now being managed by a district official. “Further action has been taken to suspend the teacher on a precautionary basis,” Mhlanga said. Regulations relating to the conduct, administration and management of the NSC examination prescribes a protocol that must be followed in the case of such irregularities.
“The matter must first be thoroughly investigated by the PED [provincial education department] and a report from this investigation will be presented to the provincial examination irregularities committee and thereafter to the national examinations irregularities committee (NEIC). “The basic education department will exercise oversight in this investigation. Emanating from the NEIC meeting a recommendation will be made to Umalusi. The NEIC will meet on December 19 2018 to finalise all examination irregularities across the country, emanating from this examination,” he said. No similar irregularities had been reported in other provinces, he said, adding that if it was established an irregularity had taken place, disciplinary action would be instituted against a principal or teacher found guilty of the offence in accordance with the Employment of Educators Act.
The extent of the support provided to pupils would be thoroughly investigated and established and a decision would be made by the basic education department in conjunction with Umalusi. TALK TO US What would you do if you learnt a teacher or someone else had helped your matric child pass by cheating? SMS us on 35697 using the keyword MATRIC and tell us what you think. Please include your name and province. SMSes cost R1.50. By participating, you agree to receive occasional marketing material Matric exam scandal hits Gauteng
GRETHE KEMP firstname.lastname@example.org Swedish artist Johan Falkman recently visited a local community in KwaZulu-Natal for a few months to create an exhibition based on his vision of a Zulu bible. Using models from the community, he painted scenes from the Old and New Testament. Falkman, whose inspiration came from French artist Gustave Doré’s famous illustrated bible of 1875, says he set up the scenes at private game reserve Thanda Safari’s Intibane Camp, using sets made by local carpenters and craftspeople. It is here that he created Art Project Thanda to complement his host and lodge owner Dan Olofs- son’s charity Star For Life.
“I fell in love with the biblical, magical landscape,” the artist told City Press. “It felt like the cradle of the world.” He decided to paint a pietà but had no models – he says he sel- dom works off photographs. “So I asked the cook Noni, the bartend- er Thami, the cleaning lady and the kitchen assistant to pose as Ma- ria, Jesus, John and Mary Magdalene.” At the reserve with Falkman was renowned Mexican-American au- thor Jennifer Clement and they decided that she will write a dramatic story about the project to be published with the paintings. But now they needed more models. “We went to the villages surrounding our camp, where the local chiefs had gathered volunteers to be selected as models for our project,” says Falkman.
“About 100 people showed up. We photographed them and I then started to make the composi- tions for the paintings and selected each model from the photos.” The models were brought in from their respective villages and put up at the camp for as many days as they needed to pose for their scenes, sometimes for several weeks.
One epic canvas re-enacts a scene from the book of Samuel, in which Rizpah’s sons were hung in a gallows and left there to rot for five months. But given the drama around depictions of a black Christ in the past, does he expect any backlash, not least for being a white artist depicting Zulu figures? “My friend, the Archbishop Eugenio Sbarbaro, who worked for the Holy See all over the world, once told me: ‘Everything in the Bible is controversial’. I believe that this is true, so I am prepared for contro- versy,” said Falkman.
He intends to show the paintings in South Africa before they head to Mexico and Sweden.
TALK TO US What do you make of this Zulu bible? SMS us on 35697 using the keyword BIBLE and tell us what you think. Please include your name and province. SMSes cost R1.50. By participating, you agree to receive occasional marketing material IN PROGRESS Johan Falkman’s unfinished work PHOTO: CHRISTIAN SPERKA PHOTOGRAPHY A BLACK BIBLE? In that case the T-shirts parodying Black Label beer read “White Guilt, Black Labour”. According to the lawyer “in that matter the court held: in sum, in order to succeed the owner of the mark bears the onus to demonstrate likelihood of substantial harm or detriment which, seen within the context of the case, amounts to unfairness.
On the examples of T-shirts I have seen I will be surprised if Daily Sun will be able to show such harm.” Cebekhulu tells City Press he knew there would be questions of ownership around his project. “I prolonged the release of the project because of those concerns.
“I am part of a new generation that was fortunate to be born in the late 90s and live in the 2000s. We have new stories we want to tell. We are tired of selling black poverty. We want to give a new identity to what it is to be black youth living in South Africa.” The designer has had his work shown at the Turbine Art Fair and the Art Africa Fair, and was part of an RMB art collection. Daily Sun ate my T-shirt! The popular tabloid has taken legal action against newbie fashion label Sash over a range of spoof T-shirts that the paper believes infringe its copyright. Rhodé Marshall reports HAPPY HEARTS CLUB The T-shirts depict the Daily Sun’s iconic tokoloshe as a force for good GOOD HAIR DAY This tee centres the politics of black hair as a symbol of power and heritage EXPROPRIATE THIS The land issue gets a humorous spin with this T-shirt parody of a street poster Y oung clothing brand Sash is literally making headlines with its Daily Sash range of T-shirts that puts a positive spin on the Daily Sun newspaper’s street posters.
“Tokoloshe helped me find love!”, “My hair talks to my ancestors!”, “4-5 got me land!” read some of the hilarious tees. But Daily Sun is not at all amused and last week interdicted the sale of the T-shirts and is considering further legal action. Sash founder, designer Sakhile Cebekhulu, isn’t sure what all the fuss is about, though. To him the posters have always been part of his cultural life growing up in Joburg. The idea for the range began back in 2016 when he was studying fashion at the University of Johannesburg. Intrigued by the Daily Sun posters, he began collecting them, he told culture website Bubblegum Club, which first reported on the T-shirts early this week.
“I worked on these templates and started writing or thinking of my own headlines and phrases. A T-shirt can act as a wearable poster and I thought about speaking of current issues facing the youth to spark conversation.” But then a storm broke. Leading up to the release of the Daily Sash project last Sunday, Cebekhulu posted a front page and posters parodying the Daily Sun on social media as part of a marketing campaign for the T-shirts.
The day before Sash was to have a pop-up stall to sell the T-shirts, it was sent a cease-and-desist letter by lawyers representing Daily Sun and Media24 at 5pm and asked to respond by 6pm, Bubblegum Club reported. The brand was instructed to halt the pop-up store and remove the content from social media due to trademark infringement. It was also told that any sale of the shirts would lead to a high court action against it. Cebekhulu told Bubblegum Club: “After much consideration and strategising we opted to carry on with the pop-up, but not the sale of the T-shirts. We instead decided to give them away, but customers would only be rewarded with a free T-shirt after buying a paper bag for R300.
Thus we would not be gaining financially from the T-shirts. It helped create more humour around the campaign and made our customers want them even more, because they thought it was such a cool concept.” Approached for comment this week Daily Sun editor Reggy Moalusi told City Press: “We have seen the T-shirts. No permission was asked from us. Our legal team is working on this. We do encourage creativity, but don’t take kindly to our brand being used by people for their commercial interests.” Said Cebekhulu: “I was just trying to tell a story and create a product people could connect to.” He admitted that he didn’t ask permission because he believed Daily Sun would have tried to stop the project before it even started.
According to legal advice sought by City Press, Daily Sun will have a battle on its hands. “This is not the first time we see examples of well-known brands being used in parody and comment,” said a lawyer well versed in copyright issues. “There is a strong argument that they are not infringing copyright or other intellectual property rights and that what they are doing constitutes freedom of expression. The Constitutional Court in the Laugh it Off matter rejected a similar claim by South African Breweries.” The judgment was given in 2005. CITY PRESS, 11 NOVEMBER, 2018 7 news
LUBABALO NGCUKANA email@example.com A municipal manager believes recommendations for his suspension are a political witch-hunt by people wanting to gain access to the purse of the municipality, while the municipal mayor wants President Cyril Ramaphosa to intervene. Mluleki Fihlani, municipal manager of Ingquza Hill Local Municipality, has been instrumental in getting the municipality to be one of only two councils in Eastern Cape’s 39 municipalities to get a clean audit. A letter seen by City Press has emerged in which Fikile Xasa, MEC for cooperative governance and traditional affairs, has written to Ingquza Hill Mayor Pat Mdingi calling for Fihlani to be placed on precautionary suspension.
In the letter, signed off by Xasa on October 29, the MEC uses section 106 (1)(b) of the Municipal Systems Act 32 of 2000 to argue that Fihlani must step aside while investigation into impropriety and irregularities into the affairs of the municipality is ongoing. Xasa’s spokesperson, Mamkeli Ngam, confirmed the letter was authentic. “Yes, the letter is authentic, but we will not get into the details of this matter as this is an internal department issue. Therefore we will not comment any further,” said Ngam.
The letter reveals that the municipal manager is accused, among other things, being implicated in acts of maladministration, financially and on recruitment.
Fihlani has also been accused of refusing to cooperate with the investigation and therefore undermining the authority of the department, and that his continued presence jeopardises the investigation. “It is thus recommended that, to ensure the integrity of the investigation and an orderly process, Mr Mluleki Fihlani be placed on precautionary suspension pending the finalisation of the investigation,” reads Xasa’s letter in part. Mandla Nqezo, chairman of the Ingquza Hill Business Chamber, said they welcomed Fihlani’s suspension.
“His suspension follows our petition that he must step down because he gives projects to people outside of Ingquza Hill and does not care about the development of local businesspeople,” he said. However, Fihlani has hit back saying the MEC is being used to settle political scores following the highly contested provincial conference last year. He said it was not a secret that himself, mayor Mdingi and Ingquza Hill chief whip Mpofana Tenyane supported Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle to be re-elected as chairperson of Eastern Cape ANC. “I was part of that faction that wanted the current premier to stay on as chairman of the ANC in the province; I cannot hide that.
I was even a branch delegate.” He said this was a ploy to settle political scores by purging those who differed with them.
“There has not been a single finding against me that points to wrongdoing on the supply chain management. This is a vendetta. They want to make sure that Fihlani and Mdingi are out, and maybe then they would have access to municipal resources so they can do as they please,” Fihlani said. He said his only sin was to follow supply chain regulations irrespective of who gave instructions to do things contrary to the processes. This is not the first attempt to remove Fihlani in the past few months alone. In July he was reinstated by the Mthatha High Court after a council meeting placed him on “special leave”.
This week he said he was ready to fight his removal in court again if need be. He said he was waiting for the council meeting that would place him on precautionary suspension as per the MEC’s recommendation to take place.
Mayor Mdingi said if Ramaphosa, who campaigned on an anti-corruption ticket prior to the ANC national conference last December, was serious about doing so he must intervene in Ingquza Hill. He said in the previous matter, where council was instructed to place Fihlani on special leave, he went to court and won the case, and the council had to pay R356 000 in legal fees. “The situation is bad here in Ingquza Hill. Councillors cannot even convene a council meeting because they are divided. This investigation against the municipal manager has caused further divisions in council between those who want him to stay and those that want him gone,” said Mdingi.
“So when are we going to concentrate on elections? Who does not know that the ANC is in a corner right now? I would really like to meet with the president and ask him to intervene.
“I am convinced that we are in this situation because of corruption. These comrades want money. Ingquza Hill is one of the municipalities that have reserves. “Other municipalities are bankrupt. Comrades know this and they want access to these reserves in Ingquza Hill,” he said. Ramaphosa urged to step into battle of Ingquza NGWAKO MODJADJI firstname.lastname@example.org A NC Youth League president Collen Maine will tell all when he appears before the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture to explain his relationship with the controversial Gupta family and how they helped him repay the R140 000 monthly bond for his estate home in Pretoria.
City Press can reveal that the commission has written a letter to the youth league requesting it to “make a contribution” at its hearings. The commission, which is chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, reconvenes tomorrow, with former public enterprises minister Barbara Hogan expected to give her testimony. Sources within the youth league said this week that Maine is preparing to bare all if he is summoned to appear before the commission to explain his role in state capture. “He is willing to cooperate. He is prepared to answer anything, including if they want to talk about his relationship with the Guptas,” said a source.
Another source said: “It would be shocking and paralysing if a youth league leader appears before the commission.” Maine was accused of being captured by the Guptas, who left the country amid allegations that they influenced key government decisions and positions. There are also allegations that the Guptas funded the youth league’s Kgalemela Lenyatso rally – a Setswana phrase implying exerting one’s authority – in Soshanguve, Tshwane, in 2016. Maine has publicly defended the Guptas, saying there was nothing wrong with being close to them. However, Maine dropped a bombshell last year when he revealed that he was not introduced to the Guptas by former president Jacob Zuma, but by former North West premier Supra Mahumapelo.
Maine and Mahumapelo, once strong allies, had a fallout. Maine is believed to have played a key role in the removal of Mahumapelo from the premier seat. Asked what he knows about state capture, Maine this week said: “I have seen it all in the public domain. The allegations were very serious and must be dealt with. I support the ANC’s resolution to tackle corruption head- on.” Maine confirmed that the commission has written a letter to the youth league. Youth League secretary-general Njabulo Nzuza said the league was not implicated in the state capture allegations.
“The youth league is cited during the time Julius Malema was president.
The statement by Barbara Hogan explicitly says the youth league under Malema defended former Transnet [chief executive] Siyabonga Gama. They have asked us if we think we are implicated. We don’t think we are implicated. We were not there,” Nzuza said. Former youth league leaders are said to have benefited from tenders given to them by Transnet. State capture inquiry secretary Khotso de Wee said the commission was not targeting the youth league. “We have written letters to political parties across the board. We have asked them to make a contribution,” De Wee said.
Collen Maine ANC Youth League leader willing to tell Zondo commission about Guptas estate capture Maine ready to tell all 8 CITY PRESS, 11 NOVEMBER, 2018 LUBABALO NGCUKANA email@example.com A five-year-old girl at a school in the Eastern Cape is battling to come to terms with falling into a toilet at school and almost drowning in human waste. The Grade R pupil at Dalibango Primary School in Centane, whose name is known to City Press, is too scared to use any toilet – at home or at school. Her grandmother says she now insists on relieving herself in the bush, and was so terrified after her ordeal that she refused to go to school for three months.
Dalibango Primary, 35km south of Butterworth, has no proper toilets, and pupils and teachers share the dilapidated pit latrines. Built in 1945, the school has not received any infrastructural support from the Eastern Cape education department. Young pupils are forced to use the toilets, which are completely open to the elements, as their classmates look on. Others use the bush. A squabble over a toilet seat with her friend ended with the child falling into an open hole. She was saved from drowning by an old desk frame that was stuck inside the toilet.
This was two months after five-year-old Grade R pupil Lumka Mkhethwa drowned in a dilapidated pit latrine at Luna Junior Secondary School in Mbizana.
Michael Komape, also five, drowned in a pit toilet at Mahlodumela Primary School, outside Polokwane in Limpopo, four years ago. Six months after the little girl’s ordeal at Dalibango Primary, the provincial education department has still done nothing about the school’s dangerous toilets. Five letters to the department from the school’s management and governing body were sent, but no help arrived, even after officials came to inspect the school.
The little girl’s 73-year-old grandmother said the child still suffered from nightmares about the day she almost died. “She wakes up sometimes crying, saying she was drowning. When the incident was fresh in her mind, she struggled to even eat, saying she still smelt human faeces. She cries every time someone mentions the word toilet, and refuses to use the pit latrines at home and at school,” the emotional grandmother said. She said she took the child to the doctor twice to check if she was physically healthy, but the girl has not received any counselling.
“If it was not for that desk frame, she would have died.
I am also grateful that she managed to hold on to the desk frame because that is how she lived,” the grandmother said. “What hurts me the most is thinking about what would have happened if she had got tired of holding on DISASTER STRIKES Pupils and teachers at Dalibango Primary School in the Eastern Cape either use these broken pit latrines or nearby bushes to relieve themselves to that frame and drowned. That still haunts me. And what if the desk frame was not there?” The child told City Press that she loved school and playing with her friends, and wanted to become a teacher. However, she did not want to speak about her ordeal.
Her grandmother said she would like the child to undergo professional counselling, but she could not afford it because her entire family depended on her state pension. The child’s teacher, Phelisa Zekevu, said she told her young pupils to use the bush instead of the toilets because they were unsafe, but the children continued to use the open toilets. “On that day, they went to the open toilets and while [she] was sitting on the toilet seat, her friend said the seat was hers. When she tried to stand up, the friend playfully pushed her and she fell into a hole that used to be a toilet,” Zekevu said.
“She fell inside the hole and was saved by the desk frame. She was pulled out by the same friend who pushed her, and other pupils ran to me and reported what happened.” Zekevu said the child, who was chest-deep in faeces, clung to the desk frame. “I could not believe what I saw. She was wet all over her body except for her neck and head. Her whole little body was covered with human waste,” she said. “It was so painful to see a child in such a state. We then organised water and bathed her. Her friend was also crying. I called the other teachers and we used warm water to bath her and used first aid stuff from the office to help her.
She was crying uncontrollably.” Zekevu said the toilets were the same ones she used when she attended the school nearly 40 years ago. School head Sigqibo Nohako said that, after they wrote to the department, officials were sent to inspect the school, but they didn’t return. Staff also asked the department for help when the school’s roofs blew off in heavy winds, and again when a wall collapsed in the school hall.
Provincial education spokesperson Malibongwe Mtima said the department needed R2.591 billion to eradicate inadequate toilets in 1 598 schools across the province. He said the department knew the school had no proper toilets, but said the school was “identified for rationalisation through a merger with nearby Kaltom Primary School”. “The infrastructure upgrades will be done on the receiving school. The department is in the process of engaging with the school community on the merger process,” he said.
But Dalibango Primary governing body chairperson Thembile Phiti said this was the first he’d heard of such a merger.
“The department must take responsibility and build our school into a proper learning facility and stop trying to take short-cut solutions,” he said. NEAR DEATH IN A SCHOOL PIT TOILET Five-year-old narrowly escapes drowning in human waste and provincial education department ignores desperate pleas for help NO DIGNITY The toilets are broken, completely open to the elements and in sight of passers-by PHOTOS: LUBABALO NGCUKANA TALK TO US How many schools do you know of that have unsafe toilets like this one? SMS us on 35697 using the keyword TOILET and tell us what you think. Please include your name and province.
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SMS ‘CASH28’ to 30776 for FREE, and we’ll call you. VUYO MKIZE firstname.lastname@example.org I t is a high-stakes environment, where time determines the difference between life and death. This is where Chrida Nkuna (24) has experienced her fair share of nerve-wracking wins and losses over the past four years. “You are timed on what treatment you administered and how; on what you’ve done and what you’ve said – and if it’s the right thing you’ve done. Have you killed the patient or have you saved the patient? Sometimes the patient dies right in front of you when you’re trying to help, and the monitor rings flat,” said the Emergency Medical Care student, currently in her fourth year of study for her Bachelor of Health Sciences degree, smiling nervously.
Only, the patients are neither alive nor real. The same goes for the setting in which Nkuna and other students practise their skills at the state-of-the-art Medical Simulation Laboratory, located at the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ’s) faculty of health sciences. To date, more than 700 students have undergone hands-on training through accurate simulations of imitated medical emergency settings – ranging from labour and delivery to trauma and heart attacks – since the laboratory’s inauguration in 2014.
And through this, the facility has prepared students to operate in a pressurised work environment, enabling them to gain crucial experience in a range of realistic clinical scenarios before being faced with real patients and emergency situations.
“It is really high stakes because we are acting like the doll is a real person,” Nkuna added. “So, if I fail on this doll, what are the chances that I am going to fail in real life?” According to Professor Craig Lambert, head of the UJ’s department of emergency medical care, what makes the laboratory unique from other simulation facilities at university medical schools across the country is that it tracks the patient’s journey – right from when they are picked up on scene by paramedics to when they arrive and are assessed in hospital, and their stay in the hospital wards. Hence, the laboratory is used to train a range of disciplines within the university’s faculty of health sciences.
It features recreated ambulance interiors with the relevant equipment; a life-size female doll that “gives birth” to a baby with a dangling umbilical cord, blood and all; wards with real monitors; arms with veins to demonstrate how to insert drips; and X-ray machines, among other items.
This week, health technology company Philips SA – which has donated most of the faculty’s existing equipment – renewed its memorandum of understanding with UJ’s health sciences faculty regarding the training and education of medical students, using the latest high-tech equipment. At last month’s Presidential Health Summit, Deputy President David Mabuza emphasised the importance of having skilled and well-trained healthcare professionals to address some of the challenges that exist in the public health sector. “Teamwork is what will take this country forward,” said Lambert.
“Partnerships between the public and private sector have, for many years, been regarded with scepticism.
There is always a question of who is going to score in what, but this is a partnership that has really been a win-win. “We have a facility here where our students are exposed to cutting-edge equipment and technology … gearing them to be worldwide citizens who can make their way in the world with every advantage that we can give them. “When I was a student and I used to train, I would consider the stark difference between public and private facilities. And often, we students graduating from a public university would enter the workplace and see these wonderful pieces of new equipment – and we were scared to even touch them, with all their lights, bells and whistles.
We wondered: ‘If only we’d been trained with such equipment.’” Mbali Mbanjwa, a third-year diagnostic radiography student, echoes Lambert’s initial sense of intimidation when it comes to the X-ray and magnetic resonance imaging equipment. “The first six months that we spent on campus, we did not use the simulation laboratory. When we first entered it, we thought that we would never be able to work with that kind of equipment because it was so intimidating. Now it is easy. “And we have learnt the major role that each of the professions has in a patient’s journey – because we had a simulated experience of everyone working together at the same time and it taught us to respect one another,” she said.
Manoko Molabe, manager of the simulation laboratory, said that what gave her pride in the facility was knowing that once the students were done with their training and on their way into a real-world situation, they were “competently trained”. “When they go into the real hospital environment, they are competent and familiar with equipment.
“We also evaluate them on how to insert drips and the dangers in inserting a drip incorrectly – and we can simulate when the drip is swelling. So, when they go out, they have my signature that they know what they are doing.” LIFE SAVERS Mbali Mbanjwa (left) and another student tend to a young ‘patient’ at the University of Johannesburg’s Medical Simulation Laboratory by performing a simulated CPR process scan. The women are third-year diagnostic radiography students at the university PHOTOS: MPUMELELO BUTHELEZI PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT University of Johannesburg final-year emergency medical care student Chrida Nkuna oversees treatment meted out to a life-like patient at the state-of-the-art Medical Simulation Laboratory.
Established in 2014 in collaboration with Philips SA, it is part of the university’s faculty of health sciences Making the most of medical study A partnership between the University of Johannesburg and Philips SA is providing just the facilities students need to hone their practical skills TALK TO US How do you think such a facility can be rolled out countrywide for the benefit of all medical students? SMS us on 35697 using the keyword LABORATORY and tell us what you think. Please include your name and province. SMSes cost R1.50. By participating, you agree to receive occasional marketing material SETUMO STONE and JUNIOUR KHUMALO email@example.com ANC leaders are concerned after an internal poll showed the party garnering a mere 55% of the votes, compared with the 67% it scored in the last general elections in 2014.
The provincial ANC has been trying to rescuscitate itself since it disbanded the provincial executive committee (PEC) and fired former North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo (pictured). But a task team appointed to run its affairs has found it tough to resolve the political turmoil there, especially given the push-back by disgruntled party branches. Kabelo Mataboge, spokesperson for the ANC’s North West interim leadership, said the task team had continued to assert its authority despite its legitimacy being challenged in courts, in councils and on the streets.
“The resistance is planned and well orchestrated, but we are weathering the storm,” he said this week as Mahumapelo and other applicants in the case to nullify the task team lost a high court bid to hear the matter on an urgent basis. Mataboge said another wave of rebellion had seen ANC councillors use municipalities as a platform to show resistance against the task team. “It is part of a deliberate effort to undermine the task team, with municipalities used as a platform to show that rebellion by doing things that are outside ANC norms.” He said a feature of this rebellion was the removal of ANC mayors outside of party protocol, and in cahoots with the opposition, as had happened recently in Matlosana (formerly Klerksdorp) Local Municipality.
This week, the local government MEC in the North West, Fenny Gaolaolwe, dissolved the Matlosana mayoral committee following the mayoral vacancy. Mataboge said the process to convene branches in preparation for the North West elections list conference was also moving “at a snail’s pace because we have started a new chapter” – referring to the ousting of Mahumapelo. “The progress is good, and we intend to meet the stipulated deadline by next weekend and proceed with the list conference from there.” City Press has learnt that this week, the task team read the riot act to ANC councillors in at least five municipalities across the province over issues of misconduct.
And, in Dr Ruth Segomotso Mompati municipality in Vryburg, the team found out that three ANC councillors had been axed as members of the mayoral committee without their knowledge. District mayor Boitumelo Mahlangu was an ally of Mahumapelo. Meanwhile, Mahumapelo is convinced that mayors, directors in the local government and municipal workers who backed Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in the lead-up to the ANC’s Nasrec conference are being purged from party structures. Speaking on Friday at the Johannesburg High Court, where he and other ANC members lost an application challenging the disbandment of the North West PEC, he said: “The situation in the North West is disturbing.
Members who openly supported Dlamini-Zuma are being ousted from party structures.” He went on to accuse the provincial task team of “engaging in fraud”, saying some of the members’ names [who openly supported Dlamini-Zuma] had since been removed from the ANC membership lists with no reasons given. “All these issues have been brought to the attention of the party secretary-general, Ace Magashule,” said Mahumapelo. Sebang Motlhabi, a suspended member of the ANC Youth League PEC, was among the multitudes at the high court on Friday in support of Mahumapelo. He echoed the latter's’ sentiments, saying: “The decision by the national executive committee [to dissolve the provincial PEC] was an emotional decision not based on merit.” He said the decision was taken to reward those who were loyal to Ramaphosa with new roles in the task team.
Mahumapelo said in January, he had led a delegation of Dlamini-Zuma backers to meet Ramaphosa to address “the concern that members in the North West and other provinces were being expunged from party structures by those loyal to ... Ramaphosa. This is why, on [Thursday], I wrote a letter to the secretary-general, reminding him of these issues.” Mahumapelo was quick to qualify his allegations, saying: “I don’t think it is Ramaphosa, though. It is those with their own vendettas, especially against me, and other comrades who did not support Ramaphosa.” Mahumapelo said the lack of decisive action by ANC leaders was why he and other disgruntled members had met with former president Jacob Zuma in KwaZulu-Natal.
“The meeting was never secret or about any plot. It was meant to inform Zuma that my efforts to resolve differences through engaging the current leadership had come to nought, leading to my desire to follow the litigation path,” he said. ANC’s North West in poll scare CITY PRESS, 11 NOVEMBER, 2018 9
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4143 of 5th November 2018, on the following websites: www.gpwonline.co.za ; http://www.visiteasterncape.co.za/corporate/corporate-information/biodivers ity-conservation/ Members of the public are hereby invited to enquire and submit written representations on or objections to the proposed notice from the date of publication as published in the Government Gazette Notice until the 7th February 2019 as follows: Post: The Chief Executive Officer, Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency, PO Box 11235, Southernwood, East London, 5213. Attention: Mr Malaika Koali-Lebona Hand-delivery: Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency - Head Office 17-25 Fleet Street, East London CBD, 5201 Comments and queries may also be sent to via fax or email: Fax: 086 696 6896 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org LERATO MOROTOLO email@example.com If you’re lonesome tonight you could make friends or even find a partner at a SpeedDating4SocialCohesion event.
The speed-dating service is a fun, light- hearted way to meet new people and build lasting friendships – even if you don’t find “the one” for you. It’s not a dedicated match-making event.
The main aim is to spread social cohesion among youths from different African countries – with locals too, of course – and start positive conversations about combating Afrophobia. The event, held at Sawubona Cafe in Maboneng a week ago, was the perfect cosy environment, filled with people dressed to impress, all yearning for nothing but intense and arousing conversations. More than anything, everyone was curious to know who exactly would end up sitting across the table from them. TV presenter Tino Chinyani was the host and he was just as dressed to impress as the other attendees. Captivated by the name of the event, I decided to take part in the speed dating because, you know, what do I have to lose? I patiently sat on my chair and waited for the bell to ring.
I was there to have fun. Soon a tall man called Paul came over. The conversation went well but, to be honest, I could not wait for the 120 seconds to be over. It was just too awkward for me; it was really just not for me. Funnily enough, the owner of Sawubona Cafe, Busisiwe Nethonanda, shared the same sentiment. “I don’t like this whole speed-dating thing. When I want to be in a relationship I take my own time to get to know someone and learn to understand him. I want a guy to chase me and make me feel special; I do not want to make it easy for him,” she said. But for most of the people in the room it was all fun and games.
Some got the “marry me now” feeling, while others got the “I cannot deal with such” vibe.
“I’m actually enjoying this moment; it’s just an amazing experience. I have met a few people I really like. I must say I am proud of Sophie Kanza, who is the founder of Kanza Foundation, which does all this work for a good cause. I really enjoyed it,” said Paul Batubenge. The proceeds for the night went towards SpeedDating4SocialCohesion’s Fabulous Female project, which is aimed at providing sanitary pads and toiletries to girls who cannot afford them. The Kanza Foundation has an impressive success record with its previous projects having reached more than 5 000 women in three countries. With projects like this, it aims to reach 30 countries by 2030.
What I found disappointing on the night was that the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) attendees felt neglected, as they were not accommodated in the event. “Next time they should invite the LGBTQI community and let them experience this amazing initiative. We are also on the quest to find love. This will help a lot of people who are afraid to be open about their sexuality; it will give them a platform to explore and get to mingle with other people. In future the organisers should please make sure they invite everyone,” Katlego MissKay told City Press.
STRANGER TALK Invited guests get to know each other at a speed-dating challenge for social cohesion, held this past weekend at Sawubona Cafe in Maboneng, Johannesburg PHOTOS: MPUMELELO BUTHELEZI Speed-date for good cause SOCIAL COHESION NOMPUMELELO MAGAGULA firstname.lastname@example.org Early this week we had the luxury of connecting with nature, and it was a therapeutic and energising start to the festive season.
The Sunlight Extra brand invited us to spend a Tuesday morning with it at Shepstone Gardens in Johannesburg – a beautiful place, quiet and refreshing. You know how your body reacts when you are in a peaceful space? It immediately relaxes and connects with Mother Nature. That is the exact feeling I got the minute I set foot at Shepstone Gardens.
We arrived just after everyone had finished doing a yoga session to relax the mind and body... Our loss, I guess. Everything was inspired by nature, even the décor. The beautiful white tables were decorated with leaves only. If it were up to the organisers we were probably going to sit on wooden chairs and used wooden utensils. After listening to our host, Dr Ela Manga, we were given some time to go to the garden to pick flowers and eat with our hands or wooden utensils and to take a 10-minute walk after a meal. She encouraged connecting with nature and the food we eat. City Press spotted radio and television host Azania Mosaka, biokineticist and adventure enthusiast Letshego Zulu, as well as former Top Billing presenter-turned-TV producer and businessman Janez Vermeiren.
One thing that we were reminded of was that we are a technological species that has neglected nature. We are always glued to our cellphones and computers, looking at what’s trending and who is doing what. Besides that, we are always busy with work and we never spend any time meditating and listening to ourselves in a quiet place where you can only hear birds chirping and indulge in breathing in fresh air.
Think about the last time you actually watched the sunset or sunrise without being distracted by your cellphone or wanting to take a picture. Nature is beautiful and spending time with it is absolutely free. Great lessons were learnt at this event. SPOTTED Radio and television host Azania Mosaka and interior designer Nthabi Taukobong LUXURY Nombuso Mahlangu receives a hand massage PHOTOS: ROSETTA MSIMANGO FOOD FOR THOUGHT Dietician Mpho Tshukudu talks about how food and nature work together Time with nature is good as a spa day GETTING THEIR HANDS DIRTY Janez Vermeiren and Letshego Zulu A TOUCH OF GLAM Former radio presenter Poppy Ntshongwana has her make-up done RHODÉ MARSHALL email@example.com I’ ve heard many stories about the fun happenings at the annual Style Affair – a party that is held during the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City in North West.
Celebrating its fifth birthday alongside Gary Player’s golf tournament, the Style Affair has so much pizzazz, fizz and glamour that not even the scorching sun could outdo it.
The media were hosted at The Palace and, upon our arrival, Player introduced himself and made sure we were happy. The Style Affair pamper event, hosted by Sun International, was a day of amazing spoils that included massages by Gatsby Spa, nail treatments by Morgan Taylor and a beauty experience by The French Lemon. It was a perfect, relaxing and therapeutic experience. Lightsculpt Aesthetic Clinic was there to provide skin analysis and offer facials to guests, while makeovers were done by Guerlain and Effects Hair. Some looked a bit startled when they heard the true age of their skin – but were at least given a guide on how to nip the ageing in the bud.
Guests enjoying the treats were former radio presenter Poppy Ntshongwana, actress 10 CITY PRESS, 11 NOVEMBER, 2018 10 CITY PRESS, 11 NOVEMBER, 2018 news Thuli Thabethe, TV presenter Chanley Wong, model Rosette Ncwana, as well as the golfers’ wives and girlfriends. Lots of gin and Champagne was served with foie gras, oysters and petits fours. Host and Sun International group PR manager Claudia Henkel, also known as 2004’s Miss SA, made sure that the women were spoilt with beauty treatments and treated to some of the latest trends in the fashion and style world.
“The Style Affair has become a highlight on the social calendar and a not-to-be-missed fixture during the Nedbank Golf Challenge.
This was the most extravagant and fun edition of the event yet,” said Henkel. Speaking about Miss SA … Our reigning queen, Tamaryn Green, is a lovely and fun woman to be around. Good luck to her as she spends the next two weeks preparing for the Miss Universe pageant. MUSIC AND BEAUTY Miss SA Tamaryn Green with the band Good Luck Golf Golf AND OTHER TREATS STYLE AFFAIR