The EFF has rejected the Constitutional Court’s decision to reinstate the Afrikaans language as a learning and teaching medium at Unisa.
The EFF said the court ignored the linkage between race and language in the context of South Africa’s history.
“The selective choice of Afrikaans as a superior language perpetuates superiority over indigenous languages, and is an insult to the standing of Africans and their heritage of rich languages.
“In the grace period to 2023 determined by the court, we call on Unisa to retrace its steps correctly and with lawful and procedural precision, do away with the 1976 language of national oppression, racial segregation, exclusion and supremacy,” the party said.
It said if the Afrikaans language was reinstated at Unisa, then the university must use African languages as a medium of instruction, including Swahili.
The Concourt gave Unisa until the start of the 2023 academic year to revise its language policy which did away with teaching and learning in Afrikaans.
The court passed a judgment on Wednesday which found the university in contravention of Section 29(2) of the Constitution, which relates to the right to receive an education in an official language or language of choice.
The Concourt upheld a ruling by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) last year, following a battle between Unisa and lobby group AfriForum.
The university made changes to its language policy in 2016 which removed Afrikaans as a dual medium of teaching and learning.
AfriForum then took on the university to have its decision reversed and Afrikaans reinstated.
EFF Won’t Hire GBV Perpetrators – Malema
EFF leader Julius Malema says a municipality under his party will not hire anyone found guilty of rape and gender-based violence.
As cases of gender-based violence continue to rise in the country, Malema called on universities to do more in ensuring that GBV perpetrators are brought to book.
While engaging with students on several matters, Malema focused significantly on GBV.
Tertiary education institutions do not take rape or GBV on campus seriously when these cases are reported, he said, and called for more stringent measures to resolve reported incidents.
“Each campus is supposed to be a safe haven for all children, not a potential place for rapists.
“Rape is treason and it must be treated as such. Rapists must be denied bail,” he said.
On the issue of unemployed graduates, Malema said the government and the private sector must create job opportunities as students must graduate into jobs and not into the streets.
“When you don’t create jobs for graduates, you are destroying the hopes of those coming after them.
“When they [learners] see a graduate loitering in the streets, they don’t get motivated,” Malema said.
He stressed that if a caring government does not create opportunities for young people, the government must ensure those unemployed graduates receive an allowance.
“They [government] must pay you for having gone to school as they are not absorbing you into the workforce,” Malema said.
This will ensure that generations to come are encouraged to pursue their studies, he said.
All workers employed at universities, Malema said, should be treated with dignity. This, he said, can be done by ensuring that workers receive pension and well-paid salaries.
He also called on universities to uplift the expulsion and suspension of students who were involved in the Fees Must Fall protests which rocked campuses across the country. Malema said these students were fighting for a good cause.
Malema also suggested that the same way the government encourages the public to get vaccinated, they should encourage all citizens to have DNA samples taken to curb violence against women.
Former South African Football Player Beaten To Death After Being Accused For Stealing Electricity Cable
Two suspects have been arrested for the murder of former South African footballer, Lucky Maselesele.
The 41-year-old former Kaizer Chiefs, Maritzburg United and Black Leopards midfielder was allegedly beaten to death by community members after being accused of stealing electricity cables.
Police spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Mavela Masondo, who confirmed the incident on Saturday, October 16, said police received a complaint of community members assaulting an unknown man on Wednesday night.
“When the police approached, the group ran away, and the police managed to apprehend two suspects,” Masondo said.
“It is alleged that the deceased was accused by the community of stealing electrical cables in the area. He was certified dead on the scene by the paramedics.”
The deceased had since been identified as Maselesele.
Masondo said both suspects were charged with murder, and one had since appeared in the Alexandra Magistrate’s Court.
The matter was postponed for a formal bail application.
“Police are still continuing with the investigation,” Masondo added.
The South African footballer who played for Kaizer Chiefs between 1998 and 2004 having come through its youth ranks, was known for his dribbling skills and high work rate. He was capped once at international level.
After moving to Maritzburg United, the soccer player’s career spiralled downwards after being banned for testing positive for cocaine.
In 2009, newspaper The Witness reported that the midfielder received a two-year ban from the SA Football Association’s disciplinary committee.
Defence Minister Thandi Modise And Deputy Held Hostage By Military Vets
Defence Minister Thandi Modise and her Deputy Thabang Makwetla alongside Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele were held hostage by disgruntled military veterans on Thursday night but were later released.
It emerged that talks between the Presidential Task Team and the ex-combatants broke down and both parties could not reach an agreement.
The drama reportedly unfolded at the St Georges Hotel near Irene in Gauteng with members refusing to release the officials until their demands were met – this includes a meeting with President Cyril Ramaphosa.
This event follows a sit-in protest by the irate veterans at the ANC’s Luthuli House headquarters early this week.
Detailing what transpired, Gungubele said they were about to leave the meeting when all the doors were closed by some of the military veterans attending the meeting.
“It is at that point we realised we were being held hostage. It is a situation that was averted by the security forces very effectively and successfully. We want to thank Minister Bheki Cele and all security forces and whatever branch was involved for a prompt and timeous intervention… We expect the law to follow its course in dealing with the behaviour of this nature,” he said.
Earlier, IOL had reported that Deputy President David Mabuza was set to meet the veterans to discuss their grievances.
The military veterans who had staged a protest were from Azapo, PAC and the ANC.
IOL also understands that some of them were not from around Johannesburg and had to arrange a place to sleep on Wednesday night.
ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe, at the time, said the group was very cooperative, and the party understood their plight.
He added that there were no big fears of a security breach because the ex-combatants had come to the HQ with genuine concerns.
“They have been cooperative. The issues they are raising are part of their plight, and there is a planned meeting between themselves and the deputy president as being delegated to deal with these matters at the level of government,” Mabe said.
According to Mabe, there were already movements to gather the ex-combatants from different parties and address their issues as a collective and not per ex liberation party.
But Mabe’s comments on Thursday did not hold water.
Unconfirmed reports stated that special forces had descended to the area to calm the situation with Modise and Makwetla being evacuated to safety.
National police spokesperson Vish Naidoo said SAPS national spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo 56 people were arrested including 7 women.
“At 7:15 police received reports of a hostage situation at St Goerge hotel. They have been charged with three counts of kidnapping. What I do know is that the three ministers who were whisked away by the protectors did not need medical attention. I don’t know where they are,” said Naidoo.
He did not divulge where we’re the protectors of the ministers when the hostage situation took place.
“3 suspects were treated after complaining about pain, one complained about an injury we are not sure how they got injured. This was a pre-planned meeting, I think what the police have done is extremely commendable. They contained a situation that might have been out of hand,” he said.
Naidoo said there were no shots fired and 3 officials were rescued from the hostage situation.
He said a postpartum would be done on the entire situation and if it is necessary to provide information on the outcomes of the postmortem they will do so.
The suspects will face charges of kidnapping.
Meanwhile, MK military veteran spokesperson Lwazi Mzobe disputed the reports saying the minister (Modise) was allowed to move around on her own.
“We were sitting with them (officials). This was not a hostage. What we wanted is that the President must come and address us,” Mzobe said.
Chairs were used to block the door, however Mzobe denied that the chairs were used to prevent the minister from leaving the venue.
“We did that so they don’t leave the meeting. We never broke the law. I don’t know how many people have been arrested,” said Mzobe.
Mzobe says the special forces want to arrest them because they are suspects.
“They say we are suspects and they want to arrest us. If they don’t arrest us, we are going to the Union Building so that the President’s address is. These criminals have failed to facilitate this meeting,” he said.
ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba said: “There is no respect for the rule of law in this country. People think it’s a joke but there are organisations watching this lawlessness in South Africa and biding their time and waiting for their opportunity. This government is completely unprepared,” he said.
Buthelezi To Spread Message Of Unity In Phoenix Campaign
THE IFP leadership, led by its President Emeritus Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, is expected to visit Phoenix shortly where he will interact with citizens and address a community meeting at the Gandhi Luthuli Peace Park.
This is the first time Buthelezi is on the campaign trail, with interest peaking at the fact that he chose to visit Phoenix first.
Phoenix has been a key area to campaign as political parties descended on the Durban North suburb to convey messages of unity.
The area was affected by violence during the July unrest where 36 were killed.
A total of 42 people are standing trial for the murder of the victims.
Recently, the DA came under fire after it put up posters in Phoenix that were described as fanning racial tension in the area.
The posters, which read “The ANC called you racists” and “The DA calls you heroes”, were slammed, with claims that they referred to the murder of 36 black South Africans in Phoenix during the civil unrest that engulfed KwaZulu-Natal and parts of Gauteng in July. After a huge uproar, the posters were taken down by the party last week.
Now, the IFP has come into the area with posters reading, “Real heroes unite communities”.
IFP National Campaign Committee Chairperson Narend Singh said Buthelezi’s visit was to cement the party’s relationship with the community as one of the political leader’s core values was social cohesion.
He said Buthelezi was one of the first leaders to condemn the acts of vigilantism.
“Our message is one of hope. We will not be using scare tactics to get votes, instead, we need unity and hope among our people. We are asking voters, particularly in KwaZulu-Natal, to give us a chance. We ran KZN for 10 years before. Give us a chance to show true leadership,” Singh said.
Lindiwe Sisulu’s ANC Presidential Campaign Takes Off
Lindiwe Sisulu’s campaign to be elected as ANC president in the 55th national conference next year has begun in earnest.
The Daily News has learnt that Sisulu’s name has been raised by various regions and sub-regions across the length and breadth of the country.
She was also apparently being backed by Women’s League regional structures which could end up getting a nod from their national Women’s League structure.
In the Western Cape she is said to be enjoying big support from the Boland, Karoo and Overberg regions. Her Boland backer Patrice Mangena said the region was fully behind her and would make sure, working with others, she gets elected as the first ANC woman president in the 55th elective conference next year.
Mangena described Sisulu as a leader who has all that it takes to lead ANC, saying her childhood background right up until now speaks for itself.
He said the fact that she was born and raised by Walter and Albertina Sisulu who were well respected ANC stalwarts, combined with her struggle credentials makes her the perfect choice for the position.
“At this point where our movement is beset by problems we needed someone who knows the ANC better and we could not find a better comrade than her to take the party forward.
“Comrade Lindiwe has served the movement in government since 1994 with distinction and had served the organisation during the difficult apartheid so she knows both sides of the coin. ANC is not a political party but a liberation movement and a leader of society so comrade Lindiwe fits in this position in all aspects,” Mangena said.
He further said there were serious engagements with the Women’s League and has indicated that they would back her, adding that most of the people who supported Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma were throwing their weight behind Sisulu.
Mangena said he was ashamed when he saw EFF leader Julius Malema honouring the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela by naming its headquarters after her because such a thing was supposed to have been done by the ANC.
The Boland region includes Stellenbosch Municipality while Overberg includes the Cape Agulhas Municipality.
In the Eastern Cape which is her home province, she is believed to have charmed Chris Hani, Dr Rubusana, Nelson Mandela Bay, Joe Gqabi, Amathole and Alfred Nzo regions.
Her lobbyist in Dr Rubusana region, Siya Mgijima, confirmed that most of the sub-regions want her to ascend to the ANC throne next year.
The region includes East London and King William’s Town.
He said in 2017 most of the sub-region including his branch supported President Cyril Ramaphosa but now they felt that the time had come for a woman president to lead the ANC and saw Sisulu as the right person.
In Gauteng most of Sisulu’s votes were likely to come from the Sedibeng region in the Vaal.
Her backer Pat Manana told the Daily News that on Sunday they will formally pronounce her name in public.
Sedibeng includes sub-regions like Mfuleni, Midvaal.
Other regions that are said to be behind her or enjoy bigger support are Vhembe in Limpopo, Greater Joburg, Nkomazi sub-region in Mpumalanga as well as eThekwini where the Women’s League is expected to formally pronounce her support but the league’s regional secretary Zama Sokhabase denied that, saying said they have not discussed the issue because it must first be canvassed from the provincial women’s structure.
The uMkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association and senior staff in the Defence Force are known to be backing her.
She threw her hat in the ring in 2017 but withdrew in the last minute to contest the deputy president’s position where she was defeated by David Mabuza.
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