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EFF Won’t Hire GBV Perpetrators – Malema

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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SAPS To Recruit 10,000 Police Officers In New Financial Year

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The SAPS is progressing to recruit 10 000 new recruits within the year starting in April 2022 to bolster the police.

The Police Deputy Minister Cassel Mathale disclosed this to the Parliament on Wednesday.

Mathale said although there was limited capacity to accommodate the new recruits within the SAPS training facilities, there have been discussions with Defence Minister Thandi Modise on the likelihood of utilising the soldier’s facilities.

“We are definitely going to increase SAPS personnel. We don’t want to create a problem by creating another problem,” he said.

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The Police Deputy Minister made the statement when he was responding to DA MP Andrew Whitfield who asked why the budget of the VIP police wasn’t slashed to make sure there have been more police within the line.

Whitfield had noted that the budget cuts had gutted the visible policing programme, which was about crime prevention, while the VIP budget has increased over the years.

“Poor budgeting and skewed priorities have led to devastating consequence for front-line policing, leading to more crime and insecurity in our country,” he said,

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Whitfield had also said the fixed SAPS personnel had decreased from 194 000 to 182 000 with a minimum of 32 000 officers lost since 2016/17 which the projection was that it’d plummet to 163 000 in 2023/24.

Mathale noted that the SAPS were unable to require a replacement intake within the 2020/21.

He said they acknowledged that there was a shortage which there was a necessity to extend the police personnel.

“We have taken a decision to enrol 3 000 intake – 2 000 from public service within SAPS and 1000 from the reservists,” he said about the intake in 2021/22.

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Mathale  further explained that they would tackle the shortage of the police personnel head on.

“We are to face this problem face on and with the support from National Treasury we will be able to take an intake of 10 000 in the next financial year,” he said.

Mathale revealed that a total number of 7 519 recruits have been trained and 7 360 employed by the SAPS since January 2019.

He said a total of 15 943 officers have left the police force.

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Mgilija Nhleko Dragged Into Zulu Royal Family Throne Dispute – Even In Death

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Mgilija Nhleko Dragged Into Zulu Royal Family Throne Dispute – Even In Death

The late leader of Zulu regiments, Mlandeni Mgilija Nhleko, has once again found himself dragged into the raging dispute within the Zulu royal family, which is fighting over who is the rightful king of the Zulu nation.

Late on Wednesday, Zulu Princess Thembi Zulu-Ndlovu, a sister to the late King Goodwill Zwelithini, issued a statement to mourn his passing.

Nhleko, who died on Monday while undergoing treatment for cancer at a private hospital in Richards Bay, made a name for himself when he meticulously commanded a legion of Zulu regiments during the burial of the late king in March this year.

He was later axed from his position after he showed support for former president Jacob Zuma, just days after he surrendered to Estcourt prison to start his 15-month sentence for contempt of the Constitutional Court.

Presiding over Nhleko’s firing, Dr Dumisani Khumalo, the chairperson of the Osuthu royal council, alleged that Nhleko had previously rudely exchanged words with the late king and was also caught on video saying he did not recognise the current king Misuzulu when he took part in an “illegal” traditional royal cleansing hunt following the king’s death.

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That ended Nhleko’s career, and even after his clan later apologised to King Misuzulu, he never got the position back.

In her statement of condolence, Princess Thembi, who together with her faction called the “royal rebels”, does not recognise Misuzulu as their King, said was it from the “Zulu royal family” said Nhleko was still the rightful leader of the regiments as appointed by the late king.

She said according to her, the position would only be filled once “a rightfully chosen King of the Zulu nation has ascended to the throne”.

“In Nhleko, we have lost a regiment leader who was dedicated to serving and protecting the monarch, and he was dedicated to that until he took his last breath. His dedication to the monarch and not selling out made him an outstanding person who ensured stability within the Zulu nation and other nations.

“Because of his humility and work, the late King gave him the position of leading his regiments, a position the King left him serving on. As the royal family, we wish to say that he is still the only leader of regiments as rightfully appointed by the late King, and no one will take that position until a new King has been identified by the royal family,” the Princess said in the statement.

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The statement seems to suggest that while the dispute over the throne has seemingly been partly doused and with the coronation of Misuzulu set to go ahead early next month in Nongoma, the princess’s faction has not given up the fight yet.

The faction wants the throne to be taken up by Prince Simakade, the first-born son of the late King Goodwill Zwelithini, arguing he is the rightful heir.

The statement also partly signals that the faction will likely send its own representatives (to counter King Misuzulu’s delegation, which could attend as the Nhleko family reported Mgilija’s passing to his council) to speak when Nhleko is laid to rest this coming Saturday at his ancestral village Nhlalanwenya near Nongoma.

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The warring sides are still waiting for a report from former KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu, who was assigned by the minister of cooperative governance and traditional affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, to mediate in the dispute.

Mchunu is believed to have finalised a preliminary report after he and his team met both sides to listen to them. King Misuzulu’s faction was led by Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi in his capacity as the traditional prime minister of the king and the Zulu nation.

He met Mchunu and his team together with senior royal family members, Prince Philemon of KwaFihlinqindi and Prince Mbongiseni (MMM) of Osuthu, among others.

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Hung Municipalities, Including eThekwini, To Give KZN A Headache

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The 18 hung municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal, including the eThekwini Municipality, could prove troublesome for South Africa’s Local Government Association (Salga) and the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) in KZN.

The Electoral Commission of SA in the KZN province released the preliminary results for the 2021 local government elections on Thursday at the results centre in Mayville, Durban.

The eThekwini Municipality, KZN’s only metropolitan area with a population of just over three million people, is one of the hung municipalities announced by the IEC, indicating that the ANC has lost its majority vote.

The 18 hung councils are eThekwini, uMdoni, Msunduzi, uMuziwabantu, iNkosi Langalibalele, Alfred Duma, uMvoti, Newcastle, Dannhauser, eDumbe, AbaQulusi, Nongoma, uMhlabuyalingana, Mtubatuba, uMhlathuze, Mthonjaneni, Kwadukuza and Mapumulo.

The ruling party has seen its control in eThekwini diminished by the DA, IFP and the EFF.

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Presenting the results, the IEC’s assistant manager of electoral operations in KZN Godfrey Naidoo, said that the results would pose a challenge for parties to create an administration to run the hung councils.

Naidoo noted KZN premier and ANC chairperson Sihle Zikalala as he held his head in his hands while listening to the announcement on the number of hung municipalities.

“It is a headache for all parties and I think our colleagues from Cogta and Salga, who sit with us, I think it’s their headache as well to manage these councils and a way forward,” Naidoo said.

Naidoo also presented the results for the parties that have won a majority vote (over 50%) across the province, which was tightly contested between the ANC and the IFP. A look at the IEC’s map showed the IFP dominating in northern KZN, while the ANC claimed the southern parts and some in the west.

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The ANC won 742 council seats, IFP 527 and the DA got 165.

IEC acting electoral officer in KZN Ntombifuthi Masinga said the results were not the official results as the rules dictate that official election results can only be published seven days after the elections. The commission will also have to deal with objections and complaints before it can publish the official results.

The province had 5 447 815 voters which represented 21% of the national voter population and had 4 940 voting stations. Seventy-eight parties contested in the province, which was an increase of 50 since the 2011 elections, where only 28 parties contested.

Premier Zikalala accepted the results from Masinga on behalf of the province and also thanked the IEC for hosting the election. Zikalala said that now that the results are out, it is time to respond to the needs of communities.

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“As we accept these results today, as a government we will play our part in facilitating a smooth transition and re-establishment of all municipal councils. Now that the elections are decided, it is time to respond to the needs of the communities.

“Voting is the beginning of the long and arduous journey to grow KwaZulu-Natal, and indeed South Africa. The real electoral victory will gain momentum when we address all communities, even those who did not vote for us. This is the time to translate all the manifestos into workable plans of action and tangible delivery to our communities,” Zikalala said.

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Elections Officer Probed For Allegedly Stuffing Marked Ballots In Ballot Box

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The Electoral Commission of South Africa in KwaZulu-Natal has roped in the police to investigate allegations that one of its presiding officers was on Sunday allegedly caught committing electoral fraud.

According to the commission in the province, the unnamed presiding officer was allegedly caught stuffing marked ballots into a ballot box.

It was not immediately clear which party the officer was trying to aid by committing the alleged offence and whether he has been relieved of his or her crucial role.

“In Ward 93, Kusakusa Primary School, in Mbumbulu area in eThekwini Metro Municipality, a  presiding officer was allegedly discovered by party agents, stuffing marked ballot papers into a ballot box. This remains an allegation and SAPS are still investigating. Members of the media will be updated as soon as the full report is received from SAPS,” the commission said yesterday.

The first electoral official to be convicted (for five years) for electoral fraud post-1994 was Sindisiwe Ncube of Ulundi. In the 2009 general elections,Ncube was allegedly caught stuffing marked ballots and the ballots were allegedly in favour of the IFP.

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Meanwhile, the commission in the province said despite challenges in uMdoni (Mzinto) municipality in the south of the province and Mkhambathini (Camperdown), most stations opened on time yesterday (Sun).

“The majority of voting stations were opened on time. The Mkhambathini  Municipality matter reported yesterday (Saturday) where seven voting stations did not open due to a traditional leadership dispute in KwaNyavu Traditional Authority area, covering Ward 2, 3 and 5.  The commission reported that voting stations are operating today under close monitoring by the  SAPS.

“SAPS have reinforced their presence in the area and operations in voting stations have resumed,” the commission said. In the volatile uMdoni municipality, the commission said due to unrest in the area, some voting stations were not opened at all.

“The situation in uMdoni Municipality, where the commission reported that two of the five voting stations in ward six did not open at all because of community unrest in the area, these remain closed as SAPS attempts to restore stability in the area.

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“A total of 36 home visits are yet to be administered in the area. The most affected voting station is Isulabasha Combined  Primary School in Ward 6. The commission remains hopeful that voting station officers will be able to visit all homes that need to be visited to conduct special votes. Voting station staff that have completed their assigned special votes are being redirected in areas with pending home visits.”

In the 2019 general elections, uMdoni was a violent hot spot as the community of Stick Farm closed voting stations and prevented electoral officials from accessing them. When armed police eventually restored calm, the community boycotted the elections, opting not to vote, saying their area remains underdeveloped yet they have been voting since 1994.

In anticipation of disruptions and unrest, on Monday the Police Minister Bheki Cele announced that more than18 000 police officers have been deployed across the province, with the focus on hot spot areas like eThekwini, Nongoma, Ulundi, KwaDukuza (Stanger) and Newcastle.

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Cele, who was speaking in Durban when deploying the SAPS battalion, said out of the 272 identified hot spots in the entire country, a majority of them are in KwaZulu-Natal, hence the special focus.

He said in areas like KwaDukuza and eThekwini, some councillor candidates have survived assassination attempts while other candidates are in hiding, fearing for their lives.

Cele said the SAPS officers should be ready to remove any threat that could impede the voting process. He was emphatic to the police that their role was to assist the commission to stage free, fair and credible elections and not to take over the process. Cele stressed that while South Africans have a right to protest any time they wanted to, they must not block those who wanted to vote or block police stations and if that happened, the police should intervene.

 

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Former South African Football Player Beaten To Death After Being Accused For Stealing Electricity Cable

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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