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“ANC RUBBISHING CONSTITUTION”, MKMVA

Members of Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) took to the streets of Joburg on Monday to demonstrate against the African National Congress (ANC), claiming that the party was destroying the country’s Constitution.

MKMVA, together with the South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco), the Congress of South African Students (Cosas), and the SA National Cargo Transport and Drivers Association (Sancatdra), planned to hand over a memorandum to both the ANC and David Makhura’s office.

In recent weeks, they attempted to shut down parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Ekurhuleni in protest. The MKMVA was taking its annoyance over the ANC and Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula to the ANC’s national offices.

Flag of the African National Congress

 Thandoxulo Dyodo, Joburg Secretary, said they had reached the point of no return  “The ANC is being replaced with colours that are different from the ANC that we came with from exile.”  Complaints against the party included MK veterans being left out of the security cluster and non-South African truckers being hired. Mbalula refused to speak on the matter, but took to Twitter, posting that those marching on Monday were thugs calling themselves MK. Dyodo, however, said Mbalula was nothing more than a terrorist.“The infrastructure under his watch is being destroyed.”

It is understood Mbalula cancelling security contracts at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) is at the heart of the complaints against him. The contracts were not renewed after allegations of collusion with criminals to strip the country’s rail networks through vandalism and theft.

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Policeman Arrested for Multimillion Tender

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) arrested a high ranking police officer in an pre-dawn raid today.  Ipid said the officer was the 13th suspect in a 2017 multimillion-rand tender fraud.  All suspects are facing charges of corruption, fraud, money laundering and theft and they will appear in the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court.  

IPID spokesperson Sindisiwe Twala said: “The contract price and exposure to the police fiscus was R191 million. However, R65 million was paid to the service provider, Instrumentation for Traffic Law enforcement (Pty) Ltd. The payment of R22 million was stopped at the advanced stage of the Investigating Directorates probe into the matter.  The latest arrests joins eleven other people, former National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane, former Gauteng Police Commissioner Deliwe de Lange, Gauteng deputy police Commissioner Major -General Brigadier Nombhuruza Lettie Napo, Lieutenant General Ramahlapi Johannes Mokwena(retired Divissional Commissioner), Brigadier James Ramanjalum, and Major General Ravichandran Pillay, Thomas Dumas Marima( Colonel), Maetapese Joseph Mulaiwa(Seargent ) The Civilians are Judy Rose, Samantha Andrews, Vimpie Manthatha and a company represented by its director Vimpie lastly Instrumentation for Traffic Law enforcement (Pty) Ltd.”

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Man Critical after Fall

A man was left critically injured following an industrial accident in Vereeniging.  It is believed the man was working on a high platform, tripped, and then fell onto a lower platform.  ER24 paramedics arrived at the scene quickly and were taken to the patient.  Upon assessment the emergency personnel found the man, in his early 20’s, had critical injuries to his head and shoulders.  Paramedics treated the man for his injuries and provided advanced life support interventions before he was rushed to the Vereeniging Mediclinic for urgent care.  

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The Collapse of Gauteng High Court

A Judge at the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, send a WhatsApp to colleagues outlining the serious collapse of infrastructure at one of the country’s most important courts.  The Pretoria High Court – and reportedly most other courts in South Africa – have not had email access since 21 September after a massive system failure.  Internet access has been very important to courts during the Covid-19 pandemic when many cases and application were heard and dealt with online.  “Just sharing frustrations at court despite proactive attempts at many meetings to ensure that this week we will function, even without emails,” the fed up judge complained in her message.  Some judges have even been forced to use their personal email accounts. 

Private contractors engaged to manage the technology left the court after being informed that “their contract will not be renewed.”  These contractors managed case lines – the court’s online document management system – and enabled virtual meetings.  Case Line Clerks, who assisted with invitations to attend virtual hearings, had also not had heir contracts renewed.  

Apart from technical challenges hampering the work of the court, there are too few judges to handle all the cases, with 129 cases not placed on the roll on Monday as a result.  By Wednesday, Monday’s roll was still not finalised and cases were not being allocated to judges.  “Attorneys are complaining… They are having to pay fees to counsel even though matters are not being allocated.  One attorney suggested sending each judge 30 matters. But even if I do that, which I won’t, we will get through only Monday and half of Tuesday’s roll of a whole week.” The judge stated that in the first three days (of the court session) there had been seven requests for urgent applications which had merit. “We have no dates or judges available to hear them but I am trying to accommodate them. I approached seven judges yesterday for a two-week special trial, set down on the roster, to be heard in court for good reasons, and all seven refused point blank.”

A backlog with petitions was another issue the court has been unable to deal with.  “I share this so that there is some understanding of the frustration at court. This office is inundated with personal and email inquiries caused by the collapse of our infrastructure.”  An Advocate who appears frequently in the Pretoria High Court said that the problems were not due to mismanagement of the court, but rather the inefficiencies in the office of the chief justice.”

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Cele to visit the Horner’s

Police Minister Bheki Cele will visit the town of Senekal next week, amidst mounting anger in the farming community.  Brendin Horner’s murder and the subsequent arrest of two suspects angered the community.  Farmers and citizens flooded the town on Tuesday in support of Brendin Horner and all other victims of farm murders.  Some of the protesters allegedly overturned a police vehicle and set it alight.  The protests were for the most part peaceful demonstrations. Andre Pienaar was arrested on Wednesday for his alleged involvement in the chaos and was charged with attempted murder, malicious damage to property, and incitement to violence and terrorism.  Spokesperson for the police Lirandzu Themba said: “The minister has denounced the murder.  The minister will go to the Free State to visit the family.”

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Baby Perfects Bottle Flip Challenge

This may well be the cutest video going round on social media at the moment.  Rachel Marie Baheza first posted the video of her daughter in April this year.  When Lylah Rae accidentally nails the bottle flip challenge, her reaction is priceless.  In the video, Lylah Rae is on the floor when someone throws the water bottle to her.  She laughs while picking up the bottled and then flips it perfectly.   Rex Chapman, former US Basketball Player, shared the video on Twitter saying: “Needed this today.”  We all need something to laugh about as the country struggles to recover and evidence of billions in corruption and fraud comes to light.  

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Latest Arrests in the Corruption Clampdown

A spate of high-profile arrests in recent weeks broke years of silence and inaction in the war against corruption.  Several high-profile politicians and businessmen has already been arrested.  The arrests of several key role-players in various corruption scandals including VBS, Bosasa, and several tender fraud cases have made national headlines.  The NPA’s Hermione Cronje has hinted that many more are to follow, including members of the Gupta family. 

Philip Truter, the former VBS Mutual Bank CFO, entered into a plea bargain with the NPA.  He will testify against his co-accused and receive a lighter sentence of 10-years.  

Philip Truter, VBS Mutual Bank Former CFO

Tshifiwa Matodzi was describes as the ‘kingpin’ in the VBS Bank Heist of over R2-billion.  Matodzi controlled Vele Investments which was the largest “beneficiary” of the theft.

Tshifiwa Matodzi, VBS scandal ‘Kingpin’

Andile Ramavhunga was the former VBS CEO.  He received R23,000,000 from the bank according to the state’s charge sheet.  Ramavhunga was stripped of his SAICA registration in February last year.

VBS Mutual Bank former CEO Andile Ramavhunga

Phopi Mukhodobwane, form VBS treasurer allegedly received R17-million in payments from the bank.  He was regarded as the whistleblower in 2018 when he came forward with information but has since decried the investigation into the bank as a “racist farce.”

Ernest Nesane was one of two officials from the PIC implicated and arrested for their alleged roles in the collapse of VBS Mutual Bank. 

Paul Magula was the other PIC official in the VBS Scandal.  He was the former head of risk and compliance at PIC.  

Ernest Nesane, Paul Magula and co-accused in court

Moloko Stanford Maila is a former ANC MP.  He appeared in court on Monday with three co-accused in connection with a theft case of R4.8 million involving the Limpopo Makgatho Community Property Association.  

Maphala Lazarus Mosena is Maila’s first co-accused in the Limpopo Makgatho Community Property Association.  

Manase Steven Makgatho is a 3rd accused in the Limpopo case.

Left to right: Manase Makgatho, Maphala Mosena, Eric Makgato, and Standford Maila

Lepota Eric Makgatho is the final suspect in the Limpopo Makgatho Community Property Case. 

Thoshan Panday stands accused of having provided temporary accommodation to the police at inflated prices during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.  Panday lost a court bid in mid-September to stop his prosecution for fraud and corruption.  He faces 261 counts for fraud including falsified invoices, bribes and conspiracy worth R47 million.  Colonel Navin Madhoe, Panday’s co-accused,  appeared in court last week.  

Thoshan Panday and Colonel Navin Madhoe

Mmamonnye Ngobeni 

KwaZulu-Natal former Policie Commissioner Ngobeni is accused of attempting to step investigations into Panday.  Panday allegedly paid for Ngobene’s husbands’ party.

Mmamonnye Ngobeni

Vincent Smith

Smith, former ANC MP, handed himself over to police at the Alberton Police Station last week.  He  appeared in court on fraud and corruption charges in relation to the Bosasa case.  

Angelo Agrizzi

Bosasa former COO Agrizzi, the self-proclaimed whistleblower, was charged last week for his role in making payments to Smith.

Former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi

Olly Mlamleli

Ouster Mangaung mayor and former Provincial Human Settlements MEC Olly MLamleli was arrested on Wednesday morning on charges relating to the controversial asbestos removal contract.  

Edwin Sodi

Blackhead Director Sodi appeared in court alongside Mlamleli.  He is at the centre of the R255 million asbestos audit tender scandal.  

Edwin Sodi

Nthimotse Mokhesi 

Former head of Free State Human Settlements Department Mokhesi, was also arrested in connection with the Asbestos scandal.

Mahlomola Matlakal

Director of chain supply management at the Free State human settlements department, Matlakala was arrested for his involvement in the asbestos scandal.  

Thabane Zulu

Former Msunduzi Municipal Manager Thabane Zulu, was arrested on Wednesday as one of the many officials connected to the Free State Asbestos scandal.

Nonhlanhla Pamela Hlongwa

Hlongwa, a supply chain manager in KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala’s office, was arrested in connection with a R24 million catering tended.  

Ziphathe Cibane

Another accused in the Catering tender Fraud is Chief Financial Officer of the KZN Premier, Ziphathe Cibane.

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Public Protecter takes on the NPA

Public protecter Busisiwe Mkhwebane accused the NPA boss Shamila Batohi, of failing to cooperate with her office.  Mkhwebane said the National Prosecuting Authority is impeding a probe into the failed Durban Jazz Festival (North Sea Jazz Festival), that never took place.  The festival cost taxpayers roughly R28-million.  The public protecter is investigating maladministration pertaining to this festival.  Several provincial ANC politicians are also implicated in fraud, corruption and money-laundering charges related to the Jazz festival scandal.  Mkhwebane asked Parliament’s justice committee to step in as mediator between herself and the NPA’s Shamila Batohi.

Mkhwebane said that the NPA was not sharing information that would assist her investigations.  She claimed the NPA said she was interfering in the case and was refusing to submit documents due to the sensitivity of the matter, and challenging her authority to investigate allegations of maladministration.  “We are not making headway in that matter due to what the NPA says.” 

Shamila Batohi, National Prosecuting Authority Boss

“THE TONE OF THOSE LETTERS IS CONCERNING”

Mkhwebane said the tone of language used by the NPA in letters to her didn’t show the “spirit of collegiality” that would be expected from governmental institutions sharing similar goals.  “The letters which we receive from them – the tone of those letters is concerning. Yes, we will be bringing this to the attention of the National Director of Public Prosecutions (Batohi), but I would hope that as the committee we both report to you it would help that you can intervene and assist us and in a way mediate between the two of us so that we can find headway and cooperate more fully.”

The Justice Committee has asked Mkhwebane to submit a complaint in writing so that it could consider possibilities for a way forward.”  The NPA spokesperson Sipho Ngwema could not be reached for comment on the matter on Thursday night.  The public protector will however continue investigations into the Jazz festival scandal.  

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Pitbulls Kills Vereeniging Baby


A seven week old baby girl was killed after she was attacked at her home by her parents’ two pitbulls on Sunday. The baby girl, Zané-Mari allegedly died on the way to the hospital. Zan-Mari van Zyl, the mother, said that she heard her baby crying inside the room and the sound of the dogs’ paws on the wooden floor.

When she rushed into the bedroom she saw the two dogs on top of Zané-Mari. Although the mother immediately stopped the dogs, it was too late for little Zané-Mari.
Zané-Mari was born on 17 August at the Kopanong hospital in Vereeniging. She was the only child of Zan-Mari Van Zyl (21) and and Riekert Harmse (23).

A family friend posted on Facebook: “My liefste liefie ons gaan jou so mis jy nou al lekke begin lag en gesels nou gaan ek en Charmone nou nie kan fight wi hou 1 ste vas nie ons gaan jou so mis my sexy girls ons Sal jou altyd in ons Harte dra lief jou baie.”

Peanut and Cassy, the two pitbulls, were reportedly handed over to the SPCA to be put down. Max, a third pitbull, was not involved in the attack. Zan-Mari and Riekert said they would never have expected the dogs to attack their baby girl. A funeral service for baby Zané-Mari will be held at the AGS New Beginning Church tomorrow.