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Jacob Zuma tells supporters, “be vigilant, the enemy is still around”

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It's the first day that former President Jacob Zuma appeared before the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, and tensions are running high.
'Zuma, who was implicated in wrongdoing by several prominent politicians and business owners, implicated former presidents Thabo Mbeki and the late Nelson Mandela earlier today. Zuma’s supporters mobilised themselves as “radical economic transformation (RET) champions”, were expected to turn up in large numbers at the commission venue. They stood by him during his court appearances in the Pietermaritzburg High Court back in May , where he faced corruption and racketeering charges relating to the multi-billion rand arms procurement deal. Zuma said “some people sold out for different reasons” The former president took to the stage and addressed the crowd, re-iterating the points raised during his testimony. However, the crowd lacked both the energy and size of previous similar addresses. He said the commission was established to “find fault” with him. He added: During the struggle, some people sold out for different reasons. Some were recruited into the ranks of the enemy for different reasons. […] We thought those who know they did wrong things, would stop. But it seems there’s a new kind of bravery [among them.]” Also read – Jacob Zuma at the state capture inquiry: Ten people who have implicated him Zuma threatened to expose apartheid spies in the ANC Zuma took great pains to place himself at the centre of a plot by apartheid forces to destroy him while also making bold claims that he knew the identities of apartheid spies still within the ANC. In addition, Zuma threatened to use his time on the stand to expose those who would try to destroy him. He said, “they participated in activities that do not take our country forward and they think we have forgotten that.” The mood during his address was subdued. Jacob Zuma spoke carefully, noting that he will speak more freely when he addresses his supporters at the end of his testimony. He explained: “Let us be vigilant, the enemy is still around, perhaps in an ANC meeting I will give more details. I said in the commission I have been provoked enough for many years and I think that must come to a stop.” Zuma concluded his speech with his signature song: #StateCaptureInquiry #statecapturecommission #MondayMotivation #Zondocommission Zuma #JacobZuma pic.twitter.com/FJS3ARLEfV — saPATRIOT (@radebe_jacob) July 15, 2019 What Zuma’s supporters had to say As reported by African News Agency (ANA) , hundreds of supporters marched from the Johannesburg Zoo Lake to Pieter Roos Park on Monday morning in support of Zuma. One supporter, 75-year-old Steve Maphumulo told Thembelihle Mkhonza that he had been with Zuma from the start; he was not going to leave him now. Maphumulo added: “Since Zuma was the president he never had peace, he has been accused of many things but there is no proof, we support him because we know he is innocent. This is the first president to be on the State Capture Inquiry, it has never happened before. Why? We want these people to keep their hands off our president and leave him alone because they have failed in everything they tried to make him look bad.” Angie, a supporter who came all the way from Mpumalanga, said Zuma has “been with them all the way”. She did not believe the ‘lies’ about the former president, and added: “Zuma knows how to treat other people; we believe he was the best president ever in the country and we believe in people like Zuma.” Also read – Jacob Zuma: 11 jaw-dropping quotes from his day at the state capture inquiry'

Mkhwebane may be headed for another legal dusting – Pierre de Vos

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A top Constitutional academic finds Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s legal reasoning and logic in her publicly available report about as rational as a bull running rampant in the streets of Pamplona.
'The judges have yet to pronounce on Pravin Gordhan’s interdict preventing a host of public institutions and ministries from carrying out the Public Protector ’s purportedly legal injunctions against him. Yet a top Constitutional academic here finds Busisiwe Mkhwebane ’s legal reasoning and logic in her publicly available report about as rational as a bull running rampant in the streets of Pamplona.  Carefully, Pierre de Vos takes a matador’s legal sword to the logic and reasoning in her voluminous report. He doesn’t descend into the dust-shrouded arena where Mkhwebane and Gordhan have been attributing nefarious motives to one another. Instead he takes each of her arguments and applies his legally and Constitutionally-educated mind to them. Her one argument backing the finding that Gordhan’s legendary investigative “rogue” unit did not follow proper procedures in acquiring intelligence-gathering equipment he finds positively Kafkaesque, (i.e. there’s absolutely no proof that they even acquired said equipment). It sets me thinking; if she has such a high-calibre legal team backing her, could there be some malicious compliance afoot in such seemingly basic legal errors? Read on for more entertaining and basic, alleged legal clod-hopping. Story courtesy of the Daily Maverick . – Chris Bateman Failure to interview Mogajane casts doubt on Mkhwebane’s finding that Gordhan deliberately lied to Parliament By Pierre de Vos* Earlier this week I wrote in my article  on the Public Protector’s report that I had run out of space and could therefore not address all aspects of the Public Protector’s report on the establishment of the SARS investigative unit and other related matters. I also suggested that further reflection was required to consider whether some of the other findings in the report – including the finding that Minister Gordhan had deliberately misled Parliament – complied with the principle of legality. In what follows I delve into aspects of the report not covered in my previous article, and evaluate its factual and legal findings. Pierre de Vos Before I do so, it is important to raise one question about the papers lodged by Minister Gordhan. Apart from relying on the principle of legality for the review, paragraph 29 of the Founding Affidavit also relies on the provisions of the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act (PAJA) as grounds for reviewing the report. This is odd as the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) held in 2018 in  Minister of Home Affairs and Another v Public Protector of the Republic of South Africa  that reports of the Public Protector are not subject to review in terms of PAJA, but can only be reviewed in terms of the principle of legality. It would be surprising if Minister Gordhan’s lawyers are not aware of this SCA decision. I can only assume they are aware of this judgment but are hoping eventually to have the decisions by the SCA in the  Home Affairs  case overturned by the Constitutional Court, which would require them to raise the point from the outset. It will be interesting to see what legal arguments they advanced on this point before the court. But let us turn to other aspects of the report which I had not previously dealt with. First, what about the finding that the Public Protector had “deliberately” misled Parliament? I suggested in passing that the finding is probably wrong but may not be irrational and hence unlawful. But in making this assessment I had overlooked a pivotal fact. The Public Protector had found that Minister Gordhan had “deliberately” misled Parliament in contravention of section 2.3(a) of the Executive Members Ethics Code, not because of what he said, but because of what he had not said. It is common cause that Minister Gordhan had failed in his answer to Parliament to mention a meeting where one of the Gupta brothers was present. Minister Gordhan’s defence was that he had forgotten about this meeting (and he maintains that to this day he has no recollection of it), and that he was only made aware of the meeting by his Chief of Staff, Dondo Mogajane, some time after he had provided the answer to Parliament. The Public Protector rejected this explanation because it “did not seem” like a  bona fide  mistake. As the Guptas were notorious, anyone would have remembered meeting them. For this reason, the Public Protector found that Minister Gordhan had deliberate misled Parliament. On the face of it, this finding may seem a bit harsh, but obviously not irrational. After all, it would not be the first time that a minister lied to Parliament and then concocted a story to explain the “mistake”. One would be tempted to conclude that in this matter you either believe Minister Gordhan’s explanation (if you believe he is honest) or you don’t (if you are convinced that he is dishonest). National Treasury director-general Dondo Mogajane. But on reflection, this logic does not hold up. This is because there was a very obvious way to test whether Minister Gordhan’s excuse was true or not. The Public Protector only had to interview Mogajane as he was in a position either to confirm Minister Gordhan’s version or to expose it as a lie. But for inexplicable reasons the Public Protector did not interview Mogajane. The report is silent on the matter and provides no reasons for failing to interview Mogajane. I would rather not speculate about why the Public Protector failed to interview the pivotal witness in this matter. The Public Protector will hopefully provide an explanation in her responding court papers. However, whatever the explanation might be, this failure to interview Mogajane raises serious questions about the rationality of the Public Protector’s finding that Minister Gordhan had deliberately lied to parliament. By far the most bizarre aspect of the Public Protector’s report relates to the finding that SARS had failed to follow correct procurement procedures when allegedly procuring intelligence equipment for the investigative unit. This part of the report reads like the trials and tribulations endured by Joseph K. in Frans Kafka’s  The Trial. The Public Protector concedes in her report that there is no direct evidence that the equipment was procured by SARS. She notes that SARS had failed to provide her office with documents relating to the alleged procurement of equipment. She also notes that those involved denied that any equipment was procured at all. Despite the absence of evidence, or rather  because  of the absence of evidence, she reaches the following conclusion: “It is extremely unlikely that a unit carrying out investigations on behalf of SARS would not procure equipment necessary for the fulfilment of its duties and functions. It is unclear why SARS and/or its former employees would keep the procurement such a guarded secret. Without proper explanation, I can only infer that the proper procurement processes were not adhered to. The existence of the unit is a non-disputable fact and therefore the buying of the equipment is an obvious consequence of that… The failure by SARS and the denial by the former officials of the existence and purchasing of the equipment by SARS is a clear indication that such equipment was utilised for activities falling outside the SARS investigative mandate.” No evidence is provided to back up this conclusion. Instead, the Public Protector concludes that the absence of proof that equipment was procured and denials by those implicated that such equipment was procured, provide proof not only that the equipment was procured, but also that it was used for an unlawful purpose. The “reasoning” is so obviously irrational that it is impossible to imagine that any competent and impartial investigator would ever have come to the same conclusion as the Public Protector did on this matter. This finding must therefore surely be unlawful and will be set aside. The Public Protector was also asked to investigate whether Ivan Pillay was appointed to the position of Deputy SARS Commissioner and later as SARS Commissioner without the requisite qualifications. Instead of making a finding on this, the Public Protector ruled that the process followed to appoint him did “not comply with the values of fairness, transparency and accountability in public service”. As there is an absence of evidence as well as reasoned argument in this part of the report (as elsewhere) it is not easy to assess the rationality of the findings. It is also unclear to what extent the Public Protector possesses the specialised knowledge of SARS and of Human resource practices to be able to evaluate the desired process of appointment chosen by SARS. In any event, I find it impossible to assess the rationality of the finding and the reasoning used to get to it, because there is simply not enough information in the report to make an informed assessment. Read also:  Ramaphosa defers PP’s Gordhan disciplinary to High Court judgement A last matter that must raise eyebrows is the remedial action imposed on the Commissioner of the South African Police Service, ordering him to investigate “the criminal conduct of Messrs Gordhan, Pillay… for violation of section 209 of the Constitution and section 3 of the National Strategic Intelligence Act”. Section 209 of the Constitution does not create a criminal offence. Neither does section 3 of the National Strategic Intelligence Act. The Public Protector has therefore unlawfully ordered the police to investigate breaches of two legal provisions that do not create criminal offences. The order is manifestly irrational and will therefore be set aside by the courts. Given the questions raised here and in my previous article about the Public Protector’s SARS report, it must be welcomed that Minister Gordhan has approached the courts to have the report reviewed and set aside. It is also to be welcomed that the Public Protector has indicated that she will oppose the application. This means that the High Court (and ultimately the Constitutional Court) will give definitive answers about the veracity of the Public Protector’s report – with potentially far-reaching consequences for either Pravin Gordhan or Busisiwe Mkhwebane.  DM Pierre de Vos teaches Constitutional law at the University of Cape Town Law Faculty, where he serves as deputy dean and as the Claude Leon Foundation Chair in Constitutional Governance. He writes a regular blog, entitled ‘Constitutionally Speaking’, in which he attempts to mix one part righteous anger, one part cold legal reasoning and one part irreverence to help keep South Africans informed about Constitutional and other legal developments related to the democracy.'

BURIAL PART 2: Are we running out of space?

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It is promised that each of us will meet Malikul Mout or the Angel of Death.We may not know where, when, or how but we do know that death cannot outrun or hidden from.
'It is promised that each of us will meet Malikul Mout or the Angel of Death.We may not know where, when, or how but we do know that death cannot outrun or hidden from.In the first part of the series unpacking Muslim burial, we looked at a few basic rules and regulations.Now, we delve into the issue of burial space and consequences of disregarding the rules.With a growing population and increased demand for land, we have to question whether or not we may be running out of burial space.At the beginning of the year, the Vygekraal Cemetery Board announced that no new graves will be dug at the cemetery.The only option for adult janaazah’s was to have graves re-opened, which have to be at least  15 years old.Vygekraal Cemetery “filled to capacity”, applies new measures The Western Cape Undertakers Forum Chairperson Ebrahim Soloman explains that space is indeed something that we need to consider.He noted that there are regulations that need to be kept in mind. “Before we never used to reopen a hole, but now we are forced to open the hole of a family member because we are running out of burial space and there’s no space for new cemeteries.There were lots of challenges relating to the agreement, because they said a cemetery  needs to be built 500m away from habitual space.That’s half a kilometre around the cemetery where there mustn’t be houses.” “If we say “there’s a field opposite my house that will make a nice cemetery , you cannot just use that space.Five-hundred meters is a big space that you need to have clear before you can have the area zoned as a cemetery.” At the time, CoCT’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health Councilor Zahid Badroedien said the lack of sufficient cemetery space is an issue throughout the country.CoCT to address insufficient space at Vygiekraal Muslim Cemetery The City of Cape Town had made an agreement with the Muslim Judicial Council in 2015, to accommodate the Muslim community.It follows an application for an environmental impact assessment test lodged in 2013 and which was issued in 2015. “There is no more space.The City made a commitment to making space in the City cemeteries.For example, the one in Klip Road that we frequently use.There’s one in Delft that they built, the one in Khayelitsha, Kraaifontein.” “I have to reiterate that there is no more space at the private cemeteries, and we need to make use of the City cemeteries.” The City’s Head of cemetery management Susan Brice said the City is committed to providing a dignified burial to all citizens. “The City acknowledges and respects the diverse religions and cultures it serves, while catering for its needs for a dignified burial or cremation.In order to achieve this, the City has also implemented a destitute policy which provides funds for basic funeral services where people where people don’t have the resources.Bryce said the demand for land for burial is however not high on the priority list. “The City has 40 cemeteries, 17 of which are being actively used.The balance is dormant or historic and only get used when families hope to reopen a family grave.” “The demand for land for the living far outweighs the demand for burial space, so naturally, funding for cemeteries is not high on the priority list.Some cultures and religions do not condone cremation.Sixty- percent of Cape Town’s population is still in need of a burial space, which equates to 1 200 burials per month.” She maintained that the City is commitment to cater to all groups. “In the past 10 years the City has prioritized funding for cemetery extensions and new cemetery developments.We have been fortunate in attaining grant funding from National Government as a contribution.” Bryce pointed out that majority of the private cemeteries are full. “There are quite a few private cemeteries, some of which are linked to churches, synagogues and mosques.A few are owned by Muslim burial societies such as the Vygieskraal Burial Society and Brody Road in Wynberg and Mowbray Cemetery in Browning road, Observatory and Pooke Road in Athlone.” Soloman suggested that an option, that will be more costly, is to dig deeper holes to bury several deceased. “At the City Cemeteries where the non-Muslims bury, they have certain graves.Now, you get a full monumental grave which is dug very deep.That is also there for you to put up a monumental stone, which we as muskies don’t go in to.” “The grave is dug very deep so  after a couple of months if a family member dies, they can then bury above that.So, you can bury four or five people in the same hole, which saves space.But obviously for them to dig a hole that deep; the cost goes up, so the hole becomes quite expensive.” “As Muslims, we bury at a normal level called a berm hole -which is supposed to be six-foot six deep- and we’ve got to wait 15 years before we can reopen that hole.So, if someone passes on before the 15 years and they (insisted) they want to be buried in the same cemetery, then (grave-diggers) have to open up a new hole- which could’ve been one if it was dug deep enough. “ Muslim organisations unpack burial challenges According to the Britannica Encyclopaedia, Water table (also called Groundwater Table) is the upper level of an underground surface in which the soil or rocks are permanently saturated with water.The water table separates the groundwater zone that lies below it from the sediment that lies above it.Soloman noted that Cape Town’s high water table is something that needs to be taken into consideration. “When a hole is dug it needs to be at a certain depth, the regulations now state 1.5m deep.Most of our cemeteries don’t even go down that deep because of the water table.Irrespective of the drought we’ve had over the past couple of years, Cape Town’s water table is quite high.” “The water table needs to be tested to see how the water rises.You wouldn’t want, when winter sets in, that the body is going to start floating.You can’t build a cemetery in a low lying area.” The water table fluctuates both with the seasons and from year to year because it is affected by climatic variations and the amount of precipitation used by vegetation.It also is affected by withdrawing excessive amounts of water from wells or by recharging them artificially.Solomon added that the water also needs to be free of contamination. “Many things came out at the stakeholders meeting that we had.An environmental expert there, spoke about how we- with the water shortage- we had boreholes put in where the water is sucked from out of the ground.You don’t want that water to be contaminated.There might be diseases flowing in the water and you wash your clothing with it etc.Some people say “my water is crystal clear” and they drink the water just like that without purifying it.” Muslim organisations unpack burial challenges Bryce meanwhile added that the City works regularly with the Muslim Judicial Council, who presents the needs of the community to them. “The City has engaged with the Muslim Judicial Council and signed a service level agreement in 2015, which set out the parameters for which the City can make provision for religious requirements.As part of the planning of a new cemetery, we receive information from the MJC and the number of mosques in the area to consider what amount of space may be needed for Muslim burials.The City is also committed to providing Muslim allotments in most of our new City Cemeteries.” The Western Cape Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, recently expressed concern about the increase in gang-related deaths and violent crime in the province, particularly in Cape Town.Fritz revealed on Tuesday, that in June 2018 there were 344 recorded murders.This year, there were 104 more murders recorded for the month of June, indicating a 23.2% increase.In the third part of the burial series we will be unpacking the conditions of state mortuaries and whether they are coping with the added workload.VOC     . The post BURIAL PART 2: Are we running out of space? appeared first on Voice of the Cape .'

Rand Water: Major Pipeline Maintenance Running On Schedule

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JOHANNESBURG – Rand Water said it was running on schedule regarding maintenance work along a major pipeline.The 54-hour pipeline repair began on Monday with technicians first draining the 12-kilometre-long pipe.Rand Water, which supplies services to
'JOHANNESBURG – Rand Water said it was running on schedule regarding maintenance work along a major pipeline.The 54-hour pipeline repair began on Monday with technicians first draining the 12-kilometre-long pipe.Rand Water, which supplies services to municipalities across Gauteng, shut down the B11 main pipeline on Monday so it could be replaced.It has been feared that maintenance on the pipeline would affect water supply but up to now, that hasn’t happened.Rand Water said the R600-million project was proceeding according to schedule and the water outages in Emfuleni area were not as a result of the shutdown but a burst pipe.The organisation’s Eddie Singo said they expected to finish the repairs on time. “We’re on par and we’re happy with the progress so far.We’re not anticipating major problems.” Rand Water has reiterated its calls for people to stop stockpilin g water because it will only make matters worse.This video clips gives an indication of the scale of the work being done. [LE] pic.twitter.com/skOEG5tg2H — Rand Water (@Rand_Water) June 24, 2019 EWN . The post Rand Water: Major Pipeline Maintenance Running On Schedule appeared first on iAfrica.com .'

Comrades Marathon viewing schedule: Don’t miss the drama

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Sunday is the 93rd running of the Comrades marathon. If you’re wondering if it will be on TV and what times you need to be glued to your screen, we’ve got you covered.
'If you have friends, family or enemies you want to wish bad luck on for that matter, the best thing to do is to download the official Comrades Marathon app from the app store. I’m nowhere near being ready for the Comrades, but a few of my friends will be running the good race on Sunday. By using the app, it would be so much easier to keep track of what’s going on. You’ll be able to search for athletes by name or race number and get real-time updates on their progress during the race. This will also help you know when there’s a chance of seeing them on your television screen. Perhaps you don’t want to specifically keep track of anyone. Maybe you just want to enjoy the main race and heartbreak and joy as runners battle to make it to the cut-off point in time. We won’t judge. Here is a list of the expected times for the race winners and different cut-off points. A list of road closures can be found here. Race-day Programme and Cut-offs: 05:00: SABC 2 Live Broadcast Begins 05:15: Seeding Batches Close 05:30: 2019 Comrades Marathon Start 08:10: Cut-off at St Johns Ave Subway – Pinetown 10:00: Cut-off at Winston Park 11:00: Expected Arrival of First Male Runner 11:30: Wally Hayward Medal Cut-off at Finish 11:40: Cut-off at Drummond – Halfway 11:45: Expected Arrival of First Female Runner 13:00: Post-race Winners Conference 13:00: Isavel Roche-Kelly Medal Cut-off (Women) at Finish 13:00: Silver Medal Cut-off (Men) at Finish 13:40: Cut-off at N3 Subway – Cato Ridge 14:00: Victory Ceremony & Past Winners Jacket Handover 14:30: Bill Rowan Medal Cut-off at Finish 15:00: Cut-off at Umlaas Road Interchange 15:30: Robert Mtshali Medal Cut-off at Finish 16:30: Bronze Medal Cut-off at Finish 16:40: Cut-off at top of Polly Shortts 16:45: Toyota Win-A-Car Draw 17:30: Vic Clapham Medal Cut-off at Finish: Race Ends 17:35: Closing Ceremony'

Jacob Zuma Briefed On Day-to-Day Running Of ANN7, Former News Editor Reveals

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JOHANNESBURG – Former ANN7 news editor Rajesh Sundaram says while Duduzane Zuma was one of the directors of the company that owned the news channel, his father Jacob Zuma was more involved in the day-to-day running of the station than his
'JOHANNESBURG – Former ANN7 news editor Rajesh Sundaram says while Duduzane Zuma was one of the directors of the company that owned the news channel, his father Jacob Zuma was more involved in the day-to-day running of the station than his son.Sundaram is testifying at the state capture commission on Monday afternoon.He has told the commission about his experience working for the now-defunct Gupta-owned channel.Rajesh Sundaram released a book last year titled Indentured: Behind the scenes at Gupta TV in which he described Zuma’s hand in the creation of ANN7.He has now told the commission that Zuma used to get briefed on the day-to-day runnings of the station. “What I found during my experience here was that although Duduzane Zuma was a director, it was President Zuma who was more actively involved… in terms of the meetings that I had were more like a review by shareholders on the status of the television project.” EWN . The post Jacob Zuma Briefed On Day-to-Day Running Of ANN7, Former News Editor Reveals appeared first on iAfrica.com .'