If left unresolved, the Free State matter could adversely affect party support in this year’s elections. In what is set to politically polarise the ANC in the Free State, a group of disgruntled party activists – unhappy with the outcome of the December 10, 2018 provincial list conference – plan to step up legal pressure against the provincial executive committee (PEC), if the outcome of the provincial conference is not declared null and void. According to Monnapule Ntamo – an ANC provincial member behind the campaign – last year’s provincial list conference took place against the backdrop of a court process to dissolve “an illegitimate PEC which, through gate-keeping subverted the ANC constitution, guidelines and procedures” and “parachuted” itself into power with the assistance of some national leaders. The threat by the Free State ANC members flies in the face of the party policy of resolving matters internally. If left unresolved, the Free State matter could adversely affect party support in this year’s elections. Said Ntamo: “Today we are reaping the results of this imposed PEC. “It becomes important that the coming into office of this PEC be located [viewed] properly [with] in the continued programme of further hollowing the ANC and actively creating membership dissatisfaction in pursuit of an alternative agenda. “As members of the ANC we have once again taken a difficult decision of taking our communities, in particular, and the country in general into our confidence. “The decision is informed by the knowledge that ANC is the
Afriforum CEO Kallie Kriel said: “Irrespective of whether it’s a Breitling watch, luxury vehicle, or computers and furniture in the EFF’s offices will be seized in order to recover the money owed to AfriForum, we will ensure that we will obtain it in order to send a clear message to Malema and the EFF that no one is above the law.”
South African Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Sunday that efforts to clean up corruption in state-owned companies (SOCs) faced “dangerous” resistance which threatened the country’s sovereignty.
“But the dangerous and unscrupulous fightback against our reform efforts continues. If we allow this fightback to prevail, we risk losing our sovereignty,” Gordhan said, without naming who was behind the backlash.
Duduzane Zuma, the son of South Africa’s graft-tainted former president Jacob Zuma, will stand trial for culpable homicide in March over a fatal late night car crash in 2014, a magistrate said Friday. Magistrate Heidi Barnard told the packed court that there would be a pre-trial hearing in January.
“I want you to avail yourself as well on 26 March 2019, that will be your trial date,” she said.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday rejected a newspaper report that he failed to stop 1.9 billion rand ($132 million) being illegally siphoned from VBS Mutual Bank.
“The Presidency categorically rejects reports that … Ramaphosa failed to take action on the VBS Bank saga despite being alerted to irregularities back in 2017,” his office said.