Daily News Brief

Daily News Brief
Ladysmith Town Hall - photo credit: South African History Online

EFF Loses Bid To Declare Riotous Assemblies Act Unconstitutional

EFF leader Julius Malema’s application to declare the Riotous Assemblies Act unconstitutional has been dismissed by the High Court in Pretoria. Malema challenged the constitutionality of the Act, saying the State was using apartheid-era legislation to prosecute him. The charges relate to two incidents back in 2014 and 2016 in which the EFF leader allegedly incited party members to invade unoccupied land. A case was brought against Malema by lobby group AfriForum.

Ramaphosa Arrives In Maseru To Witness Start Of Political Reform Process

President Cyril Ramaphosa has arrived in Lesotho’s capital Maseru and paid a courtesy call on the country’s King Letsie III. He is expected to witness the signing of a memorandum of understanding between stakeholders involved in the country’s reform process. The process is supposed to take power from Prime Minister Tom Thabane and put it in parliament. The mountain kingdom is grappling with a split in Thabane’s party.

Tshwane ANC Calls For Moeketsi Mosola To Be Suspended Or Step Down

The African National Congress (ANC) in Tshwane has called for city manager Moeketsi Mosola to be suspended or step down. The recent Auditor-General’s report showed the city incurred billions of rand in irregular and fruitless expenditure. It was also under the Democratic Alliance (DA) leadership that the Auditor-General declared the controversial R12 billion GladAfrica contract irregular. ANC chair in Tshwane Kgosi Maepa said when the DA took over the city, they promised clean governance.

DA Gives Gauteng Premier E-Tolls Ultimatum Or Face Dispute Motion

The Democratic Alliance (DA) said it would bring a motion of an inter-governmental dispute next month if Premier David Makhura failed to dismantle e-tolls in Gauteng. Opposition parties on Thursday were debating Makhura’s State of the Province Address (Sopa) in the legislature. The DA also accused the Gauteng premier of putting residents under financial distress by not removing the e-tolling system. The party gave Makhura until August to scrap the failed system.

Dirco Meant To Clear Waterkloof Landing, Zondo Commission Hears

A Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) official told the Zondo commission on Thursday that it was against procedure for a document containing information of Gupta wedding guests to be sent straight to the Air Force and not the department. The document detailed those who would be landing at Waterkloof Air Force Base on 30 April in 2013.

Miscommunication Led To Gupta Waterkloof Landing, State Capture Inquiry Hears

The state capture commission has heard that there was a lack of communication between government departments which resulted in the irregular landing of a Gupta jet at Waterkloof Air Force Base. Over 200 wedding guests landed at the national key point for the event in 2013 which is reserved only for presidents and their deputies. Military officer Mbuyiselo Mgwebi has testified that if the parties involved had used the official channels of communication, they would have realised that something was wrong.

Herman Mashaba Wants Case Opened Against Housing Official Over ARP Documents

Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba has ordered the city’s forensic unit to open a case against a Gauteng Human Settlements official who Mashaba claims has confessed to obtaining Alexandra Renewal Project documents illegally. The unit said earlier that a number of files had gone missing from locked offices. Mashaba launched an investigation into the project earlier this year following a number of protests in the township.

Zikalala Wants Ingonyama Trust land Residents To Have Greater Economic Benefits

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has hinted at ensuring greater ownership of land by people residing in areas controlled by the Ingonyama Trust. The Ingonyama Trust is a burning issue in the KZN political landscape, with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in the province challenging Zikalala on Tuesday during a debate on his State of the Province Address. The party has called on him to review the current legislative framework under the which trust is governed.

City Of Joburg Only Has 6 Working Fire Engines

The City of Johannesburg is currently facing a crisis when it comes to its firefighting capabilities. The City’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) spokesperson, Nana Radebe, confirmed to News24 that the municipality had 12 fire engines at the moment, six of which have gone for repairs. They are expected back next week. One Johannesburg resident was left fuming on Wednesday after his Linden house was gutted by a fire.

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HRC To Meet With Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato Over Homeless Fines

The Human Rights Commission is set to meet with Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato next week over the city’s policy on the homeless. The commission said they’ve received hundreds of complaints from homeless people regarding their treatment by officials. The city’s bylaws state that people can be fined between R300 and R1500 for obstructing pedestrian traffic on the pavement, and setting up fires in undesignated areas.

EFF To Approach Constitutional Court To Challenge Validity Of Riotous Assemblies Act

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) said it would approach the Constitutional Court to challenge the constitutionality and validity of the Riotous Assemblies Act of 1956. This followed the party’s failed bid in the Pretoria High Court on Thursday to have the Assemblies, as well as the Trespassing Act, declared unconstitutional. The bench of judges at the Pretoria High Court found that the application to also review and set aside the decision to charge Malema should be dismissed.