Army bocks protesters from entering State House

Harare – Zimbabwe soldiers blocked thousands of protesters as they tried to march on embattled President Robert Mugabe‘s official residence in Harare on Saturday.

The demonstrators, participating in nationwide protests calling for the 93-year-old veteran leader to step aside after the army took power earlier this week, staged a sit-down protest in the road after being halted by the troops.

The crowd got within 200 metres of the gates to the complex that has been the nerve centre of Mugabe’s authoritarian rule, as large protests swept through the capital.

"This is not fair. Why are the soldiers preventing us to march to State House?" Rutendo Maisiri, an unemployed 26-year-old woman said. "It is wrong. We will stay put."


Brickz gets 15 years in jail

Convicted rapist and Kwaito star Sipho ‘Brickz’ Ndlovu was sentenced before a packed Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

Magistrate Baloyi sentenced Brickz to 15 years in jail for raping his teenage relative at his Ruimsig home, in 2013.

Sentencing the kwaito star magistrate Baloyi said rape is a serious crime and the court has to protect the freedom of women.

Baloyi told Brickz that he put the title of being an uncle in disrepute, because he raped his own niece.

Said Baloyi: "It is an honour to be called an uncle but you gave this title a bad name."

He said that Brickz was not a good example.

Baloyi said Brickz is not a suitable candidate for rehabilitation as he also displayed no remorse.

– Daily Sun

We are members of the ANC in a party political system,we will not vote against the ANC-General Secretary Gwede Mantashe

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Johannesburg – The African National Congress has warned that party MPs risk being fired if they vote with the opposition in a motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma in Parliament.

“There is no ANC member who will vote for an opposition motion, that will be uncharacteristic of the ANC,” secretary general Gwede Mantashe said.

The warning comes amid claims by opposition party leaders that ANC members had contacted them, claiming that they would support the Democratic Alliance motion for a vote of no confidence in Zuma.

Opposition parties have dared ANC leaders dissatisfied with Zuma to vote with their conscience, instead of toeing the party line.

Several senior leaders – including chief whip Jackson Mthembu, former tourism minister Derek Hanekom, and health minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi – have called on Zuma to go.

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CONFIRMED:Joe Mafela is no more

Johannesburg – Actor Joe Mafela who was found dead after a car accident, apparently died from a medical condition as he did not sustain apparent injuries during the crash, metro police said on Sunday.

"The injuries were not visible… it looks like it could have been a medical condition," said Johannesburg Metro Police spokeswoman Edna Mamonyane.

The accident happened at 21:45 on Saturday on the M1 highway between Oxford Road and Houghton along a passage of road where construction is underway.

"Mr Mafela was driving a Ford Figo… He collided into the back of a bakkie on his left hand side."

The bakkie driver then lost control and went into the barricade, with its rear tyre breaking off.

"When paramedics arrived on the scene, Mr Mafela had passed on."

She said an investigation was underway. A post-mortem would now be conducted to determine his cause of death.

Born in 1942 in Limpopo, Mafela was an award winning veteran of SA film, television, music and threatre.

He gained enormous fame in the 1980s for his role in the Zulu sitcom ‘Sgudi, ‘Snaysi. He was a popular star in Madam & Eve, Going Up and Shooting Stars.

He starred in a number of local and international films. He was also involved in various musicals, many of them pioneering representations of black South African experiences

"Hayi shebeleza njalo!!!!

Chairs and fists fly at Higher Education Convention in Midrand

A fight has broke out between the EFF student formation and Fees Must Fall Movements at the Higher Education Convention taking place in Midrand. The event started with incidents of hackling and disruptions on Saturday morning.

The convention is attended by different political student formations, politicians and academics to discuss the funding of higher education.

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande was hackled by some students when he entered the venue.

A few minutes later a confrontation started between the EFF student formation and Fees Must Fall group, resulting in the throwing of chairs.

Nzimande was escorted away from the premises. Chairs were thrown at the podium.

Challenges facing tertiary institutions, including the demand for free and decolonised higher education, are in the spotlight at the convention.

At the moment the proceedings have been temporarily suspended. The Convention was organized by former Constitutional Court Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke.

City of Cape Town to roll out electric buses on it’s MyCiti fleet



Johannesburg – The City of Cape Town on Sunday said electric-powered buses would be rolled out next year as part of its MyCiTi services.

“Apart from lowering our carbon emissions, local residents will also benefit from this contract through job opportunities,” said Mayor Patricia de Lille in a statement.

She said that a tender had been awarded for the purchase of 10 electric vehicles.

A stipulation was made that the buses be assembled locally and that the bus bodies in part also be manufactured locally.

“The contractor will be employing local staff and will have to source some of the bus components from local suppliers.

“This would be the first time that electric buses are manufactured and assembled in Cape Town,” said De Lille.

The City planned to take delivery of the buses next June.

I’m sorry – ANCYL chairman Collen Maine

Johannesburg – ANCYL president Collen Maine has retracted the call he made at the weekend for the MKMVA to take up arms in defence of President Jacob Zuma.

Maine made the about-turn following a meeting with ANC leaders, including Zuma, at the party’s headquarters on Monday.

“The president gave me a stern talking to,” Maine said on Tuesday.

He told News24 that although he did not believe his comments were inciting violence, he listened to his leaders and was unconditionally apologising to South Africans.

He said when ANC leaders talked, he listened, unlike expelled ANCYL president and current EFF leader Julius Malema.

“I am not like that popcorn Malema.”

The ANC on Monday told Maine to retract his call.

“His call is reckless and irresponsible,” ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said at the time.

Kodwa said peace in South Africa had come at a price and the ANC dissolved its military wing, Umkhonto weSizwe, in 1990.

During a pro-Zuma march in eThekwini at the weekend, Maine made a plea to the Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) to defend the party and the country’s leader.

“Comrades from Umkhonto weSizwe, bring your guns. Now is the time to defend the revolution,” he said.

The ANC said it hoped his remarks would not be given space to flourish.

“In a democratic South Africa, there is no room for the private army,” Kodwa said.