EFF sticks to guns in manifesto – News24

More News Economic Freedom Fighters show off an artwork depicting their leader Julius Malema at a packed Mehlareng Stadium in Tembisa during the launch of the party’s manifesto. (Ihsaan Haffejee, Sapa) Johannesburg – The Economic Freedom Fighters have stuck to their guns for the nationalisation of mines and expropriation of land without compensation. Party leader Julius Malema on Saturday unveiled the organisation’s elections manifesto at Mehlareng Stadium in Tembisa, east of Johannesburg. “We want to do away with colonial patterns of ownership in South Africa,” he said. The manifesto centred around the seven pillars that have come to be associated with the organisation — land expropriation without compensation, nationalisation of mines, nationalisation of banks and…

NWU interdict to remain in place – Independent Online

Clyde Robinson@Flickr.com File image Pretoria – A temporary interdict stopping the Higher Education Transformation Network (HETN) from defaming North West University will remain in place, the High Court in Pretoria ordered on Monday. Judge John Murphy postponed the university’s application for a permanent interdict against HETN indefinitely. This was to allow HETN to file supporting affidavits confirming that its executive director, Sethole Reginald Legoabe, was authorised to file opposing papers on behalf of the network and its directors. Legoabe handed in a document of a HETN resolution taken on May 23 last year which authorised him to appoint attorneys, but it did not state that he was authorised to act on behalf of the other…

Yemen commits to Korkie’s release, unharmed – BDlive

Yemen commits to Korkie’s release, unharmed by Makwena Manamela, 2014-01-23 17:49:10.0 DEPUTY Minister of International Relations and Co-operation, Ebrahim Ebrahim, says following his visit to Yemen that country is committed to releasing South African teacher Pierre Korkie. Held hostage for nine months by militias in Yemen, things came to a head when his wife was released only to be told her husband would be killed if a large ransom was not paid. In this video, Mr Ebrahim describes how, during his visit to Yemen, he engaged with the Yemeni authorities, met with President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, representatives of security forces and relevant ministers. He says the Yemeni authorities have committed to do everything they…

2013: another tumultuous year – Independent Online

INLSA People in the news this year included (inset, from left) AgangSA leader Mamphela Ramphele, the EFFs Julius Malema, President Jacob Zuma, Nelson Mandela and union boss Irvin Jim. The pictures are superimposed over Zumas dispute-plagued home at Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: Doctor Ngcobo Related Stories Johannesburg – Any year preceding that of an election is usually the most interesting in South African politics, and 2013 was no exception. What difference can a year make in politics? Well, this year we saw opposition growing to President Jacob Zuma, once the darling of the masses; the formation and realignment of political parties; and the usual switching of loyalties by some politicians. The year kicked off in high…

Numsa pledges allegiance to Vavi – Mail & Guardian Online

Numsa’s president says the union will stand by suspended Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, who was “isolated by forces of darkness”. Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi. (Gallo) National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) president Andrew Chirwa vowed on Wednesday the union would defend suspended Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, saying he was “isolated by forces of darkness” within the tripartite alliance. Vavi was suspended in August after he admitted to having sex with a junior employee at Cosatu offices.  He is also being investigated for alleged financial impropriety relating to the sale of the old Cosatu building and the purchase of the new one. On Wednesday, Vavi received a warm welcome on the second day…

Jogger deaths: families testify – Independent Online

Independent Newspapers Sibusiso Langa in the Pretoria High Court. File photo: Thobile Mathonsi Johannesburg – Sibusiso Langa, the mechanical engineer who drove into a group of joggers in Midrand two years ago, killing five of them, regretted the loss of life, his pastor testified in the High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday. Pastor Sakhile Sibeya testified that he had unsuccessfully tried to make contact with the families of the victims to convey Langa’s remorse. Langa was found guilty last month on five charges of culpable homicide and one of drunk driving. Sibeya said Langa had told him he would be willing to consider some form of financial contribution to the families of the victims. Asked…

Vavi report delayed by investigator’s murder – Independent Online

SAPA Embattled Cosatu leader Zwelinzima Vavi Related Stories Johannesburg – The killing of a senior investigator at a top auditing firm will delay the report into allegations of maladministration and corruption against embattled Cosatu leader Zwelinzima Vavi. This is according to agenda notes of the meeting of Cosatu’s central executive committee (CEC) – its highest decision-making body between conferences – to be held in a week’s time. Vavi is accused by his opponents, in particular police union Popcru, of mishandling the sale of the former Cosatu building in Braamfontein, Joburg. Auditing firm SizweNtsalubaGobodo has been investigating these allegations, which Vavi has dismissed as part of a political conspiracy to get rid of him for being…

Bloom keen to take over as Gauteng premier – Independent Online

The Star The launch of DA leader in the Gauteng legislature Jack Blooms campaign as a candidate for Gauteng premier ahead of next years general election is going to be a razzmatazz affair. Photo: Etienne Creux Johannesburg – The launch of DA leader in the Gauteng legislature Jack Bloom’s campaign as a candidate for Gauteng premier ahead of next year’s general election is going to be a “razzmatazz affair”. Speaking ahead of Monday’s launch, Bloom said on Sunday the DA had opened its nomination campaign for the position of premier last week and he had decided to stand. The DA’s nominations for the position close on Wednesday, and the selection will take place on August…

Twelfth illegal miner rescuedi n Brakpan – Independent Online

REUTERS File image Related Stories Johannesburg – A man with a broken leg was the 12th illegal miner rescued from a mine in Brakpan North, on the East Rand, on Monday, Ekurhuleni emergency services said. “He just has a broken leg. For someone who went through such an ordeal he looks fine,” senior district manager Rogers Mamaila said. He was taken to the Far East Rand Hospital. Emergency services were alerted to the violence on Sunday, which Mamaila said happened on Thursday. Mine rescue services still needed to retrieve the bodies of four illegal miners from the mine shaft after a shootout between two groups. The other 11 rescued had injuries including gunshot wounds. Some…