‘The ANC is in the process of vomiting Cyril’

He says the President is facing difficulty in dealing with those implicated in state capture.

EFF leader Julius Malema has said that he doesn’t see ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa finishing his term of office,  saying what he sees is an ANC in the process of “vomiting” him.

Malema said those who have been implicated in state capture had refused to be removed by the President from the Parliamentary list, saying they had been elected by branches and that Ramaphosa was trying to “unelect” them.

These include Nomvula Mokonyane, Melusi Gigaba and Mosebenzi Zwane. On 1 April 2019, the IEC sent a letter to the ANC, informing it that it had received objections from the public to 30 names on its parliamentary list.

The 30 names objected to include DD Mabuza, Gwede Mantashe, Bathabile Dlamini, Zweli Mkhize, Angie Motshekga, Bheki Cele, Faith Muthambi, Bongani Bongo, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, David Mahlobo, Supra Mahumapelo, Cedric Frolick and Vincent Smith.

“They went to the NEC and said that those people who are implicated should be removed and they stood up in the meeting and said to him ‘now you want to unelect us?’ That’s the concept  they used,  ‘you want to unelect us’.

“They told him they were elected by branches and no-one is going to remove them,” he said.

Malema said internal rebellion against Ramaphosa’s leadership was growing in the ANC and “he won’t finish his term”.

“He won’t finish his term. He won’t.

“If he dares remove people like he did in Limpopo with those implicated in VBS, the people go to the ground and mobilise, Cyril won’t come back after their next year’s National General Council. He won’t. DD [Mabuza] is going to be put in as the President. We are in trouble, ” Malema said while addressing journalists at party headquarters in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

He said he knew the ANC and its dynamics from political experience and can tell when the party is “about to vomit someone and it will vomit him”.

“I can see the trend as its goes. I’m not a prophet. I just have experience that the ANC is about to vomit someone and it will vomit him,” said Malema Wednesday this week (10 Apr).

Malema said the confusion around the direction which the ANC should take on its Nasrec resolution has given the other group the ammunition to remove him.

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BREAKING: Constitutional Review Committe resolves to amend section 25 of the constitution

The EFF sponsored the motion to amend the constitution while the DA sponsored a different motion opposed to the amendment of section 25.

The Joint Constitutional Review Committee on Thursday adopted a resolution that Section 25 of the Constitution be amended to allow for expropriation without compensation.

Following a lengthy process of public consultation and deliberation, the EFF’s Floyd Shivambu sponsored a motion on Thursday recommending that the Constitution be amended, mirroring the recommendation the ANC proposed to the committee previously.

The DA’s Annelie Lotriet offered a different motion, recommending that the Constitution not be amended, as the Constitution already makes provision for land reform.

The committee dismissed her motion with 12 votes against four, and adopted the EFF’s proposal by the same margin.

As part of the EFF’s recommendation, it also states that Parliament must appoint a mechanism to now draft the amendment, and that this must be done before the Fifth Parliament rises before the 2019 general elections.

The process will now go through a number of phases.

This report will be tabled in the National Assembly this term, and if it is adopted by the House, another committee will be tasked with drafting the amendments.

This process would entail another public participation process and would have to be passed with a two-thirds majority in the National Assembly.


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Survey shows ANC is still hope for many South Africans

Released this week, the survey featured 1, 800 participants who were interviewed between August and September 2018.

A latest survey by Afrobarometer has shown that the ANC is still the hope for many South Africans ahead of next year’s general elections.

48% of the people interviewed say they will definitely vote for the ANC.

This survey figure is down compared to the one of 2011 – where 55% of the participants said they would definitely vote for the ANC.

Towards the 2016 local government elections, 48% of Afrobarometer’s participants said they would definitely vote for ANC.

Currently the ANC enjoys majority support in the Eastern Cape (69%), Mpumalanga (65%), Limpopo (60%), and North West (55%) provinces.

Over 27% of those interviewed say they don’t know who they would vote for – they would not vote or they refused to answer the question.

Both the DA and EFF are equallyprojected to each take 11% of the vote.

In fact according to Afrobarometer – the DA has lost ground  .

Towards the 2016’s Afrobarometer survey, the DA got 17% vote from the participants compared to this year’s 11%.

The survey shows the ANC is stronger in rural areas (59%) than in cities (43%).

The DA has 4% of rural support and 14% of urban while the EFF shows rural support of 11% and also urban (11%).

The only province where the ANC does not have the largest share of support is Western Cape, a DA strong-hold province, though 39% of the participants refused to answer.

In KZN, 34% of the participants refused to answer.

More than 60% of those interviewed say they will vote if the political parties can create jobs.

30% of all those interviewed say they believe the ANC-led government has done more to improve the standard of living.

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Malema won’t suspend Floyd Shivambu over VBS Bank scandal

Floyd’s involvement in the VBS scandal came to light after the Daily Maverick reported on Thursday that his brother, Brian Shivambu, allegedly received R16m from VBS – R10m of which allegedly went to him, while the EFF received R1.3m.

EFF leader Julius Malema will not suspend party deputy leader Floyd Shivambu over the VBS Mutual Bank looting scandal, he said.

Malema first tweeted that the “enemy is attacking” referring to media reports implicating Floyd’s brother Brian in the Great Bank Heist.

“We won’t do it‚” Malema said on Twitter replying to a question on whether he will suspend Floyd, “you can forget about that‚” he said.

On Friday, the Mail & Guardian reported that it had seen screenshots of text messages believed to be a conversation between Floyd and a businessman, suggesting a direct link between the EFF deputy leader and his brother Brian Shivambu’s business.

In those messages, Floyd provides Brian’s business account details to PIC beneficiary Lawrence Mulaudzi.

Mulaudzi is currently being investigated for a R300 000 request for payment to an alleged lover of PIC boss Dan Matjila.

On Thursday‚ Brian Shivambu‚ Floyd’s brother‚ threatened to sue the South African Reserve Bank over the VBS Mutual Bank “heist” report.

“I intended to legally pursue the owners of the VBS report for defamation of my character and that of my company‚ as well as for the strain this report has caused to my family‚” he said.

“I am aware that my brother’s name has been raised in relation to this matter. I am a private businessman and I do not intend to involve myself or my family in political debates‚” he added.

The EFF said in a statement on Wednesday that “all who are responsible and illegally benefited from the fraud must be criminally prosecuted immediately” and “blacklisted”.

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Auditor General to investigate R 8.3 million Mandela statue

The provincial government is accused of using the late struggle icon’s name to do “dubious financial dealings”.

The Democratic Alliance in the Mpumalanga province is rushing to the office of the Auditor to ask him to investigate how R 8.3 million was used in the procurement of a bronze statue of former President Nelson Mandela.

The statue was erected outside the Riverside government complex.

Premier Refilwe Mtshweni and arts and culture MEC Thandi Shongwe unveiled the 6 meter high statue of Mandela.

“One of the rejected bids would have costed a total of R 2.7 million but the provincial department of culture sports and recreation ultimately chose a company that charged over three times that amount,” DA leader Jane Sithole said in a statement.

“Culture, sports and recreation MEC, Thandi Shongwe, is no stranger to controversy related to hyper-inflated tenders as she has been linked to multiple inflated tenders during her time as speaker of the provincial legislature,” said Sithole.

She said the reason they have now asked the Auditor-General to investigate the tender matter which caused an outcry in the province was the “ANC’s tendency to use Nelson Mandela’s name and memory as a disguise for dubious financial dealings such as the R 70 million given to Carol Bouwer’s Company for Nelson Mandela’s memorial services along with R 5 million for a Nelson Mandela video commissioned by the Office of the Premier that has never seen the light of day”.

“The people of Mpumalanga continue to be burdened with rising unemployment, inadequate healthcare facilities and poor service delivery that have ensured that thousands of people remain in the clutches of poverty. All of this, while the provincial government chooses to protect corruption and divert public money to projects that will not benefit the people of this province,” she said, adding that they were writing to the AG to ensure public money was not abused.

EFF leader Collen Sedibe said he estimated the statue cost close to R 20 million and wondered how much Shongwe “pocketed”.

“If the statue itself is R 8.3 million and with the ceremony where they hired tents, catering and bought ANC T-shirts, we are talking of R 20 million,” Sedibe said.

“We can’t have Mandela statues everywhere when our people are deep in poverty,” he said.

Mtshweni said the unveiling of the statue was important as it will show the future generation the role Madiba played in liberating South Africa.

“This is a way to thank and show how Mandela played a part in our liberation as a country,” she said.

Meanwhile, Facebook users said the statue didn’t look like Mandela.

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