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Corrupt ANC members won’t be protected by party – Cyril Ramaphosa

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Corrupt ANC members won’t be protected by party – Cyril Ramaphosa

 “State capture took place under our watch as the governing party,” ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa told the Zondo Commission today.

This was part of Ramaphosa’s opening address at the inquiry where he is expected to be questioned on state capture allegations by the commission.

He is appearing in his capacity as former ANC deputy president and as the current head of the ruling party.

Ramaphosa said state capture took off in the party because of the divisions that have manifested in the ANC since 1994.

He admitted that the ruling party could have done more to prevent corruption which he said has adversely affected the party and the country.

“State capture took place under our watch as the governing party. It involved some members and leaders of our organisation and it found fertile ground in the divisions, weaknesses and tendencies that have developed in our organisation since 1994,” Ramaphosa said.

He said: “We all acknowledge that the organisation could and should have done more to prevent the abuse of power and the misappropriation of resources that defined the era of state capture.”

He maintained that the party also admits that it made mistakes as it sought to execute the mandate it was given by the voters.

The ANC leader attempted to assure the inquiry that the movement does not support members who commit corruption and they will not be protected by the party.

“Such members must face the full legal consequences of their actions. They cannot rely on the ANC for support or protection, nor may they appeal to the principle of collective responsibility,” he said.

According to Ramaphosa, the era of state capture would be “relegated to history”.

“We acknowledge to the people of South Africa that we did not always live up to the values and principles that have defined the movement for over more than a century of its existence.

“We are determined and we undertake to work alongside all South Africans to ensure that the era of state capture is relegated to history and that the excesses that took place may never again occur in our country,” he said.

The inquiry continues.

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Teen charged with drink-driving after family killed in KZN crash

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Teen charged with drink-driving after family killed in KZN crash

DURBAN – POLICE have arrested a 19-year-old following a horror crash that claimed the lives of four people in Elandslaagte just outside Ladysmith yesterday morning.

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson, Captain Nqobile Gwala, said following the crash, police in Elandslaagte opened a case of culpable homicide and drunken driving.

“A 19-year-old driver was placed under arrest for driving under the influence of liquor. He will appear in the Ladysmith Magistrate’s Court today,” Gwala said.

She said at around 5:30am yesterday morning, a family had been travelling in two separate vehicles on the N11 near Elandslaagte when they were involved in a crash with another vehicle.

“Four family members aged between three and 32 were declared dead at the scene while the other four that were travelling in another vehicle sustained critical injuries and were rushed to hospital for medical attention. The other three occupants in another vehicle sustained minor injuries,” she said.

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Xenophobia: Some South African warn companies employing foreigners in SA

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Some South African warn companies employing foreigners in SA

South Africans threaten to visit all companies hiring foreigners instead of locals. The feud between foreigners and local South Africans continues, and it is like a bubble about to burst.

South Africans on Twitter are suggesting that they should visit every company that is employing foreigners especially undocumented migrants and Undocumented foreigners instead of locals in protest. They mentioned that they should not let this go on, this new idea came when a South African noted on Twitter locals always inquire from Zimbabweans whether there are any jobs available. They noted that Zimbabweans are always the first to know when jobs are available.

It is intensifying as arrangements are being made as some are saying that they should pick a date and visit these companies which are doing a disservice to South Africans. South African suffer as they are unemployed, but you will never come across an unemployed foreigner they are calling it betrayal by both traitor employers and traitor government departments.

They are calling for the setting of dates to fix it saying that it is not proper to have more Zimbabwean foreigners working than South Africans. 

They noted that that is against the law but the government is doing nothing about it. It has been suggested in the past by some foreigners that South Africans are just lazy as employment is there. However South Africans have refuted this claiming saying that they are not lazy but will not work for peanuts or be exploited like what foreigners are doing.

Another South African pointed out that one of the shops hiring foreigners is Spar saying that all the security guards are undocumented migrants from Zimbabwe. Another also lamented over how foreigners have taken over saloons, retails and shops in the CBD from South Africans. Things are set to intensify as tension rises and if this goes into action it might not end well.

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Two gangsters jailed for gunning down Elsies River woman in cold blood

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Western Cape acting provincial commissioner, Thembisile Patekile, has welcomed the sentencing of two Elsies River murderers who were found guilty and sentenced in the Goodwood Magistrate’s Court for the killing of a mother, Loretta Rubain.

According to the police, Rubain was lying down in her room at H3 Springbok Place Balvenie Road, Elsies River, when she was called to the door by an unknown person. Upon reaching the front door she was shot twice in the chest and died instantly on the scene.

Spokesperson FC van Wyk said: “The son of the victim came running out and recognised the two suspects, who were known to belong to a gang in Elsies River, running away.

“Rubain’s killers Johan Goliath and Jonathan Solomons were both sentenced to seven and 25 years’ direct imprisonment on Friday.”

Meanwhile, in Worcester, police arrested a 51-year-old man who was filmed shooting at a crowd in a video that went viral on social media platforms over the weekend.

Police spokesperson Andre Traut said: “Police have taken a 51-year-old suspect into custody on a charge of attempted murder following an incident in Albatros Street, Worcester on Friday.

“The suspect, along with several others, opened fire at a group of pedestrians. A video clip of the incident which has since been circulating on social media platforms assisted us with our investigation. He is scheduled for a court appearance once charged,” said Traut.

In an unrelated incident, the National Intervention Unit (NIU), while tracing the whereabouts of a hijacked vehicle that was spotted in Wynberg on Monday, apprehended two suspects as they attempted to drive away with the vehicle which was hijacked earlier this month in Bishop Lavis.

Police spokesperson Andre Traut said: “Police arrested two suspects, both aged 22, when they attempted to drive away with the vehicle .

“The possibility that the two suspects were involved in house robberies in Mowbray and Claremont is also being investigated. Once charged, they are expected to make their court appearance in Wynberg for the possession of the stolen vehicle.”

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