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Gerrie Nel to prosecute Julius Malema on charges of fraud and corruption

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- AfriForum’s private prosecuting team led by Gerrie Nel will prosecute EFF leader Julius Malema

- Nel and his team will prosecute Malema on charges of fraud and tender corruption

- The charges reportedly relate to Malema’s On-Point Engineering in Limpopo

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Advocate Gerrie Nel has revealed he and his team of prosecutors from AfriForum will privately prosecute Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema on charges of fraud and tender corruption.

The charges reportedly relate to Malema’s On-Point Engineering company which is based in Limpopo and was involved in work for the provincial roads department.

READ ALSO: EFF on high-alert after learning about assassination plot against Julius Malema

In 2012, former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said Malema had improperly benefited from Limpopo government contracts to construct roads and bridges.

Briefly.co.za gathered that at the time Madonsela said the evidence she had collected on the matter would be given to the Hawks and other relevant law enforcement agencies.

Madonsela’s report found the Limpopo government had paid On-Point Engineering a total of R43 million. Her report revealed the following:

• On-Point paid R2.17-million through R100 000 per month dividends into Malema's Ratanang Family Trust over 17 months.

• The trust also received R200 000 in unspecified loans.

• Five days after one of the alleged "kickbacks" to the trust was made‚ R1-million was withdrawn and paid towards the purchase of a farm.

• Amounts of R160‚000 and R100‚000 were paid from the trust to Sandton Property and Sandowns Property respectively.

• There was evidence that the trust was possibly being used as a vehicle for the transfer of funds obtained through an unlawful process.

The matter will be Nel’s second private prosecution since he joined AfriForum in 2017 after resigning as a state prosecutor.

AfriForum’s first prosecution took aim at former president Jacob Zuma’s son, Duduzane for a 2014 car crash in which Phumzile Dube was killed.

READ ALSO: Judicial tribunal finds ‘drunk judge’ Motata should be removed as presiding officer

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Judicial tribunal finds ‘drunk judge’ Motata should be removed as presiding officer

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- The Judicial Tribunal has found that retired judge Nkola Motata was racist at the scene of a 2007 drunk driving crash and should be removed as a judge

- The tribunal found Motata’s conduct at the scene impinge on and are prejudicial to the impartiality and dignity of the courts

- Motata was also found to have conducted his defence for the drunk driving charge in a dishonest and unethical way which was unbecoming of a judicial officer

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A Judicial Service Commission (JSC) tribunal has found that retired judge Nkola Motata’s racist remarks and the dishonest manner in which he conducted his trial following a 2007 drunk driving car accident could justify his removal as a judge.

The tribunal’s findings, dated 12 April, were made public earlier this week. The tribunal found judge Motata’s conduct at the scene impinged on and are prejudicial to the impartiality and dignity of the courts.

READ ALSO: Justice Minister says his department paid at least R24m for Zuma's legal fees

Judge Motata was also found to have conducted his defence for the drunk driving charge in a dishonest and unethical way which was unbecoming of a judicial officer.

Briefly.co.za gathered that the tribunal said the provisions of section 177(1)(a) of the Constitution should be invoked in this instance. The section states that a judge may be removed from office if the Judicial Service Commission finds that the judge suffers from an incapacity‚ is grossly incompetent or is guilty of gross misconduct.

Judge Motata hit the headlines in January 2007 when he crashed his Jaguar into the wall of Richard Baird's Hurlingham home in Johannesburg and hurled racist remarks at him, which were recorded.

The Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court ruled, during the judge’s drunk driving trial, that he had indeed said the following at the scene: “no boer is going to undermine me… this used to be a white man’s land‚ even though they have more land… South Africa belongs to us. We are ruling South Africa”.

He also swore at the homeowner.

He was later found guilty of drunken driving and fined R20 000. Despite the conviction, judge Motata told the tribunal he did not consider himself drunk at the time of the accident because he only had two glasses of wine.

JSC secretary Sello Chiloane said judge Motata has been provided with a copy of the tribunal’s findings and has been asked to make further submissions if he felt the need. Chiloane said the JSC would consider further submissions with the tribunal’s findings at a later date.

“The JSC is still going to sit on a date to be determined by the Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng to consider all submissions and the report by the tribunal‚” Chiloane said.

If the JSC agrees with the tribunal’s findings that judge Motata should be removed, it would submit a motion to the National Assembly, where two-thirds of MPs would have to vote in favour to remove judge Motata.

Judge Motata retired last year, he still receives all the benefits of a retired judge including a salary. He was granted a leave of absence shortly after the accident in 2007 and has not performed his work duties in over 11 years.

READ ALSO: Zuma’s Nkandla homecoming ceremony postponed because criminals hijacked the event

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Cape Town commuters face chaos as they are left stranded due to bus strike

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- The bus strike has left hundreds of people stranded over the past couple days with no alternative

- SATAWU and NUMSA are demanding a 12% wage increase and they are not budging

- Taxi ranks are extremely congested and simply cannot accommodate all the stranded commuters

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Wednesday morning saw scores of commuters from the Cape Town suburb of Mitchells Plain waiting for hours in long queues due to the bus strike.

Members of the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) and National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) are demanding a 12% wage increase.

Golden Arrow, MyCiTi, Rea Vaya and Putco are the companies affected by the strike.

The foreseeable future for more than 300 000 bus commuters looks bleak as they with have to rely on other forms of public transport.

Hanging up their keys, bus drivers across the country will be on strike from Wednesday.

With a deadlock in wage talks, this had led to the indefinite industrial action.

Commuters relying on Golden Arrow Bus Service in Cape Town, were understandably, very upset about the strike.

Compared to taxis or trains, the bus service, for many, is the most convenient, reliable and affordable mode of transport. In other cases, it is the only option they have.

One commuter says she prefers taking the bus.

“It’s much more reliable and cheaper than the taxi.”

Another commuter says she’s disappointed and doesn’t have a backup plan.

“I’m unhappy. We don’t have a plan B.”

Also suspend as a result of the strike is, MyCiTi and GoGeorge bus services.

Monthly packages bought by commuters from MyCiTi (City of Cape Town), will be extended equal to the number of days the strike lasts.

Metrorail says, the commuters hoping to use their bus tickers for free train rides will not be accommodated. They will have to pay for a train ticket should they choose this mode of transport.

The strike is going to affected hundreds of school children.

The Western Cape Education MEC’s spokesperson Jessica Shelver says officials will be engaging with schools.

“We deal with it on a case-by-case basis. Catch up programmes will be instituted for learners who are either late or are not able to attend school at all.”

As the strike continues, many people will be turning to taxis for transport. The queues at many taxi ranks are already growing.

Mitchells Plain taxi rank was in full swing early this morning.

READ ALSO: Supra vows to repay Denel if he has to and claims he’s son is being used to target him

There has definitely been an increase in the number of commuters opting taxis for their transport.

“It affects the money we have because we need to pay for taxis. I have to use money I didn’t budget for.”

Another adds: “This strike has caused chaos, as you can see. The lines are long.”

After seeing the long queues at the taxi rank, one resident had to make alternative travel arrangements get his daughter to school on time.

“You’ll stand in the queue; we’ll have to make an alternative. My daughter will get a lift to school with a friend.”

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Gerrie Nel will reveal which leading politician he plans to prosecute on Thursday

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- Advocate Gerrie Nel is preparing to privately prosecute the leader of a well-known political party

- Nel will announce the identity of the politician on Thursday morning

- In January 2017 Nel resigned as a state prosecutor in order to head a private prosecution team established by AfriForum

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Advocate Gerrie Nel is preparing to privately prosecute the leader of a well-known political party. He will reveal the identity of the politician on Thursday morning.

Nel resigned as a state prosecutor in January 2017 to head a private prosecution team established by civil rights group AfriForum.

READ ALSO: Justice Minister says his department paid at least R24m for Zuma's legal fees

The team’s stated focus would be to pursue prosecutions where the state had failed or refused to prosecute.

Briefly.co.za gathered that the team’s first case was the high-profile matter involving former president Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane Zuma.

Zuma crashed his Porsche into a taxi on the M1 freeway in Johannesburg in 2014. The accident killed the passenger Phumzile Dube.

Since Nel took charge of the matter the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said it was reconsidering its previous decision not to prosecute Zuma on charges of culpable homicide.

The team has in the past threatened to take legal action against EFF leader Julius Malema, most recently after he allegedly made racist remarks at a political rally in March.

Malema allegedly said white people should be glad that the EFF did not call for a genocide.

The as-yet-unnamed politician will be the team’s second prosecution.

READ ALSO: Zuma’s Nkandla homecoming ceremony postponed because criminals hijacked the event

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Supra vows to repay Denel if he has to and claims his son is being used to target him

20 hours ago

- North West Premier, Supra Mahumapelo says he will repay Denel for his son’s bursary if he ever needs to

- Mahumapelo has urged his detractors to leave his son out of their political battles

- The premier said he was not worried about the motion of no confidence against him because the opposition did not have the numbers to oust him

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Embattled North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo said he would repay Denel for the R1.1 million bursary the company awarded to his son if that decision was ever made. Mahumapelo said his detractors were using his son to target him.

The premier urged his political opponents to leave his son and family out of their political battles and instead face him directly. Mahumapelo said he was not afraid to face anyone and his quiet demeanour should not be mistaken for cowardice.

READ ALSO: Justice Minister says his department paid at least R24m for Zuma's legal fees

Mahumapelo said if the Denel board and Public Enterprises Minister ever made the decision that the bursary should be refunded he would talk to his family and repay what they feel is owed to the company.

Briefly.co.za gathered that Mahumapelo said he was not worried about the EFF sponsored motion of no confidence against him because the opposition parties did not have the required numbers to oust him.

The motion was scheduled to be tabled on Tuesday, but was postponed after the EFF launched a legal bid to have voting in the motion take place by means of secret ballot. The EFF hopes this will convince ANC MPLs to vote against Mahumapelo.

Briefly.co.za earlier reported that Denel had awarded a R1.1 million bursary to Mahumapelo’s son to become a pilot. This despite the company struggling to pay suppliers and putting staff on short time to save money.

Mahumapelo denied he had anything to do with ensuring his son received the bursary. He said his son had applied for the bursary to become a pilot just like any other child would.

Unconfirmed reports claim Mahumapelo’s application was handed in after the October 2016 deadline, but he still received the bursary.

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has ordered the newly appointed Denel board to investigate the bursary saga.

READ ALSO: Zuma’s Nkandla homecoming ceremony postponed because criminals hijacked the event

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Criminals force Zuma to postpone Nkandla homecoming ceremony

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- Former president Jacob Zuma’s scheduled traditional homecoming ceremony has been postponed after criminals used his name to illegally raise funds

- The ceremony was due to take place at Zuma’s Nkandla homestead on Saturday and involved thanking the ancestors for Zuma’s return home

- The family have yet to meet to discuss when the new ceremony will take place

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A traditional Zulu homecoming ceremony for former president Jacob Zuma has been postponed after his family realised that criminals had hijacked the event. The family said it had emerged that unknown people had been raising funds in Zuma’s name.

Zuma’s nephew Simphiwe Zuma said the ceremony was scheduled to take place at the Nkandla homestead on Saturday and involved thanking the ancestors for Zuma’s return home. The family have not yet a meeting to discuss when the new ceremony will take place.

READ ALSO: Justice Minister says his department paid at least R24m for Zuma's legal fees

There were some things that didn't go well because there were some people who were fundraising for the ceremony using our name and then we realised that there were some criminals who had hijacked the event...We were going to welcome him back home as a soldier of the nation to say thank you to him because even when we left we had spoken to our ancestors to wish him. So we had to do the same thing when he came back‚" Simphiwe said

Briefly.co.za discovered this was to be the third homecoming event held for Zuma, the KwaZulu-Natal ANC and local leaders held their own events for Zuma earlier this year.

Some of the planned festivities included traditional dancing of regiments and women dressed in traditional Zulu attire. Zuma is a fierce traditionalist and excels at traditional dance and hymns.

Organisers said impepho (incense) had been burned when Zuma was elected as president of the ANC and again when he became president of the country, it would be burned to welcome him home.

Impepho is a sacred herb which is used by traditional communities to connect with their ancestors.

Despite allegations of corruption, Zuma still enjoys strong support in KwaZulu-Natal. This has led to speculation that Zuma’s supporters were plotting to split from the ANC or to combine with other factions to overthrow President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The ANC has rubbished these reports as nothing but a propaganda campaigned aimed at dividing the party.

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President Ramaphosa pays courtesy call to the Queen of England

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- President Cyril Ramaphosa is currently in London for a series of meetings

- Ramaphosa made a special visit to Buckingham Palace to pay a courtesy call to the Queen of England

- The president will lead the South African delegation to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting later this week

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President Cyril Ramaphosa is currently in London for a series of important meetings and events. On Tuesday morning Ramaphosa made a special visit to Buckingham Palace to pay a courtesy call on the Queen of England.

No official statement has been released about what Ramaphosa and Queen Elizabeth chatted about. In pictures released by the Presidency, it looks as if the two heads of state got on well and enjoyed their time together.

READ ALSO: Defenders of the poor? BLF charge R350 entrance for event where Zuma will speak

Ramaphosa is scheduled to meet with another powerful woman later on Tuesday. The president is due to meet with British Prime-Minister Theresa May for bilateral talks.

Briefly.co.za gathered that the main focus of Ramaphosa’s visit to London is to lead the South African delegation to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM 2018) which takes place on the 19th and 20th of April.

Ramaphosa will deliver the keynote address at the Commonwealth Business Forum banquets. He is also scheduled to attend the opening and closing of CHOGM 2018 and will participate in various executive sessions.

The Presidency said the CHOGM 2018 event provided the perfect opportunity for South Africa to market itself as an investment destination.

“President Ramaphosa will utilize the opportunity to engage with major investors and business leaders based in the United Kingdom. The President will thus extend an invitation to leading investors and leaders of business to attend the Investment Summit scheduled for later this year,” said Presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko

Ramaphosa earlier this week announced he wanted to attract at least R100 billion in direct foreign investment to South Africa in the next five years.

Ramaphosa is set to turn his lobbying skills on the United Nations (UN) later when he campaigns for South Africa to become a UN Security Council member during 2019-2020.

The president is expected to return home on Friday.

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Defenders of the poor? BLF charge R350 entrance for event where Zuma will speak

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- Former president Jacob Zuma will deliver the keynote speech at a BLF event this weekend

- BLF will charge R350 per person for entry to hear Zuma deliver a speech about radical economic transformation and land expropriation

- BLF leader Andile Mngxitama denied the fees were to help Zuma pay for his legal fees and said the funds raised would be used for black caucus activities

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Black First Land First (BLF) has announced that former president Jacob Zuma will deliver the keynote speech at a BLF event this weekend. The organisation revealed it would charge an entrance fee of R350 per person to the event.

BLF leader Andile Mngxitama confirmed the organisation had invited Zuma to speak at the event in order to learn more about his views of radical economic transformation (RET) and land expropriation.

READ ALSO: Justice Minister says his department paid at least R24m for Zuma's legal fees

BLF and Zuma appear to be forging closer ties in recent weeks, the organisation vocally supported the embattled former president during his first court appearance on 6 April, while the ANC’s leadership was noticeable by its absence.

Briefly.co.za gathered that Mngxitama denied BLF were wooing Zuma as a ploy for him to join forces with the organisation ahead of the 2019 general election.

Mngxitama said: "This is about radical economic transformation. It is about land. President Zuma presented expropriation without compensation in his 2017 SONA (State of the Nation Address), this makes him the father of RET.”

A fiery Mngxitama chastised Parliament for adopting diluted versions of Zuma’s brave vision to help the poor of the country.

The BLF leader denied his organisation was helping to raise funds to help Zuma pay for his legal fees. Mngxitama said BLF was willing to assist Zuma if he asked for help, but he said Zuma had not asked to be compensated in any way.

Mngxitama said the money raised by the event would be used to fund black caucus activities.

He lashed out against questions about why BLF was charging an entrance fee and said: "Whoever is wondering why we are charging money for this event, do they also wonder when the Daily Maverick charges thousands of rand for people to listen to politicians talk about land?"

Mngxitama said Zuma’s talk would be taken to the townships in the weeks following the event so the poor could hear their former president’s views.

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Justice Minister says his department paid at least R24m for Zuma's legal fees

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- Justice Minister Michael Masutha has revealed his department has paid R24 240 201 in legal fees for Jacob Zuma since 2009

- The department paid the legal fees for 5 cases which Zuma lost

- The DA is waging a legal battle to force Zuma to repay the state for legal fees paid on his behalf

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Justice Minister Michael Masutha has cleared up one of the most guarded secrets of former president Jacob Zuma’s presidency. Masutha said his department had paid at least R24 million in legal fees for Zuma since he took office in 2009.

Masutha made the revelation in a long-awaited parliamentary answer. Freedom Front Plus leader Peter Groenewald asked Masutha if his department had paid any legal costs since 2009 in cases which involved Zuma and at what cost.

READ ALSO: Cele urged to act immediately on rural crime after 6 farm attacks take place in 72 hours

Last year, Zuma refused to answer questions about his legal fees in Parliament and went as far as to tell the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) that it was not his problem what his legal fees cost.

Briefly.co.za gathered that Masutha listed five cases which cost his department a total of R24 240 201. The minister also noted that Zuma had lost all of the cases.

"The fact that Zuma did not win one of these cases, serves as proof that taxpayers' money was wasted to keep him out of trouble," Groenewald said

According to information provided by Groenewald, Zuma opposed the case in which the NPA conducted searches of the offices of arms manufacturer Thint/Thames at a cost of R15.3 million

The case was taken all the way to the Constitutional Court and was lost by Zuma, it is the only case which has been finalised.

The matter in which Zuma questioned the powers of the Public Prosecutor in relation to findings about Nkandla, cost R3.2 million.

Groenewald said the case in which Zuma tried to prevent the release of Thuli Madonsela’s state capture report cost R2.5 million.

Zuma's appeal against the Democratic Alliance's request to make known his reasons for firing former ministers of finance Pravin Gordhan and Nhlanhla Nene had cost R1.2m. This case will be heard on May 2 in the Supreme Court of Appeals.

The information comes at a time when the DA is waging a legal battle which it hopes will force Zuma to repay the state for the costs of his legal battles.

READ ALSO: EFF on high-alert after learning about assassination plot against Julius Malema

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EFF on high-alert after learning about assassination plot against Julius Malema

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- The EFF claims it has credible information about a possible plot to assassinate its leader Julius Malema

- The death threats are thought to have originated in the North West province

- The party has informed the police ministry and stepped up security measures around its leadership

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The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) claims it has learned of a credible assassination plot against its leader Julius Malema. The party says the death threats originated in the North West province.

The EFF is taking the threat extremely seriously and has stepped up security measures around its leadership, the party has also contacted the police ministry regarding the plot.

READ ALSO: Cele urged to act immediately on rural crime after 6 farm attacks take place in 72 hours

EFF spokesperson Tebogo Mokwele said individuals in the North West had approached drug dealers and assassins in various provinces to execute the assassination.

Briefly.co.za gathered that the EFF learned about the threat from a credible source which has led to the party to take extreme precautionary measures.

Mokwele said: "The EFF has alerted the Minister of Police about the death threats and expects that action will be taken against each and every threat posed to the leadership of the EFF. The EFF has also worked on strengthening of internal security because we are aware that cowards‚ who have no convincing alternate political programme against the EFF‚ are now resorting to thoughts of violent and fatal suppression of a genuine political alternative."

The EFF revealed that it had also received threats from right-wing forces who use social media, fake emails and private caller ID’s to pose death threats against the party’s leaders.

Mokwele said violence should never be an option in a democratic society.

"Politics should always be about presenting superior logic‚ solutions and alternatives and not on who has resources to hire assassins to suppress alternative views and organisations. . . Politics in South Africa and everywhere in the world must never be defined by violent and fatal suppression of alternate views and perspectives. There are many challenges confronting South Africa today‚ and focus should be on these challenges and not violent and fatal suppression of alternatives," Mokwela said.

The EFF said its new security measures would be extended to the entire leadership group of the party and not just Malema.

The party called on the ANC to reign in any of its members who might be issuing threats of violence.

READ ALSO: No-confidence motion against Supra postponed due to EFF court action

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Cele urged to act immediately on rural crime after 6 farm attacks take place in 72 hours

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- The DA has called on Police Minister Bheki Cele to take urgently prioritise rural safety units after 6 farm attacks occur in 72 hours

- The attacks took place in the Western Cape, Gauteng, Limpopo and the Eastern Cape

- AfriForum has called on farmers to take proactive measures within the scope of the law to protect themselves, their families, workers and property

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) and AfriForum have called on Police Minister Bheki Cele to urgently prioritise the reintroduction of specialised rural safety units to combat rural crime. This comes after a bloody 72 hours during which six farm attacks took place.

The recent spate of farm attacks took place across the country. One woman was murdered in Still Bay, Western Cape, a farmer shot dead near King William’s Town, Eastern Cape; a victim was beaten in Gauteng, a security guard stabbed on a farm in Limpopo; and an attack on an elderly man in Addo, Eastern Cape.

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The DA’s shadow deputy minister of police, Diane Kohler Barnard, said the DA was concerned by the recent spike in farm attacks. She said these attacks are oftentimes planned and coordinated and the victims were often tortured.

Briefly.co.za gathered that the DA believes the SAPS Rural Safety Strategy is an abject failure. The DA said police stations in the most rural and hardest-hit locations were often under-staffed and under-resourced.

Kohler Barnard said farmers, farm-workers and their families did not deserve to live under siege.

She said in general South Africa’s murder rate was incredibly high, during 2016/17 the country experienced an average of 52 murders per day. Kohler Barnard said the figure is one which might be found in a country at war.

Kohler Barnard said: “The DA calls on Cele to urgently prioritise the introduction of specialised units, including specifically a well-resourced and highly trained national rural safety unit, and we demand that he takes a strong line against the ongoing and criminal attacks on our farming communities.”

Meanwhile, civil rights group, Afriforum called on rural communities to fight for themselves.

Ian Cameron, AfriForum’s Head of Community Safety said: “There is enough room in the law for people to take action themselves and not only respond reactively to these senseless acts of violence, but also act in a proactive manner to end the terror of farm attackers.”

AfriForum says it has repeatedly requested meetings with Cele to discuss violence on farms and the land grab crisis, but has thus far these requests have gone unanswered.

Cameron said rural communities could no longer sit back and do nothing and needed to take every single lawful precaution to keep themselves safe.

READ ALSO: NPA seize assets worth R180 million from the Gupta family

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Khayelitsha land occupiers cry out for help as their homes get torn down

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- The people of Khayelitsha have had their homes demolished by officials

- Officials have said that their is a warrant which allows them to do so but no one has seen it

- The community have had enough and are crying out in desperation as their homes and belongings are being destroyed

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"Law enforcement officials never showed us a court order on all the occasions they came and destroyed our shacks," says community leader Andiswa Kolanisi of Msindweni informal settlement, Khayelitsha.

Kolanisi stated in a GroundUp report on Monday, that the City of Cape Town destroyed shacks on 3 March, 13 March and 3 April.

The officials, according to Kolanisi, were confronted on 3 April by her and other residents.

"We asked them where the court order was, who was in charge, and who we could talk to about the court order. They ignored us and proceeded to demolish our shacks."

Kolansi’s shack was torn down by the officials and her window frame and door, bed, cupboard and dishes were destroyed.

Mayoral committee member for area east councillor Anda Ntsodo said: "The City of Cape Town can confirm that there is a court interdict on the land. The interdict was served and it prevents anyone from illegally erecting structures on the land without the consent of the owner. The land in question belongs to the City of Cape Town."

Kolanisi said it was a very emotional time for the children from the settlement when they returned home from school. Carrying their school bags on their backs, they burst into tears when they saw their homes had been destroyed.

The list Kolanisi had, consisted of about 203 people living in the settlement.

"When we moved onto the land the first time [in February], we were about 500. Other residents returned to their homes and backyards because of demolitions," she said.

Those that remained were “really desperate”. They had nowhere to go as they had no means of transporting their shacks to a different location. Kolanisi said some residents relied on seasonal work on farms and at the time were currently without jobs.

The organization of the settlement was shown to Groundup by Kolanisi.

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"See, we leave space between shacks so that they are not closely clustered. Fire spreads easily from one shack to another when shacks are too close to each other.

"We also leave space for streets. This place looks good now. It looked like a scrap yard after the last demolition," said Kolanisi.

A two-roomed shack owned by Nonceba Ndlebe was demolished twice leaving her with just one room.

"The City left me without building materials, so I was forced to collect pieces of [scrap] building materials to rebuild my shack," she said.

'I lose material each time the City destroys it'

Nokuthula Malgas has had her shack destroyed three times.

"My shack was big when I first built it here, but now it has shrunk because I lose material each time the City destroys it," she said. She lives with her husband and three children, aged two, seven and 11.

Noluthando Manyefane, community leader, said residents has been allowed to build shacks near Philippi Plaza in Philippi.

"Why can't [the City] allow us to do the same here?"

She described the shack demolishers as "wild", "merciless", "as if they were high on tik".

On Thursday night, Manyefane said about 50 residents arrived to build new shacks.

"They used candles while they built their shacks. During the day they go to their workplaces or hunt for jobs," she said.

Zolani Ntlemeza arrived on Friday with more people in toe. Ntlemeza works as a supervisor at the Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West, and is currently on short time

"The money I earn is not enough to pay rent, buy electricity and support my jobless wife and [three] kids, so I made a decision to stay here," he said.

"Here I will build a big shack so that my kids can have their own room."

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Going beyond Ramaphoria: A report card on Ramaphosa’s presidency 60 days after SONA 2018

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- President Cyril Ramaphosa has had 60 days in office since he delivered the 2018 State of the Nation Address

- The period immediately after Ramaphosa came to power was marked by renewed hope and optimism with some dubbing it Ramaphoria

- While Ramaphosa remains on track with most of his promises he has failed to deliver on 3 key promises

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When President Cyril Ramaphosa took office the country was caught up in what has become known as Ramaphoria, after years of doom and gloom the new president ushered in a period of renewed hope and optimism.

Ramaphosa delivered the 2018 State of the Nation Address (SONA) on 15 February, the speech was a compromise between what had been written for his predecessor and what he wanted to achieve during his presidency.

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Ramaphosa delivered a rousing speech which went a long way to ensuring South Africa’s credit rating was not downgraded. He also gave assurances of what his administration hoped to achieve and where he wanted to take the country.

Briefly.co.za gathered that 60 days after the SONA speech Ramaphosa is doing well, not perfectly, but well enough. His administration is on track with most of its promises and goals with the exception of three key items.

Ramaphosa’s administration has failed to pass a new mining charter in the first quarter of 2018. This seems strange considering Ramaphosa’s vast experience in the mining sector.

Ramaphosa has also failed to address the leadership crisis, which currently faces the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). He vowed to bring stability to this critical institution during his speech, but has as yet not appointed a new boss to oversee the NPA.

The much-vaunted minimum wage Bill introduction which was promised to happen on 1 May has been delayed. This could be seen as a positive since most of the major unions in South Africa are strongly opposed to its introduction.

On 26 February, Ramaphosa delivered his highly anticipated cabinet reshuffle. Although it did not go as far as most people hoped, certain key appointments, such as the return of Nhlanhla Nene to the finance portfolio and Pravin Gordhan being appointed as public enterprises minister, were widely applauded.

A total of 10 of former president Jacob Zuma’s former ministers were left out in the cold and a number of ministers were appointed to new portfolios.

Some other notable achievements made by the president in the last 60 days:

Successfully launched programs to reduce unemployment among the youth

Clarified how free tertiary education would be funded.

Ramaphosa has ensured social grant payments would not be compromised by instability at SASSA.

Intervention into state-owned enterprises and how they operate, Eskom and Denel have new boards.

Ramaphosa has started sending special envoys around the world to secure foreign investment.

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3 More prisoners escape from infamous ‘Sun City’ prison in Johannesburg

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- Police have launched a manhunt for 3 convicted killers who escaped from Johannesburg Prison also infamously known as ‘Sun City’

- The men made good on their brazen escape after a judge sentenced each man to 4 life sentences for the murder of a Johannesburg family

- Officials have been left red-faced by the second escape in a week, last week 16 awaiting trial prisoners escaped from the same facility

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) has launched a massive manhunt after three convicted murderers escaped from Johannesburg Prison also known as ‘Sun City’. The three men made a brazen escape after being sentenced to four life terms each.

SAPS and Correctional Services officials have been left red-faced by the escape from the infamous ‘Sun City’ facility. Last week 16 awaiting trial prisoners escaped from the prison.

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Lindelani Nyathi, Bukelani Nyathi and Qiniso Dladla escaped custody shortly after being sentenced for the brutal murder of a family from Lawley in the south of Johannesburg.

Briefly.co.za gathered that a criminal investigation has been launched to determine whether prison officials assisted the three men with their escape.

Gauteng police spokesperson Colonel Lungelo Dlamini confirmed the criminal investigation and said further details would be released once the investigation had been completed.

Dlamini said: “A team of detectives have launched a manhunt for three sentenced prisoners who escaped at the Johannesburg High Court after they had been sentenced to four life imprisonment each. The prisoners had been convicted and sentenced for the murder of a family at Lawley during August 2016.”

The provincial SAPS are conducting a high-level investigation to determine whether anyone inside the facility had assisted in the recent escapes. Anyone who is found to have helped prisoners escape would face the full might of the law.

Dlamini said the latest escape occurred while the prisoners were still in police custody and had not yet been handed over to correctional officers.

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Zim government told to solve unemployment and cash shortages before calling citizens back

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- The Institute of Security Studies (ISS) has advised the Zimbabwean government to solve a crippling cash shortage before inviting its citizens abroad to return home

- Zimbabweans have been urged to return home and rebuild the nation under a new dispensation from the government

- The ISS noted that it would premature to invite Zimbabweans back home at present because employment opportunities were still limited

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The Institute of Security Studies (ISS) has advised the Zimbabwean government to solve the country’s crippling cash shortages and sky-high unemployment rate before it invites Zimbabweans living abroad to return home.

Senior ISS researcher, Derek Matyszak, said Zimbabwe was still in need of huge amounts of investments to rebuild its shattered economy and virtually non-existent infrastructure.

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Matyszak commended the Zimbabwean government for opening its markets, but said it would be problematic for the country to attract investments which produced saleable commodities and not just focus on rebuilding infrastructure.

Briefly.co.za gathered that a big problem in this regard was that foreign companies would currently struggle to withdraw money from the country because there was not enough money in the system.

Some companies in Zimbabwe and even certain government departments have taken to paying their employees in cyber money. Ques to withdraw hard currency often stretch for blocks and strict limits are applied to the amounts people can withdraw.

Zimbabwe's consul general Henry Mukonoweshuro told Zimbabweans living overseas recently that they should return to Zimbabwe and help to rebuild the nation under the new dispensation.

Mukonoweshuro urged Zimbabweans living in South Africa to return home to help rebuild and invest in their motherland.

“In the new dispensation, as we called it since last November, the government of Zimbabwe is very proud. We, as the representatives of the government of Zimbabwe are very proud to say as you toil, as you make names in these foreign lands, you should now start looking north of the Limpopo River. As president Mnangagwa always says, his mantra - Zimbabwe is now open for business," said Mukonoweshuro.

Matyszak warned it would be premature for the vast majority of Zimbabweans to return home. He said there were still very few employment opportunities and infrastructure was virtually non-existent as yet.

He warned that people returning home and not finding work would lead to civil unrest.

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An even more prominent minister now supports Aussie plan to grant refugee visas to farmers

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- Australian Citizenship and Multicultural Minister, Alan Trudge, has become the 2nd prominent government official to back the so-called refugee visa for white SA farmers

- Trudge, a senior member of the Australian government, said it was likely that Australia would offer a number of visas to South Africans

- The controversial proposal first mooted by Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has gained support in Australia

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A second even more prominent member of the Australian government has backed the controversial proposal to fast-track visa applications for white South African farmers. Citizenship and Multicultural Minister, Alan Trudge said Australia was like to offer a number of visas to South Africans.

The proposal was first mooted by Australia’s outspoken home affairs minister Peter Dutton earlier this year. Dutton caused a diplomatic row between South Africa and Australia when he said white farmers needed help from a civilised country.

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Dutton’s straightforward and abrasive tone has hit a chord with Australians and the proposal has actually gained support from ordinary Australians.

Briefly.co.za gathered that Trudge attended a forum last week in Perth where members of the South African community pleaded for a special intake.

“We’re closely looking at the situation in South Africa, I suspect that we may well be able to take some in, but they’ll be each considered on their merits and according to the criteria of our humanitarian intake,” he said.

Ian Goodenough, an MP in Western Australia, suggested the Australian government should allow 10 000 South Africans into the country as a special intake. He said this compared well with the number of refugees Australia recently accepted from war-torn Syria.

While more moderate members of the Australian government have called for South Africans to apply for visas through regular channels, Trudge seemed to back the special intake model.

“We’re a very generous country to those who are in need and we don’t distinguish which country people come from, if they’re facing persecution then we will consider their application,” Trudge said.

The Australian Home Affairs Department confirmed it was keeping a close eye on developments in South Africa and would consider a resettlement plan for minority groups if and when the situation demands it.

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NPA seize assets worth R180 million from the Gupta family

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- The NPA’s Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) has seized assets worth R180 million from the Guptas

- The unit seized 65 cars, 46 properties, two aircraft, a helicopter, cash in bank accounts and earth moving equipment

- AFU, Hawks, SARS and SAPS officials swooped on the Gupta compound on Monday and are expected to continue their work at various other locations on Tuesday

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The National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) has given the Gupta empire a R180 million body blow. On Monday, the AFU seized R180 million in assets from the Gupta family, the unit seized 65 cars, 46 properties, two aircraft, a helicopter, cash in bank accounts and earth moving equipment

AFU, Hawks, SARS and SAPS officials swooped on the Gupta’s Saxonwold, Johannesburg compound. Officials were armed with a restraint order for the assets which was granted by the Bloemfontein High Court.

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Officials are expected to continue seizure related activities at various locations across South Africa on Tuesday. This includes a trip to Lanseria airport.

Briefly.co.za gathered that the Saxonwold home, as well as, the property in La Lucia, Durban valued at R26 million, were seized. A Rolls-Royce worth R3 million and a Lamborghini worth R1.2 million were among the big-ticket items seized by authorities.

The operation is the latest move by state capture investigators who are attempting to recover R250 million from the Guptas and some of their associates.

The AFU was granted permission to seize the same assets in February, but Atul Gupta successfully had the decision overturned.

The restraint order is preparation for a confiscation order, law enforcement officials started the process to identify the assets which were identified in court papers on Monday. Once a confiscation order is granted the process of seizing the assets will start.

The assets all belong to or are connected to the 13 people accused of money laundering and fraud in connection with the Estina project. This includes Free State agriculture head Peter Thabethe‚ his employees Seipati Dlamini and Takisi Masiteng‚ as well as Gupta associates and family members Kamal Vasram‚ Ashu Chawla‚ Nazeem Howa‚ Varun Gupta and Ronica Ragavan.

The suspects appeared in the Bloemfontein Regional Court in February and are due to appear in court again in August.

An NPA financial investigator said in an affidavit that the directors of Gupta-owned companies were using the businesses to fund a lavish lifestyle.

Atul and Ajay Gupta are currently on the run from South African law enforcement agencies and face legal troubles for tax fraud in India. The brothers are thought to be in Dubai.

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President Ramaphosa’s new economic advisor: 5 fast facts about Trudi Makhaya

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On Monday, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Trudi Makhaya as his new economic advisor. This comes as Ramaphosa named former finance minister Trevor Manuel, former deputy minister of finance Mcebisi Jonas, executive chairperson of Afropulse Group Phumzile Langeni, and chairman of Liberty Group Jacko Maree, as the president's special envoys on investment

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Some of Makhaya’s duties will include coordinating the work of investment envoys as they traverse the globe to try and secure at least $100 billion in new foreign investments over the next five years.

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The group will travel to major financial hubs in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas to meet with potential investors. The group will also seek out new investors on the African continent.

Briefly.co.za looks at who Makhaya is and what makes her uniquely and well-qualified for this critical position. We have gathered 5 fast facts about Ramaphosa’s newest confidant.

1. Makhaya is an accomplished writer, economist and entrepreneur. She is the CEO of Makhaya Advisory and a former deputy commissioner at the Competition Commission.

2. She is a Rhodes Scholar with post-graduate degrees in business and economics from Oxford University and Wits.

3. Makhaya has served in advisory roles in young companies and held a non-executive directorship at Vumelana Advisory Fund and MTN South Africa

4. She has held various management and advisory positions with companies such as Deloitte South Africa, Genesis Analytics and AngloGold Ashanti.

5. Makhaya is a regular business columnist for Business Day and her byline has appeared in numerous publications.

"Among her immediate responsibilities will be the coordination of the work of these special envoys and a series of investment roadshows in preparation for the Investment Conference," Ramaphosa said.

Ramaphosa said he and his advisors and envoys were working towards the establishment of a presidential council on investment.

The president flew to London on Monday to head the South African delegation to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

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No-confidence motion against Supra postponed due to EFF court action

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- A North West council sitting meant to table a no-confidence motion against Premier Supra Mahumapelo, has been postponed

- The EFF has launched a legal challenge to the decision by the North West Speaker not to allow voting by means of secret ballot

- In a political twist, the North West EFF is counting on the support of the DA and FF+ in the province to oust Mahumapelo

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A North West council sitting which was going to table a motion of no confidence against Premier Supra Mahumapelo, on Tuesday has been postponed due to pending legal action by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

The EFF has launched a legal challenge on the decision by North West Speaker, Susan Dantjie, not to allow voting on the motion to take place by means of a secret ballot. The EFF filed court papers on Monday afternoon.

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The EFF said it had agreed, through various attorneys, to have the sitting postponed so the court process could run its course. The EFF’s Betty Diale said: “Our MPL should be allowed to vote in accordance with their conscience, by way of a secret vote.”

Briefly.co.za gathered that in what could turn out to be deeply ironic, the EFF will be counting on the support of the Democratic Alliance (DA) and possibly the Freedom Front Plus (FF+) to oust Mahumapelo.

Diale said it had been difficult to engage members of other parties and to convince them to support the stance taken by the EFF. She said the EFF was still engaging with the single member from of the FF+.

“We are trying to show him why he should vote with the motion. Surely, he's also complaining about the corruption in the province. He has the responsibility to do the right thing and vote with us,” Diale added.

The North West EFF hopes to entice ANC MPL’s to vote in favour of removing Mahumapelo by having the vote take by means of secret ballot.

The EFF tabled the motion against Mahumapelo due to the countless allegations of corruption against him, the latest of which is Denel awarding a R1.1 million bursary to his son.

“I must indicate to you, as you may be aware, that there have been so many scandals… Supra, he's implicated in so many scandals,” Diale said.

The EFF said Mahumapelo was the leader of the province and as such, he needed to take responsibility when provincial departments were found to be corrupt.

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Juju thinks that Zuma is still the top dog over Ramaphosa

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- Juju believes that Zuma is still more loved than Ramaposa

- A clip of his speech from May 28, has been doing it's round

- It is believed that the ANC will call upon Zuma for support in KZN during elections

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Julius Malema appeared to be respectful towards Cyril Ramaphosa at Mama Winnie’s funeral this weekend. However, his true views appear to be of a completely different nature.

Malelma gave a speech in which he compared the former president, Jacob Zuma, to his successor, Cyril Ramaphosa. A clip of this speech has been doing its rounds in which he touched on the two men on March 28.

Ahead of the EFF’s motion of no confidence against Mayor Athol Trollip, Malema was in Nelson Mandela Bay. The motion was ultimately a failure.

The alleged rumours that were circulating in the ANC that President Cyril Ramaphosa is considering holding earlier elections were confirmed as true in Malema’s speech.

Hitting out at the ANC, he said that the euphoria around Ramaphosa’s rise, however, was misplaced.

“We have exposed the ‘new dawn’ as an ‘old dawn’ … not even in a new bottle of Dawn lotion, it’s actually in an old Dawn bottle. There is nothing new about Cyril Ramaphosa; there’s nothing new about the ANC.”

Malema said Ramaphosa had been incorrectly advised and mislead with regards to his popularity. He alleged Ramaphosa was seriously considering having the elections earlier to capitalize on this apparent current popularity. He claims that Ramaphosa is not nearly as popular as he thinks.

“But he can bring them [early elections]. We are ready.”

There is concern in the ANC camp that it will not get an outright majority in 2019. Analysts have said that the ANC’s loss of support in the major metros in 2016 was due to the scandals that surround Zuma.

KwaZulu-Natal is still supporters of Zuma, and show their support for him at every turn and he continues to be hailed as hero.

Briefly.co.za learnt that, come election time, political analyst, Ralph Mathekga, told The Citizen last week, that the ruling party may have underestimated just how much they may need Zuma in his home province.

Earlier this month with Zuma’s appearance at the High Court in Durban facing corruption charges, solidified a picture of little unity within the ANC. The widespread support for the former president, proved he still has amazing backing from his home province. This has resulted in much speculation, with reports of a possible mutiny in the ANC. Taking this into account, Mathekga said that should KZN vote poorly for the ANC in the next election, the party could be in trouble.

“If you perform severely poorly in KZN, it will affect your national tally when it comes to how you perform [in the elections]. ANC members should be very careful. They should be running with fire extinguishers in trying to deal with this matter,” he said.

In the clip, Malema calls Zuma “the most charming, charismatic man … a good singer, loved by women” and says Ramaphosa doesn’t get the same kind of love from any particular quarter, though the “white minority” and “white-owned media creates the impression that Ramaphosa is popular”.

“I want you to look at two YouTubes [sic] video of Ramaphosa walking in Soweto and Zuma walking in Natal at a mall. Look at those pictures. Zuma can’t move. The people are all over him, and then Ramaphosa moves freely. Even invites people: ‘Woza, woza.'”

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He explained that they couldn’t be scared or intimidated by Ramaphosa or his apparent rise in popularity, when they’d never been scared of Zuma.

“And then we must be scare of ‘Woza, woza, come to me’?

“A leader must not call people! A leader must be a magnet! The people must go to a leader! There’s no leadership in Ramaphosa! Nothing!

“He’s got no charisma, no theory; he’s got nothing to offer! He only has money. We’re not sure because we have not seen the bank balance, [but] that’s what the white media tells us.”

He said Ramaphosa wasn’t a buffalo, even though he looked like one, but was actually weak. “He’s got no strength of a Buffalo. Maybe strength of sardines, or something like that.”

The fact that he had a secretary-general, Ace Magashule, who could “contradict him at every turn” was presented, among other things, as evidence of Ramaphosa’s weakness.

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