Gigaba declares ‘war on queues’ at home affairs offices
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has declared a “war on queues” bedevilling the department’s operations but admitted it will not be a quick fix.
“This will be a critical component of concerted efforts to ensure citizens and other clients are served professionally when they seek access, in-person or digitally, to services we offer,” Gigaba told journalists in Pretoria.
While home affairs had had “tremendous successes in reducing turnaround times for the production of documents”, the critical challenge now was to reduce the amount of time clients spent in home affairs offices. The department was currently finalising action plans to deal with problem areas identified. These would be rolled-out as short, medium, and long-term interventions.
Some of the short-term actions scheduled for roll-out from Monday included getting client contact centres working optimally, finding a solution for “unpredictable” walk-in clients and for front office space, exploring possibilities of a new shift system, attending to the unstable computer system, improving workflow, and beefing up communication with clients.
“Ultimately, to be able to serve all South Africans efficiently we need to expand our footprint. This will need to be addressed through the budget process. To complement our office footprint we are in the advanced stages of establishing a public-private partnership with the banking sector to roll-out the ehomeaffairs service to branches of four major banks – Absa, FNB, Nedbank, and Standard Bank – around the country over the next year.
“We stand committed to doing the best we can to win the all-out war on queues bedevilling our operations, in spite of structural constraints and other challenges. This is not going to be a quick fix. It will be a process, one that we are committed to despite budgetary constraints and capacity restrictions. We have chosen to intervene innovatively to further improve the services we render to the public,” Gigaba said.
Two arrested after violence at Moses Mabhida stadium
The pair is expected to appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court tomorrow.
Two people have been arrested after violence that erupted at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban soon after Kaizer Chiefs lost 2 – 0 in the semi-final match of the Nedbank Cup to Free State Stars on Saturday night, which left many people injured and property damaged.
Captain Nqobile Gwala said two male suspects, aged 27 and 33, were arrested for public violence and malicious damage to property.
Police also expect to arrest more people related to the violence that saw a female security personnel severely beaten by soccer fans.
Earlier today, the PSL condemned the lawlessness that broke out at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
The PSL said it would work closely with law enforcement agencies to ensure that those responsible for the hooliganism were subjected to judicial processes.
“The league is currently awaiting reports from all relevant role players,” the PSL said in a statement.
At the final whistle of the Nedbank Cup semifinal between hosts Kaizer Chiefs and Free State Stars, hundreds of fans invaded the pitch and the security officers were unable to cope adequately with the rampaging fans.
On one occasion a Bedouin came to The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) and accepted Islam. He then expressed his desire to remain with The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ), due to which The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) instructed some of the Sahaabah (Allah be pleased with them) to look after him and make arrangements for him.
After some time had passed, the Muslims fought a battle against the disbelievers and were victorious, gaining booty in the process. When The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) distributed the booty among the Sahaabah (Allah be pleased with them), he also set aside a share for this Bedouin Sahaabi (Allah be pleased with him). However, on account of this Bedouin Sahaabi (Allah be pleased with him) attending to the animals of the other Sahaabah (Allah be pleased with them), he was away at the time of the distribution. Hence, the Sahaabah (Allah be pleased with them) gave him his allotted share on his return.
On seeing his share of the booty, he asked, “What is this?” The Sahaabah (Allah be pleased with them) replied, “A share (of the booty) which The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) allotted for you.” Hearing this, he took the share and proceeded to The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ). When he came before The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ), he asked, “What is this?” The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) replied, “I allotted this share for you.” The Bedouin Sahaabi (Allah be pleased with him) responded, “I did not follow you and accept Islam for this wealth.” He then gestured towards his throat and said, “I followed you so that I could be struck here by an arrow and pass away (as a martyr), gaining entry into Paradise.” When The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) heard this, he said, “If you are true to Allah Most High, Allah Most High will be true to you (in fulfilling your desire and rewarding you).”
Not too long thereafter, the Sahaabah (Allah be pleased with them) again engaged the disbelievers in battle. After the battle, the body of the Bedouin Sahaabi (Allah be pleased with him) was carried to The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ). Seeing that an arrow had struck his throat on the exact area to which he had gestured, thereby causing his martyrdom, The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) asked, “Is this the same Sahaabi (Allah be pleased with him)?” When the Sahaabah (Allah be pleased with them) confirmed that he was the same Bedouin Sahaabi (Allah be pleased with him), The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “He was true to Allah Most High, and so Allah Most High was true to him (by blessing him with the martyrdom which he desired).”
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) then covered him in his own blessed jubbah and performed his janaazah salaah. While making du‘aa for this Sahaabi (Allah be pleased with him), The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said the following, “O Allah! This is your slave who performed hijrah in your path and was then killed as a martyr. I bear witness to this!” (Sunan Nasai #1955)
Every Muslim claims to love Allah Most High and His Rasul (ﷺ). However, how true are we in our claim? If we truly mean what we say, we will follow the commands of Allah Most High and adhere to the blessed sunnah of The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ). When we do so, Allah Most High will answer our du‘aas and bless us with the rewards that he has promised us. On the contrary, if we fail to be true to Allah Most High by neglecting Deen and the blessed sunnah, how can we expect to receive the divine assistance of Allah Most High?
North West premier Supra Mahumapelo gave Jacob Zuma a herd of cattle worth R1.5-million as a gift - and paid for it using public funds.
The cows, which should have gone to emerging farmers in the province, were delivered to Nkandla and signed for by Zuma himself.
Now the Hawks are investigating the scandal, which could lead to charges of fraud and corruption against Mahumapelo and the former president. Zuma is already facing 16 charges, including fraud, racketeering and money laundering, stemming from the multibillion-rand arms deal.
Mahumapelo is also under heavy pressure to step down as premier, with North West residents rioting this week over his links to several other corruption scandals.
The cattle — 24 cows and a bull — were delivered to Nkandla in October 2016.
The delivery was confirmed by Lucas Msiza, the breeder of the cattle. He told the Sunday Times he was contracted by a company called AgriDelight to deliver “his best cattle to Zuma”.
The company has a R56-million, three-year contract with the North West rural, environmental and agriculture department as an implementing agent to, among other things, assist emerging farmers.
“I got an order for 25 Bonsmara cattle from my client, AgriDelight, and I was given a delivery address which happened to be Nkandla, the former president’s private residence, where I must deliver them,” Msiza said.
Jacob Zuma's fiancée lives a blessed life - and will now have his baby
To Nonkanyiso Conco’s former college friends, her sudden lifestyle change a few years ago all makes sense now.
The 24-year-old reportedly gave birth to former president Jacob Zuma’s baby last week at a private hospital in Durban, his 23rd known child.
Conco, who now lives in the exclusive Hilltop Estate at the Zimbali Coastal Estate near Ballito, is believed to have studied journalism at Varsity College Durban North in 2014 and 2015. It is not clear if she completed the course elsewhere.
A college friend of hers remembers Conco as a popular, thoughtful and kind young woman, but otherwise not especially remarkable or rich.
“She was just an ordinary girl. We used to ride taxis together ... but the next minute, oh my God!” she said.
“The year she came out all hot. She had, like, these diamond rings. We used to gossip about it. She looked really good,” she said.
“There was this little joke among us that she had a sugar daddy.”
Zuma is 52 years her senior. It appears that Conco may have known Zuma for quite some time. In 2013, when she was 19 years old, she tweeted: “Don’t believe this OMG!!! Am going back to that Hollywood house, to spend the whole weekend this time! #Zuma’s home @Nkandla. Whop [sic]. Can’t Wait.”
Conco, her student friend said, started going to expensive clubs and dressing in the latest fashions. She also got a car and, unheard of for most students, moved into a fabulous flat overlooking the Durban harbour. “It was gorgeous, it was pretty posh,” the friend said.
Conco would sometimes mention tenders and overseas trips, but although some of the students in her circle made no bones about having older, richer boyfriends, she was guarded about the source of her good fortune.
“She was very secretive … Now it makes sense. She was very involved in ANC things, very involved in politics.
“Now when I think about it she was very passionate about the ANC,” said the source.
Companies and Intellectual Property Commission records show that Conco is the sole director of a company called GN Massages, the address of which is a block of flats in Margaret Mncadi Avenue, which overlooks Wilson’s Wharf, a popular tourist spot on Durban’s waterfront.
City Press visited the block yesterday, where bachelor flats, like the one registered to Conco’s massage company address, are rented for about R4 000 a month.
Asked about the flat, a source close to the building’s management confirmed to City Press that Conco once lived there, saying “Yes! Yes! That’s Zuma’s girl!”
Conco is believed to have worked as an intern at a Zulu-language newspaper in Durban during her student years.
A picture of her taken at the time shows her at Independent Newspapers in Durban.
The photo shows her in a broad-brimmed hat, smiling and standing on an upstairs veranda where journalists go to smoke and gossip.
But long before that, she was a member of an organisation that advocates virginity testing and no sex before marriage. In her early teens, she joined the Nomkhubulwane Culture and Youth Development Organisation. It is based in Pietermaritzburg and promotes indigenous culture and values.
Its founder and director Nomagugu Ngobese confirmed that Conco was a former member and that she attended the Umkhosi woMhlanga, or Zulu Reed Dance, for many years.
Ngobese described her as “well-liked, respected and sociable”.
She would not comment on the reported VIP birth or Conco’s lifestyle in the three years since she had left.
“She was one of my participants, one of my girls, but she’s grown up. When they are grown up, we must say they must do what they like. We have done our duty.”
Ngobese said Conco’s family came from Matatiele, Eastern Cape, and that she attended Haythorne Secondary School in Pietermaritzburg. This could not immediately be verified.
Vukile Mathabela, a spokesperson in the presidency, referred all queries to Zuma’s family. Zuma’s son, Edward, could not be reached for comment.
Another family member, Ray Zuma, confirmed to News24 that Zuma would marry Conco.
By yesterday, she had changed her name on Twitter and Facebook to Nonkanyiso Conco Zuma.
Asked if this was the same woman who gave birth to Zuma’s baby, he responded by saying: “So?
“I can’t see why you are interested. When he was still the president, you [the media] were terrorising him, and now you are all of a sudden interested in him.”
When News24 asked about the details of the wedding, he said he was not privy to them.
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