Maimane: De Lille matter shows DA is different to ANC
Cape Town – Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane said the public scandal around Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille showed just how different the DA was compared to the ANC.
In his latest Bokamoso address, Maimane said the DA believed that all its members were equally accountable to the party and to the law.
“Far from protecting the implicated, we have demonstrated that no one in the DA is ‘untouchable’,” he said.
“We are throwing open the doors and windows to shine light on the situation in the City, because we want to act speedily and forcefully to stop dangerous trends before they gather a momentum of their own.”
“We genuinely believe that ‘sunlight is the best disinfectant’, not just as a slogan, but as a value,” he said.
De Lille matter to be resolved as swiftly as possible
Maimane said the well-being of Cape Town residents mattered a great deal to the DA, especially in the light of the current drought crisis, and they were dealing with concerns surrounding De Lille’s leadership “as swiftly and fairly as possible”.
Maimane said the DA leadership had first become aware of problems in the City’s DA caucus in August 2017, when serious allegations of poor leadership, maladministration and governance failures were levelled against De Lille and other senior councillors.
“We responded by initiating an internal investigation into political tensions, headed by John Steenhuisen; and by ensuring that the City instituted an independent, external investigation by legal firm Bowman Gilfillan,” he said.
Maimane said the first internal investigation concluded that while De Lille was extremely hard-working, a great many DA councillors, City staff and colleagues had found her leadership style to be obstructive to the successful functioning of both the City administration and the DA caucus, undermining service delivery in Cape Town.
“A number of specific, serious allegations were made against her, and the Mayor was given extended time to reply to these in full,” he said.
Maimane said the Bowman Gilfillan report concluded that De Lille behaved and acted in a manner that constituted gross misconduct and dereliction of duty, including her apparent role in actively covering up serious governance failures.
“We want to achieve the outcome that is best for the people of Cape Town and we remain committed to a clean, accountable government,” he said.
Last week, The DA’s Federal Executive decided to formally charge De Lille, which Maimane said would draw out the process of achieving resolution.
"But as a DA public representative who has made a huge positive contribution to the DA and SA, we must give Mayor De Lille further opportunity to fully respond to all allegations levelled against her," he said.
De Lille “much loved’, but not untouchable
“I do not doubt Ms De Lille’s commitment to the greater good. She has played a central, positive role in both SA and the DA,” he said,
“She is much loved within and beyond the DA. She deserves, and will forever have, our respect and gratitude. But central as she has been to the DA and SA’s fortunes, no one is above the party and its constitution, and no individual’s interests are above those of the general public,” said Maimane.
Maimane said it had been painful to learn of the dysfunction and resentment that had built up against De Lille in the Cape Town City council.
“This is the very worst possible time for a problem such as this to arise, in the midst of a major drought crisis and ahead of the 2019 national election. But for the sake of Capetonians and South Africans, the DA is fully prepared to take the necessary action to restore order and functionality to Cape Town council’s DA caucus,” he said.
Maimane said some felt the DA should not be involved in a dispute over De Lille while there was a drought crisis.
“But the DA cannot ignore serious allegations for this reason. The drought could drag on for years. The people of Cape Town need a council that runs efficiently and effectively, even more so because of this crisis,” he said.
Values only count if tested
Maimane said the political party’s values only really counted when they were put to the test.
“Values are easy when everyone agrees and when they are easily applied.”
“But they are hard when the party faces a painful test. Despite the difficulty, the DA will remain true to its values, come what may,” he said.
Maimane said this is what made the DA different to the African National Congress, which consistently acted to ignore the corruption that was putrefying it from the inside, protecting the guilty and sweeping evidence and information under the carpet.
“This has resulted in a party that is literally split down the middle, and a state that is captured by private rent seekers,” he said.
Maimane said the public looked to the DA as a model of clean, accountable government that will act firmly against corruption, uphold equality before the law, and deliver better services.
“We will not betray their trust, even if that means taking very difficult and painful action against our own colleagues,” he said.
“We hold the ANC to a high standard - and we have been relentless in doing so. We must, therefore, hold ourselves to the same standard, if not an even higher one.”
WASHINGTON - The US government shut down at midnight on Friday after Democrats and Republicans, locked in a bitter dispute over immigration and border security, failed to agree on a last-minute deal to fund its operations.
In a late-night session, senators blocked a bill to extend government funding through 16 February. The bill needed 60 votes in the 100-member Senate but only 50 supported it.
Most Democrats opposed the bill because their efforts to include protections for hundreds of thousands of mostly young immigrants, known as Dreamers, were rejected by President Donald Trump and Republican leaders.
Huddled negotiations between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer were unsuccessful, and the US government technically ran out of money at midnight.
While the two men said they remained committed to reaching a deal, the shutdown formally began on Saturday, the first anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration.
His inability to cut a deal despite enjoying a Republican majority in both houses of Congress highlighted the deep political divide in Washington.
Until a funding deal is worked out, scores of federal agencies across the country will be unable to operate, and hundreds of thousands of “non-essential” federal workers will be put on temporary unpaid leave.
Trump immediately moved to blame Democrats.
“Tonight, they put politics above our national security, military families, vulnerable children, and our country’s ability to serve all Americans,” the White House said in a statement.
It also said it would not discuss immigration until the government was up and running again.
“We will not negotiate the status of unlawful immigrants while Democrats hold our lawful citizens hostage over their reckless demands. This is the behaviour of obstructionist losers, not legislators.”
In return, Schumer pointed the finger directly at Trump.
“It’s almost as if you were rooting for a shutdown and now we’ll have one and the blame should crash entirely on President Trump’s shoulders,” he said.
NEGOTIATE OR FIGHT?
Democratic and Republican leaders agreed to reopen negotiations on Saturday and said they were committed to getting a quick agreement.
But both sides may now be even less willing to make concessions because a political defeat on the issue could be costly, especially with the control of Congress up for grabs at midterm elections later this year.
The Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a stopgap funding measure on Thursday. But Republicans then needed the support of at least 10 Democrats to pass the bill in the Senate. While five Democrats ended up voting for the measure, five Republicans voted against it.
Democratic leaders wanted the measure to include protections from deportation for about 700,000 undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children.
Despite bipartisan negotiations, Republican leaders refused to include those protections, and neither side was willing to back down.
Trump, who had made strict measures on immigration a cornerstone of his presidential campaign, last week rejected a bipartisan proposal.
He said he wanted to include any deal for Dreamers in a bigger legislative package that also boosted funding for a wall and tighter security measures along the US border with Mexico.
Schumer met with Trump on Friday afternoon and later said he had reluctantly agreed to include the border wall in the negotiations but that it still was not enough to persuade Trump to find a compromise.
McConnell said he would seek over the weekend a new funding bill that covered the federal government through to 8 February.
A Senate Democratic source said that was still too far out. Democrats had argued for an extension of just four or five days to force both sides into serious negotiations on the immigration issue.
Despite the formal shutdown, “essential” employees who deal with public safety and national security will keep working.
That includes more than 1.3 million people on active duty in the military who will be required to work but will not be paid until funding is renewed or handled with separate legislation.
Although past government shutdowns have done little lasting damage to the US economy, they can rattle financial markets and undermine the United States’ reputation abroad.
This impasse follows a months-long struggle in Congress to agree on government funding levels and protections for Dreamers, most of whom are originally from Mexico or Central America.
They were given temporary legal status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme started by former President Barack Obama.
In September, Trump announced he was ending the programme and gave Congress until 5 March to come up with new legislation. Efforts to do that have so far failed so Democrats tried to get it done by linking a deal to funding of the federal government.
Ramaphosa said Zuma’s exit should not humiliate him.
In what is a very complex jigsaw puzzle, there are more pieces to be filled by the ANC as it negotiates the removal of President Jacob Zuma ahead of next year’s national elections.
But with the clock ticking, every day spent with Zuma as the country’s president can only hurt the party’s results when voters head to the polls.
Added to this conundrum, according to political commentators, the confidence displayed by ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa at the weekend where he indicated during various interviews that the Zuma issue needs to be dealt with could have been strategically played on his part.
Ramaphosa said Zuma’s exit should not humiliate him – but Ramaphosa himself faces a tough camp within the ANC in Zuma’s f avour. “The truth is, as much as they need space to deal with this, they need to understand that each and every day they carry on with Zuma as president they incur the cost. This will begin to show towards the 2019 elections,” said Ralph Mathekga, political analyst and author of When Zuma Goes.
It would also be detrimental should Zuma give this year’s State of the Nation address, he added. “They have to think about it.” Even if the “water under the bridge” stance is taken by the ANC should Zuma gives the address, it would still cost the party. “The cost is already there and opposition parties are going to work very hard to try and cultivate on this uncertainty within the ANC.”
The ANC needs to expedite this without humiliating Zuma as the potential backlash will be “very severe”, said Mathekga, adding that the public may have expected an announcement by Ramaphosa during his deliverance of the ANC’s January 8 statement.
“Zuma still has a hold on the NEC and within the top six. It’s also about the broader anti-establishment movement within the ANC. And Cyril is seen as part of that establishment. Business likes him, corporate South Africa likes him and he seems to be understood very well by the finance community globally.”
However, in the ANC, “there is a strong sense of determination, where people are saying, ‘we don’t want to be told by corporates such as Steinhoff as to what we need to do’. So within that framework, Cyril will not be able to move more directly against Zuma. It will need to be negotiated.” Zuma’s removal also has implications “on the plethora of court cases” against him “which the ANC will have to negotiate about”.
“He knows this has to be done very quickly. But he also understands if he does it without a long-term strategy and without a deeper conversation with Zuma’s loyalists, it’s going to backfire.” Wits School of Governance Professor Susan Booysen said Ramaphosa’s confidence was exuded amid “volatile terrain”.
“The confidence could be politically strategic given that he is in a very volatile terrain where he has to win over the opposing faction. “Maybe he was confident all along but he couldn’t show that confidence as it would be interpreted as arrogance. It is important that he feels confident to show more of his direction of a non-negotiable pending exit for Zuma.”
Based on Imam Ghazali’s explanation in his Ihya’ `Ulum al-Din
In the Name Of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful
1. One should understand the magnificent nature of the Qur’an. This is a divine gift from Allah, and a tremendous favor. One should bring to mind the favor of Allah and be thankful.
2. Magnification of the Speaker. Bring to mind the magnification of the One who is addressing us. The reciter will then remain conscious of the fact that this Book is the speech of Allah. So when one recites, it is not like reading any book, rather the very speech of Allah. Allah is speaking to the reciter through his recitation.
3. Paying attention to the Qur’an: One may avoid whisperings of the self. “Oh Yahya, take the book firmly,” which may be understood as … take the words contained in it with seriousness and sincerity.
4. Pondering over the verses. How? Recite it according to the Sunna with tarteel, a slow, measured, distinct manner. Tajweed helps in inward reflection. There’s a hadith from Nasai and ibn Majah that the Prophet, peace be upon him, prayed at night reciting one ayah repeatedly: “in tuaddhibhum fa ‘innahum ‘ibaaduk…” If You punish them, then they are Your servants, and if You forgive them, surely You are the Mighty, the Wise. (5:118)
5. Seek to understand the meanings. 1) in the linguistic sense – study a translation if you do not know Arabic, 2) and the deeper meanings found in tafsirs, 3) and with reflection. Studying ‘aqida helps, for example, reading verses about the power of Allah, and about His qadr. Don’t interpret it with your own opinion; go look it up in a tafsir.
6. Remove obstacles to understanding the Qur’an. There are four veils according to Imam Ghazali:
* Being overly concerned with outward recitation (this is one of the tricks of Shaytan to turn you away from reflecting on meanings). Find a middle path.
* Superimposing one’s ideas/perspectives/beliefs on the guidance of the Qur’an (ex: someone is a feminist, socialist, economist – reading the Qur’an according to his or her own perspective – preventing true spiritual benefit from the Qur’an.) Take guidance from the Qur’an itself with an open mind.
* Sin, both outward and inward. Sin creates darkness in the soul and clouds the mirror of the heart, so it doesn’t reflect the light of Divine guidance. How to polish the heart? With sincere and consistent repentance, and leaving sin. Keep doing this and striving until you leave those sins. This is a process: cleaning the heart and approaching Allah Most High.
* One finds sufficiency on finding how meanings relate to you from tafsir. However, this is an interpretation; these tafsirs shouldn’t take the place of personal reflection and application.
Take everything in the Qur’an as guidance for yourself because it is for all creation. When it talks about the oppressors, sinners, etc. look at your life, act on what’s implied relative to your life. “Fastaqim kama umirta,” be steadfast as you were commanded. Imagine how the Prophet, peace be upon him, applied the Qur’an to his life – his hair turned gray! His companions asked why his hair had turned white. He, peace be upon him, said, “Sura Hud and its sisters made my hair white.” He was upright and truthful in following the Qur’an. He took every address to apply to himself personally.
Feel the Qur’an when talking about Paradise, Hell, or anything, put yourself in tune with the Qur’an.
Rise in degrees of recitation. There are three grades of recitation. Any recitation is a tremendous grade.
* The lowest grade: one supposes one is reading the Qur’an to Allah, as if one is standing before Allah, in His Divine Presence, and Allah is listening to one’s recitation. This is an inward state of begging, entreating, and supplicating.
* The middle grade: When one beholds Allah and sees for themself that Allah is addressing us with His favor. He is bestowing His gifts, His mercy through the Qur’an. There is a sense of shame, modesty (haya) and magnification (ta’dhim). One seeks to understand and be more serious. Now it is from Allah to you! There’s also a feeling of ecstasy, thankfulness, and joy! One piece of dust like you is being addressed by the Lord of every speck of dust!
* The highest grade: When one beholds the Speaker Himself and His Attributes. One does not see his own actions, but completely engrosses himself in beholding Allah Most High Himself. Then next, he sees the address of Allah Most High, then sees his own recitation.
10. Recite the Qur’an while knowing that there is no might or power except with Allah. Qul bifaDlillahi wa biraHmatihi… say by the Grace of Allah and His Mercy; in that let them rejoice – better than what they amass – whether (worldly or spiritual amassing).
Thank Allah upon good deeds. In addition, one always beholds one’s shortcoming in reciting it. And reminding ourselves that we are not being thankful enough, look even the Prophet’s hair turned gray…The soul is what turns to Allah…the body is just dust. We have infinite fear, and infinite hope in Allah… so turn to Allah and hope for His Pleasure.
Strains of Listeriosis found in Joburg food outlet
The City of Joburg said on Friday that environmental health practitioners are hard at work following the discovery of strains of Listeria at a food outlet earlier in the day.
Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for health and social development in the City, Dr Mpho Phalatse, said that samples had been taken to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases for confirmatory testing.
Phalatse, who did not name the food outlet, called on all community members not to panic but to remain vigilant and adhere to food safety guidelines.
“I would like to commend our environmental health practitioners for uncovering this potential source of infection. We are awaiting lab confirmation of whether or not this is a disease-causing strain of the organism. We should have results in the next 24 to 48 hours,” Phalatse said in a statement.
“In the meantime, residents should continue adhering to food safety guidelines and report to their nearest clinic if they start experiencing symptoms associated with the disease, especially pregnant women, babies below the age of 28 days, senior citizens above the age of 65 and immuno-compromised patients.”
According to the Department of Health, there are 17 strains of the organism, but not all of them are disease-causing.
The major human pathogen in the Listeria genus is L. monocytogenes. It is usually the causative agent of the relatively rare bacterial disease Listeriosis, a serious infection caused by eating food contaminated with the bacteria.
As of January 16, a total of 764 Listeriosis cases have been reported across the country, with the City of Joburg reporting 212 cases, with 19 deaths so far.
City of Joburg environmental health inspectors have also issued instructions that premises identified as high risk be sanitized while tests are ongoing. Preventing Listeriosis as a foodborne illness requires effective sterilisation of food contact surfaces.
Alcohol is an effective surface cleaner against Listeria. Quaternary ammonium can be used in conjunction with alcohol as a food-contact safe steriliser with increased duration of the sterilisation action.
Phalatse said she will support Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba in clamping down on lawlessness and intensifying oversight roles in ensuring that all food handlers strictly adhere to prescribed standards. She said her department will continue with public awareness campaigns to educate the public about the dangers of Listeriosis.
Chinese government authorities have banned Muslim children from attending religious events during winter break, in a county in western China that is mostly populated by Muslims.
The notification for the ban has been posted online by the education bureau, as authorities step up their suppression of religious freedoms.
School students in Linxia county in Gansu province, home to many members of the Muslim Hui ethnic minority, are prohibited from entering religious buildings over their break, a district education bureau said, according to the notification.
Students must also not read scriptures in classes or in religious buildings, the bureau said, adding that all students and teachers should heed the notice and work to strengthen political ideology and propaganda. China is an atheist, communist state.
Reuters was unable to independently verify the authenticity of the notice.
The Linxia education bureau has declined to comment on the document's validity.
Xi Wuyi, a Marxist scholar at the state-backed Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and an outspoken critic of rising Islamic influence in China, shared the picture and welcomed the apparent move by the authorities.
With the notice, the county was taking concrete action to keep religion and education separate, and sticking strictly to education law, she said on the Weibo social media platform.
New regulations on religious affairs released in October last year, and due to take effect in February, aim to increase oversight of religious education and limit religious activities.
Last summer, a Sunday School ban was introduced in the southeastern city of Wenzhou, sometimes known as "China's Jerusalem" due to its large Christian population, but Christian parents found ways to teach their children about their religion, regardless.
Chinese law formally grants religious freedom for all, but regulations on education and protection of minors also say religion cannot be used to hinder state education, or children taught to believe in a religion, rather than communism.
Authorities in troubled parts of China, such as the far western region of Xinjiang, home to the Turkic-speaking Uighur Muslim minority, ban children from attending religious events.
But religious communities elsewhere rarely face blanket restrictions.
Fear of Muslim influence has grown in China in recent years, sparked in part by violence in Xinjiang.
The Chinese-speaking Hui, who are culturally more similar to the Han Chinese majority than to Uighurs, have also come under scrutiny from some intellectuals, who fear creeping Islamic influence on society.
Johannesburg - Just hours before the crucial meeting of the ANC top brass, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa ratcheted up the fight against state capture, calling on the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to be swift in bringing those implicated to book.
The NPA’s Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) is on a hunt for R50 billion that was looted from the state.
On Thursday, the NPA met lawyers from McKinsey and Trillian, companies that have been served with preservation orders in the state’s attempt to recoup R1.6 billion paid to them illegally via state-owned power utility Eskom.
Ramaphosa said Eskom had been one of the biggest state-owned entities (SOEs) that have been plagued by financial and leadership instability, and corruption allegations linked to the Gupta family.
“We welcome the actions that they’re beginning to take and want them to act with urgency to increase the tempo of the actions that need to be taken. The freezing of assets is an important component of this but we want to see a lot more,” Ramaphosa said.
He said the government had to stop coming out with doubtful messages on addressing what he called the deepening rot in parastatals.
“It is unacceptable, totally unacceptable, that SOEs that are owned by the nation and that were set up to advance the interests of our people on a collective basis have been hijacked and captured by certain interests,” Ramaphosa added.
“It’s good now that the whole thing has come out in the open, and the emails helped.
“Now the NPA and other authorities are looking very closely into this,” he said.
Ramaphosa was addressing the team which he will lead to the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland next week.
He said the political uncertainty before the ANC’s elective conference last month, where he emerged as party leader, had come and gone, and now the country would go to Davos with a clear message that South Africa was open for business and that the war against corruption had been waged and begun to bear fruit with the freezing of assets of companies linked to the Gupta family, President Jacob Zuma’s influential friends.
Before he was elected ANC president last month, Ramaphosa committed to leading the hunt for those implicated in state capture. He has spoken repeatedly about the need to up the game on corruption, including at the ANC’s 106th birthday bash in East London last week.
“The message that we have been putting across is now beginning to bear fruit and I think we are going to start seeing action on the reforms of the SOEs and on getting rid of the rot,” Ramaphosa said on Thursday.
“Believe me, that is the message we are taking to Davos, because we have been asked this by rating agencies and by a number of investors offshore - the one thing they have raised over and over again is our SOEs,” he added.
With reports that Eskom was planning to give its controversial generation group executive Matshela Koko a golden handshake, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba said there were some on Eskom’s board and in top management oblivious to the financial crisis at the utility.
“I think we have reached a stage where we cannot continue to be gradualist in addressing the problems that Eskom is facing,” said Gigaba.
“Quite frankly, the national fiscus is not going to be able to step in to bail Eskom out should anything horrible happen,” he added.
At the time of publication, it was unclear whether the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) would discuss Zuma’s future, amid the push by Ramaphosa’s supporters.
ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule said Zuma’s fate was not on the party’s agenda.
“We said in East London that there is interaction between president Zuma as well as (ANC) president Ramaphosa and that interaction will be continuing.
“There is no agenda on the table about that. There isn’t anything on the table about the removal,” Magashule said.
By the time he briefed the media, Ramaphosa had not delivered his political input, which would set the tone for meeting and proceed to the official adoption of the agenda.
Magashule said the NEC were discussing the resolutions of the governing party’s national elective conference last month, in preparation for the party’s lekgotla, which would start on Saturday and conclude on Sunday.
The future of the provincial executive committees of the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal were also on the table.
Magashule was in a defensive mode when asked about the judicial commission of inquiry into state capture, saying it was not a party matter.
When asked about the dispute over who should set the terms of reference for the commission, whose establishment was announced by Zuma on the eve of the first gathering of the party’s new NEC last week, Magashule said the NEC would not involve itself in the dispute.
“We can’t get into that because this is the ANC, the party.
“We can’t decide on the terms of reference, we are not government.
“There is a president and there is government and remember, president Zuma is in government and president Ramaphosa is deputy president, so it’s a matter of government and a matter of the party, the ANC,” Magashule added.
Netherlands: an islamophobic attach on mosque in Amsterdam
AMSTERDAM (AA): A mosque in the Dutch capital Amsterdam was targeted by a group of far-right extremists, the head of the mosque said on Thursday.
The far-right “Rechts in Verzet” movement claimed responsibility for the attack and hanged anti-Islam banners and a dummy’s severed head was tied to fence outside the Emir Sultan Mosque in Amsterdam. A bloody headless dummy body was left below the head.
Photos of the bloody headless dummy and its severed head were placed online on the far-right Facebook page.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Kamber Sener, the head of the mosque, condemned the incident and said there were many far-right extremists who were trying to frighten Muslims.
Sener said they had encountered such an incident for the first time and added an investigation into the incident had been launched.
The banners hanged outside the mosque read: “Islam must be stopped. We do not want a mosque tied to [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan in northern Amsterdam.”
A deputy from Denk Party, established by two Dutch politicians of Turkish origin, told Anadolu Agency that the party’s proposal to discuss the attack on the mosque in the parliament was rejected.
“Every time, the same parties do not accept the proposal for a debate,” Farid Azarkan said.
Azarkan said it was “saddening” not to discuss such issues in the parliament despite many Islamophobic attacks in the country.
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Winnie loses appeal in battle for Madiba's Qunu homestead
Bloemfontein – Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has lost her claim to former president Nelson Mandela's Qunu homestead, in a decision handed down on Friday by the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.
The SCA dismissed the appeal regarding the review application, but upheld an appeal against the costs order granted by the Eastern Cape Local Division, Mthatha.
Madikizela-Mandela approached the SCA to overturn a 2016 decision by the Eastern Cape High Court in Mthatha, which dismissed her application to acquire Mandela's home in Qunu.
The former president's ex-wife believes a decision taken by the Minister of Land Affairs on November 16, 1997, in which the land was donated to the former president, should be set aside.
She claims that the property was built on land allocated to her in 1989, and she has maintained that she only discovered in 2014 that the property was registered under Mandela's name.
Madikizela-Mandela's attorney, Mvuzo Notyesi, had previously said she "maintains that the property is rightfully hers", but the Royal House of Mandela has rejected Madikizela-Mandela's claim to the property.
Notyesi said the High Court in Mthatha had judged the matter on technicalities, and not on its merits.
According to Notyesi, AbaThembu custom dictated that the rights to the property should go to Madikizela-Mandela and her descendants, irrespective of whether the wife was divorced or not.
Chief of the Royal House of Mandela, Mandla Mandela, said the ruling honoured Madiba's final wishes that the Qunu residence be managed by the executors of his estate. When Mandela died in December 2013, he was married to Graca Machel.
In his will‚ Mandela bequeathed the property to the Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Family Trust for the benefit of the Mandela family‚ including his third wife Machel and her children.
Nelson Mandela's home in Qunu in the Eastern Cape.
AN increase in illegal dumping and litter in the suburbs has prompted ward councillors Mmabatho Tembe and Chris Papps to get together to devise a plan to deal with the problem. The duo met on Monday to discuss ways in which they could launch a cleanliness campaign in their respective wards.
“The general lack of cleanliness in my ward has become a health hazard. Just driving around the ward this week, I am shocked by the mess and litter,” said Tembe.
The councillors said foot traffic in their wards had increased and DSW was not servicing the area more than once a week. Tembe said a more aggressive response was needed to tackle the issue of grime in ward 33, as well as other municipal wards.
Papps raised the issue of money and resources being allocated to clean up the inner city CBD, but despite 100 workers having been assigned to clean up the city, it was still a mess.
“Metro Police are moving vagrants out of the CBD and into the outer city, which adds to the increase in litter. Money and resources stay in the CBD but I believe the area from the Umbilo River to Umgeni River should be included as part of the inner city as these are densely populated areas,” he said.
The councillors said they were considering taking a two-pronged approach in their wards. The first was to address the issue of habitual dumpers and to take a ‘name and shame’ approach on social media where possible.
“People need to be educated on when their refuse collection days are, as well as on the impact that dumping household refuse in foot traffic bins has on the area. It’s time to nail people for illegal dumping as this is a serious offence. The fine is a maximum of R5 000. Offenders need to know they will be prosecuted. Residents who are aware of who the illegal dumpers are must report them. The community and DSW need to work together,” said Tembe.
Pappas said the campaign would include general education, to ensure people know when their collection days are, what the different coloured bags are for, where to take excess rubbish such as garden refuse and building rubble and to educate people on what DSW would collect.
“DSW are efficient in a lot of cases, but when residents dump items such as garden refuse and building rubble, this is out of DSW’s mandate and it becomes difficult,” he said.
The second approach of the campaign would be to increase the oversite role with DSW to ensure contracts are in place.
“Contracts are an issue. I have observed some areas which are in such a mess, only to find out that there are currently no contracts in place. There is no communication with ward councillors. These contracts should be planned in advance, as this happens too often,” said Tembe.
Pappas said there was a perception that the northern areas received better service as the areas were generally cleaner, however this was not the case.
“DSW offers the same weekly collection service in all areas, however in some areas residents take pride in their areas and play a role as active citizens. Residents in the Oakley Park area previously got together to pay for a clean up as they are proud of their area,” he said.
The councillors said they would launch the campaign by putting together leaflets to distribute to residents, and would work with DSW on improving service delivery.
Residents can report illegal dumping to 031 311 8804.