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ANC undertakes not to undermine Nkandla report
A call for President Jacob Zuma's impeachment was a premeditated decision by opposition parties, the ruling party said on Thursday.
African National Congress secretary general Gwede Mantashe said the opposition had decided to call for his impeachment prior to the release of the Nkandla report by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. "The call by some opposition parties for impeachment is a premeditated decision," Mantashe told reporters in Johannesburg.
He said the biggest problem with the cost security upgrades at Zuma's Nkandla home in KwaZulu-Natal was "inflation of prices". "This project is a sample to say we should look at whether prices aren't inflated in other areas."
All officials involved "must be brought to book" and all funds acquired inappropriately must be paid back, said Mantashe.
Mantashe said the ANC did not intend to undermine the validity of the report. "We are neither intending to ignore or undermine the validity of the report. There is no such intention within the ANC."
The ANC was "relieved" that the report had "finally been released to the public". But the timing of the release of the report remained a concern "in terms of the disruptive effect" it would have on all political parties in their campaigning ahead of general elections in May, said Mantashe.
Madonsela released the Nkandla report on Wednesday, saying Zuma should have asked questions about the scale, costs, and affordability of security upgrades which could end up being as much as R246-million. She found that Zuma and his family unduly benefited from upgrades.
Why should Zuma be allowed to make such expensive upgrades to his home and also gain financially from it?
PISTORIUS EXPLAINS NOT GUILTY PLEA REPORT
Oscar Pistorius' denied that he murdered his girl friend Reeva Steenkamp was not made because he believed that the crime scene had been tempered with, the High court in Pretoria heard on Wednesday.
A pleaded not guilty because what I' am accused of did not happen" said Pistorius prosecutor Gerrie Nel had asked him how he selected his plea when he appeared in court last year after shooting Steenkamp died in his toilet on valentine's day.
Pistorius said he thought that there was an intruder in the bathroom when he fired four quick shots from his fire arm .
The state alleges they had argued and that her dearth was premeditated.
Pistorius said he did believe that the bloodied scene at his house in Pretoria was tempered with and that counsel would present to testify to this.
Nel defined the word tempering twice for him at this request" it is you' changed something on the scene with the intention to let it look different.
Pistorius said according to his legal counsel there had been tempering , disturbance and contamination on the scene.
People were in the house with out protective clothing , Steenkamp' s iPhone had been moved , according to police photographs taken of the scene , a fan had been unplugged , curtains had been opened and discs had been moved.
He has anything that was changed would bother a person involved in such serious case.
A detective who was among the first on the scene , warrant officer Hilton Botha was removed from the case and has since resigned from the police .
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EFF, DA lay criminal charges against Zuma
The Democratic Alliance (DA) has laid charges of corruption against President Jacob Zuma. This follows Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela report on Zuma's Nkandla home, which has found that Zuma and his family have unfairly benefited from some security upgrades at his residence.
The party's national spokesperson Mmusi Maimane led a DA delegation to Nkandla, where the charges were laid at the local police station.
Maimane says the DA is determined to ensure that Zuma accounts personally for what he deems corruption in the Nkandla matter.
"We have laid eight charges of corruption against President Zuma. These are charges that are focused on the fact that the President and his family benefited privately from the upgrades that took place in Nkandla. We have also highlighted the fact that Zuma has appointed an architect that also benefitted and ultimately in that process it is defeating the ends of justice," explains Maimane.
In Pretoria, Economic Freedom Front (EFF) leader Julius Malema laid a charge of corruption against Zuma at the Sunnyside police station. He was accompanied by senior party members Floyd Shivambu and Dali Mpofu. EFF supporters waved placards outside the station while singing anti-Zuma slogans.
-Will justice prevail or will Zuma get away scot-free yet again
CAPE TOWN - Parliament is clamping down on MP's who don’t pitch for work.
New rules adopted by parties will see them lose their seats if they are absent from 15 plenary sessions in a row. MPs will also be fined if they miss committee meetings without good reason.
During the State of the Nation Address, there was not an empty seat in the house. But once the real work began, attendance figures appeared to plummet. Now, Parliament officials will tighten the screws, monitoring MPs’ attendance to sessions in the house and committee meetings.
Once the new rules are implemented, MPs that miss three committee meetings without a good excuse, will be fined R1,000. Those who miss 15 consecutive sessions in the house could lose their seats all together. The new rules are expected to come into effect after elections.
Zille Slams ANC MEC's Record
"Dr Malakoane would be fired," Zille told party members at the announcement of the DA's governance plans for the Free State. Malakoane was arrested in July on charges of corruption and fraud involving about R13 million, with five other people. The charges relate to crimes allegedly committed while Malakoane was the municipal manager at the Matjhabeng local municipality in Welkom. Zille told the gathering the DA had called for Malakoane's suspension.
"It is how do we deliver proper services such as water, sewerage, right through to education and health which was of real quality for all people," she said. Replying to questions, Zille said the DA was now a governing party and not just an opposition party.
She said that compared to the DA's open lists, the ANC had a closed, corruptible system, which mostly looked after the leadership's family and friends.
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