Coalitions too costly to maintain: ANC
The ANC is calling for fresh elections in Pretoria and Johannesburg because coalition-led governments have “proven to be too costly to maintain”. ANC Gauteng deputy provincial chairperson Panyaza Lesufi said on Sunday: “There is no doubt that the 2016 local government elections have ushered in‚ in an unprecedented way since the dawn of democracy‚ an era of unprincipled coalition governments which have in the instance of Tshwane and Joburg including Nelson Mandela Bay municipalities proven to be too costly to maintain. We therefore believe that the final resolution that will restore order and sanity in all these municipalities is to have a fresh mandate so that the ANC can have a clear mandate and if the ANC does not have that mandate‚ we will make way for those that have been given a clear mandate to run those municipalities.” Lesufi said the City of Tshwane was dysfunctional and needed help in the form of a motion of no confidence in its mayor‚ Solly Msimanga.
Leave us the hell alone: SA farmers to Trump
SA’ farmers have demanded Donald Trump "leave us the hell alone" after the US president criticised the country's land reform plans, accusing him of trying to deflect attention from his own scandals. "The people were furious about Trump - and I think they still are," said Preline Swart, a 37-year-old black woman who farms grain and cattle with her husband east of Cape Town. "He's an outsider and he knows nothing about farming," she said on the sidelines of a summit of farmers, officials and industry players in Bela Bela. "I think Donald Trump must really take his long hair... and leave our people the hell alone.". While many of the farmers at Thursday and Friday's land summit rejected Trump's intervention, many are unsure what the government's plan to expropriate land to fix historical injustices will mean for them.
Fraudsters use fake City Power cards
City Power has warned about imposters and fraudsters claiming to be City Power employees and using fake ID cards to rob Johannesburg residents. “Members of the community are encouraged to be vigilant and verify the identity of City Power employees and contractors who seek entry into their properties‚ by demanding them to produce their ID card and the job card with work order number for the work they claim to come to do‚” it said. Technicians or contractors most likely to request access to resident’s properties would include meter readers‚ cut-off teams‚ or meter maintenance teams‚ it said.
DA knives out for Tshwane mayor
Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga is fighting for his political life amid murmurs that black members of the DA in the city could vote with the opposition to oust him. Msimanga is facing scrutiny over how much he knew about of a R12bn contract awarded to an engineering consultancy to manage the city’s infrastructure projects. The fallout has led to the suspension of city manager Moeketsi Mosola. A motion of no confidence in Msimanga will be debated in council on Thursday. The Sunday Times understands that, in the event the vote takes place through a secret ballot, some members of the DA caucus are ready to vote with the opposition. Msimanga does not see eye to eye with DA Tshwane regional chair Abel Tau, who Msimanga snubbed for a position on the mayoral committee. There are also questions as to how long Msimanga has known that there was a problem with the contract - and how much he knew.
Foundation slams ‘k-word outburst’
The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation has condemned racist remarks allegedly made by ANC Youth League eThekwini regional executive member Suzanne Govender. Govender resigned this week after a WhatsApp conversation with a colleague in which she allegedly used the k-word was posted on Facebook. Foundation executive director Neeshan Balton said: “It’s perturbing that an ANC member‚ someone who should have been schooled not only in the policies of the party but in its non-racial history‚ has reportedly used such terminology … It is disappointing that someone who was serving on its youth league regional leadership structures is alleged to hold such racist views.” Govender told the Daily News she was the victim of a smear campaign and did not respond to earlier queries from TimesLIVE.
R100k for a rug: ‘splurge’ on ministers’ homes
Cabinet ministers are eating at dining tables that cost more than a small car. Public Works officials have been summoned to tell parliament’s standing committee on public accounts about the hefty prices of furniture used at ministers’ homes. One invoice, seen by the Sunday Times and sent to Public Works by Huracãn, the company contracted to supply furniture, includes a R100,800 dining room rug, R25,200 for a child’s bed headboard, four scatter cushions for a child’s bedroom at R861 each, totalling R3,444, and R18,900 for a guest room chair. Another document, drawn up by officials, gives details of the cost to furnish the main bedroom in a minister’s house in Pretoria. It includes a mahogany dining table for R84,000, 10 dining chairs totalling R157,000, R63,000 for a mahogany king-size bed, and R44,100 for two three-drawer mahogany pedestals.