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Modise Warns Truant Ministers Against Missing Parly Sittings

Politics iAfrica.com

CAPE TOWN – National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise has warned Cabinet ministers not to be “hands-off, ears-off” politicians when it came to answering to Parliament for their departments’ finances.Modise said some ministers over the years had tended
'CAPE TOWN – National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise has warned Cabinet ministers not to be “hands-off, ears-off” politicians when it came to answering to Parliament for their departments’ finances.Modise said some ministers over the years had tended to leave it to officials to attend parliamentary committee meetings.She issued the caution while presenting Parliament’s budget on Tuesday.The national legislature asked for R3 billion but was only granted just over R2.6 billion, leaving it with a shortfall of R340 million.Modise said Parliament does not hold the administration to account, but rather, the executive. “Therefore that temptation for ministers to be hands-off and ears-off from the financial execution of the business can be detrimental if things go wrong,” she said.The speaker also warned against truant ministers who fail to pitch for plenary sittings and question and answer sessions in Parliament. “The president will get reports about attendance, especially at debates and question sessions,” Modise said.She said the code of conduct for Members of Parliament would be tightened up.She also wanted the ethics committee to finalise long-delayed cases involving breaches of the code of conduct. “What should concern the committee is to maintain and preserve the integrity of Parliament.This, we hope, will be done as quickly as possible, so that any member whose matter may not have been concluded, can find relief.” EWN . The post Modise Warns Truant Ministers Against Missing Parly Sittings appeared first on iAfrica.com .'

Dan Matjila on Steinhoff investment: “It was all for BEE”

Politics The South African

The reason did not sit well with Gill Marcus.
'Former Chief Executive of the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), Dan Matjila had quite a lot of explaining to do regarding the asset manager’s shoddy investment into the derailed Steinhoff. The hype around the epic failure of the giant furniture retailer may have died down but the commission of inquiry into allegations of impropriety at the PIC sought to understand the thinking behind throwing all those billions into a sinking ship. Why PIC invested billions into Steinhoff Granted, the PIC’s investment in Steinhoff was secured in August 2016, a little over a year before it was discovered that the furniture manufacturer’s accounting books were cooked. However, Gill Marcus, who is part of the commission that is chaired by retired Constitutional judge, Lex Mpati, was still not sold on the entire transaction that cost the PIC something in the region of R10-billion. In January, the inquiry heard testimony from Botsang Morobe, an Investment Associate at the asset manager, about how Jayrenda Naidoo, a former unionist, solicited investment funds from the PIC to funnel into Steinhoff for a 3% stake in the company. Matjila concurred with Morobe’s account of events when he told the commission about the deal on Tuesday. He confirmed that on 5 August 2016, the PIC authorised a transaction to Lancaster 101, an empowerment company chaired by Naidoo. This amount was in the region of R10-billion and it was to secure a 3% stake in Steinhoff. Moreover, Matjila revealed that the decision to move for the investment was about a lot more than chasing returns, seeing that at the Steinhoff’s stock held very tangible value. “We did it to broaden BEE” – Dan Matjila According to the PIC’s former CEO, allowing Lancaster to hold the stocks on the asset manager’s behalf was a move to enhance Steinhoff’s Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) status. However, this explanation did not sit well with Marcus, who probed Matjila further on the matter. “In essence what you’re saying is that your confidence in one individual to make that kind of impact [for] transformation and represent the PIC with that extra governance weight, warranted the time and the question of R9.4 billion in that individual?” Marcus asked? Matjila tried to explain that the empowerment company was tasked with broadening representation within its structures and that of the furniture manufacturer. “Because we expected the BEE to be broadened over time, that was the idea,” was all he could conjure up. While this matter has been put to bed, for the time being, the inquiry is expected to probe Matjila further on it, including the PIC’s role in the mess that became known as the Great Bank Heist — the collapse of VBS Mutual Bank.'

ANC to discuss Zuma’s spy claims

Politics News South Africa

Former president Jacob Zuma’s explosive allegations at the ongoing State Capture Inquiry have certainly got the ANC’s attention. On Tuesday, Zuma fingered ANC leaders Ngoako Ramatlhodi and Siphiwe Nyanda as spies for the aparthied government. The
'Former president Jacob Zuma’s explosive allegations at the ongoing State Capture Inquiry have certainly got the ANC’s attention.On Tuesday, Zuma fingered ANC leaders Ngoako Ramatlhodi and Siphiwe Nyanda as spies for the aparthied government.The Zondo Commission also heard that Zuma has lists of people who worked for the apartheid government.ALSO READ: Zuma […] . The post ANC to discuss Zuma’s spy claims appeared first on SA Breaking News .'

Johnny Clegg: How political parties reacted to the death of a “fallen giant”

Politics The South African

South Africa is in mourning for Johnny Clegg this Wednesday, after one of our most beloved musicians passed away following a battle with cancer.
'Renowned South African artist Johnny Clegg OBE passed away in his Johannesburg home on Tuesday 16 July , after a four-year battle with pancreatic cancer. His musical legacy is one of the greatest ever produced in Mzansi, and he also used his status to vehemently oppose the apartheid government during the eighties and nineties. Amongst his many glorious achievements, Clegg won a Grammy in 1994 for the album Heat, Dust and Dreams made with the group Savuka. They were just the second South African act to be honoured at the prestigious awards . Needless to say, the sorrow of the nation runs deep as the sun rises on Wednesday morning. Responsible for some of the classic anthems that have soundtracked the lives of so many South Africans, Clegg has gained universal acclaim and praise for his character as well as his talent – as reflected by SA’s main political parties. Political reaction to the death of Johnny Clegg ANC issue a heartfelt statement The ANC issued a statement earlier, praising him as a brave musician with the ability to unite people from all walks of life. The party also stated that his loss was “a huge one” to the music fraternity of South Africa: The ANC is saddened by the untimely passing of one of South Africa's music legend Mr. Johnny Clegg. Mr. Clegg, 66, has not been well for sometime as he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015. Mr. Clegg was known as the voice of transition in South Africa. #RIPJohnnyClegg pic.twitter.com/nhj2qgyLCs — African National Congress (@MYANC) July 17, 2019 DA mourn “fallen giant” Johnny Clegg Meanwhile, the DA also Tweeted their sincere condolences, saying that “our nation was honoured to have known your talent”. That was supplemented by a message from party spokesperson Solly Malatsi, who believes that the artist’s music will “live forever”. “Indeed a giant has fallen – Johny Clegg was one of the few South African musicians whose music was able to unite people across cultural and racial backgrounds, as well as tie different generations together.” “His contribution to the Struggle for a Democratic South Africa through song will always ring dearly in our hearts. Johnny Clegg may have played his last note but his music will live forever.” Party leader Mmusi Maimane also shared his own personal tribute to Johnny Clegg: I'm deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Johnny Clegg. A true legend and one of our greatest ambassadors. He wrote our SA story when our country was at its worst and at its best. I'd like to extend my heartfelt condolences to his family, may his soul rest in peace. 🇿🇦 pic.twitter.com/m2WP8T8xqh — Mmusi Maimane (@MmusiMaimane) July 16, 2019 Tributes from the EFF and ATM Elsewhere, the EFF shared their message via their official account, acknowledging the vital contribution Johnny Clegg has made to both the music industry and the political environment of the 1980s and 1990s: The EFF sends its heartfelt condolences on the passing of award-winning legendary musician Johnny Clegg. May his family be comforted and his soul rest in perfect peace. pic.twitter.com/OwKbBT3Wju — Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) July 16, 2019 There was also a brief message shared by the African Transformation Movement, who gained their first two seats in Parliament this year. They wished his family well and hoped the singer would “rest in eternal peace”. We wish to pass our condolences to the Clegg family for the passing of #JohnnyClegg Rest in eternal peace pic.twitter.com/Q4t9meLj0g — African Transformation Movement (@ATMovement_SA) July 16, 2019'

Newsdeck: U.S. House condemns Trump over ‘racist comments’ tweeted at congresswomen

Politics News South Africa

WASHINGTON, July 16 (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to condemn President Donald Trump for “racist comments” against four minority Democratic congresswomen, a symbolic measure aimed at shaming Trump and his fellow
'WASHINGTON, July 16 (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to condemn President Donald Trump for “racist comments” against four minority Democratic congresswomen, a symbolic measure aimed at shaming Trump and his fellow Republicans who stood by him.'

Trump administration plans to divert $40 million in aid to Venezuela’s opposition

Politics News South Africa

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration plans to divert more than $40 million in humanitarian aid for Central America to support the U.S.-backed opposition in Venezuela, according to an internal document obtained by Reuters on Tuesday.
'U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration plans to divert more than $40 million in humanitarian aid for Central America to support the U.S.-backed opposition in Venezuela, according to an internal document obtained by Reuters on Tuesday.'

Newsdeck: ‘Game of Thrones’ dominates and ‘kick-ass’ women break through at Emmys

Politics News South Africa

LOS ANGELES, July 16 (Reuters) – Medieval fantasy “Game of Thrones” scored a record 32 Emmy nominations on Tuesday, but the contenders for the highest honors in television were dominated by newcomers, many of them women, and shows about political
'LOS ANGELES, July 16 (Reuters) – Medieval fantasy “Game of Thrones” scored a record 32 Emmy nominations on Tuesday, but the contenders for the highest honors in television were dominated by newcomers, many of them women, and shows about political and social justice.'