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XINHUA NEWS SERVICE REPORTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

 

Prominent South African critic of
President Jacob Zuma has resigned

CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) -- African National Congress (ANC) MP Makhosi Khoza on Thursday announced her resignation, signalling a deepening rift within South Africa’s ruling party.

“I will not be led by leaders who lost legitimacy and credibility. I want to say goodbye to the corrupt ANC,” Khoza said.

Khoza, a critic of President Jacob Zuma, was about to be disciplined by the ANC for supporting a no-confidence motion against Zuma on August 8.

The motion was defeated although about 30 ANC members voted with the opposition calling for Zuma to resign.

Soon after the motion, the ANC sacked Khoza as Chairperson of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Public Service and Administration (PCPSA).

Khoza said she would no longer be ridiculed for taking a stand against corruption and lies.

Khoza’s resignation received different reactions.

Lindiwe Sisulu, Minister of Human Settlements and member of the ANC National Executive Committee, praised Khoza’s courage.

“We have lost one very strong person who would be able to stand up to power and say not in my name. I wish she hadn’t resigned,” Sisulu said.

The ANC said the manner in which Khoza has raised issues, outside of the structures, has undermined the organization.

The opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) welcomed Khoza’s move, saying her resignation proved that the ANC can not and will not self-correct.

“It is clear that corruption has compromised the ability of the ANC to govern in the best interest of the people of South Africa,” the DA said.

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EARLIER REPORTS:

Former AU Commission chairwoman sworn in as S. African MP

CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) -- Former African Union (AU) Commission Chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was sworn in as a new Member of Parliament (MP) in South Africa on Thursday amid speculations that she would be promoted to a cabinet position.

Dlamini-Zuma will immediately undergo an induction program and be provided with all necessary tools of trade to assist her with carrying out her parliamentary duties without delay, parliamentary spokesperson Moloto Mothapo said.

It has been widely speculated that the deployment of Dlamini-Zuma in Parliament would be used as a springboard to propel her to a cabinet position in an imminent cabinet reshuffle.

However, Dlamini-Zuma, emerging from the swearing ceremony, told reporters that she had no idea of a cabinet reshuffle.

“As far as I’m concerned, I’m coming as a Member of Parliament. I’ve been sworn in. That’s all I know,” Dlamini-Zuma said.

Dlamini-Zuma is seen as President Jacob Zuma’s preferred successor during the 2019 general elections.

Dlamini-Zuma’s elevation to MP and likely a cabinet minister seems to be a carefully orchestrated move to buttress her presidential campaign, the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) said in a statement.

“It amounts to nothing less than state resources being used to support a candidate for the ANC presidency,” DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen said.

The decision to send Dlamini-Zuma to Parliament also seems to precipitate yet another cabinet reshuffle, according to the DA.

Those members of Zuma’s cabinet who were outspoken against Zuma, and those who belong to the rebellious South African Communist Party (SACP), are certain to be fired by Zuma in the cabinet reshuffle, the DA said.

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Student protest turns violent in South Africa

CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) -- Protesting students set fire on properties in South Africa’s Cape Town on Wednesday, drawing immediate condemnation from the ruling African National Congress (ANC).

Lecture theaters and financial aid offices at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) were burned during the protest that has continued for days, university authorities said.

Police and firefighters were deployed to the main campuses of CPUT as the situation went out of control.

Police fired stun grenades to disperse protesting students at some point, witnesses said.

So far there was no reports of injuries, according to police.

CPUT’s various campuses have experienced sporadic unrest, amid protests that appeared to revolve around student accommodation, unhappiness over campus security and student safety and insourcing, CPUT spokesperson Lauren Kansley said.

The ANC issued a statement, condemning “in the harshest possible terms” the torching of several buildings at CPUT campuses.

“These criminal acts must be punished using the full might of our law enforcement system as they can never be a justification for any grievance anyone may have had,” ANC national spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said.

“All stakeholders are further called upon to redouble their efforts to find amicable and lasting solutions to disputes and the restoration of the academic programme,” Kodwa said.

The latest protest was reminiscent of the widespread protests against fee increases at major institutions of higher learning across the country in 2016.

According to the Department of Higher Education and Training, the cost of damage to universities as a result of the 2016 protests was estimated at approximately 459 million rand (about 35 million U.S. dollars).

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Over 1,900 houses damaged by strong wind in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua) -- As South Africa’s eThekwini Municipality continues to assess the extent of damage caused by strong wind over the weekend, 1,920 houses were damaged, the city’s head of communications told Xinhua on Tuesday.

Strong winds on Friday and Saturday affected Durban leaving people homeless and property destroyed. Some people including the disabled were left homeless. Some of the residents are accommodated at the municipal community halls.

“A number of houses were damaged with a number of displaced residents sleeping in community halls or finding solace in neighbour homes. There was a total of 1,920 houses reported with structural damage including walls collapsing and the roof blowing off. Assessments on some of these homes are still to be conducted,” said eThekwini Municipality’s head of communications Tozi Mthethwa.

“The report stated that the financial implications are still to be calculated as the assessments process is still in progress,” she added.

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South Africa gearing up to host Rugby World Cup 2023

CAPE TOWN South Africa  (Xinhua) -- South Africa is going all out to host the Rugby World Cup 2023, the Presidency said on Thursday.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will lead a high-level delegation to London this coming  Sunday to present South Africa’s bid to the World Rugby Council for hosting the prestigious Rugby World Cup 2023 tournament, said Tyrone Seale, acting presidential spokesperson.

Ramaphosa will be supported by Sport and Recreation Minister Thulas Nxesi and Deputy Minister Gert Oosthuizen.

The high-powered delegation will also include SA Rugby President Mark Alexander and Chief Executive Officer Jurie Roux, who will lay out South Africa’s technically and commercially compelling case to host the tournament.

Ramaphosa’s participation in this visit demonstrates the government’s support for and commitment to the effort to return the tournament to the African continent in the 21st century, Seale said.

“Contractually, this commitment is demonstrated by the fact that the South African government has, as the lead partner in the bid process, signed off on all the requirements stipulated by the World Rugby Council, satisfying more than the required minimum guarantee in the process,” said Seale.

Ramaphosa has called on all South Africans to show their support for South Africa’s bid as the delegation enters the final stages of securing the Rugby World Cup 2023.

Ireland and France are the other contenders for the 2023 tournament that will take place 200 years after the invention, according to legend, of the game of rugby by William Webb Ellis.

The host of the 2023 Rugby World Cup will be announced November 15, 2017.

South Africa expects the tournament, if held in the country, to help stimulate the economy and further boost the tourism and hospitality sectors.

             

 

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