CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) --
The South African National Assembly on
Thursday approved an extradition treaty with the United Arab
Emirates (UAE), paving way for extradition of suspects in state
parties gave their nod to the Extradition Treaty and another
treaty on mutual legal assistance on criminal matters.
South Africa and the
UAE concluded the treaties in September amid rising concerns
over the magnitude of a rising trend in acts of international
terrorism and organized crime.
The treaties are
designed to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in
combating crime, Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Justice and
Correctional Services said.
Treaty will be applied retrospectively with specific reference
to the Indian Gupta family accused of collaborating with a
number of senior South African government officials in looting
from the state coffer, known as state capture, the committee
Senior members of
the Gupta family reportedly have sought refuge in Dubai, the UAE
since fleeing South Africa earlier this year after Parliament
called for them to be investigated for allegations of state
With the Extradition
Treaty in place, proceedings could begin to bring them to South
Africa to face criminal proceedings, the Democratic Alliance
DA Member of
Parliament Glynis Breytenbach said he hoped that the Guptas
would be held to account for “looting our fiscus and that there
will be less place for them to hide.”
The South African
Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services reportedly has
received seven or eight requests for mutual legal assistance to
other countries from the South African Ministry of International
Relations and Cooperation in criminal matters regarding
investigations into state capture
Durban South Africa aims for
U.S.$169 million dollars in tourism revenues during festive
DURBAN South Africa (Xinhua) --
South Africa’s coastal city of Durban aims to
attract over 850,000 domestic visitors and 150,000 international
visitors which will create over 169 million U.S. dollars in
revenues during the 2018 festive season, said a government
official on Thursday.
Zandile Gumede said this during the launch of the festive season
in Durban. She said they have put measures in place to attract
tourists to create jobs and economic growth.
“We are rolling out
the red carpet for everyone who will be coming here in the
festive season.” said Gumede.
She said that they
expect about 1.1 million visitors to the Durban beaches between
December 1 and February 2019. Mayor Gumede stated that they have
put security measures in place to ensure visitors are safe.
South African Parliament calls
for political leader-
ship to address crisis at public broadcaster
CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) --
South African parliament on Wednesday
called for political leadership to address the worsening crisis
at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).
The Ministry of
Communications can and should do more to assist with the crisis
at the public broadcaster, Parliament’s Standing Committee on
Public Accounts (SCOPA) said.
This came after the
state-run SABC, which has failed to recover any of the money it
lost due to irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure,
announced plans to retrench 981 employees (almost half of its
staff) and 1,200 permanent and freelance employees, drawing wide
On Tuesday, the SABC
board appeared before Parliament to present a plan regarding the
looming retrenchment of staff.
The SCOPA said it is
of the view that the SABC should be creative enough to find ways
of avoiding “day zero” when it comes to retrenchments.
As a public
broadcaster, the SABC can save all jobs and find solutions to
the retrenchments so that the anxiety that everyone is feeling
can pass, the SCOPA said.
and poor management at the SABC has led to irregular expenditure
of 4.9 billion rand (about 343 million U.S. dollars) and
fruitless and wasteful expenditure of 54 million rand (about 3.8
million dollars), according to the SCOPA.
The SCOPA requested
the SABC to furnish it with all the names of those that signed
off on the contracts that led to the irregular expenditure and
provide monthly reports on irregular, fruitless and wasteful
As the country’s
biggest public broadcaster, the SABC provides news services to
19 radio stations and five television broadcasts. SABC
television has also been widely available in neighboring
Lesotho, Swaziland and Botswana.
South Africa to use regional
youth games to groom their athletes
JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua) --
South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC)
said Wednesday that they want to use the upcoming youth games to
groom the athletes for the future international competitions.
SASCOC made the
remarks while announcing the team to represent the country in
the Africa Union Sport Council Region 5 U20 Games which will
take place in Gaborone, Botswana on Dec. 7-16.
tournament comprises of Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, South Africa,
Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Lesotho and Swaziland and
is held on a rotational basis.
“I have no doubt
that these games will see more of our young stars putting their
hands up on the big stage in the near future. I urge them to
give their all on the field of play and also to act as great
ambassadors for the rainbow nation,” said project manager and
Chef de Mission for the South African team, Isaac Mdaka.
He pointed out that
Africa Union Sport Council Region 5 U20 Games have produced
Olympic gold medalists like Caster Semenya and Wayde Van Niekerk.
South Africa fielded a strong team comprising of the just-ended
2018 Youth Olympic Game medal winners, such as Dune Coetzee who
won a silver medal in the women’s 200m butterfly and Michael
Houliegold in the men’s 50m breaststroke.
The 220 athletes
will take part in nine disciplines including basketball, boxing,
football, judo, netball, swimming, tennis and volleyball.
SASCOC acting CEO
Patience Shikwambana said they expect the team to build on the
good performance of the past tournaments. In 2016, South Africa
got 123 medals and came up first position when the tournament
was held in Angola.
She said, “I want to
echo well wishes to our last youth team for the year to the
Region V Games and we hope the results obtained at the Youth
Olympic Games will inspire this group to obtain more medals for