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Defaced colonial statues moved

Polokwane - Four statues have been removed from the Polokwane CBD after one was defaced. The Moolman Group, which owns various properties in the city, says it was compelled to remove the statues.

The statues of Voortrekker leaders had been placed at the city’s Library Gardens in 1986. Moolman Group spokesperson Peter Pratt says they will consult relevant stakeholders on the next step.

“In light of the fact that the statues have been defaced in various places it was decided after consultation with the town council that we would remove the statues and place them where their cultural heritage can better be protected. 

“We are presently in discussion with various role players as to where to keep these statues. This decision was moved forward in light due to the fact that one of the statues was defaced on Monday morning with paint,” explains Pratt.

Vandalism of statues began a few weeks ago at the University of Cape Town after students demanded that the statue of Cecil John Rhodes be removed from its campus. SABC

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Mbalula evacuated from rally violence

Rustenburg - Minister of Sports Fikile Mbalula was evacuated from an election rally at Freedom Park in North West on Sunday when striking Amcu members threw stones at cars.

Mbalula had been conducting a door-to-door campaign in the area when the incident erupted. Members of Amcu at Lonmin, Impala Platinum and Ango American Platinum have been on strike for the past three months, demanding a monthly salary of R12 500 for entry level workers. 

On Thursday Amcu rejected the latest salary offer from the platinum producers. 

Minister Mbalula said afterwards that the ANC would not be intimated through lawlessness.

 

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SA needs revolution

Durban - A revolution is needed in SA, IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi (pictured)  said on Tuesday at the University of Zululand.

“It starts on university campuses, with thinkers and doers, with people of passion and action. It starts with your vote.The power is yours. Don’t let anyone tell you that the power belongs to politicians. You decide who should lead our country.”

Buthelezi suggested that while the ANC may be the ruling party, they were not leaders. “Leaders don’t allow the police to fire on striking mineworkers. Leaders don’t promise half a million jobs, then lose a million instead. They don’t give tenders to their cousins. We struggled for generations to secure the right to choose our own leaders. Now that we have that right, we must use it to choose leaders worthy of our support,” Buthelezi said.

He then moved onto the Sidikiwe Vukani! Vote No” campaign, initiated by former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils and former health deputy minister Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge. “These stalwarts of the ANC have recognised that something has fundamentally changed in the ruling party. Something has gone rotten. That is a grossly irresponsible message. We would be shooting ourselves in the foot if we didn’t give SA a better alternative. We must vote,” said Buthelezi.

He urged those in attendance to vote for the IFP, as the party understood that it existed to serve the needs of the public. “We listen when you speak and act on your behalf, to bring solutions. We are a strong opposition, holding a failing government to account,” he added.  Sapa

 

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Reclaim your land - Malema

Kwaggafontein  - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema (pictured) has urged his supporters to reclaim their land that was lost during colonial and apartheid rule.

Malema was addressing over 2 000 EFF supporters in Kwaggafontein in Mpumalanga on Monday.  He referred to those who took the land as ‘the enemy’, but he suggested there could be reconciliation with them.

Malema said he is not waging a war against President Zuma, but wants him to make way so that the EFF can campaign for the return of the land. “We are fighting you because you are standing in the way, make way we want to confront the enemy. Let the enemy bring back what belongs to us. We are going to kiss and that kiss will last forever. We will work hard and become friends.  This country will become a peaceful country. There will be friendship; we will be successful because we all have what belongs to us.”

On Sunday, Malema received a warm welcome from party supporters in uMlazi, south of Durban, on his election campaign trail. He started by shaking the hands of a cheering crowd.

EFF leader was scheduled to address more than 2 000 people at Umlazi’s Glebelands stadium in the city. A guard of honour was formed for him during his arrival.

 

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No DA, EFF alliance

Johannesburg - The DA and the EFF on Wednesday denied reports of a possible coalition between them after the 7 May elections.

Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille said a coalition with the Economic Freedom Fighters would be unworkable because of ideological differences. 

  “I have always made it quite clear that we will only form coalitions where it is possible to form a coherent government and implement our policy commitments to the public. This would be impossible with the EFF,” she said in a statement.

EFF leader Julius Malema (pictured) said his party was not in talks with any other political party about coalitions.

“These reports must be dismissed as mere desperate speculations in an attempt to defocus the EFF’s objective of taking government, particularly in Gauteng,” he said.

The two parties in Gauteng were reportedly considering a coalition in the province. Both parties are determined to win Gauteng from the African National Congress on 7 May.

DA Gauteng premier candidate Mmusi Maimane and EFF premier candidate Dali Mpofu have been campaigning for votes all around the province.      

News 24

 

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Two killed in poll violence

Durban - Two ANC members  have been killed in the run up to the 7 May elections, the party said on Wednesday.

Supa Zuma, the party’s secretary for the Moses Mabhida region, said Nkosi Nkwanyana was gunned down outside his home in the Mhlangandlovu area. Jabulile Ncalane, a party volunteer, was

Premier Senzo Mchunu said the ANC supporter was killed in the early hours of Wednesday morning in the same ward. “We were actually of the view that we could actually get to a point where we have no bloodshed,” he said.

According to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), the run-up to the elections had so far seen the least number of complaints received about the removal and defacing of political posters.

IEC chairwoman Pansy Tlakula said: “This time around we have had very few complaints, if any. The problem is down on the ground,” she said. 

KwaZulu-Natal chief electoral officer Mawethu Mosery said 18 political parties would be contesting the election in the KwaZulu-Natal province and there were about 5.1 million voters there.

 

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DA poster campaign

Johannesburg - The Democratic Alliance (DA) launched its final phase of posters towards the Gauteng elections at Gandhi Square in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

The DA Gauteng premier candidate Mmusi Maimane said the aim was to deliver a message to voters around Gauteng. “We shall put up posters in every street around Johannesburg and we will be marching around the city. We are going to be for jobs and policies that cut out corruption, we want to ensure that Gauteng is not a city where R6 billion is being wasted.

Our aim is to support entrepreneurs and businesses, we want to see them grow. We want to fight e-tolling because it kills job creation. We would ensure that the standard of education in Gauteng improves,” Maimane said.

He added that the DA wants to send a strong message to the ANC. “We are together for change and for jobs, your vote can bring history,” he added.

Sithandekile Sibanda 

 

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Bishop slams 'vote no' campaign

Tshwane - The Bishop of Tshwane on Wednesday condemned the vote noî campaign started by some ANC veterans.
In the past 20 years of our hard-earned freedom, I have never felt as failed as I am today by the stance taken by former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils (pictured) and former deputy minister of health Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, of mobilising people to spoil their votes rather than vote for the ANC, the Right Reverend Abraham Thamsanqa Sibiya said in a statement.

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