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DA leader Mmusi Maimane listens attentively to Midvaal Mayor-candidate Bongani Baloyi.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane listens attentively to Midvaal Mayor-candidate Bongani Baloyi. 

 

by SMANGA KUMALO and REGINALD NHLAPO

We’re not against ANC, but we are against corruption, these are the words uttered by Midvaal Municipality’s mayoral-candidate, Bongani Baloyi during DA-leader Mmusi Maimane’s visit in Lakeside Estate on Tuesday morning.

Baloyi said he was concerned about ‘some leaders’ whom he labelled as fly-by-night by hiring people during the night to work in government entities.

He claimed that other political leaders abuse their power by hiring only their friends and family members.

“You know our situation here. You know those who are in charge are involved in corruption. No one will come here and launch projects without my presence,”
“If they call meetings you must attend and stop those meetings,” Baloyi insisted.

According to him there are those who utilises government resources to enrich themselves while other addresses the residents wearing political regalia.

Maimane echoed Baloyi sentiments by saying there is no corruption in Midvaal unlike other other Gauteng municipalities.

“In Midvaal we don’t tolerate corruption irrespective of the position one holds. We don’t deploy but we fire those who are corrupt,” he concluded.

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DA leader Mmusi Maimane seen with Midvaal Mayor-candidate Bongani Baloyi, Dennis Ryder at Lakeside Estate Library.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane seen with Midvaal Mayor-candidate Bongani Baloyi and Dennis Ryder at Lakeside Estate Library. 

by SMANGA KUMALO and REGINALD NHLAPO

The Democratic Alliance-run Midvaal municipality has set a high standard when it comes to service delivery.

According to DA leader Mmusi Maimane the municipality is competing with international countries.

He said; “That’s why we attracted big companies in our municipality. Development here is not substandard which is something happening in Emfuleni Local Municipality.”

“The different between Midvaal and Emfuleni municipality is the government,” he reiterated.

However, Maimane said they [Emfuleni] are only concerned about protecting one man, JZ (Jacob Zuma).

“The DA does not protect individuals, a one man protects the masses.” he claimed.

Before addressing DA supporters, he was accompanied by Midvaal Municipality mayoral-candidate, Bongani Baloyi, Member of Parliament Makashule Gana and other leaders during a walk-about in Lakeside Estate which saw a visit to a clinic, library and multipurpose centre.

“I feel at home as I didn’t see any sewer running on the streets unlike Emfuleni. In that area it is visible everywhere,” he concluded.

 

Gauteng Premier David Makhura lay wreath at the Sharpeville Massacre commemoration.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura lay wreath at the Sharpeville Massacre commemoration. 

by SMANGA KUMALO

SHARPEVILLE- Gauteng Premier, David Makhura says the death of sixty nine people who died during the Sharpeville massacre in 1960 was not in vain.

They were brutally killed by the apartheid police during a peaceful protest against pass laws.

Makhura was speaking at the annual commemoration which is now known as the Human Rights Day.

As the country remembers those who died and the many victims who were also wounded on the day, Makhura said it is befitting to launch an anti-racism initiative which will uphold the rights of all South Africans.

“Government is committed to assisting the families of those that died because most of these families are impoverished and marginalised due to the loss of their loved ones.

Most of the youth in these families are unemployed. This is our immediate concern to ensure that they find employment so they can take care of their families,” said Makhura.

Makhura also pledged that the families of those that died during the Sharpeville massacre will also be prioritised in the allocation of housing in the area.

“A nation that cannot honour those that sacrificed for the future of many more generations is not a respectable nation,” added Makhura.

He said it was therefore important to ensure that all people live in dignity when talking about Human Rights.

To this end, he said the province would also launch a major initiative.

“We are going to take the children of the victims and survivours back to school. But our priority is the elder people. The country that does not respect or take care of its veterans is dead,” he explained.

According to the Premier, they are also going to offer houses to ex-combatant who are homeless but they are going to start with elderly people and those who are physical challenge.

He said those can build for themselves are going to be given empty stands.

Men and women in blue parade at the recent SOPA

Men and women in blue parade during the State of the Province Address. Picture by Smanga Kumalo.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura on Wednesday announced that the province finally has a permanent Police commissioner in newly appointed General Deliwe Suzan De Lange.

Announcing De Lange’s appointment, Makhura said he is pleased that the issue of instability with the position of Gauteng Police Commissioner has finally been addressed. The Premier during his State of the Province Address voiced his concern about lack of a permanent appointment in this position.

De Lange is the first Police Commissioner appointed in a permanent capacity, since Bethuel Mondli Zuma was fired in 2013.

General Lesetja Mothiba was appointed in an acting capacity after Zuma was fired, and he was in turn replaced by Major General Eric Nkuna, who was appointed acting commissioner last month.

“We wish to congratulate and welcome Major De Lange in her new and demanding role,” Makhura said.

“We are confident that she brings a wealth of experience with her to help us fight crime and build a safer Gauteng.”

Welcoming De Lange’s appointment, the Premier’s office said that she has risen through the ranks since she joined the SA Police Service (SAPS) at the age of 22.

As the first female provincial commissioner ever to be appointed in Gauteng, De Lange has more than 30 years of experience.

Prior to her appointment as Gauteng Police Commissioner, she held the position of Deputy Provincial Commissioner for Human Resource Management in the province.

Midvaal mayor Bongani Baloyi has filed a case of intimidation

Midvaal mayor Bongani Baloyi has filed a case of intimidation against FF+

A case of intimidation has been filed by the Executive Mayor of Midvaal, Bongani Baloyi, at the Meyerton Police Station.

According to the Democratic Alliance, a community meeting for Ward 13 in the NG Kerk Oos, Riversdal where mayor Baloyi was to address the community regarding progress in Midvaal achieved so far, and share the vision for Midvaal for the next five years was violently interrupted by members of Freedom Front Plus.

DA Gauteng Provincial Leader, John Moodey said, “These FF+ members came to intimidate mayor Baloyi and fellow DA members from delivering our message to the community. The DA condemns these desperate antics by the FF+ as symptomatic of the proverbial ‘dying horse’.

“We will write to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to investigate this political intolerance to prevent another incident like this in Midvaal.”

“I will not allow anyone to intimidate and threaten me because of my political association, views on AA and BBBEE and most importantly because of the colour of my skin,” Baloyi said.

DA Caucus Leader Simon Mollo calls Emfuleni to account for negligence

DA Caucus Leader Simon Mollo calls for Emfuleni to account. Picture: Sourced

The Democratic Alliance in Sedibeng has blamed Emfuleni Local Municipality following the drowning of two learners from a special need school.

The incident which occurred in the Emfuleni Municipal Swimming pool in Sharpeville saw two learners, aged 14 & 17; from the Thabo Vuyo Special School drown due to negligence.

DA Caucus Leader, Simon Mollo said, “The DA went to inspect the Municipal Swimming pool on Friday and is concerned about our findings. There is no access-control to the swimming pool whatsoever. This leaves it open to anyone from the public to access the premises even when no supervision is available.”

“Municipal staff members are letting people in when the pool is supposed to be closed and no lifeguards are on duty. This means the amounts to neglect. It is tragic how the most vulnerable have to suffer the consequences of the ANC-governments neglect.”

Mollo further cited that the DA calls on the SAPS for a swift and thorough investigation into the matter.

“I will be writing to MMC Shaka Radebe for Sports, Recreation, Arts, Culture and Library Information Systems to find out why staff members are by-passing the safety protocols and for them to be suspended pending an investigation,” Mollo concluded.

CoJ Housing MMC Bonakele Bovu addressing residents of Lakeside extensions.

CoJ Housing MMC Bonakele Bovu addressing residents of Lakeside extensions.

by SMANGA KUMALO

LAKESIDE – RESIDENTS are fuming as they haven’t received their title deeds to attests as owners of the Reconstruction and Development Programme [RDP] housing projects meanwhile scores have unlawfully occupied houses.

Now, they have resorted to MMC for Housing at the City of Joburg, Dan Bonakele Bovu to mediate, since they believe five previous Gauteng MEC’s namely Dan Mofokeng, Paul Mashatile, Nomvula Mokonyane, Humphrey Memezi and Jacob Mamabolo dismally failed them.

Undertaken in 1996, this massive housing project located at the entrance of south of Joburg near Boulevard says very little about the promise of a better life for the poor.

Late last year, residents went on a rampage barricading Boulevard and Palm Drive by burning tyres and rocks to get the department to listen.

On Sunday, Bovu responded to their turmoil and notified them that the department has appointed a committee including lawyers that will deal with this “fiber challenge”.

Some residents claimed they have received eviction letters from the sheriffs. However, Bovu poured cold water emphasizing that no-one including the councilor has the power to evict people.

“This is an ancient challenge, we call it a fiber challenge, but we can’t say it is difficult and problematic. We were busy auditing these houses but we did not finish. Please open doors for us so that we can manage to sort out these issues,” he urged residents.

During the audit, the department has established that two people own one house and this is attributed to illegal occupation of the houses.

Bovu confirmed that there are people who occupied houses having not applied for them.

There are also allegations that some officials were selling houses to people.
Asked about the way forward, Bovu said those who have houses in Lakeside but are not occupying them, they would be re-routed.

Few RDP houses in the area are incomplete as the contractor left only concrete slabs.

The beneficiaries claim they’re unable to complete the houses citing poverty and unemployment.

Committee leader, Lazarus Hlape, said they fought amongst themselves as residents.

“We have turned this ward upside down, but we know what we want,” said Hlape.

Edited by REGINALD NHLAPO