JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has expressed concern over Britain’s excitement about changes to Zimbabwe’s leadership. After Robert Mugabe resigned on Tuesday, reaction poured in from the international community, including the country’s former colonial ruler, which greeted the news with an offer of support. Mantashe has caution against accepting this kind of assistance. “Declaration by an ambassador of a western country to say ‘now we’ll help Zimbabwe’. Help Zimbabwe with what? Where was help all this time?” British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday that Mugabe’s resignation gave Zimbabwe the chance to forge a new path, free from oppression.
JOHANNESBURG - The recent postponement of suspended Eskom executive Mathsela Koko’s disciplinary hearing highlights how costly and drawn out disciplinary procedures can be when lawyers become involved in the process. It also raises the following question: under what circumstances does an employee have the right to engage legal representation in respect of a disciplinary hearing? The Labour Relations Act (LRA) is low key on the issue of legal representation during disciplinary hearings. Schedule 8 of the LRA, the Code of Good Practice for Dismissal, deals with some of the key aspects of dismissals for reasons related to misconduct. More specifically, the code states: “The employer should notify
The jury is still out on who is leading the ANC's presidential race, and, although it has been widely suspected that Cyril Ramaphosa has the backing of most branches, it is simply too soon to tell. Business Day reported on Friday that the Free State and North West have not released their nomination results, although the Free State is thought to be aligned to Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and the so-called "premier league" provinces. Mpumalanga's support is also still uncertain. The province, with the second-largest delegation after KwaZulu-Natal, could sway the conference. Business Day reported that Mpumalanga leader David Mabuza is on Dlamini-Zuma's slate as deputy president, but is remoured to be
The concession made by President Jacob Zuma's legal team over the "unlawful" golden handshake paid to former National Director of Public Prosecutions Mxolisi Nxasana has painted a confusing picture of the case, according to the applicants. Advocate Ishmael Semenya, for the president, told the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday that Zuma was not opposed to part of the relief sought - that Nxasana's settlement agreement be set aside and that he repays the golden handshake amount. Freedom under Law (FUL) chairperson Judge Johann Kriegler told News24 on Wednesday that the concession left the court with a "hot potato". "What it means precisely in terms of what the court will now make,
press release Mpumalanga - The Hawk's Nelspruit Serious Organised Crime with the assistance of Provincial cash in transit task team and the National Intervention Unit arrested a 47-year-old suspect for possession of unlicensed firearms. The suspect was found in possession of two AK47 assault rifles which are suspected to have been used in an attempted Cash-In-Transit last week Friday on the N4 between Kanyamazane and Matsulu. During the operation members also seized two vehicles, cell phones, different types of magazines and protective gloves. The suspect is expected to appear at the Kanyamazane Magistrate Court today on charges of unlawful possession of firearms and suspected stolen property.
The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has warned members of the public against using Bitcoin, saying its use is not legal in the country. The RBZ has been lax towards regulating the crypto currency arguing that despite its popularity, the central bank discouraged its use due to lack of a regulatory frameworks for exchanges and start-ups providing digital currency related financial services. The central bank said whilst it recognised the economic benefits of using digital currencies such as Bitcoin, it believed that any type of unregulated alternatives should be approached with caution, even if it provided the unbanked an opportunity to regain financial control. RBZ director and registrar of banking
Former finance minister and ANC MP Pravin Gordhan launched a bruising attack on Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown during the Parliamentary inquiry into state capture at Eskom on Wednesday night. Gordhan said Brown's only response to the allegations against her was "denial, denial, denial". In a lengthy statement, Gordhan accused Brown of pleading innocence to a host of problems at the power utility. This included problems with the board, allegations that the Gupta family had captured the board, and that black companies like Exxaro were being victimised by Eskom. According to Fin24, Gordhan said: "So, on the one side of the scale we have all the coal purchase controversies, the IT systems