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Ramatlhodi spills beans on how Molefe ‘helped’ Guptas25 minutes ago

Matthew le Cordeur

Ngoako Ramatlhodi

Cape Town – Former mining minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi has dropped a bombshell, alleging that Eskom CEO Brian Molefe and chairperson Ben Ngubane pressurised him to help the Guptas takeover Glencore’s coal mine in 2016.

Ramatlhodi said he met with Molefe and Ngubane in 2015 at the chairperson’s insistence, AmaBhungane reported on EWN on Tuesday.

“At the meeting, they allegedly demanded that he suspend all Glencore’s mining licences in South Africa, pending the payment of the R2.17bn penalty,” AmaBhungane reported.

“I said I’m not going to shut the mines,” Ramatlhodi told AmaBhungane. He was concerned that closing 14 coal mines would have added to the load shedding crisis.

President Jacob Zuma removed him as mines minister shortly afterwards, moving him to public service and administration in 2015 and then removing him completely from his Cabinet along with former finance minister Pravin Gordhan in March 2017.

Ramatlhodi was replaced by Mosebenzi Zwane, who allegedly had close ties to the Guptas and who allegedly met with Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg in Zurich to facilitate the sale of the mine to Tegeta.

Molefe and Ngubane are set to deliver speeches at the African Utility Week in Cape Town on Tuesday and will engage with media afterwards, where the Guptas will once again come into focus.

Eskom spokesperson Khulani Qoma on Tuesday questioned the timing of the allegations.

“He is making seriously allegations, but the timing is where it really gets stuck,” he told Fin24 on Tuesday. “If this is a question about morality, why does he have to choose a particular time. It is a convenient matter for him to come now.”

The issue of Tegeta’s acquisition of Optimum mine is the subject of the Public Protector’s State of Capture report, which Zuma has taken to court under review as it instructs him to launch a judicial inquiry.

Qoma said Eskom is desperate to “find a way to deal with these perceptions – they are very negative about us”.

“The State of Capture report prescribes how the issues will be concluded,” he said. “It talks about remedial action, but this has been taken under review.

“A person has to wait for the process to be concluded,” he said. “It doesn’t make it possible for Eskom to have a conclusion of the matter.”

Molefe stepped down as chief executive in November 2016 to clear his name – as he was implicated as having close ties to the Guptas when the sale occurred – and in the interest of good governance. He returned to his position on Monday after a dispute over his R30m pension payout.

Ramatlhodi did not answer his telephone when approached for comment, but was left a message to respond to media queries.

South Africa – Malema warns of Zuma dictatorship

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Be prepared for dictatorship – Malema warns about Zuma

EFF commander-in-chief Julius Malema. (Delwyn Verasamy, M&G)
EFF commander-in-chief Julius Malema. (Delwyn Verasamy, M&G)

EFF leader Julius Malema has warned that if a Parliamentary motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma succeeds, he will still try to remain in office.

He said Zuma would argue that the ANC did not tell him to go.

“Be prepared for dictatorship…but we are not scared,” he told a large crowd of opposition party supporters in Mary Fitzgerald Square in Johannesburg. “If Parliament says he must leave, and he refuses to leave, we will break him out of the union buildings by force.”

Opposition parties gathered at the square while the Constitutional Court was hearing the UDM’s application to force Speaker Baleka Mbete to conduct the vote of no confidence in Zuma by secret ballot.

The parties were marching to court from the square.

“We are today from different political parties, joined by civil society. [The] court must hear us today that we want to protect the Constitution of our country,” Malema said.

“There will never be a democratic without a secret ballot. ANC members of Parliament are being intimidated [to prevent them voting against Zuma]. We have a responsibility to defend each and every member of Parliament – we must even protect ANC members.”

He said “criminals” were gathering for a march in Durban against what they believe is judicial overreach.

“They are intimidating the judiciary. They are saying judges are captured, because they think judges are like them – they get captured through a plate of curry.

“But our judges do not have the appetite for a plate of curry,” Malema said in reference to the controversial Gupta family.

‘Deserve to be in jail’
DA leader Mmusi Maimane told the crowd he read in the media at the weekend that Zuma said he does not know what he did wrong.

“We are here to remind Jacob Zuma of what he had done wrong. “We are here to say ‘because of you nine million people don’t have jobs’… It’s because of you and your incapable government that we are not able to restitute land.

“We are here to say ‘you deployed to Brian Molefe to Eskom’… Brian you deserve to be in jail.”

He also said the people of South Africa wanted Zuma to give back to them the R200 million spent on his Nkandla homestead.

They large crowd of opposition supporters, including members held aloft “Fire Zuma” and “We are one” placards.

Some waved the national flag while singing “Zupta Must Fall”. – News24

South Africa – Zuma publicly endorses Dlamini-Zuma as successor


Zama’s endorsement of Dlamini-Zuma comes a day before the Constitutional Court is set to hear an application for a secret ballot in Parliament on the vote of no confidence in the president.

ANC president Jacob Zuma greets AU chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on the first day of the party’s national general council on 09 October 2015. Photo: eNCA / Sethembiso Zulu

BULWER, KZN – President Jacob Zuma has publicly endorsed his ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to become the next ANC president.

The former AU commission chairperson was reportedly not keen to leave her position as home affairs minister five years ago to take the job in Addis Ababa.

Zuma was speaking at a church gathering in Bulwer in KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday.

The endorsement comes a day before the Constitutional Court is set to hear an application for a secret ballot in Parliament on the vote of no confidence in the president.

Carien Du Plessis, who’s an independent journalist was at the gathering in Bulwer, click on the above video to hear her talk about Zuma’s endorsement of Dlamini-Zuma.

South Africa – the “ostrich days” of the ANC are over says Mashatile


2017-05-13 14:51

Paul Mashatile (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

Paul Mashatile (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

2017-05-13 08:54

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for “one slate” ahead of the ANC’s elective congress.


Johannesburg- Those already campaigning to replace President Jacob Zuma as leader of the ANC when he steps down in December must wait for the party to tell them if they meet the criteria, Gauteng ANC Chairperson Paul Mashatile said on Saturday.

He said during his welcome address for the ANC’s Umkhonto We Sizwe liberation army, that it was not yet time for potential leaders to be mobilizing members behind their cause.

Several combatants braved the cold snap for a second MK National Council Assembly, where its steering committee would deliver a report following resolutions adopted at the previous gathering.

MK Council’s steering committee member General Mbuyiseni Mashoalo said eight provinces managed to make it to the event with only Bheki Cele, from KwaZulu-Natal making it to the assembly.

This resulted in former combatants having to make their own plans to attend the event. Three-hundred members from KZN did not arrive.

Mashatile, who received applause for his comments, said it was important to be clear on the criteria which candidates needed to meet if they wanted to take up positions in the party’s top structures at the elective conference in December.

“I see there are already some people who have started campaigning, but we have not told them yet whether they meet the criteria, so they must wait,” said Mashatile.

Former African Union commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma’s campaign was one of the first to be launched, with the ANC Women’s League resolving that she was their preferred presidential candidate.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is another front runner in the race, has been crisscrossing the country speaking on leadership and the state of the party.

Mashatile said the party needed to tighten up the criteria of selecting leaders.

“If the ANC wants to survive it must listen to the people,” said Mashatile.

He said the party previously made decisions which had enjoyed popular support even outside the ANC.

Mashatile said the ANC needed to listen to those voices, even if they are outside of the 105 year old movement – warning that failing to do so would endanger the party.

“The ostrich days of the party are over. We must listen to society as a whole,” Mashatile said in reference to the myth that the birds bury their heads in the sand when threatened.

He also reiterated a call previously made for the liberation movement’s members to fight the “demon” and “cancer” which presented itself in the form of factionalism and slate politics.

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South Africa – Molefe to return as chief executive; the Zuma gravy train moves on


Brian Molefe to return as chief executive of South Africa’s Eskom

Fri May 12, 2017 6:55am GMT 

 An Eskom logo is seen at the entrance of their head offices in Sunninghill, Sandton, February 24, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s state power utility Eskom said on Friday Brian Molefe would return as its chief executive on Monday after the board revoked its decision to grant him early retirement.
The public enterprises minister blocked Eskom in April from giving Molefe a 30 million rand ($2.25 million) pension payout and instructed the board to look at other options.
Molefe, who is largely credited with stabilising electricity supplies following months of rolling blackouts, resigned last year after he was implicated in a report by an anti-graft agency on alleged influence-peddling.
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(Reporting by Nqobile Dludla, editing by Larry King)

South Africa – Ramaohosa says land must be given back

News24 2017-05-07 22:50

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. (Leon Sadiki, City Press)

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. (Leon Sadiki, City Press)

Grahamstown – Land must be returned to its rightful owners, presidential hopeful Cyril Ramaphosa said during his campaign trail in Grahamstown on Sunday.Ramaphosa made several promises at the cadres’ forum in the Sarah Baartman Region.

He spoke of radical economic transformation as well as land reform that needed to form part of the party’s policy discussions in June.

“There is still poverty: I could see it driving to this hall… In the phase we are in, Oliver Tambo memory calls upon us to do something. In doing something it means that we must ensure that our people are totally free and that is economic freedom.

“We must embark on a process of radical socio-economic freedom. The wealth of this country must be shared… That will happen whether some people like it or not.”

Ramaphosa was welcomed with cheer and dancing by African National Congress branch members in the region.

NDP vision

ANC members sang that change was coming followed by: “We dont want Zuma, we want Cyril.”

The song was also sung during what appeared to be the launch of Ramaphosa’s campaign in Uitenhage during the Chris Hani memorial lecture.

Ramaphosa cautioned members against certain “individuals and families” who were now “preaching” radical economic transformation to benefit themselves.

“… We are going to change the economy of this country, not on the interest of some well-known families but in the interest of our people. We can’t choose certain families. We can’t choose a few people. We are going to thoroughly empower our people… so that they live better lives.”

He said he believed that the National Development Plan’s vision to reduce unemployment by 6% in 2030 was possible if certain individuals stop stealing from the state.

He said the land question must be resolved and solutions must be found by Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Gugile Nkwinti.

“The land question must be resolved. Land needs to brought back to its rightful owners. We must find solutions.”

He said Nkwinti was working on several projects but those needed to be expanded to make sure people get the land.

“Government must not give land back and standby. Government must work with people hand in hand to support them.”

South Africa – Ramaphosa apologises to voters


2017-05-06 07:23

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. (Leon Sadiki, City Press)

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. (Leon Sadiki, City Press)

Johannesburg – Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has apologised to voters that boycotted the 2016 local government elections to teach the party a lesson.

“People that stayed away from voting for us in 2016 because the ANC must listen, we must listen to what our people are saying. Because if we do not listen, we will lose.

“In 2016, they stayed away and did not vote for us, they said they will teach us a lesson because we see you acting in a corrupt manner, wasting resources, stealing money and said they are going to punish us and indeed, they did punish us.

“We must reverse that, we have heard you [the voters] and we don’t want our people to punish us anymore and therefore must reclaim the ANC of [Nelson] Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Albertina Sisulu and we want it back, and want it back now.

“That was the ANC of integrity and great respect, when we have that ANC, then we will be able to change this country. We will be able to reduce poverty, unemployment and inequality,” said Ramaphosa.

ANC ‘exists to improve the lives of our people’

He was addressing the members and leadership of the region, who were joined by Dr Mathole Motshekga, his wife Minister Angie Motshekga, and Reverend Frank Chikane at the launch of the ANC’s OR Tambo Friday’s by the ANC’s Greater Midrand Zone 15 at the Ivory Park North Hall on Friday night.

He said the party did not exist to enrich anyone and did not exist to do “funny things”.

“It exists to improve the lives of our people.”

Ramaphosa said, “The ANC wants to see and do things in a radical way, now that our foundation [in 1994] is built and the platform is firm, we now want to be even more radical and change the socio-economic landscape of our country. The reason we want to do this is because many of our people are still poor.”

He said, “That is the job of the ANC, there is no one who can fix that problem other than the ANC, all those who are talking, they are dreaming,” he said in isiZulu.

“No other movement will be able to transform South Africa to be the South Africa of our dreams other than the ANC.”

He praised the zone, saying it was the branches vibrancy and vigour that could change the lives of people.

“It is about the ANC regaining its role as the leader in society. We have lost that role of being the leader of society.”

He said nationally, the party had lost this role.

“That is why the likes of comrade Reverend Frank Chikane stood up; it is because they are concerned about the status of the ANC, they are not mad, they are fine in the head.

“They stood up out of deep love for the African National Congress. They are driven by love, they do not have hate in their hearts, and they do this out of love.”

Call for the ANC to lead

He said those that had broken ranks and called the party to order were speaking because they were concerned about the ANC seemingly losing its role in society.

“Our task now is to regain that role, to be once again leaders of society; the ANC should lead, we are not used to being followers and now are following others.

“The ANC must always be in front, because that is where it belongs, it is the pillar of this country…”

He said once the ANC leads in society, it will regain its power in the country.

“We will be able to achieve real economic transformation, not umkokoleta [not a phoney one]; radical transformation which is going to transform the lives of our people. Not radical economic transformation for certain people, or certain groups or families, but for all South Africans.”

“When the ANC speaks, people will listen and know that the ANC is telling the truth, not lying. ANC of great integrity.  This is an ANC of respect, of good behaviour, of doing all good things that need to be done in society. That is where we will be able to measure our success.”

He said the party would be able to measure its success once it had reduced in equality and unemployment was a problem of the past.

He said the National Development Plan says the government, by 2030, should have reduced unemployment to 6%.

Ramaphosa said this is possible only if government uses its resources properly.

“If we are not going to steal money, it is possible to do so. If we are not going to be corrupt, it is possible to do so.”

He said the ANC needed to play a role of uniting South Africans.

“Today the ANC is not seen as a movement that is united anymore and we are saying we must go back to where we were; we must be the ANC that unites all our people, that works with all our sectors, in our communities, going house to house, church to church, NGO to NGO…

“We built the most united front in this country and we brought down the ugly oppressors of apartheid and that is where we need to go back…” he said.