Author: nkadimengm@timeslive.co.za (Innocentia Nkadimeng)

ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba highlighted the party’s achievements in Johannesburg, including clean audits and successful projects, while criticizing the mess left by other political parties. The party made conditions to support the ANC government, such as removing the R200 surcharge for prepaid electricity users. Despite disagreements over the surcharge, ActionSA is willing to work with the ANC on specific issues but will not join a provincial unity government. These developments could impact the relationship between the parties in the government of national unity. The dynamic between political parties in Johannesburg remains complex, with ActionSA positioning itself as a constructive opposition…

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Sport, arts, and culture minister Gayton McKenzie has a strong message for all MPs – job security is not guaranteed. In a Facebook live post, McKenzie emphasized the need for MPs to not get too comfortable in their positions as they could easily be replaced in just a year. McKenzie, from the Patriotic Alliance (PA), recently appointed two young MPs, Jasmine Petersen (22) and Cleo Wilskut (20), to represent the party in parliament for the next five years. McKenzie urged all MPs to work hard and ensure they do not get replaced, stating that performance is key to staying in…

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A recent development in Johannesburg’s political landscape has seen discussions between the ActionSA party and the ANC regarding potential resignations of key figures in the legislature. In an interview with Newzroom Afrika, ActionSA’s Abel Tau Ngobeni revealed that talks are underway for Mayor Jolidee Matongo and Speaker Nonceba Molwele to step down to avoid motions of no confidence. Ngobeni expressed his confidence in the ANC’s ability to swiftly handle the situation, highlighting the importance of maintaining stability in the city for the benefit of all residents. While ActionSA will collaborate with the ANC in Johannesburg, party leader Herman Mashaba clarified…

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ActionSA has announced their decision to support the ANC in their efforts to remove Johannesburg mayor Kabelo Gwamanda and replace him with ANC councillor Dada Morero. The ANC has engaged with opposition parties in the city to form a government of local unity (GLU), collaborating with ActionSA and the IFP to oust Gwamanda from Al Jama-ah. During a media briefing, ActionSA Johannesburg caucus leader Nobuhle Mthembu criticized Gwamanda’s leadership, stating that his failures are evident throughout the city. Despite supporting the ANC, ActionSA Leader Herman Mashaba clarified that the party will not enter the executive to co-govern but will provide…

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AfriForum, a civil rights organisation, has taken legal action against the appointment of former Western Cape judge president John Hlophe to the Judicial Service Commission (JSC). Despite being impeached for gross misconduct, Hlophe was appointed as one of six MPs to serve on the JSC by the National Assembly. AfriForum CEO Kallie Kriel emphasized that Hlophe’s appointment is irrational, unlawful, and conflicts with the National Assembly’s constitutional duty. The organisation has lodged an application to the Constitutional Court to challenge this appointment, citing concerns about Hlophe’s ethics and integrity. Kriel highlighted that Hlophe’s presence on the JSC undermines the credibility…

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The South African Communist Party (SACP) national chair, Blade Nzimande, recently refuted claims that the party benefitted financially from the VBS Mutual Bank looting scandal. This denial follows allegations made by Phatse Justice Pitso, former secretary of the SACP in Limpopo, who wrote a letter demanding a public apology and the return of R3m supposedly received from VBS to settle a conference bill in 2017. In a statement, Pitso highlighted the SACP’s condemnation of the VBS looting and noted that former VBS chair, Tshifhiwa Matodzi, claimed the bank paid the R3m bill for the SACP. However, Nzimande dismissed the allegations,…

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Mkonyama shows unwavering loyalty to former president Zuma, supporting him when he feels the ANC government has strayed from its principles. Known for his long-distance walks, he embarks on his longest yet, a 670km journey to Nkandla. This dedicated activist previously trekked over 150km for Mandela Day and embarked on other long walks. With a commitment to physical action, he walks over 10 hours a day, making stops at various points along the route. His journey is documented on social media with the hashtag #wewantourvoteswalk. As he walks from Mokopane to Mookgophong, supporters await his arrival in Nkandla on August…

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The National Treasury is addressing allegations of a R1m payment made against former director-general Dondo Mogajane in the VBS Mutual Bank scandal, emphasizing that these claims have not been proven in court. Former VBS Mutual Bank board chair Tshifhiwa Matodzi testified that he paid Mogajane R1m through the Baphilile Foundation, seeking intervention in the withdrawal of a National Treasury letter and a special dispensation for the bank. Despite the denial of these allegations by Mogajane, the Treasury welcomed Matodzi’s conviction for his role in the bank’s collapse. The Treasury has been actively pursuing accountability since 2016, working with law enforcement…

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MP Dr Kgosi Letlape from ActionSA has called on his fellow MPs to set an example by utilizing public healthcare facilities instead of opting for private services. Letlape believes that if all government officials, including MPs, judges, and other public figures, choose to receive medical treatment from the public sector, it will greatly improve the state of public healthcare in the country. Speaking during a parliamentary session, Letlape emphasized the need for leaders to lead by example and take the initiative in fixing the public health system. He argued that by using public hospitals and clinics, they would be able…

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Police Minister Senzo Mchunu has set a new tone in his relationship with DA MP and anti-crime activist Ian Cameron, as they begin working together on parliament’s police portfolio committee. Unlike the past controversies that surrounded former minister Bheki Cele, Mchunu and Cameron start with a clean slate. Mchunu expressed the importance of earning the trust of South Africans by delivering tangible results in their fight against crime. He emphasized the need for the committee and SAPS to show progress that the public can acknowledge and appreciate. As they embark on this journey, Mchunu urged his team to focus on…

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