City Press http://www.citypress.co.za The home of City Press online Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:10:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Ramaphosa to meet opposition over failed truce http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/ramaphosa-meet-opposition-failed-truce/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ramaphosa-meet-opposition-failed-truce http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/ramaphosa-meet-opposition-failed-truce/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:04:14 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=141085 Opposition parties are expected to meet Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa this afternoon after a truce between political parties in Parliament fell apart last week.

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Opposition parties are expected to meet Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa this afternoon after a truce between political parties in Parliament fell apart last week.

Opposition parties are expected to have their own meeting, before the talks with Ramaphosa in Parktown, Joburg.

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema and Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane would be among those at the meeting.

Malema wrote on social networking site Twitter this morning: “Good morning South Africa, back to EFF work. Now at 12.30 meeting leaders of all opposition parties, 14hrs will meet Buffalo Ramaphosa. #Asijiki.”

Malema has been on study leave.

On Tuesday, Ramaphosa struck a deal with opposition parties that disciplinary proceedings against the EFF would be held in abeyance in return for assurances that they would respect parliamentary rules.

A report by the powers and privileges committee was likely to result in various EFF MPs, including Malema, being suspended from Parliament for up to 30 days for contempt of Parliament. The charges arose from their heckling of Zuma about the Nkandla saga in August.

However, a day after the peace deal was brokered, Parliament again degenerated into insults and obscene gestures when the agreement between the African National Congress and the opposition fell apart.

Ramaphosa announced on Wednesday that the report of the powers and privileges committee was back on the agenda.

The move came in retaliation to the DA’s insistence on proceeding with a motion accusing Zuma of ducking questions on the R246 million security upgrades to his homestead in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.

On Thursday evening, the ANC abandoned the debate in the National Assembly on the report calling for the EFF MPs’ suspension.

Ramaphosa issued a statement saying he remained open to further negotiations with political parties to restore calm to Parliament.

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Our world-class bigots http://www.citypress.co.za/columnists/world-class-bigots/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=world-class-bigots http://www.citypress.co.za/columnists/world-class-bigots/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:00:50 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=140652 We have world-class bigots. We have people who are so hateful their dogs have to stop them barking at black people.

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We have world-class bigots. We have people who are so hateful their dogs have to stop them barking at black people.

They are so racist that these same dogs can see colour. These are people who are so into white supremacy that Jik could name a bleach after them.

Of course, the danger is that we label all white South Africans as raging bigots. They are not. Privileged and often unconscious? Yes.

Some say black people can’t be racist. This argument can be defeated in two words – Jimmy Manyi. Obviously, in a historical context, comparing white racism to black racism is ludicrous. It’s like shooting people who “poke” you on Facebook.

On average, white people are so much better off that even intimating they are oppressed is, in my mind, almost hate speech in and of itself.

Next, people will be expecting Woolies to offer a discount for asylum seekers. Look at attitudes around affirmative action. How is fixing the injustices of the past reverse racism? That’s like calling a diet a reverse buffet.

While historical and structural racism created most of the poverty we have today, the solutions are more complex. Look at Parliament this week.

DStv doesn’t need a porn channel. We have Channel 408 where we can see the poor getting screwed daily. This week, we saw a guy who bid R19 million for a buffalo defending another guy who blew R14 million in state money on landscaping. Very revolutionary, comrades.

A few weeks ago, the ANC released a press statement saying that the poor still had faith in the party. It’s never good when you need a press release to tell us that. The liberation movement has been parked in neoliberal for so long its neutral gear sounds like Gwede Mantashe singing dubul’ ibhunu (Shoot the Boer).

I mean, with communists like the SACP, do we still need capitalists? Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has been clinging to the alliance like an EFF dude to his Breitling.

Metal workers’ union Numsa is gone. Vavi is going. At this rate, Cosatu is going to end up with its own rondavel at Nkandla because Numsa is Beyoncé and Cosatu is Destiny’s Child.

The ANC in Parliament has blocked any accountability for Nkandla whatsoever. Look at Speaker Baleka Mbete. If load shedding could walk, its name would be Mbete. Apparently, if she recognises you, you get a discount at Louis Vuitton.

Instead of actually fixing our problems, we are arresting people who ask questions. It’s ludicrous.

You can jack millions in public money for your family villa, but be rowdy in Parliament and we send in the riot police. How does a dude with 700 charges let them arrest an EFF woman just because she wouldn’t sit down? And the DA? Its official stance is: What the EFF said.

@chestermissing is SA’s top political analyst puppet and is a regular on international Emmy-nominated TV show Late Nite News

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Another first for Bonang http://www.citypress.co.za/entertainment/trending-entertainment/another-first-bonang/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=another-first-bonang http://www.citypress.co.za/entertainment/trending-entertainment/another-first-bonang/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:00:41 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=141077 Bonang Matheba is Glamour Magazine's first black local cover star in its ten year history.

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Bonang Matheba is Glamour Magazine’s first black local cover star in its ten year history.

Adding to an already great year for her, Queen B’s reign continues with another accolade. This week, fresh from the MTV EMA red carpet in Glasgow, her cover for the December issue of Glamour Magazine was revealed.

This makes Bonang Matheba the first black local cover star in the magazine’s 10-year history.

The magazine has received major criticism for never featuring a black local cover in a country that’s 80% black, when it claims that black females are a core part of its target audience (and with no shortage of worthy black stars to choose from).

But the cover is not the first forBonang. She was also the first local celeb on the cover of Cleo in 2011 and her first cover for Elle magazine followed the next year.

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No scheduled load shedding but supply remains tight http://www.citypress.co.za/business/scheduled-load-shedding-supply-remains-tight/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=scheduled-load-shedding-supply-remains-tight http://www.citypress.co.za/business/scheduled-load-shedding-supply-remains-tight/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 08:59:34 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=141083 The electricity supply is expected to be constrained during the week, Eskom has said.

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The electricity supply is expected to be constrained during the week, Eskom has said.

“There is no scheduled load shedding at this stage, but the second half of the week is expected to be very tight,” said spokesperson Andrew Etzinger today.

Eskom’s diesel generators were under pressure because of a lack of fuel.

“Diesel supplies are a concern due to volumes received not meeting our requirements. We are working with suppliers to unlock the constraints,” said Etzinger.

Yesterday, Eskom declared a power emergency with large industrial customers. It also implemented rolling blackouts at the weekend.

Eskom said the power system had experienced an increase in demand as a result of weather conditions and increased load losses as a result of multiple tripping of generating units at the Majuba and Matimba power stations.

The power utility had lost a total of 1700MW of generating power, it said on Sunday.

Etzinger said the risk of blackouts today and tomorrow was medium to low.

“This is owing to steady progress made in building reserves to limit the risk of load shedding next week,” he said.

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Exploding excrement topples building in China http://www.citypress.co.za/news/exploding-excrement-topples-building-china/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=exploding-excrement-topples-building-china http://www.citypress.co.za/news/exploding-excrement-topples-building-china/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 07:02:15 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=141066 A cesspool filled with excrement has exploded in central China, injuring 15 people and knocking down a building.

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Beijing – A cesspool filled with excrement has exploded in central China, injuring 15 people and knocking down a building.

The blast was apparently sparked by a local man burning waste close to the cesspool, igniting methane gas which was emanating from the pit, the Xinhua news agency said late yesterday.

The incident in Zhangjiajie city, in the central province of Hunan, caused a residential building to collapse and three of the injured had to be hospitalised, Xinhua said.

China’s urban infrastructure has often been hastily built with little regard for safety as hundreds of millions of people have moved from the countryside to cities in recent decades.

In another excrement-related incident, a man and his mother both died trying to retrieve his wife’s new mobile phone – worth 2 000 yuan (about R3 600) – from a toilet septic tank, reports said in May.

The man jumped in to try to locate the phone but was overcome by fumes and passed out, according to Dahe, a web portal run by the provincial government in central Henan province.

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We didn’t flout any rules for Oscar’s birthday – Aimee Pistorius http://www.citypress.co.za/news/didnt-flout-rules-oscars-birthday-aimee-pistorius/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=didnt-flout-rules-oscars-birthday-aimee-pistorius http://www.citypress.co.za/news/didnt-flout-rules-oscars-birthday-aimee-pistorius/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 06:23:30 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=141061 Aimee Pistorius has denied reports that her brother, Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, received special treatment for his 28th birthday at the Kgosi Mampuru prison in Pretoria.

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Aimee Pistorius has denied reports that her brother, Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, received special treatment for his 28th birthday at the Kgosi Mampuru prison in Pretoria.

“I am dumbfounded at the false and irresponsible reporting in some newspapers,” she said on Twitter.

“Facts: Carl and I had a 45 minute noncontact visit with Oscar on Saturday as all our visits have been noncontact thus far, per regulations.”

The Sunday Times reported that Aimee and her brother Carl were allowed to bring the former Blade Runner a string of balloons, a gift bag and a cake purchased outside the prison.

It reported that the siblings visited Pistorius for almost two hours, despite departmental guidelines stipulating visits were not allowed to exceed an hour.

The newspaper claimed that the siblings’ cars were allowed into the prison grounds without them being searched, and that they were allowed to use another exit to avoid the newspaper’s photographer.

Said Aimee on Twitter: “My brother received nothing that was not allowed by prison regulations for group B prisoners. No cake or perishables present at all.

“In fact, he only received toiletries and letters on his birthday and we took some balloons to show him through the glass divider. We are respectful of the rules. The correctional officers have been courteous but stern – as their position requires.”

Correctional services spokesperson Logan Maistry yesterday said Pistorius was not getting preferential treatment, but the department would nevertheless investigate the allegations.

Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison in the North Gauteng High Court after being found guilty of culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. For discharging a firearm at Tashas restaurant in January 2013, he was sentenced to three years in jail, suspended for five years. The sentences would run concurrently.

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School, cops ‘do nothing’ about bullying video http://www.citypress.co.za/news/school-cops-nothing-bullying-video/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=school-cops-nothing-bullying-video http://www.citypress.co.za/news/school-cops-nothing-bullying-video/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 06:00:08 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=141059 Teachers of Hoërskool Elspark in Ekurhuleni and police officials allegedly failed to intervene when two siblings were bullied and assaulted on the school grounds.

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Teachers of Hoërskool Elspark in Ekurhuleni and police officials allegedly failed to intervene when two siblings were bullied and assaulted on the school grounds.

The mother of the 15-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy told The Star newspaper she alerted the school to her children’s assaults, some of which were recorded by other children on their cellphones.

School staff told her they could do nothing about it.

The mother approached the police and the education department and handed them video evidence of the assaults which occurred on separate occasions.

At a school meeting the school principal asked that they withdraw the charges against the other pupil because “it was making the school look bad”.

Reportedly, no punishment was given to the bully.

The children have allegedly been assaulted again and no longer want to go to the school.

The provincial education department told The Star it was aware of the matter and was investigating.

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Boy bands top American Music Awards http://www.citypress.co.za/entertainment/boy-bands-top-american-music-awards/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=boy-bands-top-american-music-awards http://www.citypress.co.za/entertainment/boy-bands-top-american-music-awards/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:22:04 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=141049 Boy bands beat pop’s leading women in the top categories at the American Music Awards, but the ladies delivered the most high-octane performances including a derrière-flaunting number by Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea.

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Los Angeles – Boy bands beat pop’s leading women in the top categories at the American Music Awards, but the ladies delivered the most high-octane performances including a derrière-flaunting number by Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea.

British boy band One Direction won the top award last night for artist of the year, and led the winners with three accolades in the fan-voted awards.

“It’s amazing because we worked so hard on these last two albums,” band member Liam Payne said. The five-piece band’s latest single, Night Changes, was performed against a night-time forest backdrop.

Katy Perry also won three awards, but did not attend the awards show because she is on tour in Australia.

Boy band power proved strong as Australian newcomers 5 Seconds of Summer won the coveted new artist of the year award.

Azalea, the newcomer Australian rapper, won favourite rap/hip hop album for The New Classic and favourite rap/hip hop artist over Eminem and Drake in both categories.

“As musicians, we receive so much critique and we really question what we’re doing, but I think this validates that I’m on the right path,” the 24-year-old Azalea said.

A sultry Taylor Swift performed Blank Space on stage and was awarded the first-ever Dick Clark Award for Excellence, in memory of the founder of the American Music Awards who died in 2012. She received the award from R&B diva Diana Ross.

“I’m so blown away to have just received an award from Diana Ross, who over the course of her career stood up for herself so many times in a period when it wasn’t popular for women to stand up for themselves,” Swift said.

Much of the three-hour awards show was dedicated to performances dominated by the ladies of pop music, including a raunchy rendition of Booty by Azalea and Lopez, with lots of rump-shaking.

Pop stars Grande, Selena Gomez and Nicki Minaj opted for less audacious performances, showcasing their vocal talents.

Grande sang One Less Problem and Break Free with a jazz twist while an emotional Gomez sang The Heart Want What It Wants, rumoured to be about her on-off relationship with Justin Bieber.

Minaj and Skylar Grey performed their duet Bed of Lies.

Grande, Minaj and Jessie J later spiced up the stage with their upbeat hit, Bang Bang.

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Kenya says 100 suspects killed after bus massacre http://www.citypress.co.za/news/kenya-says-100-suspects-killed-bus-massacre/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=kenya-says-100-suspects-killed-bus-massacre http://www.citypress.co.za/news/kenya-says-100-suspects-killed-bus-massacre/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:13:55 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=141050 Kenyan security forces have killed more than 100 suspected members of the Islamist terrorist group al-Shabaab who were pursued into Somalia after massacring 28 people on a bus, Deputy President William Ruto has said.

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Nairobi – Kenyan security forces have killed more than 100 suspected members of the Islamist terrorist group al-Shabaab who were pursued into Somalia after massacring 28 people on a bus, Deputy President William Ruto has said.

At least 28 people were killed on Saturday in the bus attack, in which al-Shabaab later claimed responsibility.

Insurgents of the al-Qaeda-linked group hijacked a passenger bus in the village of Arabia in Mandera county and shot dead everyone who failed to read verses of the Koran.

The hijackers drove the bus, which was bound for Nairobi, towards the Somali border, where they shot the victims in the head, authorities said.

Somali passengers were separated from non-Somali passengers before the killings, after which the insurgents fled into Somalia on foot.

“Our security responded swiftly,” Ruto said in a press conference, the Daily Nation newspaper reported online. “They identified, followed and struck the perpetrators of the heinous crime.”

He said that two operations were conducted against the suspected perpetrators of the bus attack.

“Our retaliatory action left more than 100 fatalities and four camps were destroyed,” he said.

Ruto held the press conference in the absence of President Uhuru Kenyatta, who was on an official visit to the United Arab Emirates.

Many of the 60 bus passengers were Kenyan government officials, police officers, health workers and teachers.

Kenyan authorities had said on Saturday that they launched a major ground and air operation in pursuit of the bus attackers.

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Newsmaker – Lechesa Tsenoli: Keeping the house in line http://www.citypress.co.za/news/newsmaker-lechesa-tsenoli-keeping-house-line/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=newsmaker-lechesa-tsenoli-keeping-house-line http://www.citypress.co.za/news/newsmaker-lechesa-tsenoli-keeping-house-line/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:00:58 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=140809 "Honourable deputy speaker, may I have a turn to speak?”

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“Honourable deputy speaker, may I have a turn to speak?”

“Honourable deputy speaker, he called me a liar. Is that parliamentary behaviour?”

“Honourable deputy speaker, she is pulling faces and sticking her tongue out at me.”

Lechesa Tsenoli, deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, was the one with the unenviable task of trying to keep order – while dealing with often nonsensical requests from MPs – during three days of chaos, delaying tactics, and endless points of order and motions.

Tsenoli was also responsible for the “longest 10-minute break” in democratic parliamentary history on Thursday. The break eventually lasted seven hours and took the session into the early hours of the morning.

As Baleka Mbete’s deputy, he and a handful of other MPs act as the chairs of the parliamentary sessions on a rotational basis.

This cheerful member from Bloemfontein helped alleviate the tension in the National Assembly this week.

He has a more light-hearted and flexible approach, and seems more accommodating than Mbete, who is accused by the opposition of being controlling, rigid and biased.

His patience and calm nature helped cool emotions during sessions and guide the ship through stormy waters. Many wondered how he did it.

“It’s interesting you say that. I find them [MPs] out of order most of the time!” he joked when City Press spoke to him on Friday.

He relied heavily on the principles of TRE – tension and trauma relief exercise – he has been doing for the past few years.

“One of the effects is they calm you and help to manage stress. It’s a very efficient system of getting rid of old and new stress. I am a trained stress and trauma relief practitioner. I do the exercises regularly, so they help me to stay calm.”

During apartheid, Tsenoli played a leading role in the SA National Civic Organisation and the United Democratic Front.

During the past 20 years, he has served as chairman of parliamentary committees, Free State local government MEC, deputy minister for rural development and land reform, and minister of cooperative governance and traditional affairs.

“All these positions and meetings I had to handle over the years required active interaction with diverse groups of people.

“I think that experience is now very useful,” he said. Tsenoli said ANC debates are, by their nature, robust.

“So cultivating a thick skin is the result of operating in that area.” He seems always to try to resolve issues impartially.

“You have to deal with a mix of MPs from different backgrounds. You must understand what you are dealing with and how they communicate – it is their right to be there. If you are driven by that principle, you do not allow yourself to be distracted by saying anyone is wrong or weak,” he said.

“That member must be protected.” He lost his temper two weeks ago when he demanded of an MP: “Who the hell do you think you are talking to?”

But he withdrew his words immediately.

“That kind of thing, where MPs constantly challenge your authority, is the low point. It pushes you to a place where extreme measures must sometimes be used. “It’s not right, because some of us value ideas that are intellectually stimulating.

“However, when this is prevented by drama, it becomes a problem and we are unable to facilitate good debates.”

Tsenoli says Mbete shares this view and “enjoys debates, discussions, and so on”.

But what of the criticism of Mbete? “Some members have challenged the Speaker’s position, but instead of using the mechanisms at their disposal when they are unhappy with a ruling, they don’t.

“They are personal and attack her instead of differing from her ruling.”

Tsenoli is looking forward to the parliamentary recess.

“A little rest, and seeing family and friends again, is always useful.

“But a lot of political work is lying ahead, like time in our constituencies,” he said.

“And in the new year, preparing for the state of the nation address.”

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