South Africa’s prisons are overcrowded and overused, Correctional Services Minister Sbu Ndebele has warned. “Overcrowding can … be the consequence or lack of adequate correctional facilities’ infrastructure, or a result of over use of imprisonment in the penal system,” Ndebele said. “Over use of imprisonment includes indiscriminate, and even uncalculated, use of pre-trial detention.” Ndebele […]
Former Transport Minister S’bu Ndebele and his ex-deputy, Jeremy Cronin, spent nearly R3 million on domestic and international flights in the past two years. Current Transport Minister Ben Martins revealed the cost of his predecessor’s flights in a parliamentary reply to DA MP Manny de Freitas. In the financial year ending in March this year, […]
Deemed “too fat” to be a prison warder, Thulisile Gamede has asked Correctional Services Minister S’bu Ndebele to help her land her dream job. The 1.65m tall woman from Dundee, KwaZulu-Natal, who weighed in at a hefty 110kg, believes her weight was used as an excuse to sideline her. Gamede applied for the position of […]
It would have been optimistic for anyone to think that none of the 40 365 prisoners who were released as a result of President Jacob Zuma’s special remission of sentence in April, would have reoffended, correctional services minister Sbu Ndebele has said. Ndebele addressed the media in Pretoria as part of Cabinet’s Justice, Crime Prevention […]
Government will appeal a court ruling that temporarily suspended the implementation of e-tolling on Gauteng freeways. This despite a decision by the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral), a government agency responsible for this project, not to appeal last month’s ruling by Judge Bill Prinsloo of the North Gauteng High Court that motorists cannot be […]
A historic victory for a united citizenry. This is how yesterday’s ruling by the North Gauteng High Court was described after Judge Bill Prinsloo interdicted the government from implementing an expensive R6.2 billion e-tolling scheme this week. The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa), a civil society group inspired by the stories of four citizens […]
North Gauteng High Court Judge Bill Prinsloo has ruled that the court can hear the interdict against the tolling of Gauteng highways on an urgent basis. The ruling means that the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa), which has taken the SA National Roads Agency (Sanral) to court in an attempt to halt the implementation […]
The ANC has slammed ministers who sit on its national executive committee for failing to inform the party about crucial decisions taken in government, leaving it vulnerable to attack when those decisions become unpopular. In its national working committee (NWC) report to the NEC meeting of March 23 and?24, the ANC singled out electricity tariff […]
Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele is pleased that motorists appear to be obeying road safety rules over the busy holiday period. “We have always stated that it’s always a minority who are not observing the rules of the road,” Ndebele’s spokesman Tiyani Rikhotso said today. “Those who are in the majority must bring on board those […]
Putco will rebuild part of the house one of its buses crashed into in Soweto, killing two people, the transport department has said. The undertaking was made to Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele, who said the bus company should also institute an internal investigation to determine the cause of the crash. He said the Road Accident […]
At least 1 475 people were killed in festive season road accidents, Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele said. Preliminary figures from the Road Traffic Management Corporation for the period from December 1 last year to January 10 reflected a total of 1 230 fatal crashes. “The most common causes of the crashes during the 2011/12 festive […]
Transport Minister S’bu Ndebele has distanced himself from the controversial e-tolling on Gauteng’s freeways which was postponed this week. In an interview with City Press, Ndebele said Cabinet would listen to all objections to the scheme “without pointing fingers”. Cabinet was to discuss e-tolling at its lekgotla, scheduled for this week. Ndebele said he was […]
More than 212 000 e-toll accounts have been registered with the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral). Sanral has announced that 212 906 Gauteng e-toll account units had been registered by January 10 for phase one of the controversial Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP). “Sanral wishes to thank all Gauteng e-road users who took the […]
South Africa’s top traffic bosses, including no-nonsense Transport Minister S’bu Ndebele, are threatening a drastic crackdown on errant drivers. This while their vehicles have run up a raft of traffic fines in the past three years. Official records show that vehicles for which Ndebele and Collins Letsoalo, the Road Traffic Management Corporation’s (RTMC) controversial acting […]
There is no legal basis for traffic police to confiscate the licences of traffic offenders on the spot, Justice Project SA said today. “There is no provision in the Transport Act or legislation for traffic police to confiscate licences. It is not within the law,” the organisation’s chairperson, Howard Dembovsky, said. “I am not saying […]
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