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Tensions still high at Roodepoort Primary

Tensions still high at Roodepoort Primary

There have been clashes outside Roodepoort Primary School in Davidson in Gauteng's West Rand. Parents there deny that their call for the newly-appointed principal to step down are racially-motivated. EWN's Govan Whittles:

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has been back since there were fresh protests from this morning. The parents of black students held a protest this morning, with a counter-protest held by the parents of coloured students as well, relating to the appointment of a black principle, with these parents saying the school isn't representative of the community. The department has also done an investigation to address allegations of financial mismanagement, which cleared the principal of any claims brought against him by the coloured parents. Decisions are to be made by the department by the 24th o fMarch - when the second school term starts. There were earlier calls of shooting by police, which the SAPS has denied, stating that they have ensured that there's a 100m gap between the coloured and the black parents. There is still a heavy police presence here, with 4 or 5 police vans and a nyala.

W.Cape State of The Province disrupted

There have been disruptions to the opening of the Western Cape Provincial Legislature. EWN's Chanel September:

Proceedings have been disrupted and it won't be taking place today. Premier Zille has had a media conference following the disruption, which started with an ANC MP raising a point of order over a ruling that was made last year, which was a question raised by Marius Fransman (of the ANC). There were also questions raised over a live feed being cut and the response was that the live feed wasn't cut. Police weren't called in as things didn't get violent or volatile, however one of the other points of order raised was that there was private security deployed to the 5th floor.

R500 mil. set aside to address Malamulele woes

The Minister of Cooperative Governance, Pravin Gordhan has announced in Polokwane, Limpopo that about R500 mil. has now been set aside in the budget to deliver a set of services for the Venda district and the Malamulele area in particular. The announcement follows weeks of violent protest and tensions in the area.Political analyst, Prince Mashele:

The heart of discontent in that area has been stated by the people of Malamulele, who claim they have been neglected by the Thulamela Municipality, which brings together the people of the former Venda and the people of the former Gazankulu, who are the Tsonga. Things that are consistent about tribal groups are related to harbouring of stereotypes of each tribal group. Also, social bonds develop organically between groups, but the question is, is the tension between the Venda and the Tsonga at the core of the issues in the area? I don't think so, not entirely. The people of Malamulele seem to believe their problems would be entirely addressed if they were to cede from Thulamela Municipality.

Director-General at the Department of Cooperative Governance, Vusi Madonsela:

This is not new money, this is money that was already budgeted for various infrastructure projects in Malamulele and the District. What the Malamulele Task Team did was to participate in a consultation with Minister Gordhan and the Municpal Demarcation Board. They are saying they are taking full advantage of that process, so they can get the opportunity to be a stand-alone municipality.

Wanted 11 terrorists said to be headed to SA

The Times this morning has noted that South Africa should be on the look out for 11 terrorists who might consider using South Africa as an operational base. According to this report, the United Nations Security Council says the 11 and two terror organisations are directly linked to Al-Qaeda and Islamic State. This week, the Presidency published a proclamation in the Government Gazette, listing the 11 wanted men and women, who have been identified as financiers, recruiters and logistical supporters of the terror groups. The State Security Agency, the SAPS and members of the Security Cluster are declining to comment on this. The State Security Agency, the SAPS and the Security Cluster have declined to comment on this matter. Defence analyst Helmut Heitman:

We've got the capacity - not 100% - but at least to prevent any major attack or to be used as a terrorist base. We've had a lot of issues with leadership in our Intelligence in the last year, that one wonders if we have capacity there, as what we'd like to see there is a lot more stability. One of the problems is that we have an extremely sophisticated financial system here, a great airlink system - we are a first world country in many respects. We have a fairly big Muslim community here, but many of them are conservative and not fundamentalists. If our controls are weak, I don't see an organisation such as ISIS operating here, save for a lone group of terrorists who are not obediant to our structures, deciding to attack an American or a British company in this country.

Cartoon strip going for a theatre near you

The creators of popular comic strip 'Madam & Eve' are planning to turn it into a musical, which centres on Madam and Eve and domestic workers who work for their neighbours. The creators are currently raising funds to make this a reality. Co-creator of 'Madam & Eve', Stephen Francis:

It just seems like a natural progression, because we did the 103-episode TV show, we've done animation and we just thought that 'Madam and Eve with choreography, costumes' - it's natural! We have raised over R200 000 thus far and hoping to reach a R2mil. target. I'm tired of 'Phantom of The Opera' and imported musicals - I'm a native New Yorker, but I'm now proudly South African! Let's have our own.

'Save The Soul of the EFF' ready to go

Suspended members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) say they will go ahead with a rally set for Mangaung tomorrow. It's supposed to be the launch rally of the 'Save The Soul of the EFF' - the members who have been suspended from the EFF, following raising serious allegations of wrongdoing against senior leadership of the EFF. Suspended EFF MP, Andile Mngxitama:

Today, I was scheduled to speak at the Open Society Foundation, Osisa with Professor William Gumede, but I was advised for security reasons not to go there, precisely because of the threat of an attack by EFF members who would likely be present. We announced this campaign last Tuesday, as a result of multiple wrongdoing we've seen in the party. We are not leaving the EFF, but we are addressing a new culture which has been imported into the movement. We are pursuing an application lodged at the Western Cape High Court, requesting an external audit of the resources of the party. There is a lot that's wrong with our finances, where I had to pay bail for Fighters that are in prison doing the work of the EFF; I had to pay out of my pocket R1500 to members arrested doing party work.

SA editors meet with the Prez

South African National Editors (SANEF) have been meeting with President Zuma following last week's State of The Nation Address. Chair of SANEF, Mpumelelo Mkhabela:

What was up for discussion was the controversy over the signal jamming at the State of The Nation Address (Sona). We achieved something from that meeting in that the President again apologised for that and he said that what happened shouldn't have happened and will never happen again. We also told him about our upcoming meeting with the Speaker of the National Assembly and the Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces.

Hawks' Sibiya cleared

The High Court in Pretoria has declared the suspension of Gauteng Hawks boss, Shadrack Sibiya unlawful, unconstitutional and invalid. EWN's Barry Bateman:

It means that Sibiya can return to work with immediate effective, which since it's the weekend now, means he's likely to return to work on Monday. This relates to the illegal rendition of Zimbabweans in 2010, with Sibiya being accused of being involved in this, with Sibiya being requested to be out of the office, due to the sensitive nature of this investigation.

Build up to The Oscars!

TimesLive Entertainment's Tymon Smith gives the rundown:

I think the trend's mostly been set by the previous ceremonies, where every year, there's a supposed 'dark horse'. This year's 'dark horse' for Best Picture is Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper", however there has been a huge amount of controversy around the politics of this film, so I doubt it will do well.


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