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Celebrating Chabane, Joburg's traffic light blues, Police and MPs in Parly

Chabane, an irreplaceable leader - Duarte

Pic credit: GCIS

Overwhelmingly referred as a very active leader and Robben Island struggle veteran, Public Service and Administration Minister Collins Chabane has been described as a man who will be 'very difficult to replace' by ANC Deputy Secretary-General, Jessie Duarte:

Meanwhile, younger brother Percy Mfana Chabane has reminded South Africans to remain cognisant of the many who have lost lives on our roads, not just prominent public figures:

Indeed, we are devastated about the death of our brother, Collins, but not only him, but also his protectors (Sergeant Lesiba Sekele and Sergeant Lawrence Lentsoane), they were part of what he was engaged in and were with him 2009 when he joined national government; he never changed them. Let's do something about the road accidents that are happening out there, but we are not going to sensationalise this issue as a family. We are going to let the law take it's own course as the matter is still under investigation.

Minister Chabane has also meanwhile been remembered for his contribution to the arts as a vocalist who promoted traditional Xitsonga music. His band with Bezil Makombe called Movement was formed after the two met in Harare in 1999. They were inspired by the desire to strengthen the growing movement towards the revival of traditional instruments and discover and expose talent from rural areas like Shona, Venda and Tsonga cultures and provide a platform for the expression of indigenous African culture to the world in an intergrated way.

Here is Movement's 'Zvikwambo'

He translated his musical capabilities to the political arena as well, as he took the lead at the ANC's Gauteng Provincial Conference in 2010:

Video: TimesLive

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How and when Joburg's traffic lights are fixed

Mandy Wiener taking the lead on this feature by EWN: the lights go out. You log a call. They get fixed. The next day they’re out again. What is going on behind the scenes that this keeps happening? When you report a fault, does it disappear into the ether or is there a humanoid somewhere in a call center somewhere processing your complaint. EWN went behind the scenes, inside the process, to check it out. We even went out with orange uniformed technicians to fix some lights.

Find out what traffic light outages cost you and when they'll get fixed by clicking here

Police force use on MPs to be scrutinised

EWN's Rahima Essop on this story: legislation which allows Parliament to call in police to remove or arrest disruptive Members of Parliament (MP’s) will come under scrutiny in the Western Cape High Court today. It comes after Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MPs were dragged out of the National Assembly chamber by police and security personnel during the State of the Nation Address (Sona) last month for interrupting President Jacob Zuma’s speech. Last month, the Democratic Alliance (DA) officially filed papers in the Western Cape High Court applying for an interdict against Parliament using police to remove MPs. The official opposition feels police acted illegally and unconstitutionally by forcibly removing the MPs from the chamber. The party's James Selfe says: “At issue is whether section 11 of the Powers, Privileges and Immunities of Parliament Act is Constitutional and whether the security services are constitutionally able to effect an arrest of an MP.”

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