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CEC to officially announce Vavi's expulsion

Cosatu to expel Vavi

The Cosatu’s Central Executive Committee is due to meet today at Cosatu house where the announcement of Vavi’s dismissal will be officially made. The committee met yesterday and voted to dismiss its general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.

On Sunday Vavi had said that he would not attend the meeting in an act of deliberate defiance. And Seven Cosatu affiliates boycotted the meeting in protest at the expulsion of the metal workers union Numsa.

Cosatu also agreed to accept the membership of a small, rival metalworkers' union, Limusa. Ewn’s Govan Whittles reports from the Cosatu house:

we are expecting Sdumo Dlamini to confirm the Zwelinzima Vavi was expelled by majority of votes from the executive committee for failing to to fulfill his obligation as general secretary of Cosatu and we are expecting some sort of elaboration on what exactly Vavi failed to do but we do believe is related to his failure to attend the meeting itself as well as the one preceding this one which was the ordinary central executive committee meeting

We saw it coming - Mbhazima Shilowa

The expulsion of Zwelinzima Vavi has sparked lot of reactions over the last few hours. As the former Secretary of Cosatu Mbhazima Shilowa also gave a comment on the expulsion:

It’s been long time coming. If we go back to 2012 already there were people that wanted him out in the end based on the compromise all were re-elected but the fight started immediately thereafter and once Numsa had been expelled it was simply a matter of time when he was going to leave

Stephen Grootes also got a comment from Gwede Mantashe, Secretary General of the African National Congress commenting on the CEC decision as:

It is unfortunate that it has reached this stage … we still putting our heads together and see what we can do to save whatever residue is left but at the end of the day it is up to Cosatu

Tsotsi’s resignation as Eskom chairman

In the early hours of this morning Eskom, in a press statement, confirmed that chairman Zola Tsotsi had agreed to amicably part ways with the utility’s Board.On Monday 30 March he told Stephen Grootes that he believed that his view would prevail – after a resolution was proposed that he step down.General Secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) Frans Baleni, which represents many of the workers at Eskom, shared his reaction to this news:

We welcome this news. It’s long overdue. We appreciate that the chairman took it upon himself to step aside. Quitting sometimes is another form of leadership. We welcome his departure. The sooner we get stability, in terms of the Executive, the better

Chris Yelland-Energy expert MD EE publishers was not surprised by the announcement, and cautions the public from seeing acting chairman Ben Ngubane as the saving grace of Eskom’s crisis.

I think as of the weekend, the writing was on the wall. We must be careful of looking to Ben Ngubane as a ‘Moses’ to lead us to the ‘promised land’. He is a non-Executive acting chairman. Unfortunately, the entire senior management Executive is missing. With all these acting positions, I don’t think we’ll see the decisive and confident decision-making and leadership necessary to address the deep-rooted problems within Eskom. In the middle of this, are a number of enquiries - Eskom is in a deep crisis, operating in a kind of policy vacuum; with important pieces of planning and legislation not in place

Car seats for children – law effective end April

It has been confirmed by the Ministry of Transport and Public Works that, from the end of April, it will be mandatory for children in vehicles to be transport in a car seat. Spokesperson for the Department of Transport Tiyani Rikhotso says that there stipulated penalties within this regulation in the National Road Traffic Act.

Currently we have a traffic fine regime which speaks to the use of seatbelts; so we are going to follow on that regime to apply to car seats. We are hoping for maximum compliance. We definitely believe that the body of research conducted over the past years will be best responded to with the introduction of this kind of regulation. In the main, children who are vulnerable road users - and often can’t speak for themselves - are victim to the most horrific crashes we see on our roads. Judging by the response since we published the first set of regulation, a lot people are welcoming this. As the state, we do have the responsibility to intervene in instances when parents are being negligent. Parents have inherent obligation to ensure that their children are safe at all times

Emotional time as Sapa closes down today

The South African Press Association (sapa) will send out its last story at midnight tonight. It was confirmed last month that Sapa it will be closing. Sapa has been in existence since 1938. Since it could not be sold, being a non-profit company, the board appointed an independent firm of auditors and financial advisers to help close shop.The editor in chief of sapa, Mark van der Velde:

We thought plans could still be made to rescue and save the press but fate has decided that it’s not going to happen. This is our last day so we are not going to cry but we are going to invite guests around, raise a glass and turn the last story a little bit before midnight, switch off the lights and close the door behind… It’s quite an emotional time

Nigerian election: still no outright winner

There’s still no outright winner in Nigeria’s presidential elections. The early counting reports suggested that the challenger Muhammadu Buhari was in the lead against current president Goodluck Jonathan. Nigeria’s Election Commission is in charge of the counting process. EWN's Nigeria correspondent Samson Omale:

The announcement of the results has been stopped because an agent of the ruling party People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected any further announcement of the results on live television. We saw the agent of the ruling party taking the microphone accusing the electoral chairman of being partial because the opposition party has requested and written a petition to him saying there is some discrepancies

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