Louis Oelofse

Screws to tighten on municipal managers

Municipal managers could soon be forced to sign performance agreements to improve service delivery, Minister of Provincial and Local Government Sydney Mufamadi said on Tuesday. ''Now there will be a direct relation between what managers do and what the community expects of them,'' Mufamadi said.

Peer review: SA has makings of great nation

South Africa has the makings of a great nation, the leader of the African Peer Review Mechanism country assessment team said on Tuesday. Wrapping up a two-week visit to the country, Professor Adebayo Adedeji said South Africans are proud of their country and prepared to talk about its weaknesses and strengths.

Fate of Waterkloof Four to be decided in November

The so-called ''Waterkloof Four'' will know their fate in November after their sentencing was postponed again in the Pretoria Regional Court on Tuesday. The four -- Christoff Becker, Frikkie du Preez, Gert van Schalkwyk and Reinach Tied -- were found guilty last year of the apparently racist murder of an unidentified man and the assault of another in 2001.

DA: Nqakula can redeem himself

The Democratic Alliance says it hopes Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula will redeem himself with an anti-crime drive he announced on Friday. Nqakula said in Pretoria that police would launch special operations in the coming six months to combat serious and violent crimes.

Nqakula announces crime-fighting plan

Police will launch special operations in the coming six months to combat serious and violent crimes, Minister of Safety and Security Charles Nqakula announced on Friday. ''We would bring to the attention of the criminals out there that we're going to be on their necks,'' Nqakula vowed.

What the public protector found

Invalid decisions by the Free State premier, unlawful payments by two Northern Cape municipalities and problems at the Commission on Gender Equality were the major focus of reports released by Public Protector Lawrence Mushwana on Tuesday. He has also completed his probe into Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka's controversial trip to the United Arab Emirates.

Structural problems hamper gender commission

The Commission on Gender Equality has structural problems, which has strained relations between its CEO and its commissioners, the Public Protector said on Tuesday. Mabedla Lawrence Mushwana released a report on his investigation into various allegations made against the commission, including abuse of power and mismanagement.

Court to rule on legality of Rashid arrest

The Pretoria High Court will rule on Monday on the urgency of an application for it to declare the arrest, detention and removal from South Africa of a Pakistani national unlawful. Attorney Zehir Omar asked on Thursday that the arrest, detention and removal of Khalid Mahmood Rashid be declared unlawful.

Security company denies employees’ ‘coup plans’

Security company Omega International Associates has denied its employees arrested in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were involved in a coup plot. The Department of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday that 26 people were arrested in the DRC on Friday on allegations of ''destabilisation of government institutions''.

Govt ‘has done what it can’ for ex-miners

The government has done what it can for a group of protesting former miners from the Eastern Cape, and urged them to go back home. ''We are not resisting to pay the claims; we are willing to, especially when it comes to the elderly,'' Boas Seruwe, acting Unemployment Insurance Fund commissioner, said on Tuesday.

African Parliament imagines peaceful continent

Africa should get to the point where discussions about peace and security on the continent are no longer needed, the President of the Pan African Parliament, Gertrude Mongella, said on Tuesday. Briefing the media after the start of the fifth sitting of the Parliament in Midrand, north of Johannesburg, Mongella said while some conflicts were resolved new ones kept coming onto the agenda.

Two SA pilots die in DRC plane crash

Two South African pilots were killed on Thursday when their plane crashed on approach to the town of Lubutu in the northern regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The pilots died when the South African-registered Convair 580 aircraft they were piloting fell from the sky on approach to the Amisi airport at Lubutu.

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