Minister Muthambi to Hand Over House to the Family of Limpopo’s Suspected Ritual Murder Victim

Minister for the Public Service and Administration, Ms Faith Muthambi will on Monday 11 December 2017 handover a house to the family of the suspected ritual murder victim Rirhandzu Manganyi (16) of Gumbani Village near Malamulele, whose mutilated body was found in the bush near the Shingwezi River in July this year.

Upon receiving the sad news of Manganyi’s gruesome death, from local journalist Mr. Bishop Baloyi, Minister Muthambi visited the bereaved family at Gumbani Village to give support and also organized social workers for the entire family to undergo counselling.

Local traditional leader, Hosi Mukhomi had already mobilised his community to contribute towards the funeral. Through the interventions of Minister Muthambi, Hosi Mukhomi, and businessman Mr Reuben Mosefuwa, of Mosefuwa Administrators Group, Manganyi received a proper burial. This is a clear indication that traditional leadership, local business, and government, working together, can move South Africa forward.

During the funeral, all three parties agreed that everything possible must be done to ensure that the family gets proper and decent accommodation. Through assistance from a local businessman, Reuben Mosefuwa and local traditional leader, Hosi Mukhomi, Minister was able to secure a newly built three-bedroom house for Manganyi’s family.

The Minister will be joined by the Mayor of Collins Chabane local Municipality (Lim 345), Cllr Joyce Bila, traditional leaders, and community members, for a hand- over scheduled as follows:

Date: Monday, December 11, 2017
Time: 10:00
Venue: Mukhomi/Gumbani Village (Maranatha Church), Limpopo Province.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Republic of South Africa: Department of Government Communication and Information.

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President Zuma to Appeal the North Gauteng High Court Judgment

The Presidency notes the judgement handed down today by the North Gauteng High Court in the application launched by two NGOs against the President of the Republic of South Africa, seeking the removal of the current National Director of Public Prosecutions, together with ancillary relief.

Whilst the President awaits a full briefing on the judgement, he has been advised that an early assessment displays, with respect, various grounds upon which a successful appeal may be prosecuted.

The National Prosecuting Authority is an important institution in our constitutional democracy, appointments in respect of which are not made lightly.

Together with judges, who likewise are appointed by the President, the National Director of Public Prosecutions plays a vital role in the criminal justice system. Minded by the principle of the separation of powers, constitutional legality and the rule of law, the judgement will be appealed.

Out of deference to the court and the judicial system, these grounds will be properly ventilated in the normal course in court proceedings.

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EU and Solidaridad West Africa sign a 5 Million Euro Grant Agreement to develop the cocoa sector in Liberia

On 7 December, Emma Sundblad, Chargé d’affaires at the Delegation of the European Union to Liberia and Isaac Gyamfi, Regional Director at Solidaridad West Africa signed a 5 million Euro grant agreement to develop the cocoa sector in Liberia.

Under the so called Liberia Cocoa Sector Improvement Programme (LICSIP), Solidaridad, with funding from the European Union, and in close cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture, will work with farmers and agro-businesses to improve the quality of Liberian cocoa and increase cocoa exports. Solidaridad will also work with the government on sector policies and regulations to create a vibrant, competitive and profitable cocoa economy. The project will last for 4 years

The project targets the entire cocoa value chain in Liberia, and envisages working with and training of 5000 cocoa farmers. Activities include distribution of planting and other input materials, linking farmers and agro-dealers to international suppliers and buyers, support to the government of Liberia and specifically the Liberia Agriculture Commodity Regulatory Authority (LACRA), and finally branding and marketing of Liberian cocoa on the international market.

The project will be implemented in Bong, Nimba and Lofa Counties, with Grand Gedeh, River Gee and Gbarpolu Counties as the secondary counties.

The Liberia Cocoa Sector Improvement Programme is the first contract to be signed under the EU Liberia Agriculture Programme, a 30 million euro programme financed by the EU with the objective to boost agricultural economic development and to improve the food and nutrition security in Liberia

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of European External Action Service (EEAS).

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President Zuma Sends Condolences on the Passing of Mr. Lalloo Chiba

President Jacob Zuma has expressed deep sadness and conveyed his heartfelt condolences on the passing of Mr Lalloo Chiba, who passed on today, 08 December 2017.

Mr Chiba was a former Umkhonto we Sizwe platoon commander and was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment on Robben Island in the Little Rivonia Trial.

He was jailed alongside former President Nelson Mandela, Mr Walter Sisulu, Mr Ahmed Kathrada and others.

“On behalf of government and the people of the Republic of South Africa, we wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to the Chiba family, relatives and the African National Congress, on the loss of this outstanding leader and patriot”, President Zuma said.

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