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Credentials of ANC delegates 'need cleaning up'
The ANC suspended the adaptation of credentials for its 54th elective conference late on Saturday night. The media were informed at 22:45 that the adaptation of credentials had been suspended and that plenary would resume at 09:00 on Sunday. Outgoing chairperson Baleka Mbete said they were still cleaning up the credentials. After Zuma's speech, Mbete announced a change to the programme and said the credentials would follow messages of support.
Baleka Mbete endorses Cyril Ramaphosa for ANC president
Outgoing ANC national chairperson Baleka Mbete says she will officially back Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa for the party's top job. Mbete told journalists in Nasrec late on Saturday evening that her team will officially back Ramaphosa's candidacy as the best long-term prospect for the party and country. We publicly endorse comrade Cyril Ramaphosa, and we agree on how to maximise issues of unity in the organisation. She said she did not have the time to sit down with Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to discuss the various issues.
Keep Zuma away from debates on corruption
The ANC must exclude its outgoing president Jacob Zuma from debates around issues of corruption, the SACP says. Zuma hit out at the ANC's alliance partners during the delivery of his final political report at the party's 54th national elective conference, currently underway at Nasrec, in Johannesburg. Zuma is also accused of allowing the controversial family to have a say in some of his key decisions, including the appointments of members of his executive.
Obsessed with power, Zuma still doesn't understand Constitution
After 10 years as president of the ANC, just over eight as head of state, twice sworn to uphold the Constitution, dragged to the courts countless times over constitutional blunders, Jacob Zuma still doesn't understand the Constitution of the Republic. Deriving their power exclusively from the Constitution, courts have to adjudicate disputes that arise from the threats or threat to violate such political rights. It's not what irritates Zuma or not that matters; it's what the Constitution demands.
Search for KZN teen missing at sea called off
Medical rescue service IPSS has called off a search for a 13-year-old boy who went missing at Sheffield Beach on the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday. Authorities made use of jet skis and a drone in an effort to find the teen. The search is expected to continue on Sunday morning, after a three-hour search by authorities had to be called off due to high winds and rough sea conditions.
Factionalism, infighting 'threatening the survival of the ANC'
Outgoing ANC president Jacob Zuma says the party is facing serious threats against organisational renewal, due to factionalism, gate-keeping, infighting, and other ills. READ: 10 knockout quotes from Zuma's last speech as ANC president The negative tendencies in the ANC have intensified over the years, and have now come to a head and are threatening the survival of the ANC. We are called upon at this conference to solve our problems so that the ANC can focus on leading society.
Zuma proposes 'consequences' for ANC members who run to court
President Jacob Zuma has proposed that the ANC's national elective conference decide on suitable sanctions for members who take the party to court. The party's outgoing president said he couldn't understand why so many ANC members chose to go to court to challenge internal disputes. At the drop of a hat, then members are in court. Parliament's role Zuma was also equally scathing of members who publicly criticised party positions, or acted in counter-revolutionary ways, particularly in Parliament.
Zuma goes on the attack during his opening address at ANC conference
Zuma opened the party's national elective conference in Nasrec, Johannesburg, on Saturday with his political report. The outgoing ANC president did not hold back from slamming multiple players he felt were actively working against the ANC, starting with the party's Veteran's League. Zuma described the Veteran's League as a crucial structure that should provide rearguard support to the movement. The Veteran's League has been critical of Zuma, and has called on the National Executive Committee to recall him.
Private sector theft just as bad as government theft
Outgoing ANC president Jacob Zuma says theft and corruption in the private sector is just as bad as it is in government, and that the ANC needs to be protected from corporate greed. He said the private sector was treated with kid gloves when it came to corruption. It is referred in softer terms, such as 'collusion', 'accounting irregularities' and 'lapses in corporate governance'.
Why Rhodes' heavy handed action against student activists is misplaced
Rhodes is on a purge to exclude black women, and women can't speak because if they do they'll be sanctioned, Dyantyi said. She was also found guilty of conduct that was defamatory/offensive for calling another student, Buchele Madikizela, a rapist on social media. Dyantyi refuted suggestions that she and other activists were found guilty of common law crimes in a court of law. The university is referring to court hearings relating to the April 2016 interim interdict Rhodes sought against the protesters.
Nigeria defender Gbenga Arokoyo hopes to revive MLS career
Nigeria defender Gbenga Arokoyo is determined to get his career back on track at Major League Soccer (MLS) club Atlanta United after returning from a long injury layoff. The 25-year-old has been traded by Portland Timbers to the MLS southern outfit alongside Liberia-born US international Darlington Nabge. I had high hopes coming into MLS but a groin problem and then the tendon injury slowed things for me. Arokoyo has a contract until the end of 2019 and will spend the 2018 season in Atlanta.
Zuma's 'grants not loans' for tertiary education flies in the face of Heher Commission
Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma's announcement of fee-free higher education and training for university students from 2018, in the form of grants not loans, flies in the face of recommendations made by the Heher Commission. The commission found that there was currently no capacity for the government to provide free tertiary education to all students in the country. Zuma made it clear that students who qualified would receive grants, not loans, and that the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) would manage the grants.
'Special' Smith leaves Ashes rivals in awe
Rivals and team-mates alike were left in awe of Steve Smith after the world's top-ranked Test batsman hit new heights in the third Ashes match against England at the WACA ground on Saturday. At stumps, Smith was on 229 not out, having faced 390 balls, hitting 28 fours and one six as his stellar year continued. English assistant coach Paul Farbrace said their best plans for the unorthodox Smith weren't troubling him.
fireman who survived Groblersdal store explosion
Gert, who has 21 years of experience, received a call a community member about the OK Furniture store at Groblersdal was on fire around 6pm on November 30. At this stage, we needed an extra hose on the line so that it can reach the back storage facility, he recalls. He then needed the pressure on the hose to be increased and his crew member went outside to do that.
Nasrec blues (and black, green a gold): Welcome to the funfair
It reminds me of that Green Day song where the chorus goes, I hope you had the time of your life. As we drive around Nasrec to find the entrance journalists can use, we see the stalls with ANC merchandise being set up. On Saturday morning you could tell by the black Audis, Mercedes and BMWs parked beneath the trees that the ANC's top brass is at Nasrec.

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