The South African chief prosecutor Shaun Abrahams announced the state will reinstate fraud and corruption charges against former President Jacob Zuma for the case relating to a 30 billion rand ($2.5 billion) arms deal in the late 1990s.
The decision follows the ruling by the Supreme Court of Appeal which set aside the 2009 decision to withdraw the case against the former President.
A team of five senior state prosecutors spent four weeks studying Zuma’s reasons if there are sufficient grounds to pursue him, after submitting the information at the end of January.
Abrahams announced two weeks ago that he had received a recommendation from the team and was ready to make the announcement, which is made public on 16th of March.
The Free State community of Vredefort, South Africa, has been left devastated after a farm murder claimed the life of 71-year-old Dirk Steenkamp (pictured).
As reported by OFM, Steenkamp was attacked at 07:00 on Sunday morning (4.03.2018) when he was inspecting a water pump near his property. A gang attacked him after driving to the farm and proceeded to shoot him.
Steenkamp’s wife raised the alarm shortly after hearing the gunshots, as the attackers fled. She was left unharmed in the incident.
The brutal crime has raised again the issue of farm murders in South Africa.
“The political parties in South Africa have demonstrated their incompetence and absenteeism over the past decades. Of course, the ANC was the dominant factor, but the so-called moderate Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) of Malema are no better and bear co-responsibility for the failure of the ‘Rainbow nation” – said Gerolf Annemans, the president of a Movement for Nations and Freedom (MENF).
“Some, including myself, dare to call it a silent genocide” – Annemans continued, while commenting on the situation with farm murders in South Africa. On day 66 of 2018 there have been more than 84 and 11 murders.
The Parliament of South Africa has passed a motion of resolution to seize land from white farmers without compensation.
Passed by an overwhelming majority of 241 votes to 83 votes against, the proposal to amend Section 25 of the South African Constitution would pave way to expropriation of the farms.
The resolution was put forward by the radical left Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party under the pretext of “restoration of dignity” of native Africans.
“We must ensure that we restore the dignity of our people without compensating the criminals who stole our land” – Julius Malema (pictured), the leader of EFF declared to the deputies.
In reaction the land grabs decision the Member of the European Parliament Janice Atkinson, UK, ENF, wrote a letter to UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, asking to react in protection of the white minority in South Africa.
The White Africans today constitute around 8% of the entire population of South Africa, their ancestors came to South African shores in the 17th century.
Cyril Ramaphosa, who replaced Jacob Zuma after his plagued by corruption scandals presidency, was cheered in the South African parliament as he pledged to “accelerate our land distribution programme … to redress a grave historical injustice [and] make more land available to our people for cultivation.” South Africa’s new president has vowed to pursue the same course as Zimbabwean tyrant Robert Mugabe, expropriating land from white farmers without compensation.
This kind of rhetoric, attempting to find a solution for multiple economic problems in Marxist-Leninist expropriation of wealth in view of distributing it to poor, has already encouraged criminals to murder farmers, making their profession the most dangerous in the world. (The video below was demonstrated in the European Parliament during the conference on challenges of South Africa #SA2018EU #farmmurders)
A Ramaphosa’s Marxist-leaning African National Congress (ANC) has taken its lead on this issue from the hardline Economic Freedom Fighters led by Julius Malema, a former head of the ANC’s youth wing.
Cyril Ramaphosa has been elected as South Africa’s President in a parliamentary vote on Thursday (15.02.2018) after scandal-ridden Jacob Zuma resigned on orders from the ruling African National Congress.
South Africa’s main stock market index jumped nearly 4% putting it on track for its biggest one-day gain in more than two years as investors welcomed Zuma’s resignation after nine years in office plagued by corruption allegations.
South Africa’s main stock market index jumped nearly 4 percent, putting it on track for its biggest one-day gain in more than two years as investors welcomed Zuma’s resignation after nine years in office plagued by corruption allegations, Reuters agency reports.
However the question remains how Cyril Ramaphosa – the closest ally of plagued with corruption accusations Jacob Zuma, – will change the existing practices and put and “drain the swamp” if he has been for a part of the system.
Zimbabwe government is ready to foot the bill for the funeral arrangements of Morgan Tsvangirai (65) in a tribute to the opposition leader a spokesman said.
Tsvangirai’s died on Wednesday (14.02.2018) in a South African hospital, leaving the Movement for Democratic Change party without leadership just three months after the army coup ousted his life-long opponent – Zimbabwe’s ruler Robert Mugabe (93).
“The Zimbabwean Embassy in Pretoria has been instructed to help in any way appropriate in the circumstances, including assuming the costs that are attendant to the proper handling of the body of the late (Tsvangirai),” said George Charamba, who is also the presidential spokesman.
Zimbabwe’s new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, has made no public statement yet on the former trade union leader’s death but postponed a trip to Bulawayo in the south of Zimbabwe due to other “pressing commitments”, the state-owned Herald newspaper said.
South Africa President Jacob Zuma said to SABC news that he had offered to go after June, but objected to the way the issue has been handled, underlining that he was not defying the African National Congress (ANC) party, but he disagreed with its decision to ask him to resign.
“It was very unfair to me that this issue is raised,” Mr.Zuma said. “Nobody has ever provided the reasons. Nobody is saying what I have done.”
Mr Zuma’s decision to keep a grip on power has put him at odds with South Africa’s deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, the ANC’s new leader and his expected successor.