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JULY 2016 - THE SPY minister for state security, David Mahlobo taking his job very seriously at an election rally in Mbombela.

2016 – Year-In-Review

2016 - The Year In Review

2016 - The Year In Review

Jan 15

Mpumalanga’s top student

The province’s best learner, Sumaiya Jeewa, from Middelburg Muslim School was this year’s recipient of a Toyota Aygo and several other prizes.

Feb 12

Department suspends officials

Department of Human Settlements has confirmed that the officials have been suspended and face an internal disciplinary hearing for financial misconduct.

Feb 19

ANC leader defects to EFF

Former Ehlanzeni regional executive member Sipho Monareng, who led the Save Mpumalanga ANC movement, joined to the Economic Freedom Fighters

Feb 26

ANCYL’s Sasekani joins legislature

On 18 February ANCYL’s provincial secretary Sasekani Manzini was sworn in as a member of the provincial legislature, replacing ANC backbencher Basani Violet Nkuna, who “resigned”.

Feb 26

MECs are useless, looters

African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) deputy president Desmond Moela has accused MECs in Mpumalanga of being useless and looters.

Mar 04

EFF member stabbed at SOPA

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) member Nduduzi Mnisi, from Hazyview, is stabbed during Premier David Mabuza’s State of the Province Address (Sopa).

Mar 27

ANC’s fake defection ritual

Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Mpumalanga claim ANC coerced into a fake defection “ritual” against their will.

Apr 08

Mabuza, SACP smoke peace pipe

ANC provincial chairperson apologises for the hardships he caused to activists due to his differences with the South African Communist Party (SACP).

Apr 15

ANC borrows from apartheid scripture

On March 31 Constitutional Court ruled that President Jacob Zuma “failed to uphold, defend and respect the Constitution.” The ANC says its rule comes from God, quoting from Roman Chapter 13, the same scripture that the apartheid government used to justify apartheid rule.

May 13

Mandela’s R3 million video “vanishes”

The R3 million video that Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza’s office paid for using taxpayer’s money as part of the province’s R70 million memorial services for late former President Nelson Mandela does not exist

May 13

Illegals will sh*t themselves

A Mpumalanga MEC threatened to deport illegal immigrants who participated in a mass protests, saying “bazonya.”

May 27

Mandela’s R4,5m unaccounted for

Leaked documents reveal that Mpumalanga premier’s office authorised the payment of R4,5 million to Carol Bouwer Productions (CBP), for an unidentified service as part of the province’s R70 million splurge for the late president Nelson Mandela memorial services in 2013.

Jun 24

Nkomazi municipality bans Malema

Nkomazi local municipality has barred the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Julius Malema, from using a municipal stadium to address his supporters ahead of the local government elections.

Jun 30

Clash at Lily Mine

ANC and EFF supporters clash at march to demand the resumption of rescue operation for three Lily Mine employees trapped underground

Jun 30

Probe killings, say widows

Mpumalanga’s political widows, Pinky Mpatlanyane and Bony Mohlala want fresh probe into the killing of their husbands – Sammy and Jimmy respectively. This, after premier David Mabuza claimed he knew who was behind political killings.

Jul 29

SACP picket locked out

SACP pickets outside SABC offices. Mbombela City Centre and SABC management agree to lock the picketers out of the premises.

Jul 30

The Chief Spy at work

JULY 2016 – THE SPY minister for state security, David Mahlobo taking his job very seriously at an election rally in Mbombela, squeezed himself between the chairs of ANC president Jacob Zuma and ANC provincial chairperson David Mabuza.

Aug 12

Mabuza removes 4 MECs

Premier David Mabuza axes four MECs saying this was in response to dissatisfaction that the people of the province had raised.

Sep 09

Legislature’s tender family

Legislature exposed for getting quotes from only two companies  belonging to a couple who have alleged links to the legislature secretary, Linda Mwale.

Sep 23

Speaker’s lap of luxury

Legislature exposed after buying two luxury SUV vehicles costing almost R3 million for speaker Thandi Shongwe in 14 months. The other vehicle disappears after returning from panel beaters.

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