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Mpumalanga Hawks boss to probe political murders

Safety and security authorities in Mpumalanga hope that the newly appointment provincial head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, Simon Mapyane, can crack the whip on crime in the province, including the unsolved political murder cases. Mabutho Sithole, spokesperson ...

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Mpumalanga Hawks boss to probe political murders

Safety and security authorities in Mpumalanga hope that the newly appointment provincial head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, Simon Mapyane, can crack the whip on crime in the province, including the unsolved political murder cases. Mabutho Sithole, spokesperson for premier ...

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What about the state of the economy?

The Premier’s state of the Province Address has wholesomely been criticized by the opposition parties and independent political commentators for being among other “offences”: shallow and making old promises that are tired. Ziwaphi understates the philosophy that underpinned the speech. ...

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Mohlala’s killers killed Sammy, says MEC Shongwe

Mpumalanga’s MEC for culture, sports and recreation, Vusi Shongwe, says his department’s head of communication and spokesperson was killed by the same “scavengers” who assassinated Mbombela’s speaker last year. Samuel “Sammy” Mpatlanyane (45) was shot to death by unknown gunmen in his ...

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MEC Manana orders probe into the “hit list”

The MEC for Community safety, security and liaison in Mpumalanga province has asked the Provincial Commissioner of police in Mpumalanga, Thulani Ntobela, to set up an investigation into the alleged hit-list that contains the names of people who are blowing ...

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ANC threatens to fire councillors unless 2010 kingpin reinstated

The African National Congress (ANC) is ordering Mpumalanga’s capital city to re-instate a municipal manager who was suspended almost one year ago for maladministration. Mbombela municipal manager Jacob Dladla was suspended in February after defying 361 council resolutions and approving ...

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Mayor and ten councillors axed

A major shakeup in a Mpumalanga municipality has seen its mayor and ten of its councillors being axed by the African National Congress (ANC). On Tuesday night, executive mayor of the Thaba Chweu municipality in Mashishing (formerly Lydenburg), Clara Ndlovu, and the ...

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The importance of the month of July

My understanding of Parliaments is that its purpose is to improve the quality of government. An effective Parliament should be the basis for effective government. Parliament is the most important link between the public and the executive – it should keep ...

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Ray Phiri institute closes its doors, due to lack of funding

Lack of funding has forced the closure of a music training centre for young people started by legendary musician Ray Phiri. The Ray Phiri Arts Institute shut its doors because it didn’t have money to pay the rent and the ...

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Cry the beloved ANC – A response to Taabe

I read the article of Mr. Taabe in the previous edition of this publication, I must have read it four to five times, in an attempt to locate where in his piece, is he really providing facts to challenge my ...

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