Daily news update: Bathabile and Andile are back in NEC and NPA backs Ramaphosa against private prosecution

December 22, 2022 0 By Cypher9ja

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Daily news update – 22 December 2022

ANC55: Bathabile Dlamini, Andile Lungisa elected as NEC achieves gender parity

ANC electoral committee
Former ANCWL president, Bathabile Dlamini outside the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on 24 November 2021. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Former ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) Bathabile Dlamini has been elected to the governing party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) following the reversal of her disqualification.

With over 200 candidates on the ballot, ANC electoral committee chairperson Kgalema Motlanthe announced the 80 additional members to the NEC on Wednesday.

Since there were no objections to the results of the ANC NEC, Motlanthe said the counting of 4 019 votes was finalised by 11pm on Wednesday.

UPDATE: NPA backs Ramaphosa, says no private prosecution certificate issued to Zuma

Times up for Zuma to withdraw private prosecution against Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa and former president Jacob Zuma. Photos: Nigel Sibanda/The Citizen; Gallo Images

It is d-day for former president Jacob Zuma to confirm whether he will withdraw his private prosecution of his successor and newly elected African National Congress (ANC) leader Cyril Ramaphosa.

Private prosecution of Ramaphosa

In a bold move last week, Zuma instituted a private prosecution summons against Ramaphosa in a bid to have the National Prosecuting Authority‘s (NPA) lead prosecutor, Advocate Billy Downer, removed from the arms deal corruption trial.

Gauteng flooding alert: Exercise extra care amid heavy thunderstorms

Water rushes out of the Hartbeespoort Dam as the sluice gates are open as the dam overflows, 13 November 2022, due to heavy rain in the Gauteng, Free State and North West Province. The Department of Water and Sanitation has urged people who live downstream to be cautious as the water levels continue to rise. Photo: The Citizen/Michel Bega

The Department of Water and Sanitation issued a flooding alert and urged the public to exercise extreme caution near bodies of water, as the country’s water levels rise due to recent heavy rainfalls experienced in most regions.

This follows the recent flash floods in Johannesburg, Gauteng, which resulted in some people losing their lives.

LISTEN: Will Niehaus keep his word and ‘leave the ANC’ now that Ramaphosa’s been re-elected?

LISTEN: Did Niehaus leave the ANC after Ramaphosa was re-elected?
During a Twitter Space hosted by Niehaus about the ANC’s 55th elective conference, he boasted that he will leave the ANC if Ramaphosa was re-elected. Photo: Gallo

Now that Cyril Ramaphosa has been re-elected as president of the African National Congress (ANC) for a second term, many are wondering if uMkhonto we Sizwe Military Veteran’s Association spokesperson Carl Niehaus will put the money where his mouth is and leave the party as he claimed he would do.

During a Twitter Space hosted by Niehaus about the ANC’s 55th elective conference, he boasted that he will leave the ANC if Ramaphosa was re-elected.

Our Christmas gift guide part 3: Family edition

Family gifts Christmas season
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In this edition of our Christmas gift guide, we couldn’t have thought of a better time to have gift recommendations for your close family members, kids or nieces and nephews. 

We have suggested fantastic gifts from wearable items to boozy gifts under R500.

This segment is for the parents, aunts, uncles and everyone in between who are in a rush to get their family members a gift.