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The EFF is promoting anarchy: Fikile Mbalula

ANC secretary-general Fikile Mbalula says the EFF is seeking relevance with its planned shutdown and President Cyril Ramaphosa is not going anywhere.
At the weekend, the EFF announced plans for the “mother of all shutdowns”, calling for Ramaphosa to resign and saying it is dissatisfied with the state of the country. 
Mbalula also refuted reports that deputy president David Mabuza has quit.

‘We’re not afraid of state power’: Malema determined to take it to the streets

“No one is going to intimidate us. South Africa will come to a standstill.”
EFF leader Julius Malema is resolute that President Cyril Ramaphosa must resign as the red berets gear up for the “mother of all shutdowns”.
Malema said South Africa will come to a standstill on March 20.
He said: “We are not threatened by any security and if they want to violate our rights they will find us ready.”
Rising costs of living, unemployment, crime and corruption are among the motivations for the shutdown.

EFF is ready to govern, says Julius Malema

EFF leader Julius Malema said it is time for his party to politically educate society about the principles of a socialist government.
Malema said the EFF is gearing up to govern from next year.
South Africa will hold general elections in 2024, and analysts and polls suggest the governing party’s voter share will decline.
Malema was speaking to journalists in Johannesburg after the EFF’s plenum.

Court hears voicenotes in 'body in fridge' trial

The murder trial of Flavio Hlabangwane, who put body parts of his girlfriend in a fridge, might be shortened as he intends to make further admissions after a confession.
The trial resumed on Thursday in the high court sitting in the Palm Ridge magistrate's court. He pleaded guilty to murder, defeating or obstructing the administration of justice, and violation of the corpse of Tshepang Pitse in November 2021.On Thursday, the best friend of the deceased testified of the abusive nature of the relationship between Hlabangwane and Pitse.
Voicenote recordings sent to Thulisiwe Lubambo were played in court where the accused was alluding that their friendship and her interference in their relationship was upsetting him.

Careers that will get you employed, according to the president

President Cyril Ramaphosa says the economy is hungry for people skilled in certain disciplines, and “if we are able to address unemployment, these skills should be promoted”.
The youth unemployment rate stands at 59.6%, but the president encouraged citizens to attain skills that maximise chances of employment and endorse creativity and innovation.

Interest rates hike expected on Thursday, fuel prices likely to rise next week

South Africans will have to endure a little longer. Economists predict an increase in interest rates while the Central Energy Fund expects fuel prices, except diesel, to rise.
Senior economist at Investec Annabel Bishop predicts a 50 basis points interest rate increase on Thursday because of high inflation. Inflation was recorded at 7.2% in December, down 0.2% from November. The inflation rate is still above the South African Reserve Bank’s target range of 3% to 6%.
Last year the repo rate was hiked six times. Bishop says things might slow down this year.

Eskom matters should be directed to the power utility: ANCYL on DA march  

DA chief whip Siviwe Gwarube said the party would not be deterred from its march to ANC headquarters Luthuli House due to the ongoing energy crisis, among other issues. This despite ANC Youth League (ANCYL) members saying they would defend their headquarters at all costs. National organiser of the ANCYL Task Team Tlangi Mogale said the DA should direct its demands to Eskom.  

Mkhwebane impeachment inquiry to subpoena Thuli Madonsela

The inquiry into suspended public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s fitness to hold office will summon former public protector Thuli Madonsela before parliament.
The section 194 committee met on Tuesday for “housekeeping” before it resumes critical witness testimonies on Monday.
Mkhwebane is expected to bring her own witnesses. She had asked for some to be summoned, including President Cyril Ramaphosa and her predecessor. Madonsela had declined to appear before the inquiry and is said to be preparing a response. The committee decided it would not call Ramaphosa.
It will also summon Bianca Mvuyana, an investigator in the office of the public protector.The committee has set itself a timeline of drafting a report by March and a decision on Mkhwebane’s fate by the end of April.
Mkhwebane’s term in the public protector role ends in October this year and she has a month to convince the committee that she should not be suspended.

Limpopo health MEC defends scolding health official in viral video

Limpopo health MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba has defended her actions after being recorded scolding a manager at a clinic in Polokwane. The MEC said she could not pretend to be satisfied if she arrived to witness a chaotic situation at a clinic. Ramathuba said she won't be put off from making unannounced inspections.  

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