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New Era Newspaper Friday February 16, 2018

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2 NEWS Friday, February 16 2018| NEW ERA RAMAPHOSA From page 1 radar screen,” Ramaphosa told lawmakers in parliament. “State capture” refers to the alleged corruption of government institutions and state-owned businesses by Zuma’s associates. “Tomorrow we will also have an opportunity to outline some of the steps we are going to be taking,” Ramaphosa said. ANC lawmakers hailed his appointment as president with songs, dancing and a standing ovation. Ramaphosa, a hugely wealthy former entrepreneur, will deliver his parliament in Cape Town on Friday. After multiple corruption scandals, economic slowdown and falling popularity among voters, the ANC had threatened to oust parliament. Hours before announcing his resignation, Zuma said he had received “very unfair” treatment from the ANC, which he joined in 1959 and in which he had fought for decades against white-minority rule. He said he was angered over “the manner in which the decision is being implemented... I don’t agree, as there is no evidence of if I have done anything wrong.” Zuma, 75, had been embroiled in a divisive power struggle with Ramaphosa, the deputy president. Ramaphosa won control of the ANC when he was elected as its head in December. Benchmark South African stocks scored their biggest gains since June 2016 after news that a pro-business reformist would be taking the helm. The FTSE/JSE Africa All Share Index rose as much as 2.7 percent, while the rand reached its strongest level since February 2015, gaining 0.5 percent at 11.6570 to the dollar in early trade. “Ramaphosa’s arrival in the presidency will be met by a surge in investor and consumer in anticipation of his reform agenda,” said the London-based Eurasia consultancy group. Zuma, who had no formal education, was jailed on Robben Island for 10 years alongside Nelson Mandela under apartheid and rose through the ranks of the ANC to take power in 2009. Local media reported that he had been pushing for a resignation deal multiple criminal charges – but he denied the allegations in his resignation speech. One case against him relates to 783 payments he allegedly received linked to an arms deal before he came to power. Other graft allegations have centred on the three Gupta brothers, who are accused of unfairly obtaining lucrative government contracts and even hand-picking Zuma’s ministerial appointments. that an arrest warrant had been issued for one Gupta brother, Ajay. The political standoff in recent weeks plunged South Africa – the continent’s most developed economy – into confusion over who was running the country, with last Thursday’s annual State of the Nation address postponed at the last-minute. Zuma, a Zulu traditionalist with four wives and a proud singing voice, had been scheduled to stand down next year after serving the maximum two terms. In local polls in 2016, the ANC recorded its worst electoral result since coming to power in 1994 with Mandela at the helm as whiteminority rule fell. Ramaphosa, 65, must revive the economy and crack down on what he has admitted is rampant government corruption if he is to boost the party’s tarnished reputation before a tricky general election next year. He is a former trade unionist and Mandela ally who led talks to end apartheid in the early 1990s and then became a hugely wealthy businessman before returning to politics. Zuma’s hold over the ANC was broken in December when his chosen successor – his former wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma – narrowly lost to Ramaphosa in a vote for the new party leader. – Nampa/AFP PASSENGERS From page 1 “I am a victim of a car crash that happened on 20 July 2008. I remember travelling from Lüderitz not wearing a seat belt and waking up two weeks afterwards in the hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU). Note, I wasn’t wearing a seat belt. I want to create awareness that 40 to 60 percent of injuries can be reduced by wearing a seat belt. Today I regret the fact that had I worn a seat belt my life could have turned out differently,” said Cloete, who pleaded with fellow Namibians to start wearing seat belts as a life could be lost or they could face a similar fate that befell her. Cloete is now employed at MVA as a switchboard operator. She will be the MVA goodwill ambassador for the Click for Life campaign. On a sideline interview Cloete said being wheelchair-bound is not easy especially after she had walked for over 20 years. “Buildings are not wheelchairfriendly as they have staircases and as a result you depend on others to help you access buildings,” narrated Cloete. City Police spokesperson Cillie Auala-Kapolo said 88% of passengers seated in the rear of a vehicle never or hardly wore seat belts. Auala-Kapolo also said that only 20% of children observed were in a child booster. “The study showed the use of child boosters or restraints is quite low and so is the use of seat belts among rear seat occupants. “Unbuckled passengers can easily be ejected through the front, rear, or side windows during an accident, therefore in order to reduce the risk of injuries and death, parents should ensure that their kids are safe by using suitable child restraints when on the road. Additionally drivers, especially taxi drivers, have a responsibility to ensure their passengers always wear a seat belt,” she advised. Auala-Kapolo said that during the survey 1,690 cars and 226 trucks were inspected over a fourhour period at multiple police roadblocks in Windhoek by the City Police. She said a total of 1,557 (92%) of cars inspected had working seat belts, while in 8% of cars the seat belts malfunctioned. Notably, she said, the majority of those wearing seat belts – 61% which is 2,397 people – were in private cars while the rest – 39% which is 1 501 people – were in taxis. Furthermore, during 2016/2017 the Namibian Police Force (Nampol) issued 1,234 seat amounted to N.1 million, while amounted to N,000. Nampol head of operations at the Chief Inspector Polly Shivute Sem, said the law is straightforward that any adult or persons over 14 years old should wear a seat belt. “Children should use seat belts and children are not allowed to sit in front of the vehicle as it is more dangerous because the airbag Seat belts are important to use and I know people have different beliefs and used to say they don’t want to use seat elts because what if the car burns? But if you look at the statistics, maybe only 2% of vehicles involved in accidents involved are normal accidents, such remarked Sem. Head of City Police Traffic M a n a g e m e n t , S e n i o r Superintendent Adam Eiseb, elaborated that when it comes to children, it is the driver’s responsibility to ensure they wear a seat belt or child restraint. per child without a seat belt and the driver of the vehicle has to pay. He said a passenger without a seat GUILTY From page 1 In the confession Puleni said: “I went and collect a wire and strangled her on the neck with it but at that time she was not dead as she was breathing and I decided to Our Contact details and information Product of New Era Tel: +264 61 - 208 0802 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 rape her. After that, she then died. I proceeded to tie her hands and legs with an electric cable. I further tied a cloth on her head. From there I proceeded to the safe and removed the money which was around N,000 (Fifty-five thousand Namibian dollars). 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The judge also found that Puleni’s claim that he had a secret sexual relationship with the deceased was an afterthought and must be rejected as false. The judge said although there were no eyewitnesses to the rape and killing of 18-year-old Paulina N g h i d i n i t a n g o , the circumstantial evidence such as that the accused was the last person to be seen with the deceased on December 30 to 31, 2011, that when the body of the deceased was found the accused was nowhere to be found, that the safe had a cut in it and the money was missing, that blood was found on and on his uniform, that he was 2011, that he had a bite wound on his if put in its place and every other reasonable inference is excluded, then the only inference that can be drawn is that the deceased was raped and murdered by Puleni. “The evidence against the accused was overwhelming and in my respectful view, the state proved beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused committed the murder and rape of the deceased,” the judge said. He however said that on the charge of robbery with aggravating the state proved the guilt of Puleni. “The accused confessed that he took the money, the alcohol, cellphone recharges and two cellphones after he murdered the deceased and no force was used when he took the money and other properties, therefore he can only be convicted of theft,” Judge Ndauendapo said before he convicted Puleni of murder, rape and theft. He now has to return to court on May 31 for pre-sentencing procedures. Puleni was represented by Mbanga Siyomunji on instructions from legal aid and State Advocate Dominic Lisulo prosecuted.

Friday, February 16 2018 | NEW ERA NEWS 3 Namibian opposition mourns Tsvangirai Lahja Nashuuta Windhoek Namibia opposition parties have described as ‘a great leader’ the Zimbabwean leader of the Movement for Democratic Change-Tsvangirai (MDC-T), Morgan Tsvangirai, who succumbed to cancer in South Africa this week. The former Zimbabwean prime minister, who died on Wednesday, is a former trade unionist who fought fearlessly for democracy and a democratic regime in the interest of the Zimbabwean people. Zimbabwe’s most famous opposition leader died in South Africa, where he was receiving treatment, after a long battle with cancer of the colon. He was 65. “The world has lost a great leader and a great statesman of all times. Not many individuals have fought fearlessly for democracy and democratic regime as the late Tsvangirai has,” said McHenry Venaani, the leader of the opposition Popular Democratic Movement. Venaani said the late Tsvangirai has fought on all fronts, ranging from constitutional referendums with the fundamental and important bill of rights, and political intimidation under the regime of long-serving former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, who resigned last year. “He participated in a couple of elections that centred on the balancing of power and shifting of the economy of his own country ing to end the country’s syndrome Deep in mourning … McHenry cial opposition Popular Democratic Movement, will travel to Zimbabwe for the funeral of the late Zimbabwean opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai of one-party dominance,” said Venaani. In his condolence message to Tsvangirai’s family, Venaani confessed that he shared a close relationship with Tsvangirai dating back to 1999 when the two were power in their respective countries as the opposition. “It’s with great sadness that I deliver this message of condolence to the late Tsvangirai’s spouse, Miss Elizabeth Macheka, their children and also their friends. Death is never easy, not especially when it’s the death of the greatest democrat and one of the fearless leaders in the African history,” Venaani said. He said he shared a common interest in democratic change, economic emancipation and the wellbeing and general warfare of the people with the late Tsvangirai. He also said they both served in the Southern African Democratic Community (SADC) opposition leaders’ forum chaired by Mmusi Maimane, leader of the Democratic Alliance in South Africa. be attending the funeral and burial of the late Tsvangirai on behalf of his political party. President of the Rally for Democracy and Progress, Jeremiah Nambinga, said Tsvangirai would be remembered as a strong and persistent opposition leader, who that Zimbabwe’s democracy was upheld. “He was one of the opposition leaders, who strived for a balanced and fair decision-making body in the interest of their people. Therefore, he will be remembered for his dedication and hard work and the political contribution he has made to the African communities and the inspiration he has given to other opposition parties in the SADC region,” he said. Meanwhile, SWANU of Namibia president, Usutuaije Maamberua, has urged opposition parties to emulate the hard work and for democracy and justice for his people. “He will be remembered for his audacity and as one of the people who fearlessly stood up for democracy and justice for the people,” Maamberua said. Maamberua said Tsvangirai surrendered or felt discouraged regardless of the harassment and victimisation from the ruling government since he started his political campaign in 1999. “The work of Tsvangirai should serve as a lesson to us opposition parties that regardless of the bullying and intimidation from the ruling parties, we should be persistence and never surrender in order to be victorious in whatever we do,” Maamberua said. Many Zimbabweans praised Tsvangirai as a hero, champion of democracy and symbol of resistance who will be hard to replace. The former trade unionist, who posed a formidable challenge to the ruling ZANU-PF’s nearly four-decade hold on power, was lauded by Zimbabwe’s new president Emmerson Mnangagwa as a strong trade unionist and opposition leader and vowed free elections in honour of him. Tsvangirai was assaulted, jailed and humiliated under Mnangagwa’s predecessor Robert Mugabe. successor is already threatening to tear the MDC-T, the party that he founded, apart. I will lead by example - Simataa Albertina Nakale Windhoek Newly appointed Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Stanley Simataa, has vowed to lead by example when implementing costcutting measures, as directed by President Hage Geingob when meeting and at the opening of Parliament Asked how he will implement the president’s costcutting directive, Simataa told New Era he expects all ranks below him to comply. “There are no exceptions. You can’t say this rule applies to me or does not apply to me. I have to lead by example in terms of showing ordinary staff the way forward and what should be done. We need to abide by cutting costs as Namibians. We need to stabilise and cut costs so that we can divert the money to key activities and programmes of the sector and, by extension, of the country,” Simataa promised. President Geingob imposed a ban on foreign trips for top ministers and their deputies as in order for them to cut costs. He explained that the direc- of curtailing public expenditure. Simataa expressed how glad he was to be elevated to a full ministerial portfolio. He said he will not be a stranger in terms of key programmes and priorities that the ministry as well as the information and communication technology sector has set for itself. “What I will be doing because we only have two years between now and 2020, is to ensure we accelerate the pace at which we were implementing some of the key priorities so that we can achieve the targets we have set for ourselves. That’s really what we intend to do together collectively with my team,” Simataa noted. He urged media to avoid sensationalising stories and report accurately and factually at all times. New Era also caught up with newly appointed Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Peya Mushelenga, who said the directive to cut costs is clear and no one can violate it. “As ministers, when we travel we seek authorisation from the president. So, there is no way you can violate it because you can’t travel without authorisation,” stated Mushelenga. Regarding his ministry, Mushelenga promised to tackle the housing crisis facing Namibia. He said there is a need to look for affordable housing, as many people are in the low-income category. “It doesn’t help to build expensive houses that will lie idle with none of our people able to buy them. So, we need to address the issue of servicing land and make it available for housing to the public,” he said. Asked how he will tackle the bucket system in Namibia, he said he will continue where his predecessor former Minister Sophia Shaningwa has left off. “You must know that this is a Swapo government. We are all Swapo ministers, so obviously the programme will continue. It doesn’t end with the predecessor,” he indicated. Newly appointed Public Enterprises Deputy Minister, Veikko Nekundi, said he would ensure his youthful energy would be used effectively to the realisation of the ministry’s vision that all State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) contribute to the sustainable development of Namibia. In cutting costs, Nekundi said is not just because the president has issued a directive but he feels in any business one must ensure and enforce that any wastage is completely eliminated. Therefore, he said, the core value should be resource optimisation. Regarding incompetence and bad governance at some of the SOEs, Nekundi noted that incompetence could only be eliminated if the human resources policies are well structured. “The policies should provide Stanley Simataa, the new information minister so directly that you only take the best out of the best. Not just to take because you know the person and want to return a favour. The human resources policies Peya Mushelenga, the new Minister of Urban and Rural Development need to be re-visited to ensure they are re-aligned to the competencies and in accordance with the objectives of the SOEs,” he said.

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