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16 AFRICA Monday, April 9 2018 | NEW ERA Zuma defiant after court appearance on graft charges Durban Former South African president Jacob Zuma came out fighting on Friday after appearing in court to face corruption charges over a suspect multi-billion dollar 1990s arms deal. Zuma was composed in the dock wearing a dark suit, white shirt and red tie as about 1,000 cheering supporters rallied outside to protest against the prosecution that has deepened political divisions. The ex-president, who was forced to resign just seven weeks ago, has been charged with 16 counts of graft stemming from an arms contract dating back to before he became president. After just 15 minutes of legal discussions in the packed courtroom A of the Durban High Court, the case was adjourned until June 8 by judge Themba Sishi. Zuma, surrounded by a large entourage, left the courtroom to address his supporters, telling them that the charges were “politically motivated”. “I am innocent until proven guilty, but there are people who want to treat me like I am guilty,” Zuma told the crowd from a concert-style stage to wild cheers. In the case, which is officially known as “the State v Zuma”, he is referred to as “accused number one”. His lawyers confirmed to the court on Friday that he would appeal against the decision to prosecute him. The appeal is likely to prolong his epic legal battle to head off the charges and avoid a trial could send him to jail. “What we are saying, what the former president Former South African president Jacob Zuma appears in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban on April 6, 2018, for a brief preliminary hearing on corruption charges linked to a multi-billion-dollar 1990s arms deal. Nampa/AFP is saying, is true -- we don’t think we are going to get a fair trial,” said a supporter, Bishop Timothy Ngcobo who appeared on stage alongside Zuma. “Zuma came with ideas that are going to boost the black people.” In the courtroom, supporters chanted Zuma’s name, while outside, the crowds sang, “Tell us what he has done wrong” and “Hands off Zuma”. “He might have made his own mistakes, but we say allow the old man to retire in peace. It is a conspiracy,” pro-Zuma business manager Sphelele Ngwane, 29, told AFP. Police equiped with shields, water cannon and armoured vehicles mounted a major security operation outside the court, but the hearing and speeches were peaceful. A young traditional dancer in full warrior costume and clutching a shield took to the stage following Zuma to entertain the crowd after he addressed them in his native Zulu language. He sang and danced along enthusiastically to a rendition of “Umshini Wam”, a struggle-era song that means “Bring me my machine gun”. Zuma is accused of taking bribes from French arms maker Thales over a contract worth several billion dollars during his time as a provincial economy minister and later as deputy ANC president. Thales, which supplied naval vessels as part of the deal, also faces charges of corruption and a company representative from France appeared in court alongside Zuma. Thales’ lawyer, Robert Driman, declined to comment to AFP on the case. Zuma is accused of illicitly pocketing 4,072,499.85 rand -- 280,000 euros, 0,000 at today’s rates -- from 783 payments handled by Schabir Shaik, a businessman who acted as his financial adviser. Shaik was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2005 based on the same accusations, but a much-criticised 2016 inquiry absolved Zuma of any blame. Zuma has claimed the inquiry proved there was “not a single iota” of evidence for wrongdoing. Last month, prosecutions chief Shaun Abrahams -- dubbed “Shaun the Sheep” for his loyalty to Zuma during his presidency -- ordered that Zuma be charged with fraud, corruption and money laundering. Thuman Mkhize, 43 and unemployed, from Durban said Zuma “was the perfect leader” because he “opened free education and land”. “The prosecution is because they don’t want to give our land back. He’s innocent,” Mkhize said. The ANC forced Zuma from office in February largely due to his mounting legal challenges and multiple corruption scandals, and the party has distanced itself from its former leader. Zuma’s successor as president Cyril Ramaphosa has vowed to crack down on government corruption, which he has admitted is a serious problem. Campaign groups are hoping that the case could set a benchmark for allegedly corrupt leaders to face prosecutions, which are a rarity on the African continent. - Nampa/AFP REZONING NOTICE: Please note that URBAN GREEN TOWN AND REGIONAL PLANNING CONSULTANTS, on behalf of the owner of Erf 8101, Parsons Road, Windhoek intends to apply to the City of Windhoek for the: • REZONING OF ERF 8101, WINDHOEK FROM ‘TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATION’ TO ‘RESTRICTED BUSINESS’ WITH A BULK OF 1.0; AND • CONSENT TO COMMENCE WITH THE INTENDED ZONING AND ACTIVITIES WHILE THE REZONING PROCESS IS BEING COMPLETED. Erf 8101, Windhoek is situated along Parsons Road, within the ‘Southern Industrial’ area. The erf is 3,336m² in extent and zoned ‘transport and communication’. The proposed zoning of ‘restricted business’ with a bulk of 1.0 would allow a total developable floor area of 3,336m², which will be used for purpose of warehouses and associated offices. Access to the erf will continue to be obtained from Parsons Road, located to the east. Parking will be provided in accordance with the requirements of the Windhoek Town Planning Scheme. Note that the locality plan of the erf is available for inspection on the Town Planning Notice Board at the Customer Care Centre, Main Municipal Offices, Rev Michael Scott Street, Windhoek or available from the applicant. Further take note that any person objecting to the proposed use of land set out above may lodge such objection, together with the grounds therefore, with the Windhoek City Council and with the applicant in writing within 14 days after the appearance of the last notice (final date for objection is 30 April 2018). Applicant: Urban Green Town and Regional Planning Consultants PO Box 11929 Klein Windhoek Contact details: 061 – 300 820 Email: Botswana’s new president vows to tackle youth unemployment Gaborone Botswana’s new president, Mokgweetsi Masisi, used his recent inauguration speech to vow to tackle youth unemployment in one of Africa’s most stable countries. The swearing-in ceremony in parliament came after Ian Khama stepped down having completed the constitutional maximum of 10 years in office. As the vice president, Masisi took over automatically, and he is likely to secure a further five-year term in elections in October 2019 when the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) is expected to hold on to power. Botswana prides itself on good governance and rule of law, and the carefully managed handover of power comes a full 18 months ahead of parliamentary elections in 2019. Masisi, the former vice president, takes over a county widely seen as an African success story that has made good use of its lucrative income from diamond, beef and tourism. Harare Zimbabwean police investigating an ivorysmuggling racket will soon question former ruler Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace, who is accused of arranging shipments abroad, a government-owned newspaper reported Friday. The Herald newspaper, once the mouthpiece of the Mugabe regime, said police were making progress in their probe into Grace’s role in allegedly smuggling ivory to China, the United Arab Emirates and the United States. “We are closing in with our It is rated as the least corrupt country in Africa by Transparency International. But it has also struggled with rising unemployment rate of about 18 percent and an HIV epidemic. “It is because of the peace and tranquillity that our leaders have sustained for so long that Batswana (people) have continued to enjoy relative prosperity,” Masisi said after taking his oath. “One of my top priorities as the president of this country will be to address the problem of unemployment especially amongst the young people.” He also pledged to improve treatment and prevention of HIV in a country with a 22% infection rate among adults. Continuity politics President Masisi, 55, is a close ally of Khama and a BDP veteran. He is a US-educated former teacher, UNICEF official and education minister, whose father was also a cabinet minister. “Despite its small size, Botswana continues to play an important role in the promotion of global issues such as investigations,” a police source told the paper under the headline “Police tighten noose on Grace Mugabe”. “We have also picked up and questioned several suspects whom we believe are linked to the case.” Documents from the Zimbabwe parks authority allegedly accuse Grace Mugabe of ordering officials to grant her permits to export millions of dollars of ivory as gifts to foreign leaders. Once outside Zimbabwe, the ivory was routed to black markets. A police spokesman declined to comment to AFP on Friday. Grace Mugabe had been tipped as a respect for human rights, democracy, good governance (and) the rule of law,” Masisi said. Four opposition parties have said they could unite for the 2019 election to try to unseat the BDP, which has held power since independence from Britain in 1966. At a farewell event in his home village, Khama was showered with gifts including a 4x4 truck, 143 cows, hundreds of chickens, more than 415,000 pula (the equivalent of ,000 or 35,000 euro) and a fully-equipped luxury caravan. His father, Seretse Khama, served from 1966 to 1980 as Botswana’s first president. – Nampa-AFP Caption (Masisi): Botswana’s new President Mokgweetsi Masisi leaves after taking the oath as the 5th President at the National Assembly in Gaborone on 1 April 2018. Botswana’s new president used his inauguration speech on April 1 to vow to tackle youth unemployment in one of Africa’s most stable countries. - Nampa/AFP Police ‘closing in’ on Grace Mugabe in ivory probe - state media candidate to succeed her husband, 94, who ruled Zimbabwe since independence from British colonial rule in 1980. But he was forced to step down in November last year following a military takeover that ushered former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa to power. Grace has not been seen in public since, but she attended a press meeting her husband held at their house in the capital Harare last month. She was known for her lavish spending habits and fierce verbal attacks on her husband’s perceived critics. - Nampa/AFP

Monday, April 9 2018 | NEW ERA WORLD 17 Trump administration continues to flirt with war NOTICE OF ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT AND PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PROCESS Before he was excommunicated from Trumpworld, former White House chief strategist Steven Bannon gave a blunt assessment of one of the most intractable challenges that President Donald Trump would face. There’s no military solution to North Korea, forget it,” Bannon was blunt when he told the American Prospect. “Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that 10 million people in Seoul don’t die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don’t know what you are talking about, there’s military solution here, they got us,” said the former White House chief strategist. Today we are saddled with a raft of complex international problems triggered by the Trump administration whose national interests seems to override everything else in the world. Journalists and leading security experts and analysts have voiced concern about probable scenarios that could result in far-reaching global conflict including the possible application of nuclear weapons by the Trump administration. Global flashpoints continue to include Palestine - Israel, the Middle East in Syria and potentially the Korean Peninsula. On the Palestine - Israel issue the international edition of the Guardian newspaper echoed similar sentiments saying Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel drew an angry backlash from regional and world leaders who warned it would destroy the peace process, strengthen extremists while the U.S.’s standing in the eyes of the global community would be weakened. Thus, the USA under the short period of Trump’s presidency has put the Korean peninsula on a path to nuclear catastrophe, and its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state has aggravated the Palestinian - Israeli conflict and repeatedly undermined efforts of the world community on conflict settlement in Syria, and it also imposed new conditions around the Iranian nuclear program. It is necessary to hope that the US administration makes so dangerous decisions according to well thought-out strategy, instead of its incompetence. The US policy in Syria is a source of great concern. Washington carries out Middle East policy proceedings exclusively from its own geopolitical purposes, not reckoning with the interests of Moscow, Tehran, Baghdad and even Tel Aviv not speaking about Damascus. Events in the northwest of Syria specify that the White House is ready to sacrifice and allies on NATO, in particular - Ankara. So, the USA consciously provoked an aggravation of Kurdish-Turkish confrontation. Washington decided to prepare and arm ‘’Syrian democratic forces” - the organisation that is technically at war with Turkey. Afrina has been engaged in fierce fights with a considerable quantity of victims among Kurds, Turks and Syrians. Additionally, the US permanent Representative to the UN Security Council said on March 12 that Washington was ready to deliver a strike on Syria again. If this takes place the consequences will be very serious. For example, Russian Ministry of Defense has confirmed that it is ready to take retaliatory measures against US’ possible attacks over Damascus. Most likely, the White house has decided to remind Ankara that the NATO countries should resist in every way to Moscow, instead of engaging in meaningful dialogue and already especially not carry out purchase of the Russian arms worth billions of dollars. But Turkish leader T. Erdogan obviously did not wish to become the next White House’s puppet. On the contrary, in the near future Russia, Iran and Turkey will spend a series of negotiations on Middle East settlement’ questions. In this connection it is necessary to expect new provocations from the side of a freedom and democracy guarantor. - Nampa/AFP Plan Africa Consulting cc hereby gives notice to all potential Interested and Affected Parties (I&APs) that an application will be made to the Environmental Commissioner in terms of the Environmental Management Act (No. 7 of 2007) and the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations (GN 30 of 6 February 2012) for the following: Project Tittle: Proposed Rezoning and establishment of a Private hospital in Keetmanshoop, Karas Region-Namibia Project Description: The rezoning of Erf 1605, Keetmanshoop at corner of Schmiede Street and Spoorweg Street, from “public open space” to “institutional” and for consent use of Erf 1605 to be used for purpose of a private hospital. Project Location: Erf 1605 is 8000m² in total size and is currently zoned under “public open space” as per Keetmanshoop Town Planning Scheme. The respective erf is adjacent to an existing institutional erf which is the property of the Roman Catholic Church accommodating the church and some residential buildings. Other nearby land uses are the Keetmanshoop Correctional facility, dwelling houses and the municipal swimming pool, Proponent: Mr. Sydney Mhlope IAPs are invited to register with the consultant and give their comments and concerns in writing. Please note that a public meeting will only be held on 14 April 2018 at Keetmanshoop Community hall, sited at the Showgrounds. The participation and comment period is effective from 30 April 2018 to 30 May 2018. To register or request for documents please submit your name, contact information and interest in the project, in writing to: Email: Phone: +264 (061) 212096 Brazil’s Lula spends first day of 12-year prison sentence Curitiba Leftist icon Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva spent Sunday as Brazil’s first ex-president to be imprisoned for a common crime -- and his cell was in the headquarters of the giant anti-graft probe that brought him down. The first day of Lula’s 12-year sentence marked the downfall of once one of the world’s most popular politicians. Although Brazilian presidents of recent history have routinely ended up in trouble -- impeached, brought down by a coup and even one suicide -- Lula is the first to have been convicted of corruption and locked up. His new home is a roughly 160 square foot (15 meter square) cell in the federal police headquarters in Curitiba, the southern city where the “Car Wash” probe is based. Named after a service station where agents initially uncovered a relatively small money laundering operation, “Car Wash” has turned into one of the world’s biggest ever examples of such a probe, netting scores of top politicians, some of Brazil’s richest businessmen, and sending shock waves through Latin America. Lula was found guilty last year of taking a luxury apartment as a bribe from a construction company and is “Car Wash’s” biggest scalp -- though Lula says the conviction was rigged. The former two-term president arrived by police helicopter on the roof of the lock-up in Curitiba late Saturday. As the helicopter landed, demonstrators outside let off volleys of fireworks, while riot police fired tear gas, filling the air with explosions and smoke. Eight people were lightly injured, including one hit by a rubber bullet, the fire department said. It was a fittingly chaotic end to four days of intense tension as Brazil wondered whether the Workers’ Party founder would finally be put behind bars. Lula, who despite the scandal leads easily in polls ahead of October presidential elections, tried to get his sentence delayed in a marathon appeal at the Supreme Court in Brasilia on Wednesday. When that was turned down, he engaged in a standoff with authorities in his hometown of Sao Bernardo do Campo, outside Sao Paulo. Surrounded by thousands of supporters at the metalworkers’ union building in the suburb, he brazenly ignored an order to turn himself in by Friday. On Saturday, he agreed to be taken into custody, only to find himself blockaded by his own supporters, with a crowd mobbing his car, shouting “Don’t surrender, stay here Lula!” At last, surrounded by bodyguards, Lula pushed through the seething throng of supporters on foot late Saturday, then got into a police vehicle and was taken to Sao Paulo airport for the flight to Curitiba. A jail cell with extremely good conditions by the standards of Brazil’s often violent, desperately overcrowded prisons -- including a hot private shower and toilet -- awaited him. After his arrest, fireworks and cheering broke out in parts of Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and other cities among those who long considered Lula responsible for the tide of graft sweeping over Brazilian politics. But supporters cried openly at the exit of a man they remember for removing tens of millions of people from poverty and for connecting with voters in a way few, if any, other modern Brazilian politicians have managed. With Lula almost certainly knocked out of the presidential election, the race is likely to be thrown wide open. In polls, he currently scores more than double his nearest rivals. - Nampa/AFP Monday, 9 April 2018 Centre Tal Street 07:00-16:00 United House Centre 08:30-16:00 Nampower Brakwater 09:30-15:00 Trustco Group (caravan) 09:30-15:00 Swakopmund Town (Ferdinand Stich Str 4) 13:00-18:00 Tuesday, 10 April 2018 Centre Tal Street 07:00-16:00 United House Centre 08:30-16:00 Okahandja (Town Hall) 11:00-17:30 Windhoek Country Club (Oryx 3) 11:00-16:00 Walvis Bay Town (Behind Welwitschia Medi-park) 13:00-18:00 Wednesday, 11 April 2018 Centre Tal Street 07:00-16:00 United House Centre 08:30-16:00 Bank Windhoek Head Office 09:00-15:00 The The Law Society 09:00-14:30 Ramos Realtors Namibia (Swakopmund) 10:00-15:00 Thursday, 12 12 April 2018 Centre Tal Tal Street 07:00-18:00 United United House Centre 08:30-16:00 Bank Bank Windhoek Property Finance 09:00-15:00 Standard Standard Bank Bank Town Town Square 09:30-15:30 UNAM UNAM (Henties (Henties Bay) Bay) 11:00-15:00 Friday, Friday, 13 13 April April 2018 2018 Centre Centre Tal Tal Street Street 07:00-16:00 07:00-16:00 United United House House Centre Centre 08:30-16:00 08:30-16:00 Motovac Motovac Lafranze Lafranze (caravan) (caravan) 09:00-15:00 09:00-15:00 Simonis Simonis Storm Storm Securities Securities 09:00-14:30 09:00-14:30 Vocational Vocational Training Training Centre Centre (Arandis) (Arandis) 10:00-15:00 10:00-15:00 Saturday, Saturday, 14 14 April April 2018 2018 Maerua Maerua Mall Mall (Checkers) (Checkers) 09:00-14:30 09:00-14:30 The The Grove Grove Mall Mall (Checkers) (Checkers) 09:00-14:00 09:00-14:00 Sponsored by:

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