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Dube Ncube announced as new KZN premier

Sihle Zikalala has been succeeded as the new premier of KwaZulu-Natal by Nomusa Dube-Ncube. Since the start of democracy in 1994, she becomes the province's first female premier. READ ALSO:Divisions in Cosatu ahead of elective conference At a Monday morning press conference, the newly elected provincial leadership officially announced Dube-appointment. Ncube's Prior to the weekend, three people had begun to gain attention as potential competitors for the position made vacant by Zikalala's departure last week, but Dube-Ncube stood out the most. Mbali Fraser and Amanda Bani were further candidates. Dube-Ncube served as South Africa's ambassador to the Czech Republic and has had a fascinating political career inside the ranks of the ANC, which is currently in power. Dube-Ncube was the mayor of the North Central council prior to the merger, which gave rise to the current eThekwini municipality. She has also held the positions of MEC for cooperative governance and traditional affairs in addition to serving as the party's main whip in the provincial assembly. The provincial leadership, chosen following an active elective conference two weeks ago, said this Monday that it had received a letter of resignation from Zikalala. Party provincial secretary, Bheki Mtolo: "In the officials,...

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Divisions in Cosatu ahead of elective conference

Deep divides among a number of Cosatu affiliates, the largest trade union federation in the nation, raise the possibility that a contentious race for leadership positions may break out when the group conducts its elective conference next month. Large affiliates of the federation, particularly those in the public sector, are allegedly beset by factionalism that hinders efforts to bring them together in support of those who will run the organization after September. READ ALSO:One person dies in Kagiso protest The leadership succession is traditionally managed via the federation's central executive committee and public sector union organizations like the joint mandatory committee (JMC) to avoid ugly battles that could destabilize the organization. Zingiswa Losi, the president of Cosatu, may seem to be in a strong position to maintain her job, but it has recently come to light that she is facing opposition. Additionally, it has come to light that Bheki Ntshalintshali, the federation's general secretary, was the target of a significant lobbying effort. If that were to occur, he would become the only Cosatu boss since the federation's founding in 1985 to be dismissed after completing one term. Louis Thipe, the second deputy president of Cosatu, is said to have declared she plans to resign. Louis Thipe, the second deputy president of Cosatu, is said to have declared she plans to resign. Freda Oosthuysen, the national treasurer of the federation, is expected to keep her job after being strongly supported by her affiliate, the influential Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers Union (Sactwu). The SA Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu), one of Cosatu's largest affiliates, is adamant that the leadership that emerges from the congress should reflect the balance between unions in the public and private sectors. “The leadership should also reflect gender parity and...

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One person dies in Kagiso protest

The death of a person who was slain during a demonstration against illegal mining activities in the area has angered locals of Kagiso in the West Rand, who have accused the police of being responsible. This came when dozens of community members from Kagiso blocked the roads with rocks and debris early on Thursday morning. READ ALSO:Conjoined twins separated...

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Sithelo Shozi Starts Petition to Get a Protection Order Against Mpisane

Sithelo Shozi, a DJ and social media personality, issued a petition on the first day of Women's Month asking for a definitive protection order against Andile Mpisane, the father of her children. Sithelo Shozi is my name. In a petition on Change.org, Shozi claimed, "I am a mother of one boy and two newborn girls, and I have been physically and mentally assaulted and am continuously intimidated by the father of my children. READ ALSO:Katlego Maboe returns to Expresso The Durban based DJ revealed the alleged assault that occurred between the artist and son of entrepreneur...

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Tshegofatso Pule’s killer sentenced to life in prison

Ntuthuko Shoba, a convicted murderer, was given a life term in prison for the killing of Tshegofatso Pule. The offense was one of the worst he had ever seen, said acting judge Stuart Wilson on Friday at the Joburg High Court. READ ALSO:Petrol price expected to drop “A contract killing that exploited the dependency of a young woman and the death of an unborn...

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Senzo Meyiwa trial delayed again

In anticipation of one of the defendants' request for bail, the trial for the men accused of killing Senzo Meyiwa has been delayed. READ ALSO:Four killed in Tembisa protest During a postponement aimed at sorting out legal representation after the advocate, Malesela Teffo, who represents four of...

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Thuli Madonsela announced as a judge of Miss SA

One of the all-female judging panels for Miss South Africa 2022 includes attorney Thuli Madonsela. Former Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi, former Miss World Rolene Strauss, investigative journalist and media personality Devi Sankaree Govender, former Miss South Africa 1990 Suzette van der Merwe, and radio host Thando Thabethe make up the selection committee for this year's competition. READ ALSO:Reeva Steenkamp’s true crime documentary to be released The top 10 finalists received some guidance from Madonsela. “Accept yourself as you are while striving to do better with the things...

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