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By Drum Digital
14 January 2014

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa called for calm in Brits and other stories.

Cops will take affirmative case to concourt

The SA Police Service (SAPS) will take the Lt-Col Renate Barnard affirmative action case to the Constitutional Court, it said.

Lt-Gen Solomon Makgale confirmed that the police were applying for leave to appeal.

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) held in November that the SAPS had clearly discriminated against Barnard on the basis of race.

The Labour Court held that Barnard had been unfairly discriminated against when she was not appointed to the promotion position of superintendent within a specialised unit of the SAPS, despite being the best candidate for the post.

Barnard had twice applied unsuccessfully for promotion to the position of superintendent within the then National Evaluation Services, which dealt with complaints by the public and by public officials concerning the broad spectrum of police services.

Despite recommendations by an interviewing panel and her divisional commissioner, the national commissioner did not appoint her to the position, on the basis that racial representivity at the level of superintendent would be negatively affected.


DA gives Mokonyane 4/10

The DA has scored Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane four out of 10 in its provincial government report card, the party said on Tuesday.

"This is down from the five out of 10 she got previously and is based on the average score of the 10 members of the executive council, as she is ultimately accountable for their performance," Democratic Alliance Gauteng caucus leader Jack Bloom said in a statement.

"Her most glaring failure is that there are 400,000 more people who are unemployed than when she took office in May 2009."

Another failure was that more than 80 percent of suppliers were not paid within 30 days, despite Mokonyane's repeated promises, he said.

The provincial government's performance was also undermined by the 26 percent senior management vacancy rate.

"She was severely embarrassed last year when economic development head Khulu Radebe got a R2.5 million court-ordered pay-out for unfair dismissal after she fired him," Bloom said.

"Mokonyane also blundered when her executive approved the proposed new provincial [police] commissioner Mondli Bethuel Zuma, who was forced to withdraw after it was found that he was facing criminal charges."

Man arrested for 142km/h

A man was arrested for driving 142km/h in Brakpan on the East Rand, Ekurhuleni metro police said on Monday.

The 27-year-old man clocked 142km/h in an 80km/h zone on the R23 between Rangeview and Airport roads in Brakpan in a Mercedes-Benz sedan on Sunday, Chief Superintendent Wilfred Kgasago said.

"The driver claimed he was rushing to pick up his cousin."

Ten drivers were arrested for speeding on the R23. All were charged with reckless or negligent driving and would appear in the Brakpan Magistrate's Court soon.


Police call for calm in Brits

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa called for calm in Brits, North West, on Tuesday, following the shooting of two protesters, allegedly by the police.

The public had the Constitutional right to protest and raise issues about which they were not content, Mthethwa said in a statement.

"These very rights do not imply that people must be violent, destroy property, attack police and intimidate others," he said.

"However, as we have seen on many occasions, many protests have been accompanied by serious provocations, intimidations, violence and even elements of criminality."

Residents of Mothutlung in Brits started protesting on Sunday afternoon about a water shortage.

Police were called to monitor them after they barricaded a road with burning tyres.

There was an altercation between protesters and the police, during which two protesters were shot dead.


Education is government’s priority

Education is the government's top priority, President Jacob said in Durban on Monday.

"I believe education helps to empower. It is the number one priority of government," he said at a function of the Jacob G Zuma Foundation.

The government's decision to implement no-fee schools had helped his foundation reduce the amount of money it needed to contribute towards primary and secondary school education, he said.


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