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Suspension of Teacher Welcomed


Parliament� The Select Committee on Education and Recreation welcomes the announcement by the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Education Department that a letter of suspension has been served on a teacher at Umdlamfe Secondary School in EsikhawiniS Richards Bay, who is alleged to have caned female pupils, as seen in a video that has gone viral on social media.

It is worrying to the Committee that there are still teachers that practice corporal punishment, which was abolished more than 20 years ago. Such actions must be condemned and tough actions must be taken against anyone that continues to utilise this method, said Ms Lungelwa Zwane, the Chairperson of the Committee.

Similarly, acts of violence against teachers must be investigated to ensure that teachers are able to teach in an optimal environment. The issue of violence in general in our schools needs urgent attention from all stakeholders. The National Department of Basic Education must lead a process of intervention to resolve this crisis, Ms Zwane emphasised.

The Committee will monitor the implementation of disciplinary processes against the teacher.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

Zimbabwe’s First Lady Denies Assault, Says She Was Attacked


JOHANNESBURG � Representatives of Zimbabwe’s first lady say a young woman who accused her of assault was the actual aggressor, allegedly attacking Grace Mugabe with a knife while drunk, according to a court document filed in South Africa.

The court papers denying any wrongdoing by Mugabe were submitted August 17 by Zimbabwean diplomats on behalf of Mugabe, who was granted diplomatic immunity by South Africa despite calls for her prosecution in the alleged attack on the woman in a Johannesburg hotel on August 13. She returned to Zimbabwe a week after the alleged assault with President Robert Mugabe, who had attended a summit of southern African leaders in Pretoria.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the court document on Tuesday from AfriForum, a group representing 20-year-old Gabriella Engels, who said she suffered head wounds while being whipped with an extension cord by 52-year-old Grace Mugabe. AfriForum has said it will challenge the South African government over the immunity issue in an attempt to complicate any effort by the first lady to return to South Africa.

Grace Mugabe went to see her sons in a hotel suite because they were in trouble with a drunken young woman, says the court document filed by Zimbabwean diplomats.

Upon her arrival Ms. Engels, who was intoxicated, and unhinged, attacked Dr. Grace Mugabe with a knife after she was asked to leave the hotel room. Security was left with no other option but to remove Ms. Engels from the hotel suite, according to the court filing.

Mugabe reserves the right to press charges of attempted murder against Engels, the document says.

Engels has said she was in a hotel room with mutual friends of Mugabe’s two sons, who live in Johannesburg, when the first lady burst into the room and assaulted her. Photos posted on social media show a bloody gash to Engels’ forehead that she claims was a result of the encounter.

In 2009, a photographer accused Mugabe of beating him up in Hong Kong. While the Zimbabwean president’s outspoken wife has been criticized for a fiery temper and lavish shopping expeditions, her rising political profile has some asking whether she is maneuvering to succeed her husband. She recently said that Zimbabwe’s ruling party should restore a constitutional provision stating one of the party’s vice presidents should be a woman, and has publicly challenged her 93-year-old husband to name a successor.

Source: Voice of America

Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation on media arrangements for 5th celebration of National Development Plan


Government will host the commemorative event of the 5th anniversary of the adoption of the National Development Plan (NDP) under the theme, NDP 2030, one plan, one country, together we move South Africa Forward. The Department of Planning, Monitoring a…