Author: Lize Geldenhuis

The Bushiri’s are Illegal Visitors

The Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) leader Shepherd Bushiri, a self-proclaimed prophet, and his wife Mary are in South Africa Illegally, said Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Monday.  Motsoaledi said the couple first entered the country on 06 September 2009 at the Beitbridge border post and were issued with visitors’ visas.

“We don’t stop people from visiting our country.  Visitors’ visas have a time frame – you can stay for 90 days or 30 days…because you’re a visitor,” the minister said.  While Bushiri was in South Africa in 2014, 2015, and 2016, he registered companies with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC).  “This is not allowed in terms of the [conditions of] the visitors’ visa.  in 2012, Mary Bushiri entered South Africa through the OR Tambo International Airport, [where] she produced a fraudulent permanent resident’s permit, which was issued on 01 February 1997,” said the Minister.

“Now, if you came to South Africa for the first time on 6 September 2009, how can you already have a permanent residency status dating 1997?  But then, on 17 May 2016, both Shepherd Bushiri and his wife applied for permanent residency.  Remember, his wife has already shown us a permanent residency permit dated February 1997.”  According to Motsoaledi, when the Bushiri’s made the application for residency, they declared under oath that they first entered the country in 2015.

Meanwhile, the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has suspended the Department of Home Affairs’ permanent residence notice against Bushiri and his wife until they plead in their criminal trial.  Judge Brenda Neukircher ruled on 20 October the notice will have to wait until Bushiri and wife have pleaded to charges of fraud and money laundering to the value of R102 million, and to the contravention of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act.

The discrepancies in the couple’s visa applications were first discovered when they were investigated for the charges of fraud and money laundering.  Two notices were issued to the Bushiri’s to explain the details of their permanent residency applications, but both notices were “mysteriously withdrawn by our own officials in Home Affairs”.  “I’m saying ‘mysteriously’ because I still don’t understand why these notices were withdrawn,” Motsoaledi said.  He added that officials from his department were “absolutely” involved in irregularities surrounding the Bushiri application.

EFF heading to the SAHRC

The Economic Freedom Fighters in the Western Cape said it would be approaching the police and the South African Human Rights Commission on Tuesday.  This follows protests organised by Agriculture MEC Ivan Meyer, where there were allegedly an apartheid flag on display.  The EFF said that displaying the flag undermines the law and the injustices suffered in the past. Julius Malema’s infamous party demands that those responsible for waving the flag should be held accountable.

The party is also calling for the arrest of Ivan Meyer.  Meyer organised the protest and addressed the crowd.  Wandile Kasibe of the EFF said they would lay a formal complaint with police on Tuesday and also turn to the Human Rights Commission for justice.  “The court of this country has now outlawed the usage of such an extremely racist symbol and anyone found to be using such a symbol has committed a criminal offence.”

Meanwhile Meyer said he has not seen any apartheid era flags being flown during protests,  and added that he will not be intimidated by the EFF.  Valerie Bylefeld, one of the protest organisers, has condemned display of the flags, saying it’s not what they stand for.  “The very same person who should be arrested here is Mr Malema for inciting these murders on the farmers of South Africa.”

New rules for wall sockets in South Africa

The South African standard for plugs and sockets were recently amended and the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has clarified the role of switches on electrical wall sockets.

It explained that either all of the sockets need to be switched, or they must all be unswitched. You are not allowed to have a mix where some sockets have switches while others do not.

This clarification was published in an amendment to the South African National Standard 164 Part 0 (SANS 164-0).

SANS 164 is the family of standards that governs all household plugs and sockets in South Africa. Part 0 deals with general requirements and applies to all permitted variants of plugs and sockets in the country.

“The South African standard does not mandate switched socket outlets. You can have a socket installed without a switch,” said Gianfranco Campetti, the chair of the technical committee for the SANS 164 family of standards.

Campetti was speaking during a recent online media briefing held by the SABS.

“SANS 164-0 has not been clear about what the purpose of a switch really should be. We came out with a chart that shows you which configurations are acceptable, and which are not,” Campetti stated.

He explained that in essence, if your wall socket installation has a switch on it, it has to work for all the outlets that are under it.

It is also not allowed to have a fixed socket-outlet installation where some sockets can be turned off with a switch, while others can’t.

SANS 164-0 new diagram for switches: Fixed electrical installation socket-outlet with and without switches
Fixed electrical installation socket-outlet with and without switches

Switches on USB ports

Last year, an amendment to SANS 164-0 specified that electrical outlets with integrated USB ports must include a switch that allows the USB socket to be turned off.

Campetti previously explained that there are a few ways that products may be designed to comply with this requirement:

  • The USB port can have a dedicated switch to disconnect the AC power.
  • The socket-outlet installation can have a shared switch, so long as it complies with the requirements of these most recent amendments to the standard.
  • It can have an automatic switch that disconnects the power to the USB outlet when a USB plug is not inserted into it.

For socket-outlet installations that opt for a dedicated physical switch for its USB ports, Campetti explained that it can be a smaller slide switch.

Campetti said that the addition of switches for USB sockets will help any electrician who is looking for a fault in a house.

“They don’t have to disconnect the socket-outlet from the mains — take it off the wall and disconnect the wires — just to do a continuity test,” said Campetti.

covid+lockdown

Concerns about second hard lockdown

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala recently raised concerns about a second hard lockdown in South Africa unless there is a decline in the number of new COVID-19 cases.

“Looking at the statistics, we can now safely say that we are definitely going back into a hard lockdown if there is no urgent and drastic change in behaviour,” Zikalala said.

His comments followed a steady rise in new COVID-19 infections in recent weeks, which raised concerns about a second wave.

Other leaders have also raised concerns over the lack of compliance with current regulations that is leading to the spread of the virus.

Free State health spokesperson Mondli Mvambi said people have dropped their guard. This needs to change to prevent the second wave of COVID-19 infections, he said.

Talk of a second lockdown amidst rising COVID-19 cases is not unexpected, as this has happened in many other countries.

Last week, Italy imposed harsh new restrictions while Spain announced a national night-time curfew and banned large gatherings.

Britain has also launched new regional lockdowns with gyms, bars, and casinos being closed and non-essential travel being discouraged.

Graeme Codrington, futurist and partner at TomorrowToday, said the additional lockdown measures are understandable.

He said many people still die from COVID-19 and that a high percentage of people take a long time to recover and may have lasting symptoms from the virus.

“Around 20% of people who get COVID-19 get it really seriously. Many need hospitalisation and take weeks to recover,” he said.

“There is growing concern that the people who do get it seriously have a long-term, maybe even lifelong, medical impact on their system.”

He did, however, say at this stage the comments on a second hard lockdown in South Africa is aimed at warning people rather than implement stricter measures immediately.

“If we can get back to where we started in South Africa, with scientific-based policy and citizens talking it seriously, I think we can get through this without going back to hard lockdown,” he said.

“If we don’t, this disease doesn’t care about our holidays and our mood. COVID-19 is with us for a while still.”

Second hard lockdown economic concern in South Africa

Talk of a second hard lockdown in South Africa has seen many people warn that it will cause severe damage to an already struggling economy.

ETM Macro Advisors founder Russell Lamberti said the lockdown has had and continues to have devastating effects on the lives and livelihoods of millions of South Africans.

“I am alarmed that another lockdown is being considered after extreme government incompetence and mismanagement during the first hard lockdown,” he said.

Lamberti added that there is no good reason for ramping up lockdown restrictions as they do more harm than good.

“Lockdown restrictions increase destructive and corrupt state actions, and leave businesses floundering in a sea of uncertainty and loss of revenue,” he said.

He called on health minister Zweli Mkhize to act responsibly to avoid another humanitarian disaster.

“The minister should recommend to the president to end all lockdown restrictions immediately, lift the state of disaster, and allow people and organisations to manage their unique risks by converting all COVID-19 regulations into non-compulsory recommendations,” he said.

Dick Forslund, economist and researcher at the Alternative Information and Development Centre, echoed these views, saying it will be impossible to have a new hard lockdown.

He said more sophisticated measures like large education and awareness campaigns are better suited to address the problem.

“If they go for a hard lockdown now, I am afraid there will be even more state violence. You basically can’t do that,” Forslund said.

He added that a second hard lockdown goes against the economic recovery plans announced by the Treasury.

National Wills Week

The majority of South Africans pass away without concluding a valid Will, leaving the ones they love in disarray. Most people do not conclude a valid Will because they believe that attorneys are too expensive, or they are not sure who and how they must conclude a Will.

In an attempt to combat this the Law Society of South Africa conducts National Wills Week every year. The idea behind National Wills Week is to give every person access to an attorney who can assist in concluding a valid Will. During National Wills Week, participating attorneys offer their Will-drafting services free of charge. This year Nation Wills Week will be from 26 – 30 October 2020.

What most people do not realise is that without a valid Will, their legacy will be distributed to their family in terms of the laws of intestate succession. This means they will have no control over who benefits from their estate. A prized heirloom may end up going to a person who does not even know its sentimental value.

Another danger is that in terms of intestate succession, a person’s partner may be excluded from inheriting anything from the estate. Additionally, if a person does not regularly update their Will it is possible that an ex-spouse may inherit but not the current spouse.

If a person does not have a valid Will and leaves minor children behind, that inheritance could possibly pass to the Government Guardian’s Fund and not to the child. This means that the child will have limited access to the inheritance and could prevent the wishes of the parent from being carried out.

Another point to consider is that without a valid Will, the winding-up process can take extremely long as no professional executor is appointed or involved.

This is why National Wills Week is a vital initiative that aims to help people conclude valid Wills or to update existing Wills. At Brian Blignaut Attorney we actively encourage our clients to update their Wills. We are participating in National Wills Week, this means that we will be offering our Will-drafting services free of charge from 26 – 30 October 2020. We welcome any person to schedule a consultation with us during National Wills week to draft a new will or amend an existing will free of charge. Visit www.bbattorneys.co.za to schedule an appointment for your Will.

Agrizzi Bail Appeal – Judgement Reserved

The court has reserved judgement on the bail appeal by former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi.  Agrizzi is set to spent a few more days in custody in hospital where he is chained to his bed.  The former Bosasa head is heavily guarded with guards stationed outside his room, in the passage outside the ICU as well as in the parking lot.  Judgement will be delivered on Friday.

Agrizzi’s attorney Mannie Witz told media that life would be easier for his client if he was released on bail because of his deteriorating medical condition.  Agrizzi’s bail was denied in the Commercial Crimes Court two weeks ago.  After spending one night in prison, he was rushed to the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital after struggling to breathe.  He has since been moved to a private hospital where he later suffered a heart attack.

EFF TO PROTEST FOR UIF

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema is calling for workers to contact the EFF party to alert it of companies that have not yet paid UIF.  Malema said the party was planning a mass action against all employers that have claimed UIF from the state and have not paid their employees.

The leader of the red berets was speaking at a media brief in Braamfontein on Monday afternoon.  He touched on a wide range of issues, including the party’s visit to Senekal this month, the appointment of Ranjeni Munusamy to Treasury, unrest in Nigeria, and the upcoming Presidential election in the United States of America.  Malema also weighed in on the Covid-19 pandemic, urging South Africans to remain vigilant amid threat of a second wave of infections.

He urged South Africans to exercise maximum caution: “The reality is that there is still no cure or vaccine for the coronavirus and the most dependable measure to limit its spread is social distancing, wearing of masks and recurrent hygiene practices, which include the washing of hands. The people of South Africa must stop behaving as if the coronavirus is gone. It is still here and the second wave of infection will kill a lot of people.”

 

Getroud met Rugby – Renate

Renate ontmoet vanaand haar aantreklike en sjarmante buurman, Willem.   Haar voete gaan behoorlik onder haar uitgeslaan word.  Wie dink julle vertolk die rol van Willem?

Getroud met rugby is alreeds van 7 April 2009 op KykNet te siene.  Dit word gesien as die Afrikaanse weergawe van die Britse televisie reek Footballers’ Wives.  Getroud met rugby is een van die gewildste TV reekse op KykNet.

GETROUD MET RUGBY is ‘n daaglikse sepie op kykNET wat afspeel agter die skerms van professionele rugby.

Kilian Now A Suspect in Another Attempted Hit

Zane Kilian was expected to make his bail bid in the Belville Regional Court on Monday when the court was informed of additional charges that had been added.  Investigators on Monday said they believed Kilian, the man who is believed to be linked to the death of detective Kinnear, is also linked to an attempted hit on a prominent attorney.

Kilian has been in custody for more than a month and was expected to appear in court today for his bail hearing.  The court however heard that another charge of conspiracy to commit a murder and a count of fraud have been added to his charge sheet.  Both charges were added for his alleged involvement in the attempted killing of William Booth, an attorney, earlier this year.

Kilian is expected to appear in the Cape Town Magistrates Court on Tuesday to face the new charges against him.  The fraud charge relates to documentation allegedly outlining his registration as a private investigator.  Eric Breyer, Kilian’s defence attorney, said that more charges had not been ruled out.

Five suspects were charged with attempted murder of the prominent defence attorney, William Booth earlier this year.  Booth was unharmed after two men wearing surgical masks fired at him at his Higgovale home.  Kilian is now facing charges for involvement in the attempted hit.

The wrong panel beater can cost you a lot

An accident can leave your car (and pocket) wrecked or with only minor damage. Either way, you will more than likely need the services of a reputable motor body repairer to get your car back in shape.

Richard Green, national director of the South African Motor Body Repairers Association (SAMBRA), a proud association of the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI), says to avoid any unhappy surprises later on, it is important to ask the right questions upfront.

“Who is going to repair the damage will be the last thing on your mind if you’re involved in an accident. Priorities on the scene are things like checking for injuries, getting the other driver’s details, finding out if anyone witnessed the accident and speaking to your insurance company,” he says.

“In truth, the scene of an accident is often chaotic. Before you know it your car is towed away – to who knows where really – without you having a clue what the actual damage is.” Tow truck companies will often refer a motorist to certain workshops for repairs. Green says this is not always due to the high quality of service provided but because tow truck companies receive commission for jobs referred. ”SA motorists involved in accidents should not be forced into making ill-considered decisions. The motorist has the right to choose who should assist in the recovery of the vehicle,” he says,

Green warns there can be many hidden costs in car repairs, even if you are insured, but you can soften the blow significantly by ensuring you get quality workmanship.

“One way of doing this is to only use an accredited motor body repairer,” he said.

A good motor body repairer will fix any external and internal damage to the body and structure of a car, like repairing a bumper, a door, a bonnet, a fender, aligning the structure or respraying. If there is any mechanical work to be done, most reputable repairers have a specialist mechanic on site that can tend to any accident related mechanical repairs.

Any motor body repairer worth their salt will expect customers to ask questions and be able to put their minds at ease with comprehensive answers.

Six important questions to ask your motor body repairer

  1. Which automotive associations does your business belong to, and is your business an accredited member of that association?
  2. Does the company have a good reputation and do you use authentic, high-quality parts and materials?  Do your research and check the social channels for satisfied or disgruntled customer comments.
  3. Will you supply me with a detailed description of repairs and what methods will be used to repair my car?
  4. How experienced is the team who will be working on my car?
  5. Do you offer a guarantee on workmanship, paint and parts?
  6. How long will it take to repair my car and will you keep me posted when delays occur?

“Ultimately, the owner wants their car repaired professionally and without it losing any value – as, unfortunately, any accident repair is deemed to cause depreciation. This is why issues of good workmanship, new and factory approved repair parts and fair pricing, as well as quick turnaround on repairs is what consumers should request and expect. By using an accredited repairer with SAMBRA, you know they can be held accountable for the quality of workmanship and that you have recourse from RMI or the Ombudsman if things go wrong,” concludes Green.

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