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Mugabe Faces Impeachment After Refusing to Resign

Zimbabwe's longtime president Robert Mugabe is facing impeachment after making it clear in a televised speech he will not resign.

Millions tuned in to radio and television Sunday expecting to celebrate the end of what has been 37 years of Mugabe's autocratic rule.

They were bitterly disappointed - some to the point of tears - to hear Mugabe say he will preside over his ZANU-PF party congress next month.

He did not mention the word resign or appear to take the military intervention into the country's political crisis seriously.

"The operation...did not amount to a threat to our well-cherished constitutional order nor did it challenge my authority as head of state, not even as commander-in-chief," he said.

His ruling party has given him until noon local time Monday to give up power or face impeachment.

It also fired Mugabe as ZANU-PF chief - a party he co-founded - and put ousted vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa as the new party leader.

'Not in line with what we expected'

Party whip Lovemore Matuke tells the Associated Press impeachment proceedings are a certainty and called Mugabe's speech "surprising."

"It is not in line with what we expected. We had understood that his resignation was coming to avoid the embarrassment of impeachment. The army is taking its own route, as politicians we are taking our own route, but the ultimate goal is to make sure he goes, which he should have done tonight," Mutake said.

Shaderick Guto, a professor emeritus of the University of South Africa, told VOA that Mugabe is "trying to play games" because he knows the army fears being ostracized by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union if it stages a coup. Neither organization condones the unconstitutional removal of an elected government.

Mugabe has been under house arrest since last week while negotiations are under way for his departure.

Zimbabwe has been in serious economic and political turmoil since the late 1990s.

Turning point

But the turning point in the current crisis came when Mugabe fired the popular military hero Mnangagwa and named his own hugely unpopular wife Grace as his successor.

Grace Mugabe has been accused of leading a life of luxury while many Zimbabweans go hungry.

Saying his wife would take power prompted the military to step in and carry out a de facto coup, taking over many state institutions and placing Mugabe under house arrest.

The 93-year-old Mugabe is the world's oldest head of state. He took power, first as prime minister then as president, in 1980 when Zimbabwe won independence from British white minority rule.

Although he initially brought some benefits to the black majority and the poor, Mugabe's authoritarian rule is seen as having destroyed Zimbabwe's economy, discouraged foreign investment and stifled any political challenges through violence, intimidation and what the opposition says have been rigged elections.

Mugabe has made no secret of his desire to run for re-election next year.

Source: Voice of America

Provincial Commissioner’s walkabout and community imbizo in ...

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in the Northern Cape, Lieutenant General Risimati Shivuri has arrived at Siyathemba police station in Siyathemba, Kathu.

The Provincial Commissioner will be addressing members of Siyathemba police station. The focus of the PC will be on festive season operations, discipline, services to the community and member's well-being.

The Siyathemba police station was moved from Dingleton to Siyathemba due to mining activities. The Siyathemba police station was built by the mine at no cost to the state. The community of Dingleton has also been moved to Siyathemba.

After addressing members, the Provincial Commissioner will be addressing the community of Siyathemba.

The Provincial Commissioner will address the community about police readiness during the festive season, assistance from the community in the fight against crime, 16 Days of Activism on no Violence Against Women and Children and six point plan launched by the Minister of Police.

Source: South African Police Service

Presidency distances itself from views of advisor

The utterances reported in the media attributed to Mr Silas Zimu, Special Advisor to President Jacob Zuma on energy, at the Windaba energy conference in Cape Town, that Eskom is going down and under, very very fast are his personal views and do not represent the views of President Zuma, the Presidency or Government.

Mr Zimu addressed the conference in his personal capacity.

Government will continue to provide support to Eskom and to strengthen the state-owned entity which is one of the country's central engines for economic growth and development.

Source: The Presidency Republic of South Africa

Three life terms for Ladysmith rapist and murderer

Yesterday, the Ladysmith Regional Court convicted and sentenced Jabulani Mtshali (48) to three life imprisonment terms for two counts of rape and murder. On 3 October 2015 at 13:30 the victim, Nomusa Zwane (65) was at Madiba Drive when she was approached by the accused. She was lured into a nearby bushes under the pretext that the accused had roof sheeting for sale. While in the bushes, she was raped and strangled by the accused. She was also severely assaulted with a hammer and she died of her injuries. A case of rape and murder was opened at Ladysmith police station for further investigation and local Ladysmith Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences unit took over the investigation that led to the arrest of the accused. During the investigation, it appeared that the accused was also linked to another rape case where a 10-year-old victim was raped in November 2014.

The KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa praised the unit for their well-prepared docket that was presented at court. I welcomed the sentence handed down to the accused and this will serve as a warning to other would-be criminals who are thinking of committing such crimes. I also thanked all witnesses and Prosecuting Authority for making sure that the accused in locked for life in prison, he said.

Source: South African Police Service

South Africa hosts sectoral joint meeting of SADC Ministers, 20 to 24 ...

South Africa to host SADC Ministers responsible for Environment and Natural Resources, Fisheries and Aquaculture, and Tourism

South Africa will host the sectoral joint meeting of SADC Ministers responsible for Environment and Natural Resources, Fisheries and Aquaculture as well as Tourism taking place from 20 to 24 November 2017 in Pretoria. The meeting will comprise a 3 day Senior Officials meeting, followed by the Ministerial meeting on 23 � 24 November 2017.

South Africa is currently chairing SADC and convenes this meeting following successful hosting of the SADC Summit in August 2017.

This meeting will be hosted by the South African Ministers of Environmental Affairs, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries as well as Tourism. More than 30 Ministers responsible for these sectors in the various SADC Member States are expected to attend.

The meeting will focus on environment management, implementation of the SADC Law Enforcement and Anti-poaching Strategy, Transfrontier Conservation Areas and will review current status of the wildlife, forestry, fisheries, aquaculture and tourism sectors in terms of implementation of regional projects, programmes and strategies.

Source: Government of South Africa

Sudan Commits To Sever Ties With the DPRK

Today, following bilateral meetings in Khartoum with Deputy Secretary of State Sullivan, the Sudanese Foreign Ministry formally announced Sudan's commitment to sever all trade and military ties with North Korea. The United States welcomes the Government of Sudan's pledge and will continue engagement on this issue to ensure that this commitment is fully implemented.

Isolating the North Korean regime is a top priority for the United States, and is a key element to maintaining peace and stability worldwide. The United States is grateful for Sudan's commitment to take these important steps in light of the critical threat posed by the DPRK.

Source: U.S Department of State

Minister of Police together with SAPS engaged with stakeholder ...

The Minister of Police, Mr Fikile Mbalula today, met with the community leaders of Helenvale, Port Elizabeth. Helenvale is an area engulfed by drugs and gangster violence. This forms part of Minister Mbalula's ongoing community visits, in mobilizing community to work together with the Police in fighting crime.

Minister Mbalula engaged with community leaders on how acts of gangsterism has taken over the streets of Helenvale. The community of this area expressed their intimidation and fears on speaking out as to who the perpetrators are, as this would risk the safety and surety of their own families. Minister Mbalula was also informed that gangsters have started to recruit young learners into their circles and further requested an urgent intervention which is needed to ensure the safety of these young learners.

These gangsters have started to recruit our children from schools, but as community leaders, we remain upbeat that working with the Police, we will defeat these criminals. Community commented.

Community leaders agreed to revive street committees, and appreciated the work done by Operation Command Centre (OCC). The OCC is an intelligence lead operation unit piloted in Port Elizabeth last year.

Since the introduction of OCC, we have seen more convictions being made and Police response being quicker Community Police Forum (CPF) leader said.

I applaud your presence Minister, we must work together in getting rid of illegal firearms. The Metro Police will work as a force multiplier to the Police. I also want to congratulate the Police gangster unit team, as they are doing a great job. MMC of Community Safety said.

In his responses Minister Mbalula, informed community leaders that, a Police station will be built and land has been secured. This will further strengthen the work of the Police in combating crime.

We cannot co-exist with criminals, we are oil and water. I don't want Police who are cowards, Police must understand, policing is a calling, it is a thankless job. As a police man or woman you risk your life and nobody will say thank you. Mbalula said.

In his conclusion, Minister Mbalula promised community leaders that he will be back, for further engagements and follow ups.

We came, we heard, we saw, in two weeks, I will be back, entering house by house, street by street, we will never allow gangsters to terrorize our.

Source: South African Police Service

Remarks at the Ministerial on Trade, Security, and Governance in ...

And we are grateful to see so many friends and partners here in the United States, and appreciate you traveling to be with us today for this event.

I have been very eager to host this ministerial meeting to bring together leaders from the continent to address our shared goals and, as I was sharing with the chairman of the African Union yesterday evening, I have not had the chance during my time as Secretary of State to travel to the continent. In my prior life, I came to your continent a lot and I visited many of your countries. But I do look forward to coming early next year. We have a trip that's in the planning now, so � but in the meantime, really did not want to wait that long to get this group together. So very eager to host this ministerial meeting and appreciate you all coming to address our shared goals and challenges, and I look forward to a full day of discussions on how we can work together to achieve those shared goals.

I know all of us are following very closely the events in Zimbabwe and they are a concern to I know each of you, they are a concern to us as well, and we all should work together for a quick return to civilian rule in that country in accordance with their constitution.

Zimbabwe has an opportunity to set itself on a new path � one that must include democratic elections and respect for human rights.

Ultimately, the people of Zimbabwe must choose their government. In our conversations today, we have an opportunity to discuss concrete ways that we could help them through this transition.

Our aim today is to expand and enrich the United States' relationship with Africa along three fronts that we're going to be discussing today: promoting trade and investment; encouraging good governance; and countering terrorism.

Let me briefly touch on how these issues will help us strengthen U.S.�Africa relations and our ties in the coming decades.

We're going to begin today's proceedings with a discussion on ways we can work together to expand trade and investment, and grow economic opportunities that benefit the people of Africa and the American people.

Trade and investment between the United States and African countries is growing. U.S. exports to Sub-Saharan Africa grew from $17 billion in 2010 to more than $25 billion in 2014. And last year, the U.S. direct investment in Africa grew to $57.5 billion � the highest level to date.

Our trade and investment is stronger than it's ever been, and the United States sees even more opportunity ahead in the coming years.

Africa is a growing market with vast potential. Five of the world's 10 fastest-growing economies are in Africa, and consumer spending there is projected to exceed $2 million[1] by the year 2025.

By the year 2030, Africa is expected to represent about one quarter of the world's workforce and consumers, with a population of more than 1.7 billion. By 2050, the population of the continent is projected to double to more than 2.5 billion people � with 70 percent of that population being under the age of 30. All of these young people will have expectations for entering the workforce. The challenge is how to prepare Africa with the appropriate education for its workforce, and to prepare economically and financially for this future, so our partnership can facilitate greater growth and prosperity for both the United States and Africa.

This administration seeks to refocus our economic relationship squarely on trade and investment � to encourage policies that increase openness and competition within Africa.

A more economically vibrant and competitive Africa will grow the middle class, increase standards of living, and make the entire continent more prosperous.

I am also pleased to welcome with us today USAID Administrator Mark Green, and I look forward to his comments on this topic shortly. We also look forward to hearing from private sector leaders, and are very eager to learn more about your views and priorities for expanding trade and investment. Through Power Africa, for example, the United States and its partners have helped the private sector bring 82 power projects to Sub-Saharan Africa.

But economic growth and lasting prosperity can only thrive in environments of good government � good governance.

So we are going to discuss at our working lunch today how a country's success is firmly rooted in good governance, which fosters strong, accountable relationships between citizens and their elected officials, how that drives economic progress, and improves overall security.

Lasting peace and economic growth are undermined when governments fail to provide good governance, respect for human rights, or to uphold the law.

Peaceful, democratic transitions are important and contribute to stability. But democracy is not just about elections, and elections are neither the first nor are they the final step in the long road to building resilient democracies.

Democracy requires the inclusive, peaceful participation of a nation's citizens in the political process. That includes freedoms of expression and association, an independent press, a robust and engaged civil society, a government that is transparent and accountable to all of its citizens, and a fair and impartial judiciary. Corruption and weak governance, restriction on human rights and civil society, and authorities who ignore the rule of law and change their constitutions for personal gain are all obstacles to the development of prosperous, free societies. In fact, an African Union study estimated that corruption costs the continent roughly $150 billion a year.

This is money that should be used to create jobs, build schools and hospitals, improve security, and provide social services.

A quality basic education is another powerful contributor to economic growth and development � one that reduces poverty and provides children and youth the skills they need for gainful employment. We have worked with you to build the capacity for your national education system to offer quality education for more people, and we look forward to continued partnership to address low literacy rates, teacher shortages, and greater access to education across all of Africa.

We encourage our African counterparts to address these many governance challenges, and in doing so, unlock your country's development potential. We look forward to discussing today specific ways to strengthen democracy and promote better governance over our lunch discussions.

The United States also stands with you as we work to defeat the scourge of terrorism and violent extremism, which have taken so many innocent lives in Africa and across the world. That will be our final topic of discussion today.

We are particularly grateful for the work of African countries to expand multinational and regional cooperation to counter terrorism. The United States is committed to partnering with you to defeat ISIS, al-Qaida, and other terrorist groups across your continent.

Just last month, I announced that the United States pledged up to an additional $60 million in funding to support the G-5 Sahel Joint Force in counterterrorism efforts, and to bolster our regional partners in their fight to provide security and stability.

The United States, as the largest peacekeeping capacity-building contributor, is also helping over 20 African countries train, deploy, and sustain peacekeepers. This year, such efforts have already supported the training of more than 27,000 African peacekeepers to the UN and AU missions.

But we recognize that the force of arms alone is insufficient.

It is imperative that we work together, and with civil society, to address the root causes of violent extremism. To create sustainable peace, we must also combat marginalization, strengthen accountability, and create more economic opportunity.

Before I conclude, let me stress that the United States seeks greater support from our African partners on growing global security matters, including North Korea.

We appreciate the statements condemning the DPRK missile launches that many of your governments have made. But all nations must act to implement UN sanctions in full and cut off all UN-proscribed ties.

Further, I urge you to take additional measures to pressure the DPRK by downgrading your diplomatic relationships with the regime, severing economic ties, expelling all DPRK laborers, and reducing North Korea's presence in your country in all other ways it may be found.

The DPRK presents a threat to all of our nations. Everyone � including each country represented here today � must play a part in this peaceful pressure campaign to convince the DPRK that the only way to achieve true security and respect from the international community is to abandon its current path and choose a meaningful dialogue about a different future.

The United States will continue to support your efforts to secure your citizens, encourage stronger institutions and better governance, and promote greater economic growth for each of your countries.

I really do look forward to our time together today and in particular to hear how you are working to address these challenges, and how we can learn from your experience and strengthen this already very fruitful partnership.

Thank you very much. (Applause.)

Source: U.S Department of State