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Cont Mhlanga Granted State-assisted Funeral

By Kamangeni Phiri

The Government of Zimbabwe has accorded the late arts genius, Continue loving Mhlanga a State-assisted funeral in recognition of his sterling work in uplifting the sector.

Mhlanga, an internationally acclaimed playwright, filmmaker and creative director, succumbed to pneumonia Monday morning at the United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH).

He was 64.

Dr Misheck Sibanda , Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, said in a statement on Tuesday the creative and cultural industries were left poorer following the demise of one of Zimbabwe’s most respected icons ever produced by the arts sector.

“His Excellency the President, Dr E.D. Mnangagwa, has granted State-assisted funeral to the late National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) legend, Continueloving “Cont”Mdlala Mhlanga, who passed on yesterday at the United Bulawayo Hospitals after a short illness,” read the statement.

Dr Sibanda said the government granted the internationally acclaimed arts guru the state-assisted funeral in recognition of his great achievements in the arts sector.

“He came as a trailblazer in our country’s creative and cultural industries. Mhlanga was recently appointed a member of the National Team for the Creation of a Strategy for the Zimbabwe Film Sector,” he said.

Mhlanga launched his career in arts in 1982 when he formed Amakhosi Theatre. His project started as a karate youth club, before turning to professional theatre in 1988.

He wrote more than 20 plays, among them Sinjalo, The Good President, Amakorokoza, The End, Children on Fire, Games and Bombs, The Members and Vikela.

Mhlanga also helped set up Skyz Metro FM, one of the first independent radio stations in Zimbabwe.

A memorial service for the late arts guru will be held at Amakhosi Township Square on Friday with burial set for Saturday in his rural home in Lupane, Matabeleland North.

Cont is survived by a wife, six children and a grandchild.

Mourners are gathered at house number 488 Nguboyenja Suburb.

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Ramaphosa ‘very likely to resign’ today, South African media reports – ZimLive.com

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Cyril Ramaphosa’s future as South African president hung in the balance on Thursday, as his office said it was about to make an announcement a day after a panel report found preliminary evidence he may have committed serious misconduct.

News24 reported that Ramaphosa “has lost the political support of the ANC and is very likely to resign… in the next few hours.”

The news website quoted a source close to Ramaphosa stating that the president did not have to be convinced of the case to resign. The insider said Ramaphosa argued that it was “in the best interest of the stability of the country for him to quit.”

“There is nothing we can do now,” the source said.

The inquiry centred on the theft of a millions of dollars of cash from the billionaire president’s farm in 2020, which came to light in June. The theft has raised questions about how Ramaphosa, who came to power on the promise to fight graft, acquired the money and whether he declared it.

The president has denied any wrongdoing and has not been charged with any crimes.

The rand fell more than 4 percent against the dollar on Thursday and South Africa’s sovereign dollar bonds dropped sharply on speculation Ramaphosa would leave his post.

The country’s biggest opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, has called for an early election and the report has plunged the governing African National Congress (ANC) into crisis.

It also threatens Ramaphosa’s efforts to rekindle investor confidence in Africa’s most industrialised economy, after a decade of corruption scandals under former president Jacob Zuma.

The ANC’s executive committee is due to meet to discuss the panel report on Thursday evening.

Asked by Reuters about a local media report that Ramaphosa was due to address the nation on Thursday, Ramaphosa’s spokesman Vincent Magwenya said: “An announcement is imminent. … I can’t confirm the date and time, we will advise. The primary concern in the president’s mind is the stability of the government and the country.”

South Africa’s foreign minister Naledi Pandor called the panel’s report “a very troubling moment” in an interview at the Reuters NEXT conference, and two cabinet ministers called for Ramaphosa to resign.

A spokesperson for elite police unit the Hawks said its investigation into the theft at Ramaphosa’s farm was continuing, while the central bank said it did not comment on exchange control investigations.

The ANC is set to hold an elective conference later this month that will decide if Ramaphosa gets to run for a second term on the ANC ticket at a 2024 election.

“I think the president has to step aside now and answer to the case,” Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Zuma’s ex-wife, who narrowly lost the ANC’s 2017 leadership contest to Ramaphosa, wrote on Twitter late on Wednesday.

Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, who has campaigned to be elected ANC leader this month, wrote: “CR MUST RESIGN NOW!”

Ramaphosa delayed a scheduled appearance in parliament to answer questions from lawmakers on Thursday, asking the chairperson of parliament’s upper house for time to “carefully consider … the next course of action to be taken,” a statement from parliament said.

The panel’s recommendations are not binding on parliament, which is set to debate the report on December 6 and where the ANC holds a majority of seats.

If lawmakers decide to forge ahead with an impeachment process, the next stage would be the creation of an impeachment committee with far greater powers – including that of subpoena – than the panel of experts appointed by the speaker.

That committee would have the power to recommend Ramaphosa be removed from office, a decision which parliament would then have to take. – Reuters

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High Court reinstates Buyanga arrest warrant – NewsDay

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THE High Court has set aside the cancellation of a warrant of arrest for South Africa-based controversial businessperson Frank Buyanga Sadiqi.

The ruling was made after the court initiated an automatic review process after Harare Magistrate Judith Taruvinga cancelled the Interpol warrant of arrest issued on Buyanga. The National Prosecuting Authority of Zimbabwe has also filed for a review of  Taruvinga’s judgment annulling the warrant earlier this month.

High Court judges Justices Pisirayi Kwenda and Benjamin Chikowero ruled that Taruvinga grossly misdirected herself in her judgment.

“In a masterstroke, she overturned two judgments of the superior courts … She failed to appreciate the difference between the procedure of setting aside an irregular proceeding and cancellation of an order,” the judges ruled.

“An irregular proceeding is a proceeding contrary to the law and is, thus, a nullity. Such a proceeding is a money event in the eyes of the law. It cannot be cancelled. It can only be set aside by a court of competent jurisdiction. When the magistrate thought she was merely cancelling a warrant of arrest, she was in fact setting aside her previous order thereby reviewing her own work. She had no jurisdiction to do so. She had become a functus officio.”

Functus officio refers to an officer or agency whose mandate has expired, due to either the arrival of an expiry date or an agency having accomplished the purpose for which it was created.

Justice Kwenda complained of harassment by Buyanga’s lawyers.

He said: “I could have reviewed the proceedings and if need be, obtained concurrence from another judge, peacefully in the comfort of my chambers. All hell broke loose when I decided to and did invite the legal practitioners who represented Frank Buyanga Sadiqi and the State in their capacity as officers of the court, to assist me with the legal issues which I had identified.

“As soon as they arrived, Frank Buyanga Sadiqi’s legal practitioners, three in number, ganged up against me and presented a furious argument aimed at ejecting me from the review process, accusing me of bias. If it was up to me and not a call of duty, I would have resolved never to do it again.”

Buyanga was arrested in South Africa on November 10, 2022 on charges of child trafficking, immigration law violations, forgery and contempt of court.

His arrest emanated from a protracted child custody wrangle with his ex-girlfriend Chantelle Muteswa.

The South African courts have so far denied him bail.

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