THE MILITARY

As Zanu PF factions destroy each other, the military will have a huge say as to who would take over from President Mugabe.

THE MILITARY

As Zanu PF factions destroy each other, the military will have a huge say as to who would take over from President Mugabe.

PROPHET WALTER MAGAYA

He is a controversial prophet who continues to draw large crowds with his promise of miracles. But as his popularity soars he faces all sorts of allegations. So far he has survived.

TSVANGIRAI THE SURVIVOR

Two secretary generals tried to topple him but failed. His wife walked out but returned home. Now MDC leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, is plotting his way to State House.

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Thursday, 24 August 2017

LAWYER BEATEN UP AT ROADBLOCK

A LAWYER with the Legal Resources Foundation (LRF) has claimed she was assaulted by police officers manning a roadblock near Chaka business centre on Sunday morning, while defending her client.

Lucy Chivasa, the Masvingo LRF centre lawyer, has since filed assault charges at the police under case number CR70/08/17.

Narrating her ordeal to the Souther Eye, Chivasa said she saw the police officers assaulting a kombi conductor and driver and she identified herself and said she was going to represent them, but she was bashed for her troubles, leaving her with minor injuries and traumatised.

“I am traumatised. These guys assaulted a kombi driver and a passenger in my presence, I tried to help their victims and they assaulted me even after I had identified myself as a legal practitioner,” she narrated.

“They also broke our phones when they discovered that someone I was with was filming them.”

A medical report done at the Masvingo General Hospital by a Dr Maimba reveals that the injuries are slight and they were caused by a blunt object.

Police in Masvingo referred all questions to Midlands, saying the area was not in their jurisdiction.

Chivasa said they had also indicated that the matter will be transferred to Midlands, even though she had initially reported in Masvingo.

Masvingo Lawyers’ Association secretary-general, Collins Maboke blasted the police for the alleged assault.

“We are not happy with what the police did, we want to protect the rule of law and justice delivery system. If the police block the free flow of justice, then we will also take action and see to it that those implicated are brought to book,” he said.


“We expect the police to work hand in hand with lawyers.” Newsday

AFM DEACON FONDLES TEEN

AN Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) church deacon in Bulawayo allegedly fondled a 13-year-old girl and promised to teach her sex positions that will help her in marriage.
Bhakulu Joseph Dube (68) appeared before Western Commonage magistrate Mr Stephen Ndhlovu yesterday facing a charge of indecent assault. He was not asked to plead and remanded out of custody to August 30 on $50 bail.

Prosecuting, Mr Kenneth Shava said Dube allegedly lured the girl to his house by promising to buy her a soft drink.

“On July 9 at around 2PM after a church service, the accused accompanied the complainant to her house as she was not feeling well. On their way, they passed by the accused’s house, where the accused wanted to give the complainant $2 to buy a soft drink,” said Mr Shava.

“The complainant remained outside as the accused went to get the money. The accused dragged her into the house then grabbed her body tightly and tried to kiss her. The accused escaped and ran home.”

In a statement to the police, the girl said Dube opened her jacket, looked at her breasts and told her not to allow anyone to touch them as he would fondle them when she finishes school.

“He gave me a banana and $2, saying I should visit him so that he will teach me skills of having sexual intercourse so that it will be easier for me to have sex when I am married,” read the statement.
Mr Shava said the girl told a relative and they reported the matter to the police.
Dube was represented by Mr Liberty Mcijo of Liberty Mcijo and Associates. Chronicle

GRAB ALL REMAINING WHITE OWNED FARMS : CHIPANGA

THE ruling Zanu-PF party’s youth wing has urged Government to repossess farms that still remain in the hands of a few commercial white farmers and allocate them to landless youths.

Addressing hundreds of youths gathered for the Midlands inter-district meeting in Gweru on Wednesday, the national youth league chairperson, Cde Kudzai Chipanga, said the current generation of youths was too young to benefit from the land reform programme, when it started.
“We therefore urge Government, through its relevant ministry, to take over farms that remain in the hands of a minority whites. We know such farms are there and as youths, we say we also need a fair share of our land,” said Cde Chipanga, much to applause.

He said there were many farms lying idle in the country that Government did not repossess under the land reform programme which could benefit many youths, if acquired.

“We know there are some farms that Government did not repossess because they served a critical sector like dairy farms. We have no problem with such farms but there are those that still lie idle with the owners still holding on to them because they have connections with chefs. As youths we say no, let’s get those farms re-allocated so that the majority can benefit.

“These are some of the grievances that we have tabled before the President and he is seized with the matter,” he told the cheering crowd.

Cde Chipanga said the youth league was engaged in various empowerment projects to empower youths with the land issue topping the agenda.

He said as future leaders, youths should also participate in decision-making and should also be accorded a chance to sit on parastatal boards.
“We are tired of reading in the newspapers that retired general so and so has been appointed into this or that board. We also want to seats on those boards and participate in decision making for the development of our country. We are privileged to have a President like Cde Mugabe who listens to our grievances,” Cde Chipanga said. chronicle

MAN STABS TOUT TO DEATH IN BRAWL

A 41-YEAR-OLD man from Gokwe has been arrested for allegedly stabbing a tout to death in a brawl that ensued after the tout tried to force him to board a bus.
It is alleged that on August 17, 2017 at around 9PM at Gokwe Bus Terminus, Methulisi Ndingidi was waiting for a Bulawayo bound ZUPCO bus which normally departs Gokwe around 3AM but touts tried to force him to board C.A.G bus.

He vehemently refused. The tout, Nqobile Phiri, who was in the company of Melusi Ndlovu and other touts who are still at large, then started assaulting Ndingindi for refusing to board a C.A.G bus they were touting for.

Ndingindi (41) of Naison Village, Chief Njelele got angry and stabbed Phiri once on the chest, resulting in the other touts scampering for cover. Ndingindi was not asked to plead when he appeared before Gokwe Magistrate Ms Evelyn Mashavakure, yesterday, facing a murder charge. He was remanded in custody to August 31.
Prosecuting, Mr Mike Tafira told the court that on August 17 around 9AM, Ndingindi was waiting for a Bulawayo bound ZUPCO coach.

“He was approached by Phiri who was in company of his accomplices who are still at large. They tried to force him either to board the C.A.G bus they were touting for or vacate the bus terminus.
It is alleged that Ndingindi decided to walk away but Phiri started assaulting him with a baton stick claiming that he was the one who was influencing other passengers against boarding the C.A.G bus.

“One of the accomplices produced a knife and grabbed Ndingidi by his hand demanding money he had in his possession. Out of fear he surrendered the money but Phiri did not stop assaulting him,” Mr Tafira said.

The court heard that Ndingidi grabbed the knife from one of the accused persons and stabbed Phiri once on his chest before handing himself over to the police. Chronicle

HOSP SUES FOR DEAD MAN'S COSTS

MATER DEI Hospital is suing a Bulawayo man for more than $10 000 for medical expenses incurred by his late relative during his admission at the hospital. 

The debt emanates from medical services and drugs supplied to Mr Khairunnisa Abass by Mater Dei Hospital between January and March this year.

In papers before the Bulawayo High Court, Mater Dei Hospital cited the Estate of the late Mr Abass, the guarantor Mr Yasin Mullaji and the Assistant Master of the High Court as defendants.

Mr Mullaji was cited as the second defendant by virtue of binding himself as a surety for the medical bills.

The late Mr Abass was admitted to the Roman Catholic-run hospital after he was diagnosed with an ailment which was not mentioned in the court papers.

According to court papers, the hospital is owed $10 359 for services rendered and drugs supplied to the late patient.

Mater Dei Hospital through its lawyers, Coghlan and Welsh Legal Practitioners said that despite having been given terms and time to pay, the defendants failed to settle the bill. 

According to the hospital’s terms and conditions which were agreed upon between Mr Mullaji and the hospital, the money for the late Mr Abass’ treatment was to be payable upon presentation of the account by the hospital.

Lawyers also stated that in the event that the hospital instituted legal proceedings against the defendants for the recovery of the amount due, or any balance thereof, Mullaji undertook to pay the legal costs on attorney-client scale.

Mater Dei Hospital is claiming the money with an interest calculated from August 3 this year to the date of final payment and the cost of suit at attorney-client scale.


The defendants have not yet responded to the summons. Chronicle

MNANGAGWA IN NO SHOW

Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa was in a no show at a key agriculture meeting and was instead represented by the Minister of State in his office Clifford Sibanda.

There was heightened curiosity on whether Mnangagwa would attend the meeting, following an alleged food poisoning incident about two weeks ago.

Instead, Sibanda delivered the key note speech in Mnangagwa’s absence, saying the government had introduced a new statutory instrument to curb side-marketing of State-sponsored farm produce and abuse of inputs provided under the command agriculture programme.

“Statutory Instrument 79 of 2017, the Agriculture Marketing Authority (Command Agriculture Scheme for Domestic Crop, Livestock and Fisheries Production) is in order and those, who take advantage of cash challenges and entice farmers to side-market their produce at uncompetitive prices will be dealt with accordingly,” Mnangagwa said in a speech read on his behalf by Sibanda.

“As I speak, maize deliveries to the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) depots have already surpassed half a million metric tonnes.

Deliveries are ongoing and some silos are already full and maize is being moved to other GMB depots across the country.”

Mnangagwa said the government had expanded the command agriculture initiative to include other crops such as wheat, cotton and soya bean, in addition to fish and livestock production after the success of the scheme, which was initially targeted at maize production.


“Of course, achieving this landmark development requires the effort of every stakeholder in the agriculture sector and cannot be done by government alone. This calls for support from all players in the value chain system inclusive of the financial services sector, agro inputs producers and equipment suppliers, as well as farmers themselves,” he said. newsday

GRACE ON THE RAMPAGE IN MAZOWE

FIRST Lady Grace Mugabe yesterday reportedly intensified her bid to evict Arnold Farm villagers to pave way for the expansion of her business empire in Mazowe, with Zanu PF youth members allegedly destroying the villagers’ makeshift shelters to force them out of the property.

The onslaught on the villagers is in spite of a court order granting them reprieve to stay on the farm until government secures alternative land for them.

Villagers, who cannot be named for security reasons, said a group of about eight youths stormed the farm, and razed down the makeshift shelters the villagers constructed in April after the police pulled down homesteads to pave way for the expansion of Grace’s business empire.

“They came around 7am and tore apart some plastics that we use as shelter, destroying the grass thatch and at some homesteads ordering the villagers off the farm,” one villager said.

“They had destroyed about eight homes, then we charged at them asking them why they were doing so when we have a court order giving us the right to be on the farm until government provides alternative land for us.”

The villagers said the youth stopped demolishing the structures and went back to the compound on the same farm, where they stay guarding the property.

This was, however, not without more incidents, as the youth allegedly destroyed a mobile phone belonging to one of the villagers, who they accused of filming their actions.

When NewsDay visited the farm, children were milling around what used to be their homes, with their parents pondering their next move.

“We are being exposed to this treatment every month since April when the police launched a large-scale bid to evict us and leave us homeless at the peak of the heavy rains that were experienced in the country,” another villager said.

“We have called our lawyer, who advised us to make a police report at Mazowe, so that he could use the case number to pursue the matter, but the police made us to sit outside for two hours at the police station waiting for the officer-in-charge.

“We eventually left without a case number.” Police spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba professed ignorance of yesterday’s developments.

“I am not aware of it,” she said.

Mashonaland Central Provincial Affairs minister Martin Dinha also said he was not aware of the incident, as he was at the late war veteran George Rutanhire’s funeral wake.
“I will come to you if I have the information. At the moment, I am not aware,” he said.

Dinha has been on record saying he would give Grace any land she wants for her business development.


In 2014, the courts stopped evictions when Grace took over the adjacent Manzou Farm and turned it into a game sanctuary until the government provided alternative land to settle the villagers, who took control of the farm at the height of the land invasions in 2000. Newsday

MAN KILLS MUM OVER $500

A 42-year-old Tsholotsho man allegedly bashed his mother (62) with a knobkerrie to death in the presence of his daughter (4) when the woman had told him that she had used $500 he had given her to keep.
Jabulani Moyo failed to control his temper when his mother, Catherine Ndlovu, told him that she had used his money for the family’s upkeep.
Moyo allegedly had been giving his mother money earned from doing menial jobs from 2014 to keep for him.

He allegedly struck her several times on the head using a knobkerrie, leading to her death.
Chief Gampu confirmed the incident yesterday.

“I have been notified that a man from my area killed his mother over money and I am yet to get full details. At the moment I am not home and will visit the family and attend the funeral when I travel back home,” he said.

Matabeleland North provincial police spokesperson Inspector Siphiwe Makonese could not comment on the incident.
However, a police source close to investigations said Moyo was in police custody.
“The murder suspect was living with his mother aged 62 and daughter in Makhaba Area of Tsholotsho under Chief Gampu.

“He was in the habit of doing piece jobs for other villagers and would ask his mother to collect his wages and keep the money since 2014.

“On Monday evening while they were seated in the kitchen hut, he asked for his money which had accumulated to about $500,” he said.

The now deceased reportedly failed to give her son the money and an argument ensued.
“His mother apologised and explained that she had been using the money to buy food and other necessities at home. This did not go down well with Moyo who went out and armed himself with a knobkerrie,” said the source.

Moyo started assaulting his mother while demanding his money.
“When his mother fell unconscious, he ran away from the hut leaving behind his daughter aged four,” he added.

“His younger son notified police in Tsholotsho who in turn attended the scene and started investigations. Moyo was arrested and the knobkerrie he used in killing his mother was recovered. Chronicle

RUTANHIRE, A HERO WHO SUFFERED NEGLECT

By Benjamin Paradza
The passing of Cde George Rutanhire prompts us to reflect on where we came from and where we are going to. Somewhere in the Game of Thrones, it is mentioned that it is not the business of the lion to concern itself with opinions of the sheep. Cde George, as we affectionately knew him, was, during my time, the lion and one of the most respected commanders and members of the General Staff. Even the late General Vitalis Zvinavashe (alias Fox Corner / Sheba Gava) who succeeded Solomon Mujuru and preceded Constantino Chiwenga as defence forces commander, saluted Cde George.

In the ZANLA command structure, the General Staff was immediately below the High Command, after which were the Detachment Commanders (commonly known as the D level) and then the various junior ranks. The real operational commanders were in the General Staff and the D level. Cde George was the most senior of the General Staff. As Director of the Commissariat, he reported to and saluted only members of the High Command who, with some notable exceptions, were not always among us. So, in an army of over 30 000, he saluted not more than 30 men in the Central Committee and the High Command. That is how high-ranking Cde George was.

What was striking about Cde George was his humility, awareness and acceptance of his personal limitations. Cognisant of his shortcomings, he surrounded himself with Comrades like me who had more formal education than he did to help him effectively execute his tasks as Director. At his command, we wrote and prepared the commissariat lectures used for training of comrades. I was deployed to Manicaland to conduct research into the situation there and report back. Through such research projects, Cde George was able to brief the High Command on how the struggle had progressed.

Cde George and his wife Cde Susan were in the thick of it all and fortunately survived the war. He used to talk about how he and a handful of other combatants outwitted the Rhodesian forces in 1972 when they abducted a group of students from St Alberts Mission in Mount Darwin. He was one of those who ignited the war in the north-eastern Tete Province, together with Comrades Wilfred Mhanda, Webster Gwauya and others, when the likes of Robert Mugabe and all these guys who falsely claim to have fought in the war were either languishing in prison or were too young to prosecute the struggle. Saviour Kasukuwere is one of those who literally must have been in nappies then.

In recent times, apart from his ill-conceived and unnecessary dig at Mai Mujuru, with which I respectfully disagreed, we had heard nothing about Cde George. It was as if he was attacking Joice Mujuru in an attempt to attract the attention of ZANU PF after they had neglected him for years. When bad guys take over, they sideline the good ones.

Rutanhire was one of the good and genuine war veterans who was overwhelmingly neglected by vultures and opportunists who never fought the battles that he did. To his widow, Cde Susan, I express my sincere condolences. You and Cde George are not at all party to what they have done to our country. May your goodness, Cde George, and your soul rest in eternal peace knowing you played your part without seeking personal gain. I certainly would be there in person to pay you my last respects, if only I was not exiled by the same people that we sacrificed our lives for who have turned out to be nothing but thugs and thieves. When good men die, the evil will rejoice.

You genuinely earned your status as a national hero and you do not need the approbation of charlatans who, by conferring that title on you, seek to bask in your reflected glory.

Justice Benjamin Paradza Exiled Judge of the High Court of Zimbabwe and President of ZUNDE

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GOVT SPEAKS ON KWESE TV LICENCE

The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) yesterday dismissed reports that it has licensed Kwese TV to operate in the country.

Reports on the licensing of Kwese TV have gone viral on social media. In a statement yesterday, BAZ chief executive Mr Obert Muganyura said in terms of the Broadcasting Services Act [Chapter 12:06], no person shall provide a broadcasting service in Zimbabwe other than in accordance with a licence issued by BAZ.

“The content distribution licence issued to Dr Dish, which was specific to the provision of the My TV Africa Service, as declared by Dr Dish in its application and stated in the terms and conditions of the licence, was cancelled by the authority for failure by Dr Dish to provide the My TV Africa service,” he said.

“BAZ therefore wishes to advise the public not to invest in a service that cannot be provided without a licence and warns anyone who may contemplate providing an unlicensed broadcasting service to acquaint themselves with the course of action that the authority is bound to take in terms of the law,” said Mr Maganyura.

Some sections of the media reported that Econet Zimbabwe employees were given Kwese TV decoders. They claimed that Government had licensed the pay TV platform owned by Econet Media, a subsidiary of Econet Global to start operations in the country. Lovemore Nyatsine, executive assistant to Econet group chief executive officer was, however, quoted dismissing the claims.

“It is still premature for me to comment because there are certain procedures that are being followed. “We are actually not licensed, as in that manner, certain processes need to be done.”
Currently, Kwese TV is operating in Botswana, Ghana, Lesotho, Rwanda and Zambia. Herald

MUGABE MOURNS MUZENDA, RUTANHIRE

President Mugabe has described Vice President Simon Muzenda’s widow, Maud, as “an epitome of African motherhood” and branded national hero Cde George Rutanhire “a giant of the struggle” as he grieved over their deaths.

Amai Muzenda died on Tuesday, while Cde Rutanhire passed on on Saturday. Said President Mugabe in a statement last night: “I learnt with deep sadness of the death yesterday (Tuesday) of Amai Muzenda, wife of the late Vice President, Cde Simon Vengai Muzenda.
“An epitome of African motherhood, Gogo Muzenda stands tall as a symbol of the triumph of motherly femininity over adversities imposed on the African family unit by demands of our struggle against settler colonialism. Betrothed to a fierce nationalist and freedom fighter in the mould of our late Vice President, Gogo Muzenda was, for a long time, fated to raise the Muzenda family without support from her husband who would either be operating underground, or would be languishing in prison inside the then Rhodesia.”

President Mugabe said Amai Muzenda single-handedly raised the family. “Once freed, the late Vice President went into exile, leaving Ambuya Muzenda to shoulder the burden of raising the family single-handedly. She thus bore unaided the brunt of parenthood, itself no easy role given the broad socio-economic pressures faced by African families surviving under settler colonial conditions, and of course the direct political hostilities and open harassment to which families of nationalists were subjected by the racist regime. Still she held firm as the sole head of the family, even then while still playing her part in supporting the greater cause of our liberation struggle.”

The President said Gogo Muzenda also bore children for the struggle. “Like most mothers, she too bore children for the struggle, even losing one of them in one of the many bombings on our camps by the racist Rhodesian regime. As we mourn her sad departure, we thus recognise and celebrate this exemplary family’s given-ness to the national cause.

“Gogo Muzenda’s death comes barely a week after we laid to rest another heroine, Senator Shuvai Ben Mahofa, and just a few days after the sad departure of Cde George Rutanhire, himself, a giant of our struggle.

“It spoke highly of Cde Rutanhire’s commitment to the national cause that he abandoned his role of a catechist in the Roman Catholic Church for the struggle in the early 1970s, and did so together with his newly-wedded wife, Cde Susan, who survives him, said President Mugabe.

He said Cde Rutanhire deserved the national hero status bestowed on him. “It therefore comes as no surprise that the nation has honoured Cde Rutanhire by according him the status of a national hero. He more than deserved this honour.
“It has been a very difficult month for our nation. Yet we must all remain strong and hopeful, converting this buffeting emotion from repeated tragedies into a lasting passion of affinity and togetherness for our nation as it goes through this dark and difficult patch.

“On behalf of the party, Zanu-PF, Government, our entire nation and on behalf of my family, I wish to condole with both the Muzenda and Rutanhire families as they grieve over their saddest losses. We stand with them, as indeed we pay deserved tribute to the fallen comrades so dear to our hearts. May their souls rest in eternal peace,” said President Mugabe.

Yesterday, First Lady Grace Mugabe and leaders across the political divide visited the Muzenda family home in Harare to pay their condolences. Daughter to Amai Muzenda, Senator Tsitsi Muzenda said the First Lady urged unity.

“The main message of her Excellency the First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe was that she was very grateful for the work that Mbuya Muzenda played in her lifetime. She said as a country we should be appreciative of what women like her did.

“She also said that those women sacrificed so much in their lives but they never gave up supporting their husbands, therefore as women of Zimbabwe, we should take a leaf from these women who sacrificed so much. We are here now with tremendous freedom but sometimes we forget that there were others earlier who sacrificed their lives for us,” said Sen Muzenda.

“She urged sincerely that as women of Zimbabwe, we should be focused to building our beautiful country because us as women we are the pillars of families, we are the pillars of our beautiful country and that if we emulate the good works that other women did before, we shall go a long way.”

Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko also visited the Muzenda family. “I do not have words but just to say l am sorry for your loss. We will be advised on the programme and arrangements when the President has spoken. This will make things easier for us as we will then know the way forward. At the moment we are still waiting as nothing has been said. We will wait for the President,” said VP Mphoko.

Zanu-PF Politburo member Cde Josaya Hungwe and Masvingo political commissar Cde Jappy Jaboon said as Masvingo Province, they have written to the Politburo recommending that Amai Muzenda be declared a national heroine.

“Our province has recommended that she be declared a national heroine because of the role she played during the war and after the war. As you know Ambuya Muzenda was a nurse by profession, she was supplying medical drugs during the war to the comrades. She played her biggest role in looking after our late Vice President,” said Cde Jaboon.

“We have lost a unifier of Masvingo Province and of Zimbabwe as well. Her wish was for us to continue supporting the ruling party and its leadership. We need to emulate life yaAmai through discipline and dignity.”

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai also visited the family yesterday. He narrated how Amai Muzenda paid him a visit to pass her condolences when his wife Susan Tsvangirai passed on and how she played a critical during the time he sought audience with the late Vice President.

‘’There is an episode l experienced with her when the late Vice President Simon Muzenda was the acting President. There was a nurse strike and l came here. He could not speak to me until Amai Muzenda said these are your children and if you become angry where do you want them to go,” he said.

“She definitely was an influential woman. We have the liberation generation, the nationalist generation which is going one by one. They will leave a legacy but that legacy does not illustrate their personal life and what they were experiencing during those hard days. It is always the women who carry the burden and l am sure she was one of them.”

Her son Tongai Muzenda said as a family, they were grateful as people from all walks of life were assisting in the administration of the funeral as well as with transport and food. He said her mother is survived by six children, 20 grandchildren and 15 grand- grandchildren.

Other dignitaries who visited the homestead were, Defence Minister Cde Sydney Sekeramayi accompanied by service chiefs, Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Dr Joram Gumbo, Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, Speaker of the National Assembly Advocate Jacob Mudenda, Deputy Ministers of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development (Crop Production) Davis Marapira, Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Mathias Tongofa, Mines and Mining Development Fred Moyo, Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Deputy Minister Tapiwa Matangaidze.

Mourners are gathered at 43 Lewisam Avenue in Chisipite Harare. Herald

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

DLAMINI-ZUMA CHASED AWAY FROM MARIKANA

African National Congress presidential hopeful, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was sent packing in Marikana near Rustenburg on Tuesday.

Dlamini-Zuma was in Marikana to lay wreaths at the infamous koppie where 34 miners were gunned down by police on 16 August 2012.

The rocky koppie, or hill, is the place where 34 striking mineworkers were gunned down by police in 2012.

The families and community members feel the ANC government has not compensated them for the incident.
The area has also been a no-go area for President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Yesterday Amcu members prevented Dlamini-Zuma from laying wreaths and forced her to leave.

She did not even step out of her vehicle. The union members shouted: "This is not a playground. Why did you not come when you were still the chairperson of the AU [African Union]".

Napoleon Webster, a Marikana community activist, said Dlamini-Zuma's actions were political.

"We can't use the pain of our people for her to become the ANC president... She is doing what Cyril [Ramaphosa] did. We [also] chased her husband away last [time]," he said.

Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa said Dlamini-Zuma and her entourage did not follow the right protocol.

"Amcu branch structures feel undermined by Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and her people. They feel that Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and her people should have communicated with the (Amcu) national office."

Mathunjwa said it has been mentioned to Dlamini-Zuma and her entourage that the Wonderkop should not be used for political point scoring.

ANC Women's League secretary general Meakgo Matuba downplayed the incident, saying: "We respect the decision of some Amcu members for requesting the ANCWL to postpone its wreath laying today (yesterday).

" We will continue working with all sectors of society including the labour unions to ensure that there is everlasting peace and harmony in Marikana."

Earlier in the day Dlamini-Zuma had visited Bapo Ba Mogale Royal family who endorsed her to replace Zuma.

ANCWL members clad in yellow and white T-shirts written 'NDZ for president' shouted "We are ready for Nkosazana" as she stepped out of her car.

Emius Mogale, the nephew of the Bapo Ba Mogale incumbent chief Andrew Mogale described Dlamini-Zuma as a very important person.


Addressing the Bapo Ba Mogale traditional authority, ANCWL members and a group of church members from Saint John church, Dlamini-Zuma emphasised that the country's economy needed to be transformed radically. Sowetan