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Northcliff High’s concession cards for Muslim learners compared to dompas.
An infuriated parent of a Muslim learner at Northcliff High School‚ who was required to have a concession card or permission slip to wear a religious headscarf with her school uniform has compared the school’s practices to that of the apartheid regime.
“Wtf our daughter's (sic) must now carry concession cards to wear their head scarves at a public High School‚” wrote Abeedah Adams.
“How is this different from the Dompas Black South Africans had to carry in the past. #NorthCliffHigh I'm am not going to accept this”.
The dompas‚ which translates to “dumb pass” was used to regulate the movements of black South Africans during the apartheid era.
Northcliff High‚ however‚ said the concession cards were meant to ensure law and order at the school.
“Where we have had parents make requests for a variation or change to the school uniform of any kind such as the wearing of headscarves‚ growing of beards‚ wearing takkies for medical reasons etc.‚ we have granted them permission‚” said Jackie Todaro‚ marketing manager of the school.
“In order to ensure that the child is not reprimanded for uniform infringement‚ we issue them with a concession card so that any teacher querying their different attire can see that their uniform change is legitimate and done with the permission of the school’s management.”
Todaro explained that Muslim learners who would most likely wear their headscarves throughout the year were not required to have a new concession card made and signed each day.
One card was issued and could be used for the duration of the whole year.
While the school follows Christian religion‚ the religion is not “shoved down anyone’s throat”‚ said Todaro.
“We do not discriminate against any religion‚” she said.
During assembly Muslim learners had the option to choose whether they wanted to take part in the Christian prayers or not
“Muslim children can sit at the back of the assembly. No one will force them to bow their heads and close their eyes during the prayers. The prayers are very short. Just a few seconds but in order to accommodate everyone‚ we try to make it more about inspirational quotes‚” Todaro added.
Gauteng Education MEC‚ Panyaza Lesufi‚ however‚ immediately intervened after hearing of the concession cards.
“The school has just agreed to withdraw the cards unconditionally‚” Lesufi put on Twitter.
His department said that it “viewed the matter in a very serious light” and would investigate.
As the school has temporarily done away with the concession cards‚ Todaro said they would need to go back to the drawing board to find another way to ensure that pupils adhere to the school’s code of conduct.
She admitted that the notion of the concession card may have not been addressed efficiently in the school code of conduct.
“The school code of conduct was created a few decades ago and certainly‚ this is something we have to look into.”
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Court rules against single-religion schools.
Neither a public school nor a school governing body may lawfully hold out that it subscribes to only a single particular religion to the exclusion of others.
The high court made this order in an application brought by a non-governmental organisation known as Organisasie vir Godsdienste-Onderrig en Demokrasie (OGOD) against six public schools which are predominantly Christian schools.
OGOD wanted an order restraining the schools from partaking in an identified set of 71 instances of circumscribed conduct with a religious theme‚ some of which are identified with the Christian faith.
These range from “holding itself as a Christian school” and “having a value that includes learners to strive towards faith”.
However‚ the full bench‚ comprised of Judges Colin Lamont‚ Willem van der Linde and Namhla Siwendu‚ refused to grant an interdict to OGOD based on the 71 instances of circumscribed conduct at schools.
The court held that these were matters for regulation at the school governing body-level.
It said the principle of subsidiarity required that a constitutional attack must be made on the regulations by governing bodies (SGBs)‚ and not directly on the Constitution itself.
“Accordingly‚ by the principle of subsidiarity‚ in this matter an applicant who contends that religious conduct at a public school is unconstitutional…‚ must either found its case on a contravention of an applicable SGB rule or… it must attack the relevant SGB rules as being unconstitutional.”
The judges said this finding was not just a technical point.
“Consider the myriad of detailed instances of conduct that the applicant attacks … and consider concomitantly the myriad of detail arrangements covered by the schools’ religious policies.”
The court said it was not capable of fishing through those policies to find out whether any of the conduct complained of was actually covered by those policies.
Despite the dismissal of the interdictory relief sought by OGOD‚ the court said it was concerned about the issue of single faith branding‚ or that of holding out that a public school endorsed one particular religion to the exclusion of others.
“The question may be put this way: May a public school‚ through rules laid down by its SGB relative to say its heraldry‚ hold out that it is exclusively a Jewish‚ or a Christian‚ or a Muslim‚ or a Buddhist‚ or an atheist school.”
The court said the answer was no.
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Spur bosses travel SA to listen to customers as 'bully' boycott bites.
With Spur eateries under siege as they continue to feel the impact of a national boycott‚ apologetic senior executives have announced a nationwide tour to effect damage control.
The move has been welcomed by Eastern Cape franchise operators who say customer numbers are still down in the wake of the now notorious altercation between two patrons in Gauteng.
The incident‚ in which a man berated a woman in front of children‚ took place at Texamo Spur at The Glen Shopping Centre in Johannesburg on March 19.
One of the patrons was subsequently banned‚ sparking a backlash against the group.
Announcing the tour‚ Spur Corporation chief executive Pierre van Tonder said: “We have realised that we have not been listening to our customers.
“The altercation . . . and the reaction that followed‚ drove home a powerful message‚ namely that we urgently needed to give attention to the needs and frustrations of our customers.
“We also have to accept and recognise the sentiments of both the public and our franchisees‚ with regards to our overall handling of the situation.
“We hereby unconditionally apologise to any person or community who has taken exception to our actions and will ensure a fair hearing is conducted prior to judgements being made in future.”
Van Tonder oversees 326 Spur Steak Ranches.
A month after the Texamo incident‚ Spur announced it had asked a law professor to convene a panel to make recommendations to the company on actions that should be taken to rectify the shortcomings in its response and improve its reaction to similar incidents in future.
In the interim‚ it said it had embarked on a national programme to increase the child-minder to child ratio in its play areas during busy periods and had launched a formal re-education drive to "refresh and enhance the procedures and skills of our minders". It also pledged to provide key personnel with conflict resolution skills.
“However‚ due to the overwhelming public response and customer input from ground level‚ Spur has decided to put the panel’s work on hold for [now]‚" Van Tonder told The Herald this week.
“At this point we are convinced there is more value in listening to our franchisees and the public – our clients – hence the tour.
“We note that several franchisees are now under pressure‚ without having done anything wrong. Spur will assist [them] in re-establishing the personal relationships they foster in their respective communities.”
Spur’s latest move comes amid a protracted price slump for the restaurant chain’s JSE-listed shares‚ which were trading at R3‚050 a share before May 30 and at about R2‚850 this week.
The value of Spur’s shares‚ however‚ have not been linked to the boycott action.
Photo - Pierre van Tonder, MD of Spur Corporation in his office at the Spur Head Office in Century City.
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Minister Zwane 'lied to Parliament': DA.
Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has been reported to Parliament’s Ethics Committee and the Public Protector for allegedly “deliberately misleading” Parliament.
Zwane recently stated‚ in a written Parliamentary reply‚ that his December 2015 trip to Dubai was organised and paid for by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR).
Democratic Alliance MP James Lorimer on Wednesday said this clashed with information in the public domain about him being a passenger on a Gupta-sponsored flight to Dubai.
“The Public Protector’s State of Capture report found that Zwane had not used the ticket the DMR purchased for him to travel from Zurich to Dubai. The question is‚ how did Zwane get to Dubai?” asked Lorimer.
“Leaked Gupta emails list the Minister‚ along with Tony Gupta‚ as a passenger on a Gupta-sponsored flight that was cleared to fly to Dubai on 2 December 2015.
“Based on the replies he submitted to Parliament‚ it appears that Zwane deliberately misled Parliament‚ which is a breach of Section 7 (a) and (b) of the Powers‚ Privilege and Immunities Act.”
The DA has submitted formal complaints to Parliament’s Ethics Committee and the Public Protector‚ Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane.
“In addition to these allegations‚” he said in a statement‚ “Zwane has also seemingly mislead Parliament when he failed to satisfactorily answer a DA Parliamentary question regarding interaction with the Gupta family. In his response to the DA‚ Minister Zwane stated that he ‘has not met with any member‚ nor close associate of the Guptas’.
“Yet‚ in the media‚ the Minister has been quoted saying‚ Let me put the record straight: ‘I met with them‚ I’ve engaged them.’ Furthermore‚ the leaked Gupta emails show that the Minister was due to meet with Tony Gupta at the Guptas’ Saxonwold compound.”
Lorimer suggested that Zwane had been “captured” by the Gupta family.
Photo - Mosebenzi Joseph Zwane, is the Minister of Mineral Resources.
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'Here's the evidence that should seal Zuma's fate': Outa unveils its dossier.
The civil society group Outa says it has unearthed enough evidence for President Jacob Zuma’s removal.
In a dossier to be handed on Wednesday to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete‚ Outa says Zuma:
- Allowed himself to be influenced in his appointment of cabinet members;
- Appointed poorly qualified and incompetent individuals in decision-making positions (and retained them when he had ample reason and opportunity to remove them);
- Allowed corrupt individuals to benefit from state coffers or failed to institute action when he became aware of such conduct;
- Mismanaged his cabinet in a manner that has had a detrimental effect on the country and the economy;
- Used or manipulated state resources or appointments to avoid prosecution for at least 783 charges;
- Wilfully and maliciously lied or misled Parliament and the nation; and
- Abused his position to enrich himself‚ his family‚ his friends and his cronies.
“The building of this case document has taken several months‚ with a team of experienced investigators‚ researchers and legal counsel‚” Outa chairman Wayne Duvenage said at a media conference in Cape Town.
He said the dossier‚ titled “No room to hide: A President caught in the act”‚ set out a “compelling case showing there is no doubt about the truth of the claims of state capture”.
He added: “(It) provides those in positions of authority with sufficient evidence for justifying the removal of Zuma as president of South Africa. It also provides a basis for potential removal from office and prosecution of a number of officials in key state institutions.
“While the evidence stacked against President Zuma has been substantive and sufficient‚ we believe we have compiled a compelling case document that pieces together the facts and evidence in a manner that places beyond doubt the veracity of the claims against him. This document was developed in the format of a court application encompassing strong and compelling legal arguments.”
Duvenage said Outa had been advised that instead of turning to the courts‚ “we should present our case document to Parliament‚ with a view to requesting that it be tabled for discussion by the National Assembly. In doing so‚ we believe all MPs will be sufficiently empowered with substantive information about President Zuma’s conduct to help them decide how to vote during the forthcoming vote of no confidence.”
He said the case document‚ which had taken several months to compile‚ had been strengthened by:
- The South African Council of Churches report of its Unburdening Panel‚ released on May 18;
- The report by a team of academics under the Public Affairs Research Institute‚ “Betrayal of the Promise - How South Africa is being Captured”; and
- The #GuptaEmails.
Said Duvenage: “We recognise and thank the investigation teams at AmaBhungane‚ Scorpio and the Times Media‚ who have trawled through the content of thousands of documents and e-mails obtained from a server within Sahara‚ a Gupta-owned company."
Outa hopes to give every MP a copy of its dossier‚ and Duvenage said copies would also go to the ANC national executive committee‚ the Hawks‚ the police minister‚ the National Prosecuting Authority and the public protector.
“As the case document has also been prepared and compiled in a manner that makes it suitable for presentation in a court of law‚ Outa will contemplate turning to the Constitutional Court when convinced that it would meaningful to do so‚” he said.
“Removing President Zuma from power is the primary step that needs to be taken before South Africa can start the journey of redressing the devastating effect that his conduct and the situation of state capture has had in our country.
“We believe that others implicated in the report should also be removed from office and prosecuted; we are handing this document to law enforcement for this purpose.”
Video - 7 reasons Outa found to remove President, Jacob Zuma.
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R11 miljoen om tuis te sit.
Dit het die belastingbetalers R11,5 miljoen rand gekos om twee geskorste Polisielede tuis te laat sit sonder dat hulle ‘n steek werk daarvoor verrig het.
Die nou afgedankte Kommissaris, Riah Phiyega, en die Hoof van Misdaadintelligensie, Richard Mdluli, het dié bedrag gesamentlik gekry.
Die kersie op die koek was egter dat Mdluli boonop ’n “diensbonus” van R413 957 gekry.
Die Minister van Polisie, Fikile Mbalula, het met die sak patats vorendag gekom nadat hy in die Parlement daaroor uitgevra is.
Phiyega se kontrak het intussen verval, maar skynbaar is Mdluli staat nog tugstappe in die gesig, en hy is reeds van 2011 geskors en sit hy tuis terwyl hy salaris kry en die staat ook steeds sy pensioenfondsbydrae betaal.
Foto - Die nou afgedankte Kommissaris, Riah Pyega, kry miljoene om niks te doen.
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Dudu moet alleen SAL kastaiings uitkrap.
Die Direksie van SAL het skynbaar nie kans gesien om hulle Voorsitter in die Parlement te gaan ondersteun nie nadat dit aan die lig gekom het dat die lugdiens die laaste boekjaar ‘n verlies van R4,683 miljard gely het.
Die hele Direksie moes voor die Parlement se Portefeuljekomitee verskyn, maar uiteindelik het slegs die Voorsitter, Dudu Myeni, daar opgedaag.
Skynbaar is onafhanklike lugvaartkundiges genader om ‘n omdraaistrategie uit te werk waarvolgens SAL oor die volgende vyf jaar R13,624 miljard se ekstra inkomste kan inwin. Dit is egter nie seker wat die koste verbonde is aan die dienste van die lugvaartkundiges of konsultante nie.
Foto - Duduzile Cynthia Myeni, ook bekend as Dudu, die Voorsitter van die Suid-Afrikaanse Lugdiens.
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Owerheid lamlendig oor leeujag.
Die lamlendige owerheid kry dit oor die tydperk van ‘n kwart eeu nie reg om die geblikteleeubedryf te beheer nie.
Die striemende aanval kom van Dr. Gerhard Verdoorn, bekende in omgewingsbewaring, nadat dit bekend geword het dat Edna Molewa, Minister van Omgewingsake, goedkeuring gegee het dat die skelette van 800 geblikte leeus elke jaar na die Ooste uitgevoer kan word.
Dr. Verdoorn beskuldig die Departement daarvan dat hy Suid-Afrika se natuur verderkoop, en hy vra mense om die geriewe waar leeus aangehou en geteel word vir die geblikte jagbedryf, te boikot.
Audrey Delsink, Uitvoerende Direkteur van HSI se Afrika-kantoor, sê die Departement se besluit is skandalig aangesien dit nie net wreed is om leeus in aanhouding te teel nie, maar strydig met die Internasionale gemeenskap se houding oor wilde diere wat in aanhouding geteel word.
Foto - Dr. Gerhard Verdoorn.
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