Premier Ace Magashule on fraudsters and impersonators who misuse people’s names

February 6, 2017

Premier warns fraudsters and impersonators who misuse people’s names for personal gain

Free State Premier, Hon. Ace Magashule has noted that on Thursday, 2 February 2017, the Bloemfonetin Magistrates Court sentenced Mr. Bongani Eugene Radebe to an effective 4 years for fraud and corruption involving the illegal misuse of the name of the Premier.

In December 2015, the Free State Provincial Government was alerted to an invitation doing the rounds in social media, inviting people to a seminar on the creation of black industrialists. The flyer claimed that Premier would be addressing the event.

According to the invitation, delegates were expected to pay R895 per delegate and R8 950 per table. The Premier and the provincial government at large was concerned that, if this is not brought to a halt, many of our people would be ripped off.

After determining that the Premier had not been invited to, and had no knowledge of the event, the provincial government then alerted the police suspecting that the invitation was a fake.

The law enforcement authorities investigated the matter and arrested Mr. Radebe in March 2016.

On the 02nd of February 2017, the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court found Mr. Radebe guilty on two charges of fraud, with one relating to the seminar mentioned above, and another relating to an Identity Document (ID) fraud matter.

The Premier and the Free State government seeks to send a stern warning on those who use the names and identities of leaders for personal gains to stop such activities. The Free State Provincial Government shall always work hard to accelerate radical socio-economic transformation for the benefit of all our citizens.

I urge all South Africans in general, and the people of the Free State in particular, to avoid all initiatives that would lead them to be in conflict with the law. People must stop using my name, names of my family members, and names of any other government leaders, to defraud unsuspecting people and for personal benefits. We hope that Mr. Radebe will serve his term and return a better, rehabilitated person for the community � Premier Magashule said.

Source: Government of South Africa

Hundreds of Nigerians Protest Corruption; Buhari Ill Abroad

February 6, 2017

LAGOS, NIGERIA � Hundreds of Nigerians marched Monday to protest poverty and corruption as President Muhammadu Buhari’s prolonged absence abroad for medical tests raises political and economic tensions.

“Nigerians are frustrated and tired with this absentee government,” activist Omoyele Sowore said as he marched in Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city. Protesters carried placards saying: “Unemployed people hungry and angry.”

Prices of food and other goods have soared as Nigeria confronts low international prices for oil on which the government depends and a devalued naira currency because of massive foreign currency shortages.

Turnout was small in Lagos, a city of 20 million, with just dozens turning out in Abuja, the capital. The protest initially was proposed on social media by hip-hop musician 2Face Tubaba Idibia but he tried to call it off after police said they could not guarantee the safety of marchers.

Still, hundreds turned out, rallying around the #IStandWithNigeria. One protester shouted that Nigeria’s expensive government system has turned democracy into “government by the rich, for the rich, to make laws so that poor people suffer.” Buhari’s campaign to fight the endemic corruption that impoverishes most Nigerians has not achieved any successful high-profile prosecutions though scores of former and current officials have been detained.

Much of the hope engendered by Buhari’s March 2015 election that overturned a sitting president by unifying the opposition has dissipated. Africa’s biggest economy has slumped into recession and analysts say the government appears to have no plan to reinvigorate economic growth.

Buhari was supposed to return Monday from a two-week vacation in London. But a statement said he was extending his absence to complete unspecified medical tests. UK-based Songhai Advisory risk analysis said the indefinite extension fuels suspicions about the 74-year-old leader’s capacity to govern and increases political and economic uncertainty.

Nigeria confronted months of political paralysis in 2009 when then-President Umaru Yar’Adua went to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment and returned home to die. Politicians from the mainly Muslim north tried to block a Christian vice president from the south from governing in his absence. Already, Songhai Advisory notes, northern Muslims like Buhari are rallying opposition to the possibility that the current Christian vice president would assume Buhari’s powers.

Source: Voice of America