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ZEP Tug-of-War: Helen Suzman Foundation, CoRMSA, Home Affairs, Truck Drivers Forum, and Operation Dudula Clash in High-Stakes Legal Battle

The ongoing high-stakes legal battle involving the Helen Suzman Foundation, CoRMSA, the Minister of Home Affairs, the Director General of Home Affairs, the All Truck Drivers Forum and Allied South Africa, and Operation Dudula revolves around the termination of the ZEP program, which has provided legal status to thousands of Zimbabwean nationals in South Africa since 2010. The case brings to light the complexities of immigration policy and its effects on the labor market and social cohesion.



The ZEP program was launched in 2010 to help Zimbabweans living in South Africa gain legal status. The program permitted Zimbabwean nationals who had unlawfully entered the country or overstayed their visas to obtain work permits and legitimately settle in the country. The program has been extended thrice, with the most recent extension expiring in December 2021.

The HSF and CoRMSA warn that ending the ZEP program will be disastrous for the thousands of Zimbabwean citizens who have been living in South Africa under the scheme. They further claim that the administration made its decision without properly consulting impacted stakeholders and without considering the potential impact on the labour market and social cohesion.

The All Truck Drivers Forum and Allied South Africa, on the other hand, claim that the ZEP program has been detrimental to South African workers, particularly those in the trucking industry, resulting in unfair competition and job losses. Another intervening party, Operation Dudula, has expressed similar concerns.

The conclusion of this case will have far-reaching repercussions for South Africa’s immigration policies, job market, and social cohesion. The case is still underway, and the court’s verdict is awaited with bated breath.

According to the HSF and CoRMSA, the end of the ZEP regime might have disastrous effects on thousands of Zimbabwean nationals working and living in South Africa. They argue that the judgment violates the rights of these people, many of whom have worked and contributed to the South African economy for many years.

Because of its direct and substantial interest in the result of the case, the All Truck Drivers Forum and Allied South Africa, a civil society organization representing truck drivers, were given intervention status. According to the group, the ZEP regime has had a significant influence on the local truck driving business, with Zimbabweans allegedly snatching jobs away from South African truck drivers.

In contrast, the court refused intervention status to another organization seeking to join the case, Operation Dudula. The court determined that Operation Dudula, a civil rights campaign claiming to combat crime and criminality, lacked a direct and substantial interest in the main application since its allegations were unfounded.

This high-stakes case allows the court to assess the broader ramifications of immigration rules on South African society, notably in terms of employment and the rights of both domestic and international workers. The participation of the Helen Suzman Foundation, the Coalition for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa, the All Truck Drivers Forum and Allied South Africa, as well as government responders, demonstrates the wide range of interests and viewpoints at stake in this debate.

As the case progresses, the court will need to carefully weigh the interests of all parties concerned, ensuring that both South African truck drivers and Zimbabwean nationals have their rights considered and protected. The conclusion of this case has the potential to influence not only the lives of thousands of Zimbabweans and South African truck drivers but also the future of South African immigration policy.

Many stakeholders, including labour unions, human rights organizations, and immigration experts, are keeping a careful eye on the result of this case. The ruling of the court could set a legal precedent for future immigration cases and influence how the South African government approaches immigration policy and enforcement.

In addition to the primary issues of the ZEP regime and its influence on the truck driving sector, the case has raised larger concerns regarding immigrants’ rights and obligations in South Africa. Some claim that the government must protect the rights of all individuals inside its boundaries, regardless of nationality, while others contend that the interests and concerns of South African nationals should take precedence.

While the primary application continues, the court will be entrusted with reviewing the facts and arguments offered by all parties concerned. The HSF and CoRMSA will need to explain the potential negative repercussions of ending the ZEP regime, including the potential infringement of the rights of Zimbabwean nationals living in South Africa.

The All Truck Drivers Forum and Allied South Africa, on the other hand, will need to substantiate their assertions that the ZEP regime has badly impacted the local truck-driving business and give a persuasive case for why the court should accept their views.

Those interested in the outcome of this case will be waiting for the Gauteng High Court’s judgement in the coming months. The verdict may not only define the future of the ZEP system and its ramifications for thousands of Zimbabwean nationals, but it may also serve as a model for how South Africa approaches the complicated and frequently contentious issue of immigration policy and enforcement.

Regardless of the court’s final verdict, the case serves as a timely reminder of the importance of continued conversation and collaboration between the government, civil society, and affected communities when dealing with immigration-related issues. It is believed that by engaging in open and honest debates, South Africa will be able to move toward a more inclusive and fair approach to immigration policy that balances the interests and rights of all individuals concerned.

The general public and other stakeholders will keenly monitor the proceedings as they unfold in the coming months since the decision might have a far-reaching impact on South Africa’s immigration policy and the lives of thousands of Zimbabwean citizens living and working in the country.

The role of the intervening parties, All Truck Drivers Forum and Allied South Africa, as well as Operation Dudula, underlines the complexities of South African immigration issues and the necessity for a balanced and nuanced response that takes into account the concerns of various stakeholders. While Operation Dudula’s intervention was ultimately unsuccessful, it highlights the need of addressing public concerns about crime and the perceived impact of immigration on local communities.

The court’s final decision on this matter will not only determine the future of the ZEP regime but will also send a strong message about the South African government’s approach to immigration policy and the balance between protecting foreign nationals’ rights and prioritizing the needs of its citizens.

South Africa must develop constructive communication and cooperation among government officials, civil society organizations, and affected communities as it deals with this complicated issue. Stakeholders can build a more inclusive and equitable immigration policy that upholds the rights of all individuals while addressing the concerns and needs of South African citizens by working together and engaging in open and honest dialogues.

Finally, the case involving the Helen Suzman Foundation, the Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa, the Minister of Home Affairs, the Director General of Home Affairs, the All Truck Drivers Forum and Allied South Africa, and Operation Dudula serves as a vital reminder of the importance of addressing immigration issues fairly and balanced. The conclusion of this case will not only affect the lives of thousands of Zimbabweans in South Africa, but it will also serve as a precedent for future immigration cases and policy decisions in the country.

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Love, Beauty, Fantasy and Crime – The Story of Bester and Dr. Nandipha



A Daring Prison Escape, an Ill-Fated Love Affair, and the Shocking Betrayal that Brought them Down

In the midst of a world where crime and violence often dominate headlines, a tale of love, beauty, and fantasy has emerged. However, this seemingly romantic story is anything but, as it involves a notorious criminal and a talented doctor, both caught in the web of deceit and the unforgiving grip of the law.

Thabo Bester, a convicted murderer and rapist known as the “Facebook Rapist,” and Dr. Nandipha Magudumana, a skilled and promising physician, found themselves entwined in an ill-fated love affair that ultimately led to their undoing.

The story began when Bester staged an audacious escape from the Mangaung Correctional Centre in May 2022. With the alleged help of Dr. Nandipha’s father, Zolile Cornelius Sekeleni, and former G4S prison warden Senohe Matsoara, Bester managed to evade capture, leaving behind the charred remains of an unknown man in his cell.

Together, Bester and Dr. Nandipha fled the country, embarking on a life of crime that spanned multiple countries. With authorities hot on their trail, the couple managed to stay one step ahead, using false identities and a network of connections to elude capture. However, their luck would eventually run out.

In a shocking turn of events, Tanzanian authorities arrested the couple in Arusha. The dramatic arrest marked the end of their whirlwind love affair, revealing the extent of the deception and criminal activity that had unfolded in the shadows. With Bester and Dr. Nandipha now in custody, the truth behind their escapades began to unravel.

As the details of their criminal enterprise came to light, the public was left in awe of the complex web of deception and the entangled lives of those involved. Dr. Nandipha’s father, Sekeleni, was revealed as a respected educator turned businessman, now accused of aiding in Bester’s escape and the murder of the unknown man found in Bester’s cell. Matsoara, a once-trusted prison guard, allegedly took bribes to facilitate Bester’s jailbreak.

As a result of these allegations, the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has announced an investigation into Dr. Nandipha Magudumana. The HPCSA will work closely with the SA Police Service, the department of health at provincial and national levels, the department of home affairs, and the department of correctional services to ensure a comprehensive investigation.

The story of Bester and Dr. Nandipha is a stark reminder that reality often surpasses fiction. A tale that could easily belong to the pages of a thrilling crime novel, this true story of love, beauty, fantasy, and crime has captivated audiences worldwide.

As the legal proceedings unfold and the truth behind their actions is laid bare, one cannot help but wonder what drove these individuals to such extremes. Were they merely pawns in a larger game, or was their love affair the catalyst for a series of shocking crimes?

In the end, the story of Bester and Dr. Nandipha serves as a cautionary tale, reminding us that love and beauty can sometimes be found in the darkest corners of our world, intertwined with the harsh realities of crime and deception.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa will tomorrow, Friday, 3 February 2023, conclude the first Cabinet Lekgotla for 2023, where government is currently deliberating its programme of action for the year.

President Cyril Ramaphosa (Photo credit: Google)

Chaired by the President, the Lekgotla allows the National Executive to review the performance of government against targets and objectives set in 2022.

It is also a platform for the national leadership to agree on key actions that are needed this year to advance the country’s economic recovery and long-term development, with resolution of the electricity crisis as the top priority.

The Lekgotla resolutions will form the basis of the State of the Nation Address, which President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver to a Joint Sitting of the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces – convened in the Cape Town City Hall – at 19h00 on Thursday, 9 February 2023.

The State of the Nation Address is an occasion in which the three arms of the state – the Judiciary, the National Legislature and the Executive – participate as a demonstration of the country’s constitutional dispensation and culture, and to ensure that all three arms are focused on national priorities.


Political parties will debate the President’s Address in the National Assembly on Tuesday and Wednesday 14 and 15 February, with the President replying to this debate on the afternoon of Thursday, 16 February.


With its emphasis on the challenges facing the country and the role all sectors of society can play in building a better future, the State of the Nation Address has become a focal point of interaction between different sectors of civil society, the administration and legislators.

In this regard, the President will on Tuesday, 7 February, address the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba – or Mining Indaba – which is themed “Unlocking African Mining Investment: Stability, Security, and Supply”.

This event attracts more than 6 000 delegates comprising investors, innovators, companies in the mining and natural resources sector, lawmakers and Ministers associated with these sectors.

Organisers estimate the five-day conference itself contributes close to R20m to national taxes.


Following the delivery of the State of the Nation Address, President Ramaphosa will on Friday, 10 February, officiate the annual Presidential Golf Challenge at Atlantic Beach Golf Club at Melkbosstrand, Western Cape.

Coordinated by the Department for the Public Service and Administration, the  Presidential Golf Challenge raises funds for charities designated by the sitting President.

The Challenge allows the private sector to participate in developmental initiatives to empower society, with this year’s contributions going to the Adopt-a-School Foundation’s programme to support schools with sanitation infrastructure and services.

Th foundation is an award-winning non-profit organisation that supports the creation and enhancement of a conducive learning and teaching environment in disadvantaged schools. The foundation is a partner entity to the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation.


Leveraging the participation of the international diplomatic corps based in South Africa in events around the State of the Nation Address, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation will on Saturday, 11 February, host its annual Ubuntu Awards ceremony in Cape Town.

President Ramaphosa will address this occasion which recognises South African industry leaders, eminent persons and ordinary South African citizens for their distinguished service and contribution towards promoting the country’s national interests and values across the world.


Following his participation in an Extra-Ordinary Organ Troika Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community on 31 January 2023, President Ramaphosa will continue his international programme by attending the 36th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union from 17 to 19 February in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

 Africa’s political leadership will convene under the economically focused theme, “Accelerating the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement” in a year which marks the the 60th anniversary of the creation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) and the continuing 20th anniversary of the creation of the African Union in 2002 as successor to the OAU.

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Remember Our Christian Heritage: Media Release from the ACDP Ekurhuleni Council Caucus



Media Release from the ACDP Ekurhuleni Council Caucus

(African Christian Democratic Party)

Cllr Linda Yates (082) 831-3197

30 September 2022

Remember Our Christian Heritage

“It is no mistake that schools and churches feature prominently in the list of the voting stations of Ekurhuleni,” said ACDP Cllr Linda Yates on the last day of Heritage Month.

“The City of Ekurhuleni is home to a rich, vibrant and creative cultural heritage. During September we wear local attire from all nine provinces of South Africa; we hear all their official languages; and enjoy their music and culinary delicacies as well.  Yet – across all these cultures – Christianity brings love and unity.

“Christianity has been part of Africa since the time of Pentecost, when it began in Egypt almost two thousand years ago. In Ethiopia, which was never colonised, Christianity began in the fourth century.

“Let us never forget that this is the faith that brought hospitals and schools to the world.”

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