The official memorial service for Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa will take place at the Tshwane Events Centre, Hall J, on 3 October 2018, at 10h00. The Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on State Funerals, led by Minister in the Presidency, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, made the announcement on Friday afternoon. “On behalf of the government of South Africa, the IMC appreciates the various tributes and messages received from various governments, institutions and individuals. We urge all South Africans to preserve the memory of Minister Molewa and the contribution she has made in building a prosperous South Africa,” said Dlamini-Zuma. Following Molewa’s passing, President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a period of mourning with immediate effect and ordered that the national flag be flown at half-mast at all flag stations countrywide and at South African diplomatic missions abroad. President Ramaphosa also declared an Official Funeral (category 1) for Molewa which includes a ceremonial guard and military honours. The official funeral service will take place on Saturday, 6 October 2018, from Tshwane Events Centre, Hall J and proceed to Zandfontein Cemetery in Pretoria West. “Mourners may attend evening prayer services which will be held at the Molewa residence at 19h00 daily until Friday, 05 October 2018,” said Dlamini-Zuma. The Environmental Affairs Minister passed away at the age of 61 in a Pretoria hospital on Saturday, 22 September 2018. In a statement by the family, Molewa’s brother Fana Mmethi said the Minister succumbed to complications of Legionnaires disease. Mourners can send their messages of condolence and support to the family and friends by making use of condolence books available at the following places: • The Molewa family residence; • The Union Buildings; • Department of Environmental Affairs Offices in Pretoria and Cape Town; • Premiers’ office in all provinces; • Sefako Makgatho University; • Vaal University of Technology; • South African National Parks; • South African National Biodiversity Institute; and • South African Weather Service. In addition, the IMC encouraged mourners to make use of the following hashtags #Molewamemorial and #Molewafuneral to send their messages of condolence via social media. In July this year, Molewa was awarded the Officier de ’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur (Officer in the French Legion of Honour), one of France’s top honours. Molewa was awarded for her contribution to the liberation struggle, women’s rights and her illustrious effort in environmental protection. Molewa was the Premier of the North West between 2004 and 2009. Thereafter she was appointed Social Development Minister between 2009 and 2010. She was appointed as Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs in 2010 before the two portfolios were split after the 2014 general elections. She maintained the Environmental Affairs portfolio until her passing. Source: South African Government News Agency

Parliament– The Portfolio Committee on Police has noted with huge concern and disappointment the Audit Report of the South African Police Service (SAPS) which indicates that the police service has received a second qualified audit opinion from the Auditor-General (AG), two years in a row.
The report was tabled in Parliament on Thursday.
The Chairperson of the committee, Mr Francois Beukman, said the qualified audit opinion raised serious concerns with regard to the financial, procurement and contract management capabilities within the senior management of the police service.
Mr Beukman said the Minister and National Commissioner of Police need to shake up their management team to bring the requisite skills with regard to the areas highlighted by the AG, in order to strengthen the internal control mechanisms.
“It is quite clear that new blood is needed to turn the ship around. The suspension of the current Chief Financial Officer and the debacle with regard to the State Information Technology Agency and Forensic Data Analyst contracts indeed do not bode well for the general effectiveness and performance of the police department, going forward,” said Mr Beukman.
He emphasised that drastic measures are needed to ensure that an unqualified audit is achieved in the current financial year.
The committee is of the view that the understated irregular expenditure of R968 million is an indication that the Minister of Police must ensure that strict corporate and contract governance is restored within the SAPS environment.
Mr Beukman said the AG has highlighted the lack of proper financial controls and consequence management as the root causes of the current situation.
The committee maintains that the implementation of the National Development Plan recommendations about the National Police Board and a merit-based appointment process for the top management of SAPS is the only long-term solution for dealing comprehensively with the challenges.
The management of the police service will appear before the committee on Tuesday, 9 October 2018 about the AG’s report, in which the Audit Committee of SAPS will also be invited to attend.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

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