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This evil act of hor­ror and ter­ror dis­re­gards the value of hu­man life, the rule of law and uni­ver­sal hu­man rights. – Mo­hamed Saaed, Mus­lim com­mu­nity leader, con­demn­ing the bru­tal at­tack on three peo­ple at the Imam Hus­sain Mosque in Veru­lam, Dur­ban on Thurs­day in which one per­son died and two were crit­i­cally in­jured.

Tak­ing leave of ab­sence must have specifics, both in terms of how the per­son is ab­sent and the length of time in which he will be ab­sent. The de­ci­sion he made was both ir­ra­tional and il­le­gal, as he ex­er­cised power he does not have. Now we have two premiers in the prov­ince ef­fec­tively. One sit­ting at home draw­ing a salary, while the other pre­tends to be in charge. – Pro­fes­sor Shadrack Gutto, con­sti­tu­tional law ex­pert on North West’s pre­mier Supra Mahumapelo’s ac­tions this week af­ter he took leave of ab­sence and ap­pointed an act­ing pre­mier. This fol­lowed the re­ver­sal of his de­ci­sion to re­sign amid mount­ing pres­sure that he be re­moved from of­fice.

There is a his­tory of non-pay­ment. Re­mem­ber in 1994, we were re­sist­ing pay­ing mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties? How­ever, now we also have peo­ple who are op­por­tunist who want to have ev­ery­thing, but are not will­ing to pay for any­thing. – Pro­fes­sor Bonke Du­misa, in­de­pen­dent econ­o­mist, com­ment­ing on the R9.2 bil­lion owed by eThek­wini house­holds and busi­nesses to the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

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