Daily News Brief

Daily News Brief
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Foreign Nationals Plead With UN Refugee Agency To Help Them Leave South Africa

Dozens of foreign nationals on Tuesday gathered at the UN Refugee Agency’s offices in Cape Town. They want the agency to help them leave South Africa. The refugees said they were fed up with xenophobia. The foreigners were camping out in front of the office, some holding babies, others waving the flags of their countries. They were singing: “Enough is enough, we want a solution”.

Duduzane Zuma To Find Out Why He Wasn’t Asked About Vytjie Mentor’s Claims

Businessman Duduzane Zuma is expected to hear on Tuesday why the state capture commission has not asked him to respond to the testimony of former African National Congress Member of Parliament Vytjie Mentor. Mentor told the inquiry that the former president’s son introduced her to the Gupta brothers on a plane to China. Zuma will conclude his testimony on Tuesday.

Duduzane Zuma Admits PP Office Gave Him Opportunity To Dispute Allegations

Businessman Duduzane Zuma has acknowledged that the Office of the Public Protector did try to provide him with an opportunity to tell his side of the story during the state capture investigation. During his testimony on Monday, Zuma complained that he was not afforded the chance to dispute allegations made against him by several individuals who made submissions to the Chapter 9 institution. The state capture inquiry into fraud and corruption in the state and public service came about as a result of remedial action recommended in the Public Protector’s report. Zuma on Tuesday told the inquiry that he was out of the country when an official from the PP’s office made contact with him, asking that he make representations to it.

Duduzane Zuma Contradicts Previous Testimonies About Details Of Gupta Meetings

Duduzane Zuma has decried how he was never offered an opportunity to present his side of the story when his name was repeatedly mentioned as the fixer for the infamous Gupta family. On Monday, Duduzane Zuma questioned the commission on how his testimony would be handled in light of such omissions as the evidence leader in the case relied mainly on the evidence presented by involved individuals to the Public Protector. He claimed he was never asked for his input on such allegations by the Chapter Nine institution in its investigation of state capture claims.

Two Teenagers Killed In Mossel Bay In Separate Incidences

Two Mossel Bay teenagers have been killed in separate attacks in the area over the past two days. On Monday, a 16-year-old boy was stabbed to death at Hillcrest Secondary School. It is alleged the deceased was attacked by three fellow learners, armed with knives. He sustained multiple stab wounds to his chest; he collapsed on the school premises and died later in hospital. On Sunday morning, 17-year-old Michaela Booysen was seriously assaulted. It is believed the attackers tried to rob the girl and her friend.

Limited Schooling After Pupil Stabbed To Death At Sebokeng School

Schooling at the Thuto-Tiro Comprehensive School in Sebokeng will be limited as pupils and staff deal with the shock of a brutal murder in a classroom. A grade nine pupil was stabbed with a pair of scissors allegedly by a schoolmate on Monday. A pupil was arrested after the stabbing. It’s understood the pupils were waiting for a teacher to arrive for the next subject when the incident happened. Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said the department was reviewing its school safety plan.

3 High School Learners Arrested For Fatal Stabbing Mossel Bay Teen

Three Mossel Bay high school learners have been arrested in connection with the murder of a 16-year-old boy. Khuselo Ndanda was stabbed multiple times in the chest. The stabbing occurred at Hillcrest Secondary School on Monday and the grade 9 learner was declared dead when he arrived at a hospital in the area. The three suspects and the victim attended the same school. The motive for the incident is not yet clear.

Mkhize: Private Health Care More Difficult To Afford When NHI Is Fully Functional

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Monday when the National Health Insurance Fund is fully functional, it would become increasingly difficult for South Africans to afford private health care. The department revealed only 15% of South Africans are currently on medical aid. Mkhize said government spent half of its healthcare budget on subsidising some small private health care groups through medical tax rebates.He added that when government removed the subsidy to fund the NHI, patients would be forced to make use of it.

Mike Waters: DA Needs To Get Back To Its Core Values

Divisions in the Democratic Alliance (DA) have become more evident with members accusing each other of trying to scupper the political future of former leader Helen Zille. Deputy federal chairperson Mike Waters, who had recently complained about Mmusi Maimane’s use of a vehicle donated by Steinhoff, added his voice to the ongoing debate on Monday, saying Zille should be allowed back into the party’s top structures. The DA is currently waiting for the completion of its own performance review, which will tell its members exactly where the party has lost ground and what the causes were.

No Clarity On What Caused Glencairn Train Fire

It’s still unclear what caused a train fire at the Glencairn station in the Southern Peninsula. The blaze broke out on Monday afternoon while the train was en route from Simon’s Town to Cape Town. One motorised locomotive and two carriages were severely damaged, while a third carriage was slightly damaged. “Two train carriages, part of train number 0182 en route from Simon’s Town to Cape Town caught alight. There were no injuries,” said the spokesperson for Metrorail in the Western Cape Riana Scott. About three weeks ago, Metrorail confirmed 54 trains were running on the network. The operator was hoping to have 60 within the next few weeks.

IPID Closed Cases Prematurely To Attract Funding

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) has been prematurely closing cases without proper investigations just to meet targets and attract more funding. Evidence shows that some investigators have been doing these shortcut investigations, which first emerged seven years ago. A probe by the investigative unit Viewfinder and Eyewitness News reveals a paper trail of reports by the Public Protector’s office, and by Ipid’s risk and ethics department, pointing to a systemic failure to properly investigate cases. Some of the cases that are alleged to have been closed without proper investigation include those of rape, death as a result of police action and death in police custody.

What To Look Out For

Dudu Myeni Gets One More Chance To Fight Outa Delinquency Application

The application to have former South African Airways board chairperson Dudu Myeni declared a delinquent director was postponed until Thursday, to allow her one last opportunity to appoint legal representatives to oppose the matter. On Monday, Myeni told the legal team representing the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa), which brought the application, that she could not afford to travel to Pretoria to appear in court. On Tuesday her former counsel, who withdrew several months ago because he had not been paid, made submissions on her behalf.

Timothy Omotoso Trial Gets Postponed Again

There has been another delay in the criminal trial of pastor Timothy Omotoso and his co-accused. Their re-trial was meant to resume in the Port Elizabeth High Court on Monday, but proceedings hit another snag. The accused face a string of charges, including human trafficking and rape. The State asked the court to postpone the matter to Monday, saying it was still waiting for the outcome of a Supreme Court of Appeal matter relating to some of the charges.

Old Mutual Set To File Responding Papers In Peter Moyo Case

Old Mutual is set to file papers on Tuesday in response to action taken by axed CEO Peter Moyo. Moyo was fired earlier this year over what the company said was a conflict of interest. He turned to the High Court in Johannesburg, which ruled that the company temporarily reinstate him. The Public Investment Corporation and some shareholders have called on Old Mutual to sort out its differences with Moyo while other shareholders said the company should fight on. In the meantime, Old Mutual is returning to court.

KZN ANC Close To Decision On Fate Of Suspended Zandile Gumede Supporters

The African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal said that it was moving with speed to discipline its members who were alleged to have brought the party into disrepute following the axing of Zandile Gumede as eThekwini mayor. Provincial secretary Mdumiseni Ntuli said that the 14 members who were suspended in August had been formally charged and had met with the party’s disciplinary committee. Ntuli said that the matter should be concluded within the next two weeks.

Duduzane Zuma To Take Legal Steps For 2018 Arrest At OR Tambo International Airport

Former President Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane said he would be taking legal steps against what he called his wrongful arrest in July last year. Answering questions by his legal representative Advocate Piet Louw at the state capture commission in Parktown on Tuesday, Duduzane explained that he was aggrieved with the manner in which he was detained at OR Tambo International Airport. He explained that the arrest was necessitated by statements made by former deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas that he, along with members of the Gupta family, tried to bribe him for a ministerial position.