Daily News Brief

Eyes On Ramaphosa’s Cabinet Picks After ANC Elections Win

Following last week’s elections, President Cyril Ramaphosa is now left with the tough task of considering members for his new Cabinet. Ramaphosa is expected to announce a greatly reduced team after he is elected as president by the National Assembly next week Wednesday.

Mangosuthu Buthelezi: SA Has Never Had a Free, Fair Election

Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) president Mangosuthu Buthelezi says the country has never had a free and fair election, even after the country became a democracy. The IFP told journalists during a post-election briefing in KwaZulu-Natal that it had always been open about the credibility of the country’s elections.

Cele Praises SAPS For Ensuring SA’s Safety During Polls


Police Minister Bheki Cele said a number of arrests had been made in connection with various crimes during last week’s elections. The justice, crime prevention, and security cluster held a briefing reflecting on security matters during the sixth general elections.

DA Federal Executive To Meet Over Election Results

The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) federal executive is meeting on Monday to unpack the party’s decline in the elections. The spotlight is now on party leader Mmusi Maimane following suggestions that his role in the party could be under threat.

Risky For ANC NEC To Not Discuss Magashule Comments, Warns Analyst

Political analysts said that the African National Congress (ANC) national executive committee (NEC) may not be able to avoid discussing its secretary-general Ace Magashule’s latest utterances. This as the NEC was on Monday expected to hold its first post-2019 election NEC in Irene just outside Pretoria.

CT Surfing Community Shaken After Member Murdered

A Scarborough man’s murder has left Cape Town’s surfing community in shock. The man was hijacked and murdered near Kommetjie on Wednesday after he was last seen alive surfing at Witsand. Ocean View police detectives over the weekend arrested a suspect. He was found in possession of an illegal firearm, ammunition and the deceased’s car keys.

SA Parliament Will Be Represented By 14 Parties

Parliament will see a record number of 14 parties represented when the National Assembly convenes next week for the first time after the election. Until now, 13 parties have held seats in Parliament, but some failed to attract enough votes to secure their return.

Gauteng Education Dept Keen To Avoid Legal Battle Over Online Registration

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has apologised to parents for the delay in the opening of the online admission system which was scheduled to go live on Monday morning. He said that the department had to postpone because parents and some organisations raised objections about the system and the department wants to avoid a legal battle. The department said that the system would go online next Monday.

Protest Sees N2 Closed Between Grabouw, Sir Lowry’s Pass

The N2 is closed between Sir Lowry’s Pass and Grabouw as a result of a protest. Motorists have been urged to make use of alternative routes. The motive behind the demonstration are unknown at this stage.

Child (2) Among 5 Killed In N1 Crash Near Beaufort West

A two-year-old child is one of five people who have died in an accident on the N1 between Beaufort West and Leeu Gamka. The crash occurred in the early hours of Monday morning. Traffic officials said that the accident occurred when one of the vehicle’s wheels broke off.

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Parliament: First Sitting Of National Assembly Scheduled For 22 May

Parliament has announced the first sitting of the National Assembly is provisionally scheduled to take place on 22 May. The first sitting of the National Council of Provinces, at this stage, is set to be held the following day. These dates are, however, subject to official announcement by the Chief Justice.

Parliament Ready To Welcome New MPs

As the numbers part of the election draws to a close and the winners start to plan their agenda for the next five years, Parliament said that it was ready to welcome MPs. Within two days of the final results declaration, officials must put names to seats and submit the final lists of MPs to the Chief Justice. He will set a date to convene Parliament and all MPs will converge on Cape Town for a special sitting. Secretary to Parliament Masibulele Xaso said the first order of business would be to swear in new members.

Ramaphosa Expected To Trim New Cabinet

President Cyril Ramaphosa has not yet decided whether to trim his Cabinet. Cabinet has long been criticised for being too fat and bloated. Ramaphosa has been repeatedly urged to cut the size of the executive to save money, among other reasons. The president promised that members accused of corruption and other wrongdoing would be dropped.

ASA To Appeal CAS Ruling On Caster Semenya

Minister of Sport and Recreation Tokozile Xasa has confirmed that Athletics South Africa (ASA) will appeal the judgment of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and lodge its papers within the prescribed and stipulated period. ASA, alongside Caster Semenya, lost in their appeal to uphold the IAAF’s regulations on forcing female athletes with higher testosterone levels to take suppressants to compete.