Daily News Brief

Man Who Intended To Assassinate Zuma Found Guilty

The man who tried to raise funds for his plan to assassinate politicians, including former President Jacob Zuma, was found guilty on Tuesday. Elvis Ramosebudi sent letters to controversial businessman Ajay Gupta and Anglo Platinum asking for donations to carry out his plan. In April 2017, Ramosebudi was arrested in Midrand.

eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede Granted Bail Following Corruption Charges

eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede has been granted bail of R50,000 after she made a brief appearance in the Durban Regional Commercial Crimes Court. Gumede is facing corruption charges, including money laundering and racketeering. Two other people also appeared alongside her on Tuesday morning over an irregular R208 million tender in 2016.

Maimane Takes Full Responsibility For Drop In Election Results

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane said that he took full responsibility for his party’s electoral decline but maintained he did his very best. The DA suffered a major loss at the polls last week, losing five seats in Parliament but remained the official opposition.

Maimane Will Remain DA Leader Until 2021 Congress

After much speculation about the future of Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane following the elections, the DA has confirmed that he will continue in the position until 2021. “We would like to state that Mr Maimane remains our leader until the federal congress scheduled for 2021. And at that congress the party will decide whether he continues as the leader or not,” DA federal chairperson Athol Trollip said at a press conference in Johannesburg on Monday afternoon.

ANCWL Disappointed With Low Number Of Female Premiers

The African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) said it was deeply disappointed that only two of the eight provinces the party governs would be led by women. The party’s national executive committee announced the names of its premiers on Monday night.

SA Unemployment Rate Increased To 27.6%

South Africa’s unemployment rate has risen to its highest level since the third quarter of 2017 to 27.6% at the end of the first quarter of 2019, according to data released by Stats SA on Tuesday. The number of employed people has decreased by 237,000 to 16.3 million in the first quarter of this year, while the number of those unemployed has increased by 62,000 to 6.2 million from the fourth quarter of 2018.

NPA’s Batohi Concerned About Withdrawal Of Case Against ANC EC Leader

National Director of Public Prosecutions Shamila Batohi has expressed serious concern over the withdrawal of a case against an African National Congress (ANC) leader in the Eastern Cape. Pumlani Mkolo and 10 others appeared in the East London Magistrates Court on Monday, where fraud charges against them were provisionally withdrawn.

Cope Leaders Want To Recall Mosiuoa Lekota Over AfriForum Partnership

Congress of the People (Cope) leader Mosiuoa Lekota’s plans to return to Parliament may be derailed as his party looks to recall him. Eyewitness News understands the party’s national executive committee will meet next week where a motion of no confidence is expected to be tabled against the once-powerful politician. It’s understood Cope members were not happy with Lekota’s association with lobby group AfriForum.

Alexandra Not Neglected: Joburg City Manager Testifies At SAHRC Inquiry

Johannesburg city manager Ndivhoniswani Lukhwareni has dismissed claims the administration is not providing services in Alexandra. Lukhwareni was testifying on Tuesday at the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) inquiry looking into human rights and service delivery problems in the township.

Ramaphosa Will Need All The Help He Can Get to Save ANC

In the lead-up to the 2004 elections, in which support for the ANC reached its peak – at 69.7 percent of the vote – the then deputy president, Jacob Zuma, contended that the party would rule until the Second Coming. Notwithstanding Zuma’s confidence, the ANC’s share of the national vote has declined steadily since 2004, reaching a low point of 57.5 percent in the results of the 2019 election announced at the weekend.

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries On African Swine Fever Reports in Heilbron, Free State

Another outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) has been reported in the Heilbron area of the Free State Province in May 2019. This follows outbreaks in April 2019 in the North West, Mpumalanga and Gauteng provinces. All four outbreaks occurred outside of the ASF controlled area of South Africa and have been reported to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). The affected areas have been placed under quarantine and provincial veterinary services are applying the necessary disease control measures.

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Trevor Manuel, EFF Expected In Court Over Defamation Case

Former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel’s defamation case against the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) will be back in court on Tuesday morning. The case was postponed last week after the EFF presented new affidavits to the High Court in Johannesburg. Manuel approached the court after the party accused him of a conflict of interest in the appointment of Sars commissioner Edward Kieswetter.

ANC Agrees To Increase Female Representation In Leadership Positions

The African National Congress’ (ANC) national executive committee on Monday has agreed that in provinces where premiers are men, 60% of the provincial executive or MECs will consist of women. At its first post-election meeting on Monday, the party finalised the names of premiers in seven of the eight provinces it governs. The current premiers for Gauteng, Free State, Limpopo and Mpumalanga will retain their jobs.