Daily News Brief

Ramaphosa In First Investor Meeting Since ANC Election Win

President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Wednesday morning meet with investors for the first time since the African National Congress (ANC)’s poorest victory at the polls. Ramaphosa will attend a conference by global investment banking firm Goldman Sachs in Johannesburg.

ATM’s Mzwanele Manyi Says He’s Not Going To Parliament

Leader of the African Transformation Movement (ATM) Mzwanele Manyi said he would not be representing the party in Parliament. ATM president Vuyolwethu Zungula and Thandiswa Marawu, a former Eastern Cape African National Congress MEC, will represent the party in the National Assembly. “This has never been about me, it’s been about ATM. I’m not with the party to try and be in Parliament, this was because I believe in what the party stands for.”

Diesel Leak Prompts Evacuation At SABC’s Radio Park

Staff at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Radio Park in Auckland Park were evacuated after a diesel leak in the multi-storey building. “The SABC, as a precautionary measure, ensured that employees from the Radio Park building were safely evacuated as we take the health and safety of our staff seriously,” said SABC spokesperson Vuyo Mthembu.

Unemployment Rate: Graduates Caught In Vicious Cycle

According to Statistics South Africa, the country’s unemployment rate has risen to its highest level since the third quarter of 2017. It was sitting at 27.6% at the end of the first three months of this year. The 31-year-old Nhlakanipho Ngcobo holds an honours degree in marketing. He’s been looking for a job since 2017 without luck

eThekwini Mayor Gumede Must Be Given Time To Clear Name

The KwaZulu-Natal government said that eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede and her co-accused must be given time to clear their names. Gumede handed herself over to the Hawks on Tuesday, along with African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) regional deputy secretary Mondli Mthembu, over their alleged involvement in tender fraud amounting to R208 million.

ANCYL: Call For Zandile Gumede To Resign Not An Attack On Her

The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) in the eThekwini region says Zandile Gumede should be given space to deal with charges of corruption, racketeering and fraud leveled against her. The league said that Gumude, who was released on R50,000 bail, should resign from her mayoral position and deal with the charges.

Cope Leader Denies Plans To Recall Mosiuoa Lekota

Congress of the People’s (Cope) general secretary Papi Kganare denied there were plans to recall the party’s leader, Mosiuoa Lekota, at the organisation’s national executive committee meeting next week. “We’ve received no proposed motion of no confidence [against] Lekota because, in terms of our Cope constitution, if anybody proposes a motion of no confidence against any leader, that person must put it in writing.”

Beware Of Conmen Posing As Prophets, Joburg Police Warn Residents

Johannesburg residents are being warned to look out for people posing as prophets who are robbing their victims of their valuables. A woman was robbed of her cellphone in the Johannesburg CBD after a conman claimed her device was possessed by demons. She was then asked to hand over her cellphone so that it could be prayed for.

Several Large Transnet Tenders Awarded Irregularly, CEO Tells Zondo Inquiry

The state capture commission of inquiry has heard how several large Transnet contracts were awarded without going through the required procurement processes and key people were never informed of the transactions.

Zuma Tells Court He Was Lucky To Survive His Sandton Crash

Duduzane Zuma has told the Randburg Magistrates Court about how the crash that claimed the life of a woman in 2014 affected him. Five years ago, on a rainy night in Sandton, Duduzane Zuma’s Porsche rammed into a minibus taxi causing the death of Phumzile Dube. Another victim Nanki Mashaba, who was injured, later died in hospital but the court ruled that her death was due to pre-existing conditions.

What to Look Out For:

D6 Committee Open To Discussing Restitution Matters With Land Reform Dept

The Rural Development and Land Reform Minister will have much to answer to in a District Six land claim case before the courts this week. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has been ordered to appear before the Western Cape High Court on Friday. In the meantime, there have been two court submissions, one from the minister and the other from representatives for the land claimants.