Daily News Brief

Daily News Brief

South Africa’s Saray Khumalo First Black African Woman To Summit Mount Everest

South Africa’s Saray Khumalo has reached the top of the world, becoming the first black African woman to summit Mount Everest. It was fourth time lucky for Khumalo, whose three previous attempts failed due to external factors, including in 2015 when an earthquake struck Nepal. But she finally conquered the mountain on Thursday morning, managing to ascend nearly 9,000m above sea level.

Grahamstown Father Gets Double Life Sentence For Repeatedly Raping Daughter

The Grahamstown High Court sentenced a 48-year-old father to double life imprisonment for raping his own daughter over a period of time. He was slapped with the sentence this week. Police said he repeatedly raped the young girl in 2017 on a farm where they lived.

Alan Winde: Increase Of Populism A Reason For Loss Of DA Support

Western Cape Premier-elect Alan Winde said the rise of populism in South African politics aided the party’s decline in electoral support.  Winde added that some of their political opponents had campaigned on a nationalist idea. He said he was happy with the electoral results despite a drop in support for the Democratic Alliance (DA).

ANC Western Cape Spent Iqbal Survé’s R1m Donation

The African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape confirmed that a R1 million donation from businessman Iqbal Survé had been spent. The party said the money was distributed to various regions before an order for the funds to be returned. The Provincial Working Committee suspended Maurencia Gillion, the treasurer of the ANC in the Western Cape, pending an investigation into the matter.

Mahomedy: Interest Rate Swap Cost Transnet R1Billion But Regiments Gained Commissions

The state capture commission of inquiry has heard how an ill-advised interest rate swap on loans has costs Transnet more than R1 billion but scored Regiments Capital more than R200 million in so-called commissions. Acting group chief executive Mohammed Mahomedy has testified about how the terms of loans worth about R23-billion were changed, against the advice of junior treasury officials. The loans were changed from linked interest rate to high, fixed interest rates.

Mahomedy: Interests Of Transnet, Public Coffers Sacrificed To Benefit Regiments

The state capture commission of inquiry heard how Gupta-linked consultancy firm Regiments Capital was acting as Transnet’s advisor, then as the executor of the transaction they advised on, and paid themselves handsomely for the work. Acting Transnet group chief executive Mohammed Mahomedy on Thursday testified about how the Gupta-linked consultancy firm was conflicted in its role, but this was never flagged at the parastatal.

eThekwini Municipal Workers March To Mayor’s Offices Over Salaries

Dozens of eThekwini municipal workers in KwaZulu-Natal arrived at the office of Mayor Zandile Gumede demanding she makes good on her promise to improve salaries. The group of about 100 marched through the streets of Durban and asked the embattled mayor to deliver on a promise she allegedly made to workers from the Expanded Public Works Programme in 2017.

Duduzane Zuma Questioned On Speed Statement Discrepancies

State prosecutor Yusuf Baba has cast doubt on Duduzane Zuma’s motives for giving different estimates for his speed on 1 February 2014. Baba has concluded cross-examining Zuma in his culpable homicide trial at the Randburg Magistrates Court. Zuma’s car crashed into a minibus taxi in Sandton, killing one person.

Duduzane Zuma’s Version Of Fatal Crash Plausible: Expert

Forensic engineer and accident reconstruction expert Konrad Lotter said on Thursday Duduzane Zuma’s version of events that he lost control of his Porsche 911 was plausible. Lotter said the defence theory that the Porsche lost control due to aquaplaning was possible, and a vehicle doesn’t need to be driving at excessive speeds for aquaplaning to occur.

2 Women Involved In Fake Resurrection To Appear In Court

Two women accused of fraud in the case relating to the resurrection of a man are set to return to the Johannesburg Magistrates Court this morning. Brighton Moyo made headlines in February after a video was widely shared where he emerged from a coffin with many congregants believing he had been brought back to life.

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Carbon Tax Introduction Neutralizes Expected Fuel Price Drop In June

A labour economist said consumers would still be hit hardest even though fuel prices were expected to remain relatively unchanged in the coming weeks. According to the Automobile Association, a 7 cents per litre reduction could be expected in the price of petrol. Diesel is expected to increase by about 12 cents and illuminating paraffin by nine cents. This excludes the introduction of a carbon tax in June, which would add an additional 9 cents per litre to the petrol price and 10 cents to the diesel price.