Daily News Brief

Daily News Brief

Omissions In Transnet Locomotive Deal ‘Deliberate Misrepresentation’

A former Transnet electrical engineer says several omissions and misrepresentations in a multibillion-rand locomotive deal appeared to have been used to justify a significant escalation of costs for the project. Francis Callard testified at the state capture commission of inquiry on Monday about the procurement of 1,064 locomotives from China South Rail.

Cause Of Fire At Bheki Mlangeni Hospital In Soweto Being Probed

Some patients have been evacuated from the Bheki Mlangeni Hospital in Soweto after a fire broke out in the early hours of Monday morning. Johannesburg Emergency Services said that the blaze affected the administration block and has been contained. It’s still unclear what the cause of the fire was.

2 Foreign Nationals To Appear In Court For Kidnapping EC Businessman

Two foreign nationals will appear in Mthatha Magistrates Court on Monday after they were arrested for kidnapping an Eastern Cape businessman and extorting a ransom from his family. According to police, a third foreign national was fatally wounded in a subsequent shoot-out with police on Saturday during an operation by a multi-disciplinary task team.

Delft Couple Shot, Killed Inside Their Home

The Delft community policing forum (CPF) on Monday called on residents to come forward with information regarding the murder of a Blikkiesdorp couple. The couple was shot and killed inside their home early on Monday morning. The CPF condemned the murder of the residents and called on police to bring the perpetrators to book.

Over 250k Grade 1 and 8 Online Applications Processed So Far – Dept

The Gauteng Department of Education said on Monday over 250,000 online applications for grades 1 and 8 pupils had been processed so far. Online admissions officially went live on Monday morning. Officials from the department have been deployed to various parts of the province to assist parents.

Francis Callard: CSR Did Not Meet Requirements For Transnet Tender

Former Transnet electrical engineer Francis Callard said the decision by the parastatal to unilaterally change the technical specifications of the locomotives to be procured was extremely irresponsible and undermined the purpose of the acquisition project. Callard said decisions related to the multi-billion rand project were taken without input from technical experts.

Judicial Inquest Into Death Of Ford Kuga Owner Reshall Jimmy Resumes

A judicial inquest into the death of man in a Ford Kuga resumed in the Western Cape High Court on Monday. Reshall Jimmy died after the vehicle he was travelling in, burst into flames while he was holidaying in the Southern Cape in December 2015. The inquiry was expected to determine the cause of Jimmy’s death and whether auto manufacturer Ford could be held liable.

High Court Sets Public Protector’s Report Into Estina Dairy Farm Aside

The North Gauteng High Court has declared the Public Protector’s report into the Estina dairy farm project in Vrede as unconstitutional and invalid and set it aside.  At least R200 million in public funds meant for emerging black farmers in the Free State town allegedly flowed to Estina – a company with links to the Gupta family. Some of the money was apparently used to pay for the Gupta’s infamous Sun City wedding in 2013.

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Zuma’s Legal Team: Society Has Unleashed Mob Justice On Jacob Zuma

Jacob Zuma’s lawyers have told the Pietermaritzburg High Court that society has unleashed mob justice on the former president, saying he has been treated less humanely. Zuma’s lawyer senior counsel Muzi Sikhakhane made his opening remarks in court this morning as his team prepares to argue in favor of a permanent stay of prosecution. Sikhakhane said that he would try and persuade the court and everyone who hated his client to understand who Jacob Zuma really was.

Malema: We’ll Keep Advocating For Free Movement Of Africans in Africa

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema said the party would stop at nothing to secure the interests of African people. The red beret leader made the remarks during the party’s post-election briefing in Braamfontein on Thursday. He said: “We reiterate our call for African unity. We continue to advocate for free movement of goods and people in the African continent which is long overdue. We will never retract on this statement even if it threatens our electoral growth.”