Daily News Brief

Daily News Brief

Ekurhuleni Announces R11.4billion Jump In Budget For 2019

The City of Ekurhuleni has tabled a budget of R48.9 billion for the 2019/2020 financial year. This is a R11.4 billion jump from 2018’s budget.  Ekurhuleni is the second metro to announce its projections this week, with the City of Johannesburg on Wednesday having announced its R64.5 billion budget.

NPA Questions If Jacob Zuma Acted In Good Faith In Arms Deal Case

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has questioned whether former President Jacob Zuma was acting in good faith when he spent nearly a decade fighting the attempt to review the decision not to prosecute him. That was among the submissions in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg on Thursday where the NPA was opposing an application by Zuma and arms manufacturer Thales for a permanent stay of prosecution. The case relates to the controversial late 1990s arms deal.

DA Requests Fresh Probe Into Mkhwebane’s Fitness To Hold Office

The Democratic Alliance (DA) wants a fresh investigation into Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s fitness for office.  The party has written to new National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise asking her to initiate a parliamentary inquiry.  In the wake of another judicial slap-down, the DA was pinning its hopes on the sixth Parliament to thoroughly investigate Mkhwebane’s fitness for office.

NCOP Elects Amos Masondo As Chairperson

The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) has officially elected Amos Masondo as its chairperson.  Former Northern Cape Premier Sylvia Lucas has been elected as his deputy.  The session also saw the election of Seiso Mohai as the chief whip of the NCOP.  Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng was back in Parliament on Thursday morning to swear in members of the National Council of Provinces.

Jacob Zuma Agrees To Get Claims Against NPA’s Downer Removed From Affidavit

Former President Jacob Zuma has agreed to strike out allegations that he made against State prosecutor Billy Downer, including that Downer longed for the days of apartheid-era prosecutions and hated him. This was released in the Pietermaritzburg High Court where the State is on Thursday presenting its arguments on why the court must dismiss Zuma’s application for a permanent stay of prosecution. Initially, the State wanted to start its arguments today by asking the court to strike out parts of Jacob Zuma’s affidavits.

NPA: No Evidence To Prove Jacob Zuma Corruption Case Politically Motivated

The Pietermaritzburg High Court has heard that there was not a single shred of evidence to support the claim that the prosecution of former President Jacob Zuma was politically motivated.  Zuma and French arms manufacturer Thales have approached the courts for a permanent stay of prosecution in a case related to the controversial arms deal.

SA Tourists Hurt In Egypt Bus Explosion Back Home

All South African tourists involved in an Egypt bus explosion have now returned home. The second group arrived on Wednesday. They were injured when the tourist bus was targeted not far from the famous pyramids in Giza. The International Relations Department said it was confident that Egyptian authorities would get to the bottom of the explosion.

Francis Callard Continues To Give Testimony At The State Capture Inquiry

Former Transnet electrical engineer Francis Callard returns to the state capture commission of inquiry Thursday where he is expected to wrap up testimony about several irregular locomotive contracts worth billions of rand.  His testimony has taken the state capture commission of inquiry into deeply technical aspects of locomotive design and manufacture.

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Mount Everest Conqueror Saray Khumalo Finally Started Her Way Home

South African mountain climber Saray Khumalo is expected to touch down on home soil next week. She finally left the Mount Everest base camp on Wednesday where she’d been waiting for a flight home while the bodies of climbers who died on the mountain were being recovered.  Her friend Erika Gibson said they’d had to reschedule her flight.  Khumalo arrived at the base camp on Saturday after making history as the first black African woman to summit the world’s highest mountain.