Daily News Brief

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More Than R360K Raised For Kind-Hearted Petrol Pump Attendant

A R100 gesture has led to a more than R360,000 donation for a kind-hearted petrol pump attendant. When Monet van Deventer  pulled into a Cape Town filling station last week, she realised she didn’t have her bank card with her. But Nkosikho Mbele couldn’t bear turning Van Deventer away. Mbele paid for the petrol because he didn’t want her to get stuck on the N2. Overwhelmed by the gesture, Van Deventer started a crowdfunding campaign which has raised more than R366,000 by Monday morning.

Lesufi Rushes To Turffontein School After Reports Of Fatal Stabbing

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi was en route to a high school in Turffontein after receiving information from district officials that a pupil had been stabbed to death.  Details were still sketchy, but police have confirmed that they were also at Forest High School. It was alleged that a grade 10 pupil was stabbed by two grade eight pupils. Lesufi said he would give more details as soon as he had met with the affected family.

Joao Rodriguez Ruling Sets Tone For Similar Apartheid-Era Cases – NPA

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said Monday’s judgment in the Ahmed Timol matter would set the tone for similar apartheid-era cases. The Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg dismissed Timol murder accused Joao Rodriguez’s application not to face charges for the death of Timol in 1971. The ruling comes after the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria overturned the result of the original inquest which found that Timol’s death was a suicide.

Jacob Zuma Briefed On Day-to-Day Running Of ANN7, Former News Editor Reveals

Former ANN7 news editor Rajesh Sundaram says while Duduzane Zuma was one of the directors of the company that owned the news channel, his father Jacob Zuma was more involved in the day-to-day running of the station than his son. Sundaram is testifying at the state capture commission on Monday afternoon. He has told the commission about his experience working for the now-defunct Gupta-owned channel.

Zuma Involved In Expediting Visas For ANN7 Staff, Inquiry Told

Former Gupta-owned ANN7 news editor Rajesh Sundaram said that former President Jacob Zuma was involved in expediting the visa applications for Indian nationals who were recruited to start up the news channel. Sundaram is on the stand at the state capture commission on Monday. The former news editor of the now-defunct news channel is also the author of a book which details Zuma’s direct hand in the creation of the channel and how jobs were fraudulently handed to Indian nationals.

Zuma Got Hesitant Ministers To Attend TNA Breakfast Briefings

Former ANN7 news editor Rajesh Sundaram has told the state capture commission of inquiry that former President Jacob Zuma was instrumental in ensuring the success of the SABC’s New Age (TNA) business breakfast briefings. Sundaram was testifying at the inquiry on Monday afternoon about his experience at the Gupta-owned channel. The former editor said Zuma went to the extent of convincing his ministers to fund and participate in the meetings.

Outa Calls On Government To Install Experienced Leaders To Head SAA

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has called on the government to find more experienced leaders to head South African Airways (SAA). The board is now tasked with searching for a replacement for outgoing CEO Vuyani Jarana, who will leave the state-owned entity by the end of August. His resignation comes just a few days after Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe also ended his term at the parastatal. The two SOEs have a combined debt bill of close to R500 billion.

Questions Raised About Investor Reaction To SAA, Eskom Resignations

Questions are being raised about how investors will react after the resignations of the CEO’s of both SAA and Eskom. SAA CEO Vuyani Jarana tendered his resignation on Wednesday, less than a week after Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe called it quits. SAA has not made a profit since 2011 and has since been surviving on state guarantees. Economist Xhanti Payi said that with two CEO’s leaving less than a week apart, it sent a worrying message to international investors. Meanwhile, economist Iraj Abedian said that political leaders needed to make drastic changes if they want to see different outcomes.

What To Look Out For

Henri Van Breda Turns To Constitutional Court In Bid To Overturn Conviction, Sentencing

Triple murderer Henri van Breda has turned to the Constitutional Court in his latest bid to have his conviction and sentencing overturned. Van Breda is serving three life terms for murdering his parents and older brother, and an additional 15 years for the attempted killing of his sister. This is Van Breda’s last chance to challenge his conviction and punishment. The State has until 14 June to file opposing papers to the convicted killers latest attempt to overturn the guilty verdict and sentence.

SAHRC To Assist Martha Marais In Seeking Compensation From Health Department Following Abuse

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it will be assisting Martha Marais’ family to see if they can get compensation from the Gauteng Health Department and Mamelodi Hospital. Footage emerged on social media last week which showed the 76-year-old lying on the floor of the hospital with her hands tied to a chair. The department said that four people have been placed on special leave pending an investigation into their conduct.

IAAF Gender Rule Suspended Pending Semenya Appeal

Caster Semenya’s lawyers have announced that the Swiss Federal Supreme Court has suspended the implementation of the IAAF’s regulations for athletes with “differences of sex development” with regards to the runner. The suspension is valid until Semenya’s appeal against the rules has been finalised. This means Semenya will be able to run any race she would have usually run – without taking medication to lower her testosterone levels.