Daily News Brief

Daily News Brief
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Cape Town Clothing Bank Calls On Public For Support

On Sunday, 26 May 2019, The Clothing Bank (TCB), an acclaimed social entrepreneurship programme, suffered a huge loss when a fire broke out during the early morning hours at their Cape Town branch in Thornton. With over 400 women traders depending on the Cape Town branch for their livelihoods, TCB is in dire need to collect clothing merchandise for their beneficiaries. The programme is appealing to the public to donate any good quality second-hand clothing items to build up stock.  An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire.

Former Ministers Radebe and Cwele Resign From Parliament

Jeff Radebe and Siyabonga Cwele have become the latest former ministers to resign as Members of Parliament. The National Assembly made the announcement via Twitter on Monday afternoon. Radebe and Cwele were among 14 former ministers who didn’t make the cut in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s new Cabinet. Radebe was the longest-serving minister, having headed over six departments since 1994. Cwele recently served as home affairs minister.

State Capture Spotlight Turns To Parliament’s Oversight Role

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has revealed he plans to establish a special task team to investigate whether Parliament properly exercised its oversight role in relation to state capture and corruption. Zondo made the comment on Monday morning during the evidence of a senior Treasury official at the state capture commission of inquiry. He said the purpose of the special task team would be to establish whether Parliament fulfilled its obligations.

eThekwini Mayor’s Leave Of Absence Starts Today

Embattled eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede said she would take 30 days leave of absence, starting from Monday. Gumede is currently on R50,000 bail after being arrested on fraud and corruption charges for allegedly defrauding the city on a tender worth R208 million. Her leave follows the resolution by the African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal that she give the party time to finalise her matter. Gumede said she would not resign from her mayoral post.

Mokgalapa ‘Keeps His Word’ As A ‘Service Delivery Mayor’

Tshwane Mayor Stevens Mokgalapa said terminating the GladAfrica consultancy agreement was among his achievements in his first 100 days in office. Mokgalapa said he kept to his promise to not be an office mayor but rather to be a service delivery mayor. He came into office following repeated motions of no confidence in his predecessor Solly Msimanga, many of them around the GladAfrica contract.

Trollip On Why The DA Is ‘So Focused’ On The ANC

The Democratic Alliance (DA) said it focused on the African National Congress (ANC) because there were several questionable people remained in the ruling party. Following the DA’s federal council meeting this weekend, the opposition party accepted that it concentrates a lot on the ANC.  The other reason the party said it is the official opposition and  the realistic competitor with the ANC.

Court To Decide If Forest High Stabbing Suspect Gets Bail

Residents of Turffontein, south of Joburg, where a grade 11 pupil allegedly stabbed killed a grade eight pupil said they would respect the court’s decision, if the accused was granted bail. However, residents said they would not allow him back to the school or into the community.

DA Demands Public Protector Release Bosasa Donation Report On Ramaphosa

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane has called on Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane to table the report that found President Cyril Ramaphosa misled Parliament. The Sunday Independent reported that Mkhwebane found Ramaphosa guilty of inadvertently misleading Parliament about his R500,000 campaign donation from Bosasa in her leaked preliminary report.

What To Look Out For

Spotlight On Youth Violence As Teen Due In court For Robbery At Sea Point School

A 15-year-old boy was expected to appear in court on Monday for allegedly robbing fellow pupils at his high school in Sea Point. The boy was arrested on Sunday after officers found some of the stolen items in his house in Philippi. He was apparently caught, along with his accomplices, on CCTV footage entering a classroom where an exam was being written last week. He and other suspects allegedly robbed the teacher and pupils at gunpoint before fleeing the scene.

Convicted Wife Killer Rob Packham To Be Sentenced On Wednesday

Wife killer Rob Packham will be sentenced on Wednesday. The Constantia businessman was found guilty last month. He was arrested shortly after Gill Packham’s body was found in the boot of her burnt-out BMW at the Diep River train station in February 2018.

Farm Attacks Probe At An ‘Advanced Stage’ – MEC

Western Cape Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz revealed the investigation into recent farm attacks in the Cape Winelands was “at an advanced stage.”  There were three incidents in the region last week. In one of them, Stefan Smit was killed on Louiesenhof Wine Estate on a Sunday evening. A provincial committee, the rural technical safety team, was set up to deal with the farm attacks and to advise the inter-ministerial committee.