Daily News Brief

Daily News Brief
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Long Weekend Accidents Claim 42 Lives In Limpopo

Forty-two people have died in separate accidents in Limpopo over the 16 June long weekend. In one incident, 24 died when a minibus collided with a bus along R81 in Maphalle in the Mopani region. It’s believed that in the R81 accident, the minibus taxi was carrying 10 more people above its capacity. Limpopo Transport and Community Safety Department‘s Joel Seabi said those who don’t abide by the law should be severely dealt with.

Gupta-Linked Consultancy Firm Trillian Ordered To Pay Eskom R600m

Gutpa-linked global consultancy firm Trillian capital has been ordered to pay Eskom R600 million. In March last year, the power utility sued both Trillian and McKinsey for the repayment of almost R1.6 billion allegedly unlawfully paid to them as a result of an invalid deal involving corruption and fraud. McKinsey has since paid back the R1 billion it received from Eskom, but Trillian vehemently opposed the application, claiming it was McKinsey’s local partner and sub-contractor, and was never involved in any corruption. It also argued that it deserved to keep the full R600 million for the work they did.

Johannesburg Residents Warned For Water Shortages

Johannesburg residents have been warned to brace themselves for water shortages and low water pressure for at least two days. Rand Water is planning to shut down the main B11 pipeline next Monday in order to install a valve. Other Gauteng municipalities, which receive services from Rand Water, will also be affected by the upgrade.

Suspended Old Mutual CEO Peter Moyo Fired

South Africa’s second-biggest insurer Old Mutual said on Friday it had terminated the employment of suspended CEO Peter Moyo, following a conflict of interest related to an investment firm he founded. “Mr Moyo’s actions since the suspension contravened his fiduciary duties to Old Mutual, his contract of employment and his notice of suspension,” the insurer said.

EFF Loses Appeal Application In Trevor Manuel Case

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has taken another beating in the courts, this time the High Court in Johannesburg has dismissed its application to appeal an earlier judgment that found it had made false claims against former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel. Shortly after the elections in May, the red berets were ordered to apologise to Manuel and the court awarded him R500,000 in damages after the former finance minister made an application to have the punitive measures enforced. The EFF’s bid to appeal this ruling was scuppered on Tuesday morning.

Maimane: DA Has No Formal Coalition Agreement With EFF

Coalition governments are not always smooth sailing and present a number of challenges. The Democratic Alliance (DA) said this in giving feedback on Tuesday on the state of local governments where the party governs with the help of coalitions. DA leader Mmusi Maimane said his party had no formal coalition agreement with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and only works with the red berets on an issue-by-issue basis in some metros. Maimane explained the party was in coalitions with the Congress of the People, the African Christian Democratic Party and the Freedom Front Plus.

 SABC Not Doing Enough To Avert Job Losses: Communication Union

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has accused the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board of not doing enough to avert retrenchments as the financial crisis deepened at the cash-strapped public broadcaster. The public broadcaster has had to choose between paying bills and employee salaries. SABC board chair Bongumusa Makhathini has highlighted that despite the R1.9 billion debt to crucial creditors such as the City of Joburg, they have resolved to prioritise salaries.

Kgalema Motlanthe Urges Youngsters To Pursue Studies In Digital Technology

Former President Kgalema Motlanthe has urged young people to pursue studies in digital technology and entertainment, saying these two fields would be the key generators of business and employment. He was addressing a group of young people at a youth expo in Nasrec on Monday. Motlanthe said those with digital technology skills would have an added advantage in the highly competitive job market under the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The former president said the Fourth Industrial Revolution would not take away jobs but rather create new ones in other sectors.

KZN Education Department Requests Police Deployment At Schools

The KwaZulu-Natal Education Department has called for police deployment at schools in the province. This came after a teacher was killed at Masuku Primary School in southern Durban last week. The department’s Muzi Mahlambi said: “Things like killings and attacks on our teachers and learners are happening. He [KZN education MEC Kwazi Mshengu] is also speaking to his counterparts in the province and the premier is also speaking to ministers who are responsible for security cluster in this regard.” Meanwhile, in Gauteng, undercover police would be deployed at Forest High in southern Johannesburg this week following the death of a pupil during a school fight.

Dobsonville Residents ‘Living In Fear’ After Another Murder

Community members in Dobsonville said they were living in fear from criminals and the police were failing to protect them. The community held a march on Monday after the murder of a 23-year-old man last Thursday with his body dumped in an open veld. Residents in the area said the police have abandoned them. Dobsonville residents marched to the open field where 23-year-old Kamogelo Kgala was murdered. They said the vacant piece of land was now a killing hotspot, which has the community living in fear.

Team Deployed To Investigate SANDF, Mozambique Police Shootout

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has sent out a team to investigate a shooting between South African soldiers and Mozambican border police. The violence was said to have erupted in Ndumo on Sunday but there’s no confirmation at this stage of any casualties. SANDF spokesperson Brigadier-General Mafi Mgobozi said members of the South African military were on a routine patrol as part of borderline protection when the shooting happened.

Soweto Taxi Routes Finally Re-opened

Six taxi ranks and routes that were closed in Soweto following violent clashes have been re-opened on Tuesday morning. The taxi ranks were shut down in March following violence between the Witwatersrand African Taxi Association and the Nancefield Dube West Taxi Association over routes. At least 200 drivers would now have to go through a registration process to be allowed to use the routes.

Sexual Harassment Case Against Bryanston High School Coach Delayed Again

The case of sexual assault against a former Bryanston High School sports coach has been postponed to next month because the State couldn’t make copies of the docket to give to the defence on time. Non-profit child protection organisation Women & Men Against Child Abuse said it was unbelievable that the matter had been delayed again. The former coach is accused of sexually assaulting a matric pupil. He was dismissed from the school after being found guilty of sexually harassing two other pupils.

Mandela Foundation Rejects Reports On Zindzi Mandela Meeting Over Twitter Rant

The Nelson Mandela Foundation on Tuesday denied reports that it had requested a meeting with South Africa’s ambassador to Denmark, Zindzi Mandela, over her controversial Twitter remarks on the land expropriation without compensation. This after City Press reported at the weekend that the foundation intended to meet with Mandela following her tirade last Friday on a social media platform, in which she labelled white South Africans “land thieves” and “apartheid apologists”. Her comments, which divided many Twitter users, prompted AfriForum to call to for the Department of International Relations and Cooperation to fire Mandela as the country’s ambassador to Denmark.

Former SAA CFO Phumeza Nhantsi Testifies At State Capture Inquiry

Former South African Airways (SAA) chief financial officer Phumeza Nhantsi said it was strange that Masotsha Mngadi was not on the SAA payroll, despite being former chairperson Dudu Myeni’s adviser. Nhantsi testified at the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture in Parktown on Tuesday. Nhantsi said Mngadi would advise on matters related to board decisions and resolutions, but she found it strange that he was involved as a third party who was not part of the airline’s executive.

What To Look Out For

Alexandra Residents Ready For Another Shutdown

Alexandra residents were finalising plans to shut down the township on Wednesday in protest to the rebuilding of illegal structures. Earlier this month, the Red Ants destroyed 80 structures that were apparently illegally erected along the Jukskei River, leaving many homeless. But the City of Johannesburg has since decided to rebuild the houses. The Alexandra Total Shutdown movement was against this decision and said it would protest on Wednesday.

EFF Now Plans To Take Trevor Manuel Matter To Supreme Court

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is now planning to challenge the court ruling in its dispute against former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel in the Supreme Court of Appeal. On Tuesday morning, the High Court in Johannesburg dismissed the party’s application for leave to appeal an earlier judgment that found it had made false claims against Manuel. Two months ago, the EFF accused Manuel – who sat on the panel that appointed Edward Kieswetter as Sars commissioner – of having close business ties to him.