Daily News Brief

Daily News Brief
Sasol facilities, Sasolburg, South Africa. photo credits: citiestips.com

ANC Reveals Names Of Parliamentary Leaders

The ANC has unveiled the names of members it wants to be whips, house chairpersons and committee chairs in Parliament. The process had been delayed amid reports of behind-the-scenes tussling over the list of names. The alliance secretariat met on Tuesday after the Sunday Times reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa had to step in to avert a “parliamentary coup” by party secretary general Ace Magashule. At this afternoon’s announcement Magashule insisted the process had been rigorous and the men and women nominated would steer Parliament along the “correct path”.

SANDF Can’t Confirm Casualties On Mozambique Side After Shooting

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) said while it could confirm that no South African soldiers were injured during the shooting incident with Mozambican border police, they could not say the same for their counterparts. SANDF soldiers were conducting routine patrols as part of border protection when the shooting occurred on Sunday in Ndumo, along the South Africa-Mozambique border. SANDF spokesperson Brigadier General Mafi Mgobozi said a high-level delegation has been sent to Mozambique to discuss the shooting with the army of the neighbouring country.

R3.5M Fine For Farmer After He Failed To Apply For Licence To Build Dams

A Clanwilliam farmer has been slapped with a multi-million rand fine for water and environmental transgressions. Tierhoek Boerdery was taken to court last year. It has been found guilty of 11 transgressions. Tierhoek first appeared in court after the department conducted the first monitoring and enforcement blitz in the West Coast region in November 2017. The Water and Sanitation Department said the farm’s owner didn’t apply for a licence to construct dams. The farmer built two dams and intentionally did not register them within 120 days.

Police Task Team Set Up As Body Of 5th Homeless Murder Victim Found

Gauteng police have confirmed that the body of a fifth homeless person was discovered on Wednesday morning in Tshwane. The victim’s body was found at a bus terminal about 400 metres from Unisa’s main campus in the area. Police have expressed concern over the mysterious murders and have established a high-level investigating team of specialists, tasked to probe the murders after the victims’ bodies were found in different parts of Muckleneuk in a period of about three weeks. According to Gauteng police spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters, all victims were male, middle-aged, homeless and killed during the night.

Ramaphosa’s Biggest Challenge Is SA’s Economic Recovery, DA On Sona

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s greatest challenge is to put the SA economy on a growth path. That was the message from the official opposition as the clock ticked down ahead of Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Thursday night.  Democratic Alliance MP and the party’s finance spokesperson Geordin Hill-Lewis joined Mmusi Maimane and chief whip John Steenhuisen in spelling out their expectations for Ramapahosa’s address.

SA Consumer Inflation Quickens To 4.5% In May

South Africa’s headline consumer inflation inched higher to 4.5% year on year in May from 4.4% in April, data from Statistics South Africa showed on Wednesday. On a month-on-month basis prices rose 0.3% from a 0.6% increase previously. Core inflation – which excludes the prices of food, non-alcoholic beverages, petrol and energy – was at 4.1% year on year versus a 4.1% increase in April, and was at 0.0% month on month compared to 0.3% increase last month.

WC Anti-Gang Unit Showing Some Cracks Amid Soaring Murders

While gang murders in the Western Cape are soaring, the province’s Anti-Gang Unit has been showing cracks. Unit commander Andre Lincoln has steamrolled ahead with investigations into three of his senior members who went ahead with crime operation without his knowledge. The three officers sanctioned the failed operation in Samora Machel in which six fellow officers were wounded in a shoot-out.

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Alex Shutdown Movement Vows Rolling Mass Action If Demands Not Met

Residents of Alexandra have appealed to the City of Johannesburg to prioritise the provision of resources in the township rather than rebuilding demolished houses. On Wednesday, residents embarked on yet another protest, this time over Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba’s promise that the city would rebuild 80 houses that were destroyed by the red ants two weeks ago. They marched to the city’s offices in Sandton. They handed over their petition to an official from the office of the speaker. Meanwhile, residents have vowed to embark on rolling mass action should Mashaba not listen to them.

Manuel’s Lawyer Confident EFF’s Application Will Fail

Former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel’s lawyer Dario Milo said they were confident the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) would not succeed in its application to the Supreme Court of Appeal. The EFF’s application for leave to appeal an earlier ruling that ordered it to retract defamatory statements against Manuel and pay him R500,000 was dismissed by the High Court in Johannesburg on Tuesday. Two months ago, the party accused Manuel of corruption and nepotism in a statement against his involvement in the appointment of the new Sars commissioner.

Ramaphosa To Announce Further Plans To Aid Struggling Eskom

As President Cyril Ramaphosa prepared to deliver his State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Thursday, the Presidency said he would announce further measures to support Eskom’s efforts at recovery and it’s financial and operational stability. Ramaphosa met with Eskom’s board in Cape Town on Tuesday to discuss actions to be taken to stabilise the energy utility in the wake of its financial and operational woes.