Daily News Brief

Daily News Brief
Knysna City, photo credit: southafricacarrentals.net

South Africans Hope For More Jobs And Reduced Crime In Run-up To Sona 2019

Creating more jobs and reducing crime are top the list of expectations some Capetonians have of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address (Sona). Ramaphosa will address the nation on Thursday night, where he’ll outline government’s plans to tackle challenges the country faces. With the country’s unemployment rate at just over 27%, many Capetonians say they are cash-strapped, and battling make ends meet.

Study: Investigative Journalism Has Sunk To Unprecedented Depths

A study into the state of journalism in South Africa has shown that investigative journalism has sunk to unprecedented depths. This has been blamed on the general deterioration of newsrooms in the country which has affected the capacity for in-depth investigative work. Investigative journalism has been praised for exposing large scale corruption by high-ranking government officials and private business and for connecting the dots in the capture of the state.

ANC To Open Case Against Steve Hofmeyr Over Death Threats Zindzi Mandela, Phumzile Van Damme

The African National Congress (ANC) said the Tweets by Steve Hofmeyr about Denmark ambassador Zindzi Mandela and Democratic Alliance (DA) Member of Parliament Phumzile van Damme were a textbook example of white privilege. The governing party would on Thursday morning open a case against Hofmeyr after he threatened the two with death if they tried to take his land. Tweets by Mandela on apartheid apologists and the land, as well as Van Damme punching a man at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town during a racist incident, preceded Hofmeyr’s comments.

Public Protector Mkhwebane To Share Info With Zondo Commission

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has announced the information she would be sharing with the Zondo Commission in relation to the Gupta Waterkloof landing. In a YouTube video, Mkhwebane explained that her office was prepared to cooperate with the commission, on condition that its chairperson Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo was well versed about the correspondence between the entities.

Zondo Inquiry Reflects On Jacob Zuma’s Lack Of Undertaking To Appear In Front Of Commission

The state capture commission on Thursday said it was reflecting on former President Jacob Zuma’s lack of undertaking to appear before the inquiry after a request was sent to him six weeks ago. The commission had set aside 15 to 19 July for Zuma’s appearance after he was implicated in state capture by several witnesses, including former Government Communication Information System director-general Themba Maseko and former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene. The commission said Zuma insisted on being furnished with the questions he would be asked in advance before he could commit to appearing before it.

Duduzane Zuma Can’t Be Guilty Of Culpable Homicide: Lawyer Mike Hellens

Duduzane Zuma’s lawyer has argued that his client cannot be guilty of culpable homicide because he couldn’t have known that he would lose control of his car, resulting in the death of Phumzile Dube. Mike Hellens has been presenting closing arguments in the Randburg Magistrates Court on Thursday where former President Jacob Zuma was also present to support his son. The State earlier told the court that Zuma junior failed dismally to be a prudent driver on the evening of the crash in 2014.

Doctors For Life: Sean Davison’s Sentence Shockingly Low

The organisation Doctors for Life has labelled the punishment handed to right-to-die advocate Sean Davison as “shockingly low”. Sean Davison entered into a plea bargain in the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday and was sentenced to three years correctional supervision on three counts of murder. He was also slapped with an eight-year prison sentence that was wholly suspended for five years.

Contralesa Accuses Parents Of Negligence Over Illegal Initiation Schools

Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa) has accused parents whose children fall victim to bogus initiation schools of negligence. Just a week into the winter initiation season, three boys have already been reported dead. Contralesa said in some cases, parents should be held criminally liable. Contralesa said it was concerned because they had declared zero deaths in the launch of the initiation season last week.

What To Look Out For

Economy, Job Creation, SOE’s Expected To Feature As Key Points In SONA

As President Cyril Ramaphosa put in the final finishing touches to his third State of the Nation Address (Sona) in Parliament on Thursday evening, the economy, job creation, and the management of the country’s key state-owned enterprises (SOEs) were expected to feature prominently in his speech to the nation. The address followed the May general elections where the governing African National Congress (ANC) received a reduced majority of 57.5% and the installation of the sixth administration, which faced the uphill battle to turn around the country’s fortunes after the so-called “nine lost years” under former President Jacob Zuma.

Alexandra ShutDown Movement Opens Case Against Herman Mashaba

The Alexandra Total Shutdown Movement has opened a case against Mayor Herman Mashaba for contravening a court order regarding structures illegally erected along the Jukskei River. Earlier this month, the Red Ants demolished more than 80 structures in the township as per an eviction order. But days later, Mashaba promised to rebuild the structures in the same location.