Daily News Brief

Daily News Brief
Caravan Park in Meer En See, Richards Bay, KwaZulu Natal- photo credit: Afristay

Angelo Agrizzi Agrees To Pay R200,000 Fine For K-Word Utterances

A settlement agreement has been reached between the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi after his use of racist language. Agrizzi has agreed to pay a fine of R200,000 and issue an apology to all South Africans. Agrizzi appeared in the Equality Court sitting in the Randburg Magistrates Court on Thursday morning.

Johannesburg University Student Gets 15 Year Sentence For Murdering Flatmate

A University of Johannesburg student was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for stabbing his flatmate to death. The student received an additional two-year sentence for attempting to obstruct the administration of justice. According to a statement released by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Siphamandla Gamede was found guilty by the High Court in Johannesburg of murder and defeating the course of justice after he murdered his flatmate, Nkosinathi Ngema, at Cherry Manor Complex in Roodepoort in January this year.

Mantashe: Public Protector Mkhwebane’s Probe Against Ramaphosa Is Political

ANC chairperson Gwede Mantashe has raised concerns about the Public Protector’s decision to investigate President Cyril Ramaphosa over a R500 000 donation to his 2017 ANC presidential campaign from Gavin Watson, the boss of services firm African Global Operations (formerly known as Bosasa). He said that the cases Mkhwebane was investigating were moral cases and not criminal ones. Mantashe also questioned the validity of her investigation into alleged money laundering during Ramaphosa’s campaign for ANC president. Mkhwebane initiated an investigation into Ramaphosa after the DA requested that she probe the R500 000 donation.

Public Protector Mkhwebane Threatens Legal Action Against Mapaila Over Capacity Remarks

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has threatened to take legal action against South African Communist Party second deputy general secretary Solly Mapaila over his scathing comments about her capacity. On Wednesday, Mapaila told delegates at National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union policy conference that Mkhwebane should not allow herself to be used as a hired gun of African National Congress factions. Mapaila said the Public Protector was pursuing what he described as “moral cases,” not criminal matters.

State Capture Inquiry: Company Applying For SAA Tender Failed To Submit Finances

The State Capture Inquiry has heard that one of the entities which applied for a lucrative South African Airways (SAA) contract failed to submit their financial records. Daniel Mahlangu, the sole director of BNP Capital, formed a consortium with Inline Trading, an entity that belonged to Masotsha Mngadi who was the advisor to former SAA chairperson Dudu Myeni. SAA was looking for a transaction partner to assist it to acquire R15 billion to stay afloat.  After the deal fell through, BNP Capital tried to secure a cancellation fee of R49 million but that was rejected by the SAA board.

Fuel Price Drop July Would Have Been Significant If Rand Didn’t Weaken: AA

The Automobile Association said that motorists would have seen significant fuel price drop next month had the rand remained steady this month. The association predicted an 86 cent drop in the price of petrol and 68 cents for diesel. Spokesperson Layton Beard cited lower international oil prices as the reason for the predicted fuel price decrease.

Gwede Mantashe Calls On Trade Unions To Work With Government To Improve SA

Minister of Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe has called on trade unions to fulfill their roles in the creation of a capable developmental state. Speaking at the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu)’s policy conference, Mantashe explained that the union’s members are at the coal face of the functions of the state, making them the vehicle for the delivery of the desired developmental state. Nehawu is the biggest public service union in the country.

Constitutional Court Upholds SCA Ruling Keeping Jiba, Mrwebi As Advocates

The Constitutional Court has on Thursday morning upheld the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA)’s ruling that fired National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) officials advocates Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi should not be struck from the roll of advocates. The Constitutional Court found that the matter had no constitutional barring and the judgment was unanimous from the justices.

What To Look Out For

Ramaphosa To Soon Make Land Reform Report Public

President Cyril Ramaphosa said that he will soon make public the report of the Presidential Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture. The panel, chaired by Dr Vuyo Mahlathi, submitted its report to Ramaphosa earlier this month. Ramaphosa said that the report would guide the finalisation of “a far-reaching and transformative land reform programme”. He was replying to debate on his State of the Nation Address in a joint sitting of Parliament on Wednesday.

Government To Map Out Plan For Eskom Future In Next Three Months

Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu said government would produce a white paper, detailing the road map for Eskom’s future within the next three months. Mthembu briefed the media on the outcomes of Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting on Thursday, where the ailing power utility was discussed. Mthembu said work on the white paper had to be completed as soon as possible.