Daily News Brief

Daily News Briefs
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Ramaphosa Pleased With G20 Summit Outcomes

President Cyril Ramaphosa said that the G-20 Summit in Japan was a success. World leaders gathered in Osaka to discuss challenges faced by the global economy and other issues. They expressed concern over intensifying trade and geopolitical tensions and have vowed to address the risks. President Cyril Ramaphosa said that the world leaders have affirmed their commitment to the implementation of the 2030 agenda for sustainable growth.

ANC Calls For Members To Refrain From Public Criticism Of Busisiwe Mkhwebane

The African National Congress (ANC) has called for Public Protector Mkhwebane to be given space to do her work. While the ANC’s Pule Mabe would not be drawn on the specific matter, he’s called for restraint. “We call on everyone to make sure that they exercise restraint and refrain from making public pronouncements that might otherwise undermine or compromise the very standing on the Public Protector. “We’ve got a duty as the ANC to uphold the Constitution.”

Bonteheuwel Church Service Disrupted As Gangsters Seek Shelter During Shooting

A church service in Bonteheuwel came to an abrupt end yesterday morning when alleged gangsters ran into the church. The incident occurred at the Salvation Army Church where 40 congregants were gathered. Pastor Sanele Ndlovu (35) said members of the church were frightened when two men rushed into the building to seek cover from gunmen. Fortunately, no one was harmed during the incident.

South Africans More Indebted Than Ever Before-vavi

There are concerns about the impact rising costs continue to have on consumers as increases in municipal tariffs kick in on Monday. In Joburg, residents will be paying more for services such as water, refuse collection and electricity. Cash strapped consumers are already burdened with the effects of a sluggish economy and a jobs bloodbath. South African Federation of Trade Unions’ Zwelinzima Vavi said that South Africans were more indebted than ever before.

AfriForum Halts Planned Tshwane Tariff Increases

AfriForum said it managed to halt the planned tariff increases for the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality. The lobby group said it had requested the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) not to approve the proposed hike of 13.8%. AfriForum argued the metro had found a devious way to get consumers to pay much more than the allowed increase for municipalities. This means, for now, the proposed increase will not take effect from Monday and would remain unchanged until further notice.

Parkview Police Admit Struggling With Resources To Track Down Missing Man

Parkview police have confirmed they are struggling with resources after complaints about their efforts to find a missing man. Wayne Smith was last seen on 12 June at his workplace in Rosebank. Police and private investigators have tracked his car and cell phone in Tembisa, but a suspect had to be released due to insufficient evidence.

Cosmo City Residents Slam CoJ Over EMS Suspension, Poor Service Delivery

Cosmo City residents said that higher crimes and basic service deliveries are some of the challenges they are facing which have now been amplified with the suspension of emergency services to the area. Joburg Emergency Services made the announcement after paramedics in the area were attacked at the weekend while treating a patient. Two paramedics were also attacked in KwaZulu-Natal while attending to a patient. The residents have criticised the City of Johannesburg for not just suspending ambulance services to the community but also for poor service delivery.

Delft CPF: Denzil Daniels Reunion Has Created Hope For Others

The Delft community policing forum believes that a local man having been reunited with his family after disappearing six years ago gives hope to other families who have missing loved ones. The CPF threw a welcome back party for Denzil Daniels on Sunday after he and his mother returned home. The pair were reunited in eSwatini on Friday after the woman spent years trying to track him down.

Makhura: Democracy Alive In SA But More Must Be Done With Economy

Gauteng Premier David Makhura said that companies in the province had created 45,000 jobs in the country and continent.  Makhura is delivering his State of the Province Address at the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto campus. Former Gauteng premiers Mbhazima Shilowa and Mathole Motsekga and National Assembly Deputy Speaker Lechesa Tsenodi are among guests in attendance. The premier said there was no doubt that democracy was alive in South Africa but the economy must still ensure that no one went to bed hungry.

Gauteng MECs Won’t Get New Cars, Says Makhura

Gauteng Premier David Makhura on Monday said new MECs would use official cars left by their predecessors as part of the province’s austerity measures. He said the province would take all measures to maximise service delivery and ensure clean financial management. Makhura said officials that don’t adhere to financial management principles would be dealt with. Midvaal Local Municipality was the only municipality in Gauteng that got a clean audit, even though none of the 11 audited municipalities were unqualified. Makhura said MECs would lead financial prudence by example.

PIC Commission Can’t Ignore Racism Claims Against Evidence Leader – Analyst

Analysts say the PIC Commission cannot ignore allegations of racism and interference against its evidence leader. Advocate Jannie Lubbe has been making headlines for the wrong reasons as the probe into allegations of impropriety at the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) enters its seventh month. On Friday, Business Report claimed to have proof that Lubbe prejudiced black-owned companies in his work for the commission.

Convicted Fraudster Portia Sizani To Be Sentenced

Convicted fraudster Portia Sizani is expected to be sentenced by the Port Elizabeth Commercial Crimes Court on Monday. In March, Sizani, a former Eastern Cape Education Department official and the wife of ex-ANC chief whip Stone Sizani, was found guilty of defrauding the department out of more than R1 million. Sizani currently lives in Germany where her husband is South Africa’s ambassador to that country.

What To Look Out For

eThekwini Acting Mayor Awaits Lab Results After Drinking ‘Poisoned’ Water

Lab results from allegedly poisoned water at an eThekwini council meeting are expected to be released on Monday. Acting Mayor Fawzia Peer was rushed to hospital on Thursday after drinking water. She had complained about a burning sensation in her mouth and throat. Peer said that the water smelled like paraffin. She has been acting mayor since Zandile Gumede was forced to take 30 days leave following her arrest on corruption charges.

DA Vows To Fight Appointment Of ANC’s ‘Rogue Gallery’ In Parliament

The Democratic Alliance (DA) is promising to resist the African National Congress’ (ANC) plans to appoint what it calls a rogue gallery to certain key committee chair positions in Parliament. A total of 33 oversight committees are scheduled to meet for the first time this week to elect chairs. Because the ANC has the majority in Parliament, it will effectively get to pick who leads each committee. Among those tapped for the key oversight positions is Mosebenzi Zwane, who is implicated in the state capture inquiry and former North West premier Supra Mahumapelo.