Daily News Brief

Daily News Brief
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Tina Joemat-Pettersson Denies Selling SA’s Fuel Reserves

Newly-elected police committee chairperson Tina Joemat-Pettersson has dismissed allegations that she sold off the country’s strategic fuel reserves. Joemat-Pettersson was responding to the Democratic Alliance (DA)’s statement which opposed her election as police committee chairperson based on allegations that she sold the fuel stock at below market value without permission while she was still minister of energy.

City Of Cape Town: Fines For Homeless People Set By Justice Department, Not City

The City of Cape Town (CoCT) has responded to reports that it had implemented fines for homeless people on the city’s streets and public spaces. On Monday, News24 reported that homeless people faced hefty fines for various by-law contraventions – such as obstructing pedestrian traffic on sidewalks and other offences, with fines ranging from R300 up to R1,500.  According to city officials, they had been inundated with numerous complaints from residents from different areas about the contravention of by-laws. The African National Congress and the Economic Freedom Fighters have responded to the fines, calling them “cruel”.

Patients Evacuated After Fire At Addington Hospital, Durban

A mysterious fire broke out at Durban’s Addington Hospital on Tuesday morning leading to the evacuation of 84 patients. “The fire is believed to have started on the hospital’s seventh floor and resulted in smoke spreading to the wards on the 9th and 13th floors, but fortunately there were no injuries,” said KZN Department of Health spokesperson Agiza Hlongwane.

NPA Won’t Prosecute Mkhwebane, Letsatsi-Duba Following Spat Over Report

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) announced on Tuesday that it would not prosecute Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane and former State Security Minister Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba after the pair laid counter-charges against each other. Letsatsi-Duba laid a complaint against Mkhwebane, accusing her of unlawfully being in possession of a classified document, while Mkhwebane herself alleged that the minister was interfering with her constitutional duties.

Ramaphosa’s Decision Not To Act Against Gordhan An Insult To Constitution: Julius Malema

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)s leader Julius Malema says President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision not to act on Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s findings against Public Enterprise Minister Pravin Gordhan is a direct insult to the Constitution. Malema was speaking at a briefing in Braamfontein on Tuesday where he called for Ramaphosa to subject Gordhan to prosecution. Mkhwebane found Gordhan guilty “improper conduct” over his approval of then deputy South African Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Ivan Pillay’s early retirement.

Gauteng DA Oppose Makhura’s Plans For Academic Hospitals

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng said that it would go as far as the National Council of Provinces to oppose Premier David Makhura’s views that the province’s four academic hospitals should be the responsibility of national government. Makhura said in his State of the Province Address on Monday that his view is that Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital, Steve Biko Hospital and George Mukhari Hospital should be run by the national government.

Malema: Trevor Manuel Has Always Served White Capital

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has accused former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel of serving white monopoly capital. Malema was speaking at a briefing on Tuesday in Braamfontein. “Trevor Manuel has always served the white capital, now he is accused of triple conflict of interest, exactly what we raised earlier. Trevor can kick and scream and win the court cases, but facts don’t change,” Malema said.

EFF Won’t Vote With Other Political Parties After Failed Tshwane Bid

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema confirmed on Tuesday that the party’s bid to govern in Tshwane had failed after it could not reach an agreement with the Democratic Alliance (DA).  In May, Malema said his party would push to have its representative elected mayor of Tshwane as part of the power-sharing agreement. Malema said that he saw no potential hostility in response to the move.

Martins: I Read About Gupta Waterkloof Landing In Newspapers

Former Transport Minister Ben Martins said that no one approached him about the Gupta Waterkloof landing issue in 2013. Martins was testifying at the state capture commission of inquiry about the controversial landing, in which guests for the Gupta family wedding touched down at the Waterkloof Air Force Base. He said that he was also given the impression that there would be four or five Indian ministers on board who were apparently friends of then-President Jacob Zuma.

What To Look Out For

Jason Rohde Granted Leave To Appeal Conviction, Sentence

Convicted wife killer Jason Rohde will have another shot at freedom. He’s reportedly been granted leave to appeal his conviction and sentence for the murder of his wife Susan. Rohde was handed a 20-year sentence in February this year. The Western Cape High Court found he had strangled her and then staged the murder scene to make it look like she had committed suicide.

Steinhoff Seeks To Recoup Certain Payments To Former CEO, CFO

Steinhoff International said on Tuesday it had started legal proceedings against former chief executive Markus Jooste and former chief financial officer Ben La Grange in a high court to recover certain salary and bonus payments paid to them prior to 2017.  The retailer’s CEO in March told lawmakers that Jooste, la Grange, along with six other people, were identified by an investigation as players in inflating Steinhoff profits and asset values over several years.