Daily News Brief

Daily News Brief
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Zuma At State Capture Inquiry: I Have Been Vilified, Called Corrupt For Over A Decade

Former President Jacob Zuma on Monday said that for a decade, he has been called the king of corruption. Zuma was testifying at the state capture commission in Parktown on Monday morning. Prior to his testimony, Chief Justice Zondo highlighted that Zuma would be addressing a number of issues he has been implicated in. Zondo laid down the law as Zuma appeared before the state capture commission. In his opening remarks, Zondo told the commission that while they intended to treat everyone who appears before the inquiry with courtesy, they would be firm where firmness is required.

Jacob Zuma: Attempts To Assassinate My Character Started In The 90s

Former President Jacob Zuma on Monday said there have been attempts to drive him to disappear. Testifying at the state capture commission on Monday, Zuma was answering to some of the major controversial claims of corruption levied against him. Jacob Zuma has been named as a key figure in a number of scandals that have played out over some years including his alleged close links to the controversial Gupta family. He also spoke about the reinstated charges relating to the arms deal, saying: “Clearly, that indicated the implementation of that particular plan and conspiracy.”

Zuma: I Have Never Done Anything Unlawful With The Guptas

Former President Jacob Zuma on Monday said his relationship with the Gupta family was nothing more than just being friends.  He was clarifying his relationship with the controversial Gupta family.  Zuma has been named as a key figure in a number of scandals that have played out over some years as a result of his alleged close links to the family. He said he first met the family while he was still deputy president by former Minister in the Presidency Essop Pahad. “I found them to be a very friendly family. They knew a lot of comrades. I got to know that in fact, they were close with Nelson Mandela. When Mandela was gone, they were friends with Thabo Mbeki. “I’ve never done anything unlawful with them. They just remained friends,” he said. He said he did not understand why people had a problem with the relationship he had with the family, but not with the previous presidents.

Zuma: I May Or May Not Have Asked GCIS To Help Guptas With Media Launches

Former President Jacob Zuma on Monday said on Monday he had nothing to do with the Gupta family receiving government funding to launch its newspaper and television channel. Zuma was testifying at the state capture inquiry on Monday on allegations of corruption levied against him. Last year, Maseko testified before the commission, telling it how in 2010, on his way to a meeting with Ajay Gupta, Zuma called Maseko to help them.

Jacob Zuma’s Lawyer Accuses State Capture Commission Of Being Condescending, Unfair

Former President Jacob Zuma’s lawyers have slammed the State Capture Commission for being unfair towards the former president, accusing it of condescension and wanting to treat him as an accused. The former president has taken the stand at the inquiry on Monday morning after several witnesses accused him of being central to state capture. Zuma’s lawyers advocate Muzi Sikhakhane told the commission it was unfair of it to refuse to send Zuma questions in advance as his lawyers would have prepared him accordingly.

Police Minister Bheki Cele: Crime Summit Resolutions To Be Implemented Quickly

Police Minister Bheki Cele said that the resolutions taken at this weekend’s crime summit in Paarl would be implemented with speed. Cele and several other ministers attended the summit amid rampant violence and murders on the Cape Flats. Police have identified five core issues they would immediately tackle to stabilise gang-infested communities.

SABC Denies Reports Of Planned Job Cuts

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is appealing to the public to allow for the process of funding to be finalised and not to create panic and uncertainty among staff. On Sunday, the Sunday Times reported that the cash-strapped public broadcaster plans on cutting its staff by 33% as part of its turnaround strategy. The paper also claimed the SABC was hoping to save R279 million a year and close down five regional offices. The SABC’s Vuyo Mthembu said this was not true.

Masutha’s Decision To Extradite Mozambique’s Chang Doesn’t Mean He Erred – Lamola

The Justice Department on Saturday said its application to review former Minister Michael Masutha’s decision to extradite Mozambique’s Manuel Chang does not mean he made a mistake. Instead, the department said Masutha could have arrived at a different decision if he had the information that is now available. It’s been found the former finance minister of Mozambique had immunity when the extradition process against him was started.

Winde: 43 Murders Recorded In CT Metro Over The Weekend

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde said 43 murders were recorded in the Cape Town metro between Friday night and Monday morning. Of the 43 people murdered, 25 were shot and 12 were stabbed. The deployment of the South African Defence Force to Cape Town was delayed. South African Police Service officers conducted operations on Thursday night in areas including Philippi, Steenberg and Delft. Winde said he welcomed the total of 143 arrests that were made and the confiscation of guns and drugs.

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SANDF To Guard Parameters Of CT Communities During Raids

There was strict security protocol around how many soldiers would be deployed to fight gangs in Cape Town. Police Minister Bheki Cele announced the roll-out last week, following approval by the president on the back of calls from communities and some opposition parties. The military started arriving in the city on Friday following months of escalated violence in several Cape Town communities. The police ministry said almost 4,000 people were murdered in the Western Cape in the 2018/2019 period. SANDF’s brigadier general Mafi Mgobozi explained this weekend soldiers were prepared for the mission.