Daily News Brief

Daily News Brief
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Estina Didn’t Meet Requirements To Be Part Of Dairy Project: State Capture Inquiry

Free State legislature member Roy Jankielsohn told the state capture inquiry that Gupta-linked company Estina did not meet the requirements to be part of the dairy farm project. Jankielsohn has taken the stand at the Zondo inquiry to give his side of the story in the Estina dairy farm scandal. He said that as part of his role in the legislature, he was involved in the oversight of several government initiatives including the controversial project. The legislature member said he started getting concerned after a Mail & Guardian report on the Gupta’s involvement.

Dirco Working With Hanoi To Find Missing SA Teachers In Vietnam

The mother of a South African teacher who’s been missing for two months in Vietnam said that she wanted answers. Twenty-three-year-old John Bothma, from Kempton Park, was last seen in May in Ho Chi Minh City. Another teacher, 28-year old Mushfiq Daniels, from Cape Town, was also missing.  He was last seen earlier this month in the same city. Daniels had been working in Vietnam for more than a year as a teacher, and he was an avid explorer of Asia, according to his Instagram page.

Constitutional Court Dismisses Mkhwebane’s Appeal Against Bankorp Costs Order

The Constitutional Court has dismissed Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s appeal against a personal costs order. It has further criticised her for her conduct in the litigation, including submitting falsehoods to the court. Last year, the High Court reviewed and set aside Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s report and ordered she pick up 15% of the applicant’s legal fees. Mkhwebane’s 2017 report into the apartheid-era Bankorp bail-out ordered Absa to pay back more than a billion rand to the reserve bank.

Sarb-Absa Report: 5 Findings The ConCourt Made Against Mkhwebane

The Constitutional Court on Monday upheld the Pretoria High Court’s order that Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane should personally pay for 15% of the South African Reserve Bank’s (Sarb) legal fees in the Absa/Bankorp lifeboat matter. In 2017, Mkhwebane ordered the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to recover more than R1.125 billion of “misappropriated public funds” on behalf of the central bank from Absa – an “illegal gift” to Bankorp from the Reserve Bank in the 1980s. Bankorp was absorbed into Absa in 1992. Last year, the High Court reviewed and set aside Mkhwebane’s report and remedial action, after having found that she did not fully understand her constitutional duty to be impartial and to perform her functions without fear, favour or prejudice.

Mkhwebane: I Never Lied Under Oath, I Acted In Good Faith

Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane has rejected the Constitutional Court’s finding that she lied under oath and that she acted in bad faith but said she would study the judgment before commenting further.  On Monday morning, the apex court confirmed the High Court’s adverse findings against the advocate and upheld the order that she personally pay 15% of the South African Reserve Bank’s legal fees.

Mkhwebane: ConCourt Ruling To Impact My Ability To Act Without Fear, Favour

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane on Monday warned that the Constitutional Court judgment would impact on her ability to act without fear, favour or prejudice. The apex court confirmed the High Court’s order that Mkhwebane personally pay for 15% of the South African Reserve Bank’s legal fees in the Bankorp lifeboat matter. Mkhwebane was slapped with the punitive costs order because it was found she lied under oath and failed to conduct herself in a manner befitting of her office.

Mkhwebane: Concourt Ruling Will Set Precedent For All Other Public Protectors

The Public Protector’s office said that Monday’s Constitutional Court ruling against Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane would set a precedent for all other Public Protectors. The apex court upheld the High Court order that Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane personally pay for 15% of the South African Reserve Bank’s legal fees in the Bankorp bailout matter. In 2017, the Public Protector ordered the Special Investigating Unit to recover more than R1 billion on behalf of the central bank from Absa Bank but this report and its remedial action was reviewed and set aside last year.

All Issues Considered For Ramaphosa Probe Fell Within Mandate- Mkhwebane

Public Protector Advocate Busisiswe Mkhwebane has welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to take her report that found that he misled Parliament about donations for his African National Congress (ANC) presidential campaign on judicial review. Ramaphosa has branded Mkhwebane’s report fundamentally and irretrievably flawed and is now going to court. The Public Protector found that the president deliberately misled Parliament about the R500,000 donation to his election campaign from corruption accused African Global Operations, previously known as Bosasa.

DA Leader Mmusi Maimane: Parliament To Establish If Ramaphosa Mislead It

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane said that while President Cyril Ramaphosa was well within his rights to take the Public Protector’s report on the urgent review, Parliament must also establish for itself whether he misled it. Maimane also agreed with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) that the donation to Ramaphosa’s CR17 campaign should be investigated by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). But the EFF has gone further, calling on the president to take leave of absence while he deals with the Public Protector’s review.

Approaching Cold Front Expected To Bring Snow To The Cape

Capetonians should brace themselves for a cold week ahead. This weekend, the Swartberg mountain range, Matroosberg and even parts of Greyton experienced snow. Forecaster at the South African Weather Service, Mmathapelo Makgabutlane, said that more snow was expected this week. “The snowfall is associated with an intense cold front system that is expected to make landfall on Tuesday and snow is expected over the western and southern mountains of the Western Cape on Tuesday evening, continuing into Wednesday morning.

City Of Cape Town Cracks Down On Delinquent Taxi Drivers

The City of Cape Town said it was clamping down on traffic violations after receiving several complaints about the behaviour of public transport operators. Officers have arrested over 3,000 taxi drivers with outstanding warrants in just two months. Between the drivers arrested, there were over 13,000 outstanding warrants between them amounting to over R30 million. Mayco member for safety and security JP Smith said that he hoped the recent arrests sends a strong message to public transport operators.

Taxi Associations Must Take Responsibility For Illegal N2 Operators – Madikizela

Western Cape Transport MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela said taxi associations need to take responsibility for their role in allowing illegal operators to flood routes like the N2 Express. “Taxi associations allow more and more people to join knowing that there is a limited number of operating licenses. And we end up with a situation where we call these people illegal when they were allowed to join by the taxi associations,” he said. The MyCiTi N2 Express service has been suspended since May, when the operating contract between the City of Cape Town, Golden Arrow, and taxi associations ended.

What To Look Out For

Chilly Temperatures Expected Across SA As Cold Front Heads To CT

It’s going to be another cold week thanks to a fairly strong cold front that’s expected to hit Cape Town on Tuesday. The chill will spread to other provinces, including Gauteng, which will see a slight drop in temperatures. The South African Weather Service’s Edward Engelbrecht said that Gauteng can expect colder mornings over the next few days.

Former KZN Hawks Boss Booysen To Sue State For Wrongful Arrest

Former Hawks head in KwaZulu-Natal Johan Booysen on Monday said he would be meeting with his lawyers to sue the State for wrongful arrest. Last and murder against Booysen and several other officers.  They had been facing charges in connection with the so-called Cato Manor Death Squad. Booysen and 17 other officers formed part of the Cato Manor Special Crimes Unit; they were indicted in 2012 on 116 charges authorised by the then-deputy head of the NPA Nomgcobo Jiba.