Daily News Brief

Daily News Brief
Durban From The Air. credits: Moses Mabhida Stadium

Court Rules Omotoso Charges ‘Not Vague’

The Port Elizabeth High Court has dismissed an application by the defence for sex trafficking accused Pastor Timothy Omotoso. The defence wanted the court to compel the State to provide more information on the charges, arguing they were vague. The televangelist and two women faced a string of charges including rape, human trafficking and racketeering. The defence had argued the current charge sheet was vague, but the State had a different view.

DA Mayor Matzikama Municipality Ousted In Motion Of No-Confidence

The African National Congress (ANC) has taken over the governance of the Matzikama Municipality along the West Coast. The council passed ANC no-confidence motion against Democratic Alliance (DA) Mayor Johan van der Hoven and Speaker Kallie Louw. David Jenner of the local United Democratic Party was appointed mayor, while the ANC’s Mathilda Bains and Hennie Nel were appointed deputy mayor and Speaker.

Inaction Against Gordhan Does Not Mean Ramaphosa Won’t Act, Court Told

Lawyers for President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday told the High Court in Pretoria that if the remedial action recommended by the Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane against Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan was not implemented it would have no bearing on public interest. The case between Ramaphosa and Mkhwebane is related to a pension payout to former South African Revenue Service deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay when he took early retirement. He was later rehired on a fixed-term contract in the same position.

One Of Khayelitsha Quadruplets Dies, Other Receiving Medical Treatment

One of the four babies known as the Khayelitsha quadruplets was receiving medical treatment. The child’s one sibling died on Thursday morning. Baby Bubele fell ill and was rushed to hospital where he was declared dead. Inga Mafenuka gave birth to two boys and two girls at Tygerberg Hospital last July. Tragedy’s struck the Mafenuka family just weeks after the quadruplets celebrated their first birthday.

Protests Cause Chaos In Lenasia South, City Deep

A few protests were underway in several parts of Johannesburg on Thursday morning.  Areas including Lenasia South, the Johannesburg CBD and City Deep were affected. There were reports that police in the CBD were confiscating items from hawkers operating illegally and are being met by retaliation from vendors. JMPD spokesperson Wynne Minaar said the reasons behind other demonstrations were still unclear.

Black Business Council: SA Economy In Serious Crisis

The Black Business Council has likened government’s response to the economic and unemployment crisis to that of a deer in the headlights. The country was reeling from the latest unemployment figures, which has risen to 29% for the second quarter of 2019. The figures were last seen in 2008 during the global recession. The council’s president Sandile Zungu said that what was required was a frank acceptance of the fact that the country’s economy was in a serious crisis.

NHCPA Blames Medical Aids Of Racial Profiling

The National Health Care Professionals Association (NHCPA) says its sample data shows that black and Indian medical professionals are targeted by medical aid schemes and racially profiled. The association has appeared before the section 59 panel investigating allegations of racial profiling by medical schemes. Health professionals said their sample data was limited to suspended practitioners only, but they were confident that black and Indian professionals were being targeted

Missing Laingville Boy (4) Found Dead In Dam

Police are investigating the circumstances of the death of a four-year-old boy whose body was found in a dam near St Helena Bay. The discovery was made by officers during a search for Kungawa Mazembe on Wednesday. He’d last been seen playing outside his house in Laingville on Tuesday morning. His parents reported him missing at the police station that night.

Trade Union Solidarity Threatens Legal Action If SOEs Don’t Act Against Corrupt Executives

Trade union Solidarity has threatened legal action against state-owned entities who fail to act against former executives who were involved in fraud and mismanagement. On Wednesday, the union announced it had launched a process in terms of the Companies Act to investigate former Denel board members with a view to possible prosecution. The cash-strapped arms manufacturer had recently been struggling to pay its employees their full salaries.

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KZN Government Looks At Supporting Entrepreneurs In Cannabis Industry

The KwaZulu-Natal government said that as part of an effort to grow the local economy, it would support entrepreneurs within the cannabis industry. KZN MEC for Economic Development Nomusa Dube-Ncube said the legalisation of cannabis to be grown for medicinal and recreational use had opened opportunities which the province needed to exploit. Dube-Ncube said the province was already in talks with global investors who were interested in assisting the province develop the sector.

Medical Association Calls For Medical Aid Benefits Model To Be Overhauled

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) recommended that Section 59 inquiry investigating racial profiling should overhaul the benefits model of medical schemes in the country. The association made representations at the inquiry in Centurion on Thursday. Dr Norman Mabasa said because of that model, hospitals and specialists only wanted to attend to patients with limitless funds.

IEC Told To Lower Political Funding Declaration To 50K

Public hearings into proposed regulations to govern the funding of political parties commenced on Thursday in Cape Town. For two days, the Independent Electoral Commission will hold hearings on draft regulations for the Political Party Funding Act which was signed into law earlier this year. Some civil society groups wanted the threshold for the declaration of political party funding lowered from R100,000 to R50,000. Some also called for anonymity when it came to funding, so it didn’t scare people away from donating.