Daily News Brief

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SABC Acting COO Craig Van Rooyen Resigns

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)’s acting chief operations officer (COO) has resigned. The public broadcaster confirmed on Monday that Dr Craig van Rooyen stepped down, citing personal reasons. He was appointed just four months ago after Chris Maroleng was fired for gross negligence. Before being appointed acting COO, Van Rooyan was in charge of the technology operations team.

State Capture Inquiry: Tender Processes Not Followed For Estina Dairy Farm Project

National Treasury’s former deputy director-general in the Free State, Anna Sussana Fourie, on Monday said she was shocked when she was called out of a farewell party to process a R30 million payment for the Estina dairy project. Fourie was leading evidence at the state capture commission of inquiryon the Vrede dairy farm project. She started by relating the various departments that were established to oversee financial management in the province.

SAA Cancels Flights To Hong Kong As Protests Intensify

South African Airways (SAA) has confirmed to Eyewitness News that a decision has been taken to cancel all flights between Johannesburg and Hong Kong for Monday. The airline took the decision earlier as protests in the Chinese-ruled territory escalated, affecting millions of travellers. Hong Kong’s international airport has cancelled all flights there and the authorities were blaming thousands of demonstrators for the disruption at one of the world’s busiest terminals. The increasingly violent protests have plunged the island into its most serious crisis in decades.

60 New Safety Monitors Deployed In Table Mountain National Park

The City of Cape Town said at least 60 monitors had been deployed to Table Mountain National Park following recent criminal activity in the park. Last week the national tourism minister, together with provincial and local authorities, launched a tourism safety awareness campaign on Kloofnek, Table Mountain.  About two weeks ago, a Ukrainian tourist in Hout Bay was murdered. He was walking in the area’s Table Mountain National Park when he was ambushed, robbed and stabbed to death.

Court: Ramaphosa May Suspend Enforcement Of PP’s Remedial Action Over Campaign Funding

The High Court in Pretoria has granted President Cyril Ramaphosa an application to suspend the enforcement of the Public Protector’s remedial action related to a report on his ANC election funding. The application was not opposed by Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane.  Last month, Mkhwebane released her report which found Ramaphosa misled Parliament when he claimed a R500,000 deposit into a linked account was for his son. He later admitted it was money paid towards his election fund.  In proceedings which lasted about a minute, the court accepted the draft order agreed to between the parties and made it an order of the court.

South African Truckers Lobby Group Alarmed By Spike In Truck Attacks

A lobby group for long-distance truck drivers said that trucks were seen as an easy target for looting. There have been an alarming spike in attacks on the industry this year. Just last week, two trucks were petrol-bombed. A representative from a lobby group for South African truckers, Afzal Hamed said there had been an alarming spike in attacks on trucks this year. Hamed said that although companies had expressed concern about the safety of their truck drivers, beefing up security was not always an option.

Cape Town Family Desperate To Bring Detained Daughter Home From Oman

A Cape Town family is desperate for help to bring their daughter who is being detained in Oman back home. Chloe Collins (23) from Kraaifontein went to Oman for work earlier this year. She was working in the hospitality industry in that country at the time. But she has been in custody since 9 May and her family and legal representative back home say she is being wrongfully detained.

Undocumented Foreign Nationals Arrested In JHB CBD Raid To Be Deported

 Undocumented foreign nationals who were arrested last week will be sent to the Lindela Repatriation Centre on the orders of the Johannesburg Magistrates Court.  More than 600 foreign nationals were taken in during police raids in the Johannesburg CBD. The joint operation between the South African Police Service, Johannesburg Metro Police Department, and South African Revenue Service customs officials resulted in the confiscation of illegal goods and illegal firearms. During last week’s raids, officials discovered that 459 of those arrested were in the country illegally.

Over 1,000 Arrested Since SANDF Deployment In CT

More than 1,000 people have been arrested since Operation Lockdown which saw the deployment of the SANDF in Cape Town. Police Minister Bheki Cele held a briefing in Tafelsig, Mitchells Plain, on Monday.  It’s been almost a month since the army was deployed in gang-ridden areas in Cape Town. Cele said 1,004 were arrested for various crimes, including murder, armed robbery and hijackings. He said tracing operations resulted in the arrest of 806 wanted suspects.

What To Look Out For

Ramaphosa Set To Battle Mkhwebane In Court Over Campaign Donations

The Presidency has reiterated that President Cyril Ramaphosa has nothing to hide when it comes to campaign donors. Spokesperson Khusela Diko was speaking ahead of Monday morning’s court battle between the president and the Public Protector. President Cyril Ramaphosa is going to court to try and seal information relating to who gave money to his campaign for the African National Congress (ANC)’s top job.

WC Govt Names Its Preferred Candidates For Police Boss Post

The Western Cape government has given police its list of preferred names for the position of the provincial police commissioner. Premier Alan Winde said in the last two weeks, they held two meetings with police top brass to talk about who should lead the province’s SAPS into the future.  Police said the process of finding a new permanent figure should be wrapped up before the end of August.  Khombinkosi Jula left the Western Cape at the end of July, leaving an acting commissioner at the helm.

WC ANC Awaits Announcement Of Interim PEC

The future of the African National Congress (ANC) Western Cape is expected to be paved this week. The ANC’s provincial executive committee (PEC) was dissolved last week after months of public spats. The party now awaits the announcement of an interim executive committee. The ANC’s national working committee has been concerned about the ANC Western Cape’s functioning following a dismal performance at the May polls.

Search For New Deputy Public Protector To Get Under Way

Parliament will soon begin the process of finding a new deputy Public Protector. The incumbent’s contract will be coming to an end and he’ll need to be replaced before the end of 2019. Kevin Malunga has been deputy Public Protector since December 2012. Malunga’s term of office will come to end on 9 December. This means Parliament has about four months to undertake and conclude the process of appointing a successor.