Daily News Brief

Daily News Brief
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I’ve Never Felt Supported By Women In Sports-Caster Semenya

South African Olympic champion Caster Semenya on Wednesday said she had never felt supported, especially by women in sports. Semenya was speaking at the Standard Bank Top Women’s Awards 2019. Semenya relayed the story of how she got into running and the battles she has faced.

Euphoria Around Ramaphosa’s New Dawn Quickly Dying

Former Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas said his book was about dealing with the real issues after the euphoria of the so-called new dawn. Jonas launched his new book titled After Dawn: Hope after state capture in Hyde Park on Tuesday night. He was one of the first politicians to blow the whistle on government’s dealings with the Gupta brothers, claiming they offered him R600 million to take the position of Finance Minister. The book covered events leading up to state capture as well as South Africa’s economic and political landscape.

Four Months On, Ipid Still Probing Deaths Of Caledon Protestors

Police watchdog Ipid said that the investigation into the killing of two Caledon protesters was ongoing. In April this year, 17-year-old Jason Windvogel and 26-year-old Tebogo Matselebane, were gunned down during housing demonstrations in the Overberg town. It’s unclear who fired the fatal shots. At the time, then-deputy Police Minister Bongani Mkongi said three entities – the SAPS, law enforcement and a private security company – were on the scene at the time of the demonstrations.

Ramaphosa: Where There Is Unity, There Is Growth

President Cyril Ramaphosa is sounding the alarm bells amid infighting in the African National Congress (ANC) and divisions in the country, saying these scared away local and international investors. Ramaphosa addressed a gathering of the ANC Women’s League on Tuesday night in Johannesburg. Ramaphosa, who was in the eye of the storm as his fight with the Public Protector intensified, said displays of disunity were not good for the economy.

Parly Committee Wants Action Against DBE Spokesperson Over ‘Sexist’ Tweets

Parliament’s portfolio committee on Basic Education on Tuesday condemned tweets and images published by the department’s spokesperson, which he said sought to promote leisurely reading. Last week, Elijah Mhlanga tweeted sultry pictures of half-dressed men and women holding books while encouraging a culture of reading. But he’s being blasted for appearing to sexualise the message. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has distanced herself from the tweets.

‘We’re Under Siege’ – Lesufi On School Vandalism, Theft

Vandalism and theft across Gauteng schools have cost the provincial Education Department over R120 million since the start of the year. The staggering figure was released by MEC Panyanza Lesufi’s office on Tuesday which said 262 criminal cases were registered since January.  The Gauteng Education Department has been trying to introduce state of the art facilities and learning material to schools across the province. But its efforts are being hampered by criminals.

Namaqua National Park Expects Bumper Wildflower Season

The Namaqua National Park said that they were thankful for the good rainfall received in recent months, as this ensured a good Spring flower season. The West Coast region’s famous wildflowers sprouted earlier this month. Albeit a late start from the traditional July start, this year’s spring flower season was expected to last until mid-September.

Zephany Nurse Wins Right To Reclaim Name Given By Her Kidnappers

Zephany Nurse has won the right to reclaim the name her kidnappers gave her. She’s the young woman who was snatched shortly after her birth in 1997 and raised as her kidnapper’s own child. When she hit high school she made a friend who bore an uncanny resemblance to her and it turned out was her biological sister. She was reunited with her birth family just before her 18th birthday and all records of the ensuing case were sealed because she was a minor.

WCED: Every School Needs At Least One Safety Officer

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) said that every school should have at least one safety officer in case of emergency incidents. School safety has come under the spotlight recently following attacks on teachers and learners during school hours. The department’s officials presented their safety plans to the legislature’s education committee on Tuesday. The Western Cape Education Department said it had a nine-point plan to help keep schools safe.

Tenants Thrown Off Land To Make Way For Estina Project

The state capture commission of inquiry has heard how rightful tenants were thrown off the land they were leasing to make way for the Estina dairy project. The project was meant to help emerging farmers but wound up being a vehicle to shunt hundreds of millions of rand to companies linked to the Gupta family. The project has been the focus of the inquiry this week.

20 Suspected Illegal Miners Arrested In Roodepoort

Police said on Tuesday they would continue with their raids targeting illegal miners in the West Rand. Twenty people suspected of illegal mining at Matholesville in Roodepoort were arrested during an operation. That brings to 30 the total of arrests since the intelligence-driven operations targeting illicit mining in the area commenced a week ago. The arrested suspects were expected to appear at Roodepoort Magistrates Court.

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Mkhwebane Files ‘Every Piece Of Evidence’ From Ramaphosa Probe

The Public Protector has now filed records of the evidence she relied on in her investigation into whether President Cyril Ramaphosa misled Parliament about donations for his presidential campaign. The documents include bank statements and email correspondence she used in her findings. The president had asked the court to seal the records, some of which were leaked to the public.