Daily News Brief

Daily News Brief
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SA Recycled Enough Plastic In 2018 To Fuel 200,000 Cars For A Year

South Africa seems to be on the right path with regards to recycling plastic in efforts to save our planet. According to a study by Plastics South Africa, an umbrella body representing the South African plastics industry, more than 519,370 tons of plastic waste was collected for recycling in 2018. This was enough to save oil that could fuel 200,000 cars for a year, travelling 30,000 km/year. Plastic recycling grew by 6.7% in 2018 from 2017, saving 246,000 tons of carbon dioxide (the equivalent emissions of 51,200 cars in the same year).

Parliament Committee To Continue Meeting On Jiba, Mrwebi’s Futures

The Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services will continue with its planned meeting to consider the restoration of advocates Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi to office on Tuesday. Committee chairperson Bulelani Magwanishe said they had noted media reports about certain parties wanting to stop the parliamentary process until the review application by Jiba had been concluded by the High Court. Jiba asked the court to set aside the Mokgoro report after President Cyril Ramaphosa used it in April to relieve her and Mrwebi of their duties in the NPA. At its July meeting, the portfolio committee agreed to give Jiba and Mrwebi 10 days to make submissions to Parliament on why they should be reinstated.

Mxolisi Nxasana: I Was Told Jiba, Mrwebi Were Conspiring To Oust Me From NPA

Former prosecutions boss Mxolisi Nxasana said that soon after he was appointed to the top post in the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), he was told that former senior prosecutors Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi were conspiring to have him ousted. Nxasana has returned to the commission after first testifying in June. President Cyril Ramaphosa fired Jiba and Mrwebi after the Mokgoro Inquiry found the pair no longer fit to hold office.

Movement Supports Please Call Me Inventor’s Latest Vodacom Court Challenge

The Please Call Me Movement has once again pledged its support for the inventor of the Vodacom SMS service Nkosana Makate as he takes the cell phone giant back to court. In 2016, the Constitutional Court ruled that Vodacom and Makate must negotiate a reasonable compensation for his invention. Earlier this year, Makate indicated that he would take Vodacom’s compensation offer on review. The offer on the table can, however, not be disclosed due to contractual reasons.

MEC Fritz In The Dark Amid Search For WC Top Cop

Western Cape Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz said he has been kept in the dark about the appointment of a permanent police commissioner. The Western Cape is in search of a new police commissioner after police management transferred former police chief Khombinkosi Jula to KwaZulu-Natal. Fritz said he has relied on media reports to stay up to date on the matter.

JHB Taxi Driver To Be Charged With Attempted Murder

A Johannesburg taxi driver is expected to be formally charged with attempted murder following a fight with another motorist, which left a bystander wounded. The driver was angered by a motorist who drove slowly looking for parking in the CBD on Friday. The two started fighting over a firearm during a shot went off and the bullet hit a bystander. Police arrested the taxi driver and confiscated his firearm.

City Of Johannesburg, Unions Sign Memorandum In Bid To Reduce Municipal Strikes

The City of Johannesburg, together with labour unions, have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at reducing municipal strikes and putting more focus on effective service delivery. The South African Municipal Workers Union and the Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union are part of the agreement which will see protests being the last resort in addressing workers’ grievances. Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba said this collaboration would ensure that employees were reskilled in order to protect jobs and enhance service delivery.

Krugersdorp Killers Receive Life Sentences

The trio known as the Krugersdorp Killers have been sentenced to life in prison. Cecilia Steyn was handed 13 life sentences, Zack Valentine received 8 life sentences and Marcel Steyn was given 7 life sentences. The sentences will run concurrently. The three had been convicted on 32 counts including murder, fraud and intimidation. The court found that the three, and at least 3 others, were behind the brutal murders of 11 people.

Ramaphosa States Not To Be Distracted By Public Protector Legal Battle

President Cyril Ramaphosa has assured South Africans that his legal battle with the Public Protector was not distracting him from his work. Ramaphosa was speaking during a state visit to Tanzania. “I was elected by the people of South Africa to do their work. This process has become a legal process and we should leave it to the courts. I am not able to judge what the outcome will be.”

EFF Asks Members To Confess Receiving Money From Ramaphosa’s CR17 Account

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) said its other members must confess if they received any money from President Cyril Ramaphosa’s CR17 accounts. This after MP Tebogo Mokwele confessed that the president gave her a donation of R40,000 when her husband and aunt were shot and killed in April this year. The party said it now had evidence that the president was still directly involved in the payments made from his CR17 accounts.

Ramaphosa Withdraws SA From Controversial SADC Tribunal Protocol

President Cyril Ramaphosa has officially withdrawn South Africa’s signature from a protocol that prevents citizens from holding countries accountable at the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Tribunal. The move was made official at the 39th SADC Summit taking place in Tanzania this weekend. Last year, the Constitutional Court ruled that former President Jacob Zuma’s signing of the protocol in 2014 was unconstitutional, unlawful, and irrational.

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DA Calls For Urgent Intervention To Rescue SA’s Economy

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called for urgent intervention to address the grinding economic crisis facing South Africa. With the official unemployment rate on the rise, persistently low growth rates and the parlous state of state-owned enterprises – the official opposition said the state of the economy was the main threat to the country’s future. The party explained that unemployment post 1994 had reached a record high, breaching the sobering 10-million mark for the first time.

SIU Report Reveals Damning Facts About Security Tender At SABC

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has issued a damning report about a security tender at the public broadcaster. According to the SABC, the SIU found evidence of irregularities in the interim board’s awarding of a security contract to Mafoko Security two years ago. The company won the tender even though it was ranked second during the bidding process.