Daily News Brief

Daily News Brief
Soweto- credits: Reflections Enroute

Man Killed By Lions In Dinokeng Game Reserve

A man was killed by lions at the Dinokeng Game Reserve, north of Pretoria. Paramedics said the man was attacked by his three lions in their enclosure on Tuesday. “The ambulance personnel arrived moments later only to declare him dead. I don’t know what transpired before they arrived,” said Best Care emergency services’ spokesperson Xander Loubser. The lions were later shot dead by staff members.

Families Of Victims Satisfied With Krugersdorp Killers’ Sentences

The wife of one of the victims in the Krugersdorp killings said that she has had to lie to her three-year-old son about what happened to his father. Kevin McAlpine was strangled and left in the boot of his car in May 2016. He was one of 11 victims who were brutally murdered by Cecilia Steyn, Zack Valentine and Marcel Steyn. The Krugersdorp killers were handed multiple life sentences each in the Johannesburg High Court on Monday.

DA Leader Maimane: ‘Guptas & Zuma Were Not The First And Last To Capture The State’

Amid the leaks from President Cyril Ramaphosa’s African National Congress (ANC) presidential campaign in 2017, Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane said the system of patronage within the governing party needed to be destroyed. In a Twitter video on Tuesday, Maimane said since the DA asked the president in Parliament in November 2018 about a R500,000 donation he received from corruption-accused company African Global Operations, previously known as Bosasa, a lot emerged in the public domain that posed a threat to the country’s democracy.

SABC Heads To Court In Bid To Set Aside Irregular Appointments

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is going to the Labour Court in a bid to set aside at least 28 irregular appointments at the public broadcaster. Lawyers will file the application on Tuesday seeking to declare the appointments unlawful and invalid. This follows recommendations by the Public Protector and the parliamentary ad hoc committee as well as the broadcaster’s own internal investigation.

Former SABC Acting Board To Review SIU Report On Security Tender

The South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) former interim board maintained that it acted based on legal advice at all times when it appointed Mafoko Security Company. On Tuesday, the former board members responded to the Special Investigating Unit’s (SIU) report, which found irregularities in the awarding of the security tender. The SIU also found the board had overruled its own supply chain processes and failed to act in the interest of the public broadcaster.

Former FS Head Of Agriculture Denies Mismanagement Of Estina Dairy Project, Inquiry Hears

The former head of the Free State Agriculture Department has denied the allegation of mismanagement when he signed off on the department’s commitment to fund the disastrous Estina dairy farm project. Peter Thabethe was testifying at the state capture commission, where he was questioned about his involvement in the failed project. What was supposed to have benefited emerging farmers was instead used as a vehicle to siphon millions of rands into companies linked to the Guptas.

Court Orders Denel To Pay Over UIF, Taxes Deducted From Employee Salaries To Relevant Institutions

The High Court in Pretoria has ordered state arms manufacturer Denel to urgently pay over Unemployment Insurance Fund and taxes deducted from employees’ salaries. Trade union Solidarity approached the court on Tuesday seeking the order after it emerged that Denel had been withholding the employee contributions. The company has been crippled by cash flow problems for a while now and had to recently obtain bridging finance to pay salaries.

Draft Cape Town By-Law Proposes Fines For Swearing On Beaches

A Cape Town by-law that proposes a fine for swearing on beaches has some cursing the move, but the law is still just in draft form and residents can still comment on its proposals. The City of Cape Town’s draft coastal by-law is intended to provide for measures for protecting coastal zones and managing public access as well as social behaviour on beaches. Beachgoers will be liable to a fine if they threaten, obstruct, hinder or use abusive language to an authorised official or a person lawfully accompanying the authorised official.

Committee Set Up To Probe Fraud, Corruption Allegations At Gauteng Municipalities

A committee has been set up to investigate allegations of fraud, maladministration, and corruption in Gauteng municipalities. This was announced by Gauteng Cooperative Governance MEC Lebogang Maile on Tuesday morning. Maile cited the Auditor-General’s report on municipalities as a cause for concern, saying that action needed to be taken before it was too late. He said nine out of 11 municipalities in the province ran the risk of being dysfunctional. The MEC said the committee would investigate and act on corrupt activities.

Cyril Ramaphosa In For Grilling As MPs Return To Work After Recess

Members of Parliament return to official work on Tuesday after a three-week recess. There are 31 committee meetings scheduled for the week as well as two plenary sessions in the National Council of Provinces and the National Assembly, where President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to face another possible grilling. It will not be just another week for ordinary MPs, Ramaphosa will also expect a rowdy reception when he returns to the assembly to answer questions on Thursday.

Ntshavheni: I Am Not The Only One Who Received Money From The CR17 Campaign

Two EFF members who’ve resigned from leadership positions in the party after it was found that they accepted money from the CR17 campaign have described their actions as dishonourable. Tebogo Mokwele and Nkagisang Mokgosi resigned on Monday night after they admitted to receiving money from Cyril Ramaphosa’s ANC presidential campaign. They also said that they regretted their actions and have stepped down from the party’s central command team and Parliament.

What To Look Out For

Jiba Seeks Urgent Interdict To Halt Parliament On Making Decision To Fire Her

Axed National Prosecutions Authority (NPA) official Nomgcobo Jiba has gone to court to urgently interdict Parliament from deciding whether President Cyril Ramaphosa was correct to fire her or whether she should be restored to office. Jiba wants the process put on hold because she has gone to court seeking a review of Ramaphosa’s decision to sack her and also to set aside the findings of the Mokgoro Commission, which recommended that she and her former NPA colleague, Lawrence Mrwebi, be dismissed. At the same time, Mrwebi has asked Parliament to stay its process pending the outcome of the interdict hearing, which is set down for the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday.

Inquiry Into Racial Profiling By Medical Schemes Set To Resume

The Section 59 inquiry into allegations of racial profiling by medical schemes resumes in Centurion on Tuesday morning. Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi’s panel will hear from practitioners including dentists, optometrists and psychiatrists. The first sitting two weeks ago heard startling allegations of how investigators hired by medical schemes terrorised practitioners.

Probe Into Missing SA Teachers in Vietnam Ongoing: DIRCO

The International Relations Department said that an investigation into two missing South African teachers in Vietnam was ongoing. No leads have emerged since Mushfiq Daniels and John Bothma disappeared months ago. The department was not willing to speculate on claims made by NGO Gift of the Givers that the teachers may have fallen victim to organ trafficking syndicates.