Daily News Brief

Daily News Brief
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Ramaphosa Denies Any Wrongdoing, Criminality In CR17 Campaign

President Cyril Ramaphosa said his African National Congress (ANC) presidential campaign was above board and involved no criminality or abuse of public resources. Ramaphosa was responding to a challenge from Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema to give details of people in his office and in Cabinet who helped raise money – as well as the names of potential donors he met at dinners organised by those leading the campaign.

DA Leader Mmusi Maimane: State Capture A Policy, Not An Event Or Individual

As President Cyril Ramaphosa prepares to answer questions in Parliament around his African National Congress (ANC) presidential campaign’s funding, Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane said the controversy demonstrated that state capture was wider than an individual. Maimane has asked for an urgent question to be added to the order paper dealing with Ramaphosa’s appointment of four people to his executive.  There are claims that they worked for and received money from the CR17 campaign before Ramaphosa was elected as ANC president at Nasrec in 2017.

Mmusi Maimane’s Request To Ask Ramaphosa About CR17 Ministers Denied

National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise has denied a request by Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane to put an additional question during President Cyril Ramaphosa’s oral reply session on Thursday afternoon. Modise based her decision on the grounds that Maimane failed to meet the strict requirements to have an urgent question added to the order paper, according to Parliament’s spokesperson Moloto Mothapo.

ANC Withdraws Motion Of No Confidence Against Herman Mashaba

The African National Congress (ANC) has withdrawn its motion of no confidence against Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba. The motion was set to be tabled on Thursday afternoon. The ANC wanted Mashaba to go, arguing financial troubles in the country’s biggest metro as well as poor service delivery. This would have been the third motion Mashaba has faced since he assumed office three years ago.

Mxolisi Kaunda To Replace Zandile Gumede As eThekwini Mayor

Mxolisi Kaunda, the current KZN MEC for Transport, Safety and Community Liaison, will replace Zandile Gumede as mayor of eThekwini. The announcement was made during the party’s provincial address to the media on Thursday afternoon. Kaunda will be deputised by former KZN MEC for Finance Belinda Scott. The new eThekwini speaker will be former KZN Social Development MEC Weziwe Thusi.

Zondo: State Capture Inquiry Receives A Lot Of Positive Public Support

A year after the state capture commission of inquiry started its public hearings, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo is satisfied that the process was receiving mostly positive public support. The first hearings were held on 20 August last year. The commission was established by former President Jacob Zuma who himself has been accused of aiding state capture through allies in various government entities. Speaking to the South African Broadcasting Corporation, Zondo said his commission was mindful of its mandate and duty to the public.

Zondo: Over 700 Witnesses Notified To Testify At State Capture Inquiry

The chairperson of the state capture commission Raymond Zondo on Thursday said that over 700 implicated people had been issued with notices to present their side of the story at the inquiry. The commission had already heard oral evidence from 92 people, including former President Jacob Zuma and other high-profile public officials. Zondo said some of the 700 implicated people would have to be compelled to give evidence to the commission.

Nuclear Energy Procurement Problems Highlighted In Submission To Zondo Commission

Major energy procurement projects need independent oversight at all stages – pre-procurement, procurement and post-procurement – to prevent further state capture, recommends the Southern African Faith Communities Environmental Institute (SAFCEI) in its recent submission to the Zondo Commission on State Capture. Following SAFCEI and Earthlife Africa’s 2017 court case which halted the Zuma government’s controversial plan to purchase a fleet of nuclear reactors, SAFCEI has closely monitored government planning and decision-making on energy procurement. In its submission to the Zondo Commission, SAFCEI specifically outlines the need for accountability in nuclear energy planning and procurement.

Jackson Mthembu: Government Will Implement NHI Responsibly

Cabinet reassured South Africans on Thursday that the National Health Insurance (NHI) would be implemented responsibly. NHI was among the issues discussed at a recent Cabinet meeting. Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu said that all South Africans needed to acquaint themselves with the NHI Bill, which was before Parliament for MPs’ consideration. Mthembu said the parliamentary process would afford the public another opportunity to examine the draft law.

Lion Cub Rescued From House In Athlone

Police are used to making busts of various kinds and a group of Cape Town detectives can add a lion to their list of seizures. Following up on a tip-off, officers discovered a lion cub at a home in Athlone on Wednesday. The police’s Noloyiso Rwexana said three people were taken in for questioning. “Various addresses were searched. The lion cub was found in Athlone. A case docket of endangered species was registered and is under investigation by the stock theft unit.” Police said the cub had an estimated street value of R50,000 and was taken to a place of safety.

What To Look Out For

What The Decriminalisation Of Cannabis Means For The Workplace

Following the Constitutional Court’s Prince judgment, cannabis use, possession and cultivation in South Africa has been decriminalised with adult persons now permitted to use, possess and cultivate cannabis in a private place for personal consumption. (See Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development and Others v Prince; NDPP and Others v Rubin; NDPP and Others v Acton and Others [2018] ZACC 30). Given that Prince does not deal with the effects of the decriminalisation of cannabis in the workplace, many unanswered employment related questions emerge

Government Approves New Model Aimed To Improve Service Delivery

Government has approved what it said is a new district-centred model meant to improve service delivery. At a post-Cabinet briefing on Thursday morning, Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu explained the system would coordinate plans, budgets and the implementation of service delivery programmes by all spheres of government.