Daily News Brief

Daily News Brief
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David Makhura: Tightening Border Security Doesn’t Mean We Are Xenophobic

Gauteng Premier David Makhura said advocating for tighter border security was not about unfairly targeting foreign nationals. Makhura said the influx of undocumented migrants needed to be addressed before it became a crisis. During his question and answer session at the provincial legislature on Tuesday, the premier denied that his administration was xenophobic. Makhura said security at South Africa’s ports of

Report: White People Still Dominate Senior Management Positions

The Commission for Employment Equity said workplace transformation remained sluggish in 2018 with its annual report showing that there was still an over-representation of white people in top and senior management positions. In the same breath on Tuesday, the report noted that the increase in representation of African and coloured groups in the middle to upper levels was marginal at below 1%. White males are still ranked high in top management positions at 56.4% in the private sector with the figure climbing to 80% in sectors like agriculture. Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi said the results clearly showed that there was still no transformation in some South African workplaces.

Justice Committee Moves Process Of Removing Mkhwebane From Office To Thandi Modise

Parliament’s justice committee has decided the National Assembly’s rules committee must first adopt rules to govern the process of removing the Public Protector from office, before considering whether to hold an inquiry into her fitness for office. Committee members on Tuesday unanimously resolved to refer the matter to Speaker Thandi Modise, so that she can formally refer it to the rules committee. In terms of the Constitution, Parliament can remove the head of a Chapter Nine institution. But no specific mechanism is in place to affect this.

Parliament To Specify Process Of Removal From Office Of Busisiwe Mkhwebane

The National Assembly’s rules committee must come up with a specific process for dealing with the removal from office of the Public Protector, Parliament’s justice committee has decided. The committee on Tuesday resolved to refer the Democratic Alliance (DA)’s request for a parliamentary inquiry into Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s fitness to hold office back to Speaker Thandi Modise. This is so that Modise can refer it to the rules committee.

Ramaphosa Arrives In Japan To Attend African Development Summit

President Cyril Ramaphosa has arrived in Japan to participate in the seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development Summit. The leadership forum is expected to expand the partnership between Japan and African states. The theme of this year’s conference is “advancing Africa’s development through technology, innovation and people”.

Veteran Journalist Ben Said Died

Veteran journalist Ben Said has died. According to his employer eNCA, Said drowned on Monday at a beach in Mozambique, where he was holidaying with his wife and two daughters. Said had just recently returned to South Africa after working at television channel – TRT in Turkey. He was eNCA’s director of news.

Neighbour Describes Gavin Watson As ‘Awfully Quiet, No Problems’

While police investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson, his neighbours have spoken about their experiences of him. Many are asking questions about Watson, whose controversial company was in the spotlight because of its association with top politicians, and how he died. His car smashed into a concrete barrier outside OR Tambo International Airport on Monday morning. No one else was with him in the company vehicle.

Lynette Volschenk: Activists Want Bail Denied To Men Who Kill Women & Children

Lobby group South African Women Fight Back has called on the courts to show no mercy toward men who are cruelly cutting women’s lives short. A handful of activists attended the first appearance of Kyle Ruiters at the Bellville Magistrates Court on Monday. He is accused of killing Lynette Volschenk in her flat in the Loevenstein area last week.

Some Pupils Hospitalized After Pepper Spray Exposure At Durban School

Paramedics have treated a group of children after they were apparently exposed to pepper spray in a classroom at a Durban school. Rescue Care said the pupils, aged between 14 and 16, were treated at the Effingham Primary School on Tuesday morning. It’s not clear what led to the pepper spray being discharged, but an investigation is under way.

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Long Road Ahead For Eskom As Massive Restructuring Looms

There’s a long road ahead for Eskom as it mulls a massive restructuring that’s meant to turn the ailing utility around. With a debt burden in excess of R440 billion and aging infrastructure, it’s going to be challenging for those tasked with fixing it. A presentation given to executives last week was leaked and published on Monday. The document makes clear just what’s at stake for the utility, saying Eskom needed urgent intervention. Text in the document reads: “If we do nothing Eskom will collapse and bring South Africa down.” It’s a warning many have been sounding, including energy expert Chris Yelland.

MPs To Discuss Initiation Of Process To Remove Busisiwe Mkhwebane From Office

Members of Parliament will meet on Tuesday to discuss and decide on whether to initiate a process for the removal of Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane from office. The Justice Committee will also discuss the request from Democratic Alliance (DA) chief whip John Steenhuisen that the National Assembly set in motion a parliamentary process to remove her. Steenhuisen first made the call to sack Mkhwebane about two years ago following a scathing High Court judgment against her on the South African Reserve Bank.

KZN ANC To Focus Fixing Ailing Municipalities In Wake Of Gumede Resignation

With ousted eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede having resigned from the position, the African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal will now start deliberating on ways to fix ailing municipalities. Gumede finally handed in her resignation on Tuesday night. Last week she, together with her executive colleagues in eThekwini, was instructed to resign from her position to make space for Mxolisi Kaunda to take over as the new eThekwini mayor. Kaunda previously served as the province’s MEC for transport.

Dukwana Returns To Zondo Inquiry For More Estina Testimony

The state capture commission of inquiry sees another witness returning to testify on Tuesday with the theme once again switching back to deal with the failed Estina dairy farm project. The commission has spent several weeks dealing with the project, which was intended to benefit emerging farmers in the Vrede area of the Free State. The project was, however, used as a vehicle to channel funds to Gupta-linked companies.