Daily News Brief

Daily News Brief
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Jacob Zuma Questions Circumstances Around Watson’s Death ‘Some Things Don’t Add Up’

Former President Jacob Zuma has questioned the circumstances surrounding Gavin Watson’s death, saying there are gaps in the story. Zuma paid tribute to the late Bosasa CEO at a funeral service in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday afternoon. Watson died in a car crash last week just a day before he was due to testify at the Sars inquiry into his tax affairs. Zuma said many of his comrades who were viewed as obstacles were dying.

Amy-Lee De Jager Released Without Ransom

The family of six-year-old Amy-Lee De Jager, who was kidnapped in Vanderbijlpark, has revealed more details about how she was released in the early hours of Tuesday morning. De Jager’s grandfather has told Eyewitness News that no ransom was paid for her safe return, despite a demand for the money. The grade R pupil was snatched from her mother’s car while being dropped off at school on Monday morning.

 ‘A Very Dark Period For SA’: Ramaphosa Breaks Silence On Recent Attacks On Women

President Cyril Ramaphosa has broken his silence over the recent attacks on women, saying it’s a “stain on the conscience of the country”. There’s been an uproar over the president’s silence in the wake of disturbing developments relating to the unabated rapes and murders of women and children. “This is a very dark period for us as a country. The assaults, rapes and murders of South African women are a stain on our national conscience,” the president said in a statement. The anger was sparked by the murders of UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana and boxing champion Leighandre Jegels, among other cases.

#AmINext: Over 200K Sign Petition For Death Penalty, Gender-Based Violence Emergency In SA

More than 200,000 people have signed a petition calling for the death penalty to be implemented in South Africa. By Tuesday morning, a change.org petition gained 228,603 signatures. Another petition was launched which called on Parliament to declare gender-based violence a state of emergency in the country. This petition received over 120,000 signatures. South African women have questioned whether they would be next as the list of women who are raped and murdered grow. Women took to social media and shared their concerns under the hashtag #AmINext. Others have called for a shutdown across the country. South Africans have called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to take action.

DA Proposes Draft Rules To Manage Process Of Removing Public Protector From Office

The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Tuesday proposed draft rules to govern the process for removing the Public Protector from office. Last week, Parliament’s justice committee decided to refer the DA’s request for an inquiry into Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s fitness to hold office back to Speaker Thandi Modise so that she, in turn, can refer it to the National Assembly’s rules committee.

SABC Technically Insolvent, State Capture Inquiry Hears

South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) CEO Madoda Mxakwe has described the disciplinary hearings being initiated against employees for their role in the capture of the public broadcaster as a never-ending process. Mxakwe testified at the state capture commission of inquiry on Tuesday where he discussed their efforts to turn the organisation around.  He said they responded to the findings of the Special Investigating Unit.

Stats SA: Economy Grew By 3.1% In 2nd Quarter

South Africa has avoided a recession as the economy grew by 3.1% in the second quarter of 2019, data released by Statistics SA showed. This was a stark contrast to the alarming 3.2% decline recorded in the first quarter of 2019. Mining, finance, trade and government services were the main drivers of the growth.

ANC Top Six Defends Tito Mboweni Amid Criticism Over Economic Strategy Report

The African National Congress (ANC)’s top six leadership has come out in Defence of Finance Minister Tito Mboweni amid criticism that he released the economic strategy document without proper consultation. The party said its alliance partners would be consulted on the report, saying the strategy was released to give other stakeholders and South Africans a chance to have their say. Mboweni released the economic blueprint on the Treasury website last week.

Police Fire Rubber Bullets, Use Stun Grenades On Alexandra Looters

Police have fired rubber bullets and used stun grenades as they try to disperse a large group of looters in Alexandra. The township is the latest area in Johannesburg to be hit by the growing unrest, with mostly foreign-owned shops targeted. The streets are on lockdown as police try to deal with a large mob. The Alexandra business centre is under siege and a number of shops have been looted, damaged and burnt.

Ramaphosa Condemns Xenophobic Attacks: It Puts South Africans Abroad At Risk Of Reprisal Attacks

President Cyril Ramaphosa warned of reprisal attacks on South Africans working in other countries if violence against foreign nationals continued. The president said the country was completely committed against xenophobia. In the past few months, the government has come under criticism for failing to acknowledge that attacks on foreign nationals amounted to xenophobia. Instead, several ministers called the attacks criminality and lawlessness. Looting has been reported in a number of areas in Gauteng, including Jeppestown, Malvern, Alexandra, Ekurhuleni and Sunnyside in Pretoria on Monday. Meanwhile, Police Minister Bheki Cele described the situation in the Johannesburg CBD as a national emergency, saying more officers would be deployed to deal with the unrest.

South Africa Has Resources To Make Universal Healthcare Reality: The Elders Delegation

South Africa has the resources and financial muscle to make universal health coverage a reality. This is according to The Elders, who briefed Members of Parliament on Tuesday. The Elders delegation was led by the former Prime Minister of Norway Gro Harlem Brundtland and the former President of Chile Ricardo Lagos.

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Western Cape DA Opposed Special Appropriation Bill For Additional Eskom Bailout

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Western Cape has rejected the Special Appropriations Bill on Eskom as it will cut billions from provincial budgets. According to the party, more than R100 billion will be lost due to the bill. The legislation aims to give the power utility another R59 billion bailout. The DA’s Western Cape spokesperson on finance, Deidre Baartman, said she’d write to the National Assembly’s finance committee chairperson, Yunus Carrim, requesting that public hearings be held in the provinces, pending the bill’s consideration.

David Makhura: Criminal Syndicates Behind Gauteng Riots

Gauteng Premier David Makhura on Tuesday became the latest political leader to call for calm following the mass looting and violence that gripped parts of the province, saying it was being carried out by “organised criminal syndicates”. Makhura was in Alexandra, together with Community Safety MEC Faith Mazibuko and provincial police commissioner Elias Mawela. Makhura said several of his Cabinet members would spend the afternoon in the township speaking to community leaders, religious leaders, and organised groups.