Daily News Brief

Daily News Brief
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Malema Strongly Denies Involvement With VBS Mutual Bank

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has strongly denied he received or spent any money from the collapsed VBS Mutual Bank. Malema was speaking outside the Hawks offices in Pretoria on Tuesday where he met with investigators to provide a warning statement in a firearm-related case. On Monday, Daily Maverick’s investigative unit Scorpio reported about how more than R5 million was allegedly channeled from VBS bank into an account the leader of the red berets used as a slush fund. Malema was unequivocal when asked whether he had spent VBS funds.

Xenophobic Attacks: 10 Out Of 12 Victims Were South African

Government’s justice, crime prevention and security cluster said that 10 of the 12 people killed during the recent xenophobic attacks were South Africans. The people were murdered in different parts of Gauteng. It’s been a tense few weeks for the country with the violence resulting in retaliatory attacks both here at home and some parts of the continent. In Nigeria, the South African embassy in Lagos was forced to shut its doors after a group of people vented their anger and attacked the premises last week.

ANC MPs Not In Support Of Reintroducing Death Penalty – Chief Whip Majodina

The African National Congress (ANC) in Parliament doesn’t support a call for the return of the death penalty. Some outraged South Africans last week again called for capital punishment for cases of femicide amid widespread gender violence protests. Thousands of people have gone as far as signing a petition. Speaking after the party’s parliamentary caucus lekgotla at the weekend, chief whip Pemmy Majodina said its MPs were against such an idea.

Ben Ngubane: Unqualified Motsoeneng Should Not Have Been Appointed As SABC COO

While former SABC board chair Ben Ngubane praised Hlaudi Motsoeneng for his apparent skills and go-getter attitude, he conceded that he should not have been permanently appointed as the chief operations officer because he did not possess the required qualification. Ngubane was testifying at the state capture commission of inquiry on Monday about the rise of Motsoeneng. Several witnesses have accused the controversial figure of acting with impunity and firing people for questioning his authority.

Hlaudi Motsoeneng: It’s About Talent, Not Qualifications

Former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng has the state capture commission in stitches as he tries to convince Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo that his talent was more important than education in broadcasting. Motsoeneng was on Tuesday responding to the allegations made against him by other witnesses at the state capture inquiry. He was justifying why he continued to rise even as various letters were written to him to get his matric qualification.

DA’s Steenhuisen: It Shouldn’t Be Easy To Remove Head Of Chapter 9 Institution

Parliament has got down to work on drafting rules and procedures to govern the removal of a Public Protector. The National Assembly’s rules committee is sitting on Tuesday morning as it starts to look at rules that will deal with the removal of any head of a Chapter Nine institution, including the Auditor-General. Parliament’s justice committees decided last month that new rules were needed before they considered the DA’s request for a formal inquiry into Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s fitness to hold office. DA chief whip John Steenhuisen said it should not be easy to remove any head of a Chapter Nine body, especially the Public Protector.

PetroSA Mossel Bay GTL Plant Could Be Out Of Gas By 2020

PetroSA expects its flagship Mossel Bay gas-to-liquid (GTL) refinery to run out of domestic supplies by the end of next year, a presentation to parliament showed on Tuesday. “Reserves are close to depletion and are expected to run out by December 2020 and there is still no sustainable techno-economic long-term solution for the gas-to-liquid refinery,” a presentation by the Central Energy Fund said.

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ANC To Deploy Party Members In Troubled Areas To Quell Tensions Over Foreign Nationals

The African National Congress (ANC) has expressed its outrage at the recent attacks on foreign nationals, vowing to play an active role in stopping xenophobia. Party leaders will be deployed to various troubled communities this week to quell tensions. Most of the violence has been reported in Gauteng, particularly in Joburg. The move comes as the National Assembly readies on Tuesday for a debate of “national importance”, which will focus on recent incidents of femicide, public violence and looting.

NPA Seeks Minimum Prescribed Sentence For Mpumalanga Mom Who Poisoned Kids

The woman convicted of killing her four children  returned to the High Court in Mpumalanga on Tuesday morning for pre-sentencing. Zinhle Maditla pleaded guilty to the premeditated murder of her four children, aged between 11 months and 8-years-old, in December last year. In a letter, she confessed how she poisoned each of them in their Emalahleni home. Maditla (24) told the court on Monday how she put rat poison in the children’s food and then tried to poison herself. It’s understood that she killed the children out of rage after she found their father cheating on her.