Daily News Brief

Daily News Brief
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Data Doesn’t Support That Foreigners Are Grabbing Jobs From South Africans

The spike in violence against foreign nationals in parts of Gauteng in recent weeks was debated in the National Assembly on Tuesday. Some Members of Parliament fingered government failure in safeguarding the country’s borders and blamed the situation on undocumented immigrants. The defence minister insisted the soon to be implemented Border Management Authority bill will strengthen border security.

DA Calls For Party Collaboration On Xenophobia and GBV ‘National Crisis’

Members of Parliament (MPs) said South Africa is in a crisis. The parliamentary debate on Tuesday focused on recent violent attacks and criminality targeting foreign nationals and protests over gender-based violence (GBV) in the country. Democratic Alliance Shadow Minister of Police Andrew Whitfield speakng to Refilwe Moloto and said the DA made it clear this is a national crisis, not a party political issue.

Gengezi Mgidlana Found Guilty Of Serious Misconduct-Parly Disciplinary Panel

A disciplinary panel has found suspended secretary to Parliament Gengezi Mgidlana guilty of serious misconduct and has recommended his summary dismissal. Mgidlana was put on precautionary leave in 2017 pending a disciplinary hearing on allegations against him of maladministration and abuse of power. National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise said it would now be up to both houses of Parliament, the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), to decide on the matter.

Plans To Merge SAA, SA Express & Mango To Come Before Cabinet Soon

Plans to merge the country’s three state-owned airlines, South African Airways (SAA), Mango and SA Express are at an advanced stage and could come before Cabinet for approval as early as next week, Parliament has been told. Merging the carriers has been on government’s agenda for years, as it would allow for routes to be rationalised and greater cost savings. In May, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan confirmed the merger was firmly on the table, but that the broader strategy still had to be worked out. Now, lawmakers have been told the proposal is set to go before Cabinet for approval.

Zuma’s Loan Default Puts Him At Risk Of Losing Nkandla Home-VBS Warns

There’s still no word from former President Jacob Zuma’s lawyers following a court application against him by liquidators of the VBS Mutual Bank after he defaulted on his loan repayments. The bank has warned in court papers that if Zuma failed to settle accumulated arrears amounting to R500,500 it will have to attach his Nkandla home which was used as security for the loan. Zuma acquired a loan of just over R7 million from the now-defunct bank in 2017 to repay money used by the state for non-security upgrades of his Nkandla home.

Dros Rape Trial: Victim’s Mother Recounts Incident

The mother of the seven-year-old girl who was raped at the Dros restaurant in Pretoria has given disturbing details of how she found her daughter with self-confessed rapist Nicholas Ninow. She testified at the High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday. Ninow pleaded guilty to raping the little girl. The little girl’s mother recounted in court what unfolded on 24 September 2018 when her child was raped. She gave evidence through an interpreter.

Dros Rape Trial: Ex-childminder Explains Reasons For Resignation

A former childminder at a Dros restaurant in Pretoria has detailed how she resigned because she believed she failed the child that was raped by Nicholas Ninow. She gave evidence at the High Court in Pretoria where Ninow is being tried for raping the seven-year-old last year. Ninow has pleaded guilty. The childminder, who may not be identified, had looked after children in the play area of the Dros were the seven-year-old girl was raped. During her evidence, the State concentrated specifically on her duties.

Government Buildings In CBD Comply With Heath And Safety Regulations

It has been a year since a fire broke out at the Bank of Lisbon building in the Johannesburg CBD, killing three firefighters who were struggling to extinguish the blaze. On Tuesday, City of Joburg Infrastructure Development and Property Management MEC Tasneem Motara briefed the media on the state of occupational health and safety of buildings in the city. The MEC joins Bongani Bingwa to give insight on the briefing. She says the tragedy taught the city the importance of maintaining and the safety of its properties.

Plan To Force Pension Funds To Invest In SOEs Is Theft, Says DA

Plans to compel pension funds, both public and private, to invest in state-owned entities and government bonds would amount to stealing from pensioners, Parliament’s been told. The ANC’s 2019 election manifesto promised to explore a regime of prescribed assets, a similar policy to that imposed by the National Party during apartheid. Lawmakers debated the issue in the National Assembly on Tuesday. While most opposition parties slammed the idea, both the ANC and the EFF backed it.

What To Look Out For

Sanlam Cape Town Marathon 2019 Road Closures

The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon is one of South Africa’s sporting highlights, with over 23 000 participants expected to take to the streets on Sunday 15th September 2019, including athletes from over 75 countries from around the world. Roads and public-transport services near the 42.2km IAAF Gold Label marathon and the 10km routes will be busy and possibly congested and, in some instances, may be inaccessible on the day. Please allow additional travelling time as there may be delays.

SIU Must Still Recover Millions From Companies, Former SABC Execs, MPS Told

The Special Investigating Unit is still trying to recover hundreds of millions of rand from various companies and former SABC executives. SIU officials briefed Members of Parliament on the progress made in several probes involving the struggling broadcaster. SIU head Andy Mothibi said investigators found evidence of irregularities regarding a so-called success fee and appointments made by former chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng. “The investigation produced evidence to intimate or join civil litigation instituted by the SIU and SABC in High Court matters. The value of the matters is estimated at just over R560 million.”

Magashule: ANC Opposed To Return Of Death Penalty But Will Discuss It

The African National Congress (ANC) said although it was opposed to the return of the death penalty, it would discuss the issue. Calls for a referendum on capital punishment have grown louder as the country struggles to deal with gender violence. ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule said the governing party was not deaf to the calls being made by some sections of society for the death penalty to be reinstated.

Premier Winde Requests SANDF Deployment Be Extended In WC

Premier Alan Winde has on Wednesday written to President Cyril Ramaphosa and Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula requesting that the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) deployment in the Western Cape be extended. In July, the army was deployed in 10 gang-ridden areas as part of Operation Lockdown. The Department of Defence said a decision to extend the deployment has not yet been made and that various security agencies had to sit down to assess the situation on the ground. Winde said he made a request for the army to be deployed for an additional six months in order to reach a point of stabilisation.