Weekly News Brief

Weekly News Brief
Grahamstown, photo credit: HeraldLIVE

HEADLINE NEWS THIS WEEK

Sadly, South Africa woke up on Monday to the sad news of the tragic loss of 24 young lives the day before. On Sunday the 16th June, a minibus that was returning from Youth Day celebrations collided with a bus on the R81 in Maphalle. All passengers and the driver of the minibus died on the scene. President Cyril Ramaphosa sent his condolences to the families of the 24 people. Overall, Forty-two people were said to have died in separate accidents in Limpopo last weekend.

In the Western Cape, police were said to be investigating an arson attack that led to the death of a truck driver. Bernard Groenewald was severely injured when his vehicle was petrol bombed earlier this month. He succumbed to his wounds on last Friday. The trucking industry has seen a spate of violent attacks over the past year following the alleged increase in foreign nationals being employed as truck drivers.

The SABC was reported to be struggling financially. The corporation’s board chair Bongumusa Makhathini says it has become increasingly difficult to stay on air and to pay its employees. The public broadcaster had to in May had to make a choice to pay salaries at the expense of having several unpaid bills.

On Tuesday morning, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) found itself in more trouble as the High Court in Johannesburg has dismissed its application to appeal an earlier judgment that found it had made false claims against former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel. Shortly after the elections in May, the red berets were ordered to apologise to Manuel and the court awarded him R500,000 in damages.  The former finance minister had made an application to have the punitive measures enforced.

There was good news for Eskom as Gutpa-linked global consultancy firm Trillian capital was been ordered to pay the power company R600 million. In March last year, the power utility sued both Trillian and McKinsey for the repayment of almost R1.6 billion allegedly unlawfully paid to them as a result of an invalid deal involving corruption and fraud. McKinsey is said to have paid back the R1 billion it received from Eskom, but Trillian vehemently opposed the application.  The company claimed it was McKinsey’s local partner and sub-contractor, and was never involved in any corruption. It also argued that it deserved to keep the full R600 million for the work they did.

OTHER THINGS WE LIKED

The KwaZulu-Natal Education Department has called for police deployment at schools in the province. This came after a teacher was killed at Masuku Primary School in southern Durban last week. Meanwhile, in Gauteng, undercover police would be deployed at Forest High in southern Johannesburg this week following the death of a pupil during a school fight.

There was a shootout incident at Ndumo on Sunday between the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and Mozambican border police. SANDF spokesperson Brigadier-General Mafi Mgobozi said members of the South African military were on a routine patrol as part of borderline protection when the shooting happened. SANDF said it could confirm that no South African soldiers were injured. SANDF said a high-level delegation had been sent to neigbouring Mozambique to discuss the shooting.

Zindzi Mandela the South African ambassador to Denmark found herself in trouble over some controversial Twitter remarks she made on the land expropriation without compensation. Steve Hofmeyr is said to have issued death threats to Zindzi Mandela, a matter the ANC was not taking lightly. The ruling party was reported to have said they would open a case against Hofmeyr on Thursday over the alleged death threats.

Closing arguments in the Randburg Magistrates Court on Thursday were delivered in the case against Duduznd Zumz. The former President Jacob Zuma’s son is facing charges of causing death by careless driving when he was involved in a road crash in 2014.  The former President himself was yet to indicate to the state capture commission of inquiry if he intended to honour its request to testify in July. On Thursday, the commission said Zuma had asked for the list of questions before confirming his appearance.

The residents of Alexandra have embarked on yet another protest.  This time over Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba’s promise that the city would rebuild 80 houses that were destroyed by the red ants two weeks ago. They marched to the city’s offices in Sandton and handed over their petition to an official from the office of the speaker. The Alexandra Total Shutdown Movement has also opened a case against Mayor Herman Mashaba for contravening a court order regarding structures illegally erected along the Jukskei River. Earlier this month, the Red Ants demolished more than 80 structures in the township as per an eviction order. But days later, Mashaba promised to rebuild the structures in the same location.

ICYMI

International Maritime Defense Exhibition and Conference 2019

July 23 @ 08:00 – July 24 @ 17:00

Commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Ghanaian Navy, the inaugural International Maritime Defense Exhibition and Conference 2019 will feature the largest gathering of Africa’s maritime industry, as we host regional and international Chiefs of Naval Staff to celebrate this important milestone.