#News24 ICYMI Monday morning edition: Behind Mugabe's alleged assault disgrace, how Khoza was axed and Manana remains MP

2017-08-21 09:06
Grace Mugabe (File: AP)

Grace Mugabe (File: AP)

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Cape Town – The top City Press headlines are dominated by Grace Mugabe and the model she allegedly assaulted, while the background machinations which led to the firing of Makhosi Khoza are revealed, as well as why former deputy minister of higher education Mduduzi Manana is still an MP.

Here’s what you may have missed.

Model involved in nightclub 'brawl' before Grace Mugabe alleged assault

The damage-control machine that gathered around Zimbabwe’s First Lady Grace Mugabe this week is desperate to poke holes in the story of the young model who accused Mugabe of assaulting her with an extension cord.

They have acquired closed-circuit television footage which, they claim, shows Gabriella Engels (20) involved in a brawl at Sandton’s popular Taboo nightclub in the early hours of last Sunday morning, the day Mugabe allegedly assaulted her.

"They are trying to discredit me. The fight that happened at Taboo on Saturday has nothing to do with my case,” Engels said, adding that it was a friend of hers who was involved in the brawl.

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'She hit me for what seemed like forever' - Mugabe alleged assault victim

Grace Mugabe stormed into the room, already armed with an extension cord, according to her alleged assault victim.

"She just had this sort of look in her eyes, that she was furious and that the extension cord was probably the first thing she could grab with which to beat somebody."

Mugabe was seemingly looking for her socialite sons, but they were not in the room.

Behind the first lady were more than 10 bodyguards and some of the hotel’s security guards.

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How Makhosi Khoza was axed

"We will deal with her!" an ANC MP told two others in Parliament before two of them boycotted a meeting chaired by outspoken MP Makhosi Khoza on Tuesday.

The MP, Mervyn Dirks, continued: "She has defined herself outside of the ANC, and we will show her. The meeting starts at 2pm, but that meeting will turn into a press conference where she will tell the media how the ANC dealt with her."


ANC MP Makhosi Khoza and UDM leader Bantu Holomisa during a #UniteBehind debate in July. (Ashraf Hendricks/GroundUp)

Dirks, a member of the parliamentary public service committee, was in a heated discussion with ANC MPs Sizani Dlamini-Dubazana, another member of that committee, and Nonhlanhla Ndaba.

A few hours later, Dirks and Dlamini-Dubazana indeed boycotted the meeting of the parliamentary committee because they objected to it being led by Khoza, whom they accused of having violated an ANC rule.

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Manana stays on as an MP

Despite quitting as deputy minister of higher education and apologising for his "utterly shameful" actions, Mduduzi Manana will remain an MP.

Manana’s resignation yesterday was prompted by advice that he opt for the softer landing of quitting rather than being fired by President Jacob Zuma.

City Press has learnt that the plan was for Zuma to ask him to resign, but the arrangement would be that Manana would state publicly that he had stepped aside voluntarily.

However, while he has relinquished his government post, Parliament has confirmed that he is still an MP.

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Boesak: The ANC sold out

South Africa’s negotiated settlement was a secret pact between white and ANC elites, which excluded the black majority who had sacrificed so much during the struggle for liberation.

So says anti-apartheid cleric Allan Boesak, who spoke to City Press in Cape Town about his new book, in which he decries former liberators who adopt the ways of their oppressors after they gain power.

"That we should negotiate was never the issue," he said. "But what was the basis upon which those negotiations took place?"

Boesak said the price paid for the system was the high levels of inequality we see today.

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9 very clear reasons you should step down, Mr President

City Press columnist Mavuso Msimang outlines some very clear reasons why President Jacob Zuma should step down.


President Jacob Zuma (GCIS)

"For the sake of anyone who may not know why so many people are requesting the president to resign, I will attempt to write a précis of the main reasons…"

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