By the skin of their teeth: 5 survivors of 2013

2013-12-25 06:00

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Sizwe sama Yende’s pick of the South African public figures who managed to weather the storm in 2013.

1. President Jacob Zuma has so far survived the storm created by the R208 million security upgrades to his Nkandla homestead. An inter-ministerial investigation has cleared him of any wrongdoing. Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report is expected to be released in January.

Read: Nkandla: Jacob Zuma will pay nothing

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Lucky Nxumalo/City Press

2. National police commissioner General Riah Phiyega has stayed put, despite embarrassing scandals that led to calls for her to quit or be fired.

She is under investigation by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate for allegedly tipping off Western Cape police commissioner Lieutenant General Arno Lamoer about an investigation against him.

Phiyega was forced to rescind the appointment of Major General Mondli Zuma as Gauteng commissioner hours after giving him the job when information came forth that the new commissioner had been accused of driving under the influence of alcohol and defeating the ends of justice.

She claimed she was unaware of the charges.

Read: Phiyega under attack because ANC govt appointed her – Ramaphosa

National police commissioner General Riah Phiyega. Picture: Deaan Vivier/Foto24

3. Former president Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Mandla Mandela, got a breather from his ongoing legal battles when the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) withdrew grave tampering and bigamy charges against him because of insufficient evidence.

He was accused of having exhumed the remains of former president Nelson Mandela’s three late children and reburying them in Mvezo, where he is a chief.

His woes are, however, not over by a long shot.

Read: Mandla Mandela in for a rocky festive season

Former president Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Mandla Mandela. Picture: Themba Hadebe/AP

4. Kaizer Chiefs boss Bobby Motaung and his five co-accused walked free on fraud and corruption charges relating to the R1.2-billion Mbombela stadium after the Nelspruit regional court struck the case off the roll – apparently because of squabbles in the National Prosecuting Authority.

Read: Bobby Motaung, others could walk free

Kaizer Chiefs boss Bobby Motaung. Picture: Lucky Nxumalo/City Press

5. Suspended Cosatu secretary-general Zwelinzima Vavi has remained relevant in South African politics under the wings of the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa following his suspension by Cosatu for having sex with a junior employee at work. Vavi’s suspension has plunged Cosatu into a crisis with Numsa withdrawing its support for the ANC election campaign.

Read: ‘Don’t exchange Vavi for splitting the federation’ – Gwede Mantashe

Suspended Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi with his Numsa counterpart Irvin Jim. Picture: Muntu Vilakazi/City Press

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