Best of City Press: Nkosazana paves the way for Zuma's exit; China to score in R70bn SA projects

2017-09-10 16:30
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. (Siyanda Mayeza, Gallo Images, City Press)

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. (Siyanda Mayeza, Gallo Images, City Press)

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If you missed the news and analysis from Sunday’s City Press, we’ve put together some of the highlights for you.

Nkosazana paves the way for Zuma's exit

The return of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to Parliament leaves the door open for President Jacob Zuma to make an early exit from government once his successor has been elected at the ANC’s elective conference in December, party insiders say.

Dlamini-Zuma is expected to be appointed to Cabinet in what would be a second reshuffle by Zuma this year, following the dramatic one in March that involved the axing of then finance minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas.

Lobbyists for Dlamini-Zuma are divided on whether the move will affect her campaign to succeed Zuma.

Read the full story.

China to score in R70bn SA projects

Two mega-contracts between government and a Chinese parastatal are set to go ahead, despite neither qualifying for deviation from procurement laws.

The department of water and sanitation and rail agency Prasa seem set to hand two contracts, worth more than R70bn, to a Chinese parastatal with neither a public tender nor permission from Treasury to bypass tender laws.

Confidential documents obtained by City Press indicate that the water department, together with Prasa and Treasury, have entered into funding negotiations with the Export-Import Bank of China (Exim Bank). But the documents also appear to show that Exim will only provide the finance on condition that the construction on both projects is done by another Chinese parastatal, the China Communications Construction Company (CCCC).

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‘You burn our cars, we burn yours’ - drivers in Joburg's Uber-taxi war

Uber drivers have accused Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi of favouritism towards metered taxi drivers, claiming he does this because Uber is owned by foreign entities.

In the latest violence, an Uber car was petrol-bombed near the Gautrain station in Sandton, allegedly by metered taxi drivers at about 7pm on Thursday.

Uber drivers told City Press government was failing to protect them because of a perception that Uber was destroying the local metered taxi industry.

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Lebo’s final hours

‘I went to fetch my daughter, but I came back with a corpse.’ Lebogang Mathuloe’s mother is desperate for answers.

Susan Mathuloe had no idea it was the last time her daughter Lebo, who is listed as a model on the agency G3 Models’ website, would call her. Her phone rang three times before she answered it, just before 6am on Monday.

“Mama! Mama! I’ve been kidnapped, drugged. I fear for my life, please come fetch me here,” the 24-year-old model pleaded on the line.

“If anything happens to me, please ask the security guards at Pecanwood Estate. They took my phone. Mama and Granny, I love you.”

Then the line went dead.

Read the full story.

Mondli Makhanya: How PR spin poisoned SA

Now that the Bell Pottinger colossus, which once straddled the globe, has been brought down to earth, we should return to the beginning of this sorry episode.

It all began when the Guptas, arguably the filthiest family under the South African sky, wanted to polish their uncleanable image. Knowing that the hardest scrubbing would not get the dirt off them, they decided to divert attention from themselves. Enter Bell Pottinger, spin doctors to autocratic regimes and all kinds of shady types.

Read the full column here.


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