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City Press | December 23
City Press | December 23

Spice and shockers: 2022’s biggest scandals

The year 2022 will be remembered for its huge celebrity scandals – from US actor Will Smith’s infamous Oscar slap to millions of rands in lawsuits every other month as stars took each other head-on.

More legal woes for troubled Ace

Embattled former ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule could be held liable for breach of contract following the Ace Magashule Foundation’s alleged failure to pay for the accommodation of students it sponsored to live and study in Turkey.

Thuthukani Cele shines as he carves his own legacy

His dreadlocks are so long they almost touch the ground. He stands 1.83m tall and is almost 60 years old, yet he is still young at heart.

Dressed in blue jeans and a T-shirt imprinted with an image of Bob Marley, he looks totally different from the other men of his age.

Municipality’s money man ‘signed inflated purchase orders’

The Special Investigating Unit is refusing to accept that the chief financial officer of a crucial district municipality in North West mistakenly authorised inflated purchase orders of irregularly appointed companies to supply personal protective equipment at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

David Mabuza ‘made fools of us’

With all his nine lives seemingly depleted, The Cat of ANC politics, David Mabuza, hit a cul-de-sac at this week’s ANC national conference. Mabuza departs from his rather short-lived national position with all the perks afforded the country’s deputy president.

Hawks gun for poachers’ families

Family members of poachers, who spend money earned from the illicit rhino horn trade, will not be spared prosecution and conviction.

The year 2022: Annus horribilis ... and some joy

This year we were tried and tested, but we survived. The year was filled with a range of events, some of which left us frustrated and emotionally drained.

The images that made us pause and hold our breath in 2022

The year saw the world embroiled in a war, its citizens protest for their rights, a volcanic eruption and a lot more suffering. Despite the globe opening up after Covid-19, the world seems a more isolated place.

How Cyril triumphed

The idea of the return of ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa for a second term in that capacity was implanted in the public’s mind – ironically – by a man who desperately tried to undermine it.

New NEC allows for a younger Cabinet

The new ANC national executive committee (NEC) signals a significant generation shift, with all 36 members making way for a fresh group of faces. However, the older generation is still evident, as people who have served on the committee since the return of the ANC from exile, such as Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, have been given new five-year terms in the party leadership.

Analysis: CR can finish off weak RET faction

The re-election of Cyril Ramaphosa as ANC president could either be the death knell for the so-called radical economic transformation (RET) lobby or it could lead to the group realigning to later appear in a different form.

Young and gifted: Boboza and Toto

Young amapiano duo Boboza and Toto are offering a refreshing take on the genre. At just 15 and 10 years old, respectively, the siblings are set to take the new year by storm with their in-tune and age-appropriate amapiano track, Imali.

‘I’m a laughingstock in my community because of the SABC’

An unemployed woman from Mpumalanga is at her wits’ end after spending more than R3 000 to fight for a car she won during the SABC Summer Song of the Year campaign.

Moja Love thinks big and beyond

Next year promises to be a big one for businessperson Aubrey Tau, who heads the country’s controversial television channel Moja Love, as he plans to list it on the JSE and launch an online supermarket.

Cape’s good doctor

When he started his medical journey, Dr Randall Ortel had to drive taxis during weekends and holidays to be able to generate funds for his bursary shortfalls, books and day-to-day needs of a young person.

The next president?

One week before the ANC’s national conference in Nasrec, Johannesburg, word was circulating – as always before such occasions – that there would be big exposés about certain candidates who were vying for the party’s top positions.

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