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What's in City Press, June 12 2022
What's in City Press, June 12 2022

Ramaphosa’s foes want his head

Smelling blood in the water, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s rivals in the ANC are campaigning for an urgent national general council that would allow ordinary branch members to hold him accountable for the Phala Phala theft scandal and call for his resignation.

The 31 questions Mkhwebane sent to Ramaphosa

Before President Cyril Ramaphosa suspended her on Thursday, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane had 31 questions for him regarding the alleged theft of foreign currency from his Phala Phala game farm.

‘Dollar thief’ wants out of SA

The Namibian man who allegedly stole millions of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s dollars is fearing for his life and wants out of South Africa.

60 days to get the Guptas to SA

The arrest of the Gupta brothers at their home in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates earlier this week is something Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola has long been waiting for.

City Press and Media24 shine at INMA Global Media Awards

Media24 received several awards at the International News Media Association (INMA) 2022 Global Media Awards on Thursday, including the coveted best in Africa award in the best in show category for the Absa/City Press Money Makeover Challenge.

Hope for patients with rare diseases

Growing up in KwaThema on the East Rand, Mbali Mvubelo was often teased because of her big stomach. People called her “the pregnant one”.

Use real isiZulu on Imbewu, or else...

A group of organisations in KwaZulu-Natal has threatened to block the filming of drama Imbewu: The Seed for making drastic cost-cutting measures that have led to an exodus of more than 80 cast and crew members from the show in the space of a year.

Goodbye, ANC ... and now there’s water!

For more than 13 years, Elias Mpholo (66) and his wife Annie (70) had to get up at 3am to join thousands of other residents of Tseki near Phuthaditjhaba in the Free State and queue for water at one of the two wells in the residential area – 25 litres at a time.

Veteran actor arrested for rape gets R5 000 bail

A veteran actor was arrested and detained at the Sandton Police Station on Thursday after a woman he is related to pressed charges of rape. She accused the star of sexually violating her on numerous occasions at his home more than 13 years ago.

Theewaterskloof: Fransman’s name appears in fraud investigation

Marius Fransman, former leader of the ANC in the Western Cape and a deputy minister in former president Jacob Zuma’s Cabinet, has been implicated in various allegations of corruption and fraud in a municipality in the Overberg.

Lies, legends, libel and lawsuits

The squabble between maskandi artist Khuzani Mpungose and television producer Legend Manqele could head to court if the producer fails to pay R250 000 by tomorrow.

Hawks probe Mangaung municipal account ‘grand’ scheme

Ernest Mohlahlo, head of the Free State department of public works and infrastructure, has been implicated in allegations that a grand scheme involving questionable transactions in municipal accounts that fleeced the City of Mangaung of millions of rands began during his six-year tenure as its chief financial officer.

Church seeks state help to claim R1 million owed

The International Pentecostal Holiness Church is embroiled in a bitter contract squabble with a Sandton-based manufacturer after the latter allegedly failed to deliver a new dye-sublimation machine that costs almost R1 million.

Senzo Meyiwa: State’s case weakens

The emergence of a second docket during the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial this week could compromise the state’s case against the five men accused of murdering the Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana skipper.

We need leaders like Steve Biko and Chris Hani

The country will commemorate Youth Day on Thursday. Unlike the youth of 1976, Soweto’s current youngsters feel there is nothing they can do to make their voices heard as they struggle with unemployment and a lack of economic opportunities

Climate change bill needs teeth

Environmental organisations are lobbying Parliament to strengthen the proposed Climate Change Bill so that it provides for punitive measures against offenders, such as revoking their licences and holding directors of carbon-emitting companies personally liable.

Municipal manager hires more bodyguards, angering workers

The acting manager of the Steve Tshwete Local Municipality in Mpumalanga, Thokozile Zulu, has beefed up security and hired armed bodyguards, allegedly without following supply chain management processes.

‘Cadre deployment destroyed our infrastructure’

The DA’s fight to end corruption moved up a notch when it tabled a bill to end the ANC’s cadre deployment policy and also filed court papers to challenge the ANC in that regard.

Clinics gamble with HIV patients’ lives

A devastated 22-year-old woman pleaded with clinics in Carletonville on the West Rand not to gamble with HIV-positive people’s lives, as they were receiving half of their prescribed amount of medication.

SA’s youth do it for themselves

‘Resilience’ is a word often misused and overly celebrated. The Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent overlapping crises have meant many of our society’s most vulnerable have been forced to endure too much over the past few years.

Housing deal worth R41m goes sour

A R41 million contract between the Housing Development Agency and civil engineering services provider Sezigen Consulting Engineers went sideways over allegations of the agency’s unlawful suspension of the deal, and both parties are due to fight over the company’s claimed R25 million in damages before the high court.

Apologises to Mkhize over Digital Vibes tapes

The Special Investigating Unit had its tail between its legs this week, offering an apology to former health minister Zweli Mkhize for failing to transcribe the key interviews that informed its adverse findings against him in the controversial R150 million Digital Vibes communications contract.

Leadership squabbles cost province billions

Political and leadership instability in North West has weakened governance, affected service delivery and cost the province almost R26 billion.


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