What’s in City Press: Ace and his men declare war; ANC deploys convicted sex pest; Anger as Bushiri escapes SA

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City Press | November 15 2020
City Press | November 15 2020

Ace Magashule and his men declare war

ANC leaders supporting embattled secretary-general Ace Magashule held a meeting in Bloemfontein yesterday to craft his defence strategy and attack his opponents.

The meeting of ANC Limpopo, Gauteng, Free State, Western Cape, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal leaders was attended by national executive committee members, provincial and regional leaders, as well as mayors who believe that “the ANC is being liquidated and structures can’t just sit around and watch”.

Anger as Bushiri escapes SA

Justice Minister Ronald Lamola says he will not hesitate to extradite Enlightened Christian Gathering leader Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary, who both fled South Africa to his country of birth, Malawi, breaking their bail conditions and rendering themselves as wanted fugitives.

R252 000 to move office in the same building

A service provider was paid R250 000 from the Covid-19 emergency fund to move furniture from one office to another within the same building at the North West provincial legislature in Mahikeng.

Officials at the legislature also allegedly dumped one service provider – a decontaminating company, whose fees were reasonable – and engaged one that was paid almost six times more for the same service.

Serious crimes increasing again

South Africa might have experienced a drop in violent crimes last year and during the Covid-19 lockdown, which resulted in a national “crime holiday”, but new forms of serious crimes have now emerged.

Was Prince Lethukuthula Zulu murdered?

Several conversations about the security of the Zulu royal family were had this week after police confirmed that the death of the first-born son of King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu, Prince Lethukuthula Zulu, was being investigated as a possible murder.

Perseverance propels DJ Zinhle during pandemic

Entrepreneur DJ Zinhle sees the world through rose-tinted glasses. Well, to be more precise, some of these glasses are glossy black, others have animal prints and some are slanted in the cat-eye style. Now, she’s launching a sunglasses range.

Initiation: They want to be ‘real men’

Stigma in some communities is the reason many young boys feel under pressure to attend illegal traditional initiation ceremonies – even going as far as risking their lives by refusing to be rescued when things go wrong.

Roads peeling and melting: A waste of money

They say a picture paints a thousand words, and this is the case with some of the newly refurbished roads in parts of North West. Despite the province’s claim that it did everything by the book to ensure that quality road infrastructure was delivered, the picture on the ground tells a different story.

Mining saga: Dying is not our worry – people die everywhere

About four weeks ago, Sifiso Sindane’s plans for a fun-filled Friday night turned into a nightmare when an assassin pumped 10 bullets into his car while it was parked at a tavern. After that incident, six more bullets were blasted into the 30-year-old’s legs.

But Sindane lived to tell the tale of how coal mining in Siyathuthuka township near Belfast in Mpumalanga has divided the community.

ANC deploys convicted sex pest – again

A convicted Mpumalanga sex pest has got himself another top job in a local municipality, despited the ANC and government’s strong stance against gender-based violence.

Netflix anoints Kings of Joburg

South African audiences are growing tired of the once-popular telenovela-style content. Things are changing, and we are now able to brag about how there is a Shaka Zulu series remake brewing in the east of Johannesburg, and how Layla Swart’s star-studded Yellowbone Entertainment production, Blood Psalms, could be our take on a road riddled with Game of Thrones and The Lord of the Rings.

Mr SA: Is this the best SA can offer?

The 10 finalists in this year’s Mr SA competition are battling against a tide of social media body shaming, with some critics labelling them “ugly” and “fat”. Shirtless photos of the contestants were splashed on social media platforms this week under the theme #ManEnough.

Prosecutors take on Batohi

National Director of Public Prosecutions Shamila Batohi has come under attack from senior prosecutors who have written to President Cyril Ramaphosa, accusing her of harassing a powerful subordinate. A petition signed by 30 prosecutors follows several investigations into Johannesburg chief prosecutor Pumeza Futshane, who is accused of bullying and undermining her staff.

Covid-19 pushes people to boost health, wellbeing

At least something good has come out of the lockdown. A survey by consumer electronics and fitness company Fitbit has revealed that people are focusing more on improving their health and wellbeing, and are getting more sleep.

Winning Women | Bongiwe Msomi: From filler to captain

Bongiwe Msomi’s father disapproved of his daughter’s training attire and her mother seemed disinterested in her newfound extracurricular activity, which “distracted me from household chores”.

Had the two known that their daughter would, years later, captain the national netball team to the world championships, perhaps Msomi’s parents would have been their daughter’s main cheerleaders.

DA to tread carefully after election losses

The DA’s poor showing in this week’s by-elections has come as a blessing in disguise for senior black leaders in the party who are facing disciplinary hearings.

Survey finds ANC support at 50%

A survey conducted by global leader in market research Ipsos over the past three months has found that if a national election were held tomorrow, only 50% of those surveyed would vote for the ANC. This marks a drop from a similar poll conducted at the same time last year, when 55% said they would vote for the governing party.

Five in court over multimillion City of Johannesburg power contract

This week’s court appearance of five people over a disputed City Power contract worth R126 million in Eldorado Park, Soweto, will bring to light the machinations of businesspeople competing for lucrative tenders from the entity with the biggest capital budget in the City of Johannesburg – currently at R2.6 billion over three years.


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