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City Press | September 06 2020
City Press | September 06 2020

Inside the DA’s purge

The DA risks yet another exodus of senior members after opening investigations against several leaders with the intention of charging them, while others are planning to leave because they are disillusioned with the direction the official opposition has taken.

Sundowns snatch PSL victory

It’s been said that it is not how you start that it is important, but how you finish that matters most, and this was the case with Kaizer Chiefs, who broke their supporters’ hearts yesterday when they were pipped to the Absa Premiership championship by defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns.

Pay back the money, Jub Jub

Businessperson Ellen Nkutha has accused controversial TV host Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye of owning her at least R125 000. Nkutha told City Press that she cashed out her pension money and paid for Jub Jub’s legal fees in 2011. This was after the musician allegedly struggled to foot his legal bills.

Stepping aside means ... keeping your salary?

Initially hailed as a positive step towards rooting out corrupt public office-bearers, the ANC national executive committee resolution that all members charged with corruption should step aside is now under scrutiny for being impractical and infringing on government structures’ autonomy.

Administrators add to rot in North West

Section 100 administrators in North West, who have been accused of looting in cahoots with some ministers, are enjoying the services of bodyguards and around-the-clock police protection at their hotel in Mahikeng, and are being chauffeured around at taxpayers’ expense.

Pink Sapphire embodies Boity

TV darling Boitumelo “Boity” Thulo is celebrating Heritage Month in style after collaborating with Halo Heritage to launch Boity Pink Sapphire fragrance.

Mbalula hits out at ‘malicious’ accusers

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has dismissed as “unsubstantiated” and “malicious” the allegations made by a group of “ANC comrades” in the department of transport, who lashed out at him in a letter written to President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Remdesivir pricing war hots up

As the dispute about the pricing of remdesivir – the potential Covid-19 antiviral drug – intensifies, with heated arguments regarding access to and pricing of medicines and medical interventions during a pandemic, at least one more generic pharmaceutical company has entered the fray of bringing it into the country.

Living in the shadow of a serial killer

Persuading some of the residents of Mthwalume, KwaZulu-Natal, that there is no longer a serial murderer on the loose is going to be a hard task for police and politicians, as women in the area seem unable to come to terms with the revelation that a seemingly mild-mannered resident was a brutal killer who snuffed out the lives of five people, all of whom were women.

SABC future tied to failed migration

The SABC is frustrated that government policy and regulations have tied its future to the flailing digital terrestrial television migration project that has all but collapsed, while other options exist where competitors such as Netflix and Showmax are spreading their reach.

Cele defers Popcru president’s retirement

Police and Prison Civil Rights Union president Zizamele Makhaza has scored himself a three-year contract after convincing Police Minister Bheki Cele to defer the date of his retirement, even though he has not been an active police officer for 15 years.

Dark side of Kruger National Park

A new book alleges that the game reserve has remained untransformed in many areas, despite having black people in senior management.

R3.3 billion and 14 years later ...

After years, there is nothing to show for the R3 billion Rustenburg rapid transport bus project except for one bus that was delivered in June, bus lanes covered in grass and money spent on security for bus stations, including one that collapsed last year.

Helping SA’s little victims

In the 35 years Shaheda Omar has been in the child protection sector, she has helped more than 6 000 children who have experienced trauma and abuse. Now the 64-year-old mother of four and grandmother of seven looks back fondly at her decision to follow the path “God put her on”.

Covid forces government to fast-track hospital refurbishments

There is a glimmer of hope for many rural hospitals in the Eastern Cape as the provincial government has been forced to fast-track their refurbishment to capacitate them to deal with the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Zuma punted for Jozi youth post

A lobby group of the ANC Youth League interim leadership in Johannesburg is allegedly pushing for Thuthukile Zuma – the daughter of former president Jacob Zuma and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma – to become the head of the planned youth directorate in the Johannesburg metro.

Obese patients must ‘choose’ their language

Obese patients should be able to pick what language doctors use to refer to their excess weight, experts have said. Many people find words such as ‘fat’, ‘chubby’ or ‘plus-size’ upsetting or offensive, a study undertaken in the UK has found.

ANC preps ‘clean’ election candidates

The ANC’s cleansing phase, championed by President Cyril Ramaphosa, is expected to continue until next year’s municipal elections.

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