What’s in City Press: Magashule state witness bombshell; Bushiri and mass money laundering

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City Press | November 22 2020
City Press | November 22 2020

Magashule state witness bombshell

The case of fraud, corruption and money laundering against ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule could be heading for rocky ground as his former personal assistant – a key witness – has turned against the prosecuting authorities and has denied agreeing to testify for the state.

Bushiri and mass money laundering

City Press can exclusively reveal that prior to self-declared prophet Shepherd Bushiri’s daring escape from South Africa to his home country of Malawi last week, the police had uncovered a massive money laundering scheme in which he and his wife Mary allegedly performed at least 20 000 transactions from their business and personal accounts in a single month.

The battle to remove Magashule starts

With dates – December 6 to 8 – now set for the ANC’s national executive committee meeting, the issue of whether secretary-general Ace Magashule steps aside or not is bound to arise. The two factions are already taking positions ahead of the meeting.

AKA, lover’s spat got heated

Award-winning rapper AKA and his girlfriend Nellie Tembe were allegedly involved in a heated argument that ended with her bolting out of their love nest in Johannesburg on Friday morning.

Needles, camels and corruption: ANC reviews its moral policy

The ANC has reviewed its 2001 policy document titled Through the Eye of a Needle: Choosing the Best Cadres to Lead Transformation, which aimed to guide the party in ensuring that it elected leaders and public representatives with integrity.

R1bn case against Mabuza and others ready for trial

The R1 billion civil lawsuit in which Deputy President David Mabuza and 24 others are accused of corruption related to a land scam in Mpumalanga is set for trial in July after a litany of obstacles prevented the process from getting off the ground.

Thuli Madonsela: Truth to power

The former Public Protector weighs in on South Africa’s “rotten system”, the Zondo commission, corruption and parties that “don’t speak to my values”.

Bafana Bafana legends’ roles questioned

The involvement of two Bafana Bafana legends at the Safa Transnet Football School of Excellence – at a cost of about R1 million a year each – has raised eyebrows because the posts were allegedly not advertised.

‘You don’t can a successful show’

“We were told it was a meet-and-greet [session] and then we were let down. The speech was cold and clinical, everyone in the room just had a look on their faces like: ‘What am I going to do?’” These were the words of a crew member at e.tv’s daily soap opera Rhythm City.

Investigation into Masuku’s dealings takes a new turn

Axed Gauteng health MEC Bandile Masuku has accused the Special Investigating Unit of going behind his back to access his colleagues’ emails and improperly interviewing his adviser to boost its case against him.

Moja Love brings controversy-free viewing this holiday

Viewers of Moja Love are in for a real treat this festive season, with seven new shows lined up for next month.

Eastern Cape in rush to stop the spike in Covid-19 cases

The Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, the hotspot in the resurgence of Covid-19 infections in the Eastern Cape, is pulling out all the stops to prevent the spread of the virus.

‘I am not holy’

Internationally acclaimed dramatist Mbongeni Ngema says he’s a rehabilitated man after acknowledging being an abusive partner in his past marriages, and has now joined the massive fight against gender-based violence.

Limpopo factions could derail R150bn project

Factions within a community in Limpopo are pulling in different directions, causing alarm that a R150 billion investment may be in jeopardy.

Umgeni Water clamps down

Following a string of tender-related litigations, state-owned Umgeni Water, the largest supplier of bulk potable water in KwaZulu-Natal, has commissioned a forensic investigation into its supply chain management, and its employees will be subjected to lifestyle audits.

Shortage of psychiatric meds has begun hitting hard

The impact of protracted shortages of psychiatric medication in the country is beginning to be felt by both the patients, who are in desperate need of the drugs to keep them stable, and their families, who have to live with the consequences.

‘Covid-19 will be here for a while’

With so many breakthroughs in the Covid-19 vaccine development this week – including three potential vaccines showing promising efficacy from their advanced-stage trials – one could be forgiven for daydreaming about a Covid-19-free world in the near future.

Just one email a day less may save the world

Everyone has done it – sent a quick email to say “thanks” or “no problem” to a colleague. But the millions of unnecessary messages sent every day are pumping thousands of tons of carbon into the atmosphere, researchers say.

Youth league clash with the National Treasury over the Reserve Bank

The deep divide within the ANC caused by the implementation (or lack thereof) of Nasrec resolutions widened further this week, with Finance Minister Tito Mboweni (an ally of President Cyril Ramaphosa) and the ANC Youth League (who lean to party secretary-general Ace Magashule’s side) making vastly opposing submissions before Parliament’s portfolio committee on finance.

Chicco Twala takes on royalties collector

Legendary producer and songwriter Sello “Chicco” Twala is a soldier who does not surrender in the pursuit of justice.


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