What’s in City Press: Molefe guns for Ramaphosa; Where is David Mabuza?; SA increases number of vaccine doses

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City Press | January 17 2021
City Press | January 17 2021


Here’s what you can expect in today’s newspaper:

Molefe guns for Cyril

Critics of President Cyril Ramaphosa have been emboldened by his comments this week that he is prepared to step down if charged with corruption, after the evidence of former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe at the Zondo commission on Friday. Molefe accused the president of a conflict of interest regarding Eskom when Ramaphosa was the deputy president.

Where is David Mabuza in our time of darkness?

One of the most asked questions last year was: “Where is deputy president David Mabuza?” With Eskom this week again resorting to load shedding, the same question is being asked – now about his whereabouts and effectiveness in his role as chairperson of the Eskom political task team established by President Cyril Ramaphosa in February.

Is it really over?

The once glossy marriage between media personality Somizi Mhlongo-Motaung and his husband Mohale may be losing its lustre, as the couple are allegedly preparing for an official split.

Unions and basic education department squabble

A shortage of masks and sanitisers, and budget constraints are some of the challenges facing schools ahead of their reopening on February 15 and are expected to be revealed in the outcome of a survey conducted to measure school readiness.

SA in vaccine roll-out crisis

With an embattled healthcare sector almost overwhelmed by the second Covid-19 surge, the full extent of how ill-prepared the country is for a massive, unprecedented vaccination campaign, let alone the initial healthcare worker immunisation, is now emerging.

DJ Fresh, Euphonik face rape charges

Radio 94.7 presenters DJ Fresh and Euphonik have stepped down following rape allegations being levelled against them. In a statement released yesterday, the Primedia Broadcasting-owned station said it had come to an agreement with the radio heavyweights for them to step down with immediate effect.

Oscar Mabuyane: How I survived Covid-19

Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane says surviving Covid-19 has not been easy and he would not wish the experience on any other person. Mabuyane tested positive for the virus in November.

How a teacher’s body irregularly paid for CEO’s home security

The former head of the SA Council for Educators, Rej Brijraj, improperly benefited when the professional body for teachers paid a security company to guard his home without council approval. This is according to a report by Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.

Mboro could lose his church

Incredible Happenings Ministry founder Paseka Motsoeneng’s prayers for blessings in the new year have fallen on debt’s ears. Instead of gaining, the man who is also known as Pastor Mboro is at risk of losing everything, as the gods of debt are gunning for his movable assets.

SIU Tubatse report is a damning indictment of waste and greed

A Limpopo municipality not only lost about R4.8 million for wrongfully firing an official because of the findings of a doctored audit report, but was overcharged by R2.2 million for the investigation when the official was subjected to a disciplinary hearing.

Booze ban leaves tavern owners conflicted over illicit alcohol sales

The illegal sale of alcohol may be the only option left for tavern owners, because the alcohol ban has left them and their employees without a source of income since last month.

Young, attractive women more likely to be believed in accusations of sexual harassment

Young, attractive women are more likely to be believed when making accusations of sexual harassment, according to a new study. Researchers took inspiration from the #MeToo movement, in the hope of exploring the notion of credibility with regard to sexual harassment claims.

SA increases the number of vaccine doses it is going to get

South Africa can expect to receive 12.25 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine from the 270 million provisional doses secured for African countries through the African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team – more than 2 million doses of which are expected to arrive between March and June.

New border law must be used

Fully implementing the Border Management Authority Act 2 of 2020 and restructuring inland points of entry into one-stop border posts is the only way the department of home affairs can effectively secure the country’s borders and avoid the chaotic scenes of congestion witnessed over the past two months.

Mabuyane calls for Ace to step aside

The chairperson of the ANC in the Eastern Cape, Oscar Mabuyane, says all members of the ANC are equal and none of them should be above the party – including its secretary-general, Ace Magashule.

Grass too green as deejay, worker fight over pay

A man who cuts grass for a living in KwaZulu-Natal is fuming after popular Ukhozi FM presenter Zimiphi “Zim Dollar” Biyela refused to pay him R1 200 for cutting grass at her home.

Controversial tender awarded to VUT was interdicted

A controversial multimillion-rand security tender that was allegedly awarded by the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) to a less preferred bidder has been successfully interdicted in court. This was after Kya Guards on December 2 brought an urgent court challenge to the awarding of the tender to PhiriPhiri Security Services.

Trevor Noah’s new $27m love nest in Bel Air

Trevor Noah is tweaking the old adage of “go big or go home”. The host of The Daily Show nailed both parts by moving into a cavernous $27 million (R411 million) mansion with his girlfriend Minka Kelly.

Gauteng lashed for lack of Covid-19 preparation

Opposition parties and health stakeholders in Gauteng have criticised the provincial government’s preparedness to deal with the second wave of the deadly Covid-19 pandemic – just as the province, weighted down by a surge of infections, enters the eye of the storm.


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