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City Press | April 11 2021
City Press | April 11 2021


Ramaphosa faces Eskom fire

President Cyril Ramaphosa is facing renewed pressure over his alleged role in Eskom’s affairs as he prepares to testify before the Zondo commission.

While previous attacks have come from former Eskom executives deeply implicated in state capture, as well as his own detractors within the ANC, the new onslaught is coming from the trade unions and the United Democratic Movement, which allege that state capture is returning in another guise under his tenure.

Fighting off the ‘demon of divisions’

The resounding message at the commemoration of late freedom fighter Chris Hani yesterday centred on calls for unity within the ANC, which has in the past few months been making headlines for internal squabbles – particularly between those aligned with secretary-general Ace Magashule and party president Cyril Ramaphosa.

Married behind her back

Former Generations: The Legacy actress Brenda Mhlongo should be celebrating her 23rd wedding anniversary this month. Instead, she is nursing a broken heart after her husband allegedly married another woman behind her back.

Pastors’ Wives hit by unholy claim

Hit reality TV show Pastors’ Wives has been accused of mistreating staff, after its entire crew were allegedly fired last month.

Cyril’s ideal Cabinet reshuffle

Amid growing speculation of a looming Cabinet reshuffle, President Cyril Ramaphosa was expected to use the planned reduction of the number of ministers as a foreground to the changes to his Cabinet, which would enable him to cushion any possible political backlash within his faction-ridden governing ANC.

Nubian Queen’s Unisa bonanza

Six students in a single unit shared a shower, toilet and fridge despite the fact that the University of SA (Unisa) paid close to R3 000 a month for each at a private residence last year.

The drive for a clean government remains tricky

The drive for clean governance remains elusive, even at the heart of the highest office in the land and right under President Cyril Ramaphosa’s nose, a Public Service Commission report shows.

Casual racism of a dead prince

Britain’s Prince Philip’s generous servings of bigotry foreground the still colonially slanted British aristocracy, writes Hamid Dabashi.

CEF’s corruption crusade leads to bad blood

A decision made by Central Energy Fund (CEF) group CEO Dr Ishmael Poolo to root out malfeasance, corruption and poorly performing employees has allegedly led to a culture of staff peddling misinformation about him.

‘The minister is failing us’

“The system [SA National Defence Force] really doesn’t favour us. We were very excited to hear that the man who was forcing himself on us was being suspended, but – to our surprise – the devil was back on the base after three weeks. We don’t understand how that suspension worked. Now we have to deal with the victimisation again.”

‘Our research is rigorous and can stand up to scrutiny’

The alcohol industry has vowed to continue research work in its bid to prove that the reduction in hospital trauma admissions during the Covid-19 lockdown cannot be primarily attributed to the alcohol ban.

Hawks close in on Mahlobo for parallel spy structure

Former intelligence minister David Mahlobo is facing a police investigation over alleged spying activities. Three years after Mahlobo was accused of having illegally monitored the communication of several high-profile critics of former president Jacob Zuma, the police are now keen to investigate the allegations, and believe there may be a case for the former minister to answer.

‘Judge us on our work’

In the face of divisions and infighting among senior members of the governing party, ANC National Youth Task Team convenor Nonceba Mhlauli believes that they will remain true to their primary mission of championing the issues of young people in the country.

Master’s graduate sent to do matric

Boasting lofty tertiary qualifications and vast experience in the nature conservation field, Nomcebo Kunene (43) never imagined that 24 years after finishing high school, she would find herself sitting in a classroom again to obtain a Grade 12 certificate.

Mabuza fatigue unites ANC factions

Mpumalanga ANC factions have taken a stance to isolate Deputy President David Mabuza’s allies and keep them at arm’s length as the campaign for the elective conference gains momentum.

Paving the way for the DNA database

In 2015, things changed for rapists and criminals. The amendment of the Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) Act 37 of 2013 – also known as the DNA Act – made it mandatory for police to take DNA samples from arrestees and all schedule 8 convicted offenders. Thus the SA National Forensic DNA Database was established, changing the face of how South Africa ensures that the crimes of rapists and other offenders are tracked and identified. A team of primarily women took it on themselves to effect this change in the criminal justice system.

Are you ready for Umndeni finale?

The future of Umndeni reality TV star Nkanyezi Hlatshwayo in the Maseko household hangs in the balance after her husband, Alpheus Maseko, questioned the paternity of her child. The Mamelodi-based traditional healer is allegedly unsettled as he denies fathering the child.

‘I was beaten and I don’t know why’

What started off with friendly greetings exchanged by two parents whose children attend the same school in Melrose ended badly for a Johannesburg private equity investor, who was left nursing a badly bruised face and in need of eye surgery earlier this month.


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