Your favourite Sunday read is jam-packed with great articles, and the question of the week has to be who is next on the Hawks’ radar? Followed by, how much do the spate of arrests have to do with important upcoming ANC conferences?
Here’s what else you can expect in this week’s edition:
“I am too old to run. I’m married with children and at home in Durban.” These were the words of KwaZulu-Natal former top cop Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni, who was said to be on the run after the Hawks embarked on extensive raids across the country this week.
Ngobeni is accused of trying to stifle any investigation into businessperson Thoshan Panday and his cohorts, and for “accepting a gratification” from Panday, who paid for her husband’s birthday bash at the upmarket Thyme@Royal Palm restaurant in Umhlanga’s Royal Palm Hotel.
As the Hawks and other law enforcement agencies continue to swoop on alleged beneficiaries of corruption and circle political bigwigs, there is a growing backlash in the ANC against what some believe is a campaign aimed at influencing the balance of forces ahead of crucial conferences next year and in 2022.
The Gauteng government is keen on broadening the investigations into Covid-19 coronavirus funding irregularities and is now looking to investigate contracts awarded by the department of infrastructure development. This follows an SIU investigation that has already claimed the careers of senior public servants and resulted in a health MEC being placed on special leave.
For the first time in years, trade union federation Cosatu did not pitch for the party’s national executive committee meeting this weekend. Asked if it was boycotting the lekgotla, spokesperson Sizwe Pamla insisted that this was not the case.
He said the leaders were busy preparing for a strike. Cosatu is mobilising its members ahead of a countrywide strike due to take place on Tuesday, the global Day for Decent Work.
Deejay, producer and at times Twitter clap-back specialist Prince Kaybee – whose real name is Kabelo Motsamai – has released an album after seeking out 10 up-and-coming artists to feature on a compilation he produced.
All the artists are women and, along with arguably his best collaborator, singer Msaki, he has released Project Hope (Season 1). The album has nine tracks and it gives us a glimpse of a different side of the deejay, who was discovered on a talent search show on SABC1 in 2015.
Popo Molefe’s foundation received almost R1 million from one of Transnet’s service providers. However, it is argued that Molefe arrived when the bid had already been adjudicated.
What does it take to change the behaviour and psyche of a nation?
That is the question as South Africa’s focus shifts from capacitating the country’s health system to effecting lasting changes in the mind-sets and actions of individuals and communities at large.
An irregular transaction of R18 million paid to one of Popcru’s subsidiaries has raised red flags among auditors about misappropriation of funds.