What’s in City Press: Magashule warns the Hawks; Mahlobo plots to oust Sisulu; Inside David Tlale’s throne room

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City Press | October 11 2020
City Press | October 11 2020

Here’s what you can expect in this week’s edition:

Magashule warns the Hawks

ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule has warned the Hawks and the National Prosecuting Authority that there is no need for a “media spectacle” if any criminal charges are to be preferred against him.

Axed health MEC Bandile Masuku fights on

Former Gauteng health MEC Bandile Masuku hopes to live another day after indicating that he will go to court to appeal the interim Special Investigating Unit findings on him. He is now also armed with a report compiled by forensic investigator Paul O’Sullivan.

The fight to save Vryburg

Activists and residents blame factionalism within the provincial ANC for the strife that has adversely affected service delivery in the local municipality.

Mahlobo plots to oust Sisulu

In a secretly recorded conversation, the minister was warned that members of her department – including her deputy – were plotting to remove her from office.

Incensed Cosatu talks tough on ANC (again)

“Take our concerns seriously or lose our members’ support in the 2021 local government elections.”

This was the warning given to the ANC by exasperated Cosatu president Zingiswa Losi as the trade union federation this week took its demands for a clean government, salary increases and the creation of employment to the streets.

SIU freezes payments over wrong surgical gowns

About R60 million in payments due to personal protective equipment service providers to the Free State health department has been halted following an investigation by the Special Investigating Unit on the tenders to supply surgical gowns.

Mokgoro set to ‘sing’ about R50 million payment

A number of senior ANC politicians in North West are likely to be “thrown under the bus” when Premier Job Mokgoro returns to the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture, on a date yet to be set, to face re-examination about the dubious R50 million payment to SA Express.

Black farmers being kicked off their land for refusing to pay bribes

A group of black farmers in Mpumalanga who are role models for successful land reform are being kicked off their state-owned farms by government because they have refused to pay bribes to corrupt state officials.

Regulate number of migrants who are employed in the country

Input from a commission at the ANC’s national executive committee lekgotla suggests that the governing party is contemplating more stringent measures to deal with the employment of undocumented immigrants in the country.

Mother of Nafcoc’s late president wants answers

The mother of Chuma Shweni, the late president of Nafcoc Youth who passed away under controversial circumstances at a traditional healing initiation school outside Johannesburg last month, wants to know the truth about her son’s death.

No class act in school of corruption

Wide-scale corruption has rocked Mpumalanga’s best-performing school, where a principal allegedly paid staff members about R1.2 million over and above their salaries and pocketed more than R232 000 for himself, among other dubious transactions.

Rumours of bishop’s affair end in legal action against congregants

When rumours of an extramarital affair between African Apostolic Church leader Bishop David Ramela and author Carol Motolo surfaced in church two months ago, Motolo took legal steps against members who were spreading the reports.

Mzwakhe Mbuli’s tax woes

The dreams of Mzwakhe Mbuli, “the people’s poet”, of getting relief funding from government during the national lockdown turned into a nightmare when he received a final letter of demand for R354 487.59 from the SA Revenue Service.

Inside David Tlale’s throne room

Emperor of fashion David Tlale has been hard at work on a new collaborative range and expanding the reach of his brand, which has seen the shores of New York and will reach Ghana soon. At House of David Tlale, in the Johannesburg CBD, his team is hard at work, diligently examining fabric and threading seams.

International woman of honour

When local entrepreneur and reality TV star Shauwn Mkhize’s reality show, Kwa Mam’Mkhize, was nominated for the best reality TV show award by the Hollywood and African Prestigious Awards, she was over the moon. Now the multitalented philanthropist is set to receive the honorary woman of the year award at the same function in Beverly Hills, US, next Sunday.


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