What’s in City Press: Top UAE diplomat flouts passport regulations; ANC wants to clean out ‘rotten’ members; Stella, post office battle heads to court

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City Press | August 23 2020
City Press | August 23 2020

Top UAE diplomat flouts passport regulations

A top diplomat from the oil-rich United Arab Emirates who is informally linked to the governing ANC allegedly flew in and out of the country without a passport last Sunday.

When people zol in the bio-bubble

The ground rules of the PSL’s biologically safe environment are non-negotiable, but an uninvited guest stormed base camp this week when dagga smoke emanated from one of the hotel rooms.

ANC wants to clean out ‘rotten’ members

The ANC is set to bring in independent, top legal minds and forensic experts to advise it as it compiles a report on all its members who have been implicated in misconduct, including that related to looting during the Covid-19 crisis, and must decide what to do with them.

Stella, post office battle heads to court

The fight between the SA Post Office (Sapo) board and Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has claimed two scalps and will now play out in court. In the latest twist, the former Sapo chairperson Colleen Makhubele has instructed her lawyers to challenge Ndabeni-Abrahams’ decision to remove her from her position early this month.

Department head defends Limpopo health MEC

Like any established female political leader, Limpopo Health MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba would probably fancy her chances given the talk gaining traction that the time could be ripe for a woman to lead both the ANC and the government in the province.

Man asks Hawks to investigate his cop wife

A Limpopo man has asked the police’s elite unit, the Hawks, to investigate how his wife was gifted large sums of money and went on holidays with a well-known ANC member in the province.

IDC board members pocket hundreds of thousands of rands

Industrial Development Corporation board members have pocketed hundreds of thousands of rands in board fees accumulated over the past eight months thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic. According to the IDC, while four board meetings were scheduled to take place between January and this month, the board held a total of 16 meetings at a fee of R22 000 per meeting for each member who attended.

Mkhwebane admits FSCA inquiry was flawed

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane may be publicly defending her 2018 report into the Financial Services Board, now known as the Financial Sector Conduct Authority, but, within the confines of her office, she openly concedes that the investigative work that went into the report was “grossly negligent and reckless”.

Man granted right to land evicted from his farm

An Eastern Cape farmer has been financially ruined after being evicted from the farm that he was granted the right to use in 2012 as a beneficiary of government’s land reform programme.

Eastern Cape police seek army’s help in stopping livestock theft

Eastern Cape police are looking at ways to involve the army in the fight against stock theft in the province. According to national crime statistics released by Police Minister Bheki Cele two weeks ago, Sulenkama Police Station in Qumbu has the highest number of cases of livestock theft reported in the entire country.

Obscure feud kills dozens

As night falls, community members abandon their homes and hurriedly seek shelter in the bushes. They would rather face the elements than risk the certain death that awaits them in their village.

Steenhuisen fears debate will be a ‘trap’

DA interim leader John Steenhuisen has dismissed the idea of a debate with leadership contestant Mbali Ntuli, saying she cannot determine party processes ahead of their conference. However, Steenhuisen supporters have told City Press that a debate would be a trap, as he could be dragged into an ugly dispute about race.

Three consultant companies owned by same person rake in R50m in five years

The North West provincial legislature has spent more than R50 million in at least five years on two financial consultancy companies owned by the same person. A third company, also owned by the same person, was awarded a contract last year, which is still active. The legislature continues to spend money on consultants, despite the Auditor-General having repeatedly raised concerns about “overreliance on consultants”.

Sisulu takes on housing agency

Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has ordered an investigation into allegations of conflicts of interest at the community schemes ombud service, in which it is claimed that some board members participated in job interviews with people they might have known, or had even awarded them contracts.

Even before Covid, SA was battling a huge danger: Obesity

Long before the novel Covid-19 coronavirus raised its deadly head, South Africa was battling another epidemic that experts refer to as a “ticking time-bomb” – obesity.

Stigma and conspiracies surrounding Covid escalate

A new study published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene has identified more than 2 300 reports of rumours, stigma and conspiracy theories doing the rounds in 87 countries across the globe on social media platforms.

Khanyi Mbau is content

Media personality Khanyi Mbau says she has been a lost soul and depressed for 12 years, but she has finally found herself. “I was not myself for the past few years; my past was haunting me. I used to run away from my problems by going to nightclubs to drink my sorrows away because I was hoping things would get better,” Mbau says.

Queen of clubs set to slay again

Thanks to the national lockdown, popular slay queen Innocentia “Inno” Morolong had to think outside the box to earn a living, as the closure of clubs, restaurants and taverns meant no job and no income for her.

Tshwane taxi dispute is ‘complex’

A group of disgruntled taxi operators in Tshwane’s Bosman station say they’re eagerly waiting to see whether Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure MEC Jacob Mamabolo will have the courage to use the new powers given to him by the courts last week to curb taxi violence.


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