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City Press May 29.
City Press May 29.

2024 national elections ‘under threat’

A delay in implementing electoral reform may set an unconstitutional precedent should elections need to be pushed back to allow for new laws to be put in place. The deadline for the electoral reform, which was ordered by the Constitutional Court two years ago, is a little more than a week away, but little has been done to bring the new law to fruition. Now, desperate attempts are being made to get an extension.

Mashatile in bid to collapse Gauteng factions

ANC treasurer-general Paul Mashatile has taken on the challenge of collapsing the two main factions ahead of the looming provincial conference – but he faces resistance.

Prosecutor dismissed after bribe-soliciting charge

The National Prosecuting Authority has dismissed one of its senior employees for allegedly soliciting a bride to have the corruption charges against former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede and another accused dropped.

Laduma guns for shop selling fakes

Internationally acclaimed fashion designer Laduma Ngxokolo has set his lawyers on to a popular fashion store in Midrand, demanding that it stop selling cheap imitations of his luxury Maxhosa garments.

DJ Fresh and Euphonik rape case dropped again

The sexual assault case against controversial media personalities Thato “DJ Fresh” Sikwane and Themba “Euphonik” Nkosi has been withdrawn for the second time.

ANC Limpopo conference faces interdict

The ANC Limpopo elective conference scheduled for next weekend in Polokwane is following in the footsteps of the Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga, where courts had to decide whether or not the provincial conferences were eligible to proceed after being interdicted.

Transnet: Molefe, Singh also face arrest

Former Transnet CEO Brian Molefe and former chief financial officer Anoj Singh could be next to find themselves in handcuffs, following the dramatic arrest of another former CEO, Siyabonga Gama, alongside other former Transnet top executives, acting chief financial officer Garry Pita, ex-group treasurer Phetolo Ramosebudi, Regiments Capital’s Eric Wood and Trillian Asset Management director Daniel Roy this week.

SANDF is in bad shape

Salaries swallow up about 69% of the budget. Only a quarter of the air force’s aircraft are serviceable and the army’s combat vehicles are more than 40 years old. None of the navy’s submarines is serviceable and only one of its frigates can be used.

African languages at schools still essential

The basic education department is pressing ahead with its plans to ensure that all schools in the country offer at least one African language as a subject.

No need for monkeypox panic

There’s a not-so-new virus on the block that is causing quite a stir across the world, but South Africans have no need to panic about monkeypox, as the virus is generally easily contained, says Professor Thumbi Ndung’u of the Africa Health Research Institute.

Avian flu: Poultry producer demands R92m for culled chickens

The largest poultry producer in South Africa is demanding R92 million in compensation from the department of agriculture, land reform and rural development, after an avian flu outbreak forced it to cull chickens and destroy eggs at its farms five years ago.


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