‘Ace is going nowhere’
ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule will not be stepping aside voluntarily when the ANC’s deadline to do so passes at the end of the month, creating the possibility that he will have to be taken through a protracted process that would buy him even more time in office.
The Pretoria High Court this week dismissed axed Gauteng health MEC Bandile Masuku’s application to overturn the findings against him by the Special Investigating Unit. However, far from being defeated, Masuku was in high spirits, saying the fact that the court had ruled that he had committed no crime had quashed insinuations that he was corrupt and engaged in nepotism.
Following the recent military siege on the northern Mozambican town of Palma by Islamic State-linked insurgents who have killed dozens of people, including a Zimbabwean and a South African, Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa is said to have deployed special forces to the gas-rich Cabo Delgado province.
Two scientists helping guide South Africa through the ever-shifting Covid-19 pandemic have called for the immediate reinstatement of the roll-out of the Johnson & Johnson vaccines – which are the only ones the country currently has – to prevent further avoidable deaths.
Brand SA is on the brink of collapse, according to Petrus de Kock, a general manager at the state-owned enterprise entrusted with promoting South Africa’s image abroad.
A tea shop, an insurance seller, a construction company, government employees, a teenager and Sports, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa’s advisers are among those who have allegedly benefited from a R300 million presidential employment stimulus programme.
Beleaguered businessperson Robert Ngwenya and his estranged wife, actress Zinhle Mabena, could lose their R7 million house in Midrand, Johannesburg, if the repo man has his way.
As M-Net sticks by its decision to cancel popular reality TV show The Real Housewives of Johannesburg, the spectacle continues behind the scenes as cast members lay criminal charges of assault against each other.
“This thing is killing me!”
So says Sizwe Nxele*, one of 2 064 trainees who have allegedly been ditched by the correctional services department. Nxele left his family in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape in 2019 hoping to become a correctional services officer after undergoing training at the department’s Zonderwater Training College in Cullinan, Gauteng. However, things did not go as planned.
“Workers go to work to sell their labour power, not to sell their lives.”
So said the national leadership of the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union after firefighters had, for more than 12 hours, battled a blaze that engulfed a section of Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital for two days.
It was a sombre mood as community members, pupils and politicians alike filled up the Spirit Ambassadors International Church in Nzhelele in Limpopo yesterday. They came in their numbers to bid farewell to Lufuno Mavhunga, who took her own life after being allegedly bullied by a fellow pupil on Monday.
A widow has lodged a complaint against a leading sanitation company for allegedly abusing and using her late husband as a front to get lucrative government contracts.
Ntuthuko Hlophe had just got a permanent job as a receiver at a Johannesburg courier company and was unwinding in his village in rural Mpumalanga during the festive holidays when heavy-handed soldiers allegedly shot him and his friends.
Hlophe was hit by a bullet in both knees – injuries that have left him incapacitated.
Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu has insisted that the ANC’s deployment committee does not influence or dictate appointments in the public service, as the task of hiring and firing individuals is undertaken in terms of the Public Service Act.
Raúl Castro confirmed he’d hand over the leadership of the Cuban Communist Party to a younger generation at its congress that kicked off on Friday, ending six decades of rule by himself and his elder brother Fidel, who died in 2016.
Two Russian warships transited the Bosphorus strait en route to the Black Sea on Saturday and 15 smaller vessels completed a transfer to the sea as Moscow beefs up its naval presence at a time of tense relations with the West and Ukraine.
At least 21 lives have been lost since the first man climbed into a rocket and jetted off into space 60 years ago, and, as space agencies prepare for the first human mission to Mars, many are sure the death toll will rise.
“They were both members of the governing party and they were at war with each other ... But what I saw beneath was a problem I was never going to be able to resolve. The source of the conflict was way beyond my competence and knowledge, and it wasn’t a matter before me.”
A rude awakening is on the cards for the ANC national executive committee members who have been leaking audio recordings made during crucial meetings, as the party looks to effect “drastic measures” to deter such errant behaviour.