What’s in City Press: Bushiri escapes again; Hlongwa faces the law; Shalapo Kaunda

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Bushiri escapes SA again

South Africa’s security agencies are investigating credible claims that fugitive preacher Shepherd Bushiri has been in the country several times since his dramatic escape last year – the most recent visit being just two months ago.

Hlongwa faces the law

Almost a decade after a Special Investigating Unit report exposed corruption worth more than R1 billion at the Gauteng health department, law enforcement agencies are finally gearing up to visit former health MEC Brian Hlongwa and his wife Joeline.

Rowdy youth demand jabs before ‘end-of-life’ elders

The Bojanala Platinum District Municipality in North West has strongly condemned an incident in which a group of young people reportedly disrupted a Covid-19 vaccination programme, arguing that they deserve the jab first because the elderly people who were receiving it were on the verge of death.

Phase 2B! But when will the vaccines arrive?

Despite uncertainty about exactly when the next batch of Covid-19 vaccines will arrive in South Africa, the health department has already announced plans to vaccinate police officers, prison guards, soldiers, mine workers and taxi drivers next month.

Motshekga wants everyone back in the classroom

Teachers with comorbidities – who have been working from home for months – will have no reason to continue doing so when schools reopen in late July, as almost everyone in the education sector is expected to have been vaccinated by then.

It’s a crisis out there

Sars-Cov-2 infections are spreading like wildfire through Gauteng and there are already more Covid-19 patients in intensive care units in the province than there were at the second wave’s peak.

Covid grant – little, but handy

Joining the queues at midnight and spending the whole day waiting for their turn, at times going back home empty-handed and owing transport money, was part of the struggle for many trying to collect their R350 Covid-19 social relief grant.

Implicated officials get their jobs back

Mpumalanga officials who were implicated in a forensic report related to Covid-19 malfeasance worth about R15.6 million have been reinstated, and one of them has been appointed as acting CEO.

War of words between Usaasa board members

A fresh dispute has broken out between former Universal Service and Access Agency of SA (Usaasa) board chairperson Mawethu Cawe and the agency’s erstwhile chief executive Lumko Mtimde.

‘Dr Fake’ nailed by university investigation into her master’s

She is called “Dr Fake” by some of her colleagues at Walter Sisulu University in the Eastern Cape.

Dr Neziwe Alicia Mbebe Mapangwana heads a department within the university’s faculty of educational sciences at the Mthatha campus.

Lotteries beneficiary tries to stop SIU investigation

The powers of President Cyril Ramaphosa and those of Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola to order the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to look into the nonprofit organisations that allegedly received unlawful funding from the National Lotteries Commission have been challenged in court.

Ingonyama Trust faces new threat

The Ingonyama Trust Board, whose residential lease programme was just last week deemed unlawful by the Durban High Court and ordered to pay back millions of rands that it illegally received from people living on trust land, is set to face yet another legal challenge, this time in the International Criminal Court in The Hague in the Netherlands.

ANC will crowdfund to pay wages

The office of ANC treasurer-general Paul Mashatile is on a mission to find innovative ways to deal with the party’s financial woes, including the possibility of crowdfunding. The Luthuli House staffing forum will be meeting with ANC national officials this week with the hope of finding a suitable resolution.

The ANC stands by SAA deal

Government’s recent move to privatise SAA flips the script on the governing ANC’s longstanding ideological position to use state-owned enterprises as the key drivers of economic growth, with the state playing a dominant role.

Someone is out to get me – Emtee

Lyrically flamboyant rapper Mthembeni Ndevu, popularly known as Emtee, could lose his double-cab Ford Ranger after it emerged in court documents that he owes FFS Finance SA almost R200 000 in arrears for the car.

SABC sued for R260m

Former SABC head of legal affairs Mafika Sihlali is suing the public broadcaster and three other former senior executives for more than R250 million in damages for a “bogus” 12-year criminal trial and deterioration of his capacity to earn an income.

Tenders for pals claims floor ECSA boss

The Engineering Council of SA (ECSA) has suspended CEO Sipho Madonsela after it allegedly picked up a suspicious IT tender worth millions of rands that was to be awarded to a company linked to a former official.

Sars guns for struggle veteran Shope

Former ANC Women’s League president and trade unionist Gertrude Shope appears to be in trouble with the taxman after the SA Revenue Service (Sars) issued a final letter of demand against her for a R423 606 unpaid bill.

Shalapo Kaunda

With the passing of Kenneth Kaunda this week, one of the most absorbing chapters in African politics has been closed. While many African freedom fighters resorted to the armed struggle against colonialism – everyone from Muammar Gaddafi in Libya down to the Mau Mau freedom fighters in Kenya – Kaunda opted for peace instead of violence.


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