What’s in City Press: Don’t cut jobs, ANC warns SABC; The VBS U-turn; Spying claims hot up in the NW; Zahara’s GBV ordeal

The front page of City Press on July 5 2020.
The front page of City Press on July 5 2020.

Here’s what you can read in today’s edition of City Press:

ANC warns SABC on job cuts

The ANC this week allegedly warned the SABC that its decision to lay off employees would embarrass the governing party and could cost it votes during local elections next year.

City Press has reliably learnt from various sources that the cash-strapped public broadcaster’s bosses met with party bosses at the ANC’s Luthuli House headquarters and were quizzed about the plan to retrench 600 full-time employees and terminate the contracts of 1 200 freelance staff.

U-turn: Why the ANC reinstated pair implicated in VBS scandal

The fact that several ANC leaders have been implicated in wrongdoing but still retained their political office was one of the main debating points in the party’s national executive committee meeting last weekend, which led it to reinstate Limpopo leaders implicated in the VBS Mutual Bank looting scandal.

Municipal consultants fail to deliver

Spending R249 million on consultants has not really helped Limpopo municipalities to manage their budgets, as only one of 27 municipalities received a clean audit outcome for the 2018/19 financial year.

TB, HIV patients not collecting their meds

As the world’s attention has been held captive by the onslaught of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, a premier global platform for the nearly 40-year-old HIV epidemic is set to show that the HIV threat, now more than ever, still needs urgent prioritisation.

Not enough staff to treat Covid patients

As the country blitzes its way through the eye of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, the issue won’t just be about having more beds for the surge of patients expected, it will be whether we have enough staff and oxygen to treat them.

Spying claims in North West ANC

A security risk assessment conducted at the North West residence of former ANC MP Nono Maloyi has revealed his calls, emails and SMS messages were being intercepted using a military-grade phone signal grabber – possibly by political opponents in the governing party.

Maloyi is being punted for the position of ANC North West chairperson once Luthuli House gives the green light for the long-delayed provincial conference.

Zahara’s gender-based violence ordeal inspires other women

Songstress Zahara has broken her silence about an ordeal she went through eight years ago during which she escaped being raped.

The man she wants behind bars is dead

Gender-based violence victim Bonolo Selaolo cannot wait to leave hospital so that she can open a case against her boyfriend, who stabbed and disemboweled her, leading to the loss of their unborn baby.

What she does not know is that he is dead.

Elite unit on brink of collapse

The Special Task Force, South Africa’s elite police unit, is allegedly on the brink of collapse, according to inside sources. They told City Press that the unit that handles high-risk operations has been facing serious challenges since 2012

Villagers become food smugglers

The closure of South Africa’s borders with our neighbouring countries has created a huge demand for food in Zimbabwe, and forced some shop owners and villagers to become food smugglers.

They risk their lives while crossing the crocodile-infested waters of the Limpopo River and being charged at by roaming wild elephants, just to put food on the table.

Without Zimbabwean customers, Musina businesses will close

The economic sustainability of cross-border feeder towns to neighbouring countries such as Zimbabwe has taken a massive beating during the Covid-19 coronavirus lockdown.

In Musina, which is located about 15km from the Beitbridge border gate that separates Zimbabwe and South Africa, shop owners say the lockdown has practically destroyed their businesses.

‘I’m ready to lead Wits’

“I’ve been in the eye of the storm.” This is how incoming Wits University vice-chancellor and principal Professor Zeblon Vilakazi responded when asked if he was feeling any pressure following his appointment to the top job last week.

Guilty of refusing to fall in love

For six years, Mapula Masoba has been living in fear. Her crime: refusing to fall in love with a pastor in her church who claimed that God showed him that the 42-year-old was his future wife.

Axed employee accused of threatening to kill Sisulu

Tension between Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and former members of the ministerial water services advisory group has escalated to the point where one claims he was arrested for threatening to kill her.

State capture: Nhleko ready to challenge McBride

Former police minister Nathi Nhleko has applied to give his side of the story after he was implicated in wrongdoing by former Independent Police Investigative Directorate head Robert McBride at the state capture inquiry.

Will the AG’s powers prevail?

Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu’s new powers will be put to the test after three municipalities were found with material irregularities.

Black Coffee gets Sars in a froth

World-renowned South African musician Nkosinathi “DJ Black Coffee” Maphumulo is the latest Mzansi celebrity to land up in trouble with the taxman.

Healthier relationship patterns

Trainer and facilitator Cheryl Benadie, who runs the Whole Woman workshops to help women develop healthier relationship patterns, says: “Men who are abusive can often hide behind religion and, unfortunately, concerns from women raised in these circles are not taken seriously enough. Jealousy and obsession is not love.”

How alliance partners stopped new reshuffle

At 4.44pm last Friday, the leaders of the ANC tripartite alliance in North West received an unexpected invitation to meet Premier Job Mokgoro at 6pm to discuss “urgent governance matters” – which they later learnt were about his intention to reshuffle the MECs in government.

‘ANC won’t get many votes around here’

Prominent Limpopo traditional leader Chief Livhuwani Matsila believes that the reinstatement of two powerful ANC officials by the party’s national executive committee (NEC) was an insult to the people of Vhembe.

Reacting to the NEC’s move to reinstate provincial treasurer Danny Matsila and deputy chair Florence Radzilani to their positions after almost two years on suspension, Chief Matsila said the “decision shows that they do not care about the plight of our people”.

Twala, Msomi – two giants have fallen

“I did not only lose a best friend, but I have also lost a sister and confidante. Mary [Twala] was everything to me. She has left a void in my life. I feel like a part of me is dead.”

These are the moving words of veteran actress Mary Twala’s best friend, Lillian Dube, yesterday, following the news of her passing. Twala was 80.


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