Massive looting of police resources
An affidavit deposed by a senior crime intelligence officer contains several damning allegations, including that President Cyril Ramaphosa’s emails were hacked, 100 state vehicles went missing due to lack of record-keeping, and that the abuse of resources and theft occurred within crime intelligence structures.
Reshuffle: NDZ could escape axe
If government decides to declare a state of disaster to deal with the ongoing power crisis, Local Government and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will once again be the ANC’s de facto choice to handle this situation, as she did during the Covid-19 pandemic.
ANC support forecast nears 40%
During the ANC’s recent national conference, delegates were told for the first time that support for the party could fall below 40% at next year’s general election.
The refusal of former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to testify at Parliament’s section 194 impeachment inquiry into her suspended successor Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s fitness to hold office has revealed their strained relationship, which soured immediately after Madonsela finished her term.
Road Accident Fund CEO digs heels in
Collins Letsoalo, the controversial head of the Road Accident Fund (RAF), and the rest of the RAF board did not waste any time in fighting back after an adverse court order last week. The order could lead to their personal liability for millions of rands spent on unnecessary litigation.
Legendary musician Sello “Chicco” Twala has come out guns blazing and says he is ready for a face-off with former SABC sportscaster Owen Ndlovu in court.
‘Love’ gone wrong: Sama officer goes to CCMA
A Recording Industry of SA senior executive’s personal affairs are set to be laid bare in a scathing labour law case involving a former employee.
Television viewers are calling on President Cyril Ramaphosa to award presenter Xolani Maphanga with one of South Africa’s honours, the Order of Ikhamanga, for the work he is doing on his show,
Professors in peril: Varsities step up security
Durban University of Technology (DUT) principal and vice-chancellor Professor Thandwa Mthembu is being protected by bodyguards, following a security threat. This makes him the second university head, after University of Fort Hare principal and vice-chancellor Professor Sakhela Buhlungu, to engage security guards.
Muvhango cast down tools over payment
A dramatic story is playing out behind the scenes of the popular SABC2 Tshivenda soapie Muvhango. This week, actors downed their scripts for the second time in three months after their salaries were not paid.
‘Clash’ over former minister’s extradition to US threat
Details have emerged about a behind-the-scenes exchange between the South African government and Mozambique over the alleged attempts to extradite Mozambique’s former finance minister, Manuel Chang, to the US.
Premier and several MECs face the axe
The future of Free State Premier Sisi Ntombela and eight MECs hangs in the balance, following what was considered to be a vote of no confidence in her administration by the ANC leadership recently.
Top land reform officials ‘colluded with white farmers’
An investigation has exposed four top officials who are part of the Mpumalanga Commission on Restitution of Land Rights for allegedly colluding with wealthy white farmers to frustrate the restitution of land to black beneficiaries in the province.
Human trafficking: SA’s shameful market
Not all human traffickers in South Africa are men, a recent study has found. In a sample of 44 successfully prosecuted cases in which 77 traffickers were convicted, 38 of them were women.
Former mayor says he was targeted by hitmen while in office
Mpumalanga ANC secretary Muzi Chirwa has revealed that he was targeted by assassins in the volatile Mkhondo region when he was the party’s Gert Sibande regional secretary and district mayor.
Fear reigns as protests against R7 billion investment flare
Some beneficiaries of Lisbon Estate, which was once one of the biggest citrus and mango exporters in Africa, have claimed that 1 500 hectares of their land were sold for R7.5 million without their knowledge or consent.
Pupils in class just two days a week
A year after Cabinet announced that all schools in the country would resume full-time classes after rotational learning had been implemented during the Covid-19 pandemic to allow for social distancing, Simunye Secondary School in Bekkersdal, near Randfontein in Gauteng, simply cannot accommodate all pupils, so not everyone goes to school every day.
Niehaus’ RET movement woos ANC members
While the newly established Radical Economic Transformation Movement (Retmo), founded by controversial former ANC member Carl Niehaus, remains a civil society outfit, its foot soldiers have indicated that it is not ruling out contesting next year’s elections.
Kolisi to turn his childhood home into a rugby museum
“If people in our communities lose hope, then we’re finished as a country.” These are the words of South Africa’s 2019 Rugby World Cup-winning captain Siya Kolisi.
‘I have 11 more kids to look after’ – Peter Ndlovu
Mamelodi Sundowns team manager Peter Ndlovu might have dodged a financial bullet after the Johannesburg High Court reduced the amount of child support one of the mothers of his 13 children was demanding.
IFP seeks to scupper ANC-EFF alliance
The IFP is pinning its hopes on defiant National Freedom Party councillors to help it hold on to power in several municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal that it secured through the soured coalition agreement with the EFF.
Russian alliance poses economic threat to SA
South Africa’s economic bread is buttered by the US and the EU in particular, and certainly not by Russia. Experts warn that South Africa’s friendly relationship with Russia, while major powers tighten sanctions against that country in an attempt to get it to withdraw its troops from Ukraine, poses an economic threat to this country.