What’s in City Press: Ramaphosa’s Phala Phala silence defended | Vryburger Nazi salute at school sparks outrage | How Mabuza dodged Zondo bullet

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What's in City Press July 31 2022
What's in City Press July 31 2022

Horror gang rape: ‘They took our virginity’

Nomboniso* (19) pleaded with her rapist to ask the others not to rape her, as she had just suffered a miscarriage.

She and her 21-year-old sister were among a group of eight models who were allegedly gang-raped during a music video shoot in Krugersdorp this week.

Ramaphosa’s Phala Phala silence defended

Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele yesterday defended President Cyril Ramaphosa’s failure to come clean on the Phala Phala matter, saying that he disagreed with “the view that says [Ramaphosa] is hiding something”.

Security cluster needs unity – Gungubele

Mondli Gungubele, minister in the presidency responsible for state security, says government’s security cluster wants a breakaway session that seeks to enhance the coordination of national security efforts between the different portfolios, including police, defence, home affairs, justice and state security.

Eskom applies to Nersa for 32% increase

Eskom will have to adjust its tariff application for an increase of 32.66% from April 1 to allow for additional power purchases and other expenses contained in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s new power plan, says Calib Cassim, the chief financial officer of Eskom.

Vryburger Nazi salute at school sparks outrage

A far-right group’s activities at Rustenburg High School in North West are causing concern in the area.

A few weeks after the school was in the news about pupils who did the Nazi salute during a karaoke competition, a group calling itself the Vryburger movement marched on the school last week.

High-flying Ithuba couple seals the deal on luxury jet

The CEO of Ithuba Holdings, Charmaine Mabuza, who has the lucrative licence to run the SA National Lottery, and her advocate husband Erick (who is also a director of Ithuba) have just concluded a $10 million (R166 million) deal to buy their own Embraer Phenom 300E business jet.

Domestic workers face jobs carnage

More than 100 000 women locally lost their jobs as domestic workers in the first quarter of this year, according to a report released by SweepSouth.

Remembering Tshegofatso Pule’s last days

On April 10, Tshegofatso Pule would have turned 30 and her child would have just turned two. According to her family, she was very excited about becoming a mother and had already named her unborn baby Kamano (meaning “relationship” in Sesotho).

However, none of this materialised for the talented make-up artist who was murdered in June 2020.

Family divided over mother’s exhumation

It might sound as creepy as the plot of a Stephen King novel, but it is actually true that a Sasol vice-president, together with his wife, exhumed his mother – allegedly without informing his own father.

SA needs a strong healthcare system for next pandemic

The country’s healthcare system came under scrutiny this week at the launch of the Pandemic Preparedness SA campaign, the aim of which is to prepare the country for the next global health disaster.

The event was held on Friday in Sandton, where a panel of experts and scientists engaged in a discussion about how South Africa should prepare a better response to a future pandemic.

Psychiatric patients ‘not fed or cared for’

That patients have to go to bed hungry and share toiletries are just two of the allegations of mistreatment that have been levelled against the Komani Psychiatric Hospital in the Eastern Cape.

Concerned nurses told City Press that they were worried about the gross mistreatment of patients, as the hospital was struggling to feed them properly.

How Mabuza dodged Zondo bullet

Deputy President David Mabuza has vehemently denied allegations by the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture that he may have had ties to the infamous Gupta family.

‘Used’ women cry foul after being ousted by Blyvoor Gold Mine

It’s been almost four years since more than 400 men and women in the once-thriving mining community of Blyvoor village banded together and marched to the Merafong municipal offices in their fight to see mining resume at the old Blyvooruitzicht Gold Mine, this time with Blyvoor Gold at the helm.

Winning Women | Connie Chiume: 45 years in it and still going strong

In 1976, she was a teacher earning R101 a month. For her relatives and close friends, this was a job she could not afford to gamble with, let alone lose.

Lamba strikes again

So-called fake billionaire Mandla Lamba is in hot water once again after his company that manufactures electric vehicles, Agilitee Africa, dismissed a senior employee allegedly without following proper procedures.

Baleka and Moses share love story

Former Speaker of the National Assembly and newly appointed task team convener of the ANC Women’s League, Baleka Mbete, and her husband, Moses Mokgatle Khomo, have for the first time spoken openly about their love journey.

The fight for the rights to Jerusalema heats up

This week, claims of copyright infringement were levelled against Jerusalema hitmaker Master KG.

The matter has now reached the litigatory phase, with a lawsuit being opened against Master KG and his label, Open Mic Productions, by two artists who claim to have been primarily responsible for creating the song that has been enjoyed the world over.

ANC: We are at our weakest

In yet another attempt to arrest the decline of the governing party, the ANC national executive committee is looking at appointing a renewal committee ahead of its elective conference in December.

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