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This is what you can expect in the August 1 edition of your City Press.

Blade told me to break rules

The fallout between Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande and his suspended director-general Gwebinkundla Qonde has blown open the manner in which the powerful politician ran his portfolio, with allegations of improper interference, dodgy tender processes, paranoia and petty politicking.

Zuma supporters incited anarchy

While a protest is already being arranged for former president Jacob Zuma’s second appearance in court in Pietermaritzburg on August 10, the role of his loyalists in last month’s riots and looting is becoming clearer, and police are worried that a large amount of stolen ammunition could be used in renewed attacks in the province.

‘Looters had no choice’ – Duduzane

In an interview with City Press’ sister publication, Rapport, this week, Duduzane Zuma – one of former president Jacob Zuma’s children – said that if he had been in the same situation as the people who went on the rampage looting and destroying property last month, he would have done exactly what they did.

Ace blasts ‘biased’ judges

Suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule has taken direct aim at the judges who found against him in his battle with his own organisation, vigorously accusing them of being biased in favour of President Cyril Ramaphosa and the governing party.

How vaccines save the world

Many deaths and/or disabilities are caused by diseases that could have been prevented if people had been vaccinated. These include poliomyelitis, yellow fever, diphtheria, measles and smallpox.

Zahara in love and pregnant

The secret is out – sensational musician Bulelwa “Zahara” Mkutukana and her partner are not only expecting a baby, but are also engaged. The private couple, who have been dating for less than a year, are said to be over the moon with the news of their new addition and had decided to keep it a secret. Not any more.

Mkhize’s fingerprints in the R150m Digital Vibes heist laid bare

The Special Investigating Unit this week outlined how the R150 million heist involving the department of health through the Digital Vibes contract was executed, describing a fraudulent scheme disguised as an ordinary communications services contract with the National Health Insurance system during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Why Marawa got the boot

Award-winning sportscaster Robert Marawa presented his show #MSW for the past three months as if his life depended on it, but deep down he knew his days at the SABC were numbered as his contract would not be renewed when it expired at the end of last month. Ironically, a few hours after the SABC announced his departure, Marawa scooped the best sports show of the year gong at the SA Radio Awards.

Frustrated parents slam online application ‘mess’

The Gauteng department of education has had to strengthen its controls to avoid manipulation of its online admission application system. This is allegedly one of the reasons the system has opened later than in previous years.

Moropa refuses to bow to Ngema

Lithapo actress Lorraine Moropa intends to defend the R12.5 million defamation lawsuit instituted against her in June by former Generations actor Mangaliso Ngema.

The sad end of an era

Many in the entertainment industry are still reeling following the death of creative director, producer, writer and actor Shona Ferguson on Friday. “Uncle Sho”, as he was affectionately known, has been described as a pioneer by actors, colleagues and creatives alike.

Health’s new Ms Fixit

Dr Rolene Wegner starts her new job tomorrow as superintendent-general of the beleaguered department of health in the Eastern Cape, with high hopes and big plans to turn its fortunes around.

Outrage over suspicious land deal

The state has been accused of selling a farm that forms part of a pending land claim for more than R2.7 million to a municipality in Limpopo. In turn, the Fetakgomo Tubatse Local Municipality approved the sale of a portion of the farm Hoeraroep 515 KS, which was claimed by the Baroka Ba Nkwana traditional community in 1996, to property developer Edwin Ratsoma.

Liquidators target ANC to retrieve R3.6m in payments

A team of liquidators have taken legal action against the ANC in an attempt to retrieve R3.6 million paid to the governing party by African Global Operations, formerly Bosasa.

Slain cops: Teen one of 5 suspects

Looking at the 16-year-old boy sheepishly smiling at his mother outside the court, a passer-by commented: “Look at just how tiny he looks ... I wonder what his exact role was in the brutal murder of those police officers while in the company of his grown-up co-accused.”

Government asks insurers to work with township businesses

The recent civil unrest has prompted government to approach insurance companies to negotiate the formulation of a policy that can accommodate small township businesses.

Batswana up in arms over leopard

The Batswana people have their undies in a knot over a notorious leopard that stood guard at the main foyer of the Great Hall at the Mafikeng campus of North-West University. The leopard has Batswana activists and even academics up in arms because Professor Dan Kgwadi, the vice-chancellor of the university, decided to pursue the wild beast even though trophy hunting is prohibited under current lockdown regulations.

Heritage needs international awareness

There is hope that the wars fought for the liberation of various parts of the continent from colonisers will eventually be recognised and respected by the international community.

Arrest warrant issued for Eswatini MP

One of the three dissident MPs in Eswatini is consulting his legal team about whether he should hand himself over to the police.

How vaccine roll-out got its boots

Cooperation between the private sector and government on the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccination programme has been a huge success, with more than 400 000 jabs now administered daily.


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