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Magashule tries to break the NEC

ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule is fighting on all fronts and is also holding on to the keys to his office at Luthuli House.

While his allies tried to take the fight to President Cyril Ramaphosa at the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) meeting this weekend, it emerged that Magashule had written to the National Prosecuting Authority, demanding access to documents so that he could properly prepare for his upcoming trial, and warning that the case against him was shaky.

Amabutho ready to defend king

As tensions within the Zulu royal family heighten in the wake of the appointment of King Misuzulu Zulu (46), amabutho (warriors) have threatened to crush any uprising against the new monarch.

Gauteng, Free State did not submit lists

Gauteng and the Free State ANC provincial structures have not submitted any lists of “step-aside names” after Luthuli House compiled a list from seven provinces that include more than 60 members who have been charged or are facing allegations of committing serious crimes.

Now ANC ructions rock grassroots

Some ANC branches in the Free State, the Northern Cape and North West have embarked on attempts to persuade the national executive committee (NEC) to reinstate suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule, failing which they will demand an early national general council.

Boeremag’s quiet prison exit

Lets Pretorius of the Boeremag thought he would die in prison as a “white political prisoner”, but he has quietly been given parole. Pretorius (75), a medical doctor, was released from the Zonderwater Prison, east of Pretoria, around August last year.

Disabled used in maritime wars

A group representing the rights of disabled people has turned out to be a useful pawn in the battle for control of the state-owned SA Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa). Up for grabs is the position of permanent Samsa CEO, prompting interested parties both inside and outside Samsa to pull out all the stops to influence the choice of who becomes the agency’s next boss.

Item or not?

The popular amapiano artist Kamo Mphela’s prayers may have been answered, as the Nkulunkulu hitmaker is alleged to have found love in the arms of Royal AM football club chairperson Andile Mpisane.

Nonku Williams: ‘I don’t want money’

The Real Housewives of Durban star Nonkululeko “Nonku” Williams sought to set the record straight this week after an explosive reunion show led a tearful Ayanda Ncwane to walk off the stage.

EC mayor’s son in bursary scandal

The Eastern Cape provincial government is investigating how the son of Alfred Nzo District Municipality mayor Sixolile Mehlomakhulu received a bursary from the municipality.

Nelson Mandela Bay is thirsty

As one crosses the provincial borders into the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, one sees a large billboard that reads: “Save our thirsty bay! Nelson Mandela Bay is a water-scarce area.”

Similar messages are repeated on notice boards in shops, in hotel passageways, on the streets of Gqeberha and even inside lifts in buildings in the city centre.

Ceta rocked by allegations of office building tender irregularities

The Construction Education and Training Authority (Ceta) has been shaken by allegations of irregularities in a multimillion-rand tender. This has led Ceta administrator Sabelo Wasa to institute an independent investigation.

Fallout from funding confusion

Tumelo Masoanganye (22) is struggling to pursue his studies at Unisa this year due to a lack of funds. He owes the university R23 350 for tuition and has been unable to buy books and a laptop.

Fox in the chicken coop

A forensic report has recommended that criminal cases be opened against the suspended CEO of Daybreak Farms – one of the leading poultry producers in the country – after it was revealed that millions were paid to companies in the absence of formal contracts.

Artisan institution rejects Covid-19 corruption report

Officials at an artisan training institution in Mpumalanga have failed to produce proof that they rejected a report produced by an international audit firm, which probed dodgy Covid-19 tenders worth R15.6 million, for being riddled with unsubstantiated findings based on speculation.

Kings of Lagos: Children learn chess to seek escape from Nigeria’s slums

A dozen children crowd around plastic tables in the Majidun neighbourhood of Lagos. Intently focused on chess boards printed on plastic mats, the children thoughtfully move pieces on the board as supervisors observe their actions.

Premier sets out to fill Kimberley’s big holes

The Sol Plaatje Local Municipality in the Northern Cape has been under fire for failing to deliver essential services, with residents protesting for nearly a month over water shortages, power cuts and deteriorating infrastructure.

Patel’s gamble on lotteries chair a complete disaster

On Friday, the Pretoria High Court ruled that Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel’s decision to appoint Zandile Brown as acting chairperson of the National Lotteries Commission, despite objections from its board, was unlawful. The decision was set aside.

Skhumba and Thomas on air in honour of Bob Mabena

News of Thomas “Bad Boy T” Msengana and Skhumba Hlophe joining forces to take on the Kaya FM breakfast show has been received warmly. City Press sat in on one of their last strategy and rehearsal sessions before they went live

Male breast cancer: A survivor’s journey to healing

A tiny pimple Nersan Govender thought some ointment would “get rid of” was the beginning of his nightmarish experience. The last thing he expected, even when the ointment he had applied had failed to yield the desired results, were the words uttered to him: “You have breast cancer.”


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