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Inside SA’s kidnap crisis

A crime intelligence report revealed that kidnappings in South Africa rose 60% this year and were compounded by allegations that members of the SA Police Service and private security companies were involved.

‘Family meeting’ on Omicron looms

President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for the national coronavirus command council to meet as soon as he returns from a trip to west Africa on Wednesday, amid rapidly rising Covid-19 infections.

The war is on

A legal showdown is looming between controversial Uyajola 9/9 host and musician Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye and multiple rape accusers. City Press has been reliably informed that Maarohanye intends to slap Skeem Saam actress Amanda Du-Pont and government spokesperson Masechaba Khumalo with a letter of demand that they retract the allegations of rape they made against him this week.

Stalemate in Gauteng coalition talks

The prolonged coalition negotiations between the DA and other parties has ensured the party’s mayors have been unable to elect their mayoral committees after two weeks of being in office. Gauteng’s three metros – Johannesburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni – which have all fallen under control of the DA, are yet to form mayoral committees because negotiations with small parties have not been concluded.

Omicron spreads like wildfire

Preliminary information from around the world suggests that Omicron is significantly more contagious than its Sars-CoV-2 predecessors, but perhaps also less fatal. However, experts warn that it is too early to confirm this because it usually takes a while before Covid-19 patients’ prognosis deteriorates.

Oh, Schucks! They’re back

The trailer for Leon Schuster’s latest film is out this week, but do not hold your breath if you’re expecting to see him making fun of anyone again. At 70, Schuster is no longer planning to pull any pranks – it’s just too dangerous, he says. “I don’t want to be hit any more. I don’t want to be shot. It’s a dangerous country. Every second guy is walking around with a gun in his pocket or his belt.”

Why NPA boss quit

Corrupt officials still sitting in key positions in the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and friction with National Director of Public Prosecutions Advocate Shamila Batohi are said to be behind the sudden resignation of Advocate Hermione Cronjé as head of the National Investigation Directorate.

Gupta man tries to take over Optimum mine

A business rescue plan for Optimum Coal Mine is actually a smokescreen for the takeover of the mine by the Gupta family’s most important partner.

ANCYL member in custody after alleged rape

What started as an ordinary caucus meeting held by the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) at the University of SA in Pretoria turned ugly after one of the league’s senior members was arrested for alleged rape. The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has since resigned from his full-time job in a Gauteng government department after a charge was laid against him.

Bushiri dares Moja Love

Controversial self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri has asked TV channel Moja Love to include him in the production of a series on his life story or cancel the project. South African lawyer Victor Nkhwashu was instructed by the televangelist, from his home country of Malawi, to serve the Gauteng-based channel with a letter of demand two weeks ago.

New mayor plans to clean Jozi

If not for her passion to serve the community, newly elected City of Johannesburg mayor Mpho Phalatse might have been a tenderpreneur, doing business with government. However, her altruistic drive led her to venture into politics.

Organised crime escalates in Africa

As the Covid-19 pandemic engulfed the world, ending lives and livelihoods, and throttling economies big and small, some saw opportunities to grow their criminal enterprises. According to an Organised Crime Index report titled Evolution of Crime in a Covid World: A Comparative Analysis of Organised Crime in Africa (2019/21), the continent did not see any reduction in crime amid the pandemic.

Government urged to cushion blow for poor

Government should intervene and pay double social grants this month to cushion the country’s poorest of the poor against next month’s expenses. Poor families, warns the Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice and Dignity group, often resort to borrowing money from loan sharks to cover expenses that arise when their children return to school. At the same time, they cannot afford basic nutritious meals.

Mayor refuses to hand over municipality

In Mpumalanga, renegade Nkomazi Local Municipality mayor Johan Mkhatshwa has defied the ANC for the second time and gone ahead with appointing members of the mayoral committee. The ANC suspended Mkhatshwa on Thursday after he refused to hand back the mayoral chain to the party’s preferred candidate, Phindile Magagula, who was appointed by the national executive committee following a selection and interview process.

Housing development grinds to a halt due to unpaid debts

A multibillion-rand housing project in Middelvlei near Randfontein on the West Rand has turned into a white elephant after contractors and other service providers abandoned it a year ago, claiming that the developer, Sam Comfort Mhlaba of SCM Holdings, had failed to pay them for services rendered.

DJ Qness loses amapiano court interdict

The founder of the prestigious SA Amapiano Awards, Qhubani Ndlovu, who is popularly known as DJ Qness, will have to go back to the drawing board after the Johannesburg High Court dismissed his urgent interdict to bar businessperson Famida Omar from spreading allegedly false statements about him on social media.


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