Best of City Press: Sunday September 2

Vincent Smith. (Lulama Zenzile, Gallo Images, Beeld, file)
Vincent Smith. (Lulama Zenzile, Gallo Images, Beeld, file)

Best of City Press: Sunday September 2.

Bosasa scandal 1: Big boss in k-word tirade

An audio recording, in which prominent Johannesburg businessman Angelo Agrizzi allegedly refers to his former black business partners repeatedly with the k-word, has emerged amid a fallout with them.

City Press has learnt the audio recording is at the centre of a crimen injuria case, opened by Agrizzi's former colleagues.

Agrizzi is a former chief operations officer at Bosasa. City Press understands that he separated with his Bosasa partners after differences with them.

Agrizzi has now threatened to dish up dirt on "state capture" tactics conducted by Bosasa while he was there.

Bosasa scandal 2: Top ANC MP Vincent Smith got cash, CCTV

Long-serving ANC MP Vincent Smith was paid at least R670 000 by controversial facilities management group Bosasa over the past three years.

In addition, Smith allegedly accepted the installation of electric fences and a high-end CCTV system at his home worth roughly R200 000, and allegedly also received R100 000 in cash from Bosasa chief executive officer Gavin Watson every month.

Smith confirmed some of the payments, claiming that they were personal loans.

State capture inquiry claims first scalp, as top Hawks official suspended

The judicial commission of inquiry into allegations of state capture may have already claimed its first scalp.

The first victim of the inquiry headed by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo is Hawks anti-corruption task team unit head Zinhle Mnonopi, who was suspended on Thursday afternoon.

Mnonopi was implicated by former deputy minister of finance Mcebisi Jonas in his evidence last week. Jonas claimed Mnonopi tried to kill a case in which one of the Gupta brothers, Ajay Gupta, was accused of having tried to bribe him with R600m and a ministerial post.

DA, coalition partners move to oust UDM after 'betrayal'

The DA and its coalition partners have made the first move in severing ties with the United Democratic Movement (UDM) following its "betrayal" this week.

The DA and its coalition partners, which include the ACDP, Cope and the Freedom Front Plus, have collectively written a letter to UDM leader Bantu Holomisa calling on the coalition partner's president to motivate why his party should remain part of the coalition agreement.

This follows a tumultuous week that started off with the removal of the DA's Jonathan Lawack as speaker in the Nelson Mandela Bay council on Monday, followed just hours later by the ousting of Mayor Athol Trollip.

Getting ahead of the curve: School subjects promoting creative thinking, problem solving in the pipeline

The education department's strategy is to equip pupils with skills and improve the quality of education to fit the needs of a changing world.

Subjects promoting creative thinking, problem solving, innovation and collaboration are in the pipeline for pupils in schools.

So said basic education director-general Mathanzima Mweli in an interview with City Press this week on the sidelines of a two-day indaba hosted in Pretoria by the Education Labour Relations Council – a bargaining council that serves the public education sector provincially and nationally to maintain labour peace.

ENTERTAINMENT: Uzalo will not die

Two sources working on Uzalo have confirmed that the cast and crew of the SABC1 soapie will report back to work next week, after the public broadcaster made a significant payment it owes to its most popular production.

Sources in the broadcaster’s financial division say that while the month-end has brought another R100 million or so to the producers’ account, the plan is to first pay the big productions that earn the most advertising revenue while ensuring that the smaller companies are also paid.

OPINION: An opportunity to reset

Theresa May's visit was arguably the most important visit by a G7 leader to our shores in recent times. May did not come here to be nice and chatty. She and her country need friends and markets in a recalibrated world.

This puts Africa in a stronger position to drive good deals and peer relations than in the past. It is not an opportunity to be wasted. For South Africa it is also an opportunity to be a bit selfish. We do not need to do everything as a continent, writes Mondli Makhanya.

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