In August 2020, News24 joined leading news publications across the world when it launched a digital subscription service.
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Over the past year, the support of 40 000 News24 subscribers has empowered us to do countless stories that made a real impact. From exposing a cult in KwaZulu-Natal, to taking you inside the ANC's power blocs and bringing you the Eskom Files, here are some of the influential stories we told during the last year.
A 50-year old Christian mission in KwaZulu-Natal stands accused of gross violations of human rights, turning a blind eye to sexual abuse, and alleged money laundering spanning four decades. After an investigation of seven months, on 19 September 2020, News24 revealed the depth of the rot at KwaSizabantu (KSB), one of the biggest missions in Africa started by German preacher Erlo Stegen in 1970 at Kranskop, northern KwaZulu-Natal.
Almost a month before Anele "Nelli" Tembe fell to her death at a Cape Town hotel on 11 April this year, she locked herself inside a room to hide from her fiancé, Kiernan "AKA" Forbes. In images released to News24 for the first time, the award-winning rapper could be seen using his hands to violently break down a wooden door to enter the bedroom in their apartment in Bryanston, Johannesburg where Tembe was hiding.
In late August 2020, ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa survived an attack on his leadership after he pledged to subject himself to the internal process of the integrity commission.This was after his opponents in the party placed him under pressure, saying he had no moral authority to speak out about ending corruption when he was hiding financial details regarding his #CR17 campaign in 2017.
Estate 'capture': Developer of award-winning Pearl Valley Golf Estate accused of authoritarian conduct
The developers of Pearl Valley Golf & Country Estate faced accusations of alleged financial misconduct as well as "authoritarian" and "obfuscatory" behaviour in April 2021. Court papers revealed a battle between aggrieved parties.
Mokonyane never declared R2.2m payment for her Aston Martin - but a bag, some clothes and properties made the cut
Copies of former minister Nomvula Mokonyane's declarations obtained from the Gauteng provincial legislature revealed she never declared a R2 million "gift" given to her as a down payment on a luxury Aston Martin sports car. In testimony before the state capture commission, Mokonyane admitted she received the down payment as a 50th birthday present from a family friend, Thaba Mufamadi.
Some 30 months since taking over the ANC presidency, those around President Cyril Ramaphosa said that he is finally ready to assert himself as leader - and that it's the brazen corruption linked to the Covid-19 pandemic that has gifted him the opportunity to take charge.
A multi-disciplinary investigation by law enforcement agencies in South Africa and the US is probing the "strategic donation" of R30 million by the American multinational General Electric (GE) through Eskom to a foundation registered in the name of Deputy President David Mabuza.
By the time Lieutenant Colonel Charl Kinnear – a key member of the police’s Anti-Gang Unit – was murdered outside his home in Cape Town, the cellphones he carried had been illegally tracked thousands of times. His death revealed a murky spy world where cellphone tracking technology, meant to be the exclusive preserve of law enforcement, was used to track hundreds of people illegally.
Through well-placed sources, News24 obtained a trove of ping data believed to be linked to one-time rugby star turned debt collector Zane Kilian. For six weeks, we trawled through the list in an effort to identify those who had been spied on. The data revealed that, in 17 months, Kilian used a software platform on his phone to track as many as 680 people, using 5 308 pings.
The controversial former head of the State Security Agency's (SSA) rogue special operations unit, Thulani Dlomo, has been identified as a prime suspect being investigated for fomenting violent unrest in KwaZulu-Natal following the arrest of former president Jacob Zuma.
Sebestian Groenewald had been a constable in the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department and had served without blemish for 11 years. Stationed in Germiston on the East Rand, the 45-year-old was seconded into the EMPD’s Special Weapons and Tactics Unit – an outfit of highly trained tactical officers. Hours after his bullet-riddled body was found near Reiger Park in eastern Johannesburg in April last year, though, detectives discovered an R5 assault rifle - twice stolen from a police armoury - hidden in his car. The weapon was later linked to six murders.