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Malgas still cut off due to floods due to Western Cape storm

May 8th 2021 at 14:32

Malgas is still cut off and unreachable as relief teams try to reach the flooded area.

The storm that brought persistent rainfall has battered some areas in the Cape Winelands and Overberg.

The head of provincial disaster management, Colin Deiner, said Malgas was difficult to reach due to the heavy rain that flooded and swept away roads.

SEE PICS: Western Cape roads flooded as more rain expected

“Although everything seems to be under control and the adverse weather has been downgraded, we are trying to reach Malgas, which is very difficult to reach. We will request assistance from the Air Force should efforts to reach the area fail,” he added on Saturday.

Residents, who had to be evacuated received blankets, food and water from Gift of the Givers and other organisations.


Two people, who went missing, were found dead in Riversonderend and Stormsvlei, while two more deaths were recorded in Bonnievale.

The estimated number of displaced and affected residents reached more than 1,000 as of Friday. They came from areas such as Caledon, Potberg, Klipdale, Napier, Bredasdorp and Struisbaai.

The Overberg District Municipality on Friday said various farm roads were damaged, with no access to certain areas.

“Damage to agricultural fields and loss of livestock are expected to be significant. Heavy rainfall is predicted and will continue until Sunday morning. Several roads are either closed or affected. with the N2 temporarily closed at the Soutrivier bridge.”

READ MORE: Western Cape storm death toll climbs to four

Meanwhile in Struisbaai, the Catch Cook restaurant at the Struisbaai Harbour was turned into a relief centre for families affected by the storm. Warm meals were prepared at the restaurant by volunteers from Friday, thanks to donors who gave food, clothes and blankets.

“The relief efforts are ongoing as rain continues to fall in the region. The Catch Cook restaurant will continue to offer warm meals during the immediate crisis period and any pledges of support and donations are welcome. Donations can be directed to Linette Ameels of the Catch Cook restaurant via 027 81 805 9999,” the restaurant management said.

The Zulu king has been named insists Mangosuthu Buthelezi

May 8th 2021 at 13:58

The AmaZulu Traditional Minister, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi has insisted that the new king of the Zulu nation has already been named amid divisions within the royal family over how the succession battle should be handled.

Buthelezi was addressing the media on Saturday evening after then-prince MisuZulu KaZwelithini was named king the day before.

“As far as the family and the Zulu nation is concern, the king is already on the throne, but of course you know that there are formalities that should be followed from the side of the government,” Buthelezi told eNCA.

King MisuZulu

In a reading of the late regent Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu’s will by royal house lawyer advocate Griffiths Madonsela, Prince Misuzulu was named as his late mother’s preferred candidate to ascend to the throne.

Mantfombi passed away last week at Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg at the age of 65.

She was laid to rest at a private burial on Thursday, while the will reading took place at KwaKhangelamankengane Palace in Nongoma on Friday evening.

WATCH: Prince disrupts prayer service at Zulu queen’s funeral

The occasion turned into chaos, with heckling and commotion between Buthelezi and Prince Thokozani Zulu.

Prince Thokozani, late King Goodwill Zwelithini’s son with another queen, was trying to address the gathering.

It was then reported that gunshots were heard amid the commotion and that King MisuZulu and his siblings were whisked away to safety.

Throne battles

While it was revealed that Princess Thembi and Prince Mbonisi had pledged their loyalty and support for King MisuZulu to lead the Zulu nation following the royal family meeting, tensions are brewing.

This comes as the late King Zwelithini’s first wife will head to court to interdict the coronation of a new ruler of the AmaZulu nation.

ALSO READ: Zulu royal family rocked by claims king’s will may have been forged – reports

Queen Sibongile Dlamini is challenging the king’s will in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on the basis that they were married under civil law, which prohibits polygamous marriages.

Queen Mantfombi was appointed regent of the Zulu nation in March, following the death of Zwelithini.

sked with appointing a new ruler after the death of king Goodwill Zwelithini.

Additional reporting from Neo Thale and Siyanda Ndlovu

Bongani Bongo also given the boot from ANC NEC meeting

May 8th 2021 at 12:32

The African National Congress (ANC) national executive committee (NEC) has now also removed its MP and former state security minister Bongani Bongo from the party’s special virtual meeting.

This comes after ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule was also kicked out of the meeting earlier on Saturday.

The special meeting – which is taking place virtually from Saturday to Monday – will see the NEC discussing matters relating to the 2017 Nasrec conference step aside resolution, Covid-19, the upcoming local government elections and the integrity commission’s reports.

ALSO READ: Ace Magashule removed from from ANC’s special NEC meeting

While several news outlets are reporting that corruption-accused Bongo was given the boot from the meeting, it is unclear at this stage what the removal from the meeting means.

However, it seems likely that Bongo was removed from the meeting after he signalled his intention to appeal the NEC’s decision forcing him to step aside following in the footsteps of Magashule.

Speaking to the EWN, Magashule explained that he was removed from the meeting, which “he had convened” and attended for over an hour, after which the NEC noted his intention to appeal his suspension.

‘I’m not corrupt and never will be’

In March, Bongo claimed that he was not corrupt and would never be corrupt.

The MP, who was cleared of bribery and corruption by the Western Cape High Court in February, is currently facing charges of corruption, fraud, theft and money laundering for his alleged role linked to dubious land deals in Mpumalanga amounting to almost R124 million.

ALSO READ: Corruption case against Bongani Bongo dismissed

The case dates back to the time when he was an official in the Mpumalanga provincial government.

Asked on whether he was ready to step aside, the MP said that a court of law would decide his fate if it came to him being suspended.

“I have to this extent appealed this decision that was taken by the NEC. I am sure my appeal will be entertained,” Bongo told eNCA.

Step aside rule

On Tuesday, ANC’s national working committiee (NWC) reaffirmed a decision of the national executive committee (NEC) in March 2021 that all members who have been charged with corruption or other serious crimes must step

The NEC had resolved to implement the party’s 2017 Nasrec conference resolution.

This is a developing story. More to follow.

Magashule ‘will be active in ANC’ as he awaits appeal outcome

May 8th 2021 at 11:44

African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Ace Magashule has reiterated his claim that he will remain active in his position despite his suspension from the party.

This comes after reports emerged that Magashule was kicked out of the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) special meeting earlier on Saturday, 8 May.

The special meeting – which is taking place virtually from Saturday to Monday – will see the NEC discussing matters relating to the 2017 Nasrec conference resolution, Covid-19, the upcoming local government elections and the integrity commission’s reports.

ALSO READ: Bongani Bongo also given the boot from ANC NEC meeting

Speaking to the EWN, Magashule explained that he was removed from the meeting, which “he had convened” and attended for over an hour, after which the NEC noted his intention to appeal his suspension.

“There was a discussion and the NEC noted my appeal. [The NEC] felt that now I have appealed there are certain processes which must still take place and therefore for all viewers on Zoom I was then taken out of the meeting, but my appeal was noted so I am still the secretary-general of the ANC,” Magashule said.

Magashule said he would be active in the ANC while he awaits the outcome of his appeal.

“Let’s leave the organisation to take whatever decision that they take. I have appealed and therefore I will still be active in the African National Congress, that’s what our branches, our regions and provinces and the general public of South Africa must understand,” he added.

Step aside rule

In March, the NEC decided that all members facing serious criminal charges have 30 days to step aside or face disciplinary action after it resolved to implement the party’s 2017 Nasrec conference resolution, which was supported by the party’s national working committee (NWC).

Magashule was among several ANC leaders affected by the resolution, but he was then suspended this week after he failed to step down from his position.

The secretary-general faces 21 charges of fraud and corruption related to his tenure as Free State premier over a R250 million Free State asbestos contract.

He is out on R200,000 bail. The case was postponed to 11 August 2020 for pre-trial hearings in the Free State high court.

READ NEXT:  Is there any way for Cyril and Ace to save this toxic relationship?

Seven policemen killed by gunmen in southeast Nigeria

May 8th 2021 at 10:45

Seven policemen were killed in a series of attacks on security installations in Nigeria’s oil-rich Rivers state, police said Saturday.

Southeast Nigeria has seen a surge in attacks by gunmen targeting police and other security forces in the past few months in a region where separatist tensions are on the rise.

“The incident which led to death of seven policemen occurred last night at about 2030hrs (19:30 GMT),” Nnamdi Omoni, police spokesperson in Rivers state said in a statement about the three attacks Friday.

“Unknown gunmen driven in two branded Hilux vans attacked the special check point at Choba bridge, (and) in a surprise attack killed two policemen on duty.”

He said the same gunmen attacked Rumuji police station, killing two officers and burning a police patrol vehicle.

“Two of the attackers were fatally wounded and died on the spot,” he added.

A third attack took place at Elimgbu Police station, Omoni said, where gunmen killed three officers.

The police spokesperson said a manhunt was underway to find the perpetrators who escaped.

Security was “strengthened in all the police formations in the State, including other critical public and private infrastructure” he added, without giving further details.

Earlier on Thursday, gunmen stormed Obosi police station in nearby Anambra state, killing two policemen.

Also on Thursday, police and soldiers repelled an attack on Orlu police station in neighbouring Imo state.

“After the gun duel, nine of the insurgents lost their lives while others fled with bullets wounds,” Imo state police commissioner Abutu Yaro said in a statement.

He added that four security operatives were injured.

The army issued a higher death toll and said 11 gunmen were killed.

Nigeria’s army blamed the assault on the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), an outlawed separatist movement seeking independence for the Igbo people – a claim the group has not yet responded to.

Two men sentenced to life in prison for deadly R1m heist

May 8th 2021 at 10:07

Two men have been sentenced to life imprisonment for robbing a Protea Coin vehicle of about R1 million a week before the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

The robbery resulted in the death of a policeman on the N1 south in June 2010.

Hosia Modiko Dipale and Percy Segoe were sentenced in the Johannesburg High Court on Friday.

The two were aided by accomplices during the robbery.

“A week before the 2010 World Cup, the two and their accomplices attacked a Protea Coin vehicle with rifles, and took about R1 million. During the robbery, two Protea Coin officials were shot and were subsequently treated in hospital,” said NPA spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane.

The men were arrested following a shootout with police in Soweto, which left a policeman, Gert du Toit, dead.


They were found guilty of four counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances, nine counts of attempted murder, three counts of theft of a motor vehicle, murder, as well as three counts of unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition.

Senior prosecutor Gertrude Market said it was clear the men had serious intent.

“It was clear that the accused came prepared for war on the day of the commission of these offences. This is evident in the number of firearms recovered by police at various crime scenes. They shot at everything and everyone that moved on the day in question.

“They blatantly put innocent road users and citizens’ safety at risk. It was aggravating that these heinous offences were perpetrated against the security officials employed by Protea Coin, police officials and members of the public in broad daylight,” said Market.

Dipale was effectively sentenced to life and 130 years imprisonment, while Segoe got life and 132 years imprisonment.

“Segoe was further sentenced to two years for housebreaking with the intent to commit a crime, following his entry without permission, into a shack in Soweto during the police’s search for the robbers,” said Mjonondwane.

No misconduct found in Bellville Sassa water cannon incident

May 8th 2021 at 10:00

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) could not find fault with the police’s actions when they used a water cannon to disperse frustrated Sassa grant recipients in Bellville on 15 January.

IPID found that the police used minimum force to get the grant recipients to practise social distancing in an effort to curb the spread of Covid-19.

They were within their operational rights to enforce Covid-19 regulations.

According to the IPID report, the manager of the Bellville Sassa office said officials called the police for help earlier that day after they battled for days to get the grant recipients to comply with the regulations.

The police arrived but apparently, the crowd still didn’t heed warnings.

WATCH: Police shouldn’t have used water cannons on Sassa beneficiaries, says Cele

It was escalated to the Public Order Police (POP), who warned the people again.

After not heeding that call, an officer in the water cannon vehicle was ordered to take action.

The police told IPID that the options of using a pepper or capsicum spray, firearms, rubber bullets and teargas were at their disposal but would have been inappropriate.

The report noted: “The above measures would not have been appropriate to manage the crowd at the Bellville [Sassa] on the day in question, hence less forceful measures were applied.”

Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz asked IPID to investigate the incident.

On the day in question, alarmed that people were not applying the 1.5m social distancing rule during the Covid-19 pandemic, Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu climbed into an armoured vehicle and used the public address system to ask people to spread out.

ALSO READ: ‘Shameful disregard for human rights’ – Black Sash slams cops over Sassa water cannon incident

Later in the day, while she was in discussions with Sassa officials inside the building, jets of water from the water cannon were sprayed on people to force them to stand apart, eliciting outrage over the treatment of vulnerable people.

Before going into the findings, IPID explained that the acting provincial police commissioner, Major General Mpumuelo Manci, did not give the “substantive details” that Fritz requested.

It was also not clear why Sassa officials could not ensure compliance themselves or why there were such long queues.

This is what IPID pieced together:

  • Sassa officials called the police because their security could not cope with the large groups of people who were not social distancing.
  • Bellville police attended to the complaint.
  • Due to a lack of cooperation, the POP were asked for help.
  • The POP scene commander warned the group of people to practise social distancing and disperse.
  • When they failed to do so, a constable in the water cannon vehicle was ordered to spray water in the air to get people to social distance in line with the Disaster Management Act.
  • The constable aimed the water in the air and sprayed it for two seconds.
  • The POP scene commander said disabled applicants had already been attended to when the water cannon was used and were not part of the “disorderly group” that refused to disperse.

The documents IPID used included:

  • A copy of Use of Force and Torture: Guidelines on the implementation and enforcement of regulations and directives issued in terms of Section 27 of the Disaster Management Act (DMA): Containment and management of Covid-19 National Commissioner Circular dated 19 May 2020;
  • Riot Control Vehicle, Water Cannon operation and maintenance manual; SAPS Crime Combating Forum Supplementary Instruction on Containment and Management of Covid-19 in terms of the DMA that confirms the duties of law enforcement officers;
  • National Instruction 4 of 2014 (Crowd Control Prescript) on National Commissioner circular, dated 15 May 2020 which confirms that SA Police Service Officers can enforce compliance with Covid-19 regulations “to ensure that lives are saved”.

IPID noted that DMA protocols made it compulsory for people to wear masks in public places compulsory or when queueing inside or outside, and for people have to ensure that they keep 1.5m away from others.

It found there was nothing wrong with Sassa to ask another SAPS for assistance, especially if the situation posed a risk to lives.

The directorate also found that the police officers fulfilled their duties in terms of the law, that they did not commit misconduct and that the police used their resources to disperse people, to ensure social distancing and to prevent the blocking of traffic in the road.

It said there were no reported injuries and that no member of the public lodged a complaint with them.

“In the premise, there is no misconduct committed by any member of SAPS who responded and attended the SAPS complaint on 15 January 2020. SAPS acted within the prescripts of the law,” the report stated.

READ MORE: Western Cape police to investigate use of water cannons on Sassa applicants

In response, Fritz issued a statement saying he was disappointed by the finding.

“We all saw the videos. Water cannons were used on Sassa beneficiaries waiting in a queue outside. We also see protests on a daily basis in our country where crowds are far more unruly than the crowd outside of Sassa on that day, and water cannons are not used on the unruly crowds. So there is the question of inconsistency,” he said.

“On a more fundamental level, though, what kind of society uses state resources to treat vulnerable people; Sassa beneficiaries, like this? The IPID report seems to show that our state institutions allow for this. Is this the kind of society we are?”

Zulu royal family set to address the media

May 8th 2021 at 09:19

The AmaZulu Traditional Minister, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi is set to address the media.

This comes after Prince MisuZulu KaZwelithini was named as the new king of the Zulu nation on Friday evening.

Initially, the address was set for 4pm on Saturday, 8 May, but this is yet to take place.

A statement released by the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) reads: “Following yesterday’s memorial service for the late Regent, Her Majesty Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu, the senior matriarch of the Zulu Royal Family, Queen Mayvis MaZungu, gathered members of the family this morning to support one another and express sympathies.

ALSO READ: Zulu royal family rocked by claims king’s will may have been forged – reports

“During this meeting, Princess Thembi and Prince Mbonisi pledged their loyalty and support to His Majesty King Misuzulu kaZwelithini. The family appreciates this indication that stability and unity have been restored under His Majesty the King.

“A press conference in this regard will be held at KwaKhangela Palace at 16:00 this afternoon, where the media is welcomed to raise any questions they may have.”

#KingMisuZulu Another delegation from the Kingdom of Eswatini arrives KwaKhangelamankengane Royal Palace. AmaZulu Traditional Minister, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi set to address the media around 16h00. He is meeting with the new King MisuZulu KaZwelithini. #eNCA

— Siphamandla Goge (@SiphamandlaGoge) May 8, 2021

‘King MisuZulu’

In a reading of the late regent Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu’s will by royal house lawyer advocate Griffiths Madonsela, the then-prince MisuZulu was named as his late mother’s preferred candidate to ascend to the throne.

The will reading took place at KwaKhangelamankengane Palace in Nongoma.

It was then reported that gunshots were heard amid the commotion and that King Misuzulu and his siblings were whisked away to safety.

Queen Mantfombi funeral

Mantfombi passed away last week at Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg at the age of 65. She was laid to rest at a private burial on Thursday.

Earlier on Friday, Prince MisuZulu made his first public appearance since the death of Queen Mantfombi Shiyiwe Zulu last week and disrupted memorial proceedings.

The prince was accompanied by Zulu regiments marching into the marquee where the official memorial of the queen was taking place with prayer in session.

King MisuZulu is the eldest son of the late regent Queen who was tasked with appointing a new ruler after the death of king Goodwill Zwelithini.

Additional reporting from Neo Thale and Siyanda Ndlovu

NPA ‘on brink of making progress’ on state capture investigations

May 8th 2021 at 08:55

The National Prosecuting Authority’s Investigating Directorate (ID) is “on the brink of making significant progress” on state capture investigations, said the National Director of Public Prosecutions, Shamila Batohi.

Addressing the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services on Friday, regarding the NPA’s annual performance plan and budget, Batohi described the ID as a “game-changer”.

However, ID head Hermione Cronje was cautious about providing information on the Guptas and their associates, notably Salim Essa’s extradition to South Africa.

ACDP MP Steve Swart said it is “disgraceful” that they are sitting overseas.

“We can confirm that they are not yet in South Africa,” Cronje said. “We’ve certainly not relented.”

She said they are getting cooperation from a number of other countries in this regard.

Batohi said the ID is working very well with the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), also known as the Hawks, and that the ID brings a whole new methodology.

“The really big cases, that people want to come to court, have not yet come to court,” Batohi said.

However, she believes the hard work of the past two years has laid a solid foundation.

She said the change in the Zondo Commission’s regulations, to allow law enforcement agencies to access evidence presented at the commission, has made a big impact.

They are, however, wary of bringing cases to court, where evidence is still going to be led at the commission.

She said: “The ID is, in fact, poised to make significant progress on priority matters.”

She added that they are “on the brink of making significant inroads”.

The ID is also working with the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) to regain money stolen through formal partnerships.

In March, Cronje told the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) that they are close to “pulling together the strands” in Transnet’s alleged corrupt purchase of 1 064 locomotives, involving Essa. She also provided details of the intricate case.

She said they were drafting an indictment in the case of Eskom and the then Gupta-owned Tageta, planning to have it before court later this year.

In the 2019–2020 financial year, the NPA had a 92.3% conviction rate for complex corruption cases, convicting 233 people from the private sector on corruption, and 183 from the government.

The following year, the conviction rate was 93%, in which 150 people from the private sector and 220 government officials were convicted. These numbers are unaudited.

The NPA plans to maintain this conviction rate in the current financial year.

Batohi’s presentation to the committee was generally well-received.

Eastern Cape ANC suspends three leaders for violating party’s constitution

May 8th 2021 at 08:45

The ANC in the Eastern Cape announced that it had suspended three leaders for violating the party’s constitution.

The members are OR Tambo municipality council speaker, Xolile Nkompela, the deputy mayor, Robert Nogumla, and the municipality’s former chief whip, William Ngozi.

Nkompela and Nogumla have been suspended from the ANC for five years, and Ngozi for one year.

Nogumla has been suspended for defying the provincial executive committee (PEC) after he refused to accept its 12 October 2020 decision to recall him as deputy mayor and redeployed him to the position of mayoral executive committee member.

Nkompela is suspended for defying a decision of the PEC, which called for him to resign as speaker of the municipality.

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Ngozi was charged for failing or refusing to resign as chief whip of the municipality, despite being advised of the decision of the PEC that he be recalled.

He has since resigned and tendered his apology to the organisation.

Meanwhile, Raymond Mhlaba municipality chief whip, Lindelwa Penisi, was sanctioned to a three-year membership suspension, wholly suspended for three years, on condition that she doesn’t break the ANC’s constitution during the period.

She was caught on camera launching a verbal tirade at Fort Beaufort residents, who were pleading for water.

ANC provincial disciplinary committee chairperson, Sisisi Tolashe, said Penisi’s remorse weighed in her favour.

The suspended ANC members could not be immediately reached for comment. Their responses will be added once received.

Another taxi boss gunned down in Mpumalanga

May 8th 2021 at 06:59

Armed men gunned down a 62-year-old taxi owner in Kwaggafontein, Mpumalanga on Wednesday.

According to police, the taxi owner and his friend were walking a few meters away from his home when “a group of four armed men driving a white BMW drove by and fired shots”, provincial police spokesman Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said on Friday.

The attackers made a u-turn and returned to the scene to ensure that the taxi owner was dead, Hlathi added.

“They reportedly fired more shots at the victim who was already lying on the ground, and fled the scene thereafter.”

A manhunt for the killers is under way.

The shooting is believed to the eighth taxi-related attack in recent weeks.

Last month, a taxi boss was killed while he was sitting in his car near to the Miliva taxi rank.

In March, taxi marshall Frans Oupa Manamela and taxi driver Sipho Mahlangu were shot dead.

Provincial police commissioner General Thulani Phahla said: “Although we made some strides as we continue fighting to curb the trend, taxi owners, drivers, queue marshals as well as taxi patrollers continue to be hunted down and killed. This situation has prompted us as police management in the province to dig deep in our investigation. However, we still urge members of the public to come on board and assist with information so that those who are responsible are swiftly brought to book to prevent loss of life.”

Hlathi appealed to members of the public to come forward if they have information about the killing. They can contact Lieutenant Colonel Difaga John Malope on 082 441 7591.

Ace Magashule removed from from ANC’s special NEC meeting

May 8th 2021 at 06:04

The ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) has removed suspended secretary-general Ace Magashule from it’s special virtual meeting.

Magashule vowed to attend the special meeting during an interview with SABC on Friday. He insists that his suspension is invalid and that he still holds the office of secretary-general.

Several news outlets are reporting that the corruption-accused politician was given the boot from the meeting. It is unclear at this stage what the removal from the meeting means. However, expulsion from the party has been said to be on the cards.

On the agenda for the special meeting is the party’s step aside resolution, the appeals process for implicated members, and of course, Magashule’s defiance to adhere to the policy.

ALSO READ: Magashule: My suspension is a ‘banishment order’ similar to apartheid

During Magashule’s suspension, he has been barred from:

  • Carrying out the duties and responsibilities of his office as secretary-general,
  • Representing  the organisation publicly  and or in any other form,
  • Making public pronouncements  on matters  related to the organisation, and
  • Engaging in the mobilisation of ANC structures, any other organisations  or individuals, including  on your stepping aside and matters related thereto.

As a result, he was not allowed to attend the meeting at all and his removal is in line with the suspension protocols.

Asked if he expects to be expelled from the ANC at the weekend’s NEC meeting, he told the SABC the NEC could not be a judge and jury.

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“There are processes which one will argue when I appear before the appeals body. The NEC has been conflicted in this matter. They have been the judge, prosecutor, investigator and jury.

Expulsion from the ANC

There is a real chance that Magashule could be expelled from the party following his actions this week.

After the ANC’s national working committee (NWC) said that it supports the NEC’s decision on the step aside resolution, Magashule was officially suspended from duty.

The organisation had decided that all members implicated in serious criminal offences need to step aside within 30 days or be suspended. Magashule was the first test for the resolution after repeatedly refusing to step aside.

Also this week, he penned a letter stating that he was in turn summarily suspending party leader Cyril Ramaphosa over allegations that his CR17 campaign fund received irregular contributions. Ramaphosa has not been charged in a court of law with any crimes.

This move has lead many commentators and analysts to believe that the NEC, and Ramaphosa as party head, have little choice but to eventually expel Magashule from the party.

‘Rogue elements’

The Citizen’s Brian Sokutu reports that political analysts expect the NEC to stamp its authority against its rogue elements within the party.

Independent political analyst, Dr Ralph Mathekga, said the NEC should “assert itself on its party resolution to suspend Ace Magashule – failure to do so will spell a disaster”.

“There is no more runway for more excuses on this one.

“The NEC has been pushed to a corner to do the right thing and we expect the ANC’s decision-making body to come out resolute,” said Mathekga.

Concurring with Mathekga, University of South Africa political science, professor Dirk Kotze, said: “While it may be difficult to predict the nature of discussions at the NEC meeting, what is clear is that the issue of stepping aside has been finalised, with no different decision expected to come out of the NEC.

“What may possibly become a matter for discussion is what action to be taken against Magashule for trying to suspend President Cyril Ramaphosa.

“The response from most leaders in the ANC has ranged from perceiving that as a disgraceful conduct, some not taking it seriously.

“They have taken this as not being a valid step because he was himself suspended at the time.

“In terms of Rule 25.70 of the ANC’s constitution says the secretary-general can suspend a public representative, but with the authority of the ANC – meaning he cannot do it on his own.

“Even if he was not suspended, he did not take such a decision on behalf of the NEC.

“No such NEC instruction was given to him, making his ‘suspending the president’ not being in line with the ANC constitution.”

This is a developing story. More to follow.

Additional reporting by Brian Sokutu, Neo Thale and News24 Wire.

Prominent Durban attorney Theasen Pillay stabbed to death

May 8th 2021 at 02:56

A prominent Durban attorney was found dead, with stab wounds to his chest and hands, police said on Friday.

Theasen Pillay, 47, of Theasen Pillay and Associates, was found in his Umhlanga apartment on Friday.

“An inquest docket was opened for investigation by Durban North SAPS. The Durban North police received a complaint of a man who was found with stab wounds on Solstice Drive in Umhlanga Ridge,” police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said.

She said he was certified dead at the scene and his death would be investigated.

“They proceeded to the scene, where a body of a 47-year-old man was found inside the bedroom, with two stab wounds to the chest and on the left hand. He was certified dead by paramedics. The circumstances surrounding the incident are being investigated.”

Private security company Reaction Unit SA head, Prem Balram, in a statement, said they received a call around 11:34 from a relative of Pillay’s, who had discovered the body.

Balram said Pillay’s brother had discovered the body after gaining access to the apartment by means of a set of spare keys.

“Reaction officers and paramedics were dispatched to the scene and, on arrival, found Pillay in his bedroom. He suffered stab wounds to his arm and chest.”

Pillay spearheaded a number of controversial matters in Durban, including a case in which a man was suing the health department after maggots were found in his father’s mouth during a hospital stay.

He also once represented the late King Goodwill Zwelithini, in his plan to sue MiWay over a leaked conversation between one of the insurance company’s sales reps and Zwelithini.

‘I’ll be there’ – Magashule to attend do or die NEC meeting

May 8th 2021 at 02:02

Ace Magashule has defied his suspension and promised to attend the weekend’s crucial national executive committee (NEC) meeting.

Speaking exclusively to the SABC, Magashule reiterated his claim that he has appealed his suspension.

Magashule said he remains the ANC secretary-general and has assured branches that he is going nowhere.

“There are processes which one will argue when I appear before the appeals body. The NEC has been conflicted in this matter. They have been the judge, prosecutor, investigator and jury.

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“You can’t be charged, like it is a kangaroo court. The step-aside resolution is designed to remove Bongani Bongo and me. We have collected many names (of those who are implicated),” he said.

Magashule claimed that he was a disciplined member, who had fought against apartheid.

Magashule said there were many senior ANC members and MECs, who have criminal cases against them, but have not been ordered to step aside.

I haven’t done anything wrong. There are no processes that were followed. I am attending the NEC meeting this weekend. I am also attending the officials meeting before the NEC.

“We all have rights as South Africans. We are accorded the same rights by the Constitution of the country and that of the ANC.”

Magashule said he has written to the NPA, to ask them to reveal what criminal charges he faces.

“I am a simple, humble leader of the ANC. I am going to die in the ANC. Some people think they are ANC. I will never allow people to take the ANC away from me.

“I joined the movement voluntarily. I won’t be the first to be removed,” Magashule said.

Daily news update: Zulu nation has a new king, Magashule talks tough and more

May 7th 2021 at 23:00

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Prince Misuzulu Zulu named in queen’s will as new king

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Prince Misuzulu Zulu, centre. Picture: Screenshot

Prince Misuzulu Zulu has been announced as the new king of the Zulu nation.

Magashule: My suspension is a ‘banishment order’ similar to apartheid

Ace Magashule

ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule. Picture: Gallo Images.

ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule says the conditions of his suspension are draconian and akin to apartheid.

WATCH: Prince disrupts prayer service at Zulu queen’s funeral


The memorial service for AmaZulu regent queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu is being held this morning at KwaKhangelamankengane Palace in Nongoma. Picture: @kzngov/Twitter

The eldest son of the late regent of the Zulu nation, prince Misuzulu Zulu, made his first public appearance since the death of his mother Mantfombi Shiyiwe Zulu last week and disrupted memorial proceedings.

SA’s new drivers’ licences – no more queues and available on your phone

License renewal

Picture: Nigel Sibanda

In about two years’ time, motorists will be able to have their drivers’ licence card delivered to their homes within seven days and stored digitally on their cellphones.

WATCH: I’m done protecting Black Coffee, says a teary Enhle Mbali


Enhle Mbali is bitter. Picture: Instagram

South African actress, TV personality and recent divorcee Enhle Mbali has taken to social media to express her hurt at not being granted the protection order she filed against her ex husband, DJ Black Coffee.

Troublesome Masibusane Zongo chased out at Chiefs

Masibusane Zongo

Masibusane Zongo is said to have been chased out of Bizana Pondo Chiefs after breaking the club’s Covid restrictions. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

Masibusane Zongo has been chased out of Bizana Pondo Chiefs where he was given another chance to resuscitate his career.

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Indwe’s R11m stadium unfinished and abandoned

May 7th 2021 at 18:31
Municipality says the construction company has refused to return to work.

How Covid-19 is likely to slow down a decade of youth development in Africa

May 7th 2021 at 18:18
There are fears that the pandemic will result in a lockdown generation, characterised by structurally higher youth poverty and unemployment.

Joburg teacher suspended after allegedly calling pupil k-word

May 7th 2021 at 15:26

An Afrikaans teacher was suspended with immediate effect after allegedly calling a 14-year-old pupil from the Northriding Secondary School the k-word and spraying the pupil with sanitiser.

The parents of the Grade 8 pupil described the incident as a traumatic matter for them, their child and the other children exposed to racial slurs and attacks.

“We are really angry about it,” the father of the pupil said. The father said he never thought his child would have to experience in 2021 what they had experienced when they were young in “that era”.

ALSO READ: ‘Racist’ Agrizzi opposed BEE, controlled Watson’s emails, Zondo told

“There is a lot that needs to change in the school’s culture and management,” he said.

The pupil’s mother said they would be taking further steps against the teacher and the parents have already laid a complaint at the Human Rights Commission of South Africa (HRCSA).

“We have also pressed charges against the teacher. We are taking it very seriously,” the mother said.

“The thing that upsets me the most is we heard it from our son. Nobody contacted us from the school. It is unfortunate and a failure,” the mother said.

Earlier on Friday, Gauteng MEC for education Panyaza Lesufi visited the school following the allegations.

“As a department, we are extremely disappointed about this incident.

“Racism will never be tolerated in our schools. Teachers must always teach and guide pupils; not fight them,” Lesufi said.

Lesufi welcomed the immediate suspension of the teacher.

Gauteng department for education spokesman Steve Mabona said during a media briefing at the school that initial investigations indicated an altercation over the making of noise occurred on Thursday between the pupils and an Afrikaans teacher.

“The teacher then allegedly sprayed the pupil with sanitiser when he left the classroom to report the matter to another teacher in the neighbouring class,” Mabona said.

“The teacher allegedly followed and started to engage violently with the pupil, further spraying the pupil with sanitiser all over his body and allegedly calling him a k****r,” Mabona added.

Other teachers had to intervene.

“Reports state that the same teacher then had another altercation, in the next period, with other pupils, where she started swearing at pupils, allegedly calling them baboons, drug dealers and k****rs,” Mabona said.

The education department’s psychosocial team visited the school to provide support for all affected by the incident.

School headmaster Francois Oosthuizen said a teaching agency had been contacted to replace the teacher.

He said he himself would stand in if necessary because he is a qualified Afrikaans teacher. Meanwhile, in the smoking section of the school, two teachers casually sat, puffing away.

The teachers said they were having a very quiet day because the pupils left the classes to protest on the sports field, where they sat down and refused to return to class.

In front of the school’s office, a small group of angry parents gathered to voice their grievances about the incident. The parents wanted to know what processes will be put in place to ensure the school does not become a breeding ground for racism.

Shanduka shade over Free State education

May 7th 2021 at 15:00

Audit firm PwC said R500-million irregular expenditure incurred by the Free State education department is related to an unsolicited bid by the Kagiso Shanduka Trust to improve schools

The post Shanduka shade over Free State education appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Of Cubans and other Amigos

May 7th 2021 at 15:00
By: Eyaaz

A new Bafana coach and Mabuyakhulu’s Zondo testimony leaves our columnist feeling Broos-ed and battered

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Chaos erupts as Prince Misuzulu Zulu is named as new king

May 7th 2021 at 13:30

Prince Misuzulu Zulu has been announced as the new king of the Zulu nation.

In a reading of the late regent Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu’s will by royal house lawyer advocate Griffiths Madonsela on Friday evening, Prince Misuzulu was named as his late mother’s preferred candidate to ascend to the throne.

The will reading took place at KwaKhangelamankengane Palace in Nongoma.

Immediately after the announcement, the occasion turned into chaos, with heckling and commotion, after Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi – the traditional prime minister of the Zulu nation – instructed Prince Thokozani Zulu to sit down.

WATCH: Prince disrupts prayer service at Zulu queen’s funeral

Prince Thokozani, late King Goodwill Zwelithini’s son with another queen, was trying to address the gathering.

#sabcnews #sabckzn Chaos has erupted at Kwakhethomthandayo ending the meeting where Regent Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu nominated her son Prince Misuzulu Zulu. There was a hand from someone who called Thulani was about to ask a question, hauling started

— Nonkululeko Hlophe (@Leko3) May 7, 2021

SABC News reported that gunshots were heard amid the commotion and that Prince Misuzulu and his siblings were whisked away to safety.

Earlier on Friday, Prince Misuzulu made his first public appearance since the death of Queen Mantfombi Shiyiwe Zulu last week and disrupted memorial proceedings.

The prince was accompanied by Zulu regiments marching into the marquee where the official memorial of the queen was taking place with prayer in session.

This is a developing story.

Magashule: My suspension is a ‘banishment order’ similar to apartheid

May 7th 2021 at 12:04

ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule says the conditions of his suspension are draconian and akin to apartheid.

In an exclusive, wide-ranging interview with the SABC News’ Samkele Maseko and Bulelani Phillip, the beleaguered Magashule reiterated that the step-aside guidelines were being implemented hypocritically remove him.

During Magashule’s suspension, he has been barred from:

  • Carrying out the duties and responsibilities of his office as secretary-general
  • Representing  the organisation publicly  and or in any other form
  • Making public pronouncements  on matters  related to the organisation
  • Engaging in the mobilisation of ANC structures, any other organisations  or individuals, including  on your stepping aside and matters related thereto

He added that the criminal charges against, where he is implicated in corruption related to the Free State asbestos audit, were bogus because he was being charged with “oversight and negligence”.

Magashule: I’m saying the ANC is acting in an unfair manner, I have not committed any crime, I’ve been charged with oversight, what is that? #sabcnews

— Natasha Nokuthula Phiri (@NatashaN_Phiri) May 7, 2021

“I’m being follow. I’m bugged. I can’t believe I’m still living in apartheid. They arrest you and the next thing you are poisoned in prison,” Magashule said.

ALSO READ:  Could Magashule’s outcome see a formation of a new party?

Asked about his relationship with his deputy, Jessie Duarte, who served him with his suspension letter, Magashule said he was “dismayed” but he continued to have a “wonderful” relationship with her.

“I know comrade Jessie. We have been in the trenches together,” said Magashule.

Magashule reiterated his commitment to the ANC, saying he would stay in the ANC until he dies.

“I will never allow any individual to take the ANC away from me,” he said.

Asked if he expects to be expelled from the ANC at the weekend’s special national executive committee (NEC) meeting, he said the NEC could not be a judge and jury.

Magashule also said he respected every leader of the ANC, when quizzed by Maseko about “hating President Cyril Ramaphosa”.

Magashule said he would attend the weekend’s special NEC) meeting, despite his suspension letter written on Monday and leaked on Wednesday, clearly indicating he would not be allowed to participate in any party duties while he is suspended.

Watch the interview below, courtesy of the SABC News.

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SARS is coming after these 3 tax streams

May 7th 2021 at 11:01
Along with the rest of the world, South Africans have shown an appetite for cryptocurrencies. While the size of the market remains unclear, Coinmarketcap gives a figure of $210 billion for the global market, and approximately R6.5 billion for the South African market.

SA’s new drivers’ licences – no more queues and available on your phone

May 7th 2021 at 10:40

In about two years’ time, motorists will be able to have their drivers’ licence card delivered to their homes within seven days and stored digitally on their cellphones.

The Department of Transport is in the last leg of implementing a new drivers’ licence card, and Minister Fikile Mbalula this week announced that sole producer of licences, the Driving Licence Card Account (DLCA), was currently in the last phase of designing the new drivers’ licence card.

The card, planned to be implemented in the 2022-2023 financial year, will include improved security features while complying with international standards, the department said.

The card is still to be approved by Parliament, but the department has some ambitious plans.

Why do we need new licences?

The current infrastructure is old and maintaining it is not cost-effective, department spokesperson Collen Msibi said.

This and the current 10-to-14 days turnaround time for application and delivery of drivers’ licence cards, he said, made it necessary for an upgrade.

ALSO READ: No grace period for vehicle disks expired during lockdown

“With improved equipment and re-engineered processes, the DLCA aims to reduce the turnaround time to seven days.

“With compliance to international and regional standards, the card will be internationally accepted. There will be no need to apply for an international driving licence when travelling overseas,” said Msibi.

The new technology would also enable the “seamless sharing of information” with other transport entities such as the Road Traffic Management Corporation.

No more queueing, as it is all online

The new system is also aimed at relieving the frustrations of long queues at testing centres, as applications and all other systems will operate online, even including the option of a delivery service, Msibi explained.

“The modernised card production system will mean that citizens can apply for a card online and even elect to have their card delivered to them. This will reduce the traffic at the testing centres.”

Motorists will also have the option of selecting to obtain the physical card or a digital version, which would be available on cellphones through an app.

“As a result, there is a need to modernise the card production system which means the new card with improved security features, re-engineering business processes, and training of staff,” said Msibi.

DOWNPOUR ALERT: Rescue efforts continue in the Western Cape after winter storm strikes

May 7th 2021 at 09:31
Persistent rainfall has caused severe flooding in parts of the Western Cape. Evacuation and rescue efforts are ongoing as the storm moves towards the Garden Route where it is expected to weaken. 

KICKOFF: Battle of the underdogs: Chippa United and Tshakhuma eye Nedbank Cup glory

May 7th 2021 at 09:20
History beckons for either Chippa United or Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila as a couple of hours on the pitch this Saturday will hand one of the relegation-threatened sides their first top-flight trophy. 

CORONAVIRUS: NEWSFLASH: Gauteng’s third wave: It’s coming, but residents can limit severity

May 7th 2021 at 08:53
Gauteng will likely experience a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic within weeks. The severity of the spike will depend on super-spreader events and adherence to non-pharmaceutical interventions, provincial officials and experts have emphasised.

Suspended Magashule likely to attend ANC NEC meeting this weekend

May 7th 2021 at 08:51

When is a suspension a suspension? The answer to this is as clear as mud as far as the ANC’s suspended secretary-general, Ace Magashule, is concerned.

The ANC has seemingly confirmed that Magashule will attend this weekend’s special national executive committee (NEC) meeting. This is despite his suspension letter written on Monday and leaked on Wednesday, clearly indicating he would not be allowed to participate in any party duties while he is suspended.

ANC national spokesperson Pule Mabe said all officials who are expected to attend the meeting will be participating. He would not confirm whether Magashule would be among the attendees, but his refusal to verify that Magashule would not, seemed to indicate the SG might still have a role to play.

At the top of the agenda will be the implementation of the step aside resolution adopted at the ANC’s 2017 national conference.

Magashule this week defied the ANC national working committee’s (NWC’s) decision to suspend him after he failed to voluntarily step down from his post within his 30-day grace period.

This has created confusion about Magashule’s suspension.

His suspension means he may not carry out any of his duties as secretary-general, represent the organisation publicly, or make any public pronouncements. He is also prohibited from mobilising any ANC structures on matters both related or unrelated to his stepping aside.

Mabe refused to be drawn into questions about whether Magashule was still carrying out his duties as secretary-general.

He was asked if Magashule had been coming to the office but did not answer.

Speaking out on Thursday morning, a defiant Magashule said he remained in his post until his appeal challenging his suspension had been heard.

ALSO READ: ‘I’m still the secretary-general’ – defiant Magashule sticks to his guns

“Nothing is going on with me, I’m still the secretary-general,” he told EWN in an interview.

Magashule, who is facing fraud and corruption charges in the Free State, confirmed his letter to Ramaphosa was legitimate and said it was Ramaphosa, in fact, who had been suspended.

This has been disputed by several senior leaders of the ANC who said he did not have the authority.

Magashule also claimed his opponents were using state organs against him and his allies in the ANC.

Mabe said Magashule remained a member of the ANC and should there be any developments the nation would be informed.


NEWSFLASH: In control and close to tears: Study in contrasts as Thoshan Panday’s co-accused family appear for World Cup graft trial

May 7th 2021 at 08:49
The State did not oppose bail for any of the co-accused quintet who arrived in court on Friday in the Durban businessman’s corruption trial.

Husband kills wife in Shoprite car park – after finding her ‘with another man’

May 7th 2021 at 08:43

Police in Polokwane have made an arrest in connection with a shocking case this week. The suspect is accused of shooting his own wife dead in the middle of a Shoprite parking lot, after discovering she was sitting in another man’s car.

Man shoots wife in Shoprite car park

The 34-year-old is set to be processed in court, after the ‘bullet-ridden body’ of his partner was found slumped inside the parked vehicle. It’s understood that a blazing argument took place when the spouses confronted each other, before the male discharged his firearm and hit his 32-year-old wife multiple times.

“Police in Polokwane arrested a suspect, 34, after he allegedly shot and killed his wife this afternoon, in the parking area of Shoprite, on the corner of Grobler and Landdross Mare streets. The police received a call about the incident at about 14:00 and rushed to the scene. On arrival, the body of a 32-year-old woman was found inside a motor vehicle.”

“The deceased, believed to be from Seshego Township, was together with a certain man inside the said vehicle when her husband arrived. An argument allegedly ensued and the husband aged 34, took out a firearm and shot the woman several times. She died instantly. The motive for the killing is unknown – but domestic violence cannot be ruled out.”

Another case of GBV suspected

SAPS won’t jump to any conclusions just yet, but the DA isn’t being so cautious in its approach. Desiree Van der Walt, the provincial chairperson of the DA’s Women’s Network, has expressed her ‘deep concerns’ over another alleged gender-based violence case. The MP insists that women in Limpopo are now living in fear.

“The Democratic Alliance Women’s Network is deeply concerned by what seems to be escalating levels of gender-based violence (GBV) and femicide cases in Limpopo recently. The continued prevalence of GBV in our communities is extremely worrying and continues to prove that women are not safe in this province” | Desiree Van der Walt

Theasen Pillay: Top Durban attorney now found dead with stab wounds

May 7th 2021 at 08:14

Mystery surrounds the death of high profile Umhlanga attorney, Theasen Pillay, who has been found stabbed in his apartment after apparently leaving a suicide note in his office on Friday.

Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) said in a statement that 47-year old Theasen Pillay, owner of Attorneys Theasen Pillay & Associates, had been found dead in his apartment in Solstice Road in Umhlanga Ridge on Friday morning.

“Reaction Unit South Africa  received a call at 11:34 from a relative requesting assistance after he made the discovery. Reaction Officers and RUSA Paramedics were dispatched to the scene and on arrival found Pillay in his bedroom. He suffered stab wounds to his arm and chest,” RUSA said.

“It was established that Pillay left a suicide note at his offices in Umhlanga, KZN prior to leaving the premises this morning. His employees discovered the note and called him,” Rusa said.

“During a telephonic conversation he assured them that he was fine and needed some time alone. They then informed his family and requested that they check on his well being. His brother proceeded to his apartment and gained access with a set of spare keys when he made the discovery,” RUSA said.

Theasen Pillay, was a high profile attorney in Umhlanga, known for taking on many medical legal cases for patients who had suffered injury and loss in state hospitals. One of his clients was a Phoenix couple who brought a R15 million claim against an uMhlanga specialist obstetrician for the emotional trauma they had suffered during and after the birth of their severely deformed baby. The mother had relayed in court papers that she would never forget how she had cried uncontrollably as she held her “horrifically deformed” baby in her arms and the doctor, who was stitching her told her to “keep quiet”.

Theasen Pillay also assisted two grieving families with their R25 million damages suit against the Department of Health after they left traumatised when they were given the wrong bodies of their relatives for burial by Grey’s Hospital.

KZN SAPS had not responded to questions at the time of publication.

Zulu royal family to meet at 5pm for reading of queen’s will

May 7th 2021 at 08:11

AmaZulu traditional prime minister prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi has announced that the Zulu royal family will be meeting later on Friday afternoon to listen to the reading of queen regent Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu’s will.

WATCH: Prince disrupts prayer service at Zulu queen’s funeral

Speaking at a special memorial service in honour of the monarch at KwaKhangelamankengane Palace in Nongoma, Buthelezi said the royal family would meet at 5pm.

Mantfombi passed away last week at Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg at the age of 65. She was laid to rest at a private burial on Thursday.

The reading of the queen’s will happens amid divisions within the royal family over how the succession battle should be handled. The late king Goodwill Zwelithini’s first wife is heading to court to interdict the coronation of a new ruler of the AmaZulu nation.

Queen Sibongile Dlamini is challenging the king’s will in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on the basis that they were married under civil law, which prohibits polygamous marriages.

Queen Mantfombi was appointed regent of the Zulu nation in March, following the death of Zwelithini.

Her first son, prince Misuzulu Zulu, is widely speculated to be the one who will ascend the throne.

‘She spoke with love, listened with patience’

Earlier, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma paid tribute to Mantfombi , describing her as a monarch who cared for the downtrodden despite the elevated position she occupied.

Dlamini Zuma said Mantfombi was a unifier of the Zulu nation and eSwatini. The queen was the daughter of the late king Sobuza and sister of king Mswati III of eSwatini.

“We have drunk from the cup of her wisdom, which she exercised with humility. We had seen her direct the young women towards tradition, education and service to the community through initiatives such as uMkhosi Womhlanga (Reed Dance) and many others.

“We have seen her protect our young, fighting for the safety of women against gender-based violence and substance abuse just as a mother hen would do,” Dlamini Zuma said.

“She was very kind. she spoke with love, listened with patience and acted with compassion.”

The minister said the government had been looking forward to working with the queen as the regent until an official successor was named.

She said Mantfombi was going to be a very capable regent who put the interests of the people first.

“We were certain that our ancestors and the universe had favoured us with the right calibre and temperament of a leader, who would not only hold forth but advance amaZulu and our nation to greater and more caring heights.

“For us, she was the centrepiece by which we would reconstruct and reconfigure the traditional systems of commerce, governance and diplomacy, so that we can build resilient, sustainable and prosperous communities that participate on an equal footing with all other nations of the continent and the world.”

ALSO READ: What you need to know about the late Zulu Queen Mantfombi

LABOUR RIGHTS: ‘We have to get our house in order,’ admits labour minister amid appeals from women farmworkers deserted by UIF

Funding disbursement from the Unemployment Insurance Fund has become a problem for struggling seasonal farmworkers, says the Women on Farms Project – which has appealed for direct intervention from Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi.

‘I need SA citizenship, it’s not safe in the US’ – Lindani Myeni’s widow

May 7th 2021 at 07:18

Lindsay Myeni, the widow of slain KZN rugby player Lindani Myeni, has pleaded with the South African government to give her citizenship – citing fears about the safety of her children if they stay in the US.

Lindani Myeni latest: Wife Lindsay ‘seeking safety in SA’

The 29-year-old victim was shot dead by police last month, who suspected him of breaking and entering. However, bodycam footage from the incident shows a particularly brutal response by the cops in Hawaii. Lindsay is now embroiled in a legal battle with the Honolulu Police Department – but has her eyes on a long-term future in South Africa.

Mrs Lindsay Myeni addressing the media after the memorial service of her husband #LindaniMyeni

— KZN Provincial Gov (@kzngov) May 6, 2021

Family of Lindani Myeni plotting move away from US

Mrs Myeni has been flown over alongside the repatriated body of her husband this week. While attending his memorial, Lindsay made it clear that she does now want to stay in America with ‘children who are considered black’. After several recent high-profile killings of African-Americans by police officers, the Myenis see South Africa as a safer location:

“My next steps, honestly, I need help from the SA government to get me citizenship so I can stay in my children’s home country without my husband. People think when you are married citizenship to each other’s countries is automatic but it takes five years each side.”

“We’ve always wanted the flexibility to be in whichever country the kids can prosper most and right now I feel like this is the safest country for them. I don’t want to raise kids that are considered black in America, where it’s clearly not safe.”

Joe Biden, Barack Obama ‘asked to help’

KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala also attended the service, offering his deepest condolences to the Myeni family. He remains utterly unsatisfied by the police response to Lindani’s death – and wants the biggest names in US politics to intervene:

“We pin our hopes on US President, Joe Biden, that his intervention might help the wheels of justice to turn with speed. We also pray for former US president Barack Obama’s mediation, who hails from Hawaii, in bringing the killers of Lindani to book. Lindani Myeni is one of our own and his life matters dearly to his family and to us as his nation.” | Sihle Zikalala

STREET TALK : Bullying and Disability: How many more kids have to suffer? (Video)

May 7th 2021 at 07:07
What do status, disability, and uniqueness have in common? They all offer grounds to be bullied. When someone doesn't look the same as yourself, it's natural to be curious. However, there's a line between being curious and being aggressive and judgemental.  As a society, what are doing to educate and bring awareness to the bullying problem? How many more kids have to suffer because of someone else's trauma? 

SA on track to receive full vaccine orders this year

May 7th 2021 at 06:48
Enough Covid-19 vaccines to cover about two-thirds of the population.

ANC pinning hopes on ‘chickens’ to tackle youth unemployment

May 7th 2021 at 06:48

It seems like the ANC has plucked this one out of thin air, but their new youth unemployment masterplan shouldn’t ruffle too many feathers. During an online masterclass this week, Dr. Nkhane Baldwin Nengovhela – from the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform, and Rural Development – encouraged young South Africans to get into ‘chicken farming’.

‘Have you tried working with chickens?’ – ANC’s career advice

The ANC government, in partnership with the South African Poultry Farmer’s and Supplier’s Association, hosted the Poultry Masterclass Webinar series this week. The information-sharing session on poultry farming highlighted the network of support available through government agencies and poultry associations to young farmers. 

The masterclass is part of series that the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) is hosting to promote entrepreneurship as a contributor to economic growth. Dr. Nengovhela said there’s still room for the country to grow the industry, and called on the youth of South Africa to ‘seriously consider’ getting into the industry.

“The poultry industry is one of the most advanced sectors in terms of farming in the world. I think all young people should consider it for farming. If you think of something called biotechnology, you can’t think of anything than a day-old chick that is raised for meat, or a layer that is raised to be able to lay an egg.” | Dr. Nkhane Baldwin Nengovhela

Can poultry farming help ease youth unemployment?

SA now producing additional one million broiled chickens per week. That’s because poultry farming fell under one of four master plans concocted by the Ramaphosa administration. With almost R1 billion ploughed into the industry, the flightless birds have become a precious commodity – and associated business opportunities are not to be clucked at…

“Four master plans have been completed and signed to date – which are part of the social compact between labour, business, government, and communities – have already had an impact in their respective industries. Through the implementation of the poultry master plan, the industry has invested R800 million to upgrade production significantly.”

ANC NEC in ‘do or die’ meeting over step aside resolution

May 7th 2021 at 06:22

Following a dramatic week that saw embattled ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule suspended as well as his counter-suspension of ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa, the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) will meet this weekend.

Sparks are expected to fly as the 80-member structure meets virtually via Zoom.

ALSO READ: Does the ANC have the backbone to serve Ace the Malema treatment?

At the top of the agenda will be the implementation of the step aside resolution adopted at the ANC’s 2017 national conference.

The resolution requires all ANC members charged with corruption and other serious crimes to step down from their positions pending the finalisation of their court cases.

So far, ANC KwaZulu-Natal deputy chairperson Mike Mabuyakhulu and the mayor of JB Marks Municipality in the North West, Kgotso Khumalo, have voluntarily stepped down from their posts due to their ongoing criminal charges.

However, Magashule remains defiant that he is still the party’s secretary-general and said he would appeal his “factional and unconstitutional” suspension. He faces multiple charges of fraud and corruption in connection with a multimillion-rand asbestos audit contract in the Free State.

Under the terms of his suspension, Magashule has been barred from representing the ANC or mobilising any of its structures, but he will be entitled to his full salary.

Many political pundits will be closely watching the response of Magashule’s allies and his radical economic transformation (RET) faction.

Ramaphosa ‘suspension’ to be discussed

Magashule sent shockwaves after he ordered Ramaphosa to step down as ANC leader because of allegations of vote buying during his 2017 ANC presidential campaign, known as CR17.

Magashule confirmed his letter was indeed legitimate and it was Ramaphosa, in fact, who had been suspended by the NEC.

Ramaphosa reportedly told the ANC’s parliamentary caucus on Thursday he had received Magashule’s letter with “shock and a measure of dismay”.

While numerous senior ANC leaders have disputed Magashule’s authority to suspend Ramaphosa, the president apparently wants the special NEC meeting to deal with this.

The structure that implements the decisions of the NEC, the national working committee (NWC), indicated that the NEC will discuss the various reports of the integrity commission, which makes findings on members accused of bringing the ANC into disrepute.

The NEC will also discuss proposals for the establishment of an appeals panel to hear the appeals of ANC members affected by the step aside resolution and the decisions of the integrity commission.

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R102 million of crumbling Robben Island museum’s infrastructure grant unspent

May 7th 2021 at 06:09

According to the annual reports of the Robben Island Museum, R102.6 million of an infrastructure grant from the Department of Sports, Arts, and Culture (DSAC), remained unspent by the end of March 2020.

The Robben Island Museum (RIM) receives the grant for the maintenance of infrastructure on the island. However, as custodian of the infrastructure on the island, the Department of Public Works implements the maintenance projects funded by the infrastructure grant.

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Prior to October 2020, all the maintenance funded by the grant was conducted by Public Works. But according to Mava Dada, museum CEO, the Deputy Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture Vusumzi Mkhize noticed that the infrastructure on the island was falling into disrepair during a visit to the island in 2020.

Mkhize then supported negotiations with Public Works to allow RIM to use the grant for its own maintenance projects that don’t exceed R500,000. This new arrangement has been in effect since October 2020.

Dada was speaking during the museum’s executive committee presentation to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Sports, Arts, and Culture, on Wednesday. During the presentation, Dada insisted that there is no mismanagement on the island and that “the island is not decaying”.

“Our hands are tied when it comes to maintenance on the island,” Dada told the committee members. “We need to be authorized by both departments in order to do any work.”

The museum executive committee emphasised the end of the Public Works contract with Coega Development Corporation, which was implementing the maintenance projects, as the main reason for the island’s maintenance problems.

But the spending problems started even when Coega was involved. In the financial statements for 2017/18, it is reported that R50.7 million of the infrastructure grant remained unspent, and a footnote mentions Coega as the Department of Public Works implementing agent for the “majority of infrastructure projects”. R38m of the R50.7m balance relates to Coega projects, the statement reads.

The unspent infrastructure grant amount for 2018/19 was R74 million. It was R85 million in 2019/20. The unspent amount for 2020 is bigger than the allocation itself and includes money rolled over from the previous year.

After a recent visit to the Island by the Ex-Political Prisoners Association (EPPA), a vocal critic of the Robben Island Museum, more evidence of poorly maintained buildings came to light. According to the museum, severe damage to the buildings on the island was caused by a storm in October 2020.

But two photographs, received by GroundUp from an employee on the island and taken on 3 October 2020 and 16 April 2021 respectively, show how a building with a damaged roof had not been repaired since the storm.

An island employee told GroundUp that many of the empty buildings on the island have been invaded by birds.

In 2019, a repainting project was launched focussed only on the buildings along the main bus tour routes and residents were relocated.

The Blue Stone Quarry has also recently been highlighted by the EPPA. The site where Nelson Mandela and his fellow inmates conducted hard labour as part of their punishment, is prone to flooding and is not being sufficiently maintained, the EPPA says. In the middle of the quarry stands a stone pile, started by Mandela and fellow ex-political prisoners when they revisited the island in 1995. Upgrades to the quarry have been planned since 2012.

Another concern for residents on the island is the ongoing maintenance of M/V Sikhululekile, a vessel which has been out of operation since 2017. In the 2019/20 financial year the museum spent R38.5 million on hired boats, while still spending money on maintaining Sikhululekile, which is still unoperational.

An island employee says that residents with school-going children have had to look for alternative accommodation on the mainland since the museum decided that it could no longer provide residents with a boat. This may also cause problems in the case of medical emergencies.

A report commissioned in 2018 by Minister Nathi Mthethwa, which found evidence of mismanagement at the Robben Island Museum, is currently being reviewed by the museum’s management and disciplinary processes are underway. The EPPA and the Democratic Alliance (DA) have called for the report to be made public.

The museum declined to respond to questions and instead referred us to the 5 May presentation before the portfolio committee. The Department of Public Works received and acknowledged our enquiry, but has not responded. Arts and Culture also did not answer our questions.

This story first appeared on Moneyweb and has been republished with permission.

Please SA Post Office, stay in your (terribly managed) lane

May 7th 2021 at 05:58

You’ve got to hand it to South African state-owned entities. They may not have tremendous management skills, but they can certainly identify a cash cow to bleed dry.

The thing is, cows don’t only give you milk, if you farm them right they also provide more cows, so bleeding them dry might not be a fantastic idea in the long run.

It’s just that everybody believes that the cash cow being bled dry by Sapo’s ridiculous position – where they don’t want private couriers delivering packages less than 1kg – will only harm the couriers. Maybe it will, but it will likely harm South Africans even more.

Almost every industry thrives most when it is accessible, so access to fast, efficient and cost effective parcel delivery is key.

Small businesses manufacturing goods to those making food and countless others, are key functional drivers of our economy. A massive part of their success is their ability to get their goods to the end user.

Now the post office has an insurgency tactic to make it the only service provider of “choice”, while struggling to pay rent and despite billions in government bailouts over the past decade.

Spare me. Also correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t remember the private couriers ever being gifted with a cent in tax funds, yet they still seem to be able to deliver.

Dear old Sapo has lost it. This act of forcing their relevance to continue is just throwing twigs into a fledgling ember.

I understand that the law does prevent unlicensed couriers from delivering small mass parcels, but instead of blocking them, lobby for them. If they’re doing a better job, there’s no point to standing in their way.

In the Icasa case where this legal position was clarified, the finding even referred to the purpose: “The intention of Parliament was to protect Sapo against competition within the kilogram and less postage.”

But let’s face it, it’s not like protecting Sapo against competition is doing South Africans any good. In fact, it’s cost them billions already, so why would we allow this to go on?

Over in the US, Nasa realised the potential of the private sphere and instead of fighting it, lobbied for it and, guess what? The people benefit. It’s probably because Nasa is smart and realised that no matter how much it fights progress, it will lose to the detriment of its people.

So, instead, it offered support to the private sector and ensured the private sector plays within the bounds that are beneficial to the population.

It’s a good system. But not to Sapo. No, no, no. Disappointingly, seemingly not to Icasa either.

It’s not like these entities don’t have a history of lobbying for policy change. Think sports licensing, bans on broadcasting protest violence and a whole lot more. These national entities could lobby for a shift in policy, or even afford licences to private couriers, but they don’t.

I’m willing to disregard all of this. Perhaps I’d even be willing to give Sapo and its new management a chance if they just showed a little bit of brain with their legislative brawn. I just know they won’t, because it’s an entity that is old, lazy and unimaginative.

Their biggest brag this year, if you’re willing to ignore their difficulties in paying rent, is a back end integration with Chinese distributor Wish, or as they call it, a “strategic partnership”.

I’m unconvinced it’s worthwhile to brag about a bit of back end code a 16 year old could write in a weekend while you’re struggling to pay your bills. I’ll refrain from asking what they actually paid for that strategic partnership to work, because I know it will depress me.

And, sadly, that is not the most depressing thing about this saga. That award must go to the imbecilic notion that this plan is ever going to work in favour of Sapo. I wish they just had some sort of foresight into the effects of their actions.

So long as they can’t provide services  we’re used to getting reliably from private couriers, all Sapo will be doing is fuelling the market for 999g rocks, which will cost us all in the end.

Before Sapo starts flexing its unearned muscle in the market, it needs to show that it can deliver to that market and, well, I’m not convinced…

So, to quote an apt idiom, Sapo shouldn’t be concerning itself with breaking a functional industry to fail at saving itself. It should be concerning itself with the dichotomy of shaping up or shipping out.

Richard Anthony Chemaly. Entertainment attorney, radio broadcaster and lecturer in communication ethics.

Police condemns rape of blind elderly woman in Mpumalanga

May 7th 2021 at 05:57

Police management in Mpumalanga has strongly condemned the rape of a 79-year-old blind pensioner in Vosman on Sunday, 2 May.

The suspect has since swiftly been arrested with the assistance of community members.


Police spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said the rape occurred while the victim was home alone.

The 48-year-old suspect who is regarded as a neighbour, lived just a few houses away from the elderly woman’s house.

“When he found her home alone the accused allegedly raped the elderly woman. She  ran towards the street as her daughter arrived home with her male friend. Her daughter then managed to grab her and tried to find out what was going on when she realised that her mother looked terrified,” said Hlathi.


According to Hlathi the daughter’s friend “wrestled” the suspect to the ground while members of the community arrived to assist.

“Her male friend in the meantime, went to the house to investigate why the elderly woman ran out of the house and shockingly found the suspect putting his trousers back on.”

“Police was later notified about the incident and upon arrival, arrested the suspect on a charge of rape but due to his injuries, he was taken to hospital for medical treatment, he said.

South African Police Service (SAPS) Acting Provincial Commissioner in Mpumalanga, Major General Thulani Phahla, welcomed the suspect’s arrest. However cautioned members of the public not to take the law into their own hands but to allow the law to take its course.

“We are adamant that the investigation team will work hard to ensure that justice is served for the elderly,” said Phahla.

The suspect has since appeared before the Emalahleni Magistrate’s Court in absentia on Monday, 3 May and the case has been postponed to 10 May.

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Fiery debate over whether ANCWL should march for Magashule

May 7th 2021 at 05:29

A meeting of the ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) on Thursday night saw a fiery debate over whether it should march in support of ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule.

A virtual meeting of its national working committee met to discuss the drama rocking the ANC in which suspended party secretary-general Ace Magashule seeks to suspend President Cyril Ramaphosa.

A source with knowledge of the meeting told News24 that ANCWL president Bathabile Dlamini noted in her opening address the women of the ANC could not sit back while party leaders were fighting.

“She was saying that as women we have to act when the kids are fighting,” the source said.

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It was proposed to the meeting that the league either met with the ANC leadership on the matter or march to the party’s national executive committee (NEC) sitting this weekend.

Magashule has defied his suspension from the party which was imposed following his resistance to stepping aside from his position pending the outcome of his criminal trial.

The charge against Dlamini was led by Deputy Communications Minister Pinky Kekana who was said to have argued the decision of the ANC NEC was binding on the league and it could not support Magashule’s defiance.

Kekana argued the ANCWL had to “look at the picture” and the women of the ANC could not repeat the mistakes of supporting former president Jacob Zuma blindly in his rape trial.

The source noted: Pinky said that the real victims of corruption are women and they bear the brunt of it.

Another league leader from Limpopo was said to have supported this charge, resisting any suggestion to side with Magashule on the matter.

A second source noted the meeting heard the ANCWL could not be on the wrong side of history in the fight against corruption.

Magashule’s defiance of his suspension is expected to dominate discussions at the ANC NEC meeting over the weekend.

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In the letter, which was dated 3 May, Magashule said he was informing Ramaphosa of his suspension, following a decision of the ANC’s national working committee (NWC).

“You have been reported to the Serious Offences Directorate and the matter of sealed documents relating to your CR17 campaign prior and during the national conference is pending before our courts,” he wrote.

In a statement, Magashule said his suspension from the ANC was unconstitutional and he announced he would appeal.

“I have also, in accordance with the powers vested in me as the secretary-general of the ANC, and furthermore, in full compliance with the relevant conference resolutions summarily, suspended the president of the ANC, Comrade Cyril Ramaphosa [sic],” he added in the statement.

Ramaphosa is said to have told the ANC parliamentary caucus on Thursday he was “dismayed” by the letter and it was “null and void”.

Attempts to get comment from the ANCWL were unsuccessful. Its comment will be added once received.

Watch: EFF members ‘storm court’ to confront alleged killer, Leon Coetzee

May 7th 2021 at 05:23

Chaos has erupted at the Pretoria North Magistrate’s Court on Friday, as angered EFF members attempted to gain access to the dock where Leon Coetzee’s bail hearing is being held. The suspect is accused of murdering his neighbour Thembinkosi Thabethe, after a heated argument – sparked by a WhatsApp conversation – turned deadly.

Who is Leon Coetzee? Suspect accused of murdering black neighbour in Tshwane

Coetzee, accused of calling black security guards on his estate ‘pigs’, denies using the language intentionally. His legal team argue that he acted in self-defence, as Thabethe ‘made threats against his wife’ after reading the contentious message on the social media platform. The state accuses the 55-year-old of stabbing the victim three times.

With a trial date coming up later in the year, many more details still need to be established. The EFF, however, is in no mood to wait – and ground forces in Pretoria kicked things up a notch, storming the court on Friday.

BREAKING:The EFF has broken down gates at the Pretoria North MagistratesCourt. They are demanding access to #LeonCoetzee’s bail hearing, he is being charged with murder for allegedly stabbing his neighbour. Thembinkosi Thabethe died last weekend in hospital @radioislam @all4women

— Naadiya Adams (@Miss_Naadiya) May 7, 2021

Watch: EFF members force their way into Pretoria court

In one video shared online, more than a dozen Red Berets can be seen dismantling a security gate outside. They casually let themselves in, outnumbering the security teams, and go into the courthouse. Officials are still trying to restore order in Pretoria, as no police officers were present at the building at the time of the forced entry.

Members of the EFF have just forced their way into the Pretoria North Magistrate’s Court, where Leon Coetzee, accused of murdering Thembinkosi Thabethe is expected to appear.

— Alex Mitchley (@AlexMitchley) May 7, 2021

EFF issue fierce statement on Leon Coetzee

Meanwhile, the Tshwane Branch of the EFF has released its own statement on the Leon Coetzee trial. Needless to say, the are scathing with the suspect, branding him an ‘arrogant white racist’. Local structures of the party have vowed to ‘cleanse the evil spirits of racism’ within the city. And the colourful language didn’t end there…

“How can a man pick up a knife and mutilate his neighbour without any justifiable cause, unless motivated by racism? A black young woman has become a widow, and six children have been left fatherless. We call for the maximum sentence to be imposed upon Leon Coetzee. We will expose, attack, and defeat racism wherever it rears its ugly head.”

Tito Mboweni a ‘drunkard’ – Shivambu lashes out after ruckus in Parly

May 7th 2021 at 05:10

EFF deputy president and MP Floyd Shivambu hit back at Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s criticism of the EFF’s conduct in the National Assembly on Thursday, saying “Drunkards must focus on alcohol and Magoebaskloof”.

This after Mboweni accused the EFF on Twitter of being disorderly and disrespectful to President Cyril Ramaphosa during his question and answer session.

Responding to MPs questions during a hybrid sitting of the House, Ramaphosa’s was briefly interrupted by Shivambu and several EFF MPs who quizzed him about his legitimacy as the country’s president following his “counter-suspension” from the ANC by the party’s suspended secretary-general Ace Magashule.

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“All of us who are here are representing political parties and, as far as we are concerned, Mr Ramaphosa is suspended from the ANC. He must clarify who is he representing, is he representing his jacket or a political party because he is not,” Shivambu said.

However, his question was shot down by the deputy speaker of the National Assembly, Lechesa Tsenoli, who said the question was not related to Ramaphosa’s responsibilities as the head of state.

DA leader John Steenhuisen also accused the president of “waging a factional war” while the country faced several challenges.

In response, Ramaphosa told Steenhuisen to mind his own business because “what is happening in the ANC is not your business.”

‘Disruptive’ and ‘drunkards’

Taking to Twitter after Ramaphosa’s session, Mboweni without specifically naming the EFF tweeted: “To be disruptive, disorderly, disrespectful, uncouth, ungovernable and noisy in the National Assembly is not revolutionary. It is left-wing childishness!! Actually right-wing behaviour and anti-democracy!”

To be disruptive, disorderly, disrespectful, uncouth, ungovernable and noisy in the National Assembly is not revolutionary. It is left-wing childishness!! Actually right-wing behaviour and anti democracy!

— Tito Mboweni (@tito_mboweni) May 6, 2021

In response, Shivambu took a swipe at the minister and accused him of being a drunkard who attends “90% of National Treasury meetings under the influence of alcohol.” He also said Mboweni had failed to manage South Africa’s economy and to implement resolutions of the ANC’s 2017 national conference on the establishment of a state bank.

He tweeted: “To dismally fail to manage South Africa’s economy and to attend 90% of National Treasury meetings under the influence of alcohol. Failure to implement resolutions on State Bank and Sarb [South African Reserve Bank] is counter revolutionary and reactionary. Drunkards must focus on alcohol and Magoebaskloof.”

To dismally fail to manage South Africa’s economy and to attend 90% of National Treasury meetings under the influence of alcohol. Failure to implement resolutions on State Bank and SARB is counter revolutionary and reactionary. Drunkards must focus on alcohol and Magoebaskloof.

— Floyd Shivambu (@FloydShivambu) May 6, 2021

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South Africa has a new debit order system – how it works

May 7th 2021 at 05:04
South Africa’s new debit order system aims to stop abuse in the debit order payment system. Here is what you should know.

WATCH: Dramatic footage emerges of Nafiz Modack’s arrest

May 7th 2021 at 05:00

Dramatic footage has emerged showing the arrest of alleged underworld figure and businessman, Nafiz Modack, in Cape Town a week ago.

At the time, the Hawks said a specially comprised team effected several arrests in Century View on Thursday, followed by further arrests the next morning.

This followed the case of the attempted murder of lawyer William Booth, as well as gang-related extortion, kidnapping and intimidation in the Milnerton area.

Hawks spokesperson Colonel Katlego Mogale said that, when the team attempted to stop the suspects last Thursday, they accelerated and a vehicle missed one of the officers. “A high speed chase ensued and the suspects were cornered at Sable road and arrested.”

#ModackArrest Footage of Nafiz MODACK arrest last week in Cape Town.. By @SAPoliceService Special Task Force @BOSBEER2006 @1SecondLater @MARIUSBROODRYK @News24

— BOSBEER.COM (@BOSBEER2006) May 6, 2021

The footage shows a Toyota Hilux being cornered by two vehicles next to a construction site. Construction workers are seen running away after spotting the officers jump out, brandishing firearms and surrounding the vehicle.

The officers open the front doors and appear to place Modack, in the driver’s seat, on the ground.

“During the arrest, two vehicles were searched. Inside the Mercedes with two occupants that was stopped, two unlicensed firearms were recovered. In the second vehicle, a Toyota Hilux with two occupants, an unlicensed firearm was recovered,” said Mogale.

Modack faces charges of attempted murder, reckless driving and a charge of resisting arrest – related to the car chase captured in the footage.

He appeared in court this week, along with his co-accused Jacques Cronje and Ricardo Morgan.

The three face charges of intimidation, kidnapping, extortion, money laundering, violation of the Electronic Communications Act and charges under the Prevention of Organised Crime Act. Modack and Morgan are also charged with the attempted murder of Booth, conspiracy to commit murder, and pinging (cellphone location tracking).

As an armoured vehicle took Modack away from the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Monday, some of his supporters called out: “We love you, Nafiz!”

Modack is known for providing meals for impoverished families in some Cape Town suburbs.

An online petition currently circulating asks that he be released on bail.

The matter is expected back in court on Friday.

Additional reporting by Jenni Evans.


Grim find: Body parts of missing woman found in Vaal River

May 7th 2021 at 04:49

The body of a woman last seen taking an Uber from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg has been found in Villiers.

Yolandi Botes, 35, went missing on 26 April after reportedly taking an Uber.


Police spokesperson Brigadier Motantsi Makhele said body parts of a woman was found in the Vaal River on Tuesday, 4 May.

“On Tuesday, a father and son went fishing at the Holiday Resort in Villiers next to the Vaal River. The boy walked around and saw something in the water that looked like a part of a body. The police were called and it was confirmed to be a human foot.”

Makhele said Botes was identified by a tattoo on her body.

 “Police divers were summoned and some of the body parts of a white woman were found. It is confirmed that the body is that of a woman that was reported as missing in Brakpan on 26 April 2021. The linkage could be made by a tattoo she had. It was confirmed that the body is that of Yolandi Botes.”

Police divers are still on scene to look for other body parts. Anyone with information can contact the investigation officer, Warrant Officer Theuns Fourie at 082-351-1622.


The victim’s sister Mariska Oosthuizen wrote on Facebook that Botes was on her way to see her children but never arrived.

“We have not had any contact with her since Monday morning where she got in an Uber at the airport. Her disappearance is not right. Her children miss her, her mommy misses her, her husband misses her, her brother and sisters miss her,” she said.

After the victim’s body was discovered, Oosthuizen said they are seeking justice for her sister’s murder.

“We demand justice, we want answers. This was not murder it was planned murder. My sister was chopped up into pieces. And thrown in the river as if she was nothing. She was not nothing; she was a human being, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife a friend.”

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Security officer delivers homeless woman’s healthy baby

May 7th 2021 at 04:38

A compassionate armed response officer went the extra mile in the call of duty when he helped a homeless woman give birth on the pavement in Avoca, Durban.

Marshall Security community support spokesperson Andreas Mathios said the security company had received a report from a resident that a women was screaming for help in the early hours of Thursday morning in Bailey Road.

“Marshall Security’s control room received a report from residents that a woman was screaming for assistance at one of the residents gates,” Mathios said.

Mathios said the firm’s armed response officer, Bradley Govender had responded to the scene where he found a pregnancy woman who had gone into labour.

“He found a woman sitting the on ground on the pavement and she had gone into premature labour and was about to give birth. The reaction officer then proceeded to calm her down and called for additional resources from the dispatch centre who notified EMRS (Emergency Medical Rescue Services),” he said.

Security officer helps woman deliver a healthy baby in street

Mathios said that eThekwini Fire Services had also arrived at the scene to assist the woman. 

“By the time the medical officers arrived at the scene the reaction officer had assisted the woman in giving birth. The officer took the child, wrapped it in an insulation blanket, and took it to his vehicle. A nurse who lives in the community, who also came to assistance of the screaming woman, was on hand to assist with the child but by the time she arrived the baby had been born. She assisted Govender in keeping the child warm and safe,” he said.

Mathios said EMRS arrived at the scene and transported the mother and child to hospital for a medication check up.

“The mother and child were in a stable condition,” he said.

BOOK EXTRACT: Suitcase of Memory: a South African story of love and defiance

May 7th 2021 at 04:26
Bastian Bredenkamp is dead. And from behind the grave, he is finally ready to tell his story. Bastian suffers from a rare condition that allows him to remember everything that has ever happened to him since the day he was born. Although he was adopted by influential white parents and passed off as their own, Bastian knows Mama Sanri’s secret. When he falls in love with his housekeeper’s daughter, Rashieda, Bastian decides to do something that sparks a media frenzy: he approaches the Race Classification Appeals Board to insist that he be reclassified from white to coloured. ‘Suitcase of Memory’ is published by Kwela Books.

DAYS OF ZONDO: Case against Ace Magashule’s Free State DG over bursary scheme corruption falls short

May 7th 2021 at 03:57
The director-general in the Free State Office of the Premier, Kopung Ralikontsane, emerged unscathed at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture on Thursday night as allegations of corruption related to a bursary scheme run from the Office of the Premier failed to hit the mark.
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Argent on the up

May 6th 2021 at 18:01
Move offshore pays off. Steel beneficiation group is a near 70% rand hedge.

ANALYSIS: Ace Magashule’s long-waning process, from ‘Gangster State’ onwards, suggests The Autumn of the Patriarch has arrived

May 6th 2021 at 17:55
The suspended ANC secretary-general has suffered a series of significant defeats, with virtually no evidence of any victories for him, or his dwindling supporters.

NEWSFLASH: DA to carry out full audit on party members’ qualifications

May 6th 2021 at 17:28
With City of Cape Town mayco member Xanthea Limberg the latest high-profile DA figure to be fingered in an ongoing qualifications scandal, the party now says it will launch a full audit.

AGE OF THE ASSASSIN: Nafiz Modack arrest sets Cape underworld ajitter as net closes

May 6th 2021 at 17:19
Is the arrest of alleged underworld figure Nafiz Modack the beginning of the end — and will he finally be convicted of the serious criminal charges he faces?

DAYS OF ZONDO: Bosasa consultant Kevin Wakeford tells commission Angelo Agrizzi is a ‘proven liar’ and ‘a racist’

May 6th 2021 at 17:11
Two years after former Bosasa chief operations officer Angelo Agrizzi told the Zondo Commission that Kevin Wakeford was paid R100,000 a month to influence SARS investigations into Bosasa, Wakeford denied Agrizzi’s allegations.

On the Ropes: Underwhelming support for suspended Ace Magashule indicates a man running out of options

Few of ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule’s supporters have publicly come to his defence after he was suspended by the party, but his real level of support can only be measured once he indicates how he plans to fight his temporary removal.

THE INTERVIEW: Professor Zeblon Vilakazi dreams of an MIT-styled digital technology hub at Wits

May 6th 2021 at 16:57
Professor Zeblon Zenzele Vilakazi has big plans for Wits University during his tenure as vice-chancellor of Wits University but cautions that South Africa needs to strengthen other streams of post-school education besides universities.

Presidential Q&A: Ramaphosa dodges opposition barbs on ANC factional battles, suspensions, elections and vaccines

May 6th 2021 at 16:53
After ignoring EFF digs over his ‘suspension’, President Cyril Ramaphosa snapped at DA leader John Steenhuisen, telling him that what’s happening in the ANC wasn’t his business. But the ruling party’s factional battles remind one of the saying about fighting elephants and grass being trampled.

BLEAT A RETREAT: No sign of promised state funding for KZN farmers really gets their goat

May 6th 2021 at 15:38
An ambitious programme to commercialise and boost indigenous goat production across KwaZulu-Natal is in jeopardy because the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has throttled funding of millions of rands.

OP-ED: Big is better: Building job-creating businesses in Africa

May 6th 2021 at 15:08
Experience the world over illustrates that, more than any other economic actor, big businesses are the creators of large-scale employment and drivers of rapid economic growth. Small businesses don’t scale and don’t create enough jobs to address situations of mass unemployment. If we want to create hundreds of thousands, if not millions of jobs, Africa needs to think big and seize truly global opportunities.

OP-ED: Academentia: Our universities are being strangled by managerial bureaucracy — we must return to the academy

May 6th 2021 at 15:01
My vision for the university is where faculties again become self-governing and self-propelled, where quality is valued over quantity, and where students engage with the best professors available. Too much policy and rulemaking are conceptually restricting, if administratively necessary in a litigious society.

Editorial: Covid-19 vs ANC palace politics

May 6th 2021 at 15:00
By: Eyaaz

Our way of life is still far from finding its “new normal” and we aren’t getting any closer, while palace politics once again take centre stage as we head to October’s local elections

The post Editorial: Covid-19 vs ANC palace politics appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

MPs grill Cyril over ‘senseless’ Covid-19 vaccination plan

May 6th 2021 at 11:57

Government’s “slow” and “senseless” Covid-19 vaccination plan has come under a barrage of criticism from members of Parliament (MPs) during President Cyril Ramaphosa’s question and answer session on Thursday.

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The president was fielding questions about, among others, the brand and quantity of the Covid-19 vaccines that government had procured thus far, the vaccine price tag, and vaccines approved by the SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra).

EFF chief whip Floyd Shavambu said according to their estimate, it would cost a minimum of R50 billion to vaccinate 7% of the population, and that Treasury had allocated R4.3 billion for the entire vaccine rollout.

“The vaccine plan does not make any sense…You are saying you are going to vaccinate 41 million South Africans, when you have only allocated R4.3 billion? And do not tell us about the contingency budget because contingency budgets are allocated for things not foreseen. We have known for more than 12 months about this pandemic that requires intervention,” he charged.

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader John Steenhuisen went for the jugular and asked Ramaphosa if he was going to take responsibility for the lives already lost to Covid-19, saying the ANC was occupied by its own battles when people were dying.

He said other countries were nearly finished with their vaccination programme, while SA had yet to vaccinate a single private citizen, and only managed to vaccinate just over 300,000 healthcare workers in months.

“SA’s current ranking for Covid-19 vaccine administered is 33, not in the world but in Africa. That is after Sierra Leone, Sudan, Somalia and Zambia… Yes people are angry because you have failed them. Do you take responsibility for the life lost due to failure?” Steenhuisen asked.

But the president kept his cool, despite the EFF heckling him and casting aspersions on his legitimacy after the so-called suspension by the suspended secretary genera Ace Magashule.

Ramaphosa said the delays were as a result of protracted negotiations with manufacturers, drug availability and ensuring that contracts with manufacturers were consistent with SA laws.

He said the government would pull out all the stops to provide funding for the vaccination programme, even if it meant Finance Minister Tito Mboweni returning to Parliament to table a supplementary budget.

“We are not going to sacrifice the lives of SA in relation to this pandemic,” Ramaphosa said.

He said they had finalised a contract for the supply of 31 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccines and that, as a continent, through the Africa Vaccine Acquisition Task Team, finalised an agreement for a 220-million doses for the rest of the continent.

He said from Pfizer they had an agreement for 20 million doses, with additional allocation from Covax of nearly 1.4 million Pfizer doses that arrived this week.

ALSO READ: 300,000 Pfizer vaccines arrive in South Africa

“Negotiations with manufacturers were protracted, we also have to ensure terms of contracts were consistent with our laws and not detrimental to the national interest. We also had to set up a no-fault compensation scheme through which those who experience severe adverse results following vaccination can claim damages.

“We have finalised contracts for sufficient doses to vaccinate 41.1 million. The estimated times for the delivery of the vaccines depend on several factors, many of which are beyond our control,” Ramaphosa added.

Vaccine Delivery Schedule:

  • Second quarter (2021): Three million J&J doses, 4.5 million Pfizer doses, and 1.4 million Pfizer doses through the Covax facility.
  • Third quarter: 9.1 million J&J doses, 8.5 million Pfizer doses.
  • Fourth quarter: 19.9 million J&J doses and seven million Pfizer doses.

In total, SA will receive 31.2 million J&J doses and 21.4 million Pfizer doses, including form Covax facility.

The Post Office must deliver all packages under 1kg, but not food – ICASA

May 6th 2021 at 11:30
ICASA has reiterated that South Africa's postal laws determined that only the SA Post Office may deliver packages weighing 1kg and less, although this does not include food. 

Who are you representing? EFF quizzes Ramaphosa over ANC ‘suspension’

May 6th 2021 at 11:08

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday was quizzed by the EFF over his “suspension” from the ANC by embattled secretary-general Ace Magashule.

While he was replying to MP’s oral questions in the National Assembly, EFF deputy president and MP Floyd Shivambu, attempted to ask the president about his suspension.

ALSO READ: ‘I’m still the secretary-general’ – defiant Magashule sticks to his guns

However, he was shot down by the deputy speaker of the National Assembly, Lechesa Tsenoli, who said the question was not related to Ramaphosa’s responsibilities as the head of state.

“We are here to listen to the president of the country and so this is what is going to proceed,” Tsenoli said.

But Shivambu insisted his question needed to be addressed in Parliament before the president could respond to MPs’ questions.

“He must clarify who is he representing, is he representing his jacket or a political party because he is not,” he said.

Some ANC MPs could also be heard bashing Shivambu for his point of order and questioned why he was interested in the internal matters of the party.

This followed Magashule’s suspension letter addressed to Ramaphosa that surfaced on Wednesday following his suspension from the ANC due to his corruption trial.

In the letter, dated 3 May 2021, Magashule cited allegations of vote buying involving Ramaphosa’s CR17 ANC presidential campaign and the court case related to the sealing of the campaign’s financial records.

Voters still have confidence in ANC, says Ramaphosa

At the same time, Ramaphosa said the ANC would participate in the coming local government elections in October with a “great deal of enthusiasm”.

Ramaphosa said the ANC’s recent electoral wins in by-elections were an indication that a majority of South Africans still had confidence in the governing party.

This is despite continued infighting and divisions among ANC leaders over the implementation of the party’s step aside resolution.

“The ANC will participate in the forthcoming elections with a great deal of enthusiasm. We get elected to represent the people of our country.

“As you would have seen and this I say with all humility without being arrogant, the majority of our people still have confidence in the ANC,” Ramaphosa said.

He was responding to a supplementary question from National Freedom Party (NFP) MP Shaik Emam, who wanted to know whether the ANC and other political parties that received funds from companies accused of corruption would consider withdrawing from the polls in the interest of “creating a better society”.

“No, we will not, because our people want us to continue addressing their aspirations and fulfilling their dreams, which we continue doing on an ongoing basis. I’m sorry therefore to disappoint you and say we will not withdraw,” Ramaphosa said.

Last week, Ramaphosa admitted to the Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture that with hindsight, the ANC would not have knowingly accepted donations from corruption-accused company Bosasa. He was testifying at the commission in his capacity as the leader of the ANC.

Ramaphosa told MPs voters had confidence in the ANC because they could see the party was addressing its past mistakes.

“Those people can see what is happening and they see that the ANC is in a process of renewing itself, rebuilding itself, correcting itself and demonstrating its determination to focus on the interests of our people.

“They themselves are investing confidence in the ANC.”

READ NEXT: Ramaphosa remains ‘very resolute’ to address ANC corruption, says Pandor

‘Racist’ Agrizzi opposed BEE, controlled Watson’s emails, Zondo told

May 6th 2021 at 10:38

The Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture heard Bosasa-related evidence on Thursday from former Armscor CEO and businessman Kevin Wakeford.

Wakeford was implicated by former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi in the list of individuals who are said to have benefited from Bosasa, now African Global Corporations.

The businessman, who was a consultant to Bosasa for about eight years, allegedly received R100,000 a month for helping Bosasa “resolve” its issues with the South African Revenue Service (Sars).

ALSO READ: Accountants implicated in Agrizzi testimony to be investigated

During the proceedings, Wakeford denied allegations of corruption, describing them as “false”, “vague” and “unsubstantiated”.

He added that the allegations had been deliberately crafted and given to deceive the commission chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo and there was no evidence to support “these fabrications” .

Watson family ‘deserved awards’

Wakeford also dismissed claims his late friend and former Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson was corrupt and a racist, saying that the narrative played out was not true.

He told the commission Watson and his family “deserved awards” and they treated black people like normal human beings instead of “economic slaves”.

“The Watsons gave white people credibility and legitimacy in this country. It is those people who played township rugby, built companies that were empowering and treated black people as equals, not as economic slaves and subordinates. It is people like that who we should treasure and give national awards to,” he said.

‘Racist’ Agrizzi

Regarding his relationship with self-proclaimed racist Agrizzi, Wakeford said it was tenuous and unproductive from the very start.

Wakeford said he was concerned with Agrizzi’s character and attitude, which he expressed to Watson, since the CEO recommended his appointment.

He said Agrizzi was racist, but hid it for a very long time.

He adds… as a threat to his own relationship with Watson, and the control of the business. #StateCaptureInquiry

— State Capture Commission (@StateCaptureCom) May 6, 2021

An audio clip in which Agrizzi is heard using the K-word was first leaked in 2018.

Agrizzi admitted the slur was said at a meeting at his house between himself and Watson’s family, claiming they coaxed him into saying what he said in the clip, recording it purposefully to discredit him.

READ MORE: Agrizzi maintains he did not murder Gavin Watson

Wakeford told the commission Agrizzi was against Bosasa’s vision of a Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) business, which played a role in the former chief operating officer’s contract being terminated.

“One of the reasons Agrizzi’s contract was terminated included his offensive and racist language towards the black board of directors in Bosasa and his autocratic behaviour and complete disregard for the authority of the board of directors,” he said.

Wakeford also told the commission Agrizzi controlled Watson’s emails, which he denied in a responding affidavit.

Watch the proceedings live below, courtesy of the SABC:

Huawei launches the latest CloudCampus 3.0 solution, accelerating Enterprises’ journey toward the cloud era

May 6th 2021 at 10:34
By: Partner
At the Huawei Industrial Digital Transformation Conference 2021, Huawei took a significant step forward in campus networking by launching its latest CloudCampus 3.0 solution and an extensive range of industry-tailored products.

New SA Driving Licence: No more queues, electronic and mobile cards

May 6th 2021 at 08:56

South Africans will soon be able to apply for a new electronic or mobile driving licence card as well as a physical plastic one Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula revealed this week.

The days of standing in long queues will also eventually come to an end with the introduction of an e-service system by the Department of Transport (DOT)

Mbalula’s plans for the introduction of the new cards was revealed in the Drivers Licence Card Account Annual Performance Plan (DLCA) 2020/21. The DLCA is a division that falls under the Department of Transport (DOT).

“It is envisaged that a new durable driving licence card with improved security features will be introduced by the end of the financial year,” the plan noted.

“The emergence of the fourth industrial revolution presents both challenges and opportunity for DLCA. There are opportunities for the DLCA to adopt newer technologies to support the DLCA service delivery initiatives,” the plan said.

“The advent of self-driving cars and other alternative transport initiatives such as on-demand ride service may impact on the demand of driving licence cards. There is definitely a need for DLCA to adopt new techniques and business models that will fundamentally transform the production process, government decisions, industry and society at large.”

According to the 2020/21 plan the modernisation of the driving licence card production system will have the following benefits, enabling the DLCA to:

  • Reduce the driving licence card production turnaround time from 12 days to just 7 days
  • Introduce an electronic/mobile driving license
  • Create a platform to introduce an e-service
  • Re-engineer the DLCA process to allow for the automation of support services and the elimination of the current manual application process.

Earlier plans in 2016/17 that were initiated to start with the introduction of the new card system were delayed when there was a change in the transport ministry.

‘Who are you? You’re suspended’ – EFF cause chaos for Cyril in Parliament

May 6th 2021 at 08:37

The EFF has wasted no time in giving Cyril Ramaphosa the hazing he could not avoid on Thursday. The Red Berets didn’t give the president a second to start his address during Parliamentary Questions – and Deputy Leader Floyd Shivambu was accused of ‘contempt’ by questioning the president’s authority, following his row with Ace Magashule.

Watch: EFF clash with Ramaphosa in Parliament

You should know the story by now. The ANC officially suspended the corruption-accused Ace Magashule, while criminal charges still loom over him. He didn’t take the decision well, and wrote his own letter of suspension addressed towards President Ramaphosa. As far as Ace is concerned, Cyril is no longer recognised as the serving head of state.

The EFF decided to push the boundaries on this matter, sending Shivambu into bat…

#RamaphosaQandA | Proceedings are off to a rough start when EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu addresses the elephant in the room.

MPs want to know if Ramaphosa can speak for the ANC after #AceSuspendsCyril.

— Jacaranda News (@JacaNews) May 6, 2021

What Floyd Shivambu said to Cyril Ramaphosa…

“Who is representing the ANC today? The information we have is that Mr Ramaphosa is suspended from the ANC… he is not permitted even by his own organisation. It is false to say he is in charge.”

EFF Chief Whip, Floyd Shivambu raises a point of order asking who President Cyril Ramaphosa is representing as he raises the suspension issue.#RamaphosaQandA

— Athi Mtongana (@Artii_M) May 6, 2021

Magashule fall-out dismissed by Parliamentary authorities

Thankfully for Cyril Ramaphosa, the House Speaker wasn’t interested in entertaining what he called ‘social media squabbles’. He shut down the complaints from TWO separate EFF MPs, who soon learned their protests weren’t going anywhere immediately. After the traditional shouting match and Parliamentary chaos, order was restored to the chamber.

Floyd Shivambu: "we need to know if Cyril Ramaphosa is still the President of SA.. In what capacity is he allowed to speak in this parliament"

Deputy speaker : "Order honourable member, i don't know what happens in social media"

— Akanii ♒ (@LesNgobz) May 6, 2021

Sendoff app launched – South Africa’s “Uber Black for funerals”

May 6th 2021 at 08:08
A South African company has launched the world’s first full-service funeral arrangement app called Sendoff.

‘Shock, dismay’: Ramaphosa breaks silence on Ace’s attempt to suspend him

May 6th 2021 at 07:34

Quite a few things have ‘shocked’ Cyril Ramaphosa during his years as president – but it’s fair to say receiving a letter informing him of his suspension from the ANC has to be one of the more left-field surprises he’s ever had. The tit-for-tat battle with Ace Magashule came to a head on Wednesday, as the party SG fought back against the president.

Who is suspending who? Ramaphosa reacts to Magashule

Responding to an official letter of suspension, Magashule retaliated by sending one back to Ramaphosa’s office. However, Ace somewhat lacks the authority to start telling the president if he should turn up for work or not…

Nomfanelo Kota, acting spokesperson of the ANC Parliamentary caucus, has revealed that President Ramaphosa did address MPs about this matter on Thursday – ahead of what’s likely to be a fiery session of Parliamentary questions this afternoon. The caucus meeting was called as a matter of urgency earlier in the day.

President left ‘shocked’ once more…

According to Kota, Ramaphosa was both ‘shocked and dismayed’ by the conduct of his comrade. Ace Magashule’s attempts to suspend the president have been deemed ‘null and void’ by the head of state, who was at a loss to explain why the Secretary-General of the ANC pulled something so outlandish out of the bag:

“He did in, in his opening remarks at the beginning of the meeting, express his dismay over last night’s events, especially his so-called suspension. He stated that in his view that the so-called suspension was null and void as it had not been discussed by any of the officials. Mr. Ramaphosa is shocked that this attempt came out of the blue.”

"It was with a measure of dismay because this issue of suspending me as the president of the ANC has never been discussed by the officials or anyone, it just came out of the blue but I felt it really is null & void" – Cyril Ramaphosa to ANC caucus @ewnreporter

— Matshidiso Madia (@tshidi_lee) May 6, 2021

Covid-19 Vaccine: Wits trial results published in New England Journal

May 6th 2021 at 07:30

Results from the initial primary analysis of the Novavax Covid-19 vaccine trial conducted by Wits VIDA in South Africa have been published in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).

Wits University announced in a statement on Thursday that the NEJM, recognised as the world’s leading medical journal, had published the findings of the Phase 2b clinical trial conducted at Wits University in South Africa. The article was published on 5 May.

Shabir Madhi, Professor of Vaccinology, co-author of the study, and the Director of the Vaccines & Infectious Diseases Analytics Research Unit (Wits VIDA), led the Novavax Covid-19 vaccine trial in SA.

The published data provided additional detail of an initial analysis conducted in January, while more robust data from a complete analysis of the study was shared in March 2021.

Publication of initial primary analysis highlights cross-protection by the Novavax Covid-19 vaccine against the B.1.351 variant prevalent in South Africa during the study.

This is the first published study to show protection against mild Covid-19 caused by the B.1.351 variant circulating in South Africa.

An updated analysis of the study indicated 100% protection against severe Covid-19 due to the B.1.351 variant.

“An efficacy of 50% is sufficient to meet the World Health Organization criteria for regulatory approval of the vaccine,” Madhi said.

The Novavax Covid-19 vaccine, known as NVX-CoV2373, is made by Novavax, Inc, a US-based biotechnology company developing next-generation vaccines for serious infectious diseases.

Gregory M. Glenn, M.D., President of Research and Development at Novavax, said: “This data publication reinforces the encouraging safety profile and cross-protective effect across variants seen in studies of our vaccine to-date.”

About the study

The Phase 2b randomised, observer-blinded, placebo-controlled trial conducted in South Africa evaluated the efficacy, safety and immunogenicity in healthy adults, and in a small cohort of medically stable adults living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

The study met its primary endpoint – i.e., the Novavax vaccine demonstrated an overall efficacy of 49% in the initial analysis (published in NEJM), and 49% in the subsequent complete analysis (unpublished).

Among healthy adults without HIV, the Novavax vaccine demonstrated efficacy of 60% in the initial analysis, and 55% in the subsequent complete analysis.

In the initial analysis, cases were predominantly mild-to-moderate and due to the B.1.351 variant that dominates in South Africa, and increasingly in southern Africa.

In the subsequent complete analysis, circulation of the B.1.351 variant continued to dominate, and all five cases of severe disease observed in the trial occurred in the placebo group.

The initial analysis, now published in NEJM, suggested that prior infection with the original Covid-19 strain did not protect against subsequent infection by the variant predominantly circulating in South Africa through 60 days of follow-up. However, with additional follow-up, the complete analysis of the South Africa trial indicates that there may be a modest protective effect of prior exposure with the original Covid-19 strain.

Among placebo recipients, at 90 days of follow-up, the illness rate was 8.0% in baseline seronegative participants and 5.9% in baseline seropositive participants.

“The data make a compelling case for use of the Novavax Covid-19 vaccine in settings where the B.1.351 variant dominates – which is most of southern Africa – to reduce the risk of mild disease and also to maximise the opportunity for protection against severe Covid. Further work is required for Novavax and all other Covid-19 vaccines, particularly in people living with HIV,” Madhi said.

The Novavax Covid-19 vaccine trial is one of two Covid-19 vaccine trials in South Africa led by Madhi and Wits VIDA, with the other being the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine trial.  

In addition to directing Wits VIDA, Madhi is Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits), and co-Director of African Leadership in Vaccinology Expertise (ALIVE).

ISS TODAY: ANALYSIS: DRC’s poverty-stricken population needs urgent policy change to enable a better future

After years of stagnation, Tshisekedi’s ‘sacred union’ could transform the country’s prospects through five sectoral policy choices. 

Takealot under threat from an ‘invisible enemy’

May 6th 2021 at 07:22
South African online retailers like Takealot are under threat from an 'invisible enemy' which is rapidly gaining momentum in South Africa.

NEWSFLASH: Ace Magashule: What now? An internal party appeal or straight to court

May 6th 2021 at 07:11
ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule is likely to either appeal his suspension or take the entire process to court, say party officials.

Bird Flu: Poultry industry on high alert as SA records fifth outbreak

May 6th 2021 at 07:02

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on Thursday, 6 May, announced another outbreak of Avian Influenza – also known as bird flu- in a commercial chicken farm in Randfontein in Gauteng.

Preceding this outbreak, four outbreaks were detected on other commercial chicken properties. 


A total of five HPAI H5N1 outbreaks – four in Gauteng and one outbreak in North West has been reported.  All affected farms have been quarantined, with control measures being implemented,” the department said.

“Genetic evaluation has confirmed that the outbreak reported in commercial layers on 13 of April in Gauteng and the one on commercial broiler-breeders in the North West seem to have been caused by non-identical AI strains,” the department said.

The Department added that these two outbreaks were more likely to have been caused by separate introductions. 

“It is essential for everyone across the country to remain on high alert.”


The department said that all increases in mortality rates (deaths) must be reported to the state veterinarian immediately.

“Everyone across the country is once again urged to treat any increase in mortalities (deaths) of poultry and other bird species as potential avian influenza, until proven otherwise.”

“It must be mentioned that no human infection, due to these circulating strains, had been reported in Europe and thus the zoonotic risk to people is very low, the consumer has no reason to be concerned.”


Following the outbreak of bird flu on 13 April 2021, all neighbouring countries have lifted the ban on exports of live chicken and unprocessed products, except Lesotho, which has banned exports from Gauteng.

However, Hong Kong has notified the department of a temporary suspension of the importation of all poultry (carcass, parts and offal) products (including eggs) from the affected municipalities within the Gauteng and North West.

To report the deaths of poultry, contact the department at

READ: ‘Bird Flu’ outbreak: Second farm to be hit in Gauteng

Live stream: Ramaphosa takes questions in Parliament on Thursday 6 May

May 6th 2021 at 07:01

This is the one thing you suspect Cyril Ramaphosa DIDN’T want to do after Wednesday’s chaotic showdown with Ace Magashule. But like it or lump it, the president has to face the music with Parliamentary Questions at 14:00 on Thursday 6 May – and we’ve got the live stream for the event right here…


— Parliament of RSA (@ParliamentofRSA) May 5, 2021

Live stream: Cyril Ramaphosa to take questions in Parliament on Thursday 6 May

[The live stream will appear here just before 14:00]

What will Ramaphosa talk about in Parliament?

Ramaphosa will deal with a range of issues, many raised by his political opponents, and a press release from the office of the presidency claims that there will be specific details shared on SA’s vaccination programme. GBV, the crisis in Mozambique, and even the state of Mzansi’s economic recovery will all be up for debate:

“President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Thursday, 06 May 2021, use the occasion of his reply to questions in the National Assembly to provide updates on progress with the country’s COVID-19 vaccination programme, economic recovery plan, and efforts to end gender-based violence. The President answers questions in the National Assembly once every quarter.” 
“Ramaphosa is also reporting on South Africa’s contribution to regional and continental efforts to address the security situation in Mozambique. The President generally answers questions for oral reply in the National Assembly once every quarter. He will also deal with progress in the implementation of the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan.”

Vaccine rollout under scrutiny

Indeed, let’s hope that The President does have a comprehensive answer about the COVID-19 vaccines up his sleeve – because EFF leader and staunch Ramaphosa critic Julius Malema is ready to land a few ‘jabs’ on this issue.

[At 14h00]: Cyril Ramaphosa will update the National Assembly on the progress with South Africa Covid-19 vaccination programme.

Here is a question for Oral Reply by our CIC @Julius_S_Malema

— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) May 6, 2021

Live stream: Ramaphosa takes questions in Parliament on Thursday 6 May

A day after he was 'suspended' by Ace Magashule, Cyril Ramaphosa is in Parliament to face several tough questions on Thursday. The live stream is here, too.

V&A Waterfront: Cape Town signs off on R4 billion expansion project

May 6th 2021 at 06:53

The City of Cape Town announced the approval of a R3.9 billion expansion project at the V&A Waterfront on Wednesday, 5 May.

The mixed-use development is expected to create at least 1100 jobs during the construction phase and follows on the heels of two other significant development announcements.


The expansion project will see construction projects take place on either side of Dock Road and the current Battery Park development in the waterfront 10.5 hectare canal district. The district is the thoroughfare for all visitors who enter the waterfront from the city.

“Following the recent approval of the R14 billion Harbour Arch Development and the R4 billion River Club development, which will together see roughly 40 000 jobs being created in Cape Town, the approval today of the V&A Waterfront’s Canal Precinct Plan, will see another significant boost to job creation for Cape Town,” said Executive Mayor Dan Plato on Wednesday.

Plato said lockdowns across the world had a major impact on cities in 2020 and the City of Cape Town is doing its utmost to ensure the local economy “bounces back even stronger than before.” Infrastructure developments such as these create job opportunities, attract investors and “offer significant benefit to our residents,” he said.

The development has been approved by Heritage Western Cape and will not adversely affect the rights of surrounding properties, according to the City. The maximum building height in the eastern part of the development will be capped at 60 metres.

The original development application was amended to incorporate oral submissions made to the Municipal Planning Tribunal during the appeal process.

“The V&A Waterfront is identified as a location that will remain an attractive destination for locals and international visitors for decades to come,” said Plato.

“Significant and sustained investment by the private sector facilitated by the City of Cape Town, will ensure the long-term sustainability of Cape Town. The concept is therefore approved.”

Asylum seekers has until June to renew expired visas online

May 6th 2021 at 06:14

Refugees who needs to renew their visas online has until 30 June to apply. On 15 April, Home Affairs Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi extended the validity of asylum seeker visas and refugee statuses which expired during COVID-19 lockdown.


With the online extension, a holder of an asylum seeker visa or a refugee status can request an extension of visa through email, without having to physically go to a refugee reception office.

When making a request for an online extension, refugees has to send an email to a dedicated email address. Once the email is sent, an asylum seeker will receive a reply outlining the process to follow, a template and list of required documents.

“Once all documents are sent and received at Home Affairs, the Department will consider the request and communicate its decision by email. In cases where a request cannot be processed online and requires the applicant to appear in person at a Refugee Reception Office, a letter stating that will be sent. This letter will also the office name, date and time of their appointment,” the department said.


To request online extension for an asylum seeker or refugee visa you will need to submit the following documents:

  • A signed template that has a permit number, full names and surname, and full contact details (an email address, mobile phone numbers and physical address).
  • Proof of physical address in a form of a utility bill or an affidavit confirming address.
  • A copy of the current visa. If the visa is lost, the client must submit an affidavit confirming that the permit is lost and indicate the previous permit reference number.

Asylum seekers can send their requests for permit extension to the refugee reception office where the last extension was made. 

READ: Home Affairs: Validity of visas expired during lockdown extended

Cape Storm turns deadly: Two dead after floods flip vehicle

May 6th 2021 at 05:37

The ferocious Cape Storm shows no sign of relenting on Thursday, and widespread rainfall and strong winds expected to persist throughout the Western Cape up until tomorrow morning. Weather warnings remain in place, but sadly, the extreme conditions have already claimed two lives in the past 24 hours.

Cape Storm latest news and updates: Two dead in Bonnievale

In relaying the latest update on the storm, Western Cape officials confirmed that flooding had caused several serious incidents on Wednesday. Roads have been damaged, major commuter routes shutdown, and there are even reports of vehicles being swept away in some provincial districts. The local government has confirmed the following:

  • Two people died in flood waters in Bonnievale on the R317 last night – after being trapped in an overturned vehicle.
  • Another bakkie that was stuck in floodwaters was towed out and the driver managed to escape without injuries.
  • A number of children that were reported to be trapped under a bridge were found to be safe in a nearby house.
  • Several roads were left badly damaged.
  • The Meiringspoort was closed but has since been reopened.
  • The most significant damage caused by the weather has been reported across the Cape Winelands.

Weather warnings for the Western Cape on Thursday 6 May

Anton Bredell, The Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs, and Development Planning in the Western Cape, has expressed his condolences to those affected by this terrible tragedy. The Cape Storm has dumped over 100mm of rain in some suburbs, pushing emergency services to their very limits overnight.

“Our emergency services have been working tirelessly throughout the night. The conditions caused by the Cape Storm were very difficult and we are grateful for the men and women who stood up once more to help our communities. We hope that we don’t see any further major incidents and urge the public to take care over the next few days.”

“In Robertson and Hermanus, 41mm of rainfall has been measured. Struisbaai, meanwhile, has received 115mm of rainfall. Swellendam has recorded 45mm, and Grabouw 58mm. In Cape Town, between 6mm and 14mm has been measured so far. And finally, the Tsitsikamma region has received about 48mm to 50mm.”

Watch: NEW footage shows CIT hero Leo Prinsloo ‘taking on armed thugs’

May 6th 2021 at 05:06

Savvy driving skills and a fearless desire to catch the crooks have made a household name out of Leo Prinsloo, whose calmness under pressure has earned him a vast array of plaudits in the last seven days. The former top cop managed to derail a Cash-In-Transit (CIT) heist, and a video of the incident has been beamed across the world.

The footage EVERYONE is talking about gets a sequel…

The clip is from an incident that took place on the N4 highway in Pretoria last month. The armoured vehicle is attacked on the road – but the driver and his colleague, Lloyd Mtombeni, maintain cool heads, bringing the fight to the suspects.

They manage to evade one of the assailants’ vehicles – despite being under fire for most of the ordeal. The video that went viral made Leo Prinsloo a national hero. But we aren’t done lauding him just yet…

Watch: New footage emerges of Leo Prinsloo vs CIT robbers

New footage shared online shows the sheer bravery exhibited by Leo Prinsloo behind the wheel, and his comrade Mtombeni in the passenger seat. The vehicle’s dashcam now gives us a front-facing account of the incident that dropped jaws worldwife. The security team can be seen taking on the thugs – ramming into their vehicle as it nips ahead of them.

The last bit was clipped in the previous video.

— eNCA_BarryBateman (@eNCA_BBateman) May 5, 2021

Who is Leo Prinsloo?

Prinsloo is reportedly a former member of the South African Police Service (SAPS) Task Force who left the service around 2004. He now runs his own weapons training academy in Centurion, Tshwane. He also works as an armed security escort – a very dangerous side-hustle – to earn extra income.

However, being thrust into the public eye for an act of heroism doesn’t come without its downsides. Leo Prinsloo and his family are now under armed guard, after he received death threats from criminals thought to be involved in the botched CIT heist. Truly, no good deed ever goes unpunished in Mzansi…

MAVERICK CITIZEN: COMMENT: US support for TRIPS Waiver — activists force a great step forward but a steep climb still lies ahead

May 6th 2021 at 05:02
South Africa has a developed health infrastructure, but it is starved of human and financial resources and buckling badly. It is not far from breaking point. This infrastructure will be put to the test when the vaccine rollout starts. There will be no value in SA scoring a victory on the world stage for vaccine access, but scoring an own goal at home. 

SAPS: Now Cele rebukes Sithole for ‘blatant’ disregard of his orders

May 6th 2021 at 04:57

Police Minister Bheki Cele has lambasted SAPS police commissioner General Khela Sitole for apparently making senior management appointments without his approval.

Cele this week addressed Sithole in a letter in which he strongly reprimanded Sitole for his actions.

The leaked letter dated Tuesday 4 May, addressed to Sithole and signed by Cele, was shared on social media.

In the letter, Cele refers to a meeting he had with Sithole at the Pretoria West College on 15 April.

“Despite the fact that I gave clear instructions to you, you still went ahead and announced the appointment of senior managers, in key positions, during a briefing to the Portfolio Committee on Police on 4 May 2021,” Cele wrote.

“As instructed during the meeting held on 15 April 2021, you were supposed to submit a new submission in respect of the appointments we agreed on, for my consideration and concurrence.  To date my office has not received the new submission.”

Cele added that when he was aware that Lieutenant General Mfazi had announced “a certain appointment”, “I had telephonically  instructed you that Lieutenant General Mfazi must retract his statement, which to date has also not happened.”

“You therefore, blatantly ignored my instructions and the provisions of the SAPS Employment Regulations 2018 when you went ahead and announced these appointments. You disregard for my position as the Executive Authority of the Department of Police and relevant regulations is regarded as serious and will not be tolerated. Your irresponsible actions further opened the Department to possible litigation and disputes,” Cele said in the letter. 

“The appointments are therefore invalid and are considered to be irregular as I did not give my concurrence as stipulated by the SAPS Employment Regulations 2018.”

“I hereby instruct you to retract the appointments with immediate effect,” Cele ordered.

He added that he expected written confirmation of the retraction to be submitted to his office

“Your blatant contempt for my Executive Authority was also brought to the attention of the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee of Pilice as well as the consequences of your actions,” he said.

SAPS spokesperson Vish Naidoo and Cele’s spokesperson, Lirandzu Themba, could not be reached for comment at the time of going to print despite repeated attempts to contact them.

New COVID cases in SA hit three-month high – as infections rise in ALL provinces

May 6th 2021 at 03:58

Predicting when the third wave of infections will hit a largely unvaccinated South Africa has proved to be a difficult task – but the crest of the tide may just have come into view last night: The number of daily new cases recorded hit a three-month high on Wednesday, breaching the 2 000 mark for the first time since mid-February.

Third wave loading? ‘All provinces’ see increase in infections

Rather than this being a one-off spike in the data, a provincial breakdown of the numbers shows that there are sustained increases of COVID-19 infections across the board. Ridhwaan Suliman is a lead researcher for CSIR, and he has put together a startling graph that exposes upward trends across the country.

Free State, Gauteng and the Northern Cape appear to be experiencing the sharpest increases:

The worms paint a worrying picture about a third wave, showing some troubling form over the past 21 days – Photo: Ridhwaan Suliman

The worrying signs from South Africa’s latest COVID-19 data

  • – The number of new cases on Wednesday – 2 073 – is the highest figure since 18 February 2021.
  • – Third wave fears have been compounded by Gauteng’s seven-day average for new cases – UP 33% in the last week.
  • – Free State has experienced the steepest rise in new infections since the start of April 2021.
  • – COVID-19 hospitalisations have also shown an increase in the past few days, rising by about 5%.

Third wave fears stoked by new figures

The Health Department also reported 46 deaths due to coronavirus yesterday, with a large majority of the deceased being reported in both Gauteng and Limpopo. A study released earlier this week predicted that a third wave could claim ‘at least 7 000 more lives‘ in South Africa – and that’s only in the best-case scenario.

“Today 46 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape four, Free State one, Gauteng 19, Kwa-Zulu Natal two, Limpopo 18, and Northern Cape two – which brings the total to 54 557 deaths. We convey our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers who treated the deceased patients.”

COVID-19 graph

Photo: Ridhwaan Suliman

South Africa: Uber Says Costs to Recruit Drivers Will Weigh on Results

May 5th 2021 at 23:51
Uber Technologies Inc. said spending on recruiting drivers will impact earnings in the second quarter, placing another hurdle in front of the company’s goal to reach profitability by the end of the year.

FARCE ABOUT ACE: Panic’s just another word for nothing left to lose

May 5th 2021 at 21:24
So what transpired in South African politics on Wednesday, when ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule attempted his own kind of intra-ANC coup? Answer: Nothing sane, or competent.

Weather forecast, alerts and UVB index for all South African provinces, 06 May 2021

Weather data provided by the South African Weather Service. For a detailed forecast of your province, click here.

Severe Weather Alerts


  1. Orange Level 6 Warning for RAIN resulting in danger to life due to fast flowing streams closer to mountains and disruption of essential services is expected over the Overberg District (W. Cape).
  2. Yellow Level 4 Warning For RAIN resulting in flooding and infrastructure damage is expected over the City of Cape Town, Cape Winelands, Hessequa municipality (W. Cape).
  3. Yellow Level 4 Warning For WIND resulting in difficulty in navigation at sea is expected between Hout Bay and Witsand (W. Cape).
  4. Yellow Level 1 Warning For WAVES resulting in small vessels being at risk of capsizing is expected between Hout Bay and Stilbaai (W. Cape).


  1. Nil


  1. Nil


Temperature: Partly cloudy and cool but warm in the north.

The expected UVB Sunburn Index: High.


Temperature: Fine and cool but warm in the Lowveld, becoming partly cloudy from the afternoon


Temperature: Fine and warm becoming partly cloudy from the afternoon.

North-West Province:

Temperature: Fine and warm, becoming partly cloudy.

Free State:

Temperature: Partly cloudy and cool to warm with isolated showers and thundershowers.

Northern Cape:

Temperature: Cloudy along the coast where it will be cool at first otherwise partly cloudy and warm with isolated showers but scattered in the south.

Wind: The wind along the coast will be light to moderate northerly to north-westerly becoming fresh at times in the afternoon north of Hondeklip Bay.

Western Cape:

Temperature: Morning fog along the west coast and adjacent interior with afternoon isolated thunderstorms, otherwise cloudy to partly cloudy and cool with scattered to widespread showers and thunderstorms leading to flooding over the south western parts. Isolated thunderstorm are expected over the eastern interior spreading southwards by the afternoon.

Wind: The wind along the coast will be light to moderate northerly north of Saldanha Bay, otherwise moderate to fresh south-easterly reaching strong to near gale between Table Bay and Cape Agulhas.

The expected UVB Sunburn Index: Moderate.

Eastern Cape:

The Western halfTemperature: Partly cloudy and cool with scattered showers and thundershowers.

The Western Half – Wind: The wind along the coast will be strong north easterly.

The Eastern halfTemperature: Partly cloudy and cool with isolated showers and thundershowers.

The Eastern halfWind: The wind along the coast will be moderate north easterly , becoming fresh in the afternoon.


Temperature: Fine and cool but warm in the north-east. It will become partly cloudy with isolated showers and thundershowers in the south.

Wind: The wind along the coast will be light to moderate easterly to north-easterly.

The expected UVB Sunburn Index: Moderate.

ACE OF NO BASE: An outwitted Magashule won’t go without a bang, ‘suspends’ Ramaphosa in ANC staring match

May 5th 2021 at 18:31
The ANC sent Secretary-General Ace Magashule a suspension notice on Monday. On the same day, Magashule informed President Cyril Ramaphosa that he would also be suspended from the party. Magashule is on the ropes and desperate.

G7 TALKS: US and South Africa agree to cooperate on Mozambique insurgency and expand Covid-19 vaccine production

May 5th 2021 at 18:06
International Relations and Cooperation Minister Naledi Pandor and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken have agreed on the need for the US and South Africa to cooperate in addressing the Islamist insurgency in Mozambique’s northernmost province of Cabo Delgado.

B.1.617: Kenya detects its first case of the variant of concern, says ministry

May 5th 2021 at 18:04

The Kenyan government announced that the country has a case of the coronavirus variant first detected in India, on Wednesday, 5 May. The variant of concern was picked out among samples taken from Indian travellers working in the western region of Kenya.

Just a few days ago, the same variant, B.1.617, was confirmed to be in neighbouring Uganda.


Dr Patrick Amoth, the director general of Kenya’s ministry of health, said the variant entered into the country because of global connectivity and suggested that its appearance was inevitable.

“You cannot be able to put barriers… to prevent a virus from accessing your territority,” said Amoth.

The B.1.617 variant of concern was detected in the western city of Kisumu, Kenya, according to AFP. Amoth said Indian travellers were working in that part of the country but provided no further details. The country confirmed the presence of the variants of concern first detected in the United Kingdom and South Africa, in the past.


On Wednesday, India recorded nearly 400 000 new COVID-19 infections and 3 780 deaths. There are fears that the B.1.617 variant of concern is fanning the flames of the pandemic in the country.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said the variant is now in more than 12 countries but it did not say it is deadlier, more contagious or more adept at evading vaccines.

Countries across the globe, including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda, are sympathetic to the plight India finds itself in but have opted to suspend flights to and from the subcontinent.  

South African political party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) criticised the government for not restricting travel to and from India after the country suffered several scares involving travellers testing positive for COVID-19.

On Monday, 3 May, the word got out that an individual who recently travelled to India tested positive for COVID-19 and received treatment at a KwaZulu-Natal hospital. There has been at least three more ‘high alert’ events since then, including two cargo ships with more than a dozen positive cases.

The official government stance is that the B.1.617 variant has not yet been detected in South Africa but Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize has expressed his concern about potential vulnerability at the country’s ports of entry.

“We share our people’s concern but wish to reassure South African that we are a very capable nation that knows how to deal with the burden of a variant of concern (VOC),” said Mkhize on Tuesday.

“Our teams remain on high alert to survey, detect and contain the spread of COVID-19 in general, with heightened awareness of travellers from countries where VOCs are dominating.”

Eskom isn’t generating enough electricity right now

May 5th 2021 at 18:01
It fell short during the peak on Monday and Tuesday. Here’s how it was able to keep the lights on.

Barnabas Xulu held in contempt of court

May 5th 2021 at 18:01
Fined R30 000, given a three-year suspended sentence – and must give up his Porsche.

M&R: Order book could grow to R80bn

May 5th 2021 at 18:01
But only one of the huge contract awards has been announced.

DAYS OF ZONDO: Newly stepped-aside KZN deputy chair Michael Mabuyakhulu denies benefiting from ANC donation money

May 5th 2021 at 17:49
ANC KwaZulu-Natal political heavyweight Michael Mabuyakhulu told the State Capture Commission that a R1-million donation he received was solely for party activities and not in exchange for provincial tenders, as alleged by forensic auditor Trevor White.

Here’s how Covid-19 is now hurting students’ mental health

May 5th 2021 at 17:28

Institutions of higher education worldwide are undergoing unprecedented change because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Universities and colleges have been forced to switch to online teaching and learning. Many were unprepared for this move to what is termed emergency remote teaching and learning.

It is now just more than a year on from many countries’ initial lockdowns. Many universities have adopted some form of hybrid learning approach. They are attempting to combine face-to-face and online instruction into a single, seamless experience. This situation is likely to remain the status quo for some time, especially in the Global South. That is because, although a variety of vaccines are available around the world, distribution and actual vaccination has been slow in poorer countries – and particularly on the African continent.

This has serious implications for higher education. For many students, the university campus isn’t just where they go to learn. It also provides a space for relationships that helps them to form important networks and alliances that evolve and extend beyond their university education.

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We wanted to know how students have coped and are negotiating the current challenges. So, we conducted research soon after the pandemic started that explored how teaching and learning had been affected. This initial publication focused on one of South Africa’s research-intensive universities. It revealed that students had struggled to manage online learning remotely.

A network of global researchers from multiple disciplines and universities (including five institutions in South Africa) is now replicating this study. Their aim is to understand better the situation elsewhere in Africa as well as in Europe, South America, the Caribbean and North America. Ultimately, these studies will help us to make sense of how the pandemic is reshaping higher education.

The initial study confirmed the need to prioritise university students’ welfare. We found that undergraduates, full-time students, and female students were especially vulnerable at home while learning online due to the pandemic. Given South Africa’s gender-based violence crisis, stay-at-home learning has exposed many young women students to challenging and dangerous situations.

The global pandemic has created more uncertainty about the future, including higher education and the world of work. This uncertainty emerged in our research as fundamentally affecting mental health. South African universities have to support students’ transition through this uncertainty. That includes the difficulties stemming from lack of social cohesion — including peer-to-peer relationships on campus — that are afflicting students.

Seven key themes

For our study, a total of 1,932 university students completed an online questionnaire over a period of six weeks. A mix of undergraduate and postgraduate, and international students also were involved.

The questionnaires yielded demographic data. They also examined students’ perceptions of readiness and motivation for online teaching, learning and assessment; student engagement; and their attitudes towards COVID-19 and its impact on higher education. Open-ended items also were included. These asked the students to reflect on the disruption caused by the pandemic.

Seven themes emerged from the data. These represented challenges that hindered students’ ability successfully to learn online during the COVID-19 era. The themes were:

  • Internet connection
  • Mental health
  • Personal challenges/ability
  • Time management
  • Being easily distracted
  • Family members making studying difficult
  • The interaction between lecturers and students

We found that undergraduate and full-time students were approximately twice and four times, respectively, more likely than were postgraduate and part-time students to indicate problems associated with mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic. Those aged between 18 and 24 were approximately 1.75 times more likely than students older than 24 to present problems associated with mental health.

The findings also reveal a gender dimension to mental health in our study. Specifically, female students were 1.83 times more likely than male students to indicate problems associated with mental health. These problems included stress, anxiety and depression.

Students expressed challenges with time management, distraction and problems associated with family members. These were situated in the notion of self-directed learning and self-management. These notions entail discipline, personal commitment, motivation and so on. Researchers have argued that self-directed learning is important to success. Students struggled with the lack of physical support from their peers and lecturers. They said they were unable to stay motivated and focused by themselves within the remote learning space.

Internet connectivity emerged strongly as a theme. This indicates how great the digital divide is between South Africa’s urban and rural areas. Older students were more likely than were their younger peers to experience connectivity issues. This supports the argument that younger university students are more likely to be digital natives than older students. International students, many of them back at home in other African countries because of the pandemic, struggled the most with connectivity. The university provided data bundles to local students so they could access streamed lectures.

Overall, the results under this theme showed a lack of internet connectivity in rural areas, in general, and particularly in South Africa’s poorest provinces. A large relationship emerged between the poverty ranking of provinces across South Africa and the degree to which students reported experiencing internet connectivity challenges.

Long-term strategy

A country like South Africa cannot afford to ignore the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on higher education, especially on students’ health and well-being. South Africa’s comparative and competitive edge is locked in the youth, especially university students. They are a critical mass in “building the capability of the state to play a developmental, transformative role” according to the National Development Plan 2030.

South African universities, working with the Department of Higher Education and Training and other national government departments, must create and resource a long-term strategy to support the well-being of university students as they transition through this pandemic. One example is that of the Wellbeing at Oxford programme at Oxford University in England. Online mental health services, as provided in Canadian universities, must become an integral and sustained intervention in South African universities going forward.

ROYAL RIFT: When majesty falls to folly: Battle lines drawn in Zulu kingdom succession

May 5th 2021 at 17:27
While the burial and the special official provincial funeral for the late regent of the Zulu nation take place over the next few days, it will do little to dampen the royal tiffs about succession and the division of the late king and queen’s estate.

PARLIAMENT: Public Protector inquiry: ANC, DA agree they get more say in impeachment vote because of electoral support

May 5th 2021 at 16:57
The way is clear for Parliament’s inquiry into Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s fitness for office after the rules committee on Wednesday dismissed a bid to rejig the voting system for the probe.

OP-ED: In a post-truth world, science is under threat — we need an inoculation against fake news

May 5th 2021 at 16:46
The epidemic-like rise in alarming pseudoscience and fake news trends and associated damaging outcomes raise a crucial question: Will the scientific process survive this onslaught or will anti-vaxxers and other conspiracy theorists eventually hold sway in the public domain?

DAILY MAVERICK WEBINAR: Manipulating reality: The rise of deepfakes and how to spot them

May 5th 2021 at 16:29
Deepfake technology has introduced a terrifying new frontier in the internet-based disinformation nexus that has been creating chaos around the world over the past few years.

Dismissal of Nelson Mandela Bay policemen changed to suspension

May 5th 2021 at 16:18

Three Nelson Mandela Bay policemen facing dismissal for alleged insubordination will now instead be suspended for two months.

According to Marshall Von Buchenroder, Democratic Alliance (DA) MPL, the three Brigadiers will no longer be dismissed.

Humewood station commander Brigadier Leonie Bentley, Gelvandale station commander Brigadier Lawrence Soekoe and Brigadier Ronald Koll will now be suspended for two months without pay.


On Wednesday, 5 May, the DA marched to Mount Road Police Station to hand over a memorandum asking for fairness following a Disciplinary Committee recommendation to dismiss the policemen.

Democratic Alliance (DA) members marched to Mount Road Police Station on Wednesday, 5 May. Image via: DA Eastern Cape/ Facebook

“I handed over a memorandum to the SAPS, that called for, amongst others, the Disciplinary Committee’s decision be reviewed and set aside. However, as was confirmed in correspondence to me this afternoon, these Brigadiers are now facing a two-month suspension without pay,” said Von Buchenroder.

“This is simply unacceptable, as evidence indicates the charges against them have no merit,” he added.


He added that it was imperative that the demands set out in the memorandum were still met.

A memorandum with demands were handed to SAPS. Image via: DA Eastern Cape/ Facebook

The demands include; that the policemen are allowed to return to their duties by 7 May 2021, that the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) should investigate the circumstances leading up to the disciplinary cases and that evidence led by senior officials be investigated.

“Those who are implicated in committing perjury in relation to the disciplinary cases must be suspended, pending the outcome of the IPID’s investigation,” said Von Buchenroder.


On Monday, 3 May, Police spokersperson Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana said the issue remained internal between SAPS employer and employee.

“Kindly be informed that the matter referred to in your query, remains an internal issue between the employer and employee concerned. We therefore believe that it should be treated as such. The Provincial Commissioner’s office has not received any information in relation to the matter, and for this particular reason it is not possible to give a comment at this stage,” said Kinana.

At the time spokersperson for MEC Weziwe Tikana-Gxothiwe said the MEC does not wish to interfere with SAPS administrative issues.

“MEC Tikana-Gxothiwe sees this as a matter between an employer and an employee. A matter she cannot interfere with as it is an administrative issue, and thus wishes for it not to be used for any political gains,” said Unathi Binqose.

The MEC Tikana-Gxothiwe also expressed her “full confidence in the SAPS internal processes in dealing with this matter”.

READ: DA condemns dismissal of senior SAPS members in Nelson Mandela Bay



ANC responds to Magashule’s letter to Ramaphosa

May 5th 2021 at 16:15

The African National Congress on Wednesday evening responded to Secretary-General Ace Magashule’s letter to Cyril Ramaphosa, in which he “summarily” suspends him as the president of the party.

ANC responds to Magashule

The party said the “decisions of the National Executive Committee and the National Working Committee stand”.

In the statement, which was initially shared on WhatsApp, the party confirmed the NEC will be “meeting over the weekend and will accordingly respond to the Secretary-General.

“The ANC request that the Secretary General respect the decisions of the NEC and subject himself to the discipline of the organisation”.

Can Magashule suspend Ramaphosa?

Not really, no. National Chairperson of the African National Congress, Gwede Mantashe, confirmed Wednesday evening that the letter, if not a fake, “has no consequence” as Magashule doesn’t have the authority to suspend Ramaphosa.

Mantashe told the TimesLIVE the decisions within the party “are taken by structures and not individuals. He added that the intention of Magashule’s letter was to “cause confusion”.

“[Magashule] is doing someone’s bidding. […] You can’t take decisions on your own in an organisation. It has no consequence. You can’t as an individual write a letter suspending another letter.”

Mantashe likened it to being a member of a “church choir or a football club”, explaining that all decisions within the club are taken in a structure, not by any one individual.

Thus, he says, the “letter is not worth the paper it is written on”.

Now read: Ace Magashule threatens to suspend President Cyril Ramaphosa

#LiveYourWild with SANParks this May at selected national parks

May 5th 2021 at 15:21

If you need to get out of the house, keep reading. South African National Parks (SANParks) is offering a discount at selected national parks during May.

SANParks is currently offering a 40% discount on new online bookings for stays between Monday, 3 May and Tuesday, 11 May 2021 at a selection of parks and camps around South Africa

SANParks 40% discount offer

The discount only applies to the cost of the specified accommodation and camping. No discounts will be offered on conservation fees, Wild Card purchases, activities, meals, etc.

SANParks said in a statement the 1% Community Fund charge will be calculated on the discounted reservation cost. Get 40% off when you book at the following parks and camps:

  • Addo Elephant National Park:
    • Narina Rest Camp
    • Alexandria (Umsitsi Cottage and Langebos Huts)
    • Spekbook Rest Camp
  • Agulhas National Park
  • Augrabies Falls National Park
  • Bontebok National Park
  • Camdeboo National Park
  • Garden Route National Park:
    • Storms River Mouth Rest Camp
    • Wilderness Ebb-and-Flow Rest Camp
    • Knysna
    • Nature’s Valley
  • Golden Gate Highlands National Park:
    • Glen Reenen Rest Camp
  • Kruger National Park:
    • Mopani Rest Camp
    • Pretoriuskop Rest Camp
  • Marakele National Park:
    • Bontle Rest Camp
  • West Coast National Park

The reservations will be subject to the terms and conditions of the SANParks online booking system and reservations made through any other channel are not entitled to the discounts. The discounts are not available to the Travel Trade.

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Just in: Ace Magashule threatens to suspend President Cyril Ramaphosa

May 5th 2021 at 15:02

The Secretary-General of the African National Congress (ANC), Ace Magashule on Wednesday released a statement to formally appeal the “unconstitutional suspension”.

Ace Magashule strikes back

Magashule to suspend Ramaphosa as ANC president

After being issued the letter of suspension on Wednesday, Magashule referred to it as “fatally flawed”, adding that he is questioning Deputy Secretary-General Jessie Duarte authority on the matter.

Magashule said Duarte had no authority to issue the letter of suspension, citing it as “unconstitutional.”

He further added that he would now “summarily suspend Cyril Ramaphosa as the president of the ANC in full compliance with the relevant conference resolutions”.

This means that Ramaphosa would not be able to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the President of the ANC. He may also not represent the party publically in any forum, and may not make public statements pertaining to party interests.

‘Illegal and unconstitutional’ suspension

Magashule cited the terms of Resolution 8.2 of the 54th National Conference and Resolution 8.3, citing that “people who fail to give an acceptable explanation, or to voluntarily step down while they face disciplinary, investigative or prosecutorial procedures”.

He called on members of the party to “act with revolutionary dignity and respect, and to uphold the ANC Constitution”. Magashule added:

“None of us should bow to illegal and unconstitutional actions. In doing so we must protect the unity of the ANC as leader of society. […] Furthermore, these letters are based on a selective and factional interpretation of the relevant resolution”.

Why was Magashule suspended?

Magashule was suspended from office as a temporary measure to enforce the ANC’s step-aside policy. This follows after Magashule was accused of graft in the province of Free State.

During his time as the provincial premier, Magashule reportedly orchestrated a fraudulent operation worth more than R250 million. The political veteran, in the process, enriched himself through an asbestos auditing contract.

As reported earlier today, Magashule was charged by the Hawks, and further litigation awaits.

Now read: ANC responds to Magashule’s letter to Ramaphosa

ANALYSIS: Gone Guy: The suspension of Ace Magashule is Ramaphosa’s biggest reform win to date

May 5th 2021 at 14:45
Ace Magashule is the first ANC secretary-general to be suspended. President Cyril Ramaphosa won his biggest reform gambit yet when the party’s deputy secretary-general, Jessie Duarte, suspended Magashule from his role on Wednesday, May 5.

Abantu Bemthetho ‘arrest’ Richards Bay’s progress

May 5th 2021 at 13:19

TS Sporting have climbed closer to and put more pressure on GladAfrica Championship log leaders Richards Bay by beating them 1-0 at KaBokweni Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

It was a tense game and the home side knew a loss would make it even steeper for them as the race heats up. Abantu Bemthetho remain third but are now just two points behind the Natal Rich Boyz with three games to go.

Sporting took the first stab in the 16th minute with Decide Chauke allowed space and time inside the Richards Bay box. With his back to goal, he did well to bring the ball under control, turn and shoot it beyond Malcolm Jacobs’ reach.

The Natal Rich Boyz tried to hit back, with Khanyisa Mayo a constant threat with his signature curled long range shots, but he couldn’t get them on target.

It was in fact Abantu Bemthetho who almost doubled their lead early in the second half. But Jacobs was equal to the task.

Bay’s best chance of the match came only in the 75th minute, and it fell to Lwandile Mabuya who had just come on. The youngster hurried his shot and it went wide.

Siyabonga Vilane also came close to finding an equaliser in the 84th minute but his header went nuts over the bar, with the keeper well beaten.

A minute later, things almost got worse for the KwaZulu-Natal side and were lucky that Mohau Mokate’s well taken hit the post after it had beat Jacobs.

GladAfrica Championship results:

Cape United 1 Polokwane City 0
Free State Stars 1 Steenberg United 1
Uthongathi 1 University of Pretoria 0
Bizana Pondo Chiefs 2 CT All Stars 3
TS Sporting 1 Richards Bay 0
Pretoria Callies 1 Sekhukhune United 2

Former Proteas batting coach signs deal with English county Lancashire

May 5th 2021 at 13:12

Former Proteas batting coach Dale Benkenstein has joined English county side Lancashire on a short-term contract.


Benkenstein played 23 ODIs for the Proteas between 1998 and 2002 and served as the national team’s batting mentor under head coach Ottis Gibson until after the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

The 46-year-old Benkenstein has scored over 16 000 runs in first-class cricket and was prolific with the willow in English county cricket with Durham, who he captained to their maiden County Championship title in 2008.


He also previously served as head coach at Hampshire, leading them to two T20 Blast Finals Days and securing promotion back to the top tier of the County Championship.

Lancashire director of cricket, Paul Allott, said: “We were looking to add some additional expertise to the coaching team and Dale brings a wealth of experience to the changing room.

“He is highly respected in county cricket following his time as a player at Durham and then coaching at Hampshire.

“To add that knowledge into our dressing room can only be a good thing as we look to build on our positive start to the season.”


Daily Lotto results for Wednesday, 5 May 2021

May 5th 2021 at 13:01

Are you ready for the Daily Lotto draw on Wednesday, 5 May? It’s yet another chance to find out whether or not you’re one of South Africa’s latest Daily Lotto winners.

If you’ve decided to Phanda, Pusha, Play then you might just strike gold here.

Let’s have a look at the jackpot and Good luck!

Daily Lotto Jackpot for 05/05/2021 is estimated at R450 000!

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05/05/202104, 08, 14, 24, 25
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‘It happens every day’: Leo Prinsloo’s life of hits and horrors

May 5th 2021 at 12:59

While the country continues to celebrate (and meme) cash-in-transit escort driver Leo Prinsloo for evading a series of live bullets while foiling an attempted heist, he insists he was just doing his job, during which he sees about six to seven similar incidents per week.

The gutsy Prinsloo grabbed international attention this week, after a leaked video showing the tough guy dodging a string of bullets in his armoured Toyota Land Cruiser on the N4 in Pretoria, after the vehicle he and his partner were escorting came under attack.

WATCH: How Leo Prinsloo literally drove into and chased the highway robbers

In the process, Prinsloo relentlessly tried to crash his vehicle into the robbers, successfully ramming one of their vehicles off the road. He and his colleague Lloyd Mtombeni were escorting a vehicle carrying cellphones when they were shot at more than 30 times.

Just doing his job

Despite Prinsloo garnering plenty of praise for his “badass” actions, he apparently felt the attention was unnecessary as he was simply doing his job, said Deon Coetzee, managing director of Fortis Pro-Active Defence Solutions, where Prinsloo works.

Coetzee told The Citizen that similar attacks happened at least six or seven times per week, with four attacks recorded on the same day as the one which has now gone viral.

“South Africa has become a haven for all kinds of gangs. We have all sorts of things… Sadly, there is about a 40% to 50% success rate of stopping these things – meaning we are losing these people,” he said.

Prinsloo under protection due to death threats

Prinsloo and his family have since been placed under protective guard, as he has been receiving death threats, Coetzee said.

“We are keeping everything serious but there is organised crime involved in this so … Any gang who can, at this stage, take out Leo would score ‘street cred’ with all other gangs. The video should never have been leaked in the beginning and showing the inside of the vehicle,” said Coetzee.

Coetzee said Prinsloo regrets the big fuss being made about him, considering how many other operators face similar dangers every day.

“His biggest gripe is ‘I was just doing what all these guys are doing daily but they want to make a hype about me.’ So many of us are doing this. I don’t know why. It’s a calling,” Coetzee said.

The cash in transit escort drivers name is Leo Prinsloo. Ex South African Special Police taskforce member / sniper. He rammed and chased one of the Audi’s into a hotel carpark. Suspects ran into McDonalds. 2 x AK47’s recovered. Lucky for them they got away.

— Tas Prospecting (@TasProspecting) May 1, 2021

MTN draws 20 responses as it prepares to sell South African towers

May 5th 2021 at 12:25
MTN Group is making progress towards separating the company’s fintech business and sell a portfolio of South African towers as Africa's largest wireless carrier continues to slim down.

Lockdown latest: What restrictions are ‘most likely to return’ this winter?

May 5th 2021 at 11:50

The scientific community is almost unanimously certain that a third wave of COVID-19 is coming to South Africa in some form this winter. The threat of ‘new variants’ and cold weather driving the virus could prove to be a lethal cocktail, and whenever coronavirus numbers rise, lockdown restrictions get tougher – it’s a cycle we are on course for this winter.

Variants, cold weather ‘likely to bring tougher lockdown restrictions back’

South Africa has only vaccinated 300 000 healthcare workers, along with Cyril Ramaphosa, David Mabuza, and a number of other political leaders. Although immunisation numbers are expected to ‘shoot-up’ in May, not enough people have developed immunity against the virus to negate the arrival of a third wave.

So, if the inevitable becomes the unavoidable, what can we expect to change from our lives of semi-normality at Level 1? We’ve looked at the six restrictions that are expected to return first, in the event of another COVID-19 barrage:

What restrictions are most likely to return in a third wave?


Variants are arguably the most worrisome factor for a country that has managed to suppress its caseload, as there are suspicions that different strains can evade both vaccines and the body’s own immune response. The Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) has already stated that ‘leisure and business travel’ should be restricted now.

Border closures

Take the Indian variant, for example. That’s causing a great deal of stress at the minute, as that particular mutation has a similar lineage to the EK484 spike protein that spooked scientists at the start of the year. Not only will international travel laws be tightened, but entire border posts across SA will also act as a first line of defence to tackle a possible third wave.


Wintery conditions make fertile breeding ground for this virus. If there are two things COVID loves, it’s indoor circulation AND large crowds. Should SA be in a position where cases rise, we expect to see the maximum number for allowed gatherings – both inside and outside – slashed dramatically by the government.


Much like gatherings, funerals can draw many people in, bringing swathes of mourners together at the same time. If gatherings are subject to tougher restrictions due to a third wave, funerals WILL follow suit.


Previous COVID surges saw booze removed from the shelves, for weeks on end. Prohibition is a crutch used, not always wisely, by the government when new cases increase, and drinkers of South Africa know to expect the worst…


This is one of the more flexible lockdown rules, and can be tweaked as the government sees fit. Every time gatherings, personal movement, and alcohol purchases are limited, curfew times get extended. So if we do get that third wave for winter, this restriction is likely to be altered again.

Lockdown latest: How bad will third wave be in South Africa?

Meanwhile, even with the looming threat of a new variant washing up on Mzansi’s shores, the South African Covid-19 Modelling Consortium has confidently stated that the inevitable third wave of the virus ‘will be much weaker than first feared‘. That’s because their own independent numbers suggest ‘up to 40% of SA’ has already been infected.

The consortium reckons that the real COVID-19 death toll for South Africa is nearly 130 000, as opposed to 54 000 registered by the government’s official rolling total. They also believe a well-managed response to a virus resurgence would ‘only’ lead to a further 7 000 deaths. But with the Indian variant lurking, the government remains on high alert:

“We wish to reassure citizens that there are no direct flights from India and that all our ports of entry employ stringent containment procedures to minimize the importation of Covid-19. We are currently on high alert to screen passengers and test those who require further assessment.”

Zweli Mkhize

Hlophe’s attorney found in contempt of court

May 5th 2021 at 11:28

The high court said Barnabas Xulu acted with impunity and contempt in the saga of getting him to repay millions in state funds

The post Hlophe’s attorney found in contempt of court appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Shepherd Bushiri head of security in court on corruption charge

May 5th 2021 at 11:26

Controversial Kenyan pastor Shepherd Bushiri’s head of security and his wife, a senior member of the SAPS, appeared in the Pretoria Magistrates Court facing charges of corruption this week.

Rosey Resondt, a 45-year-old brigadier who works as a member of the SAPS National Organised Crime Unit appeared in court with her husband, Clifford Cornelius Resondt, who works as the head of security for Shepherd Bushiri.

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) national spokesperson Sipho Ngwema said that the couple had appeared in court on charges of corruption after Clifford had been arrested on 20 January 2018 for allegedly raping a child. 

“An amount of R500 000 was transferred from the Shepherd Bushiri Ministries to Rosy’s account on the 22 January 2018 and the amount reflected on the parents of the child’s home loan account,” Ngwema said.

“The same day when the money reflected on the parents account, the child dropped the charges against the husband.”

Ngwema said that during the next court appearance the rape charge against him had been withdrawn.

Ngwema said that the couple was this week granted bail of R15 000 each under strict conditions. 

“Bail conditions were that they should attend court for the duration of the court proceedings. They must not intimidate witnesses and must report to their closest police station (Olivenhoodbosh police station) on Mondays,” Ngwema said.

He said the couple was also ordered to hand over their passports to the SAPS investigating officer and restricted from travelling to any SA ports of entry.

“The husband should not travel outside Gauteng and Rosy should submit her work travel itinerary to the investigating officer before travelling,” he said.

Rosy was ordered to hand over her third passport within 14 days and the couple was ordered not to apply for new passports 

Matter postponed for further investigation.

WATCH | Cape Storm: Flooding in Struisbaai leads to evacuations

May 5th 2021 at 11:11

The winter storm that made landfall in the Southern Cape on Wednesday, 5 May, has caused severe flooding in Struisbaai, Cape Agulhas and the surrounding areas, said the Western Cape government.


Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell said people are being evacuated from homes in the areas affected by the flash floods and rescue teams have been dispatched.

“People being evacuated from their homes are being housed at the Struisbaai Caravan Park and Stuisbaai Community Hall,” said Bredell.

Bredell added that the Cape Agulhas Municipality Joint Operational Centre (JOC) has been activated for all disaster management matters.


The South African Weather Service (SAWS) predicts that rainfall between 40 and 60 millimetres could fall during the Cape storm. Mountainous areas may be hit harder, with a predicted rainfall of between 80 to 100 millimetres accompanied by thunder and lightning and a small chance of hail.

Struisbaai 2 – Received on Whatsapp… Unknown source…

— Merentia v d Vent (@Merentia) May 5, 2021

Mom sent me this, it's bad there in Struisbaai

— Tebza (@carlolinks) May 5, 2021

The SAWS issued an ‘adverse weather’ warning on Tuesday and set that a cold front with heavy rains and strong winds could hit the Cape on Wednesday at 8:00. The phenomenon is caused by a “cut-off low”, according to the weather service. It is defined as “a deep, closed low pressure in the mid-troposphere…”

“A cut-off low is expected to affect the Western Cape from [Wednesday] into Thursday, resulting in widespread showers and thundershowers, strong winds and very rough sea conditions especially from Wednesday evening, extending into Thursday,” said SAWS in a statement.

The Overberg region, Garden Route District, parts of the Cape Winelands and Cape Metropole are all expected to be affected by the storm with the worst of it coming during the overnight hours.

Coastal users were also advised to stay clear of the sea, as the strong winds may lead to steep waves, which could reach heights of up to 4 to 5.5 metres at times.

Murder Latest: Miguel Louw killer sentenced to 34 years in jail

May 5th 2021 at 11:00

Phoenix man, Mohamed Ebrahim Vahed, 43, was sentenced to 34 years and six months imprisonment in the Durban High Court on Wednesday.

This is after he was convicted for the murder and kidnapping of nine-year-old, Miguel Louw, in July 2018.

National Prosecuting Authority spokeswoman, Natasha Kara, said Vahed had also been found guilty of theft and was sentenced to 25 years, eight years and 18 months for the three offences.

Vahed had occasionally stayed with Miguel and his family in Sydenham because he sometimes did odd jobs for them. Sometime prior to the boy’s disappearance, Vahed had told Miguel’s mother, Raylene that he was attracted to her. She turned down his advances, and he became angry and warned that he would “show her”.

A few days later, Vahed stole Raylene’s and the children’s ID documents and birth certificates. On 17 July 2018, Vahed fetched Miguel from school, something he had never done before, and bought him food at a nearby KFC outlet. They then boarded a taxi which went towards the direction of the Durban CBD.

Miguel was not seen alive again.  

Police arrested Vahed a few days later but he maintained his innocence, denying that he had anything to do with the child’s disappearance. Miguel’s body was found in a bushy area a few metres away from Vahed’s home in Phoenix on 3 September 2018.

“Although the cause of death could not be properly ascertained as the body was in a state of decomposition and skeletisation, the autopsy report said suffocation could be considered,” Kara said.

Senior State Advocate, Kelvin Singh presented video footage showing Vahed and Miguel in the fast food outlet and boarding a taxi. The video was of Vahed showing Miguel what appeared to be the ID document and birth certificates. These items were found in Vahed’s possession when he was arrested.

Adv Singh also presented cell phone evidence which placed Vahed at specific locations, linking him to the crime. 

Vahed’s defence was that he did not kill Miguel, as he was in police custody, the state led entomological evidence that the insects found on the body show that he died shortly after he went missing, probably the same day or the following day.

The state submitted Victim Impact Statements compiled by Miguel’s mother, sister Mikayla and grandmother, Arlene Omardeen.

Omardeen described Miguel as a loving and gentle child. She said that his death had caused her world to collapse and she was still grieving the loss. Raylene said that her life was happy and complete with her two children but that ended abruptly when Miguel went missing.  She spent days crying and had sleepless nights. She said the fact that they could not view his body, due to the decomposition, had worsened the trauma. Mikayla said that she and Miguel had been inseparable as they shared everything. She said that her heart was broken and full of sadness.

Director of Public Prosecutions in KwaZulu-Natal, Adv. Elaine Zungu said: “Although we cannot bring back the life that was tragically lost, we hope that the family finds solace in that justice has  been done. Commendations to the prosecution and investigation team on a job well done, bearing in mind that they had to rely on forensic evidence and minimal circumstantial evidence. The sentence and conviction in the matter is welcomed.”                                                            

COVID-19: Elderly called to register for vaccine in Eastern Cape

May 5th 2021 at 10:58

The Eastern Cape Department of Health has called on people aged 60 and above to register for the lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine. On Wednesday, 5 May, the department announced that the Sisonke Protocol vaccine programme was back in full swing.

The country’s vaccination programme has been strengthened by the arrival of the Pfizer vaccine – which will mostly be administered in urban areas because of two doses that needs to be administered.


The Johnson & Johnson vaccine rollout was put on hold after the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  found blood clots in six patients who had been vaccinated. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine will mainly be used in rural areas as it only requires one dose.

Health MEC Nomakhosazana Meth said it was important for people to register for phase two.

“Without them registering to be vaccinated means they will remain defenceless against this virus which has caused so much misery not only in our province and country, but around the world. This is why we want people who are 60 years and older to register so that they will get the vaccine.”

The Department added that 3 776 community healthcare workers will be deployed to register potential COVID-19 vaccinees on a door-to-door basis using their smart phones.


While the vaccine was initially administered in Gqeberha, Mthatha and East London, it has been spread to other hospitals in the province as the Eastern Cape hopes to inoculate around 4.5 million people.

“The vaccine is completely safe to use as President Cyril Ramaphosa, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize, myself and hundreds of thousands of our healthcare workers have been inoculated. We want to encourage young people to help their parents and grandparents register to be vaccinated because right now, we will not be safe until we have all been vaccinated,” said Meth.

According to the department,  37 157 people were vaccinated for COVID-19 with 14 818 inoculated in Nelson Mandela Bay, 12 813 in Buffalo City Metro and 9 526 in OR Tambo District by 30 April.


Acting Health Superintendent-General Dr Sibongile Zungu said people should stop listening to conspiracy theories regarding COVID-19 vaccines.

 “We need people to stop with their conspiracy theories and instead work with government in protecting our population and the only way to do that is to get vaccinated,” she said.

With a population of 6.7 million people, the Eastern Cape wants to inoculate 4.5 million in 705 wards across the province.

This will be done in 1 882 vaccination sites, of which 1 064 will be healthcare facilities and 818 in schools and community halls and other offsite facilities.

READ: COVID-19 vaccine: Limpopo to assist elderly unable to register online

Six things Magashule is banned from doing, after being ‘suspended WITH pay’

May 5th 2021 at 10:45

A day many suspected would not come has actually arrived on Wednesday, and the ANC has stuck to its guns on the ‘step aside’ rule. After giving Ace Magashule 30 days to temporarily vacate his position in the party while he remains accused of corruption, his decision to ignore the deadline has prompted the party to force Ace’s hand.

Ace Magashule suspended – and banned from these activities

Magashule has been suspended, and although he remains on full pay, he is now severely limited in what he can – and cannot – do under the banner of the ANC. In total, six major restrictions have been placed on the 61-year-old:

  • Ace Magashule is banned from carrying out ANY duties in his role as ANC Secretary-General.
  • He is not allowed to ‘represent the ANC publicly’ while suspended from the party.
  • Magashule ‘cannot make pronouncements’ on behalf of the ANC – he has no authority to speak for the party.
  • Ace is also banned from ‘mobilising or organising’ other party structures to protest his suspension.
  • He cannot go ‘longer than a month’ without informing the party about how his criminal case is progressing.
  • And finally, he is limited from appealing the ANC’s decision UNLESS the party agrees to hear his case.

What next for suspended SG?

Magashule is accused of ‘graft’ in Free State. While he ruled as the provincial premier, the political veteran stands accused of orchestrating a fraudulent operation worth more than R250 million, enriching himself and his cronies through an alleged ‘asbestos auditing contract’. He has been charged by the Hawks, and further litigation awaits.

“You [Ace Magashule] have been indicted to appear in a court of law on charges of corruption and fraud, as well as money laundering. Accordingly, you are hereby suspended temporarily, effective from Monday 3 May, up until the final outcome of your court proceedings. This suspension is in the best interests of our organisation.”

ANC statement, signed by Jessie Duarte

GROUNDUP : Shortage of black bone marrow donors needs to be overcome to help save lives in SA

May 5th 2021 at 09:11
Finding a matching bone marrow donor is very difficult and only 30% of registered donors in South Africa are people of colour. Here’s why that matters.

STATE OF THE CITY: Joburg mayor’s electricity plan criticised as ‘premature and naive’

May 5th 2021 at 08:56
As many Johannesburg residents continue to experience rolling power cuts Mayor Geoff Makhubo has announced he wants City Power to take over electricity provision for the whole city. There are more questions than answers to the mayor’s plan, particularly, whether it will benefit residents.

ISS TODAY: ANALYSIS: Protests against UN peace mission send clear message to Tshisekedi as bloodshed continues

Congolese in eastern DRC will only appreciate the UN peace mission’s efforts when their government makes them feel safe. 

South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana fire up MTN results

May 5th 2021 at 04:03
MTN Group on Wednesday posted a near 18% jump in first quarter revenue, led by double-digit growth in commercial operations across South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana.

Margins jump as MTN South Africa delivers strong quarterly growth

May 5th 2021 at 02:57
MTN’s South African subsidiary is flying. MTN Group reported on Wednesday that quarterly profit margins at the unit expanded significantly on the back of solid service revenue growth.

STATE CAPTURE : ANC’s milking of state coffers has become a way of life, explosive report reveals

May 4th 2021 at 17:46
Leveraging state coffers to fund and keep the ANC in power is deeply ingrained in the governing party’s political DNA, an explosive report to the Zondo Commission reveals.

Weather forecast, alerts and UVB index for all South African provinces, 05 May 2021

Weather data provided by the South African Weather Service. For a detailed forecast of your province, click here.

Severe Weather Alerts


  1. Orange Level 6 Warning for RAIN resulting in danger to life due to fast flowing streams closer to mountains and disruption of essential services is expected over the Overberg District of the Western Cape on Wednesday evening into Thursday.
  2. Yellow Level 4 Warning for RAIN resulting in flooding and infrastructure damage is expected over the City of Cape Town, Cape Winelands and Garden Route Districts of the Western Cape on Wednesday evening into Thursday.
  3. Yellow Level 4 Warning for WIND resulting in damage to settlements and disruption of ports between Cape Columbine and Stilbaai, as well as City of Cape Town and Overberg coastal areas of the Western Cape on Wednesday afternoon into Thursday.
  4. Yellow Level 1 Warning for WAVES resulting in difficulty in navigation at sea and small vessels at risk of capsizing between Cape Columbine and Stilbaai from Wednesday into Thursday


  1. Nil


  1. Nil


Temperature: Fine and cool.

The expected UVB Sunburn Index: High.


Temperature: Fine and cool to warm.


Temperature: Fine and warm.

North-West Province:

Temperature: Fine and cool to warm.

Free State:

Temperature: Fine and cool.

Northern Cape:

Temperature: Morning fog along the coast, otherwise partly cloudy and cool to warm with isolated showers and thundershowers over the central and eastern parts but scattered in the south-east.

Wind: The wind along the coast will be light to moderate northerly to north westerly reaching fresh at times in the afternoon north of Hondeklip Bay.

Western Cape:

Temperature: Morning fog along the west coast and adjacent interior, otherwise cloudy to partly cloudy and cool to warm with scattered to widespread showers and thundershowers over the south-western parts by mid-morning spreading over the central and eastern parts by the afternoon.

Wind: The wind along the coast will be light to moderate northerly to north easterly north of Saldanha Bay, otherwise moderate to fresh south
easterly reaching strong to gale between Table Bay and Cape Agulhas by late morning spreading to Still Bay and Cape Columbine by the afternoon.

The expected UVB Sunburn Index: Moderate.

Eastern Cape:

The Western halfTemperature: Partly cloudy and cool with isolated showers and thundershowers but scattered in the west.

The Western Half – Wind: The wind along the coast will be light to moderate south-easterly but fresh in the afternoon along the Tsitsikamma coast.

The Eastern halfTemperature: Partly cloudy and cool, but warm east of the Kei River. Isolated showers and thundershowers are expected in the west.

The Eastern halfWind: The wind along the coast will be light to moderate south-easterly.


Temperature: Morning fog over the interior, otherwise fine and warm, but cool in the south-west. It will become partly cloudy in the evening.

Wind: The wind along the coast will be gentle north-westerly north of Mtunzini in the morning, otherwise moderate easterly to north-easterly.

The expected UVB Sunburn Index: High.

JUDICIARY IN CRISIS: Hlophe lawyer Barnabas Xulu found in contempt of court, slapped with fine & suspended prison sentence. Must hand over his Porsche, too

May 4th 2021 at 18:38
Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe’s legal representative, Barnabas Xulu, has been found in contempt of six civil court orders, slapped with a R30,000 fine, instructed to surrender his Porsche 911 Carrera and sentenced to 30 days imprisonment, suspended for three years.

Woman, 25, gives birth to nine healthy babies, says Mali government

May 4th 2021 at 18:33

A 25-year-old woman has allegedly given birth to nine healthy babies, according to the Malian government.  Mali flew Halima Cisse to Morocco where she gave birth on Tuesday, 4 May so that the she would receive better health care.

The Moroccan government, however, are yet to confirm if she successfully carried all nine children to term. Fingers crossed, as it would be a remarkable case if true.


According to AFP, the Malian government flew the pregnant Cisse – who is from the north of the West African country – to Morocco on 30 March, to ensure she received better care. Initially, it was believed that Cisse was expecting seven babies.

According to local reports, doctors were concerned about Cisse’s health and her babies’ chances of survival.

Women rarely successfully give birth septuplets, therefore, birthing healthy nonuplets would be an even rarer occurrence.

The world’s first set of surviving septuplets – the McCaughey’s – were born in 1997 in Iowa in the United States. The four boys and three girls were born nine weeks early.

In 1971, an Australian woman, Geraldine Brodrick, gave birth to nonuplets in Sydney, according to a New York Times archive article. Seven of the nine babies were born alive. Unfortunately, none of the Brodrick nonuplets survived for more than six days after their birth.


Mali’s health ministry issued a statement that said Cisse had birthed five girls and four boys via Caesarean section. “The mother and babies are doing well so far,” said Health Minister Fanta Siby to AFP.

She added that the Malian doctor who accompanied Cisse to Morocco kept her abreast of developments and that the mother and chidren are expected to return home in several weeks’ time.

“[T]he medical teams of Mali and Morocco, whose professionalism is at the origin of the happy outcome of this pregnancy,” said Siby, congratulating the medical workers that helped Cisse give birth.

Rachid Koudhari, the Moroccan health ministry spokesperson, however, said no multiple births have taken place in the country’s hospitals as far as he knows.

READ: Nearly 120 fake Krugerrand coins seized by US Customs in New York

Imagina FX founder Craig Massyn defends sequestration attempt

May 4th 2021 at 18:01
But offers no clue what happened to the estimated R2bn invested in Imagina FX.

TRAINSPOTTER: IS-land: Has the age of southern African terrorism properly begun?

May 4th 2021 at 17:25
The violent insurgency in the Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado has spurred a mini industry interrogating whether/when/how southern Africa will become a hub for international terror syndicates, in particular the Islamic State. But according to the United Nations Security Council, terror and organised crime are increasingly interconnected. In which case the region has a problem that the insurgency could massively compound.

DAYS OF ZONDO: Former Eskom boss Matshela Koko denies playing leading role in McKinsey contract negotiations

May 4th 2021 at 17:04
Former Eskom group CEO Matshela Koko appeared before the State Capture Commission for the sixth time and denied claims that he was the lead negotiator in the awarding of the infamous McKinsey contract.

Fraud suspect arrested as he attempts to flee SA after months on the run

May 4th 2021 at 17:02

Police have arrested a fugitive in Musina for alleged credit card fraud after he had been on the run from the authorities since January 2021.

Authorities swooped on Vusi Lukhele (28), after he was flushed out at the Beitbridge border post in Limpopo province at the weekend. 

Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) spokesperson Zinzi Hani said the suspect had allegedly committed credit card fraud in amounting to thousands of rands in a shopping mall located in the Western Cape province.

“This emanates from an alleged credit card fraud which occurred at the Outdoor Warehouse in Somerset West mall in October 2020 wherein the store almost lost just over R14000,” he said.

Fraud suspect was on the run for months

“The accused was initially arrested on 8 October 2020 by the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team,” Hani said.

Hani said the fraud suspect had appeared in the local court and the matter was remanded to a later date but he had failed to appear in court on the second occasion.

“The court issued a warrant for his arrest on 19 January 2021. Lukhele was circulated as a wanted person which culminated in his recent arrest,” Hani said.

He appeared in the Musina Magistrate’s Court to face the charge of fraud on Monday 3 May 2021. 

“The case was remanded to 10 May 2021 and transferred to Cape Town for his follow-up appearance set for the Somerset West Magistrate’s Court,” Hani said.

Meanwhile in an unrelated fraud matter IOL reported that the Hawks had re-arrested a 25-year-old woman who was wanted for alleged fraud after she failed to appear in court.

IOL quoted the Mpumalanga Hawks as saying that Palesa Maje, 25, along with her boyfriend, Bongani Sibuyi, had started an entrepreneurship program at the Bushbuckridge municipality, in which they invited unemployed people to be part of the program and charged them R250 each. IOL reported that more than 350 “qualifying learners” had each deposited an “administration fee” of R250 into a bank account in the name of the couple’s unregistered business, however, the programme never took place.

AGE OF THE ASSASSIN: ‘Thick, thick, thick’ murder accused Zane Kilian pinged and debt-collected for me, but is no killer — lawyer

May 4th 2021 at 17:00
Eric Bryer, the lawyer of Charl Kinnear murder accused Zane Kilian, has made startling comments about his client — and himself — including that: ‘I… have used him to debt collect and he sent me a few photographs of people with their heads chopped off to intimidate people to pay. But he’s a gentle giant.’

JUSTICE DELAYED: Bongani Bongo’s kickbacks for land payment case postponed

May 4th 2021 at 16:17
Just weeks after his acquittal in another corruption case, former state security minister Bongani Bongo can breathe more easily for another seven months following the postponement of his case involving alleged land fraud.

FH Odendaal hospital: Health department nearly causes a scene on Twitter

May 4th 2021 at 16:15

Two people died in a fire that broke out at FH Odendaal hospital in Modimolle, Limpopo in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The fire allegedly started in a COVID-19 ward, which was completely destroyed. Nurses managed to evacuate all the ward’s patients, except for the two deceased – one of which was a 61-year-old inmate from a nearby correctional facility.

An investigation into the cause of the tragic fire is underway. The Department of Health took to Twitter to express their condolences and nearly caused a scene on the social media platform because of the method used to convey the message.


In a tweet, the Department of Health said it was deeply saddened to learn that two patients died in a fire at the FH Odendaal Hospital COVID-19 Ward. “We convey our sincerest condolences to the families who have suffered this devastating loss,” read the rest of the tweet. It was signed with Minster of Health Dr Zweli Mhize’s name.

Social media users were offended by the Health Department’s tweet because the Minister’s statement was presented as WhatsApp screenshot. The Department regularly issues statements via Twitter but they are usually digital letterheads.

The tweet was deleted after a few minutes but the dozens of users who saw it were unimpressed and felt that a screenshot was an inappropriate way to mourn the death of two people.

“No ways you guys posted a WhatsApp message to commemorate 2 dead people,” said one person.

“A WhatsApp screenshot? I’m actually flabbergasted.”

“Yoh. A WhatsApp message. To apologise for something caused by the horrid state of our hospitals that don’t have fire protections in place. brah. brah. yoh. brah. yoh,” commented another stunned user.

“Come on. Who is the communications person at [the department] to post a WhatsApp message to commemorate the passing of 2 people,” questioned a user, who also mentioned the Minister on Twitter.

Come on.
Who is the communications person at @HealthZA to post a whatsapp message to commemorate the passing of 2 people? @DrZweliMkhize

— Waseefa (@Cfa89) May 4, 2021


In the “WhatsApp” statement, the Minister of Health offered his condolences to the families of the deceased and commended the nurses who “extinguished the fire” and rescued the patients inside.

“We share in your pain in having experienced the loss of two patients but we also pay homage to your heroism as you kept your oath and protected your patients,” said Mkhize

Mkhize also welcomed the investigation into how the fire started and encouraged the parties involved to get to the bottom of the incident speedily.

FH Odendaal is the third hospital to catch fire in recent weeks. Charlotte Maxeke Academic and Caledon Hospital were both affected not too long ago.

FH Odendaal hospital
Screenshot statement saved from Twitter


OP-ED: Heroin capsules have transformed Durban’s drug market, fuelling violent competition

The port city is almost the only known area in all of East and southern Africa where heroin is widely sold in capsule form. While such capsules are a relatively recent phenomenon, they have quickly become a major part of the heroin market in Durban. Our new research explores the impact these capsules have had there in terms of violence, profitability and local demand for the drug.

Bobroff: Court rules that fugitive attorneys are to forfeit millions

May 4th 2021 at 14:49

The Supreme Court of Appeal has ruled that close to R103 million of “stolen” funds to be forfeited to the state. Fugitives, Ronald and Darren Bobroff appealed against a North Gauteng High Court order which granted the Asset Forfeiture Unit more than R103 million in 2019. The former attorney’s specialised in personal injury claims.

It is alleged the money was stolen from Road Accident Fund (RAF) victims.


In August 2019, the forfeiture unit in cooperation between South African and Israeli authorities, ordered the money be paid into the Criminal Assets Recovery Account of the state.

The order was granted in terms of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act (POCA) which provides that property used to commit a crime can be forfeited to the state.

NPA National Spokesperson Sipho Ngwema said the appeal was based on two issues.

“Firstly, whether or not the high court in Pretoria had jurisdiction (authority) to make a forfeiture order in terms of the POCA in respect of assets situated outside South Africa which belonged to people residing in Australia.

“Secondly, whether the National Director of Public Prosecutions had established that the money forfeited was ‘proceeds of unlawful activities’ as defined in the POCA.”

He added that the appeal was dismissed on both counts but the affected amount was amended.


The money was held in two bank accounts in Israel, in the names of Ronald and Darren Bobroff who fled from South Africa to Australia in March 2016. Father and son made a run for it after irregularities were uncovered at their firm.

The Bobroffs’ modus operandi was to convince clients to enter into agreements that was actually null and void and to use that money to commit fraud, theft and tax evasion.

In addition to that, the Bobroffs invested a substantial amount of RBP’s monies in an investment account.

Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions, Adv Ouma Rabaji-Rasethaba, said there’s no hiding place for criminal acts.

“We shall embark on mutual legal assistance (MLA) to bring back the money. Further, attorneys who defraud the most vulnerable will not get away with it. They must not think that they can steal and hide abroad.”

READ: RAF lawyer arrested for fraud, with road accident victim left in the lurch

The future is bright – maybe golden – for Team SA’s relay squads

May 4th 2021 at 14:18

The future is bright for South Africa’s relay squads. So bright it might even be coloured in gold, silver and bronze.


There was great excitement when Akani Simbine dipped at the line to help win the gold medal for South Africa in the 4x100m final at the World Relay Championships in Poland at the weekend and Team SA’s relay manager Danie Cornelius reckons there is more to come.

‘This is without the most professional group of athletes I have ever had the privilege to work with. From day one, we were one team with one goal. That is to be the best we can, to win a medal and qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games. It is mission accomplished,’ said Cornelius,.

‘We had three teams at the World Relay Championships. The men’s 4x100m relay won gold. Their performance is a first for South African athletics. The men’s 4x400m relay team qualified for the Tokyo Olympics and finished fifth in the final. Our 4x400m mixed relay team set a South African record (3:19.18).

‘What excited me was the camaraderie. Emile Erasmus was only a reserve for the men’s 4x100m relay team. He did not get to run, but on Sunday, the moment Akani Simbine sprinted across the finish line to secure the gold medal, he was ecstatic. His team had won. It was all that mattered.

‘Our performance in the 4x100m relay was far from faultless. Mistakes were made, and still, we won. Just imagine what can happen the day the team executes the perfect race. Nobody is going to beat South Africa even if they got athletes, the likes of Usain Bolt in their team.’

Cornelius could not resist joking that Sunday was the first time a university team won gold at a World Relay Championship. All five of the 4x100m-relay athletes are based at Tuks, as is Paul Gorries, the national relay coach.

Cornelius continued saying that at first, the 4x400m team’s only goal was to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.

‘But they surprised everyone truly stepping up. It could be reasoned that it is sad that the 4x400m team missed out on not medalling. The reality is that a year ago, we would have been happy with a fifth-place finish in a world championship final.

‘What changed is the attitude of our athletes. They believed they were good enough, and they went for it. That is the type of athletes you want running for South Africa-athletes who are not scared to put their bodies on the line.’

According to Cornelius, it is Gorries who making the difference.

‘Paul has got away to get athletes to believe nothing is impossible and that it should always be what is best for the team. Aleck Skhosana (ASA president) also deserves credit. He initiated the partnership between TuksSport and ASA to help national teams prepare for major championships. It makes sense as most of South Africa’s top sprinters are at Tuks. It is easier to have regular camps working on the small things that end up making a difference between winning and losing.’

Phadima Fukula: Hawks investigating four cases related to whistleblower’s allegations

May 4th 2021 at 13:48

The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation – better known as the Hawks – announced that it is investigating four cases related to corruption allegations made by ANC whistleblower Phadima Fukula, on Tuesday, 4 May.

One of the cases was opened in Gauteng and the remaining three in the Eastern Cape. “Although we do not normally state who the complainants are on any of our cases, however, in this instance information has now become a public knowledge either because of the complainants themselves or media leaks,” said the Hawks.


The Hawks explained that one of the cases under investigation was opened an investigation into perjury and crimen injuria by Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane, the Premier of the Eastern Cape, against Fukula.

Another case was opened by Fukula and the Hawks themselves also opened one.

“All four cases relating to these allegations are being investigated jointly which will assist at arriving at the truth,” said Hawks spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Philani Nkwalase.

Nkwalase added that “no one should jump to any conclusion” and said the lawyers involved with the matters should know better.

“Those who have information that can support the investigation should contact the investigation team instead of making media statements that may influence other potential witnesses,” continued the spokesperson.

The Hawks said incorrect information in media reports contradict the statements made under oath in its dockets. There is also an affidavit, allegedly signed by Fukula, circulating online that has several shocking unsubstantiated claims.

Premier Mabuyane is one of the individuals named in the affidavit – he opened a case of crimen injuria against Fukula, on Monday, 3 May, after the whistleblower accused him of handing him money to bribe a judge in July 2017.

“Today, I have come to open a case of crimen injuria at the Cambridge police station against a pathological liar who has been going around creating this concoction of a case that is completely frivolous from where I am seated,” said Mabuyane.

The case Fukula opened – which the Hawks are investigating, as mentioned above – was allegedly made against Mabuyane.


On Thursday, 29 April, the Hawks released a statement asking the public to help locate Fukula. According to the directorate, investigators were interviewing him on 9 April in East London when he requested a short break and never returned.

The Hawks said a case of intimidation was reportedly opened in the city at the end of March and Fukula is the witness. “It is believed that he will assist in unlocking the allegation intimidation and corruption carried out by the Serious Corruption Investigation team in East London,” said the Captain Yolisa Mgoldela.

The mysterious disappearance of Fukula combined with the affidavit circulating online has caused quite a furore online, which is probably why the Hawks were complaining about “jumping to conclusions” and “media leaks” in their statement on Tuesday.

Black First Land First (BLF) accused the police and several government bodies of allegedly having a hand in the whistleblower’s disappearance, in a statement on Monday.

Tales from a hospital bed: Learning to be my own nurse

May 4th 2021 at 13:40

Wesley’s blog: Tuesday, 4 May

Day 12

Since I arrived I’ve met numerous people who have been at this hospital for three or four months.

The reality is that the staff are overwhelmed by the never-ending flow of patients, a lack of resources and an emergency list that is growing by the day. As patients, we are therefore left with frustrated nurses who must prioritise their limited time, and lots of things slip through the cracks.

ALSO READ: Tales from a hospital bed: Dreaming of Wayde, while stuck to a drip

Hundreds of people in this facility are relying on this broken system and the result is that many of them lie here suffering indefinitely. Some of them will leave with life-long disabilities which could have been avoided if the system worked.

And I realise the only way forward for me is to be more independent.

The vacuum which operates the drain in my cast was leaking. But in a place like this, it is simply not as much of a priority for the nurses as it is for me. So I made a plan, taking a lanyard from my bag and sealing the hole. And it worked!

After watching me celebrate my ingenuity, Frans showed me how to adjust the settings and now I operate the thing myself.

Yesterday I was supposed to go for x-rays, but I fell through a crack and the staff didn’t take me as planned.

So this morning I got a note from one of the doctors, found the x-ray room and got the x-rays. Tomorrow I will be ready for my assessment with the surgeon.

ALSO READ: Tales from a hospital bed: Why you shouldn’t go fishing

This isn’t the way it’s supposed to work.

I shouldn’t be fixing medical equipment using makeshift solutions and the staff are supposed to ensure my x-rays are ready when the surgeon arrives.

But if I lie here complaining about a broken system, I will end up having at least a part of my foot amputated.

And if I rely on our government to fix this problem by providing the resources the hospital needs, I could be waiting forever.

I’m not a priority for them, but I can make myself a priority to me.

That’s how you leave this place in one piece.

Daily Lotto results for Tuesday, 4 May 2021

May 4th 2021 at 13:11

Are you ready for the Daily Lotto draw on Tuesday, 4 May? It’s yet another chance to find out whether or not you’re one of South Africa’s latest Daily Lotto winners.

If you’ve decided to Phanda, Pusha, Play then you might just strike gold here.

Let’s have a look at the jackpot and Good luck!

Daily Lotto Jackpot for 27/04/2021 is estimated at R500 000!

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04/05/202108, 20, 21, 24, 30
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What does a Daily Lotto ticket cost?

  • A single DAILY LOTTO play will cost you R3.00 vat incl.
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Powerball and Powerball Plus results for Tuesday, 4 May 2021

May 4th 2021 at 13:07

It’s Tuesday night and that can only mean one thing; cash dollar bills (not really) are ready to be won in the Powerball draw.

Powerball and Powerball Plus jackpots estimated at:

  • R112 million (Powerball)
  • R43 million (Powerball Plus)

But if you really want your share of the jackpot, you have to play the Lotto! You know what they say, you’ve got to be in it to win it. brings you the Powerball results as soon as they happen.

The numbers will appear below as soon as they are available. Powerball results usually appear no later than 21:15. 

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  • PowerBall: 3, 9, 17, 25, 39 Powerball: 13
  • PowerBall Plus: 2, 7, 11, 14, 38, Powerball: 2

Check out previous South African PowerBall results here. For more details and to verify the numbers visit the National Lottery website.

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What does a Lotto ticket cost?

  • A single LOTTO play will cost you R5.00 vat incl. A single cost of LOTTO PLUS 1 will be R2.50 and a single cost of LOTTO PLUS 2 will be R2.50 vat incl.
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Portugal extends travel ban on South African nationals

May 4th 2021 at 12:56

Don’t start planning summer holidays on the sunny beaches of the Algarve just yet…Portugal has extended entry restrictions and flight bans aimed at deterring non-essential travel from countries with high coronavirus infection rates until 16 May.

While several countries in Europe are beginning to lift COVID-19 restrictions ahead of the peak summer tourism, Portugal has extended its entry ban on countries with high infection rates.

According to IOL, the restrictions have been raised against nations, including South Africa, Brazil and India, which is a new addition to the list. 


Nationals from countries where 500 or more infections per 100 000 people have been reported over a 14-day period, including South Africa and other European nations, such as France and the Netherlands, are barred from entering Portugal unless they have a valid reason, such as for work purposes or seeking healthcare. These visitors are required to quarantine for 14 days.


Portugal’s land border with Spain reopened on Saturday 1 May after more than three months of restrictions and border checks.

People from countries where the infection rate is 150 or more COVID-19 cases per 100 000 inhabitants, including Spain and Germany may now travel to Portugal by air, for essential purposes.

These visitors are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result on arrival (taken within 72 hours of departure). Those without this test result will be forced to take a test on arrival and must wait for the result before they will be granted entry.


The extension of Portugal’s air travel restrictions on Saturday 1 May comes at a time when the country moves to the final phase of a gradual easing of its lockdown regulations which were imposed in January 2021.

Schools, restaurants and cafes, shopping malls, museums and other non-essential services have now reopened, but are operating under strict regulations. 

Running out of runway: No room to manoeuvre as ANC high command seals Ace’s step aside fate

May 4th 2021 at 12:28
ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule will face suspension and a disciplinary hearing if he refuses to step aside at the weekend’s National Executive Committee meeting.

Watch Latest: Sub-antarctic fur seal live rescue on Durban beach

May 4th 2021 at 12:20

An adorable, yet emaciated and exhausted, sub-antarctic fur seal swam many thousands of kilometres before washing up on a beach North of Durban and being taken into the care of rescue workers on Tuesday.

Marshall Security community support spokesperson, Andreas Mathios who was one of the first responders to arrive at the scene said that a man who was walking on the beach had spotted the seal. He told a friend who then called animal rescue workers for assistance.

“The man spotted the seal which had been washed up onto the shore on Tuesday afternoon. The seal appeared to be motionless but when the NSRI (National Sea Rescue Institute) arrived at the scene together with workers from Ushaka Marine World in Durban it was established that the animal was still alive but in a docile state,” Mathios said.

Mathios said the rescue workers carefully approached the animal on the beach.

“Using special marine nets and a carry box the seal was coaxed into the carry box by the team.,” Matthios said.

“Once the seal was secured it was then carried to an awaiting vehicle and taken to Ushaka marine World for evaluation by medical personnel,” Mathios said.

Watch the video of the seal rescue here.

The South African Association for Marine Biological Research (SAAMBR) spokesperson, Ann Kunz, said it was not common for sub-antarctic fur seals to swim along the SA East Coast but two or three were usually spotted at this time of the year. 

“The jury is still out whether it is a male or a female. Sometimes it is hard to tell. It is not a baby but it is young. This poor little one is very thin and in a poor condition, but we have seen them in a similar condition before and there is hope. They travel a very long way but there is always hope,” Kunz said. 

Kunz said the animal health team and vet had examined the seal.

“Right now the vet has given some antibiotics and we have left the seal to rest for the night.”

East London SPCA staff suspended for ‘inhumanely slaughtering’ goose

May 4th 2021 at 12:11

Three employees of the East London Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) have been suspended for “inhumanely slaughtering” a goose, which was all captured on video. The video of staff members slaughtering the injured goose emerged on social media over the weekend.

On Tuesday, 4 May, the National Council of SPCA said the organisation intends on laying charges of animal cruelty.

“It is a sad day in the world of animal welfare when the suffering of an animal has been inflicted by the very people entrusted to protect them,” said NSPCA Executive Director Marcelle Meredith.


Meredith added that the NSPCA has a high standard for SPCA members.

“Today, the NSPCA confirms that the three employees in the video have been suspended by the East London Managing Committee, pending a disciplinary enquiry into the inhumane slaughter and handling of the goose confiscated from a property in East London. Further to this, the NSPCA intends on laying charges of animal cruelty against the three members of staff identified.”

She added that apart from the cruelty witnessed in the video, the NSPCA has not lost sight of the fact that “the injured goose would have been confiscated by the SPCA for a reason”.


The NSPCA will conduct an independent investigation of the alleged cruelty reported to have taken place on the property where the goose was removed.

“The NSPCA has a high expectation for animal welfare when conducting inspections, however, it must be brought to light that we hold an even higher standard amongst our member societies,” said Meredith.

She added that the SPCA has been entrusted with the responsibility of protecting animals in the country, which is why it’s unacceptable for animals to be suffering at their hands.

“We have always said that it doesn’t matter who you are, whether you are a Minister or one of our very own, if you have contravened the Animals Protection Act, you will be dealt with accordingly,” she said.

READ: Video of goose euthanised by East London SPCA causes outrage

Take note, Ace: Top ANC figure becomes first to ‘step aside’ due to corruption

May 4th 2021 at 10:42

We have a feeling Ace Magashule will be reading this news from behind the sofa: Mike Mabuyakhulu has taken a very important first step for both himself AND the rest of the ANC – he became the first significant figure in the party to voluntarily ‘step aside’ from his job after being dogged by allegations of corruption.

Who is Mike Mabuyakhulu?

The KZN Provincial Deputy Chair was identified by the ANC Integrity Commission as someone who had committed blatant acts of maladministration. Although he did not resign within the recommended 30-day window, Mabuyakhulu has now laid down the gauntlet for several other major players in the ruling party.

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the ANC last night instructed the secretary-general’s office to write letters to all members who are affected by the new “step-aside” rule. With Ace Magashule being implicated, however, he has had to hand duties over to Jessie Duarte. Anyone who fails to comply will now be suspended from their roles.

First ANC figure to ‘step aside’ – will Ace Magashule follow?

Mabuyakhulu has become the first person to walk before he could be pushed, and all eyes will soon swivel to Ace Magashule. The party stalwart has dug in stubbornly to ignore the step aside directive so far, but his comrade in KZN could prove to be the first domino of many that fall voluntarily. The deputy chair also released a statement on Tuesday.

“No individual is bigger than the ANC, and all of us should subject ourselves to bonafide ANC decisions. In line with the position adopted by our movement, I hereby respectfully tender my resignation. I will step aside from my position as the Provincial Deputy Chairperson of the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal.”

“My decision to step aside should be communicated to all members of the party, as well as the general public. It has not been difficult to arrive at this decision, and I would have tendered this letter much earlier – but I learned there was a meeting of national officials that would give more clarity and guidance on the ‘step aside resolution’.”

ANC KZN Deputy Chairperson Mike Mabuyakhulu has stepped aside in position in the KZN province. He is leading by example.

We will wait for rest to follow ✊🏾✊🏾#StateCaptureCommission#PleaseCallMe

— Keabetswe Nkosazana Manyobe (@KBmanyobe) May 4, 2021

Volvo launches online store in South Africa

May 4th 2021 at 10:19
Volvo Car South Africa has launched My.Volvo, an online store that enables South Africans to purchase or rent a new car in 20 minutes.

STATE OF THE CITY: Joburg: Makhubo talks of post-Covid city but dream lacks detail

May 4th 2021 at 09:18
In his State of the City Address on Tuesday, Johannesburg Mayor Geoff Makhubo invited residents to imagine a post-pandemic reality where life is better than before. Just months before the municipal elections, the mayor’s lofty vision was light on detail.

World Press Freedom Day

May 4th 2021 at 08:25

A gift to the world from African journalists The African journalists finalised their definition of press freedom on 3 May 1991.  The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) funded and supported the seminar. The United Nations agreed to adopt the Windhoek declaration in 1993 and to declare 3 May World Press Freedom Day. […]

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ISS TODAY OP-ED: Pros and comms: Lessons in preventing violent protest in South Africa 

May 4th 2021 at 07:45
Good communication and respectful responses to local service delivery problems can prevent anger and violence. 

22seven founder Christo Davel joins Direct Transact

May 4th 2021 at 06:47
Christo Davel, the co-founder of the 22seven personal financial management platform acquired by Old Mutual in 2013, is joining Direct Transact as chief commercial officer.

GROUNDUP : Questions mount as Indwe’s R11-million stadium remains unfinished and abandoned

May 4th 2021 at 04:57
Municipality says the construction company has refused to return to work at the site in Eastern Cape.

Fantastic flight specials in May – Safair CMO

May 4th 2021 at 04:35
FlySafair chief marketing office, Kirby Gordon says if anyone is looking to get away, there are going to be fantastic deals in May.

OP-ED: Two years after Bashir’s exit, Sudan is still struggling

May 3rd 2021 at 18:56
Sudan’s transition from military to civilian control depends on regional peace and relative prosperity. Sudanese reformers need space to sustain domestic faith in the transition. This requires the unambiguous achievement of markers towards social and economic inclusion.

ANALYSIS: Ramaphosa the ‘party man’ may still pack a reform, or two

May 3rd 2021 at 18:31
What does President Cyril Ramaphosa’s testimony at the Zondo Commission reveal about his future conduct as president, and what could that mean for South Africa?