• The Citizen

    Evidence of state capture laid bare

    It is a start, echoing the lines “Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive” by Sir Walter Scott - still as apposite in South Africa now as when they were written more than 200 years ago. At the heart of the state’s dilemma is the belated acceptance that the matters raised in former public protector Thuli Madonsela’s State of Capture report must be answered amid the growing groundswell against the grasping Gupta family and their venal and corrupt associates. It is common cause that any real movement on Madonsela’s findings have been frustrated at virtually every turn. There has also been escalating dissatisfaction about the snail’s pace which has been attributed to embattled National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams in pursuing the allegations of a wholesale rape of the fiscus.

  • The Citizen

    Mashaba labelled a dictator as troubles arise within DA

    Hot on the heels of the DA’s announcement on Sunday it would be charging City of Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille, Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba yesterday suspended a member of the mayoral committee for finance, Dr Rabelani Dagada. “The forensic investigation has found that Dagada breached the city’s code of conduct by not declaring his interests and, subsequently, conflicts of interest with individuals closely associated with him,” Mashaba said. “Furthermore, the forensic investigation found Dagada to have been involved in price-fixing with a service provider to the city and, in the process, he acted against his sworn duty to our residents.” Mashaba said he would be charging Dagada criminally.

  • Independent Online

    'Tony Leon's drought communications contract morally corrupt'

    Cape Town - The Western Cape branch of the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) on Tuesday said the contract worth R650,000 given to former Democratic Alliance leader Tony Leon's company by the City of Cape Town to communicate information on the drought afflicting the city was morally corrupt, even if it passed legal muster. "Tony Leon and an ex employee of the City of Cape Town are being paid half a million rand to tell Capetonians that it is not raining," provincial Cosatu leader Tony Ehrenreich said in a statement. "It seems that there are many instances where the DA members and friends are getting legal but morally corrupt contracts with the City, for millions of rends.  Mayor De Lille’s

  • Huffington Post South Africa

    EFF Calls AfriForum 'Ku Klux Klan' Over Monkey Ad Saga

    Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi told HuffPost that the red berets "do not have time" for Afrikaner rights group AfriForum, calling them "redneck Ku Klux Klan, with their chief redneck Gerrie Nel". This is in response to AfriForum filing criminal charges of incitement to violence and various other crimes against EFF leader Julius Malema, his deputy Floyd Shivambu and Ndlozi on Monday. According to AfriForum, the charges pertain to various statements made by the trio on public platforms regarding the countrywide vandalisation of H&M stores. "They are engaged in impotent efforts to stop an inevitable revolution against white supremacy and they will not succeed," Ndlozi

  • Independent Online

    Couple killed in drive-by shooting

    Durban - An oThongathi man was dealt a tragic blow when his parents were gunned down on Saturday night. Muthusamy “Dickie” Govender, 61, the founder of the Dolphin Coast Taxi Owners’ Association (DCTA), and his wife, Saroj, 59, a teacher at Seatides Combined School, were shot while driving home. Muthusamy died at the scene and Saroj died in Victoria Hospital. “I thought I would get one more chance to speak to my mother in hospital but she died before I could get there. I am not sure what I would have told her,” the couple’s remaining son, Migeshan Govender, told the Daily News on Sunday. According to Suren Balram, the owner of security company Trans Flying Squad, the couple were travelling on

  • Huffington Post South Africa

    Zuma Removal To Be Discussed This Week -- Report

    The ANC's national executive committee (NEC) is set to discuss President Jacob Zuma's possible resignation at a meeting this week, according to Reuters. Two senior ANC sources reportedly told Reuters that the meeting will take place on Thursday where "reference will be made to it (Zuma's resignation)". It's not clear whether this will be a formal call for Zuma to step down. There were several reports that Zuma's removal would be discussed at an NEC meeting last week, but the discussion was postponed because Zuma announced the commission of inquiry into state capture on the eve of the meeting. According to City Press, some NEC members want the issue discussed this week. Behind the scenes negotiations

  • Independent Online

    Deadly #listeriosis outbreak 'largest ever in South Africa'

    Cape Town - According to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), six more people have died after contracting listeria. The NICD said it is the largest documented listeriosis outbreak South Africa has ever experienced. They said all available resources are being directed to outbreak investigation activities and interventions. The departments of Health, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and Trade and Industry are working closely with agriculture and food industry stakeholders to intensify investigation efforts aimed at identifying the possible source of the outbreak, while enhancing food safety interventions. The NICD recently confirmed 748 cases and that 67 people have died.