SABC wars reach fever pitch
The warring SABC board is set to be summoned to appear before Parliament to account for the crisis that has gripped the public broadcaster in recent months. The outcome of the hearing could plunge it deeper into disarray, as there are fears that should Parliament’s communications portfolio committee deem the toxic divisions within the board beyond repair, it will recommend its dissolution.
Sex in Afrikaans
Their parents and their children have already said they will not watch the new series Sex in Afrikaans, but a couple who participate in it say it will not really make a difference. “No one who truly knows us will be shocked by anything they hear or see, regardless of whether they watch the show or not,” say Brady Fortuin and his wife Tracy-Lynn Brainers.
Motsoaledi vows to clean up home affairs
A full-scale operation targeting senior officials suspected of corruption and gross negligence costing taxpayers millions of rands is under way at the home affairs department.
Sitole under fire
National police commissioner Khehla Sitole and the police watchdog, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate, are at loggerheads over a communication grabber that could compromise some SA Police Service members.
Mahlangu’s ‘crash and flee’ case taken to NPA
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) will decide the fate of former soccer star Jabu Mahlangu (also known as Jabu Pule) following his collision with a taxi last Saturday, in which 15 people were injured.
Companies called in to sanitise schools were irregularly appointed
An official at the Gauteng education department was paid R50 000 by a service provider that scored a tender to decontaminate schools.
The official, Victor Manngo, was responsible for appointing service providers to sanitise schools to stop the spread of Covid-19 between June and August 2020. The department appointed 270 service providers to decontaminate, disinfect, deep clean and sanitise 1 596 schools and other buildings under the purview of the department, including district offices, at a cost of R431 million.
No report, no action on R15m Lesseyton ‘stadium’
Three months have passed and still no one has been taken to task regarding the controversial R15 million Lesseyton sports field in Komani, Eastern Cape. No one has seen a report on the investigation into the matter, which was promised at the beginning of October by the Eastern Cape provincial government through the cooperative governance and traditional affairs department.
The CEO, the wife and nyatsi
Model and influencer Meagan Gallie is set to become top corporate boss Gcina Jordan’s second wife. She is heavily pregnant with their first child.
Thandeka King mum on her return to Uzalo
Top actress Thandeka Dawn King has played down rumours that she could be making a surprise return to the popular SABC1 telenovela Uzalo. Sources said King had been approached to make a comeback, along with other popular original cast members Ntokozo Dlamini, who played the character of Mastermind, and Bonga Dlamini, who portrayed Mkhonto.
ANC power fight: One post, three contenders
Aspirant Eastern Cape ANC chairperson Mlibo Qoboshiyane says past incidents of bloody violence in the province during party leadership contests point to the need for mature candidates to stand side by side and be willing to overlook their differences and build a coherent governing party.
Can thorium replace coal and uranium?
Rather than opting for green energy sources such as solar and wind to reduce carbon emissions, an environmental activist believes that African countries should consider thorium-fuelled nuclear plants for energy generation.
Oscar Mabuyane calls for 2nd term for Cyril
ANC chairperson and Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane says he supports President Cyril Ramaphosa for a second term as party leader, as he will continue with the project of renewal in the governing party.
Inside the DA’s Fritz scandal
Suspended Western Cape community safety MEC Albert Fritz and some of his senior staff allegedly targeted “young, unqualified women without any other job prospects” to harass sexually.
R9m paid for services not rendered
The Moses Kotane Local Municipality in North West is under fire from community activists who claim that the council paid a service provider R9 million in advance for work that was never completed.
Africa must embrace the rule of law
Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema believes that the best way for Africa to overcome its economic and stability challenges is by respecting the rule of law and building strong institutions in every country and region.
SIU plea to Ramaphosa: Act on corrupt officials
The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has made a plea to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s office to push state institutions to discipline officials implicated in Covid-19-related corruption.
Wronged teacher out for revenge
Just when you thought he would be happy after a court ruling granting him a writ of execution to attach assets worth R7 million, a retired teacher wants to expose alleged corruption in the Gauteng education department.