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Matjila refutes claims of terror during his reign at PIC
22 July 2019, 5:37 PM

Former Public Investment Corporation (PIC) CEO, Dan Matjila, has refuted claims of a reign of terror when he was heading the PIC.

He says the term “terror” came from the media after it emerged that the police were investigating allegations of corruption by him relating to the channeling of funds to his alleged girlfriend, Pretty Louw.

Matjila says the disturbing number of e-mails and allegations that were leaked to the media also accused him of employing his son at the PIC. He has denied this happened.

He says his son visited the head of the IT companies of Dr Iqbal Surve to see what development is about – and he is not employed by Dr Surve or any of his companies.

Matjila says there were many nonsensical allegations mailed to journalists and media about him which were not true. Matjila believes e-mails leaks and allegations against him came from people within the PIC.

Matjila says he also noted that the PIC Risk department was slowly becoming dominant by the Venda ethnic group.

“Finance applications have found themselves in the hands of the media and the source of these e-mails were so obviously an inside job. I was very concerned about the venerability of the PIC IT platform not only was there a clear risk to 2 trillion worth of PIC client assets if the PIC could be compromised in this manner . But there was a real likelihood that potential applicants for finance would be deterred from approaching the PIC for funding if the confidentiality of their applications could not be secured and which could affect the PIC business.”


Elsie Vaalbooi
N Cape to honour Ouma Elsie Vaalbooi
22 July 2019, 4:38 PM

Khoisan language activists have called on government to celebrate the N/uu language during this year’s Heritage Month.

Only four people are still able to speak the ancient language fluently.

The language is estimated to be around 25 000 years old.

Language activist, David Van Wyk, says a commitment was made by former Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture Rejoice Mabudafhasi to put the spotlight on the language, and honour Ouma Elsie Vaalbooi – who was the first to resurface as a speaker of the language, however, this never happened.

This year is International Year for Indigenous languages and the community feels having N/uu honoured, would go a long way in trying to preserve it.

The Northern Cape Arts and Culture department’s Conrad Fortune has committed to honour Ouma Elsie Vaalbooi.

“This year as part of our plans is that we would like to honour her, and in the form of doing that we are going to erect a tombstone – in the month of heritage – and also to see how we preserve that language, because there are only four people who can speak the language.”

Tatjana Schoenmaker
Schoenmaker sails through to Swimming World Championships
22 July 2019, 4:19 PM

South African swimmer, Tatjana Schoenmaker, is through to the final of the 100 metres breaststroke at the Swimming World Championships in South Korea.

She was the 5th fastest qualifier after the semi-finals on Monday.

The final takes place on Tuesday.

Tuesday will also see another South African medal contender in action. Chad le Clos will swim in the heats of the 200 metres butterfly.

Busisiwe Mkhwebane
Mkhwebane welcomes Ramaphosa’s move to take her report under judicial review
21 July 2019, 9:47 PM

Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane has welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s move to take her report under judicial review.


In a statement from the Public Protector’s office, Mkhwebane says that she has no doubt that she exercised her powers and performed her functions without fear, favour or prejudice as is required by the Constitution.

Mkhwebane found that Ramaphosa deliberately misled Parliament and contravened the executive ethics code when he initially said the Bosasa money was paid to his son.

The report’s remedial action includes that the NPA investigate the matter for alleged money laundering.

President Ramaphosa says although he respects the office of the Public Protector,  her findings are flawed in both fact and the law.

He was speaking at a media conference in Pretoria on Sunday.

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Pope Francis
Pope sanctions former US bishop accused of sexual harassment
21 July 2019, 9:40 PM

Pope Francis has banned a former US bishop accused of sexual harassment and of financial mismanagement from performing the liturgy, the Vatican News website reported Sunday.

The measure was among a series of sanctions the pope had issued against Michael Bransfield, the website reported, citing a statement from Bransfield’s former diocese in Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia, in the United States.

Bransfield was also forbidden to live in the diocese and instructed to make personal amends for the harm he had caused, said the statement.

The nature and extent of those amends will be decided by the future bishop of the diocese, said Friday’s statement.

Bransfield resigned in 2018 soon after his 75th birthday, after the allegations against him emerged of sexually harassing adults.

An investigation led by Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore reported in June that the accusations against Bransfield were credible.

Pope Francis has been taking stern measures against disgraced members of the clergy.

In February, he defrocked the former US cardinal after accusations of sexual abuse of boys and young men.

In the wake of these scandals, the US Catholic church had reinforced its system for reporting abuses in line with the recommendations by the pope.

At a June meeting in the northeast state of Maryland, the 224 members of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops agreed a change to their ordinances making it compulsory for the clergy to report abuse to the Vatican.

Until now, internal investigations were carried out by the bishops denouncing the offences, at their discretion.



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