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WATCH: Minister Bheki Cele briefs Portfolio Committee on 2018/19 crime statistics
12 September 2019, 9:25 AM

The South African Police Service is on Thursday briefing the Portfolio Committee on Police (PCOP) on the 2018/19 annual crime statistics.

Police Minister General Bheki Cele thereafter will brief the nation on the crime picture for the period of 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019.

I never lied about having a matric certificate: Motsoeneng
10 September 2019, 1:02 PM

Former SABC COO, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, has told the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture that he has never lied to the public broadcaster about having a matric certificate.

Motsoeneng has told the Commission in Parktown, Johannesburg, that he joined the SABC in 1989 and went on to hold many positions.

He says those who accuse him of lying about his matric, including the former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, are insulting him.

“It is an insult for people to say that I have lied about matric. I was approached by the head of current affair and I declared from the onset that I don’t have matric. Then he said to me that you are so talented and I don’t think you need matric to work for SABC. I have seen your contribution when you were still freelancing. Before I joined the SABC permanently, chairperson, they took me to a course to learn about broadcasting.”

Motsoeneng is responding to allegations that he interfered with the public broadcaster’s editorial mandate.

He was removed from the position after it was found he lied about his qualifications. Motsoeneng says he chose work over school.

“It is so painful chairperson, because media have tarnished my name about matric certificate. Worse part, it’s the Public Protector I dont know what was happening in her mind; with due respect chairperson because here is the Public Protector if you check the transcript chairperson or listen to the recording I denied lying about matric several times.”

 

Motsoeneng to testify at State Capture Commission
10 September 2019, 10:25 AM

Former SABC COO, Hlaudi Motsoeneng will be testifying at the State Capture Commission in Parktown, Johannesburg on Tuesday. Last week, the commission heard how Motsoeneng was relentless in his attempts to interfere with the public broadcaster’s editorial mandate. He was removed from the position after it was found he lied about his qualifications.  Also expected to testify is the Post Office’s Anton Van Vuuren about digital migration.

Motsoeneng is expected to give clarity on a number of allegations against him. Last week, the commission heard the testimony of SABC employees who are part of the SABC 8. One such employee is Krivani Pillay; SAFM’s Executive Producer who testified about how a popular Sunday programme called “The Editors” was cancelled 48 hours after Motsoeneng was a topic of discussion.

The commission also heard how, a week after her appointment, Former SABC CEO Lulama Mokhobo was taken to the Gupta home in Saxonworld by Motsoeneng, to be congratulated on the appointment.

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Private funding to NPA to be handled with transparency: Batohi
10 September 2019, 9:16 AM

The National Director of Public Prosecutions, Shamila Batohi, says any private funding to the NPA will be handled with transparency and accountability. This after the NPA suggested the idea of using funds from private donors for the cash-strapped institution. Batohi has previously cited several challenges faced by the NPA – including severe budgetary limitations – which has led to high vacancy rates and low staff morale.

She says the NPA needs to ensure that they’re receiving of private funding is not perceived as a form of state capture.

“It’s not like I am pursuing it, this has been something that government has, various projects which have been funded through donors and other types of other funding. But of course we have to make sure that the perception that the NPA is not being captured, so we are aware of that. There are provisions within the government framework and Treasury regulations to ensure that this type of funding is managed transparently, there is accountability as far as that is concerned, which we take very seriously.”

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Wits University holds interfaith prayer ceremony for country’s social ills
10 September 2019, 6:09 AM

Wits University in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, has held an interfaith prayer ceremony for the social ills that are plaguing the country. This follows a march where students, staff and campus personnel came out in their numbers to speak out against gender-based violence and xenophobia. Students have invited different religious leaders to pray with them.

The SRC’s Gender and Transformation Officer at Wits University, Sibongile Sibeko says, “We will have an interfaith prayer where we will invite different religious leaders from different religious spheres just to come and pray with us for all of the issues that we face in this country so not just rape and femicide and gender based violence but also the issue of xenophobia. We’re praying for issues of poverty, students still face issues such as hunger on this campus – so we are praying for all of those issues.”

 

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