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North West municipal official accused of raping wife appears in court
21 August 2020, 5:30 PM

The Wolmaranstad Magistrate’s Court has postponed the case of a 45-year-old man accused of raping his estranged wife. The case will be back in court on the 17th of September. The accused – whose identity cannot be revealed at this stage – is an official at the Maquassi Hills Local Municipality at Wolmaranstad in the North West.

He made a brief court appearance today – his second. The case was postponed to next month as investigations are still unfolding. The accused allegedly raped his estranged wife last month. Meanwhile, outside court, different political parties called for harsh punishment against the accused. They reiterated their stance against Gender-Based Violence.

Tebogo Phutiyagae of the EFF elaborates: “ We are here as the EFF, we are saying enough is enough. Stop hurting our women; stop hurting our children. Should you persist in being a perpetrator of such crimes, we will expose you. We will stand against you and we will make sure that you are removed from society.”

ANC councillor, Phesi Mokgabi, says he’s concerned about the deployment of the accused at the Maquassi Hills Local Municipality.

“The mayor, the speaker and the municipal manager are in support of the perpetrator so we want action to be taken and I am calling upon the leadership of the ANC to descend upon their deployees. I am a councillor here, we appear to be sleeping in our laurels.”

The municipality says it will not comment because the matter is still under investigation. The accused has been instructed by the magistrate not to contact the victim. He has to report to the Wolmaransstad Police Station on Saturdays. The case will be back in court on the 17th of September.

 

Biden promises to be a President for all Americans if elected
21 August 2020, 5:00 PM

At 77 years old Joe Biden became the oldest person to accept the Democratic Party’s Presidential nomination last night, with a vow that he would be a President for all Americans if elected.

In a speech that closed the four-day Democratic National Convention, he veered between his vision for the country and eviscerating President Donald Trump whose handling of the coronavirus he labelled as “unforgivable” –  urging Americans to have faith that they could overcome “this season of darkness”- as he became his party’s standard-bearer in an election billed as the most important in a generation.

Biden has been in politics for 50 years now and held various roles including working as a City Councillor, Senator, Vice President and now, a major party Presidential nominee.

“I’ll be proud to carry the banner of our Party into the general election. It is with great honor and humility that I accept this nomination for president of the United States of America. But while I will be a Democratic candidate, I will be an American president. I will work hard for those who didn’t support me as hard for them as I did for those who did vote for me. That’s the job of a president, to represent all of us, not just our base or our party. This is not a partisan moment, this must be an American moment. It’s a moment that calls for hope and light and love. Hope for our futures, light to see our way forward and love for one another,” Biden said while accepting his nomination.

He talked about four crises that have delivered a perfect storm for a country – the worst pandemic in over 100 years, the worst economic crisis since the great depression – even worse than the great recession of 2009, the most compelling call for racial justice since the 1960s and the undeniable reality and accelerating threats of climate change.

Biden echoed his Vice Presidential Nominee that the country was at an inflection point.

“This is a life-changing election. This will determine America’s future for a very long time. Character is on the ballot, compassion is on the ballot, decency, science, democracy. They are all on the ballot. Who we are as a nation. What we stand for and, most importantly, who we want to be. That’s all on the ballot and the choice could not be clearer. No rhetoric is needed, just judge this president on the facts.”

Other speakers lauded their new party leader as a man tried and tested; someone who represented the best of America, not its worst.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said: “We know how important it is that we elect real servant leaders — leaders like Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, people of honour and integrity who hold justice close to their hearts and believe that the lives of my four Black children matter. In the words of womanist poet Audre Lorde “Your silence will not protect you.” Congressman Lewis would not be silenced. And neither can we. We cannot wait for some other time, some other place, some other heroes. We must be the heroes of our generation, because we, too, are America!”

Billionaire and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg – who has run for office as a Republican and an Independent – is now a registered Democrat.

“Before I ran for mayor, I spent 20 years running a business I started from scratch. So I want to ask small business owners and their employees one question, and it’s a question for everyone. Would you rehire or work for someone who ran your business into the ground? And who always does what’s best for him or her, even when it hurts the company? And whose reckless decisions put you in danger and he spends more time tweeting than working? If the answer is no, why the hell would we ever rehire Donald Trump for another four years?”

A question that will only be answered emphatically after election day on November the 3rd. President Trump is scheduled to put forward his vision for America next week.

Below is a discussion on Joe Biden’s leadership:

 

Former Eskom CFO Anoj Singh stripped of his SAICA membership
21 August 2020, 2:25 PM

Former Eskom CFO Anoj Singh has been stripped of his membership of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA). This, after an independent committee found him guilty on 12 of the 18 charges levelled against him.

Singh did not attend the disciplinary hearing in which he was charged for dishonesty, gross negligence and for breaching a number of by-laws. The charges related to his conduct while he was CFO at state-owned enterprises, Transnet and Eskom between 2012 and 2015.

He was in charge of finances at Transnet when the dubious 1 064 locomotive contract was forged.
Singh was also in charge of finances at Eskom when dodgy payments were made to the likes of McKinsey, Trillian and Tegeta Resources.

Singh has been ordered to pay the costs of the disciplinary hearing.

In the file video below, former Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba thanks Anoj Singh for stepping down from Eskom:

 

Zandile Gumede
ANC Veterans League dismayed over Gumede’s appointment
20 August 2020, 1:00 PM

The ANC Veterans League has expressed shock and dismay following the appointment of Zandile Gumede as a member of the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature.

The former Ethekwini Mayor was sworn in on Wednesday – despite her ongoing fraud and corruption case related to a multi-million rand waste removal tender. Gumede was removed from her position as mayor last year.

ANC Veterans League President, Dr Snuki Zikalala, says members facing criminal charges should step aside and have their names cleared before taking on a public role.

“The Veterans League is shocked, perplexed and dismayed by what happened in KZN. When we heard that Gumede was asked to step as the mayor, it was a very good move on the side of KZN. Any comrade who is facing criminal charges must step aside and clear their name. Our disciplinary action can then kick in. What we are worried about is the credibility and integrity of the ANC,” Zikalala says.

Call for decision to be reversed

Opposition parties in KwaZulu-Natal are calling on the ANC in the province to rescind its decision of redeploying Gumede to the provincial legislature.

IFP Provincial chairperson, Thamsanqa Ntuli, says the ANC should have waited for court processes to conclude.

“The move by her party to promote her to the legislature is actually is undermining the voters. It is undermining the interest of KZN people that when you have failed in a municipality you are then promoted to the provincial leadership. How can you promote a person who is still going to court having allegations of corruption? Why the party could not wait until she is cleared and then take a decision if it was necessary to do so?

DA KZN leader Zwakele Mncwango has described the move as disappointing and a slap on the public’s face.

Corruption Watch slammed the decision, saying it does not show that the party is serious about tackling corruption.

The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal has conceded that corruption allegations levelled against Gumede do not display a good public image for the party. But says the party believes the former mayor is innocent until proven guilty.

In the video below, political parties react to Gumede’s deployment to the KZN legislature:

Gumede, four ANC councillors, municipal officials and contractors are facing fraud and corruption charges. They are alleged to have defrauded the city of about R208 million through a waste removal tender.

The former mayor is out on R50 000 bail, while the four councillors – arrested late last year – are out on R5 000 bail each. They are due back in court in May.

African Bank confirms Experian Credit Bureau data breach
20 August 2020, 11:29 AM

African Bank has confirmed that Experian Credit Bureau has experienced a breach of personal information of its clients. The bank says the breach means certain customers’ personal information, including the likes of identity numbers, cell numbers has been compromised.

The compromise of personal information can create opportunities for criminals to impersonate an individual but does not provide access to a customers’ banking account or details.

Chief Risk Officer of African Bank, Piet Swanepoel noted with concern that the breach of personal information will impact the bank’s credit customers. By law banks have to disclose all details of customers who have credit with them to credit bureaus- in which Experian credit bureau is one of them.

Banks affected by the breach say their customer’s banking credentials have not been breached, and fraudsters will not be able to access any of their customers’ banking details. However they have advised customers to be vigilant and report any suspicious activities on their accounts.

This as fraudsters can impersonate a bank and contact customers and pretend to be their bank since they may know their ID and their cell numbers. The data breach may have affected personal details of 24 million South Africans whose records are stored by Experian.

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