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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.

Acting CSA CEO sets eyes on rebuilding confidence in the organisation
20 August 2020, 11:13 AM

Rebuilding confidence in Cricket South Africa is how newly appointed acting CEO Kugandrie Govender plans to get the ball rolling. She was appointed as head of the embattled federation, following the resignation of Jacques Faul.

Her appointment comes at a time when numerous internal squabbles have given rise to legal battles and even suspensions. The Durban-born Govender says her focus will be to put South African’s sentiments at the helm of the cricket body.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to show what I’m made off and what I have to offer this beautiful game and to show South Africans how we can turn this organisation around and make South Africans proud of us again. I think we are just keen to get there again. That’s what S.Africans want and that’s my mandate.”

Govender has more than 23 years of experience in the corporate sector and is the current Chief Commercial Officer at Cricket South Africa.

She says it is important for CSA to improve its reputation both locally and internationally. “It’s a critical time for the organisation and crucial for key stakeholders to work together to improve the rating of cricket among those who love, support, and follow the sport.”

Faul stepped down on Monday, a month before his contract would have expired.

The board says  he has put in place a detail transitional plan that would ensure the organisation makes a seamless transition.

Faul has returned to his full-time job as CEO of the Titans franchise.

In the video below, turmoil in CSA following resignations of CEO, COO and president:

VIDEO: State Capture Commission of Inquiry
20 August 2020, 10:19 AM

The inquiry into allegations of state capture has resumed in Johannesburg. The commission will hear testimony related to allegations of corruption and infighting within the country’s law enforcement agencies.

Live stream of the proceedings below:

 

Call for heightened operations to combat drunk driving
20 August 2020, 10:00 AM

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has called on all law enforcement authorities to increase their operations against drunk driving. This follows the lifting of the ban on the sale of alcohol.

On Tuesday night, five people were killed and one injured after two vehicles collided in Benoni, east of Johannesburg. Both drivers are suspected to have been under the influence of alcohol.

The RTMC together with the South African Police Service and Ekurhuleni Metro Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

Research conducted by the RTMC in collaboration with the South African Medical Research Council and the University of South Africa shows that drunk driving accounts for 27% of fatal crashes in the country. This is estimated to cost the economy R18.2 billion annually.

The corporation says drunk-driving operations should be prioritised at night and over weekends throughout the year. Evidence shows that 55% of fatal crashes take place at night, about three out of five over the weekends and 70% during non-vacation periods.

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