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AfriForum to serve Health Dept with legal papers over COVID-19 vaccine procurement
13 April 2021, 6:18 AM

Lobby group AfriForum says it has instructed its legal team to serve the Department of Health with an application under the Promotion of Access to Information Act, regarding government’s procurement of COVID-19 vaccines.

Earlier, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said government had to sign agreements that had a confidentiality clause with vaccine manufacturers as part of the negotiation process to buy vaccines.

Health Minister Mkhize outlines COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan:

So far, South Africa has signed agreements for 31 million doses of vaccines from Johnson & Johnson and 20 million from Pfizer.

AfriForum’s manager of Campaigns, Jacques Broodryk, says they question the constitutionality of such agreements.

“This is not the time for political or corporate games, people’s lives are at risk. The fact that a number of COVID-19 vaccines have been banned from use in various countries makes it very suspicious that the government and certain vaccine developers would not want the public to know what they discussed,” explains Broodryk.

Professor Helen Rees on COVID-19 vaccine developments:

Court dismisses Masuku’s bid to overturn SIU report
12 April 2021, 12:50 PM

The High Court in Johannesburg has dismissed with costs former Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku’s bid to overturn a Special Investigating Unit (SIU) report that led to his dismissal in October 2020.

SABC News reporter Samkele Maseko has more:

The report links Masuku to corruption related to the procurement of Personal Protective Equipment in the province.

In October 2020, Gauteng Premier David Makhura fired Masuku after the SIU found that he had failed in his duty to conduct oversight on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) tenders worth R125 million.

Masuku had been tasked with fixing the dysfunctional health department which was rocked by corruption and procurement irregularities.

Advocate William Mukhari argued on behalf of Masuku that the SIU relied on hearsay and not evidence, to conclude that Masuku had failed to perform his oversight duties.

SIU spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago has described the court ruling as a victory for law enforcement.

“We are really given a new lease of life to basically continue investigations that we are doing in Gauteng and all the other provinces. We base everything that we do on integrity and on the evidence before us.”

“We’ve always said our investigations are not against individuals but we work on the basis of evidence and if the evidence leads us to you, we will follow you and get whatever the state has suffered,” explains Kganyago.

 

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Chippa aims for 3 points against log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns
12 April 2021, 12:01 PM

Chippa United will have their backs against the wall when they host Premier Soccer League (PSL) log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns at the Sisa Dukashe stadium in Mdantsane on Monday afternoon.

Chippa United, also known as the Chilli Boys, are currently 15th on the DStv Premiership Log standings with 17 points.

Last week, the Eastern Cape outfit sacked coach Dan Malisela after being trashed five goals to one by Maritzburg United.

 

Chilli Boys interim coach Siyabulela Gwambi says the team will aim for maximum points to move from the relegation zone.

“Yes, obviously when you playing against log leaders and you are right at the bottom of the log you can see yourself beating the log leaders. Therefore the three points could prove very vital to move [us] out of the relegation zone.”

“This fixture will excite us and especially when we face Sundowns. We understand that we have got a huge responsibility on our shoulders but I believe the boys are ready and we can do it,” explains Gwambi.

Chippa United striker Anthony Laffor says a win or a draw would prove vital to avoid relegation.

“We know very well where we stand on the log table and we know it’s not a good place for the team to stand. However, the mood in the club is very high and the people of East London are very welcoming so everybody wants us to win. So we need to keep our feet on the ground listening to coach Siya and since he took over we can see that he is really determined,” adds Laffor.

 

Cape Town City move to fourth

On Saturday, Cape Town City beat SuperSport United 3-nil in a DSTV premiership match at the Cape Town Stadium.

The defeat by a three-goal margin pushes United, who were in fourth place, to fifth with Orlando Pirates who have a superior goal difference moving to fourth.

SuperSport wanted maximum points so they could move up to third on the table. City on the other hand wanted to win so they can consolidate their position within the Top 8.

The visitors launched an attack with Kudakwashe Mahachi whipping the ball into the opposition’s box.

Defender, Abbubaker Mobara, was able to clear the dangerous ball.

The home side didn’t just sit back but also launched attacks of their own as they looked for an opening goal. Their efforts were rewarded when they were awarded a penalty after defender, Thatayaone Ditlhokwe, was adjudged to have fouled Tashreeq Morris in the box.

Striker, Fagrie Lakay, made no mistake beating keeper, Ronwen Williams, from the penalty spot to put City in the lead.

The home side led by a single goal at half-time. They didn’t take their foot off the pedal in the second half with Morris testing Williams.

ANCYL has been dead since Malema’s expulsion: Analyst
12 April 2021, 11:38 AM

Political analyst Ongama Mtimka says the African National Congress (ANC) has not had an effective Youth League since Julius Malema was expelled from the party in 2012.

ANC top officials, including the party President Cyril Ramaphosa and Secretary-General Ace Magashule, met with the 34-member newly elected National Youth Task.

ANC top officials meet with newly elected National Youth Task Team:

The League was disbanded after the expulsion of Malema from the ANC along with other senior league members including Floyd Shivambu and Sindiso Magaqa.

Malema had been the League’s president.

The three were initially suspended.  Shivambu for a comment he made about regime change in Botswana as well as insulting a journalist, Magaqa for undermining the authority of then Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba and Malema for comparing former President Jacob Zuma unfavourably to his predecessor, Thabo Mbeki.

Mtimka says the League has been dead since then.

“In fact, I think that it is the scheming of the old guard that resulted in a more preferred candidate who would have continued the path that they had started along with Julius Malema. Ronald Lamola was a natural choice but was obviously schemed out of it through the machinations of [former] president Zuma and company,” explains Mtimka.

Below is the full interview with Mtimka:

YCLSA pledges support

The Young Communist League of South Africa (YCLSA) has pledged its support for newly elected African National Congress (ANC) National Youth Task Team.

However, it cautions against factionalism filtering down from the mother body.

“We wish to have a Youth League that is led by its rightful owners because if one body part is limping or is having challenges it affects the entire youth progressive formations and in this case obviously we will play our support. We will work very close to the appointed leadership and indeed we just hope that they are not to allow to be drawn into the factional battles of the congress movement that we have already,” says YCLSA National Secretary, Tinyiko Ntini.

VIDEO: State Capture Commission, Eskom related evidence with Anoj Singh
12 April 2021, 10:00 AM

The Commission of Inquiry into State Capture hears Eskom-related evidence from the former Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Anoj Singh on Monday.

Below is the live stream:

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