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ANC
‘ANC does not have Arms Deal related documentation required by Zuma’
21 August 2021, 6:41 AM

The African National Congress (ANC) acting secretary-general Jessie Duarte insists that the party doesn’t have any documents that would help former president Jacob Zuma in his pending money laundering and corruption trial relating to the arms deal.

Zuma has written to the ANC treasurer-general’s office to demand a list of payments made to the governing party from companies that allegedly benefited from the country’s multi-billion-rand arms procurement contracts.

He said this would help him to prove that he neither used his position in the ANC nor in government, to benefit from the arms deal as the state alleges in its papers in his pending corruption case.

Earlier, the ANC said through its lawyers that the documents were destroyed when the party’s offices were flooded. Duarte briefed the media on Friday.

Zuma Foundation explains request of ANC’s financial statements: Mzwanele Manyi

Video: Magashule and co-accused pre-trial at the Bloemfontein High Court
11 August 2021, 9:54 AM

The High Court in Bloemfontein hears whether the state and the defence in the asbestos roofing case are ready to proceed with the trial.

The pre-trial hearing involves 16 accused who include suspended African National Congress Secretary-General Ace Magashule, former Free State Human Settlement MEC Olly Mlamleli, businessman Edwin Sodi and five companies.

 

State Capture
LIVE: President Ramaphosa appears before State Capture Commission
11 August 2021, 9:05 AM

The Commission of Inquiry into allegations of State Capture hears evidence from President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday. Ramaphosa is expected to start by rounding off his testimony from April regarding his tenure as leader of the African National Congress (ANC). He had conceded that the party had not done enough to tackle state capture, cadre deployment and discipline among Members of Parliament.

Medupi Power Station
There could be more reasons behind Medupi power station explosion: Energy expert
10 August 2021, 12:33 PM

Energy expert, Chris Yelland says there could be more reasons that led to the explosion at Eskom Medupi power station in Limpopo on Sunday night.

The power utility says preliminary investigations show that employees who were at work at the time of the incident deviated from the procedure.

Two operators and four managers have so far been suspended. Eskom says air was introduced into the generator to try to find a leak, while a large quantity of hydrogen gas was still present in the system.

Yelland says the risk of load-shedding cannot be ruled out.

“What appears to have happened before they open the generator instead of purging fully with carbon dioxide, they allowed air to get into the generator, which mixes the hydrogen causing an explosive mixture that ignited and really blew up the generator doing extensive damage to this extent. This generator is irreparable. If you follow the right procedure the probability of an accident is very very low. It could be just poor training, inexperienced, incompetence.”

Eskom suspends staff over Medupi blast: Sikonathi Mantshantsha

Operation
Only 0.2% of SA’s population are registered organ donors: Organ Donor Foundations
10 August 2021, 11:01 AM

The Organ Donor Foundation says only 0.2% of the South African population are registered as organ donors. The Foundation’s Julie Purkis says the number of organ and tissue transplants has decreased substantially during the COVID-19 pandemic. South Africa observes Organ Donor Month this August.

“Kidneys would have to rate the highest on the list of most needed organs in South Africa. Many patients suffer kidney failure as a result of complications resulting from diabetes. Currently, there are around 5000 adults and children awaiting lifesaving organ transplants and in KZN (KwaZulu-Natal) alone there are approximately 850 patients awaiting both organ and tissue transplants,” says Purkis.

“The number of people awaiting transplants has increased dramatically. The patients desperately awaiting a lifesaving organ transplant will have to wait longer still, with many dying in the interim,” adds Purkis.

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