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Busisiwe Mkhwebane
Public Protector says she was poisoned
8 June 2019, 2:42 PM

Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, says she was poisoned following her investigation into the SA Revenue Service’s (SARS) so called ‘Rogue Unit’. She made the claim while addressing a gala dinner in Mpumalanga on Friday night.

Mkwhebane says this is the second physical attack on her. She says after she investigated the ABSA bank case she had to report a case of malicious damage to property.

Her spokesperson, Oupa Segalwe, says they have had to review Mkhwebane’s personal security.

“There was some security breach at her house and she did the necessary and approached the police and they attended to all of that.

“I’m not sure if the police are investigating the criminality; all I am saying that steps were taken in terms of personal security to resolve that,” says Segalwe.

Avicci
Avicci’s first album of new music gets released globally
6 June 2019, 3:14 PM

The first album of new music by the late Swedish musician and record producer, Avicci (a-vee-chee), who had close ties with Cape Town, is being released globally on Thursday. Universal Music South Africa says the 12-track collection titled, “Tim”, pays tribute to the 29 year-old DJ, who is known as Tim Bergling, who died unexpectedly in Oman in April last year.

The album, including the hit singles, “S.O.S” and “Tough Love”, features eight other well-known artists from the international music scene such as, “Imagine Dragons”, who collaborated on the much anticipated project. Avicii left clear notes about how he wanted to finish the music and who his production partners should be.

Universal Music says the songwriters he worked with before his death used notes, email conversations and text messages to complete the almost finished collection of songs and dance tracks.

Bergling, who toured South Africa only once in 2012, on many occasions visited his friends in the Mother City. Avicii also shared Instagram images of him and his friends at several tourist spots in the city the year before his tragic death in the Middle East.

Court
Anti-apartheid activist Nokuthula Simelane provisionally declared dead
6 June 2019, 3:04 PM

The family of missing anti-apartheid activist Nokuthula Simelane has welcomed the High Court ruling that provisionally declared her dead. The court issued a provisional order of presumption of death.

Nokuthula, then only 23-years-old, was kidnapped and tortured in 1983 and was never seen again. Her family believes she was murdered by former security police officers. Her sister Thembisile Nkadimeng, who is also the mayor of Polokwane, says as a family they approached the court because they want a dignified end to her life.

“We do believe that Nokuthula was dedicated to the struggle and in any war there are causalities. We understand that she possibly could have been the casualty but on top of that we say she deserved the dignity. Everybody gets buried. So we are saying regardless of the conditions that she might have died under, what will bring us closer is to say she lived. She became a heroine. Let us dignify her as well. Pointing to a grave so that my child can be able to say I had Mamogolo and I know where she lay,” says Nkadimeng.

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Resignations of former cabinet ministers rising
6 June 2019, 2:35 PM

The number of former cabinet ministers resigning from Parliament continues to rise. African National Congress (ANC) Chief Whip,  Pemmy Majodina has confirmed that former Social Development Minister Susan Shabangu is the latest to hand in her resignation letter.

On Wednesday, former Ministers of State Security and Human Settlements Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba and Nomaindia Mfeketo resigned.

It is expected that more of those who were left out of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s new cabinet will step down from Parliament.

The main reason for the resignations is usually to secure their pensions at the level of a minister instead of an ordinary MP.

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers omission based on principle
6 June 2019, 1:49 PM

Cricket South Africa says the decision to turn down a request by Proteas captain Faf du Plessis and coach Otis Gibson for prolific batsman AB de Villiers to be included in the World Cup squad, was based on principle.

In a statement released by the federation, Cricket South Africa gave De Villiers options to be considered for selection, but he turned them down in May last year, saying he was at peace with his decision to retire.

The cricket website, Cricinfo, reported earlier that De Villiers approached Du Plessis and Gibson 24 hours before the announcement of the 15-man World Cup squad, making himself available for selection.

The Proteas suffered their third successive defeat at the World Cup on Wednesday, losing by six wickets to India in Southampton.

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