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PODCAST | In First Person – Part 15: Grace Motsepe recounts sexual abuse at the hands of her uncle, stepdad and how she contracted HIV through a blood transfusion
13 October 2020, 9:56 PM

In Episode 15 of our Podcast series ‘In First Person’, Grace tells us how he suffered sexual and physical abuse at different times from people who were supposed to love and protect her and later contracted HIV from a blood transfusion.

Grace takes us through her ordeal:

DA in Free State calls for ANC to pay back money from asbestos project
4 October 2020, 3:00 PM

The DA in the Free State has called on the ANC to pay back the money they allegedly received from the proceeds of the controversial R255 million asbestos contract. Seven people, including former Human Settlements MEC, Olly Mlamleli, and Blackhead Consulting director, Edwin Sodi, face charges of fraud, corruption, and money laundering. Both the Auditor-General and the Public Protector have declared as irregular the procurement of the 2014 contract to assess and eradicate asbestos roofs in the Free State.

DA leader in the provincial legislature Roy Jankielsohn says, “The former ANC Treasurer-General Mr Mkhize has indicated that the ANC were the beneficiaries of donations received from Mr Sodi who is involved in the corrupt asbestos contract in the Free State. We believe the ANC must disclose how much money they received through this corrupt contract and also pay back that money to the people of the Free State. Our people in the Free State are hungry, they’re destitute, they are unable to get some of the most basic services and they need this money back from the ANC.”

In the video below, the accused appear in court:

Meanwhile, the SACP in the Free State has called on law enforcement agencies to widen their scope of investigations into corruption in the province. This follows high-profile arrests in the corruption case in which the seven people appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

Mantashe warns against associating corruption with the governing party only
4 October 2020, 10:07 AM

ANC chairperson Gwede Mantashe has warned against associating corruption with only the governing party. Several government officials and business people appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Friday and were granted bail ranging between R100 000 and R500 000.

The suspects include former head of the Free State Human Settlements Department Nthimotse Mokhesi, former Bloemfontein Mayor Olly Mlamleli and Blackhead Consulting CEO Edwin Sodi.

They are accused corruption related to the R 255 million asbestos tender in the Free State.

ANC Former MP Vincent Smith also handed himself to police over allegations that he received money from BOSASA.

Speaking during a voter registration campaign in Klipspruit in Emalahleni, Mantashe commended law enforcement agencies for the recent corruption-related arrests.

“If you give it a blanket description and say it’s the ANC, you are basically punishing the ANC for having a broad membership base. The ANC says allow the law enforcement agency to do their work, allow police to arrest, allow the prosecution to prosecute and allow people to be arrested.”

The video below is on seven suspects being arrested in relation to the asbestos tender:

 

‘Commission of Inquiry’s credibility could be dented by succumbing to Zuma’s demands’
4 October 2020, 9:12 AM

Political analyst professor Somadoda Fikeni has warned that the credibility of the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture would be dented if it were to succumb to former President Jacob Zuma’s demands.

Zuma’s legal team has written a letter requesting for Deputy Chief Justice, Raymond Zondo to recuse himself as the chairperson of the commission accusing him of being biased against their client.

Zuma believes that Zondo cannot give him a fair hearing in his next appearance which is due next month.

Fikeni says Zuma’s move is not surprising.

“If you look at the legal challenges of President Zuma including the one of the Arms Deal, it’s the same Modus Operandi to fight it to the end and yet present to the public that you get your day in court and also when the public starts making allegations of you being implicated you say but the courts have not yet found me guilty. I do think you’d still have a situation where it continues, of course, it would suffer huge credibility challenge in a sense but I don’t think it would come undone.”

In the video below, Jacob Zuma wants Justice Zondo to recuse himself:

Former KZN Police commissioner, police captain to hand themselves to police on Monday
4 October 2020, 8:50 AM

A former KwaZulu-Natal police commissioner and a police captain are expected to hand themselves to the police in Durban on Monday.

This after the Hawks had obtained a warrant of arrest for the two.

Two others, Durban businessman Thoshan Panday and police Colonel Navin Madhoe, were arrested and appeared in court on Friday on fraud and corruption charges linked to a R47-million tender in 2010.

The tender related to police accommodation during the FIFA World Cup.

Panday and Madhoe were granted bail of R100 000 and R10 000 respectively.

NPA spokesperson Sipho Ngwema says, “Indeed the investigating Directorate has two outstanding warrants of arrest, one for a police captain and former police commissioner in KZN. This is in connection with a R47 million corruption matter – which is connected to the World Cup 2010 activities in KwaZulu-Natal.”

The video below is on the warrants of arrest:

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