This week in 1994: Democracy 25

7 August 2019, 1:55 PM
This week we focus on arms control in South Africa. Gun smuggling at the international border between South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique was a norm during the armed struggle in the 80 and early 90s.
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Judge Makhubele to take the hot seat at State Capture inquiry on Monday 2 August 2020, 7:00 PM

The Commission of Inquiry into State Capture in Johannesburg will hear evidence related to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) when Judge Tintswalo Makhubele takes the stand on Monday. Makhubele is accused of interfering in litigation between PRASA and a contractor, Siya Rail Solutions.

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Prisoners’ rights organisation threatens to take Lamola to court 2 August 2020, 5:53 PM

The South African Sentenced and Awaiting Trial Prisoners Organisation (Sasapo) is threatening to take Justice and Correctional Services Minister, Ronald Lamola, to court for violation of human rights over the delay in the release of at least 19 000 prisoners as announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa in May. 

Opposition parties call for probe into Free State COVID-19 tenders 2 August 2020, 5:30 PM

Opposition parties have called for an investigation into the COVID-19 contracts awarded in the Free State. The EFF accuses the provincial government of awarding tenders to politically connected individuals.

Wayde van Niekerk tests positive for COVID-19 in Italy: Report 2 August 2020, 5:00 PM

South Africa’s Olympic 400 metres champion Wayde van Niekerk tested positive for COVID-19 in Italy last week, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper.

Numsa disgusted by alleged corruption surrounding COVID-19 PPE tenders 2 August 2020, 4:24 PM

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), has described as disgusting and dismaying - allegations of corruption surrounding COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) tenders, amounting to millions of rands.

SARS breaks down how automated tax filing system works 2 August 2020, 3:36 PM

The South Africa Revenue Service (SARS) has sought to explain how its auto-assessment system operates - as it attempts to move more than 3 million taxpayers from physical filing to online filing. SARS has urged people to use their e-filing online system or mobi-app - as an option to file their tax returns this year.

Students’ union accuses some institutions of failing to protect students 1 August 2020, 10:06 PM

The South African Union of Students has lambasted some educational institutions for failing to protect returning students. Thousands of students have gone back to campus following the Higher Education Department's decision to allow medical students and final year students to go back to school. 

Former cabinet Minister Malusi Gigaba’s wife released on bail 1 August 2020, 9:15 PM

The wife of former cabinet Minister Malusi Gigaba has been released on bail. Norma Gigaba was arrested by the Hawks on Friday for alleged assault and malicious damage to property.

Public Works accused of refusing to let employee with cormobidities work remotely 1 August 2020, 9:04 PM

A woman remains in critical condition in hospital, after having contracted COVID-19. She has accused her employer, the Department of Public Works of refusing to allow her to work from home.

Drone policing on horizon, but won’t result to job losses: Cele 1 August 2020, 7:27 PM

Police Minister Bheki Cele says drone policing will begin in the near future. The Minister has disputed that a number of officers might lose their jobs because of the implementation of drones to enhance policing.

Defence Minister embarrassed by SANDF officers on camera smoking 1 August 2020, 6:30 PM

Defence Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, says the visuals showing South African National Defence Force (SANDF) officers smoking cigarettes live on air during the funeral of Andrew Mlangeni in Soweto left her embarrassed. She says what was particularly embarrassing was that these members were in uniform.

EFF calls for lifestyle audits into all involved in COVID-19 PPE contracts 1 August 2020, 6:06 PM

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Gauteng are calling for lifestyle audits into everyone involved in procuring personal protective equipment (PPEs) for COVID-19.

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ANC Parly caucus institutes DC process against Boy Mamabolo 1 August 2020, 5:45 PM

The ANC Parliamentary Caucus has instituted and internal disciplinary process has against its Member of Parliament, Boy Mamabolo. This comes after Mamabolo threatened to shoot Sunday World Journalist, Ngwako Malatji.

2020 school year to end on 15 December 1 August 2020, 5:15 PM

The Department of Basic Education on Saturday released a revised school calendar, which shows that learners have 156 days for the year. According to the calendar, schools will resume on 24 August. There will be a one-week break from 26-30 October that will mark the end of the third term. The fourth term begins on 2 November, with Grades 1-11 closing on 15 December for the rest of the year.

DA calls on Ramaphosa to deal with Magashule’s ‘web of capture’ in the Free State 1 August 2020, 4:00 PM

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Free State has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to deal with, what they call, current ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule's web of capture in the province.

Government urged to act with urgency on gender-based violence 1 August 2020, 3:13 PM

In reaction to the publication of the South African Police Service’s (SAPS) annual crime statistics report on Friday, Amnesty International South Africa is demanding justice for victims of gender-based violence and their families by calling on government to act with urgency.

Mbeki urges ANC leaders to address corruption, factionalism 29 July 2020, 11:16 AM

Former president Thabo Mbeki has called on African National Congress (ANC) leaders to convene a conference to specifically deal with corruption as well as factionalism among party members. Mbeki was speaking at the funeral service of struggle stalwart Andrew Mlangeni.

Zimbabwe minister Shiri, who helped plot Mugabe ouster, dies at 65 29 July 2020, 9:22 AM

Zimbabwe’s agriculture minister Perrance Shiri, a retired general who helped plot the ouster of Robert Mugabe in a 2017 coup, has died, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Wednesday.

Health department welcomes Nehawu’s fact finding report on PPEs 29 July 2020, 9:16 AM

The Department of Health says it welcomes the report on National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union’s (Nehawu) fact finding mission.

Corruption derailing efforts to combat COVID-19 in Eastern Cape: Mabuyane 29 July 2020, 7:52 AM

Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane has conceded that corruption is derailing the provincial government's efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Gauteng ANC PEC to meet to discuss PPE scandal surrounding the Dikos 29 July 2020, 7:49 AM

The ANC in Gauteng has confirmed that its Provincial Executive Committee will meet today to discuss the tender scandal involving Presidential Spokesperson, Khusela Diko. Diko has taken leave of absence amid a probe into the awarding of two contracts for the supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to Royal Bhaca Projects, a company in which her husband is a director.

Eskom wins Nersa battle, analyst warns of negative impact on consumers 29 July 2020, 7:46 AM

Energy analyst Chris Yelland says the judgment by the High Court in Johannesburg regarding Eskom, will have an immensely negative impact on consumers and businesses.

Zimbabwe to resume stock trading, Old Mutual unit remains suspended 29 July 2020, 6:01 AM

Zimbabwe's stock market will resume trading next week after a state financial intelligence body concluded an investigation, but three stocks also listed on other exchanges, including Old Mutual, will remain suspended, the finance minister said on Tuesday.

Struggle icon Andrew Mlangeni to be laid to rest on Wednesday 29 July 2020, 5:54 AM

The funeral service of struggle stalwart Andrew Mlangeni will take place at the University of Johannesburg, Soweto Campus on Wednesday morning.

Actress Candy Moloi passes on 28 July 2020, 10:42 PM

South African actress Candy Moloi has passed away.

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SA reports 190 new COVID-19 deaths, cases rise to 459 761 28 July 2020, 9:32 PM

The number of coronavirus cases in South Africa has now accumulated to 459 761. The Health Ministry has also reported 190 new deaths, bringing the death tally to 7 257.

Oupa “Ace” Manyisa and Mamelodi Sundowns part ways 28 July 2020, 9:00 PM

 The relationship between Mamelodi Sundowns and Oupa Manyisa has come to an end. The club says it has decided not to exercise its option for an extension

Government reiterates commitment to minimising job losses 28 July 2020, 8:50 PM

The Deputy Minister of Employment and Labour, Boitumelo Moloi, says the government is committed to minimising the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on job losses. She was delivering her department's adjusted budget vote in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP).

IMF loan will help provide relief: Treasury 28 July 2020, 7:30 PM

The National Treasury says the R70 billion from the IMF will allow the government to provide relief where it is needed during the battle against coronavirus. The remarks come amid concerns from various quarters about the loan's impact on South Africa's sovereignty and whether the money will do what it is intended to do.

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SAA rescue plan ready for implementation: BRPs 28 July 2020, 6:54 PM

The South African Airways (SAA) Business Rescue Practitioners say they will not be having a meeting this week with creditors as government has met all its requirements for the restructuring of the airline.