Citizen Reporter
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29 Aug 2021
5:00 am

Daily news update: Simelane-Zulu’s salary docked, Victory for Paralympians, Sundowns fight back

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Paralympics 2020 gold medal winner Ntando Mahlangu. Picture: Twitter @TeamSA2020

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KZN health MEC ordered to apologise, salary docked

KZN health MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu and Premier Sihle Zikalala
KZN health MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu and Premier Sihle Zikalala | Picture: Twitter

KZN health MEC Nomagugu Simelane has been ordered to apologise after photographs and videos from a gathering she recently hosted made their way onto social media and caused a furore. 

KwaZulu Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala called an impromptu media briefing on Saturday to address the scandal and revealed that Simelane had been ordered to issue a public apology within seven days of his announcement.

Zikala also confirmed that he had given Simelane an official warning in addition to instructing Provincial Treasury to dock 50% of the MEC’s salary at the next payment cycle and donate it to NGOs involved in the fight against Covid-19.

Anruné Weyers and Ntando Mahlangu win Paralympic gold for team SA

Paralympic athletes Anruné Weyers and Ntando Mahlangu have won two gold medals for team South Africa.

According to the official account for the South African Tokyo Paralympics team, Weyers won the team’s first medal after claiming victory in the women’s 400m final. 

Fellow Paralympian Ntando Mahlangu set a new world record after his long jump performance. 

Safranko’s late strike blunts Arrows in MTN8 semifinal

Rivaldo Coetzee of Mamelodi Sundowns challenged by Michael Gumede of Golden Arrows during the 2021 MTN8 1st leg semifinal match between Golden Arrows and Mamelodi Sundowns at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium, Durban, on 28 August 2021 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Mamelodi Sundowns overcame the disappointment of conceding an early goal on Saturday as they drew 1-1 with Golden Arrows in the away leg of their MTN8 semifinal at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.

ANC turns to crowd-funding 

ANC asks for bailout on Twitter, but crowd not convinced
ANC headquarters Luthuli house. Picture for illustration: Michel Bega

Despite ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe quickly dismissing cash flow problems as being the reason the ruling party cannot pay fill staff salaries, the ANC now appears to be pushing its crowdfunding initiative. 

On Saturday morning, three days after the news broke that July and August salaries cannot yet be paid, a tweet emerged, encouraging prospective voters to make a contribution to the party’s crowdfunding initiative.   

US bracing for ‘extremely dangerous’ Hurricane Ida

US braces for 'extremely dangerous' Hurricane Ida
A man walks under the rain in Batabano, Mayabeque province, about 60 km south of Havana, on August 27, 2021, as Hurricane Ida passes through eastern Cuba. Yamil LAGE / AFP

Residents evacuated high-risk areas and lined up to buy supplies Friday as Louisiana braced for Hurricane Ida, expected to strengthen to an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm when it hits the southern United States this weekend.

The National Weather Service is now forecasting a “life-threatening storm surge” when the hurricane makes landfall along the coasts of Louisiana and Mississippi, warning of “catastrophic wind damage” and urging those in affected areas to follow advice from local officials.

Compiled by Kaunda Selisho