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10 Jun 2022
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Daily news update: Comair grounded, Mkhwebane suspended, and Bafana loss

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Here’s your morning news update: An easy-to-read selection of our top stories. Stay up to date with The Citizen – More News, Your Way.

A British Airways Boeing 747 taking off from London Heathrow Airport in the UK. Picture: iStock

Here’s your morning news update: An easy-to-read selection of our top stories. Stay up to date with The Citizen – More News, Your Way.

Daily news update – 10 June

Another Abramjee? – Timing of Mkhwebane’s suspension questioned

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Public Protector advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane. Picture: Jacques Nelles

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s suspension from her office has raised some eyebrows from the opposition.

On Thursday, the Presidency confirmed that Mkhwebane has been suspended with immediate effect.

Mkhwebane, the Presidency said, will remain suspended until her impeachment process, which is being handled by Parliament’s Ad Hoc Committee on the Section 194 Inquiry, has been completed.

The suspension came after the Public Protector submitted her reasons on the matter to the President Cyril Ramaphosa on 27 May.

Ramaphosa asks MPs to put citizens first after EFF give him the Zuma treatment

Ramaphosa calls on MPs to put citizens first after disruptions in Parly from EFF MPs
President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Good Hope Chamber in Cape Town on Thursday. Picture: @PresidencyZA/Twitter

President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on MPs to put South Africans first as they perform their duties, saying the “greatest disservice” parliamentarians can do is to become distracted from addressing the country’s pressing socio-economic challenges.

“The people of our country must come first in everything that we do.

“And the greatest disservice we can do to our people, at this difficult time in the life of our nation, is to become distracted from the task that is at hand. The challenges that we face as a country are many,” Ramaphosa said.

No national shutdown: Taxis won’t allow anyone to ‘get in the way’ of doing business

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Taxis parked outside Bree Taxi rank in Johannesburg on 22 June 2020. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

The National Taxi Alliance (NTA) says it will be business as usual on Friday, despite reports of a planned national shutdown over high fuel prices.

There have been a number of messages and posters circulating on social media platforms, particularly on WhatsApp, calling for a national shutdown.

These messages have caused panic among many South Africans who have opted to stay at home for fear of becoming targets during the so-called shutdown.

No guarantee Gupta brothers will be extradited to SA to stand trial – Gungubele

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Ajay and Atul Gupta in Johannesburg, South Africa on 4 March 2011. Picture: Gallo Images/City Press/Muntu Vilakazi

Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele says there’s “no guarantee” that the Guptas will be extradited to South Africa to stand trial on corruption and state capture allegations.

“We don’t have that guarantee but [in] the relationship that occurs between us and the United Arab Emirates; one expects something better… I would be surprised if it does not lead to them coming here at all,” Gungubele said.

The minister was speaking on Thursday during a media briefing in Cape Town on the outcomes of Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting.

Senzo Meyiwa trial an embarrassment to criminal justice system – Gerrie Nel

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Bongani Sandiso Ntanzi in the dock with the other five accused in the Senzo Meyiwa matter, at the Pretoria High Court, 11 April 2022. Picture: Jacques Nelles

The head of AfriForum’s Private Prosecutions unit Advocate Gerrie Nel has told The Citizen the current proceedings in the Senzo Meyiwa trial are a complete embarrassment.

Nel’s comments come after the matter was postponed on Wednesday, following the legal representative for accused number 5, Zandile Mshololo, only being handed a contentious second docket implicating another set of suspects earlier in the morning.

That docket has the people who were in the house when Meyiwa was killed listed as the accused. They include Meyiwa’s girlfriend Kelly Khumalo, her mother Gladness, her sister Zandile, and Longwe Twala.

Ramaphosa took Cabinet into his confidence on robbery at his farm, says Gungubele

Ramaphosa took Cabinet into confidence on burglary at his farm, says Gungubele
Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele. Picture: @SAgovnews/Twitter

President Cyril Ramaphosa has taken Cabinet into confidence on the alleged theft of $4 million (about R61 million) in cash at his game farm in Limpopo.

That’s according to the Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele, who says the president on Wednesday briefed his Cabinet ministers on the criminal complaint lodged against him last week by former spy boss Arthur Fraser.

“The president took the Cabinet into his confidence on the matter, it’s important to actually state that,” Gungubele said.

Comair’s wings permanently clipped, after failing to secure additional funding

Kulula ZS-ZWA arrives at OR Tambo International Airport from George, 17 March 2021. Picture: Neil McCartney
Kulula ZS-ZWA arrives at OR Tambo International Airport from George, 17 March 2021. Picture: Neil McCartney

Comair has been grounded for good after its business rescue practitioners (BRPs) could not raise the necessary funding to continue with operations.

Comair, which operates Kulula.com and British Airways, suspended flights from 1 June until further notice as its BRPs tried to secure further funding.

The BRPs, in a notice published on Thursday, told creditors there was no reasonable prospect the company could be rescued.

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Jub Jub. Picture: Instagram

Mzansi’s favourite dramatic reality television show Uyajola 99 is back and viewers will be delighted to know that Molemo ‘Jub Jub’ Maarohanye will be back at Moja Love as the host of the show.

The television personality took to social media on Tuesday evening to post a promo video of the new season of Uyajola 99 which is currently still in the production phase. In the caption of the post he announced that he will once again be hosting the reality television show.

Morocco finally break Bafana’s resistance to grab win in Afcon opener

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Adam Masina of Morocco is challenged by Thibang Phete of South Africa during the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Thursday. Picture: Nour Akanja/BackpagePix.

Morocco knocked and knocked and eventually charged through Bafana Bafana’s defences on Thursday, coming from behind to win 2-1 in their opening Group K Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Rabat.

Hugo Broos’ side took an early lead through Lyle Foster, but Morocco then showed their superiority, as they frequently scythed through an inexperienced South African side with ease.

Bafana captain Ronwen Williams was heroic, making several brilliant saves, but could do nothing to stop Youssef En-Nesyri’s effort five minutes into the second half.