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23 Jul 2022
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Daily news update: Phala Phala farm theft, Hillary Gardee case, and DPE on Eskom

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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.

President Cyril Ramaphosa speaks at the Presidency budget vote debate on 10 June 2022 in Cape Town. Photo: Gallo Images/Brenton Geach

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 – 23 July

Phala Phala farm theft: Ramaphosa finally submits answers to Public Protector

Corruption Watch demands transparency over Phala Phala robbery
President Cyril Ramaphosa outside the Luthuli House in Johannesburg on 21 May 2018. Picture: Gallo Images / Sowetan / Mduduzi Ndzingi

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday submitted written answers to the Public Protector’s office over the Phala Phala farm robbery, his spokesperson Vincent Magwenya confirmed.

Magwenya added that the threat of a subpoena from the Public Protector was unnecessary.

After weeks of not providing any information regarding the robbery, Ramaphosa finally responded to the 31 questions sent to him by the Public Protector. 

Gordhan never approached Solidarity to help ‘save’ Eskom – DPE

Solidarity / Load shedding
Public Enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan during the Eskom media briefing about the state of electricity in the country at the Lethabo Power Plant on 3 April 2019 in Free State. Picture: Gallo Images/Business Day/Freddy Mavunda

The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) has denied claims that it approached trade union Solidarity to help recruit technical experts to save Eskom.

Solidarity wrote to Gordhan in May, offering to help in mobilising what Gordhan has acknowledged are “critical skills”.

Gordhan responded this week, as load shedding continued to cripple the economy and plunge the country into darkness.

Mineral resources department starts process to deregulate price of 93 octane petrol

Mantashe given ultimatum to allow renewable energy to help SA's energy crisis
Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe. Picture: GCIS

The department of mineral resources and energy has officially started the process of deregulating the price of 93 octane petrol in South Africa.

Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe on Friday gazetted his notice of the intention to introduce a price cap, dated 30 June 2022.

“I, Samson Gwede Mantashe, the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, under Section 2(1)(c) of the Petroleum Products Act of 1977 hereby give notice of the intention to introduce a price cap or a maximum price for petrol 93 Octane. Comments from stakeholders should be submitted within 30 days of the publication of this notice,” reads the gazette.

Electoral Amendment Bill remains a complex issue

Electoral Amendment Bill
An IEC official assists a citizen to vote in Mitchell’s Plain. Picture: Gallo Images/Die Burger/Jaco Marais

Permitting contestation of multiple regions by independent candidates would result in a more complex electoral system.

This is according to the Department of Home Affairs, in relation to the constitutionality of independent candidates contesting only one region.

Concerns have been raised about independent candidates who are required to contest elections in a single region, while the same requirement does not apply to political parties and candidates of political parties.

Eskom says load shedding will be suspended over weekend

Eskom Nersa
Eskom logo during the High Tariffs Must Fall Campaign outside Eskom offices in Bellville. Picture: Gallo Images/Brenton Geach

Eskom has announced that there will be no load shedding over the weekend and that it will be reduced to stage 1 between 4pm and midnight on Friday.

“Loadshedding will then be suspended as the generation system has recovered sufficiently at this point,” it said in a statement.

Eskom, however, warned that the power system is still constrained. “We urge the people of South Africa to continue using electricity sparingly,” it said.

KZN ANC elective conference: Four candidates pull out

ANC Youth League ‘muted’, no threat to leadership
ANC Flag. Picture: Michel Bega

Horse trading at the ANC KwaZulu-Natal provincial conference on Friday afternoon intensified after it emerged that some of the key candidates have pulled out of the leadership race.

There has been six candidates vying for the ANC provincial chairperson position.

However, following the counting of the results of the ANC branch nomination process, some candidates are rumoured to have thrown in the towel.

Reserve Bank becoming reckless on interest rates – Cosatu

inflation rate and repo rate
Image: iStock

Trade union federation Cosatu says the South African Reserve Bank (Sarb) is moving from being tolerably assertive to becoming overzealously reckless on interest rates.

This comes after the repo rate was increased by 75 basis points, a day after it was announced that inflation is at its highest since 2009.

Reserve Bank Governor, Lesetja Kganyago, announced the hike on Thursday, which is expected to impact heavily on South Africans with debt.

Zulu royal household faction slams Buthelezi

AmaZulu royal family faction accuses Buthelezi of excluding them
Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, the prime minister of the Zulu nation. Picture: GCIS/Flickr

The Zulu royal household faction led by Prince Mbonisi Zulu has launched another direct attack on Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

During a media briefing held in Umhlanga on Thursday, Zulu said Buthelezi had no position in royal household matters as he was the one who attacked the Mbelebeleni (KwaMashu) and Nyokeni royal palaces in the ’90s.

At the time, Buthelezi’s IFP was dominant in KZN and the faction is now accusing him of attempting to persecute the late King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu.

Hillary Gardee: Case postponed as another magistrate takes charge

Hillary Gardee murder
Hillary Gardee’s friends and family have gathered at Church On The Hill in Kamagugu, Nelspruit for her funeral. Picture: Twitter/@EFFSouthAfrica

The formal bail application for one of the accused in the Hillary Gardee murder trial has been postponed yet again.

Gardee’s alleged killers; Sipho Mkhatshwa, Philemon Lukhele and Albert Gama, appeared before the Nelspruit Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

The trio, arrested in connection with the murder of the daughter of former Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) secretary-general Godrich Gardee, is facing a number of charges including rape, kidnapping and murder.

WATCH: Lebo M shares shocking revelations on Podcast and Chill

Lebo M
Internationally recognised, South African music composer, Lebo M. Picture: Instagram

South African composer, arranger and producer Lebogang ‘Lebo M’ Morake has gotten the chance to set the record straight on his personal life and career on MacG’s popular and controversial podcast, Podcast and Chill.

To open up the interview, McGyver touched base on Lebo M’s past marriages, and the composer rubbished all the allegations about him having been married seven times, and revealed that he has only been married four times.

Pretorius smarts and guile of Maharaj and Shamsi dominates

Proteas 2nd ODI
Dwaine Pretorius is congratulated by Rassie van der Dussen (left) and Aiden Markram (right). Picture: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

The clever seam bowling of Dwaine Pretorius and the guile of spinners Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi dominated England in the shortened second ODI at Old Trafford on Friday, the hosts being bowled out for 201 in the last of their 29 overs.

Heavy morning showers meant the start of the match was delayed from 1pm local time to 5.45pm, and South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first.

Royal AM rope Malesela in as co-coach, takes over Celtic Ladies

Royal takes over Celtic Ladies, rope Malesela in as co-coach
Royal AM’s Shauwn “MaMkhize” Mkhize announcing changes at her team Photo: Royal AM

Royal AM announced that they have bought Hollywoodbets Super League side Bloemfontein Celtic Ladies and roped in Dan Malesela among other changes at the KwaZulu-Natal club.

The changes were announced by club president Shauwn “MaMkhize” Mkhize on Friday afternoon at their village outside Pietermaritzburg. 

Malesela will be co-coach alongside Khabo Zondo in the Royal AM senior men’s team.