Vhahangwele Nemakonde
Digital Journalist
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3 Aug 2021
5:04 am

Daily news update: Ramaphosa goes back to Zondo commission and Mogoeng’s office dismisses fake news

Vhahangwele Nemakonde

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President Cyril Ramaphosa. Photo: Gallo Images/Daily Sun/Christopher Moagi

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State Capture: Ramaphosa’s next date with Zondo revealed

The Deputy Chief Justice and Commission of Inquiry into allegations of State Capture Justice Raymond Zondo has set a final date for President Cyril Ramaphosa’s appearance.

This was announced by the Commission on Monday in a statement.

It said that Ramphosa will appear before the commission on Wednesday and Thursday next week.

“The public is hereby notified that the Chairperson of the Commission has fixed 11 and 12 August 2021 as the dates when President Ramaphosa will appear before the Commission again to give evidence and be questioned on matters falling within the terms of reference of the Commission,” reads the statement.

High court confirms R46m restraint order against ex-ANC MP Vincent Smith

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Former ANC MP Vincent Smith. Picture: Twitter/@AdvoBarryRoux

The Johannesburg High Court on Monday confirmed the restraint order against the assets of corruption-accused former ANC MP, Vincent Smith, to the value of R46 Million.

The order included Smith’s wholly-owned company Euro Blitz 48 as well as his family’s trust.

According to the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA’s) Investigating Directorate (ID), the ruling confirmed the interim restraint order handed down earlier this year in February 2021.

Mogoeng’s office dismisses SA unrest WhatsApp voice note

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Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng. Picture Alet Pretorius/Gallo Images

The Judiciary has dismissed claims that Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng is behind the audio clip predicting further violent civil unrest across the country.

This is after a voice note was circulated on social media, wherein a man could be heard calling for prayers due to the country possibly seeing more acts of violence in the future.

In a statement, Judiciary spokesperson Nathi Mncube said the voice note, which has been attributed to Mogoeng, was not the chief justice.

Wayde van Niekerk crashes out in Olympic semis

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Wayde van Niekerk, the defending 400m champion, crashed out of the Tokyo Olympics on Monday, after finishing outside the qualifying places for the final. Picture: Matthias Hangst / Getty Images

Defending champion Wayde van Niekerk bombed out in the 400m semifinals at the Tokyo Olympics on Monday, crossing the line well off the pace as he fell short in his attempt to retain his title.

Van Niekerk, who set the world record (43.03 seconds) to win gold at the 2016 Rio Games, had struggled to find his best form after making a comeback from a serious knee injury last year.

‘We will act on SIU report, even if I’m implicated’ – Lesufi on decontamination saga

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Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi. Picture: Gallo Images/Lefty Shivambu

Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says action will be taken against anyone involved, even himself if implicated, in the R431 million school sanitation scandal, pending the finalisation of the investigation.

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is investigating the Gauteng department of education after well over R400 million was spent on school decontamination because of Covid-19, in just three months. 

The SIU found that 173 service providers appointed to decontaminate Gauteng schools were not accredited and not on the Central Supplier Database.

It has since frozen the assets of 14 entities linked to the contracts

Case against 14 accused of VBS corruption postponed to October

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Picture File: eight suspects accused of looting the VBS Bank appear at Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in Johannesburg, on 18 June 2020. They were each granted R100, 000 bail. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

The case against 14 suspects accused of corruption in connection with the collapse of VBS Mutual Bank on Monday was postponed to 12 October 2021.

The group appeared in the Pretoria High Court for pre-trial proceedings, but the case was adjourned after some of the accused changed their legal teams. They face more than 100 charges of theft, fraud, money laundering, corruption and racketeering.

November date for Chiefs and Pirates in Premiership Soweto derby

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Kaizer Chiefs’ Khama Billiat and Orlando Pirates’ Ben Motshwari, pictured here playing in Sunday’s Black Label Cup, are set to meet again on November 9. Picture: Sydney Mahlangu/BackapagePix

Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs will play their first DStv Premiership Soweto derby of the season on November 6, according to fixtures released yesterday by the Premier Soccer League.

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The PSL finally released all their fixtures less than two weeks before the start of the 2021/22 campaign, which will begin on August 14 with the MTN8 quarterfinals.