Vhahangwele Nemakonde
Digital Journalist
4 minute read
26 Aug 2021
5:01 am

Daily news update: EFF presser, ANC offices closed and JSC votes to impeach judge Hlophe

Vhahangwele Nemakonde

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EFF leader Julius Malema. Picture: EFF/Twitter

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‘Wenzeni uZuma?’- Malema calls for protection of Zuma’s supporters

No one has the right to stop anyone in South Africa from supporting former president Jacob Zuma.

That is according to EFF leader Julius Malema, who condemned law-enforcement agencies for allegedly intimidating Zuma’s supporters.

“People who want to support Zuma, they must do it freely without any form of intimidation. They must do so within the confines of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa. They’ve got a right to do so,” Malema said.

ANC to close all its offices on Thursday

ANC flag
Picture: Michel Bega

The African National Congress (ANC) says all its offices will be closed from Thursday after management received a notice of protest action from staff on Wednesday.

This in support of grievances submitted on 15 June 2021, including late payments of salaries.

In a statement on Wednesday, the ruling party said it was not yet in a position to pay outstanding salaries for July 2021.

“Unfortunately, August 2021 salaries, due on the 25th of this month, are also delayed. I do regret the hardship and the uncertainty that this cause staff and their families, and this is deeply regrettable,” said ANC general manager Febe Potgieter-Gqubule.

JSC votes to impeach controversial WC Judge John Hlophe

Judge John Hlophe
John Hlophe at the interview of the Constitutional Court judges at the Walter Sisulu Hall in Kliptown, Soweto, on 20 September 2009. Picture: Gallo Images/Foto24/Felix Dlangamandla

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) on Wednesday voted for Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe to face impeachment.

Back in April, the Judicial Conduct Tribunal unanimously found Hlophe guilty of gross misconduct and improperly attempting to influence two Constitutional Court (ConCourt) judges.

This stemmed from a complaint lodged by 11 ConCourt judges against Hlophe more than 12 years ago, after justices Chris Jafta and Bess Nkabinde claimed he had approached them separately in their chambers to try to influence them to rule in favour of former president Jacob Zuma and French arms company, Thales, in a case relating to the validity of search and seizure operations in the arms deal investigation.

Phumzile to ‘lying’ Steenhuisen: ‘Keep my name out of your mouth!’

DA MP Phumzile van Damme.
Former DA MP Phumzile van Damme.

Former Democratic Alliance (DA) MP and spokesperson on communications, Phumzile van Damme, has decided to break her silence about why she really resigned from her position in the party, and she has pulled no punches in exposing DA leader John Steenhuisen over his “lies” about the matter.

Van Damme took to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon, and she made it very clear that she is overjoyed about no longer being associated “with the joke the DA has become” under Steenhuisen’s leadership.

Enough vaccines in stock, says Phaahla as government targets 70% of SA

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Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla. Picture: Gallo Images/Brenton Geach

Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla has assured Parliament that there are enough Covid-19 vaccines available in the country, as well as healthcare workers to administer the jabs.

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Phaahla, on Thursday, addressed Parliament’s portfolio committee on health regarding government’s efforts in the fight against Covid-19 and the progress of the vaccination roll-out programme.

Eskom warns of ‘prolonged’ power cuts due to incoming cold front

eskom load shedding weather.
Photo: iStock

Eskom on Wednesday said it was “preparing for the predicted cold front” and warned of prolonged power outages. Is load shedding making a comeback?

The power utility said the inclement weather “puts the network at risk and can affect the electricity supply of customers, potentially leaving some customers with prolonged periods without electricity

“We urge affected customers to be patient and to treat all electrical appliances as live during this time.”

Real Madrid make 160mn bid for Mbappe: reports

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Real Madrid have offered 160 million euros ($188 million) to Paris Saint-Germain for France World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe, French and Spanish media reported on Wednesday. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP)

Real Madrid have offered 160 million euros ($188 million) to Paris Saint-Germain for France World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe, French and Spanish media reported on Wednesday.

According to outlets L’Equipe and Le Parisien the Ligue 1 club have rejected the proposal for 22-year-old Mbappe, whose contract at the Parc de Princes expires next June.

PSG paid 180 million euros to Monaco for the forward in 2017 and are keen for him to sign a new deal.