Vhahangwele Nemakonde
Digital Journalist
4 minute read
2 Sep 2021
4:20 am

Daily news update: Spotlight on Xiaomei Havard, Another mass shooting in KZN and Woman gives birth at clinic gate

Vhahangwele Nemakonde

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Xiaomei Havard Picture: Twitter

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‘Mafia groups’ out to discredit her, says Xiaomei Havard over China spy claims

While the ANC parliamentary caucus has remained mum on a story published by News24 – referring to “a leaked intelligence report” alleging “a high likelihood” of ANC MP Xiaomei Havard being a spy for China, Havard has come out guns blazing – threatening legal action against the media group and her detractors.

Citing an intelligence report, News24 reported that the State Security Agency’s (SSA’s) counter-intelligence unit had flagged concerns over Havard’s links to China and its impact on national security. She is accused of sharing classified information about South Africa with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Another mass shooting in KZN: 11 people killed in three days

Another mass shooting in Umlazi
Picture for illustration: iStock

Digital Vibes: Mkhize files papers against SIU’s application to claim damages

Digital Vibes
Former health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

The Special Tribunal says the Special Investigating Unit’s (SIU’s) review application regarding the controversial Digital Vibes’ R150 million contract awarded by the Department of Health has not been enrolled with the court yet.

This comes after the SIU appeared before Parliament’s standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) on Wednesday to give an update on its personal protective equipment (PPE) tender fraud investigations.

Breweries lobby Parliament for a change in alcohol taxes

Breweries lobby for a change in alcohol taxes
Picture: iStock

The Beer Association of South Africa wants government to change how lower alcohol volume beverages, such as beer, are taxed. 

In a submission to Parliament’s standing committee on finance, Basa said needed to be a distinction between beer, which typically has lower alcohol by volume (ABV), between 2.8 and 6%, versus other alcoholic beverages with higher ABVs. 

Basa, which comprises the Craft Brewers Association, Heineken South Africa and South African Breweries, reminded the committee that excise tax on alcohol was meant to deter the consumption of harmful products. 

SA ‘not in a position’ to receive Afghan refugees, says Dirco

Afghan govt workers turned away by Taliban
In this image courtesy of the US Marine Corps, evacuee children wait for the next flight after being manifested at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, August 19, 2021. Mark ANDRIES / US MARINE CORPS / AFP

The department of international relations and cooperation (Dirco) says South Africa will not be accepting Afghan refugees. This after a request was made to the country to consider receiving a number of Afghanistan refugees who have sought refuge in Pakistan.

The request was that they be accommodated in South Africa enroute to their final destinations.

According to the department of international relations and cooperation, the country is in no position to accept refugees and it is already home to a substantial number of refugees.

‘Sleeping’ nurse suspended after woman gives birth at clinic gate

The Limpopo department of health has suspended a nurse at Madimbo Clinic outside Musina after a young mother gave birth at the gates of the clinic on Wednesday morning.

A young Limpopo woman gave birth outside the gates of a clinic on Wednesday because the security guards refused to allow her to enter the facility, which is meant to be open 24/7, saying the nurses were still sleeping.

The woman walked to the clinic in the early hours of the morning after her water broke.

Who are the best signings for Chiefs, Pirates and Sundowns?

Kgaogelo Sekgota-Kaizer Chiefs
Kgaogelo Sekgota has made an instant impact for Kaizer Chiefs. Picture: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix.

Now that the transfer window has closed, it’s about time we look at the teams in the DStv Premiership that have done good business this season, particularly the big three in Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates.

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It has been aninteresting transfer window, which saw Amakhosi back to the market after their Fifa transfer ban last year, while Bucs and Downs have continued to bolster their squads with a number of high profile names.

We take a look at three players from each of the clubs who are likely to shine bright for their particular this season and make a positive impact.