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22 Oct 2021
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Daily news update: Niehaus gives ANC an ultimatum, Zondo hits back at Fraser and Engineering sector strike ends

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Picture File: Former employee of the ANC, Carl Niehaus, speaks to the media on 5 September 2021 after laying charges against prominent members of the ANC and the organisation as a whole over lack of payment of staff at the Johannesburg Central Police Station. Picture: Neil McCartney

Carl Niehaus gives ANC an ultimatum: Pay your debts or face insolvency proceedings

Outspoken ANC member Carl Niehaus has written a letter of demand to the governing party, telling it to honour its liabilities within 10 days or he will institute legal proceedings to declare the ANC insolvent.

This is due to the party’s failure to pay staff salaries on time and their Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), provident fund and tax deductions to authorities.

The letter of demand from Mabuza Attorneys, dated 21 October 2021, was addressed to ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte.

Zondo rubbishes Arthur Fraser’s claim he was denied a chance to testify

Zondo rubbishes Arthur Fraser's claim he was denied a chance to testify
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo at the State Capture Commission in Braamfontein, 4 November 2020. Picture: Neil McCartney

The Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture has rubbished claims by former prisons boss Arthur Fraser that he was never given a chance to give evidence before the commission.

In a letter addressed to the panel chaired by former Judge of the International Court of Justice Navi Pillay, on Tuesday, Fraser accused the commission of denying him the opportunity to give evidence, defend himself against witnesses who had implicated him and cross-examine witnesses at the commission.

He claimed people who had been implicated in less serious crimes were given the opportunity to testify.

Engineering sector strike ends after ‘landmark’ wage agreement

Seifsa, Numsa return to wage talks after earlier impasse
Photo: Twitter/@Numsa_Media

The country’s steelworkers will return to shop floors after the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) settled on a six percent increase on Thursday.

“It is within this deeper and sober analysis that Numsa’s special NEC convened on Wednesday night and decided to accept the current 6% on minimums, despite our earlier demand that it must be given on actuals,” said Numsa general-secretary Irvin Jim.

The agreement marks the end of the three-week nationwide strike in the engineering sector.

Sars is spying on your social media accounts – Here’s why

tax evasion sars data
Picture: iStock

Social media is an incredibly rich source of information for anyone, from recruiters and now the South African Revenue Service (Sars) as well.

Crypto assets, the taxation thereof, and the collection of data in the digital age were on the agenda at the recent South African Institute of Taxation (SAIT) Indaba.

CEO of JGL Forensic Services Jacques van Wyk discussed the intricacies of investigating tax offenders through lifestyle audits, noting that crypto-assets complicated the investigating processes.

Eswatini nurses shot during protests: union

Eswatini unrest protests nurses
At least 80 people were injured in Eswatini on 20 October 2021, a union leader said, as security forces cracked down on escalating pro-democracy protests. Photo: AFP

Eswatini security forces used live ammunition to break up a pro-democracy protest by nurses, shooting at least 30 of them, their union said on Thursday.

The protest took place on Wednesday, when the kingdom shut down internet access, making it difficult to gather information from across the country. Internet access remained cut off on Thursday.

“Nurses and other workers converged at the Coronation Park were met with unprecedented show of force by the police and the army,” the Swaziland Democratic Nurses Union said in a statement.

23 children injured in KZN after teen ‘joyride’

23 schoolchildren injured after KZN 'joyride' gone wrong
The scene of a crash after a teenager allegedly stole his father’s car for a joyride. Picture: Supplied

A teenager who allegedly stole his father’s car to go on a joyride on Thursday morning has injured 23 children in the process. 

Netcare911 said when they arrived at the scene in KwaMashu, north of Durban, they found a minibus taxi transporting the children and a BMW X3 SUV had crashed.

The driver of the BMW is allegedly 14 years old, Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) said. 

The ages of the injured children range between 5 and 11, with their injuries ranging from minor to serious.