What’s in City Press: ‘Coup attempt at UCT’ | ‘ANC Free State body must be disbanded’ | It’s free to you! Ministers pay nothing for water and power

It’s free to you! Ministers pay nothing for water and power

Despite their monthly salary of R200 000, no ministers in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Cabinet have to pay for their electricity.

This comes after the president changed the rules governing the Cabinet’s perks in April this year – the same month the rest of the country’s electricity tariffs were increased by an average of 10% – to fully exempt ministers and their deputies from paying for any municipal services at their official residences.

ANC’s bold plan to retake all Gauteng metros

A fall-out between the DA and its coalition partners, which had helped the party govern Gauteng’s major metros – Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Tshwane – has handed the ANC the momentum to retake all three municipalities, with the support of the EFF.

‘Coup attempt at UCT’

The recent incident at the University of Cape Town’s senate meeting has not only invoked a huge debate on race, gender and transformation, but also triggered “fears of an attempted coup” against Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng’s management.

‘ANC Free State body must be disbanded’

A Free State ANC branch member is taking the party’s national leadership to court for allegedly neglecting its oversight responsibilities.

At the crux of the application filed by Ditaba Johannes Mokhutle, a branch member at Papiki Moiloa branch in ward 29 in Botshabelo, are allegations that the interim provincial committee (IPC) has disregarded processes.

‘Organised crime and Covid caused chaos’

A refreshing element about former Gauteng premier David Makhura is that he strives for some balance in assessing his eight years in office. Biblically, it’s the equivalence of the seven years of abundance followed by the seven years of famine.

Prasa loses track of its buildings

Not only can the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) not run the country’s railways, it has also lost track of its buildings.

The ailing state-owned passenger rail agency has lost millions of rands due to the illegal invasion of several properties throughout the country and the alleged unlawful leasing of buildings by some of its employees for their own benefit.

Mother-in-law in a tug-of-war over ‘dirty’ dress

Football boss Andile Mpisane’s mother-in-law – Delvis Stifler Louw – is involved in a tug-of-war with a popular designer store after it allegedly sold her a “dirty dress”.

Top DJ in tug-of-war over love child’s custody

A top international deejay is involved in a legal battle for the guardianship of a child he sired with his mistress four years ago.

The world-renowned hitmaker, whose name is being withheld to protect the minor child’s identity, and his family have dragged his son’s mother to the Randburg Children’s Court after she allegedly refused to return the child after a visit.

‘Rogue’ ACDP councillors challenge suspension

Estranged African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) councillors in the City of Joburg want the court to set aside their expulsion from the party. They claim that they were unfairly punished through an unlawful disciplinary process after going against the party’s position and supporting the ousting of former Johannesburg council speaker Vasco da Gama through a vote of no confidence.

Medical aid members left in debt as the scheme is liquidated

Silva Taverna-Turisan and her husband fear losing R125 000 of their savings because the Health Squared Medical Scheme announced on August 23 that it was closing as of midnight on August 31.

Delaying tobacco bill will be costly

Xoliswa* was worried when she discovered that her 16-year-old son was smoking cigarettes which were easily accessible to him. The 40-year-old mother from Johannesburg is one of the parents who cannot wait for the Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill to be passed into law.

Tiny feet get on pointe

Young girls from previously disadvantaged communities of Alexandra township, Soweto and Braamfontein have been introduced to the art of classical ballet by Joburg Ballet’s satellite schools.

The dance company operates a ballet school and academy for pre-professional students.

Jack not ditching his movement for Maimane’s party

Mkhuseli “Khusta” Jack will remain at the helm of his party Abantu Integrity Movement (AIM) until he hands over the reins to a younger leader “in the future”.

Jack formed AIM ahead of last year’s local government elections. He was the mayoral candidate for the party in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro in Gqeberha, in the Eastern Cape, but it did not get him enough votes to wear the mayoral chain.

‘Looting thrives in dysfunctional institutions’

With slight beads of sweat on his forehead, Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Retief Odendaal of the DA, bursts into his office in a rush to honour an appointment that is already running late.

Gordhan hits back at DG

Suspended director-general of public enterprises Kgathatso Tlhakudi’s court bid to have his suspension lifted was a desperate plan to block the disciplinary proceedings against him regarding allegations of serious misconduct, according to his boss Pravin Gordhan.

Family blames morgue for decomposed body

A family from Rustenburg in the north west, whose daughter’s body was found by the side of a road after she appeared to have been strangled, was denied the opportunity to say a dignified farewell to her because her remains apparently decomposed in a funeral director’s refrigerator because it was allegedly not cooling properly.

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