What’s in City Press: Cyril is ‘liable’ for Marikana | ‘I am not at peace over Senzo’, Khoza | How does Eskom’s sabotage work?

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Cyril is ‘liable’ for Marikana

Besieged President Cyril Ramaphosa’s woes worsened this week when the Johannesburg High Court found that a case can be made that he “participated in, masterminded and championed the toxic collusion” between mining company Lonmin and the SA Police Service that led to the Marikana massacre.

‘I am not at peace over Senzo’, Khoza

Orlando Pirates supremo Irvin Khoza this week weighed in about the ongoing case of the club’s slain captain Senzo Meyiwa.

Speaking for the first time since the trial of the five suspects accused of the murder began in the Pretoria High Court in April, Khoza said he could not deal with the confusion surrounding the case, which seeks to determine who killed the affable goalkeeper. Meyiwa was also the captain of Bafana Bafana at the time of his death in 2014.

Mabuza stakes his claim in ANC race

Deputy President David Mabuza’s comment last weekend that his political fate in the ANC was intrinsically tied to that of President Cyril Ramaphosa rang loud as a statement of mobilisation for his candidacy in the ANC leadership succession race, even though it was couched in the language of the party’s discipline.

How does Eskom’s sabotage work?

Last week, women staff members at Eskom’s Camden Power Station were dragged out of their cars on the only road between the power station and Ermelo, where they live. They were threatened by striking employees because they wanted to go to work.

Kids ditch school ‘nje’ as Covid-19 takes a toll on children across SA

Nasiphe* was bored when her friends did not come to school on the same days that she did. Because of the rotation system implemented in schools to prevent the spread of Covid-19 at the height of the pandemic, she decided to drop out last year.

Anele Mdoda bags another media gig

Radio and TV personality Anele Mdoda is to be the new face of sports magazine show Super Saturday on SuperSport. Her first broadcast for the show aired yesterday morning.

Millions of pupils at risk of abandoning studies globally

In a July 2020 paper – titled Unesco Covid-19 education response: How many students are at risk of not returning to school? – the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation estimated that 24 million young people from preprimary to university level were at a risk of not returning to school following the disruptions caused by


Anti-drilling fight gains momentum

Resistance to the exploration for underwater gas and oil wells in the southwest coastal region is gaining momentum, as close to 10 000 concerned individuals have signed a petition to stop the project.

Prostate cancer can be cured – if found early

Lack of communication and delayed consultations with doctors have resulted in prostate cancer being the second leading cause of death among men.

Sex, drunks and insults: Flood victims plead for dignity

Witnessing people having sex, fights that make it impossible for pupils to study and late-night drunken brawls that disturb people’s sleep. These are some of the challenges people living in Mountview Hall in Verulam outside Durban have had to endure over the past three months.

Phala Phala: Ramaphosa gets 25 days’ reprieve

President Cyril Ramaphosa has asked for 25 more days to reply to 31 questions about the alleged theft in 2020 of a stash of millions of dollars in cash that was supposedly concealed in furniture at his Phala Phala game farm in Limpopo.

Justice department cancels R2 billion security tender

The department of justice and constitutional development has cancelled a R2.5 billion security tender to guard its offices, the office of the chief justice and the National Prosecuting Authority, despite the departmental bid adjudication committee’s recommendation of the appointment of three companies.

ANC provincial conference contenders form strong power blocs

The postponement of the ANC provincial conference in North West has not only given lobby groups and contenders for the chairperson’s position more time to intensify their campaigns, but has also given more than 102 branches which failed to hold their biennial branch general meetings and branch meetings a chance to rectify their problems in preparation for the conference.

Battle for Gauteng ANC not over yet

The failure by newly elected Gauteng ANC chairperson Panyaza Lesufi to win all the top five positions at the party’s recent conference gives the losing contender, Lebogang Maile, an indication that he is in with a chance to control the provincial executive committee.

When passion becomes the job: ‘I have a responsibility to tell stories’

The first time Ruth Seopedi Motau picked up a camera, it was way before she knew that photography would become her passion and career. She stumbled upon a camera at home at the age of 13 and would take photographs for her sister to develop in the darkroom where she worked.

Families of the 21 East London tavern victims must wait for answers

The families of 21 people who died under mysterious circumstances in the Enyobeni Tavern in Scenery Park, East London, last weekend will have to wait until the investigation into the tragedy is complete, should they want to pursue a civil case against the tavern’s owners.

More trouble for legendary TV producer

Financial woes appear to be piling up on top television producer Nkululeko “Legend” Manqele’s shoulders.

The Johannesburg High Court recently slapped his production company, The BarLeader, with a liquidation order after it was found to be in breach of a supply agreement worth almost R700 000.

Striking workers aren’t underpaid, but others are

“We eat cabbage and pap, while [an Eskom] contractor has all the colours of the rainbow on his plate.”

This was how one of the striking Eskom workers outside the Kendal Power Station in Mpumalanga expressed his dissatisfaction this week about his salary, compared with what Eskom pays its contractors.

Sleep is a marker of good health

It’s long been said that getting a good night’s sleep will help you live longer – and now it’s officially been signed off as a key marker of good health.

Pastor, church and associates in unholy financial mess

Multimillion-rand investments and companies belonging to controversial Alleluia Ministries International church leader Alph Lukau and associates are believed to be undergoing liquidation, prompted by a Johannesburg-based conglomerate to recover R50 million for alleged breach of contract.

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