What’s in City Press: What the Public Protector wants, she gets | Eskom wants ‘dishonest’ ex-manager to pay back millions

What's in City Press August 21, 2022

What’s in City Press August 21, 2022

South African children’s porn addiction crisis

More than half of young children in South Africa are regularly watching pornography, with at least 10% of them watching it every day. These are the findings of a study by Unisa’s Bureau of Market Research’s youth research unit.

New rules will force ANC to elect women to top six

Newly introduced ANC electoral rules will force delegates to elect at least two women to its top six structure and minimise the buying of delegates by those aspiring to be elected.

Eskom wants ‘dishonest’ ex-manager to pay back millions

Power utility Eskom has taken a former employee and two coal suppliers to court, saying they should repay money that was exchanged as kickbacks to the parastatal.

Politician’s daughter rescued after being hijacked and kidnapped

A father and two of his sons have been linked to the hijacking and kidnapping of the daughter of ANC Sedibeng regional chairperson hopeful Mosotho Petlane.

What the Public Protector wants, she gets

When suspended Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane finally gives testimony at the section 194 committee inquiry into her fitness to hold office, she will no doubt have a lot to explain or put into context regarding the way she led the chapter 9 institution.

The national wife welcomes a baby

Actress Mbalenhle Mavimbela, who has been dubbed the “national wife” for her role as Mahlomu “Hlomu” Zulu in the acclaimed Showmax drama series The Wife, has welcomed her first baby.

DA warns of cartel in new Mega offices

Mpumalanga Economic Growth Agency (Mega) CEO Isaac Mahlangu has denied allegations that a cartel of “politically connected” companies took over the procurement of land and the building of the parastatal’s new offices in Mbombela.

Sheriff clears out Njilo household

Troubled businessman Nzuzo Njilo allegedly pleaded poverty when debt collectors knocked on his door in Hyde Park, Johannesburg, on Friday to attach his furniture for failing to pay off debt worth close to R1 million.

Sexual assault ‘ruined’ comedian’s life

Comedian Mongezi “Tol Ass Mo” Mahlangu and his wife Mome have lost industry gigs and have had to relocate from their home in Sandton since charges of sexual assault were laid against him in 2020.

More fresh food probably wasted because of load shedding

Experts fear households, businesses in the food and catering industry, and everyone involved in the food refrigeration chain are at risk of throwing away more and more fresh food that spoils due to load shedding.

Removing condom during sex is a sexual offence

A few years back, I met a colleague with whom I got along well. He was a designer and I a journalist, and we used to talk about anything and everything under the sun, including his many girlfriends. There was one conversation, I remember, that disappointed me.

DD Mabuza’s former associate gives up on R8.7 million claim against provincial department of agriculture

A former associate of Deputy President David Mabuza has finally withdrawn a claim for a loss of profit against the Mpumalanga department of agriculture, rural development, land and environmental affairs in an R187 million tender to provide tractors (and maintain them) to subsistence farmers.

Gearing up for growth in renewable energy sector

South Africa’s leading coal-based power supplier, Mpumalanga, is now focusing on becoming a major generator of green energy.

SA’s crime crisis

Police have to be deployed to crime hotspots not only as a deterrent, but also so that communities feel safer. The latest crime statistics are compared with those from the same period last year, when the country was subject to Covid-19 lockdown levels 1 and 2 (the most relaxed levels since the pandemic began).

Man of God fights SABC for his job

Fired Umhlobo Wenene FM presenter Reverend Mzukisi Faleni has taken legal steps in a bid to compel the SABC to reinstate him as the host of popular faith programmes Ukholo Nengqiqo and Imvuselelo, which air on Sundays.

Public enterprises boss in showdown

Tomorrow marks the start of proceedings in the disciplinary case of suspended public enterprises director-general Kgathatso Tlhakudi, following a dramatic week in which the public enterprises department declined to comment on allegations of the confiscation of computers from its employees.

Municipal land sold for a song

Forensic investigators at Open Water established that, in terms of a deal concluded in 2012, the municipality had been promised a 10% stake in the R150 million development, and the council had resolved that the developer should also pay R100 000 in cash.

Cyril on deployment: Zondo decisions are not ‘binding’

The recommendations of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, headed by Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, are not binding, says President Cyril Ramaphosa.

State officials barred from holding political office

As part of clamping down on corruption and improving the community’s confidence in government, President Cyril Ramaphosa has finally enacted a law that prevents high-ranking government officials in municipalities from holding political office in political parties.

Tshwane mayor under pressure over contract executive decision

“If I make a decision, it’s an informed decision.”

So says Tshwane Mayor Randall Williams in an explosive 90-minute audio recording in which he puts pressure on senior municipal officials to accept an investment proposal worth R48 billion.

Nation hails Zulu king

A man balanced precariously on a high perch outside KwaKhangelamankengane Royal Palace to marvel at the proceedings below was just one of thousands who will probably treasure the moment until the day they die.

Despite warnings from elders that it was not acceptable to climb on top of the king’s kraal, the man stood firm on his perch on the enclosure made of tree trunks and branches.

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