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Not Losing Sleep Over Finalizing New Cabinet

President Cyril Ramaphosa said that he was not losing sleep over finalising his new Cabinet. Ramaphosa was speaking after the first meeting of the African National Congress (ANC)’s parliamentary caucus on Tuesday. Ramaphosa is set to be elected president of the country at the first sitting of the National Assembly on Thursday and to announce his Cabinet soon after his inauguration in Pretoria on Saturday.

Concludes Probe Into Sexual Assault Case Against Bryanston High School Sports

The State says it has concluded its investigations in the sexual assault case against a former Bryanston High School sports coach. The 33-year-old appeared in the Alexandra Regional Court on Tuesday where the matter was postponed to 18 June to allow for full disclosure of the docket to the defence team. The coach is accused of sexually assaulting a matric pupil. A disciplinary hearing also found him guilty of sexually harassing two others and he was dismissed from the school.

Durban Police Officers Shot Dead

Two metro police officers have been shot dead in Phoenix, Durban. It’s understood the officers were stationed outside an eThekwini councillor’s house when they were attacked by an unknown number of men on Monday night.

DA Wants Better Safety Measures At Govt Buildings After Hospital Fire

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng has called for safety measures to be tightened at hospitals and government facilities as the risk of fires increase. A blaze broke out at the Bheki Mlangeni Hospital in Soweto on Monday but was quickly contained. No one was injured but some patients had to be transferred to other hospitals.

Ford Kuga Judicial Inquest: Fire Couldn’t Have Started In Front Section Of Car

The exact origin of a fire that killed a Ford Kuga driver has been the main focus of an inquest in the man’s death. A judicial inquest is under way to determine what caused the blaze in which Reshall Jimmy died in December 2015. Loud said it was impossible for the fire to originate in the front section of the vehicle as a key electrical feature there, the body control module (BCM), was still intact.

Kuga Fire Death Inquest: Expert Finds No Evidence Of Wiring Or Component

An expert testifying in the Ford Kuga fire death inquest said that he’d found no physical evidence of any wiring or component failure. US-based engineer John Loud began testifying in the Western Cape High Court on Monday, on his investigation into the cause of the vehicle fire that claimed Reshall Jimmy’s life in 2015.

Consulting Legal Team On Appealing Estina Dairy Farm Ruling

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkwebane said that she fundamentally disagreed with a court judgment that set aside her report into the Estina dairy farm project in Vrede, declaring it unconstitutional and invalid. At least R200 million in public funds meant for emerging black farmers in the Free State town allegedly flowed to Estina, a company with links to the Gupta family.

Protector Mkhwebane Demands Apology From DA Over Spy Accusation

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane wants the Democratic Alliance (DA) to apologise for calling her a spy after the party failed to prove its claim in the Western Cape High Court. The case was thrown out with costs on Monday. Mkhwebane took the DA to court after MPs Glynnis Breytenbach and Werner Horn accused her of being a spy and being on the payroll of the State Security Agency while she was employed by the Department of Home Affairs in China.DA attorney Elzanne Jonker said that the party would file its replying affidavit within 15 days.

Packham’s Evidence Described As ‘Suspicious, Improbable’

The Western Cape High Court has found that convicted killer Rob Packham’s evidence was suspicious and improbable. He’s been found guilty of killing his wife, Gill, and for defeating the ends of justice. The school secretary’s body was found in the boot of her burnt out car last year in Diep River.

Irrational To Lump Us In With Zuma’s Corruption Case

French arms firm Thales argued it was irrational that the company had been automatically named as an accused along with former President Jacob Zuma in the arms deal case when the withdrawal decision related to Zuma alone had been reviewed and set aside. The company and Zuma approached the KwaZulu-Natal High Court to apply for a permanent stay of prosecution.

NPA Abused Its Power To Pursue Charges Against Us

The French company accused of bribing Jacob Zuma has suggested to the Pietermaritzburg High Court that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has abused its power in pursuing charges against the arms company. Thales faces charges of paying bribes for protection against an investigation into the controversial arms deal.  Zuma faces charges of corruption, racketeering and money laundering.

Against Thales Unlawful As NDPP Relied On Incorrect Section In Law, Court Told

French arms firm Thales has argued that former prosecutions boss Shaun Abrahams relied on the incorrect provision in law to authorise the case against the company, which renders the decision unlawful. Thales and former President Jacob Zuma have launched an application in the Pietermaritzburg High Court for a permanent stay of prosecute. The case emanates from the controversial arms deal.

Zuma Misleads Supporters With Acquittal Utterances

Former President Jacob Zuma has misled his supporters, telling them that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has been hellbent on charging him with corruption even though five judges had acquitted him of the charges. The former president faces charges of corruption, racketeering and money laundering, related to the controversial multi-billion rand arms deal.

NPA Undermining My Rights Like Apartheid Regime Did

Former President Jacob Zuma has told his supporters that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has treated him unfairly and undermined his rights just like the apartheid regime. Zuma is facing charges of fraud, corruption, racketeering and money-laundering related to the controversial multi-billion rand arms deal. The court will on Tuesday morning hear from the French arms company, who are accused of bribing him, on why the case must be struck off the roll.

Members Not Facing Charges, Says ANC

The African National Congress (ANC) said that there were no plans to have its most controversial members clear the air on some of the scandals that have plagued them. Several members, including Malusi Gigaba, Ace Magashule, Nomvula Mokonyane and Faith Muthambi, have been implicated in state capture allegations at the Zondo commission. Some of these controversial members will also be heading to Parliament.

Urges Fired Miners To Appeal Dismissals

More than 600 workers who were fired from Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) for participating in an unprotected strike have until Tuesday to appeal their dismissals. The group, who are members of the General Industrial Workers Union of South Africa (Giwusa), make up half the underground staff at Mototolo mine in Limpopo.  It’s understood they were striking over medical aid schemes.

What to Look Out For:

Caucus In Parliament To Be Led By Women For The First Time

The African National Congress (ANC) caucus in Parliament will be headed by two women for the first time. The appointments of new chief whip Pemmy Majodina, a former Eastern Cape MEC, and Doris Dlakude were confirmed on Monday following the ANC’s special national executive committee (NEC) meeting in Cape Town. The ANC has also chosen Thandi Modise to replace Baleka Mbete as National Assembly Speaker. Another woman to hold a key position in Parliament is Nomvula Mokonyane, who becomes the chair of chairs, putting her in charge of chairpersons of all committees.

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