Top 5 Things: 26 January

Oliver Mtukudzi Sings His Last Song - Top 5 Things: 26 January

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The five stories that made headlines this week.


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Agrizzi Names And Shames Greedy Politicians And Public Officials At Zondo Commission of Inquiry

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Former Bosasa chief operating officer Angelo Agrizzi takes the stand at the state capture inquiry on January 22 2019. Picture: ALON SKUY

Former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi has made people who have had contact with the company quack in their boots, because he has been spilling the beans like there is no tomorrow. Agrizzi has been singing like a canary, for the whole week at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry, naming politicians and public officials who hands have been greased by Bosasa to make way to tender land easier. One of the people implicated in the Bosasa scandal is the loud and talkative Minister of Water Nomvula Mokonyane . Agrizzi did not leave out NPA’s suspended Advocate Nomgcobo Jiba, who ironically has been attending her own commission of inquiry.

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Suspended Jiba Tangled Up In Mokgoro Commission

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Nomgcobo Jiba Photo: Theana Breugem

Suspended Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions Nomgcobo Jiba is tied up under the Mokgoro Commission . The commission is looking into Jiba and special director of public prosecutions Lawrence Mrwebi’s fitness to hold office. Senior state prosecutor Jan Ferreira testified yesterday saying Jiba was under pressure to prosecute Johan Booysen, the former head of the Hawks in KwaZulu-Natal, for racketeering despite not having evidence against him.  This was revealed on Friday before the Mokgoro inquiry, headed by Ferreira, told the inquiry that then acting KwaZulu-Natal director of public prosecutions Simphiwe Mlotshwa stated in an affidavit that he had received a phone call from Jiba, who said “there is a case and because of pressure it had to be enrolled urgently”.  “Later on, he was given an indictment and asked to sign [it]. He refused to sign the indictment without a prosecutorial memo,” Ferreira said. Ferreira said when he wrote his legal opinion, which was given to the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Shaun Abrahams, there was “no evidence against General Booysen”. “It was quite clear because of the fact that you would not find Booysen on any of the scenes during the shooting,” he said.

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Soccer Star Phil Masinga Laid To Rest

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Phil Masinga funeral. Photo: SABC

Phil ‘Chippa’ Masinga was laid to rest in his hometown Khuma in the North West. Family and friends paid tributes and recalled their best memories of him. His widow, Ntomi Masinga came down heavily on those who refused to help her husband when he was down. Lucas Radebe, Mark Fish and Zambian football legend Kalusha Bwalya are some of the sporting greats who’ve paid tribute to the late Masinga. Radebe, who played with Masinga at English club Leeds United has said he remembers his friend as a powerful striker and even better human being.

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Oliver Mtukudzi Sings His Last Song

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Oliver Mtukudzi

The passing of African musician Oliver Mtukudzi has left many music lovers devastated. He  passed away Wednesday afternoon at Avenues Clinic, a private clinic in the capital, at the age of 66. Celebrated musicians Alick Macheso and Albert Nyathi, legislator Simbaneuta Mudarikwa and Great Zimbabwe University vice-chancellor Rungano Zvobgo were some of the people who visited Avenues Clinic to pay tribute to the icon. “I’m at a loss of words. We had projects we were supposed to undertake this year, but all that is now up in smoke,” Macheso told journalists outside Avenues Clinic. Poet and musician Nyathi also said: “Just as we have had performances both at home and in Europe, suddenly this. We should be celebrating his life, but at this point, it’s even difficult to celebrate his life. It was so sudden.” Sports, arts and culture minister Kirsty Conventry also paid her tribute, “You may have gone, but your light will shine forever. Goodbye my friend. #RIPOliverMtukudzi,” she said on social media.

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ANC Wants City of Tshwane City Manager Fired

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City of Tshwane manager Moeketsi Mosola. Picture: @MosolaMoeketsi/Twitter

The African National Congress (ANC) in Tshwane wants city manager Moeketsi Mosola to be held accountable for the irregular GladAfrica contract. According to the leaked final report by the Auditor-General, the R12 billion contract the city had with the built environment consultancy firm was not above board. R317 million has already been paid to the company. The ANC in Tshwane’s Bafuze Yabo says that the party feels vindicated by the Auditor-General’s final findings and now wants heads to roll. “The city manager should be held accountable as well as the executive mayor. They are both accomplices in this particular scandal.”

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Zimbabwe’s music legend Oliver Mtukudzi was more commonly known as “Tuku”. His music career spanned more than four decades, and largely cut across Zimbabwe’s political divide.

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