President Ramaphosa to appear before the state capture commission
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo confirmed that President Cyril Ramaphosa would appear before the commission of inquiry into state capture in 2021. Zondo said that the commission would also hear testimony from the ANC.
Only 100 people will be allowed to attend ANC’s January 8 celebration
The ANC’s deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte announced that the annual January 8 celebrations would be a virtual event in order to adhere to regulations put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The event, which usually draws thousands of delegates from around the country, will be held in Limpopo this time. Duarte also said that there would be a video link to connect to all provinces to ensure adherence.
Naledi Pandor: The AU has a vaccine strategy for the continent
Speaking on 14 December 2020, International Relations and Cooperation Minister Naledi Pandor said that the African Union has established a task team for Africa to ensure there are vaccines available for the continent. Pandor said “vaccine nationalism” was a problem, and that richer countries might try to hoard the medication.
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng defends '666' vaccine prayer
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has defended a prayer he delivered at the Tembisa Hospital on 10 December 2020, saying there was nothing untoward about the prayer because South Africa was a secular state. Mogoeng prayed against corruption and COVID-19 vaccines, which he said might be harmful to humans. Mogoeng also said that he never said he was against vaccines, but against vaccines that may 'corrupt' DNA and called on God to destroy it.
Gauteng Department of Health unveils new fleet of ambulances
The Gauteng Department of Health spent R358 million on a new fleet of ambulances which were unveiled on 10 December 2020. Gauteng MEC of Health Dr Nomathemba Mokgethi unveiled the new vehicles, saying that the ambulances would complement the existing fleet as part of the 2020 festive season readiness plan.
Ben Ngubane: Glencore supplied Eskom rubbish coal
Dr Ben Ngubane testified at the state capture inquiry where he said that Glencore supplied the country's power utility with sub-par coal, leading to further problems at Eskom.
Ben Ngubane: There are very few black people with Brian Molefe's skills
Speaking at the commission of inquiry into state capture, former Eskom board chairperson Ben Ngubane said that there were few black people in the country with the skills that Brian Molefe had. Ngubane was answering questions on Molefe's appointment as Eskom CEO.
Didiza announces support for subsistence farmers
Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Thoko Didiza on Monday announced interventions to support subsistence farmers through the Presidential Employment Stimulus initiative.
In a first for SA, matrics to rewrite two leaked exam papers
Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga has announced that the class of 2020 will have to re-write exams for maths paper 2 and physical science paper 2. This comes after the exam question papers were leaked shortly before the matriculants sat down to write them.
ATM motion of no confidence in President Ramaphosa postponed
Speaker of the National Assembly, Thandi Modise, granted the African Transformation Movement’s request to postpone the motion of no confidence debate against President Cyril Ramaphosa to February 2021. This comes after the ATM brought an application to the Western Cape High Court to review Modise’s decision to have the vote on the motion by open ballot. ATM insists it should be a secret ballot
Gordhan vs Mpofu: A day of heated exchanges at Zondo Commission
Former Sars commissioner Tom Moyane cross-examined Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan at the state capture commission on 30 November 2020. Gordhan and Advocate Dali Mpofu, who is representing Moyane, shared a number of heated exchanges. Here are some of the key moments from the day’s testimony.
GALLERY: Tom Moyane and Pravin Gordhan face off at Zondo inquiry
Former Sars commissioner Tom Moyane is at the Zondo commission of inquiry on 30 November to cross-examine Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan via video link.
Makhura: The fight against corruption is not easy, we will never surrender
During his end-of-year report, Gauteng Premier David Makhura said there were signs of regression in the fight against corruption. Makhura promised lifestyle audits and a crackdown on corruption, which he said was another pandemic facing the country.
Zondo Commission to lay criminal charge against Dudu Myeni
Deputy Chief Justice and chair of the commission of inquiry into state capture Raymond Zondo has instructed that a criminal charge be laid against former SAA chairperson Dudu Myeni. This comes after Myeni disclosed the name of a protected witness during her testimony earlier this month.
Deputy President Mabuza answers questions on SAA, Eskom and more
Deputy President David Mabuza answered questions in the National Assembly on 26 November 2020. Among some of the questions answered, Mabuza tackled struggling SOEs and gender-based violence.
Farewell, Mshoza! Kwaito legend’s life celebrated at memorial
Hundreds of friends, family and fans filled Bassline on 25 November 2020 to celebrate the life of kwaito musician Mshoza. She died on 19 November 2020 and was one of the first woman artists to break into the kwaito music industry.
Committee on gender-based violence launches 16 days of activism campaign
The inter-ministerial committee on gender-based violence launched the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children in Pretoria on 24 November 2020. Police Minister Bheki Cele and Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu are part of the committee.
State capture commission to lay criminal complaint against Zuma
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has requested that the secretary of the state capture inquiry lays a criminal complaint with the police against former President Jacob Zuma. This comes after Zuma left the inquiry without permission last week. Zuma walked out after his application for Zondo to recuse himself was dismissed