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Daily News Update: August 10

President Cyril Ramaphosa received a courtesy visit from US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in Pretoria on Tuesday morning

Blinken landed in South Africa on Sunday to begin a three-nation visit to Africa aimed at countering Russian influence on the continent.

Since he arrived in the country, Blinken visited the Hector Peterson Museum in Orlando West, Soweto on Sunday to commemorate the 1976 Soweto uprising.

On Monday, the US Secretary of State discussed the US-South Africa partnership on climate change, health, infrastructure, trade and investment with the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Naledi Pandar.

Action SAInterim eThekwini regional chairman Busisiwe Ntshingila has quit the party, claiming it is no different from the African National Congress (ANC).

In his resignation letter, Ntshingila says there are currently many self-absorbed politicians in South Africa who are simply in it to gain power, money and fame without regard for the ordinary South African.

“ActionSA is far from what this country needs. On face value they seem to have potential, but like the ANC they seem to have leaders and agendas that are well hidden and will end up serving personal interests rather than the needs of the people who actually voted for them , »

“Every day I realize that ActionSA is no different from the ruling party. Protecting vested interests and deploying personnel are worded differently but ultimately implemented the same way,” Ntshingila said.

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Leader Julius Malema has slammed the appointment of Chief Justice Raymond Zonda to the top job at the Constitutional Court.

Malema was speaking at the Red Berets Women’s Day celebrations in Matatiele in the Eastern Cape on Tuesday.

He said that Deputy Chief Justice Mandisa Maya should have been appointed to a higher position.

“The Chief Justice has no brain, the whole brain that’s full of fat on top of that brain, so he can’t think straight.”

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) and Transnet have obtained a preservation order from the Special Tribunal freezing luxury properties and pensions linked to Transnet executives and their spouses.

The assets are valued at approximately 1.8 million rand pending the final determination of civil proceedings for damages or losses and confiscation of secret profits.

The order of the Special Tribunal dated 8 August 2022 prohibits Zakele Lebela, his wife Aletha Mokgor Mabitsa and Phatusedzo Brighton Mashamba and his wife Matlhodi Phylicia Mashamba from selling, renting, donating or transferring ownership of their luxury properties in Rosebank and Danfern.

An SIU investigation revealed the property was allegedly financed with money received from service providers contracted by Transnet

The government has no plans to manage collapsing mining towns or communities suffering because of the failure to hold mining houses accountable.

This was the view of Benchmark Foundation Principal Investigator David van Wyk after African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee (NEC) member Nomvula Makonyane called on all South Africans to support expropriation without compensation (EWC) in response to the horrific rape of eight women by illegal by miners in Krugersdorp.

In the past few days following the rape, residents of various parts of Magale town, including Krugersdorp, have taken matters into their own hands and hunted down the illegal miners.

Since then, a number of arrests have been made and it remains to be seen whether the arrested suspects are indeed the real culprits behind the horrific crime that took place near Krugersdorp.

Tributes are pouring in for the former South African cricket judge Rudi Kertzen, known by the media as the “slow finger of death”, who died in a car accident at the age of 73.

A family member told AFP on Tuesday that Rudi Kertzen had suffered fatal injuries after the crash near Stilbai between Cape Town and Gkeberha.

His son Rudi told Gqeberha radio station that his father had attended the gold tournament with friends and was expected to return on Monday, but they decided to play another round of golf.

Cricket in South Africa (CSA) said he was shocked and saddened by Koertzen’s death.

Experienced number 8 Dwayne Vermeulen is back in the Springbok squad to face the All Blacks in round two of the Rugby Championship at Ellis Park on Saturday.

Vermeilen returns after a long spell on the sidelines and takes over the eighth spot from Jasper Wiese, who moves to the bench.

Ox Nche also comes into the side, in place of Trevor Nyakane, who missed this week, while Jesse Krill starts on the right wing, where he replaces the suspended Kurt-Lee Arendse.

Bongi Mbanambi is also back in the starting line-up with Malcolm Marks moving to the bench and Jaden Hendricks will wear the number 9 jersey worn by Faf de Klerk last Saturday.

De Klerk misses out due to the head knock he suffered in the Mbombela Test. Herschel Yanties will cover on the bench.

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