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Daily news update – August 6

“I am happy that I left without a cloud of any accusations,” – Zikalala

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala. Photo: Gallo Images/Darren Stewart

Outbound KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Prime Minister Sile Zikalala says he is happy to be stepping down from local government without “any charges”.

Zikalala held a media briefing on Friday following his request to the African National Congress (ANC) to be relieved of his post, which was accepted by the ruling party.

The premier’s resignation follows his defeat at the 9th ANC KZN provincial conference in July, which saw him lose the party’s provincial chairmanship to Sibanisa Duma.

Phala Phala Farm: Parliament refers section 89 ATM petition to independent commission

Parliament / Nosivive Mapisa-Nkakula
President Cyril Ramaphosa during the presidential budget vote in Cape Town. Image: Gallo Images/Brenton Geach

An independent panel will decide whether President Cyril Ramaphosa will face a process that could lead to his removal from office over the Phala Phala farm theft scandal.

The Speaker of the National Assembly, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nkakula, accepted the request of the African Movement for Transformation (ATM) for the Section 89 inquiry into Ramaphosa.

“Now that the petition has complied with the rules, other steps will be taken in accordance with the rules, including the appointment of an independent panel,” Mapisa-Nkakula said in letter sent to ATM President Vuyo Zungula on Friday.

Eskom is implementing stage 2 of the weekend load shedding

load shedding,
Unloading. Photo: iStock

Eskom would like you to know that due to the ongoing shortage of generating capacity, Phase 2 load shedding will take place from 4:00 PM to 12:00 AM on weekends.

The Dark Lords of Megawatt Park say they will communicate any further significant changes immediately.

Spokesperson Sikonati Mantshantsha says the power company is fighting to keep the lights on.

The investigation finds no evidence of violence during the suspension of EFF MPs in Parliament

The EFF disrupted Ramaphosa's speech in Parliament
Chaos erupts after EFF members are asked to leave the house during a presidential budget vote debate in Parliament on June 10, 2022 in Cape Town. Image: Gallo Images/Brenton Geach

The investigation found no evidence of GBV during the removal of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Deputies during the vote on the presidential budget in June.

Parliament has received a complaint from EFF leader Floyd Shivambu, who has called on the Speaker of the National Assembly (NA), Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nkakula, to investigate allegations of wildebeest committed by the Parliamentary Protection Services (PPS) against MPs Babalwa Matulelva, Noluvuyo Tafeni and Naledi Chirwa.

According to the report, 200 cases were dropped in three months due to police inefficiency

The judge accused the police of refusing to comply with court orders
Photo: Neil McCartney

Almost 200 cases in the Western Cape courts between April and June 2022 were withdrawn as a result of inefficiency by the South African Police Service (SAPS).

In a statement on Wednesday, MEC Reagan Allen said 36 cases of gender-based violence the team monitored between April and June were removed or delisted due to system failures.

Of those, 25 were withdrawn because the files were not brought to trial and eight because the investigation was incomplete, Allen said.

“We have made good progress,” said the Finance Minister on Operation Vulindlela.

Godongwana Claims Sabotage Over Power Cut During Ramaphosa Speech Daily News Update
Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana at a press conference before delivering his medium-term fiscal policy statement on November 11, 2021 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images/Brenton Geach)

Only 9 of the 26 reforms proposed by the President during Operation Vulindlela have been completed since October 2020, when the President first mentioned the matter.

This was the report by Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana and Minister of the Presidency Mondli Gungubele during a press briefing to update the media on the progress made during Operation Vulindlela.

Operation Vulindlela was aimed at implementing large-scale economic reforms in South Africa to change the trajectory of economic growth and ensure investment and job creation.

“It is not easy to have people shy and laugh at you” – Mohale Motaung

Mohale Motaung
Mohale Motaung. Photo: Instagram

After its premiere, Showmax told everything Mohale: On the recordbusinessman and influencer Mohale Motaung seems to have entered his own Renaissance period.

During his relationship with Somizi Mlonga and shortly after their very public marriage break-up, Motaunga was lambasted for being a gold digger and his estranged husband even bought into the narrative in the fifth season of his reality show Living the dream with Somizi (LTDWS).

All eyes on Zwane as Chiefs kick off their DStv Premiership campaign

Dylan Sheppard: The unassuming force behind the Bell at Kaizer Chiefs
Kaizer Chiefs coach Arthur Zwane in conversation with his assistant Dylan Sheppard Photo: Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Usually when the season starts all eyes are on the club’s new signings to see what they will bring, but at Kaizer Chiefs the focus will be divided.

Some eyes will be on new coach Artur Zwana, who was appointed as head coach in June, two months before the start of the new season, while others will be on the new players.

“To be honest, I’m enjoying myself,” Zwane said on Thursday at the club’s media day ahead of their first game on Saturday.

Bok captain Kolisi: ‘Our motivation is to beat the All Blacks in South Africa’

South Africa Rugby Championship
Captain Siya Kolisi will lead the Springboks in the Rugby Championship. Photo: Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images

Springbok captain Siya Kolisi insists they have plenty of motivation to beat the All Blacks when the teams meet in the Rugby Championship opener at Mbombela Stadium on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 5.05pm).

In their pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon, they were asked if they had enough motivation, as the team usually thrives as underdogs and works best when written off.

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