Today’s latest news and headlines, Tuesday 13 August

Here’s a look at the latest news in South Africa and all the major headlines dominating the press on Tuesday 13 August.

While another crushing courtroom defeat for the Public Protector spells imminent disaster, dubious details surround the president’s 2017 electoral campaign threatens to tear the already-uneasy sociopolitical sphere asunder. In sports news, the high-flying Springboks ready themselves for a ‘friendly’ against a scorned Argentinian pack.

Today’s latest news in South Africa, Tuesday 13 August

Ramaphosa’s ‘hollow’ courtroom victory and Zuma’s philosophical warning

Even though Cyril Ramaphosa managed to successfully interdict recommendations of remedial action, brought forward by embattled Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, on Monday, the storm surrounding the president’s CR17 electoral campaign shows no signs of abating.

What’s now known as “RamaphosaLeaks” has spread through the political landscape like wildfire, bringing with it calls for impeachment and criminal investigations. While Mkhwebane’s own inquiry into the matter found that Ramaphosa had purposefully misled parliament with regards to a R500 000 donation made by infamous Bosasa boss, Gavin Watson, a series of leaked emails – which were initially confidential in nature – has opened a can of worms.

The list, which names wealthy South African business owners as primary funders, has, according to some opposition parties, tarnished Ramaphosa’s promise of integrity and transparency.

Meanwhile, in what has been seen as a veiled threat or warning to Ramaphosa, former president Jacob Zuma, issued a cryptic statement in which he said – in isiZulu – “things are bad, everything’s falling apart.”

Hundreds of foreign nationals to be deported following Joburg raids

Following a successful raid on Johannesburg’s inner-city, spearheaded by multiple law enforcement agencies, over 600 detained foreign nationals appeared before the Magistrates Court on Monday. While some were let off the hook, over 360 were found to be in the country illegally.

The presiding officer in the case ordered that these men and women be deported back to their country of origin within 30 days.

Fellow foreign nationals, gathered outside the courthouse, protested the deportation verdict, arguing that the City of Johannesburg had violated their rights.

SANDF on the Cape Flats – a mixed bag

The South African National Defence Force’s (SANDF) deployment on the crime-ridden Cape Flats has, over the past month, produced mixed results. This was confirmed by the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, who received an operational debrief on the situation yesterday.

While ‘Operation Lockdown’ has resulted in thousands of arrest, it has failed to drastically alter the murder rate on the Flats. Cele added that community members needed to work in unison with the relevant authorities to properly mitigate the scourge of gangsterism in the region, saying:

“It’s important to note Operation Lockdown remains a temporary initiative. On the policing front, we need to prepare ourselves for a period when these additional forces are withdrawn. I have said this before: Criminals – particularly gangsters and gang leaders – your days are numbered!”

ANC mulls decision for Gumede to return to work as Durban mayor

The African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) is still deliberating the future of embattled eThekwini mayor, Zandile Gumede, who has been on ‘special leave’ for two months.

Gumede, who was, earlier in the year, arrested on charges of corruption, fraud and racketeering, had her bail conditions relaxed, while judgement in the Durban Commercial Crimes court is officially reserved until 2020. This means that Gumede, at least legally, allowed to resume her role as Durban mayor.

The ANC in the region is expected to announce whether Gumede will return to her office before her 2020 court date or if she will remain on ‘extended leave’ at the taxpayer’s expense.

Zephany Nurse: A life story embattled by court-ordered anonymity

Zephany Nurse, who was stolen from a Cape Town hospital when she was a baby, will approach the Pretoria High Court in a bid to have a ban that protects her identity lifted.

She wants this urgent order as a book telling her life story will be published soon.

The now 22-year-old was 17 when it came to light that she was stolen from her biological parents soon after she was born and raised by another family. Because she was still under 18 when the woman who raised her was arrested, the court ordered that her identity be protected. (Source: ANA)

World Rugby Rankings: Springboks lose ground despite win

The Springboks picked up just over half a World Rugby Rankings rating point for their Rugby Championship title-clinching 46-13 victory against Argentina in Salta but the 1.07 points awarded to England was enough for them to trade places with South Africa and move up to fourth.

England beat Wales, who needed to avoid defeat in order to knock the All Blacks off a top spot they have occupied since December 2009, and the result ensured Eddie Jones side moved ahead of Rassie Erasmus’ boys into fourth.

Proteas: Van der Dussen’s good form rewarded with national contract

Proteas batsman Rassie van der Dussen has been rewarded for his breakthrough season by being added to the list of centrally contracted players.

Van der Dussen was the Proteas second-highest runscorer at the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup behind skipper Faf du Plessis. The Lions stalwart performed consistently and ended the showpiece with 311 runs at an average of 62.20.

The 30-year-old is the 17th men’s player to be contracted centrally and assumes the position of Duanne Olivier who terminated his contract when he signed a Kolpak deal with Yorkshire.

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Publish date : 2019-08-13 03:33:06

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