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The scheme is not in a crisis: Nzimande on NSFAS 

September 19, 2023 15:15 - 6 minutes - 2.94 MB

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is not in a crisis, says higher education minister Blade Nzimande amid the ongoing challenges it faces.  Nzimande and the NSFAS board on Tuesday updated the media on,, among other matters, funding and allowance disbursements, and issues affecting the scheme's management after CEO Andile Nongogo's exit. Solutions to the ongoing crises at the embattled scheme were also outlined, including new appointments and technological improvements.

'We’ve got to act now': Tshwane mayor Brink on city's move towards energy independence

September 18, 2023 10:44 - 4 minutes - 2.09 MB

Tshwane mayor Cilliers Brink says it is important the city explores energy generation options other than Eskom. This come after the Tshwane council recently approved a public participation report for the proposed 40-year lease of the Rooiwal and Pretoria West power stations. Brink was speaking during a media briefing at the Rooiwal power station, near Hammanskraal, to outline the city’s energy master plan.

‘Unfit’ and ‘improper’ Mkhwebane removed from office 

September 11, 2023 16:04 - 4 minutes - 2.01 MB

Busisiwe Mkhwebane was removed from office on Monday after 318 MPs in the National Assembly voted yes and adopted the section 194 inquiry’s recommendation to have Mkhwebane permanently removed as head of the public protector’s office. This is days before the end of her term in October. 

Unemployed graduates must be paid R4500 a month, says ANCYL

September 11, 2023 10:42 - 39 seconds - 318 KB

ANC Youth League (ANCYL) president Collen Malatji wants the government to pay unemployed graduates a monthly stipend of R4,500, even as the National Treasury has raised concerns about the government facing financial constraints caused by growing debt. Malatji made this call while speaking at the ANCYL's 79th anniversary in Kameelrivier Stadium in Mpumalanga on Sunday.

Court denies ‘flight risk’ Dr Nandipha Magudumana bail

September 11, 2023 10:18 - 2 minutes - 1.08 MB

Dr Nandipha Magudumana has been denied bail by the Bloemfontein magistrate's court. Magistrate Estelle de Lange said Magudumana didn't satisfy the court that it was in the interests of justice for her to be granted bail or that bail conditions would stop her from evading trial. 

'I am still the public protector of South Africa' — Mkhwebane 

September 05, 2023 13:26 - 3 minutes - 1.65 MB

Suspended public protector advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane says she is still the public protector. This is despite her plans to return to work on Tuesday not materialising. Mkhwebane was speaking to the media on Tuesday outside the public protector’s office in the company of her husband. According to Mkhwebane’s interpretation her suspension was only effective during the parliament inquiry.

No shortcuts in ending load-shedding'- Ramokgopa 

September 05, 2023 12:56 - 2 minutes - 1.25 MB

Eskom's decision to slow down planned maintenance ahead of winter has come back to haunt it as the country was plunged back to higher levels of load-shedding over the past few days. Briefing the media on Tuesday electricity minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa said the utility was forced to ramp up repairs or risk the faster deterioration of units.

The fire-ravaged building in Joburg’s CBD has changed over the years

August 31, 2023 20:33 - 3 minutes - 1.71 MB

When Noluthando Khumalo from Zimbabwe first arrived in the building known as Usindiso Shelter for Women and Children in 2016, she was fleeing domestic violence from the father of her two children.This building, which she has seen morph into a dilapidated, rundown structure, was on Thursday ravaged by a fire which left over 70 people dead, among them a dozen children.

Filth, faeces and mystery landlords: life in a hijacked building in Joburg’s CBD

August 31, 2023 18:34 - 2 minutes - 1.08 MB

Persuade Chimuke woke up to the news of a fire in a hijacked building in the Johannesburg CBD on Thursday morning. Over 70 people lost their lives in the tragedy. Chimuke lives in hijacked building along Greene Street next to the Maboneng precinct, he is a 21-year-old Zimbabwean national, working in South Africa. His room is demarcated by curtains from the six other people who live with him in the room. His room is the smallest among them all about 2.3 meters in size.

‘Magashule’s political party has nothing to offer’ — Fikile Mbalula

August 30, 2023 13:41 - 2 minutes - 1.08 MB

ANC secretary-general Fikile Mbalula says there is nothing new about Ace Magashule’s political party.Magashule launched the African Congress for Transformation (ACT) on Wednesday in Soweto.Mbalula says Magashule’s party has nothing to offer.The ANC secretary-general was speaking at the National Union of Mineworkers executive committee meeting on Wednesday.

'A new ship of freedom' — Magashule launches political party 

August 30, 2023 11:27 - 2 minutes - 1.08 MB

Former ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule has a new ace up his sleeve called the African Congress for Transformation. Magashule announced his new political party in Soweto on Wednesday.The party includes former Hawks boss Berning Ntlemza among other former ANC members. 

'We need to challenge toxic masculinity' - Ramaphosa

August 29, 2023 14:35 - 2 minutes - 1.4 MB

President Cyril Ramaphosa says men need to end toxic masculinity and treat women with respect, recognition and equality. Ramaphosa was speaking at an engagement on the prevention and combating of gender-based violence and femicide that was part of the Presidential Young Men and Boys Indaba in Soweto.

Meyiwa died from contact shot, says pathologist  

August 29, 2023 13:11 - 4 minutes - 1.98 MB

Forensics pathologist Dr Johannes Steenekamp told the Pretoria high court on Tuesday that Senzo Meyiwa’s wound was consistent with a contact shot which suggested the gun was on his body when it was fired. Steenekamp, who conducted Meyiwa's postmortem, said the cause of death was consistent with a bullet wound in the chest involving the heart and lung. Five men are accused of murdering the soccer star in Vosloorus in October 2014. 

I was forced and threatened by Bester, says ‘defenceless and helpless’ Magudumana

August 29, 2023 11:31 - 2 minutes - 1.3 MB

Dr Nandipha Magudumana says she was forced to leave South Africa against her will by accused No 5, Thabo Bester. This was revealed during her bail application at Bloemfontein magistrate's court on Tuesday.

'We will govern': Malema expects EFF victory in 2024

August 28, 2023 10:14 - 3 minutes - 1.7 MB

EFF leader Julius Malema is not settling for anything below 50% in next year's elections. The party commanded 10.80% in the 2019 national elections, an increase from 6.35% in 2014. Malema said he is gearing up to represent South Africa as the government at the Brics summit next year and plans to raise issues such as joblessness in Russia. Some parties have distanced themselves from forming coalitions with the EFF. The multiparty charter announced by DA leader John Steenhuisen, a conglomer...

There's a deliberate attempt to make democratic state fail, says Mbeki

August 25, 2023 12:52 - 2 minutes - 1.39 MB

There’s no accident involved in the failure of embattled state institutions, says Thabo Mbeki. The former president was speaking at Unisa, where he is the chancellor, about state of the country on Thursday. He commented on state institutions such as Eskom, the police and Transnet  Mbeki said there are greedy and corrupt people who want to ensure the state fails.

Same old, same old: Mbeki pours cold water on multiparty charter

August 25, 2023 11:56 - 2 minutes - 1.34 MB

Nothing new will come out of the multiparty charter, says former president Thabo Mbeki. Parties including the DA, IFP, FF+, ActionSA, Spectrum National Party, United Independent Movement and Independent South African National Civic Organisation seek to topple the governing ANC in next year's elections. They plan to work together to govern and have snubbed the ANC and EFF. Mbeki says the parties have every right to oppose the ANC, but have no solutions to turn around the economy.

Former president Thabo Mbeki opposed to Malema chanting ‘Kill the Boer’ in 2023

August 25, 2023 11:27 - 5 minutes - 2.57 MB

Former president Thabo Mbeki says he does not understand why EFF leader Julius Malema recently chanted “Kill the Boer”. He says the song is part of history but irrelevant. Several people, including some outside the country, were up in arms last month after Malema chanted the song at his party’s 10th anniversary celebration.

Gcaleka quizzed on Phala Phala report during public protector job interview

August 24, 2023 14:35 - 5 minutes - 2.65 MB

EFF MP Omphile Maotwe interrogated acting public protector Kholeka Gcaleka on her report on the robbery at President Cyril Ramaphosa's Phala Phala game farm. In July she cleared Ramaphosa of any wrongdoing in her final report regarding the theft of cash in foreign currency from his farm in Limpopo. Gcaleka is one of eight candidates vying for the public protector position. Thursday was the last day of the interviews. The ad hoc committee interviewed four shortlisted candidates on Wednesday...

National Assembly must hurry to vote on Mkhwebane’s removal, says Dyantyi

August 23, 2023 13:11 - 3 minutes - 1.77 MB

Section 194 committee chair Qubudile Dyantyi says the National Assembly must act with speed to vote on suspended public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s removal. The committee concluded in its final report to the National Assembly on Tuesday that Mkhwebane must be removed. The onus is now on the full parliamentary house to vote on the document whether Mkhwebane must be removed. Advocate Mkhwebane’s seven-year term as public protector ends on October 14. Dyantyi told the media the National Ass...

Parliamentary committee recommends Mkhwebane be impeached

August 22, 2023 14:53 - 2 minutes - 1.34 MB

Busisiwe Mkhwebane has been charged with misconduct by a section 194 parliamentary committee. Mkhwebane was suspended as public protector after President Cyril Ramaphosa called her integrity into question last year. The committee adopted a final report to impeach Mkhwebane which they will forward to the National Assembly. Her term in office ends on October 14. The EFF and ATM rejected the report and said they would take it on review.

China to assist SA with energy crisis

August 22, 2023 13:18 - 1 minute - 893 KB

Chinese president Xi Jinping says China will donate R170 million in emergency power equipment and has made available R500 million to assist South Africa with the energy crisis. The Chinese president was speaking at the union buildings on Tuesday amid his state visit.

LEAKED: Recordings cast fresh light on Nsfas scandal

August 19, 2023 19:25 - 30 minutes - 14.2 MB

Audio recordings of presentations by nine bidders vying for multi-million-rand student allowance payment contracts with the NSFAS reveal that CEO Andile Nongogo attended and participated in them. This is despite Nsfas insisting to the Sunday Times last week that the process was independent, with Nongogo playing no part in deciding who was evaluated and having “no hand” in awarding the contract. Leaked recordings of the nine meetings held in May by Nsfas’s bid evaluation committee (BEC) re...

How the multiparty charter for SA plans to share power

August 17, 2023 14:02 - 4 minutes - 2.13 MB

The multiparty charter for South Africa has found common ground and agreed on three key agreements that will govern their pre-election coalition pact, according to convention chairperson Prof William Gumede. One of the key agreements outlined by Gumede was the parties' power-sharing agreement, which includes principles on how duties and positions will be allocated. Gumede was addressing media during day 2 of the of the multiparty convention in Kempton Park on Thursday. 

‘Foul play in our son’s death’, claims family

August 17, 2023 10:17 - 5 minutes - 2.68 MB

The Tshetsha family was told their son hanged himself at a juvenile prison, but days later they made discoveries that made them suspect foul play.

Multiparty pact extends invite to other interested parties

August 16, 2023 19:21 - 4 minutes - 2.1 MB

The seven opposition political parties of the Multiparty Charter for South Africa have extended an invite to join their coalition pact ahead of the 2024 national elections.According to convention chair Prof William Gumede, they encouraged parties who align with their principles to join. Adding they will be judged objectively.

'Moonshot pact' now Multiparty Charter for South Africa

August 16, 2023 13:36 - 3 minutes - 1.67 MB

The pact by opposition political parties including the DA, IFP, FF Plus, ActionSA, United Independent Movement, Spectrum National Party and Isanco, intended to unseat the ANC in the 2024 elections, which was informally known as the “moonshot pact”, has now officially been named the Multiparty Charter for South Africa. This was announced by independent chair Prof William Gumede during their multiparty convention in Kempton Park, Gauteng, on Wednesday. 

Parties eager to ‘find common ground and agendas’ at multiparty convention

August 16, 2023 13:34 - 5 minutes - 2.38 MB

Leaders of the DA, IFP, FF Plus, ActionSA, United Independent Movement (UIM), Spectrum National Party (SNP) and Independent South African National Civic Organisation (Isanco), have committed to putting their differences aside as day 1 of the multiparty national convention kicks off. 

'You failed to prevent the tampering of the crime scene', defence tells police in Meyiwa trial 

August 15, 2023 14:01 - 4 minutes - 1.97 MB

Defence attorney for accused No 5 in the murder trial of soccer player Senzo Meyiwa, advocate Zandile Mshololo, told witness Sgt Mlungisi Patrick Mthethwa that he and his colleagues failed to secure the crime scene where Meyiwa was shot in October 2014. Mthethwa, who was a junior constable at the time, was one of the first officers to arrive at the scene in Vosloorus, the Pretoria high court heard on Tuesday. 

Defeat ANC, keep EFF out of power – Steenhuisen on multiparty pact

August 14, 2023 12:31 - 2 minutes - 1.23 MB

DA leader John Steenhuisen says the multiparty pact is set to rescue South Africa from the ANC and EFF. He first announced the multiparty pact in April at the DA’s federal congress where he declared the EFF the party's number one enemy. Steenhuisen said the multiparty grouping “will meet at the same venue where Codesa negotiations successfully mapped a way forward for our country at a time of great crisis” and said this week is a time to do so again. The multiparty will hold a national con...

Taps may be dry but ANC delivered: Mbalula hails party for service delivery

August 14, 2023 10:27 - 2 minutes - 1.02 MB

You may not have water but you have a tap in your yard delivered by the ANC, says party secretary-general Fikile Mbalula. Mbalula hailed the ANC for service delivery progress since taking control of the country. He detailed what the party has delivered, including RDP houses, school nutrition and the National Student Financial Aid Scheme. Mbalula said comrades must not focus on critics. “It's very easy to be opposition. You form a political party and say what you like, but it's difficult t...

Legal expert weigh in on Jacob Zuma's special remission

August 11, 2023 13:50 - 2 minutes - 967 KB

Legal experts shared their reaction to the news, with one saying there was nothing unusual about the decision, though it was open to speculation that it was done to benefit the former president. Lawyer Julian Knight said there was “no proof the remission was given to benefit” Zuma and his inclusion in the list of offenders to be released was because he qualified for release due to the category of his offence.

'It's over and it is a relief' — City of Cape Town on resolution of taxi strike 

August 11, 2023 11:13 - 5 minutes - 2.67 MB

Executive mayor of Cape Town Geordin Hill-Lewis, Western Cape premier Alan Winde and representatives of the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) in the Western Cape, briefed the media on Friday morning on the resolution of the minibus taxi strike. Hill-Lewis says the extension of negotiations with Santaco were unnecessary as the final proposal is identical to that which was drafted earlier. However, he says the resolution comes is a “relief”.  Santaco announced the end of its stayaway on Th...

Jacob Zuma released on special remission after quick stop at Estcourt prison

August 11, 2023 07:05 - 3 minutes - 1.7 MB

he department of correctional services has confirmed former president Jacob Zuma reported to Estcourt prison on Friday and a “remission process has been effected”. Correctional services commissioner Makgothi Thobakgale revealed this decision in a press briefing held with justice and correctional services minister Ronald Lamola.

Life sentence for Ntokozo Zikhali, who pleaded guilty to raping 9-year-old girl

August 10, 2023 15:48 - 1 minute - 894 KB

The man acquitted of the murder of Bokgabo Poo has been sentenced to life imprisonment for raping a nine-year-old girl in Wattville, Benoni, in 2021. Ntokozo Zikhali, 31, was acquitted last week of the kidnap, rape, murder and mutilation of Bokgabo, 4, in October last year when he was out on bail in the rape case.

State failed to hold taxi industry accountable: Expert

August 08, 2023 17:16 - 5 minutes - 2.64 MB

Blockaded roads, vehicles stoned and burnt and threats. This is what Cape Town residents have been subjected to in the past few days during the taxi strike. This type of violence has become a norm in protests, particularly when the taxi industry is unhappy and pulls its vehicles off the road. And when other parties don't follow suit they face the music. Violence prevention expert Gareth Newham said very few people involved in violence in the taxi industry are arrested and prosecuted. In th...

Transport minister slams City of Cape Town for 'illegal' bylaws during taxi strike

August 08, 2023 13:21 - 5 minutes - 2.57 MB

Transport minister Sindisiwe Chikunga says the City of Cape Town has “overreached” and “extended” legislation that already exists by adding a sanction that does not exist in the legislation on the taxi industry. Chikunga said the two acts, namely the National Land Transport Act and National Road Transport Act, are being implemented and executed incorrectly.The minister was addressing the media in Midrand on Tuesday on government’s interventions in the taxi strike called by Santaco in the West...

Queens High School details last moments of Grade 9 learner who died after alleged bullying

August 07, 2023 14:50 - 2 minutes - 974 KB

Police investigations will provide clarity on the circumstances around the death of 15-year-old Brian Ndlovu, a Queens High School pupil, the Gauteng education department said on Monday. According to his family, the grade 9 pupil died hours after allegedly being forced to consume a poisonous substance at school. Education MEC Matome Chiloane told media a preliminary report indicated no reports of bullying.

Police service opens 10,000 job posts

August 07, 2023 10:54 - 1 minute - 643 KB

The South African Police Service has advertised 10,000 entry level police trainee positions for the 2024/2025 intake. Successful candidates will be employed on contract and will have to prevent, combat and investigate crime, maintain public order, protect and secure the inhabitants of the Republic and their property and uphold and enforce the law. They will go through three phases of training including; * Induction phase — one month at a designated police station while receiving a monthly ...

City of Cape Town says it won’t yield to Santaco’s demand

August 04, 2023 16:32 - 6 minutes - 3.13 MB

Amid a taxi strike, the City of Cape Town’s JP Smith says they won’t submit to a call by Santaco to halt vehicle impoundments. The city has decided to impound vehicles of motorists who disregard road rules such as overloading and failing to stop when instructed to by a traffic officer, rather than issue fines. Santaco in the Western Cape embarked on a strike on Thursday after a meeting with the city calling for the relevant bylaw to be reversed. The umbrella taxi association has vowed to p...

Cape Town’s plans to ensure safe commuting amid taxi strike

August 04, 2023 15:38 - 5 minutes - 2.56 MB

The City of Cape Town and Santaco speak on the violence amid a taxi industry protest and the city lays out its plans to ensure the safety of commuters. Santaco says the violence is unfortunate and it won’t take responsibility for it, but says law enforcement authorities must tighten their efforts. The tensions between the city and Santaco are over a bylaw that allows officials to impound vehicles of motorists disobeying road rules instead of fining them. Cape Town MMC responsible for safet...

Methane gas confirmed as cause of CBD gas explosion: CoJ

August 02, 2023 15:31 - 6 minutes - 2.84 MB

Investigations into the CBD gas explosion in Lilian Ngoyi (formerly Bree) Street last month have confirmed that methane gas caused the blast. On Wednesday, Johannesburg city manager Floyd Brink said the report ruled out foul play, terrorist or illegal mining activities as possible causes. 

Malema chucks slurs at Helen Zille, Elon Musk

August 02, 2023 12:20 - 4 minutes - 2.05 MB

EFF leader Julius Malema was in his element when he harshly attacked his critics for chanting “Kill the Boer, kill the farmer”. DA federal council chairperson Helen Zille and Twitter (or X) CEO Elon Musk bore the brunt of Malema’s criticism. Malema led the song “Dubul’ ibhunu” during the EFF's 10th birthday celebrations at the weekend. He was widely criticised, while others defended him. Some said Malema is encouraging killings of white farmers, but he responded that the EFF had won its ca...

‘Hold me accountable if there is no change’ — Cele on Riverlea

August 01, 2023 11:54 - 1 minute - 909 KB

Police minister Bheki Cele has told the community of Riverlea to hold him accountable if they don’t see any change in the area. The minister visited the area on Monday after protests erupted after the discovery of several bodies related to alleged rivalry between zama zama groups.

"Zamas Zamas are terrorising our community" - Riverlea residents

July 31, 2023 16:38 - 1 minute - 691 KB

Residents of Riverlea, west of Johannesburg, say illegal miners are terrorising the community. Protests erupted on Monday, a day after five bodies suspected to be zamas zamas were discovered by police. According to police, the killings are linked to two rival groups of illegal miners. The five men were shot dead.

EXPLAINED: Mkhwebane ‘guilty of misconduct and incompetence’ — what it means

July 31, 2023 11:53 - 5 minutes - 2.58 MB

The parliamentary committee that was to make recommendations on whether to impeach suspended public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has voted that she acted with misconduct and incompetence. A constitutional law expert explains what it means. University of Cape Town (UCT) Prof Pierre de Vos explains the powers of the committee, what the decision means and what Mkhwebane’s options are.

Protest erupts in Riverlea a day after discovery of 5 bodies of ‘illegal miners’

July 31, 2023 08:48 - 1 minute - 805 KB

Protest action has erupted in Riverlea, Johannesburg a day after the bodies of suspected illegal foreign miners were discovered in the area. Five men sustained fatal gunshot wounds, with police linking it to a shootout between two rival groups of illegal miners. Riverlea councillor Theo Doyle says the area.

Zimbabwean scholar lambastes Mbalula for being ‘stupid and shortsighted’

July 28, 2023 08:53 - 5 minutes - 2.17 MB

While criticising ANC secretary-general Fikile Mbalula, a prominent Zimbabwean scholar said South Africa needs a more informed leadership and governing party. Prof Ibbo Mandaza said he is eager to tell Mbalula to his face that he is stupid and shortsighted Mandaza said it is ignorant to praise Zimbabwe's governing political party Zanu-PF and it reflects badly on South Africa. Mandaza said there can be no solutions to Zimbabwe's crisis without South Africa. He said South African leaders mus...

Kelly Khumalo’s number linked to calls with Meyiwa murder accused

July 27, 2023 14:34 - 4 minutes - 1.65 MB

One of the numbers linked to singer Kelly Khumalo twice received calls from a phone linked to accused number five, Fisokuhle Ntuli, in the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial, Col Lambertus Steyn, an analyst and investigating officer from the SAPS National Cold Case Unit, told the Pretoria high court on Thursday.

We didn’t kill Senzo — if you believe otherwise, prove it, Khumalo tells defence

July 25, 2023 17:00 - 5 minutes - 2.34 MB

Defence in the Senzo Meyiwa case argued that there were no intruders that entered the house but Meyiwa was killed by those who were with him.  Zandile Khumalo is the first witness in the rebooted trial. She denied defence advocate Zandile Mshololo and Zithulele Nxumalo’s claims and asked that it “be proven” if they had killed the former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper. Khumalo has concluded being cross-examined and a neighbour is giving evidence.