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Pretoria Kids In Hospital After Gas Explosion In Crèche

Fourteen children are recovering at a Pretoria hospital after sustaining serious burns at a crèche in Soshanguve. The children were wounded in a gas explosion while sleeping in a room on Monday. MEC for Social Development Nandi Mayathula-Khoza visited the children in hospital. The MEC said the safety of children at preschools was a concern.

Mabuza Sworn In As MP

ANC deputy president David Mabuza has been sworn-in as a member of Parliament at the presidential guesthouse.  Last week Mabuza postponed his swearing in, saying he wanted to first clear his name after the party’s integrity commission recommended that he and other ANC members be removed from the party’s candidate list to Parliament over various offences.

Workers Now Able To Claim For Injuries Sustained At The Workplace

The High Court in Pretoria has ruled that domestic workers were eligible to claim from the Compensation Fund if they were injured, contracted a disease or died at their place of work. Silvia Mahlangu’s mother drowned in her employer’s swimming pool and she was denied compensation because domestic workers were not included in the Compensation of Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act.

Welcomes Hefty Sentence For Grade 8 Pupil Who Murdered Teacher

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has commended police for ensuring that a pupil who stabbed his teacher to death was put behind bars. The 17-year-old was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment in the Northern Cape on Monday. He attacked his English teacher at the Bosele Middle School hostel near Kuruman in January last year, accusing him of failing him in a subject.

Timing Of Mkhwebane’s Report Against Me ‘Politically Motivated’

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan stated under oath that the timing of the release of the Public Protector’s report that found against him was politically motivated and part of an effort to empower proponents of state capture. The serious allegations are contained in an affidavit Gordhan filed with an application on Tuesday to have the report reviewed and set aside. Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane found that Gordhan violated the Constitution by approving former South African Revenue Service deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay’s early retirement.

Lawyers Request Court To Set Aside Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s Report

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan’s lawyers have filed a review application asking the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria to set aside a report by Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.  Mkhwebane found Gordhan guilty of improper conduct after he granted the early retirement payout of then South African Revenue Service (Sars) deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay. Gordhan’s lawyer Tebogo Malatji said his client would also ask the court to set aside Mkhwebane’s report and findings as unconstitutional, unlawful, irrational and invalid.

VBS Money Paid For EFF Birthday Bash – Report

An investigation by Scorpio has revealed that money stolen from VBS Mutual Bank funded the EFF’s fourth birthday bash at a popular party venue in Umlazi, Durban, in July 2017. According to Daily Maverick, this forms part of a chunk of the illegal R16.1m received by Sgameka Projects – a company owned by Brian Shivambu, the brother of EFF chief whip Floyd Shivambu – from VBS, that was ultimately channelled to the EFF. Scorpio has reportedly isolated about R4.13m in VBS loot paid toward the EFF. 

Relationship Between Molefe, China South Rail: State Capture Inquiry

The director of MNS Attorneys, Tshiamo Sedumedi, told the state capture commission of inquiry on Tuesday the relationship between former Transnet CEO Brian Molefe and China South Rail was unethical. Sedumedi said the company was given preferential treatment. He said Molefe was in contact with the leader of the China South Rail team prior to the appointment of the company as the supplier of locomotives.

Grants Remain Second Most Important Source Of Income – Stats SA

Social grants remain the second-most important source of income for households in the country after salaries. Statistics South Africa released the results of its general household survey earlier on Tuesday. According to the results, 64.8% of households receive salaries from various forms of employment and 45.2% of households depend on social grants. Over 17 million South Africans, one in five, rely on social welfare grants from the state, said Stats SA.

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Ready To Make Strong Case Against Adam Catzavelos

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said it was ready to make a strong case against businessman Adam Catzavelos, saying they expected him to argue the issue of jurisdiction in his defence. The case of crimen injuria against Catzavelos has been postponed to next month to allow him to appoint his own lawyer. Catzavelos posted a video of himself last year celebrating the fact that there were no black people at the beach he was on in Greece, referring to them by the K-word.

To Make Formal Request To Probe Gordhan’s Fitness To Hold Office

One of Parliament’s newest parties, the African Transformation Movement (ATM), said it would make a formal request to National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise to start proceedings to assess Public Enterprise Minister Pravin Gordhan’s fitness to hold office. The party said it was shocked at Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s report that found Gordhan had acted irregularly when he approved a pension payout for former South African Revenue Service senior official Ivan Pillay. The ATM joined the Economic Freedom Fighters in their criticism of Gordhan.

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