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Gi­gaba still play­ing with his Fire­blade

As if it wasn’t enough that a sex video made by and star­ring Min­is­ter of (tee hee) Home Af­fairs Malusi Gi­gaba has been do­ing the rounds, Gi­gaba has also found him­self un­der fire in Par­lia­ment and from the pub­lic pro­tec­tor. In Par­lia­ment, it was charged that Gi­gaba lied about a deal with the Op­pen­heimer fam­ily over their pri­vately owned air­port ter­mi­nal for very, very im­por­tant peo­ple: Fire­blade. The Op­pen­heimers said Gi­gaba gave per­mis­sion, then re­scinded it, and lied about it — he would have liked the Gup­tas to own the ter­mi­nal. The pub­lic pro­tec­tor rec­om­mended dis­ci­plinary ac­tion against Gi­gaba, based on a 2017 court judg­ment in the same mat­ter, which found that he had lied un­der oath. About the sex video, Gi­gaba told the na­tion that his phone had been hacked to get the video and then he was black­mailed about it. He asked state se­cu­rity agen­cies to in­ves­ti­gate, but two years later they still haven’t found the hack­ers. Fol­low­ing this, Gi­gaba’s spokesper­son, Vuyo Mkhize, all but ac­cused the Eco­nomic Free­dom Fight­ers of leak­ing the video; the EFF de­nied any such ac­tion. It may no longer be defam­a­tory to re­fer to Gi­gaba as a wanker.

Seven bod­ies found in house of death

The bod­ies of seven fam­ily mem­bers, in­clud­ing those of four chil­dren, were dis­cov­ered in shal­low graves in a house in Vlak­fontein, south of Jo­han­nes­burg. Res­i­dents had been com­plain­ing about the stench em­a­nat­ing from the house and yard. Gaut­eng MEC for com­mu­nity safety Siza­kele Nkosi-Malobane said sharp ob­jects had been used in the killings — not poi­son, as ear­lier spec­u­lated. Po­lice are search­ing for a man who lived in the house with the mur­dered peo­ple for three months; he had claimed to be a mem­ber of the fam­ily. The po­lice are ques­tion­ing an­other man who was in the house at the time they ar­rived.

Time to name and shame?

For­mer tele­vi­sion re­porter Vanessa Goven­der, launch­ing a book about her jour­ney to­wards heal­ing, said she might soon di­vulge the name of the man she de­scribes as an abu­sive lover in her book, Beaten but not Bro­ken. Goven­der was sub­jected to beat­ing, kick­ing and stran­gling as well as ver­bal abuse by this man, a well-known ra­dio per­son­al­ity who is de­scribed as “the dar­ling of … Lo­tus FM” (in 1999, at least). At the launch of the book in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg, Goven­der said of her story: “It is an in­dict­ment not just on him but [also] the woman who raised him, the peo­ple who knew and did noth­ing. I am a can­cer on their con­science.”

Two in court over lawyer mur­der

Two peo­ple have been charged with the mur­der of Pete Mi­ha­lik, an ad­vo­cate who rep­re­sented many Cape gang­sters in a two-decade ca­reer. Mi­ha­lik was shot dead in Cape Town in his Mercedes-Benz as he dropped his son and daugh­ter at school on Tues­day morn­ing. His eight-year-old son was wounded in the jaw. The two men who were ar­rested for the mur­der (in un­prece­dent­edly rapid po­lice ac­tion), Sizwe Niyalala and Nkosi­nathi Khumalo, are both from KwaZulu-Natal, and have not yet pleaded to the charges. Sev­eral gang-re­lated killings and at­tempted mur­ders have taken place in the re­gion in re­cent months. There is spec­u­la­tion that Mi­ha­lik’s death is re­lated to the up­com­ing trial for ex­tor­tion of Nafiz Mo­dack and four other un­der­world fig­ures.

Home Af­fairs of­fi­cial ‘tore up pass­port’

An of­fi­cial of the depart­ment of home af­fairs ap­peared in court this past week, ac­cused of tear­ing up the pass­port of 16-year-old Zim­bab­wean Tinashe

Bello, who was res­i­dent in South Africa un­til sent back to Zim to ap­ply for a Ger­man study visa. The of­fi­cial also thereby caused a year­long sep­a­ra­tion of the boy’s mother, Wadzanai Bello, who lives and works in Cape Town, from her son, who is now stuck in Zim­babwe and never got to go to Ger­many. Af­ter sev­eral vis­its to the South African em­bassy in Harare to sort mat­ters out, Tinashe was told his ap­pli­ca­tion was “a scam”, ac­cord­ing to his mother’s af­fi­davit, and the of­fi­cial then ripped up his pass­port. He was al­legedly told he was banned from South Africa for five years. Wadzanai is chal­leng­ing the de­ci­sion by home af­fairs. GroundUp, which re­ported the story, said it had “been try­ing to get com­ment from the depart­ment of home af­fairs for a week”. Ex­perts be­lieve that a week is a very short time in the eyes of home af­fairs, and a year is but a day in the depart­ment’s sched­ules.

An­other Transnet of­fi­cial sus­pended

Ed­ward Thomas, a for­mer sup­ply chain man­ager at Transnet and cur­rently group fi­nance man­ager, was sus­pended by Transnet as it in­ves­ti­gates sev­eral Gupta-re­lated con­tracts in which Thomas was in­volved. Transnet also re­cently sus­pended group trea­surer Phetolo Ramose­budi (who then re­signed), sup­ply chain man­ager Lindiwe Mdlet­she and for­mer freight chief pro­cure­ment of­fi­cer Tham­sanqa Jiyane. On Oc­to­ber 21, chief ex­ec­u­tive Siyabonga Gama was fired by the Transnet board af­ter he was im­pli­cated in pro­cure­ment reg­u­la­tion breaches re­lat­ing to the R54-bil­lion pur­chase of new lo­co­mo­tives.

Zweli Mkhize and the VBS R2-mil­lion

You’d have thought the Demo­cratic Al­liance had enough trou­ble with its for­mer mayor of Cape Town, Pa­tri­cia de Lille, with­out get­ting into a fight with the ANC’s min­is­ter of co­op­er­a­tive gov­er­nance and tra­di­tional af­fairs,

Zweli Mkhize. The DA has laid charges against Mkhize for re­ceiv­ing monies on be­half of the ANC, when he was the party’s trea­surer gen­eral, from the col­lapsed VBS bank, when funds were be­ing en­thu­si­as­ti­cally looted by those sup­posed to be run­ning it. Mkhize said he had no rec­ol­lec­tion of the R2-mil­lion VBS sup­pos­edly do­nated to the ANC, and had no idea, at the time, that VBS was in­volved in fraud­u­lent ac­tiv­i­ties. He also de­nies help­ing the bank to ob­tain il­le­gal de­posits from mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

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