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 The Oppenheimers said Gigaba gave permission, then rescinded it, and lied about it — he would have liked the Guptas to own the terminal.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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