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Bosasa Corruption, Mantashe Challenges Zondo Report

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Daily news update 03 March

Why South Africa abstained from voting in Ukraine at UN General Assembly?

South Africa has explained its decision to abstain from voting on the conflict between Russia and Ukraine at the UN General Assembly on Wednesday.

This after the UN General Assembly passed a resolution demanding that Russia immediately withdraw from Ukraine.

The resolution was passed after 141 of the 193 member states voted in favor of the non-binding resolution, while five voted against the resolution.

South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mali, Namibia and Mozambique are among the 35 member states that abstained, while other African countries such as Botswana and Nigeria voted in favor of the resolution.

How Agrizzi’s ‘Little Black Book’ Helped Detect Bosasa Corruption

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Image File: Former Bosasa Chief Operating Officer Angelo Agrizzi appears in court. Photo: Nigel Sibanda

Without the ‘little black book’ of former Bosasa boss Angelo Agrizzi, many more people would have escaped the reach of the Zondo Commission.

According to Agrizzi, when he was in charge of managing and filing the money that went in and out of vaults for “bribes and gratitude,” he would provide a code for payments and keep it in his book.

At first glance, it looks like it’s laundering money on a massive scale, with the cost of the bribes factored into the contracts — all paid for by taxpayers.

Mantashe receives Zondo’s report on judicial review

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Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe. Photo: Gallo Images/Netwerk24/Felix Dlangamandla

Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe, has announced that he will address the report of the Commission of Inquiry into judicial review allegations of coup, after he was caught as one of several ANC members who unlawfully took advantage of Bosasa’s generosity.

On Tuesday evening, part three of Acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo’s report, which was handed to President Cyril Ramaphosa, recommended that Mantashe be investigated for corruption after receiving free security installations from facilities management company Bosasa.

ANC loses Mpumalanga PEC . on

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An ANC flag. Photo: Michel Bega

The Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) of the African National Congress (ANC) in Mpumalanga has been dissolved.

This was just a week before the party was expected to hold its provincial election conference between March 11 and 13, where it was expected to make its choice of leaders at the party’s 55th election conference later this year.

President Cyril Ramaphosa is reportedly set to go to the province in the Ehlanzeni region on Monday.

Anger in Limpopo after R3 million paid for boreholes but no work done

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A report from the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has revealed that a service provider has been awarded R3.1 million for unexecuted work after being hired by the Mopani Municipality of Limpopo to drill and equip boreholes.

The boreholes were drilled and equipped in the local municipality of Greater Tzaneen, but the SIU investigation found that they were illegally connected to the Eskom power line and not through transformers as described by the municipality.

According to the municipality’s specification, the boreholes would have been drilled, equipped and electrified by means of a transformer so that it could be fully operational.

Roman Abramovich confirms he will sell Chelsea

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Roman Abramovich has announced that he will be selling Chelsea FC. Photo: Ben STANSALL / AFP.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich confirmed on Wednesday that he will sell the Premier League club during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Russian billionaire Abramovich has decided it would be in the ‘best interest’ of the Champions League holders for him to part ways with the club he has transformed since his signing in 2003.

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