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Daily news update 05 March
Forty years after anti-apartheid activist Dr Neil Aggett was found in his cell at the infamous John Vorster Square police station, the Johannesburg High Court has ruled that his death was not a suicide.
Judge Motsamai Makume on Friday ruled in the reopened investigation into Aggett’s death in 1982.
Judge Makume ruled that Aggett’s death was a cover by the then security department of the South African Police.
“After hearing all the evidence, I have come to the conclusion that Dr. Neil Aggett was murdered by members of the Security Service,” he said.
The state is trying to recover R140,000 from an administrative clerk at the SA Social Security Institution (Sassa) after she fraudulently registered disability benefits for her lover nine years ago.
An investigation was conducted by Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane after an anonymous complaint was filed with her office in 2019.
The clerk, Portia Mathenjwa, is alleged to have used the username and password of her colleague Lindiwe Mashifane without her knowledge and registered fraudulent disability benefits in 2009 for her friend Tshetlhodi Joe Masinga. Mathenjwa worked at Mamelodi Sassa’s office in Tshwane.
The probe further revealed that she used a hospital patient’s medical records for the grant application.
The case against South Africa’s own ‘Sandton Tinder Swindler’ has been adjourned by the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court until next Wednesday for a formal bail request.
Ugandan Amon Namara was arrested in Sandton on Wednesday after a woman opened a case against him for defrauding her.
He briefly appeared in court on Friday.
Namara is reportedly charged with money laundering, fraud and theft after allegedly defrauding at least three women of their money through the dating app Tinder.
After Ferguson Films denied initial reports that their telenovela had been canned, M-Net has confirmed that: The queen on Mzansi Magic will be no more.
Twitter was in turmoil when entertainment blogger Phil Mphela claimed the popular Mzansi Magic telenovela The Queen was canceled last week. He reported that he had “close sources” who were aware of this information. He went on to claim that actress Brenda Ngxoli, who played the character Noma, had left the show, a claim she denied.
The casting director of Ferguson Films and daughter of Connie Ferguson, Neo Matsunyane and the late Shona Ferguson, Lesedi Matsunyane-Ferguson, hit back at Mphela’s claims about what goes on behind the scenes at The Queen Mzansi.
Western Cape Prime Minister Alan Winde has reiterated his call for an urgent meeting of the President’s Coordinating Council (PCC) to end the national disaster.
Winde said Friday, despite President Cyril Ramaphosa’s pledge at the State of the Nation Address (Sona) last month to put an end to the state of disaster and the regulations, there were still no clear timelines for when exactly this would happen.
The prime minister wants the meeting – which consists of ministers, prime ministers, mayors of metros – to be held soon, as the expiry of the extension of the disaster situation is approaching on 15 March.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Thursday filed criminal charges against former director general of the State Security Service (SSA), Arthur Fraser, for irregularities during his time at the spy agency.
DA MP and spokesperson for state security, Dianne Kohler Barnard, said it was under Fraser’s supervision as deputy director of operations at the SSA that the Principle Agent Network (PAN) was created.
Barnard said millions of rand, if not billions, have allegedly been siphoned off or spent irregularly, and the DA is asking the South African Police Service (SAPS) to investigate possible criminal offences.
The Democratic Alliance is also suing Fraser over possible involvement in the recording of the “espionage tapes.”