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Daily news update 02 March
Former Western Cape Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz, who faces allegations of sexual misconduct, has resigned as a member of the Democratic Alliance (DA) following his resignation from the provincial cabinet.
Western Cape DA chairman Jaco Londt confirmed Fritz’s resignation in a statement on Tuesday.
“The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape notes the resignation of Albert Fritz as provincial leader and as a member of the party.
“This means the provincial leader’s position is vacant and will be filled at the next provincial council meeting, scheduled for May 2022,” Londt said.
“Corruption was central to Bosasa’s business model” and ANC bigshots, including former president Jacob Zuma, Gwede Mantashe, Nomvula Mokonyane and Thabang Makwetla, saw nothing wrong with enjoying the spoils of the corrupt relationship between the company and the state.
In the most recent episode of the Commission of Inquiry into the reports of the coup, Acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo concludes that “Bosasa (and the Watson family) was a fairly well-organized network of well-placed, well-connected and powerful people whose loyalty was assured. with financial and other material incentives and bribes.”
Potchefstroom regional court has postponed fraud and corruption trial against former mayor of JB Marks Vanir-exodus Municipality Kgotso Khumalo because of his ill health.
The case against Khumalo and two others will now be heard on April 7, after a medical certificate was presented to the prosecutor proving his inability to attend the trial.
They are facing eight charges of theft and fraud from municipal funds.
The trio who pleaded not guilty to the charges and received a warning have been warned not to interfere with state witnesses.
The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) has told its supporters that the royal ruling by the KwaZulu-Natal Supreme Court on Wednesday will not affect King Misuzulu ka Zwelithini’s position as the Zulu monarch.
Deputy Judge President Justice Mjabuliseni Isaac Madondo is expected to deliver the royal verdict on the lawsuit filed last year by Queen Sibongile Dlamini-Zulu and her daughters, Princess Ntandoyenkosi and Princess Ntombizosuthu.
The case concerns the estate of the late King Goodwill Zwelithini according to his will, which Queen Sibongile and her daughters claim is fake.
Queen Sibongile states that her marriage is the only valid and legal marriage union with the late king and as such is the rightful beneficiary of 50% of Zwelithini’s estate.
Friends and family of the late Rikhado “Riky Rick” Makhado gathered at Riky Rick’s funeral at Johannesburg’s Bryanston Catholic Church on Tuesday, dressed all in white to rest the late rapper following his passing last week.
While reading his obituary, friend Ntokozo Dladla revealed that Riky Rikhado was named after the ‘I Love You Daddy’ singer Ricardo, as his parents had loved the song.
“Rikhado was addicted to loving people,” Dladla added.
He shed light on the work Makhado did as a humanitarian, philanthropist and film-maker in an effort to envision a brighter future for humanity – something very close to his heart.
The Road Traffic Control Company (RMTC) has urged motorists to renew their expired driver’s licenses before the grace period, which ends on March 31, 2022, is over.
Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, motorists were given an extended period to renew their expired driver’s licenses.
In November 2021, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula announced a extension for renewal of the driver’s license card, and therefore reminded motorists of the March 31 deadline in February 2022.
“Those whose cards have expired between March 26, 2020 and August 31, 2021 will be considered valid until March 31, 2022,” Mbalula said.