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Matshela Koko resigns from Eskom

Eskom's Head of Generation Matshela Koko will no longer face a disciplinary hearing after he resigned from his position this morning. Koko was to set to appear before the disciplinary committee in Sandton north of Johannesburg today. The controversial Koko is being accused of being responsible for the bad state of affairs at Eskom. He spoke to our presenter Stephen Kirker.
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PP to pay 15% of legal costs in ABSA AND SARB review case

The High Court in Pretoria has dismissed with costs the Public Protector's ABSA and Reserve Bank report and its recommendations. The Reserve Bank‚ the Minister of Finance and Absa bank were seeking to have public protector's report into this matter‚ or findings in the report‚ set aside. The case relates to an Apartheid-era bailout of Bankorp in which the Reserve Bank effectively extended R1.1bn to the ailing bank in the form of a structured transaction. Our reporter Neo Makwiting was in court.
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Free State Sports MEC in court on corruption charges

Free State Sports MEC Mathabo Leeto and Bloemwater CEO Dr. Limakatso Moorosi have appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court. They face corruption charges relating to the alleged irregular awarding of tenders dating back to 2013. At the time of the alleged offences Leeto, who was one of the front runners to replace Premier Ace Magashule as Free State ANC chairperson, was still the executive mayor of Matjhabeng municipality in Welkom. However, Moorosi says she does not know what charges she faces.
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Estina dairy farm suspects appear in court

Members of the media were barred from entering a Blomefontein Regional Court room this morning where seven suspects, including one of the Gupta-brothers and Free State Agriculture Department Head are appearing. Five suspects were arrested during the raid of the Gupta-linked properties in Johannesburg yesterday. The other two suspects handed themselves over this morning. The Hawks say the raids are just the start of a larger operation targeting those allegedly involved in fraud, corruption, theft and money laundering which is believed to be linked to state capture and irregularities at the Estina dairy farm in Vrede in the Free State. Our reporter Ishmael Modiba was there and he spoke to Stephem Kirker.
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Pastor Mawarira pays tribute to MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai

Zimbabwean Pastor and political activist Evan Mawarire says he hopes that the death of MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai will unite the party. Tsvangirai died in a Johannesburg hospital yesterday after a long battle with colon cancer. He was former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe's critic and fought hard to remove him from office by ballot. Stephen Kirker spoke to Pastor Mawarira who himself came under brutal attack by police under Mugabe's rule
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The ANC will vote against Zuma in Parliament tomorrow if he does not resign today

The ANC caucus is Parliament has decided to join the opposition EFF's Motion of no confidence against President Zuma. That is if he does not resign by midnight. The motion is set for tomorrow. The ANC NEC announced yesterday that it has recalled him. ANC Treasurer-General Paul Mashatile and the party's Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu addressed the media this afternoon in Parliament.
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Hawks arrest 3 in Gauteng, 1 in the North West in Vrede Dairy Farm investigations

The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, the Hawks, have arrested three people following a raid conducted at the Gupta mansion in Saxonwold, north of Johannesburg this morning. The Hawks say this is part of the probe into state capture. Street around the house were cordoned off. The Gupta family is being accused of siffoning money from the state illegally and of having an influence over government ministers. Stephen Kirker spoke to SABC reporter, Sashin Naidoo
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Zuma receives letter of recall from ANC NEC

President Jacob Zuma has apparently received a letter from the ANC's top six warning him that he will be recalled if he does not resign. Senior ANC officials including party president Cyril Ramaphosa have been holding talks with Zuma to try and persuade him to step down but he has reportedly told them that he will not leave office voluntarily. Now the ANC's secretary general, Ace Magashule and his deputy, Jessie Duarte, are understood to have gone to Zuma's official residence in Pretoria to deliver a formal letter informing him that he is being recalled. Stephen Kirker spoke to Director of the Centre for Constitutional Rights, Phephelaphi Dube
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Security beefed up at Rustenburg Magistrate's Court ahead of appearance by 14 Nigerian nationals

Security has been beefed up at the Rustenburg Magistrate's Court in North West where fourteen Nigerian nationals are appearing for bail application. The suspects were arrested after storming inside the local police station seeking protection. The local community suspected them of dealing in drugs and brothels. The 14 suspects are facing a charge of public violence and illegal gathering. Stephen Kirker spoke to SABC reporter Zeblon Maine.....
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Anxious South Africans wait as the ANC negotiates an exit plan for Zuma

The ANC's top brass are ready to hold another round of talks in the hope of clinching a deal which will pave the way for President Jacob Zuma's voluntary resignations. According to sources close to the officials, ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa will meet with Zuma at his official residence of Mahlamba Ndlovu to finalise terms of Zuma's exit package. Overnight media reports said Zuma's demand that he be granted immunity from prosecutions was rejected. This comes as opposition parties mobilise their members and the public for a national shutdown and the debate of a motion of no confidence in Zuma early next week. The current political impasse has caused anxiety among South Africans. Our presenter Stephen Kirker probed ANC National spokesperson, Pule Mabe on these developments.
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There were irregularities in procurement process of Estina Dairy farm project

The Public Protector has released a report which shows that there were irregularities during the procurement process of the Estina Farm Dairy Project in the Free State. The report states that there was gross negligence. It is alleged that the controversial project which was meant to benefit poor farmers, was used as a front that saw millions of rands being transferred to the bank accounts of the Gupta brothers. Just last month, the Assets Forfeiture Unit took over the farm in a search of evidence. Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane spoke to Stephen Kirker about the findings of the report.

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