Afternoon Wrap Up – 31 March 2015
NUM WELCOMES TSOTSI’S RESIGNATION
The National Union of Mineworkers has welcomed the resignation of Zola Tsotsi as Eskom Chairperson
The union says, Tsotsi’s resignation is long overdue and it will hopefully bring stability to the embattled utility
It’s understood that, Eskom board passed a vote of no confidence in Tsotsi yesterday, where he appeared to answer allegations of misconduct
His resignation follows the suspension of Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona.
Ben Ngubane had since been appointed acting chairman of Eskom.
CHABANE TRUCK DRIVER GRANTED BAIL
The truck driver accused of causing the crash that killed former Public Service and Administration minister Collins Chabane has been granted bail
The Polokwane Magistrate court, granted Amukelani Rikhotso R5000 bail, saying he is not flight risk
Rikhotso is facing three charges of culpable homicide
Chabane was killed with his two protectors on the N1 in Polokwane, Limpopo on March 15.
MAQUBELA HEADS TO JAIL
Convicted murder Thandi Maqubela has been sentenced to an effective 18 years in prison
Maqubela has been sentenced to 15 years for the murder of her husband judge Patrick Maqubela
Judge John Murphy sentenced the widow, to three years for fraud and another 3 years for forging her husbands will
Acting judge, Patrick Maqubela was found dead in his bed in 2009.
The State wanted Maqubela jailed for life.
Judge Murphy made this ruling.
VAVI OFFICIALLY OUSTED FROM COSATU
Cosatu says Zwelinzima Vavi’s failure to fulfil his duties had major implications on the management of the federation’s affairs.
Its deputy secretary general Bheki Ntshalintshali says Vavi continued to meet suspended people, some of whom declared intentions to destroy Cosatu.
The clashes in Cosatu have pitted a faction led by the federation’s president, S’dumo Dlamini, with one aligned to general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi – who was dismissed yesterday.
The federation’s Central Executive Committee is briefing the media on Vavi’s expulsion from the Organisation
Ntshalintshali had this to say…
BUHARI TAKES LEAD IN ELECTION RESULTS
The news from Nigeria is that opposition leader Muhammadu Buhari is leading by more than 2 million votes as counting continues.
The country awaits the final results of its general election, but the governing party is already crying foul.
On Tuesday, half the 36 states in Nigeria had declared returns in the contest between President Goodluck Jonathan and former military ruler Buhari, in an election watched closely in Africa and around the world.
Buhari, a 72-year-old former army general, has campaigned as a born-again democrat intent on cleaning up the corrupt politics of the continent’s biggest economy and most populous nation.