News capturing South Africa this week
Many things have happened this week, on the news front, we have seen the charges against the finance minister Pravin Gordhan being dropped. National Prosecutions head Shaun Abrahams explained that the fraud charges against Oupa Magashula , Ivan Pillay, and the finance minister were dropped two days before they were to appear before the Pretoria Magistrates court. Abrahams said this was a sign that the prosecution’s authority can correct itself, and told journalists that he would not apologise for instituting the charges in the first place.
At the same time that was happening, the North Gauteng High court was hearing why the Public Protector’s State Capture report should not be released as is. Judge Dunstan Mlambo also heard from political parties who were opposing the interdict. Mlambo ordered for the report to be released. President Jacob Zuma also withdrew his application to interdict the report’s release. Public Protector Busisiswe Mkhwebane was then ordered to release the report later that day.
The Save South Africa Campaign continued with their call for change from the country’s leadership while the DA and the EFF marched to the Pretoria magistrates’ court over the current state of affairs in the country.
ANC stewards then met in Johannesburg yesterday and called on President Jacob Zuma to respond to their letter and avail himself for a meeting to find a way to deal with issues plaguing the country.
Power Utility Eskom’s Brian Molefe broke down yesterday when asked about what part he played in the state capture saga. Molefe who was releasing Eskom’s interim results was supported by his board that emphasised how through his leadership they were able to turn operations at Eskom around. My question would then be, the fact that Molefe was able to turn things around at Eskom, does that mean he is incorruptible, with 44 calls between him and a member of the Gupta family and a R600 million deal ?
Let us not forget the letter former president Thabo Mbeki wrote to the president, asking him to listen to the veterans.
President Jacob Zuma, on the other hand, could only respond to all this, through his office saying he will respond to the Madonsela report after he has studied the 355-page report.
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