Never miss a beat when it comes to the latest news in South Africa – check out all major headlines on Monday 10 February. Eskom is on the blink, SAA is the centre of controversy and Julius Malema has been gobbing off. It really could be any other day in South Africa, right? Here’s what you need to know for the day ahead.
Today’s latest news in South Africa, Monday 10 February
Eskom load shedding
We’ve got Stage 1 power cuts in place from 9:00 right through the day. This follows a weekend of Stage 2 blackouts. However, Eskom have warned that the probability of load shedding remains high for the rest of the week. The firm have suggested that rolling outages could be with us until the winter on 2021. Yikes…
SAA row brewing
There’s genuine beef coming between the South African Airways (SAA) business practitioners and President Ramaphosa. Cyril says he’s not happy that a number of domestic routes have been slashed from the airline’s schedule, but those in charge of the financial restructuring are sticking to their guns on this.
SSA in farcical security faux pas
A brazen robbery has taken place at the heart of South Africa’s State Security Agency (SSA) this week, with officials at the Pretoria-based facility being left red-faced by the severe breach of their defences.
It’s believed “sensitive documents” were also stolen during the raid. There is no way to enter the building without an access card, suggesting that whoever helped them may have been based in Pretoria – and possibly had an axe to grind.
Malema media briefing
The 90-minute breifing was a slice of vintage Malema: He was very much on the warpath from minute one, slamming the president for “failing to achieve anything in two years”. The EFF leader also vowed to occupy farms belonging to Johann Rupert. Juju didn’t stop there…
- He confirmed the EFF would disrupt SONA if Pravin Gordhan wasn’t fired by Thursday.
- Julius Malema blamed Gordhan for making Eskom “even worse”, and blasted him for taking SA “back to 1994”.
- Juju also stated there will never be an EFF meeting with Ramaphosa “in private” – due to their view that the president “does not listen to opposing ideas”.
- He found time to accuse the DA of working for Ramaphosa, hence why they “do not challenge him” like they did with Jacob Zuma.
- Finally, Malema theorised that Mmusi Maimane “knew too much” about Bosasa, and accused Cyril’s friends of removing the former DA leader.
State Capture Inquiry resumes
The State Capture Inquiry will resume on Monday. The Commission will continue to hear South African Airways-related testimony from the Former Head of Department: Procurement at South African Airways Technical Nontsasa Memela. Several other witnesses will also take to the hot-seat, to pick-up from the bombshell testimony we heard last week.
Disabled man murdered in PE
South African Police Service (SAPS) officers in Kabega Park in Port Elizabeth have arrested a 30-year-old suspect allegedly involved in the murder a 66-year-old disabled Kunene Park man found dead in his home on January 10, the SAPS in the Eastern Cape said on Sunday.
It was alleged that at about 14:45 on January 10, a friend left after visiting Mark John Mullen at his house in Arlington Street, Colonel Priscilla Naidu said.
Mullen’s wife arrived home at about 16:40 and found him lying on the floor. He had sustained multiple stab wounds. Entry to the house was gained through the lounge window. Mullen used a wheelchair due to the loss of a leg.
SAHRC to visit Limpopo
SA Human Right Commission (SAHRC) officials Sibanyoni and Ameermia will visit Limpopo from February 10 to 14 to address human rights challenges, including issues relating to the right to water, sanitation, environment, housing, and land. The commissioners will visit areas, including Mookgopong, Giyani, Sekhukhune Vhembe and Polokwane.
Proteas results: England square the series
England survived a late collapse to square the series when they beat South Africa by two wickets in the third and final one-day international at the Wanderers Stadium on Sunday.
England were cruising to victory at 232 for four after leg-spinner Adil Rashid and his fellow slow bowlers restricted South Africa to 256 for seven after they were sent in to bat.
But fast bowler Lungi Ngidi, who had endured a horror start to the innings, struck three times in quick succession as England lost four wickets for 20 runs before Moeen Ali got the winning runs.
Nedbank Cup – Orlando Pirates crash out on Sunday
For the third time this season, Orlando Pirates crashed out of the first round of a cup competition, losing 3-2 in the penalty at home to Bidvest Wits in the Nedbank Cup, after coming back from 2-0 to effect a 3-3 sccoreline after extra time. Sundowns and Chiefs made it through safely, but Cape Town City crashed out to second-division Mbombela United.
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