Monday, 7 November 2016

5 things you need to know in South Africa today

Here’s what is happening in and affecting South Africa today:

5 things you need to know in South Africa today

  1. The civil groups responsible for providing the key evidence that forced the NPA to drop its case against finance minister Pravin Gordhan, have given president Jacob Zuma until 4pm today to suspend NPA head Shaun Abrahams and the prosecutors behind the charges. The Helen Suzman Foundation and Freedom Under Law gave the ultimatum last week, and failing to meet their demands, the NPA will face legal action from the groups.
  2. Yet another voice from the ANC – former chief whip, Mathole Motshekga, has joined the growing chorus of politicians, business leaders and civil action groups calling for president Jacob Zuma to step down. Motshekga penned an open letter, where he appeals to Zuma’s conscience, and asks that he do the honourable thing, and step down. He said that the ANC cannot collectively take responsibility for the contents of the state capture report.
  3. Hawks head Major-General Berning Ntlemeza wants to assume complete control over the NPA’s investigations, with emails between him and the prosecuting authority showing him to be power-hungry and demanding, apparently seeking to influence investigations by the NPA. The emails relate to the McBride case, and deal with former NPA head, Mxolisi Nxasana, demanding the former prosecuting boss to hand to case back over to the Hawks.
  4. ‘Water-shedding’ will continue in Tshwane until water reserves are back above 60% the city has announced. This will take place between 8am and 5pm every day. This is a step above the water restrictions in Johannesburg, where residents are forbidden from watering gardens, washing cars et al, between 6am and 6pm. With the current drought, and water wastage by residents, however, the CoJ is threatening to move to stage 3 restrictions.
  5. South African stocks ended the week at an eight month-low on Friday, after three days of losses driven by uncertainty about the outcome of the U.S. presidential election. The rand currency also weakened. On Monday, the rand was trading at R13.57 to the dollar, R16.88 to the pound and R15.03 to the euro.

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