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What’s in City Press: I’m not afraid of jail, says Zuma; Ramaphosa ready to exit PP case; Chinese quash youth league protest

2020-02-23 06:33

Some of the headlines in your City Press newspaper today:

I’m not afraid of jail – Zuma 

Back from Cuba, former president Jacob Zuma wastes no time in whipping up anger among his backers against the judicial process probing his role in state capture. Tired-looking but combative, Zuma arrived back in South Africa seeking to galvanise his supporters ahead of his upcoming criminal trial and, possibly, an appearance before the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture.

Ramaphosa ready to exit PP case

President Cyril Ramaphosa plans to recuse himself from any involvement in Parliament’s probe into the fitness of Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane to hold office.

Chinese quash protest against businesses

Fearing a diplomatic fallout, ANC heeds appeal by consul-general and pulls rank over a youth league to stop its march against China Mall from going ahead

We triggered black people’s consciences – EFF

Delisiwe Ngwenya, one of two new EFF spokespersons, is proud of how the red berets conducted themselves in Parliament last week, despite fierce criticism of their disruptive behaviour.

Black-on-black fronting

Military veterans’ company was ‘used’ to secure lucrative tender and then immediately ‘sidelined’ and have now been left high and dry by a private company which scored a R41 million tender at Mogale City.

Most expensive mental health hospital half empty

After a 13-year construction effort that saw costs soar, the infrastructure stands proud but staff and medicines are in short supply and patients cannot be accommodated.

Lesotho’s PM leaves country in the dark

Lesotho’s embattled prime minister, Thomas Thabane, has once again left the tiny kingdom in suspense.

First, he promised to resign but would not give a specific date. And now, he has failed to honour a court date.

Cosatu eyes unclaimed miners’ funds and UIF

Union federation Cosatu is exploring two more urgent interventions which it thinks could help reduce Eskom’s spiralling debt.

Twenty-six years later the government is still failing 

Twenty-six years after the dawn of democracy, scores of pupils are still having to learn in dire conditions in the Eastern Cape as a result of empty promises made by the provincial government.

Bad Omen for new drama series

Production company and M-Net blame each other for causing the confusion after new TV series The Omen switched languages and moved to Joburg.

New university ‘can produce Nobel prize winners’

World-renowned South African innovator and engineer Professor Mulalo Doyoyo has welcomed government’s plan to open a new science and innovation university in Gauteng which he says could address the country’s most pressing challenges.

The virtuoso known as Vuma Levin

It is often said that “those who can’t do, teach” but music lecturer Vuma Levin discredits this every day.

Levin is a recording musician and lecturer in music at the University of the Witwatersrand.

South Africa pushes to eat more green

A free “veggie challenge” is underway to encourage locals trying to quit meat.

So far 50 000 people have signed up in the past six months to take part in the ProVeg Veggie Challenge and the Veganuary initiative.

When fairness is more important than a medal

An 11-year-old who looked to be a shoo-in as the winner of a hurdles race had his hopes dashed when he tripped over one of the hurdles and fell.

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March 29 2020