What’s in City Press today: Ace says ANC doesn’t need whites, Batohi cracks NPA whip, Mpisane claims Sars stole her bling

2019-03-17 06:23

Here are some of the headlines you can expect in your City Press today.

Elections: ANC is not counting on the white vote

The ANC’s internal polling may have revealed that the party’s support among white people had increased under Cyril Ramaphosa, secretary general Ace Magashule has downplayed the finding, saying it’s the traditional black vote that matters to the ruling party.

This as factional battles within the party caused a deadlock that saw the retention of candidates with dark clouds hanging over them.

Shamila Batohi cracks the whip at the National Prosecuting Authority

New national director of public prosecutions Shamila Batohi has lambasted senior prosecutors for not paying proper attention to high profile corruption cases.

She has also asked for a skills audit, sparking fears that high-profile cases will be dealt with by the new Investigative Directorate that will report directly to her.

Attorney Barnabus Xulu’s R27m bonanza from the fisheries department

The department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries has paid a law firm more than R27 million for legal services that it could have obtained for free from the Office of the State Attorney.

The details about the department’s lucrative contract with high-profile attorney Barnabus Xulu are contained in a raft of fraud, theft, mismanagement of funds and abuse of power charges slapped on the department’s deputy director-general, Siphokazi Ndudane.

Sars stole my bling, says Shauwn Mpisane

Durban businesswoman and socialite Shauwn Mpisane has laid a police complaint against officials from the South African Revenue Service after they raided her home this week and allegedly made off with a host of luxury bags, shoes and watches.

SABC’s radio presenter shake-up

The winds of change are sweeping through SABC radio stations ahead of new line up which kicks in on April 1.

Has Masechaba Ndlovu been booted off Metro drive time as rams Mabote announces he’s leaving? Is Somizi changing shows?

And, at Ukhozi FM, is DJ Sgqemeza losing the breakfast slot and what will happen to Sthandwa Nzuza and Ngizwe Mchunu?

Meanwhile will Tumi Morake be saying hello to Motsweding FM?

DA ramps up black numbers on election lists

Mmusi Maimane has emerged victorious from his bid to place more black people on the party’s parliamentary benches.

But while the party’s parliamentary list improves in terms of racial representation, the gender imbalance remains problematic 

Where are our bridges asks Eastern Cape community as children drown?

A flash flood washed away 17 pupils on their way home from school – and only 11 survived.

But why were there no bridges? A village near Mount Fletcher in the Eastern Cape has no school of its own, and the children walk for 6km and cross three rivers to get to and from school

TVET graduate is now a PhD student

At 14 years old Sizwe Mkhwanazi opted to leave school to study office administration at the Gert Sibande Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College.

Today he is outshinging varsity students even though TVETs are still regarded as an inferior option.

Rupert vs Carte Blanche in rhino documentary drama

The Safta for best short documentary was dramatically withheld at Sun City two weeks ago – because of a legal dispute over one of the finalists, a rhino and gun smuggling documentary that was made by Carte Blanche.

But Caroline Rupert’s production house African Revolutions says it paid for half the footage used

For more on these and other stories, get your copy of City Press newspaper today

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