Human rights

Judge Robert Nugent to head SARS inquiry

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that former Judge Robert 'Bob' Nugent will chair a commission of inquiry into the country's tax administration. 

Nugent is a retired judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal. Former President Jacob Zuma also appointed him to act as a judge of the Constitutional Court for November 3 - 30 in 2015. 

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Voter rights on private political funding

The Constitutional Court has confirmed a ruling by the Western Cape High Court which found that the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) was unconstitutional because it did not provide for the disclosure of information pertaining to the private funding that political parties receive.

"It is declared that information on private funding of political parties and independent candidates is essential for the effective exercise of the right to make political choices and to participate in the elections," Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said on Thursday morning.

Billions uncovered within the Gauteng Health Department

Corrupt expenditure and fraud totalling R1.2-billion was uncovered within the Gauteng Health Department by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU)‚ according to a report made public on Thursday.

The report details how the department was “captured” by senior officials and private companies in 2008 and 2009. NGO Section 27 accessed the report through a Promotion of Access to Information request. The final report was given to former president Jacob Zuma in 2017 by the SIU‚ but only released to the NGO last month by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s administration.

Paris hostages freed

A four-hour hostage standoff in central Paris ended with police moving in, arresting the armed suspect and freeing the people held in a ground-floor office, France's interior minister announced late on Tuesday.

"All the hostages are safe and sound," Gerard Collomb said in a brief statement. At least two people had been held.

There was no indication of an extremist motive, police said.

Big voter turnout for Zim election

When Zimbabweans head to the polls to elect a president and parliamentarians in general elections gazetted for Monday July 30‚ Zanu-PF's Emmerson Mnangagwa will learn what voters think of his ouster of former president Robert Mugabe late last year.

Voters want a free and fair election in 2018‚ after allegedly rigged elections previously‚ and are planning to turn out to vote in their numbers.

Thirteen year old by raped by five classmates

Five Free State schoolboys have appeared in court for raping their 13-year-old classmate.

The Grade 7 boy was raped at a school in Thaba Nchu‚ the provincial education department confirmed on Tuesday. The incident took place last week.

"It was after school and the victim was heading out when he was allegedly called by a group of boys. These boys have been causing a reign of terror at the school‚" said department spokesman Howard Ndaba.

Sibanye-Stillwater fatal incident

There were more questions than answers on how five miners ended up in an “abandoned working area” with no working ventilation. Four have died and the search for the fifth miner is still on at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Ikamva shaft at Kloof operations outside Carletonville.

Commonly known as a “madala site” (old or abandoned site) among miners, such areas were expected to be sealed at all times. It was also standard practice that workers would not be allowed into any working area until ventilation supply had been restored.

Foreign nationals cry out

It is a costly affair for asylum seekers at the Desmond Tutu Refugee Reception Centre in Marabastad, Pretoria.

They've described the centre as a prison-like environment, where they are treated like dogs and forced to pay various bribes.

Several foreign nationals, speaking on condition of anonymity detailed how people "hang around" the centre to rob them. They also "force" them to pay a sum of money before they are allowed inside.

Cash-in-transit workers march

Cash-in-transit (CIT) workers plan on marching in major cities on Tuesday following a spate of heists around the country.

Members from the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) and the Motor Transport Workers Union (MTWU), are expected to march in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.
Last week, MTWU and South Africa’s major CIT companies met to discuss the march.

SBV Services said in a statement that it fully supported the action.

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