What’s in City Press: Price hikes choke South Africans | Mkhwebane lawyers’ big lie |Cele linked to police housing scandal

Price hikes choke South Africans

This week’s fuel price hike, which has had a domino effect on food and transport costs, is making the lives of hundreds of thousands of South Africans unbearable, with some opting out of employment because they can no longer afford to commute to their workplaces.

Mkhwebane lawyers’ big lie

The fight between suspended Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane and her former deputy, Advocate Kholeka Gcaleka, did not start recently over Mkhwebane’s legal fees, as first thought.

Cele linked to police housing scandal

Suspended top cop Francinah Vuma allegedly gave the National Prosecuting Authority evidence that placed Police Minister Bheki Cele at the centre of a controversial multimillion-rand police accommodation deal during the 2010 World Cup.

Soccer club boss wants baby mamma to give DNA test

Royal AM boss Andile Mpisane allegedly requested a paternity test in respect of two children he shares with DJ and media personality Sithelo Shozi.

ANC bigwigs ‘dodged’ election debt bullet

In spite of losing an appeal before a full Bench of the high court last week, the ANC is digging in its heels in its quest to get out of R102 million in campaign debt incurred during the 2019 general elections.

Gambling board blasted for Durban July trip

Gauteng Gambling Board workers are up in arms because the board and management blew more than R600 000 on accommodation and flights to attend the Durban July, but failed to provide annual salary increases, citing financial constraints.

No longer a city of roses

It is not only a home for vagrants, cows and stray dogs, the area has also become a dumping site for dead bodies. The southern landfill site in the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality in Bloemfontein, Free State, is next to South Park Cemetery, which is engulfed in filth.

African dream shattered

A local businessperson used virtual seminars to attract investors at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic and allegedly duped them out of their hard-earned bucks.

Renowned curator wages war on arts and culture

Renowned arts curator and developer Noni Camagwini Ntaka has taken the department of sport, arts and culture to court to recover millions of rands she claims she is owed.

In court papers, Ntaka claims that the department strung her along for more than 20 years and failed to fully finance her project, Isizwe Music Museum, after it was approved in 1998.

Pipe dream: Achieving goal of ending world hunger by 2030

Undernourishment on the planet has been increasing since 2015 and it is estimated that between 702 million and 828 million people suffered from hunger last year.

Stagnation of healthcare in the country is ‘fatal’

Budget cuts, freezing of posts and pressure to increase the number of nurses and doctors are just some of the challenges facing the health system in the country.

‘Service delivery’ of a special type

The DA in Limpopo has lodged an official complaint with the office of the Public Protector to investigate Molemole mayor Edward Mashilo Paya for abuse of power that might have cost the municipality more than R2 million in fewer than 20 days.

Vacancies abound in public enterprises

As questions over stability in the department of public enterprises begin to pile up, spokesperson Richard Mantu says the leaked information was “a misrepresentation and diversion of the facts at hand”.

Actress may get nothing after divorce

Former Isibaya actress Zinhle Mabena could walk away empty-handed after her five-year marriage to prominent businessperson Robert Ngwenya.

Unisa accounting programme ripped apart

A cohort of accounting postgraduates who obtained their degrees from Unisa two years ago may find themselves battling to become chartered accountants due to the poor standard of their final assessments.

Diko refuses to give car back to WesBank

Former presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko has allegedly failed to surrender a vehicle purchased by her late husband, Thandisizwe, even though creditors claim it is in her possession unlawfully and there is still R584 360 owed on it.

IFP reads riot act to its mayors

The IFP’s growing intolerance of poor performance by its councillors, mayors and the municipalities they run was the subject of heated debate at the party’s conference in Durban this week.

‘Mining companies must clean their mess’

The management of Imbabala Coal Mine  offered a paltry R600 000 to rehabilitate the environment when its lifespan ended.

Plan to install Gumede despite step-aside rule

The ANC’s largest region in the country is going to push for its chairperson, Zandile Gumede, to be elected as the party’s new leader in KwaZulu-Natal, despite more than 2 000 fraud charges having been laid against her..

What happened in Phoenix should be ‘left in the past’

‘As people who’re trying to forge ahead in an already unequal country, we need to let bygones be bygones and forget about what happened in July last year.