Agrizzi ‘lied at state capture inquiry’
Former Bosasa executive Angelo Agrizzi has been accused of lying at the state capture inquiry, where he made a string of allegations against the company and its late boss Gavin Watson. The accusation is contained in documents that Watson was due to present when he testified at the SA Revenue Service inquiry. Watson died just two days before he was due to testify. Agrizzi denied the claims. In documents published on Biznews on Monday, Agrizzi is accused of committing perjury when he claimed during testimony at the state capture inquiry that Watson was the only person who made decisions at the company. Watson's nephew, Jared, confirmed that the documents were authentic. Agrizzi said there was an "agenda that I don't see fit to comment on" and that “the claims made by the Watsons are merely to deflect attention”.
‘Cop killer’ shot dead in clash with police
A suspected cop killer was shot dead on a Cape Town beach on Monday after an anonymous tip-off. “During a shootout between members of our Special Task Force and the suspect, he and his unknown accomplice were both killed. The suspects’ firearm was confiscated, said police spokesperson Lt-Col Andrè Traut. He said the 29-year-old man, who cannot be identified, was sought in connection with a number of murders, attempted murders and a rape, committed in Samora Machel, Nyanga and Philippi East. He was also suspected to have been involved in the killing of two law enforcement officers at Sweet Home Farm this month. Traut said the pair were located after police had asked the public for information. Officers reacted and approached the suspect at Monwabisi Beach late on Monday night.
Woman smuggles drugs into jail in underwear
A woman was bust trying to smuggle 200 "heroin" tablets into the Westville prison in her underwear on Sunday. The woman, according to the correctional services ministry, was trying to get the drugs to an inmate she was visiting. "The drugs, which were 200 capsules suspected to be heroin, were hidden in the underwear of a visitor. Upon her being searched, they were discovered and police were called to the facility. She was placed under arrest immediately," spokesperson Chrispin Phiri said on Tuesday. "The suspect was visiting an offender who had violated his parole conditions. Minister Ronald Lamola said: "I have been clear that the current levels of contraband smuggling into our facilities are unacceptable. We are absolutely determined to resolve this, and I am pleased that the systems put in place are beginning to yield visible results.”
Ndlovu Youth Choir gets R1m
Despite losing in the final of America's Got Talent, the Ndlovu Youth Choir received a prize from their home province just days after they landed back in the country. On Monday, Thandi Moraka, Limpopo sport, arts and culture MEC, awarded the choir R1m after they made the final. An appreciative choirmaster Ralf Schmitt, who described the payment as an "amazing gesture", joked that it was still R14m short of what they would have made had they won the competition and claimed its $1m prize. "The money will be shared among the team. They deserve it and they've worked hard. We're very happy," Schmitt said. Moraka said half of the money will go to the choir members while the rest will be used to develop their music programme.
Mob sets alight man over 'rape' of disabled teen
A 39-year-old man was attacked and set alight by a mob at the Muhovhoya village in Limpopo on Monday. Police said on Tuesday they had responded to frantic calls from the area and on arrival made the gruesome discovery of the man's badly burnt body. The victim was certified dead on the scene. None of his attackers was present when officers arrived. The attack was prompted by allegations that the man had raped a 17-year-old mentally disabled girl. “It is alleged that the girl went to the nearby bushes to collect firewood with other women from the village when the man attacked them. The other women managed to run away, leaving the girl behind. And that’s when the deceased allegedly raped her,” said police spokesperson, Col Moatshe Ngoepe. No arrests have been made.
Our diversity should be our strength: SAHRC
We should be celebrating our diversity, but instead it has become what divides us. So said the SA Human Rights Commission on Tuesday as the country celebrated Heritage Day. “The SAHRC is deeply concerned with continued divisions on the basis of the very diversity we celebrate,” the commission said. It added that its annual trend analysis report indicated that violations based on the right to equality were the most common. “The commission has and continues to deal with numerous incidents of hate speech, particularly via social media. The instances of xenophobia, hate speech and violations of the right to equality fly in the face of the constitutional democracy we need to foster, a society based on the foundations of equality, freedom and dignity for all,” the organisation said. The commission has urged all within SA to see Heritage Day as an opportunity to unite, instead of divide, the nation.