Magashule to push ahead with defamation case
ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule has not withdrawn a defamation case against Buyisile Ngqulwana, but requested a new court date. This is according to Magashule's legal representatives, Victor Nkhwashu Attorneys. The law firm released a statement on Wednesday after reports at the weekend said Magashule had withdrawn the case and was facing a lawsuit from Ngqulwana. But his lawyers said Magashule was going ahead with suing Ngqulwana for defamation after the latter accused Magashule of being instrumental in the formation of political party ATM. Initially, a date of March 26 was given for the case, said lawyer Victor Nkhwashu. But this had now moved to April 30 2020, in the high court in Bloemfontein.
UFS appoints business executive as new chancellor
Prof Bonang Mohale has been appointed chancellor of the University of the Free State. He will replace Dr Khotso Mokhele, whose second five-year term ends on June 3. A professor of practice at the Johannesburg Business School’s College of Business and Economics, Mohale has held chairships and directorships at some of SA’s top companies. He is a former CEO of Business Leadership SA, where he steered several programmes to attract foreign investment and create jobs in the country.
Traditional healer Credo Mutwa dies at 98
The Congress of Traditional Leaders of SA (Contralesa) has sent condolences to the family of renowned traditional leader Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa, who died on Wednesday morning at the age of 98. Mutwa died at a Northern Cape hospital early on Wednesday following a period of ill health, his foundation said. “It is with profound sense of loss and deep sorrow that the Credo Mutwa Foundation wishes to officially confirm the passing of uBaba Credo Vusamazulu Mpumelelo Mutwa,” the foundation said. He had been fragile and in and out of hospital due to old age. Contralesa secretary-general Zolani Mkiva said the organisation was saddened by his passing. “He was a great spiritual leader. We have lost a critical reservoir of indigenous knowledge,” Mkiva said. He described Mutwa as a “library” for his wealth of knowledge.
Law firm secretary ‘took R12m from trust funds’
A secretary at a law firm in Stellenbosch who allegedly siphoned R12m from trust funds has appeared in court with her husband and daughter on fraud and theft charges. “It is alleged that Alwena Smith, who worked as a secretary in a well-established attorney’s practice in Stellenbosch, unlawfully transferred trust funds to various accounts between January 2016 and April 2018,” the Hawks said. “She allegedly amassed over R12m in her alleged illegal dealings from the law firm she worked for, of which half of the funds were recovered and paid back into the trust fund.” Smith, 48, Sean Desmond Smith, 51, and Elviolynn Dreyer, 31, appeared in the Bellville Commercial Crimes Court on Monday. Investigators allegedly linked the bank accounts to her family. The case against the trio was postponed to April 17 for further investigation. They were each released on bail of R3,000.
Man in custody over ‘body parts murder’
A 50-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the murder of an 11-year-old girl, whose body was found dismembered in Limpopo last week. Moses Makwakw, from Ndengeza village, appeared at the Giyani Magistrate’s Court on Monday on a charge of murder. He was remanded in custody and his case postponed for a week for a bail application. “The suspect was arrested on Thursday March 19 after his alleged involvement in the brutal murder of an 11-year-old girl, whose dismembered body was found dumped in the Letaba River outside Giyani on Tuesday March 17,” said police spokesperson Col Moatshe Ngoepe. Tiyiselani Nokuthula Rikhotso, from the village outside Giyani, was reported missing on March 16. Residents found the dismembered body and called police. They also torched the suspect’s house.
Zim nurses strike over lack of protective equipment
Nurses at Zimbabwe's state hospitals started walking off the job on Wednesday, saying the government had failed to respond to their demands for protective equipment as they brace for a battle against the coronavirus. Customs officials at the country's biggest airport have also stopped reporting for work, fearing exposure to the coronavirus and a lack of measures to prevent its spread, their union said.