SANDF soldiers, civilian arrested for allegedly transporting illicit cigarettes

Police found 12 boxes of illicit cigarettes estimated to be worth R160,000. Two members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and a civilian, believed to be an illegal immigrant, were arrested by Limpopo police on Friday for allegedly transporting illicit cigarettes in a military vehicle. On Saturday, police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said … Read more

Athletics SA to reach out to ‘troubled but talented’ Luvo Manyonga after four-year ban

Athletics South Africa (ASA) says it will reach out to long-jumper Luvo Manyonga, who on Friday was banned from competing for four years after failing to make himself available for drug testing.  Manyonga’s history of substance abuse is well-documented, and in 2012, he was banned for 18 months having tested positive for methamphetamine.  This ban, … Read more

Bloated Sassa to make staff cuts

The R2-billion in losses racked up by the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) over the 2019-22 financial period could lead to its “top heavy” management structure being culled. The embattled agency also stated in an internal note that R1.2-billion was on fruitless and irregular expenditure, some of which dates as far back as 2014.  … Read more

Covid-19 vaccinations for school staff to start next week – Motshekga

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has announced that vaccinations for schooling staff will commence next week. Addressing the media in Pretoria on the Department of Basic Education’s (DBE’s) Covid-19 response, Motshekga said vaccinations will start on Wednesday 23 June until 8 July – a day before schools close to mark the end of the second … Read more

Phiyega bid to sidestep Marikana massacre dismissed

The high court in Johannesburg has dismissed, with costs, former national police commissioner Riah Phiyega’s attempt to set aside the findings of the Marikana Commission of Inquiry into the 44 deaths at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine in 2012. Judge Natvarlal Ranchod gave short shrift to Phiyega’s desperate — and anaemic — attempt to set aside … Read more