Top 5 Things: 19 January

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You give us 5 minutes and we’ll brief you on the five stories making headlines this week.

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Two More Bodies Of South Africans Discovered In Mozambique

The number of South Africans who drowned in Mozambique has risen to three after two bodies were found.

A group of five friends went swimming near Maputo earlier this week and were believed to have drowned after only one returned to shore.

Authorities in Mozambique have been conducting a search since the tragedy and are still looking for the fourth swimmer whose presumed dead.

The spokesperson for the families Bongani Diako says, “The bodies are still in a mortuary in Mozambique and we may just find the remaining body in the coming two days so that we can repatriate them all at once.”

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) says the group was on holiday in Maputo.

The department says it’s working with officials in Maputo to provide assistance to their families and to help with the search and rescue missions.

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Zondo Commission Secretary Fingered In The Bosasa Scandal

Former Bosasa executive Angelo Agrizzi has implicated Zondo Commission’s own secretary Dr Khotso de Wee in his testimony.

Agrizzi  testified for a third day at the state capture commission yesterday.

He has also fingered dozens of senior officials in corrupt relations with Bosasa (now known as African Global Group), a firm owned by the Watsons, an ANC luminary family.

The company is believed to have over R10 billion worth of contracts with the government.

Agrizzi has made shocking revelations so far and submitted evidence of a vault where, allegedly, bribe money was kept.

De Wee and the commission have not responded to the allegations.

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ANC Welcomes Solly Msimanga’s Exit As Tshwane Mayor

Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga says he has set his sight on being Gauteng Premier and can no longer be the city’s First Citizen.

The ANC in Gauteng on Friday welcomed Msimanga’s exit, saying it was a recall disguised by the DA as a resignation of the mayor.

ANC Gauteng spokesperson Tasneem Motara said instead of holding Msimanga accountable for his failures in Tshwane, “the DA felt it better just to recall him, and presented this recall as a resignation”.

“Under Msimanga’s watch, service delivery in the capital city has all but collapsed, compromising the quality of life of its residents. Sadly, Solly Msimanga leaves behind him an ailing municipality, with more questions rather than answers to his epic failures in his short stint at the helm of the city. How the DA believes he will be better as a premier than he was as a mayor, is mind boggling to say the least,” said Motara.

She said from “the scandalous appointments of incompetent and unqualified personnel in the mayor’s office, to corruption relating to irregular contracts, to running battles with his Municipal Manager Moeketsi Mosola, Solly has proven over and over again that he just cannot take on such or similar responsibilities”.

Motara added that the provincial ANC believes Msimanga would not be able to lead successfully as Gauteng premier.

“A complex city like that of Tshwane and an even more complex province like that of Gauteng, deserves a pool of leadership, with skills and experience that only the ANC can offer. We will expand our energy in the next few months on engaging residents on the contents of our manifesto and reporting on the work done in the province in the 5th administration,” said Motara.

Msimanga announced his resignation on Friday. He told reporters in Johannesburg that he was stepping down to solely focus on his role as the DA’s candidate for the premier of Gauteng post.

The mayor said his resignation would be finalised in the first two weeks of next month.

“This decision was not made lightly or hastily, and I have done so because I believe it best serves the interests of the people of Tshwane, and Gauteng as a whole. Having led the multi-party coalition government in the City for the past two years I have seen first-hand the very devastating effects of ANC corruption and mismanagement of the country’s cities and towns.” said Msimanga.

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Mom Wanted By Police For Fatal Stabbing Of Son Found Hiding In A Toilet

A Mpumalanga mother has been arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of her 17-year-old son. Police had been searching for the 37-year-old woman since Wednesday after she allegedly stabbed her son to death during an argument on Tuesday morning. 

According to police, the two had an argument over an ID.

The teen was later found lying on the street by community members.

Mpumalanga police spokesperson Colonel Mtsholi Bhembe confirmed that the woman was found hiding in the toilet of a newly-built house around the Mkhuhlu area. 

“She’s expected to appear before the Calcatta Magistrate’s court on Monday, January 21, facing a charge of murder,” he said.

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Pitch Black Afro Murder Case Postponed

Thulani Ngcobo, known as Pitch Black Afro, will be spending more days in custody after his murder case was postponed for a formal bail application yesterday.

Ngcobo will appear in court on January 24 for a bail hearing.   

This is after prosecutor Mzamo Mathe informed Magistrate Carlo Labuschagne on Friday that the verification of Ngcobo’s address had been completed and the court could proceed with the application.

The defence had no objections. 

Ngcobo is facing charges of premeditated murder and defeating the ends of justice after his wife, Catherine Modusane, died at a Johannesburg bed and breakfast on December 31.

Modusane sustained injuries to her upper body.

On Tuesday the case was postponed to allow the State to interview Ngcobo’s aunt who lives at the address at which he would stay should he be granted bail.

Dressed in blue jeans and a white T-shirt on Friday, Ngcobo was in a jovial mood. He greeted all those attending the proceedings, singling out his mother to tell her she was looking “beautiful”.

He blew her a kiss before telling those in court to “look at how beautiful she (mom) is”.

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Swimming with a shark

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