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Premier gags Gordhan

Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza has prevented a journalist from asking the Minister of Finance questions regarding court cases involving the minister, during a media briefing at Mbombela on Tuesday, 18 October. Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan had agreed that the journalist, Ngwako ...

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DA mayor threatens disciplinary action over leaks

The veil of secrecy around the “reshuffle” of the mayoral committee in the Democratic Alliance-led City of Tshwane municipality has finally been ripped by leaks of official documents and photographs. The documents reveal that staff in the office of the ...

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Charges against Gordhan are a swing and miss

On 11 October 2016, the National Prosecuting Authority issued a summons and formally charged Oupa Magashula, Ivan Pillay and Pravin Gordhan with a number of offences. Surprisingly, there was no mention of the South African Revenue Service (Sars) ‘Rogue Unit’ which was ...

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DA’s U-turn on blue lights

The Democratic Alliance (DA) – led City of Tshwane municipality says it will not remove the blue lights from the official vehicle used by the executive mayor of the capital because it is expensive to do so. This is despite ...

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Speaker’s allocated vehicle

TO: The Editor 28 September 2016 In the light of the your publication dated 23 SEPTEMBER – 06 OCTOBER 2016 with a front page headline reading “MPU SPLURGES R3MILLION ON SUV CARS FOR THE SPEAKER, we refer you to the ...

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Legislature response

1. Can you confirm or deny that the then Acting Secretary of the Mpumalanga provincial legislature, Josiah Silinda approved the purchase of a luxury vehicle for the Speaker of the legislature in 2014 R: Yes the vehicle for the Speaker ...

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Mpumalanga splurges R3m on cars for Legislature speaker

Mpumalanga province has splurged almost R3 million on two luxury German SUV cars for the legislature speaker, Thandi Shongwe, a mere 14 months apart. According to documents seen by Ziwaphi, soon after the 2014 national and provincial elections, then secretary ...

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VIDEO: Police tortured me, Jimmy Mohlala’s widow

Her husband, the late speaker of Mbombela Local Municipality, Jimmy Mohlala was killed on 4 January 2009 for exposing the corruption linked to the construction of the Mbombela Stadium in preparation for the FIFA 2010 World Cup. After his burial ...

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A useless reshuffle, lessons for those who go up

Finally the inevitable but futile exercise of “cabinet” reshuffle in Mpumalanga has happened. In two weeks, Mpumalanga premier, David Mabuza, made four changes to his executive council (also called cabinet), but as always there is unlikely going to be any ...

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Why the Hawks don’t have a case against Gordhan

The back and forth between Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and the Hawks has finally come to a head with Major General Ledwaba instructing Gordhan to provide a warning statement this afternoon and Gordhan effectively saying, no. Given the protracted nature of this particular issue as ...

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