South Africa: Today’s latest news and headlines, Monday 7 October

Reports indicate that the DA is looking for a new leader – which is bad news for Mmusi Maimane.

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While the official opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), faces flames on all political fronts, the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture will hear testimony from the son of former president Jacob Zuma, Duduzane, has been at the centre of numerous controversies relating to corruption and politically-aided impropriety. In sports news, the Springboks, after crushing Italy on Friday, ready themselves for their final group stage showdown against Canada – yet Eben Etzebeth’s legal troubles back home hang as a dark cloud over the squad’s prospects.

Today’s latest news in South Africa, Monday 7 October

Division dogs the Democratic Alliance as old guard turns against Maimane

Things in the Democratic Alliance (DA) camp seem to be going from bad to worse. After a significant loss of support at the May polls and fierce internal squabbling, leader Mmusi Maimane has struggled to get his party back on the right track. Worse still for the opposition leader is the controversy surrounding dodgy financial connections to former Steinhof boss, Markus Jooste.

While the DA has officially ‘found no wrongdoing’ with regards to Maimane’s R4-million Cape Town home and 2016 campaign vehicle, new reports indicate that the axe hanging over the leader’s position of power is held by a meagre thread. It’s alleged that former DA leader, Tony Leon, has formed a delegation of party members tasked with removing Maimane from power. It’s reported that Leon and his task team will ask Maimane to step down.

This new development comes in the wake of a contentious article, penned by the Institute of Race Relations (IRR), which claimed that Maimane’s days as DA leader were numbered, and that he was likely to be replaced by Western Cape premier, Alan Winde.

Winde denied any intentions to replace Maimane and several party members lambasted the ‘unethical’ IRR report. Furthermore, Helen Zille, who led the DA between 2007 and 2015, has entered the race for a prominent party position after leaving office earlier this year. It’s been revealed that Zille, who had joined the IRR as a senior policy analyst in July, will be competing for the position of federal council chairperson.

Duduzane Zuma testifies before the State Capture Commission

The son of former president Jacob Zuma, Duduzane, will today testify before deputy chief justice, Raymond Zondo, at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture. Together with his father, Duduzane has played a central and recurring figure in the State Capture project. Earlier this year, Jacob Zuma appeared before the Commission, flanked by an expert legal team, and managed to stall proceedings before being let off the hook by Zondo himself.

Zuma senior, who professed his innocence throughout the testimony and cross examination process, alleged that he had been treated unfairly by the commission. Zondo resolved to postpone Zuma’s testimony, indefinitely.

Today, Duduzane will be in the hot seat. Duduzane, who was in business with the infamous Gupta brothers, is likely to be grilled over his connection to the fraudulent family. It’s been alleged that Duduzane was involved in the R600 million bribe attempt aimed at ascending Mcebisi Jonas to the position of Finance Minister.

It’s also alleged that the Gupta brothers had bought Duduzane, and his father, apartments in Dubai. The Guptas are currently on the run from South African law enforcement agencies.

Security breach shocks South African Airways

A mile-high scare, in which a Mango Airlines flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town entered into a terrifying nosedive, has uncovered a ‘a criminal syndicate’, which, by fitting defective parts, holds South African airlines hostage. According to senior aircraft technicians for South African Airways (SAA) – which owns Mango Airlines – initial inquiries revealed that the Boeing 737 had been fitted with a faulty part.

SAA technical admitted to a “security breach” caused by criminal enterprises who are looting “hundreds of millions of rands” from the airliners.

Both forensic and criminal investigations into matter are currently underway.

Eben Etzebeth’s ‘Wolf Pack’ accused of terrorizing Langebaan

Residents of Langebaan have claimed that the incident which has led Eben Etzebeth being charged by the Human Rights Commission was not isolated.

After meeting with residents this week HRC acting legal head Buang Jones said that Etzebeth’s so-called ‘Wolf Pack‘ have been terrorizing Langebaan for some time and are ” notorious in the west coast town for their thuggery.”

Jones has been criticized for his outspoken views on Etzebeth and his stated desire to make an example of the Springbok lock, but he is not letting up as the HRC continues a media offensive.

According to reports, the August 24 incident that earned Etzebeth the HRC’s attention was just the latest involving the Wolf Pack.

Jones told a media briefing in Cape Town on Friday that residents had come forward during the HRC’s investigations bringing to light a history of abuse.

“We were told last night by the community that Mr Etzebeth and his friends, they call themselves the Wolf Pack gang, they have been terrorising communities on the west coast and they would like the commission to intervene.”

Former Kaizer Chiefs defender resurfaces in Durban

Former Kaizer Chiefs defender Mario Booysen has landed on the coast of KwaZulu-Natal in his pursuit for a new club.

The journeyman spent a season at Amakhosi, where his involvement with the first team gradually waned.

He was released ahead of the 2019/20 campaign, and has been a free agent since.

After an unsuccessful trial with the newly-promoted Stellenbosch FC, the ex-Mamelodi Sundowns man is now trying his luck with another PSL outfit, in Durban-based AmaZulu.

Proteas thumped by India after disastrous morning session

The Proteas were easily skittled out by India on the fifth and final day of the first Test between the two nations in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.

The hosts secured a 203-run win lead in the three-match series, after bagging all nine wickets they required to win at the start of the day’s play within the first two sessions.

South Africa began under immense pressure, having staggered to 11 for the loss of one wicket in response to a mammoth target of 395.

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