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Here’s what is happening in and affecting South Africa today

     

    • Suspended SARS head Tom Moyane actively tried to block investigations into possible corruption involving his second in command, Jonas Makwakwa, the disciplinary charge sheet against him has revealed. The presidency is taking disciplinary action against Moyane in a bid to clamp down on mismanagement at the revenue service. [BusinessLive]
    • Embattled auditor KPMG has welcomed a decision by the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors to review the group’s turnaround strategy, saying that the move will hopefully help to undo much of the negativity around auditors in general, which it contributed to through the recent scandals. [Reuters]
    • There appears to be no end to the national bus strike, even as a new offer has been put on the table. The strike has been going on for over two weeks, and has crippled South Africa’s transport systems. The new offer is for a 8.75% increase in wages – unions demand at 12% increase. [EWN]
    • Gupta nephew, Varun, who was arrested as part of the February Hawks raid is reportedly trying to skip the country, despite court orders that say he can’t. He was release on R250,000 bail, and has now applied to try and get his pail conditions relaxed. [eNCA]
    • South Africa’s rand steadied against the dollar on Friday, failing to build on gains in the previous session, while stocks rose as bourse heavyweight Naspers  recovered ground. On Monday the rand was trading at R12.53 to the dollar, R16.98 to the pound and R14.99 to the euro.

    I killed my Zozo’ – Facebook post after Zolile Khumalo’s murder

    Mangosuthu University of Technology students at the Durban Magistrate Court, ahead of the appearance of the man suspected of killing Zolile Khumalo. 
    Image: THULI DLAMINI

    A social media post voicing regret at the killing of Mangosuthu University of Technology student Zolile Khumalo on Tuesday night was posted in the moments after her death.

    A 23-year-old man‚ who cannot yet be named‚ is set to make his first appearance in the Durban Regional Court on Thursday on charges relating to Khumalo’s shooting.

    A post made under his name on Facebook stated: “Everything has turned into memories. If I could‚ I would wake you up so we can talk and fix our mistakes. Unfortunately she left me before I could tell her that I forgive her.”

    In replies to comments on the post‚ the author penned: “I killed my Zozo . . . if only I had stayed at home and cooled off‚ this wouldn’t be like this.”

    Student’s ‘killer’ a social media fake

    The alleged killer of a Mangosuthu University of Technology student is “a high-flying” activist with political links and a penchant for the finer things in life.

    Thabani Mzolo, 23, allegedly shot dead Zolile Khumalo, a first year quantity surveying student from Eshowe, northern KwaZulu-Natal, on Tuesday.

    Mzolo used a Facebok profile under the name “Simkahle Kwandy Mnisi”, where he posted pictures of luxury vehicles such as Range Rovers, Jaguars and Mercedes Benz and a double storey house.

    However, Sowetan has established that the cars and the property belonged to his benefactor. The pictures have since been removed from his Facebook profile.

    According to a source who asked not to be named, Mzolo was the recipient of a bursary from a well-off KZN businesswoman. The source said Mzolo used the luxuries in order to draw attention to himself.

    ANC North West worried about alleged plot to kill #SupraMahumapelo

    Rustenburg – The African National Congress in the North West says it is shocked at reports of an alleged plot to assassinate premier Supra Mahumapelo.

    Acting provincial secretary Sussana Dantjie said they were “shocked and disturbed” by the alleged plot to “permanently silence” Mahumapelo.

    “It has come to our attention that this plot involves hiring hit men who have already been paid a large sum of money and were apparently promised the balance once they have assassinated cde Supra. We commend the provincial chairperson for opening a conspiracy to commit murder case at Mahikeng police station. This is but one of several attempts at killing our provincial chairperson,” she said.

    killing Mahumapelo, with the last one involving a councillor in Mahikeng,” North West government spokesman Brian Setswambung said in a statement.

    Mahumapelo told the ANC provincial general council in Rustenburg in October last year that he knew of nine people who wanted him dead. In December last year his office said there was a threat to kill Mahumapelo and his family, and the mastermind behind the alleged plan was a former employee in his office and was allegedly working with a syndicate.

    Dantjie urged law enforcement agencies to speed up their investigations and apprehend all conspirators of the alleged plot. The Hawks in the North West said they were investigating the alleged plot.

    A wave of violent protests has swept through the North West, calling for Mahumapelo to resign. The ANC is expected to pronounce on his future soon

    Top film director KILLED by a giraffe in South Africa

    Carlos Carvalho was shooting scenes at Glen Afric County Lodge near Johannesburg – where ITV drama Wild at Heart is filmed – when he was attacked earlier this week.

    Carlos was filming a feature at Glen Afric and had a fatal run in with a giraffe on set. He was flown to Milpark Hospital but succumbed to his injuries 8.50pm last night.

    “Our thoughts and condolences go out to Carlo’s family and friends during this very sad time. He will be sorely missed.”

    Colleagues have taken to social media to pay tribute, describing him as a “wonderful human being” who was a ‘privilege” to work with.

    The 47-year-old was reportedly thrown into the air and left with devastating head injuries.

    He was flown to a nearby hospital after Wednesday’s but died that evening.

    The award-winning cinematographer’s agent Sandi-Lee Slabbert told the Daily Mail that Mr Carvalho had been “headbutted” by the giraffe.