What’s in City Press: Home affairs blows R300 million | Cele in battle to use spying equipment | Somizi to wed again?

Home affairs blows R300 million

The department of home affairs has spent millions of taxpayers’ money on a contract to upgrade its population register system, but years later, the work has still not been done.

Cele in battle to use spying equipment

Police Minister Bheki Cele’s desperate efforts to obtain an exemption certificate from Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola to authorise the use of R102 million worth of spying equipment purchased unlawfully by the police’s Crime Intelligence Division in 2019 have faltered.

Police raid suspended commissioner’s office

Police commissioner Fannie Masemola allegedly led a raid on the office of suspended deputy commissioner Francinah Vuma, where piles of documents were seized.

Vavi spars with Numsa ahead of congress

The rift between Numsa secretary-general Irvin Jim and SA Federation of Trade Unions boss Zwelinzima Vavi is overshadowing the start of the Numsa congress tomorrow in Cape Town.

Trouble for spendthrift mayor

Sebang Motlhabi (32), mayor of Lekwa-Teemane, the municipality that serves the towns of Bloemhof and Christiana in North West, is accused of having wild parties, behaving like a playboy and renting an expensive car while his municipality is going bankrupt.

Class in session: Dali Mpofu turns schoolmaster

This week, Advocate Dali Mpofu turned into something of an English schoolteacher when he was trying to get answers out of Tebogo Kekana, a former senior investigator at the office of the Public Protector.

Village of death: ‘People are killed like chickens here’

In 1993, Mcambalala village in Mount Fletcher in the Eastern Cape was at war. The war was between two rival groups that accused each other of stock theft. Gun-wielding men riding on horses would enter the homes of their victims and shoot to kill.

Highest authority in the village attacked

The terror of the gangs in Mcambalala village knows no bounds. And the gang members do not respect anyone.

Tsekiso Macuphe, the village headman, found that out when he was attacked and robbed in his home early this year. His attackers made away with R850.

Has King Tha left Bongo Maffin?

Seasoned musician Thandiswa Mazwai allegedly quit her iconic group Bongo Maffin a few hours before a performance last Sunday.

The Thati Sghubu hitmakers were scheduled to perform at a private birthday party, but Mazwai did not make it on stage, forcing the other members – Speedy, Jah Seed and Stoan Seate – to perform without her.

Miss Supranational, Lalela Mswane: ‘I was doing it for SA’

Newly crowned Miss Supranational Lalela Mswane is still in disbelief a week after winning the title. Talking to City Press from Poland, where she has been stationed while preparing for the beauty pageant, Mswane, who is also the reigning Miss SA, said that she could not sleep when she thought of her achievement.

Battle of the traditional healers

A nasty war of words has erupted between prominent traditional healers Romeo Malepe and Makgotso Lee-Ann Makopo, who is popularly known as Gogo Maweni, over a sangoma festival.

Malepe has accused the controversial reality television star of hijacking his concept for the festival, changing the name and using her popularity to monetise it.

Somizi to wed again?

Media personality Somizi Mhlongo is allegedly preparing to marry his new fiancé, Pholoso Mohlala, in September. Sources close to the Idols SA judge have also alleged that Mamfene, as he is affectionately known among his friends, paid a substantial amount in lobola for his new man.

Your vagina is not too small: You might have vaginismus

Sex is an erotic experience that many describe as the closest thing to paradise. However, it can be a huge nightmare for some people, especially women. While psychological and religious considerations may play significant roles in how it feels, biological and medical issues may well affect your sex life.

Desmond Tutu: Fighter for faith, freedom and justice in SA

Truth to Power, an exhibition on the life of the late Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, will be launched at the Apartheid Museum on August 20, where Johannesburg mayor Mpho Phalatse will be the keynote speaker.

Graduation photo contracts under scrutiny

Contracts awarded by universities to a renowned photography company are being investigated by the Competition Commission.

City Press has learnt that Image Masters lodged a complaint on July 4 with the commission, which regulates competition between companies.

Stranded Russian Antonov flies off

The Russian Antonov AN124 cargo plane that was stranded at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg without fuel for several days flew to Maputo in Mozambique on Monday evening, using its last whiff of fumes in the tank.

What you won’t see of Khanyi Mbau’s roasting

This past Thursday, The Teatro at Montecasino played host to the roast of Khanyi Mbau, which you will be able to watch on Showmax on August 8. The theme had something to do with glam, yet there we were at one of the least glamorous places in Johannesburg.

A year later, labour relations director position remains unfilled

A vacant labour relations director position – which has not been filled eight months since interviews were held and more than a year after the post was advertised – is at the centre of claims that Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi was interfering in the appointment of officials.

Ramaphosa foes target policy conference assault

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s opponents in the ANC will get limited time to discuss what they believe has been a regression of the organisation on his watch when the party holds its policy conference in Johannesburg next weekend.

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