MSHD NEWS | 24 June 2020 | 14:00
June 24, 2020
MSHDNEWS (22 articles)

MSHD NEWS | 24 June 2020 | 14:00

24 May 2020
13H00 Afternoon news top Stories with Felicia Mogoboya
Tshegofatso Pule: Murder accused ditches Legal Aid lawyer for private attorney
Murder accused Mzikayise Malephane has appeared again in the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court. The accused appeared via a video link on Wednesday from Krugersdorp Prison.
Malephane briefly told the court that he was abandoning the services of a Legal Aid lawyer and would secure his own private attorney.
Malephane, 31, is facing a premeditated murder charge after he allegedly killed 28-year-old Tshegofatso Pule.
Pule, who was eight months pregnant, was last seen by her relatives on 4 June, leaving her Soweto home to visit her boyfriend, Ntuthuko Shoba, in Florida.
CCTV footage shows Pule getting into a Jeep as she leaves Shoba’s apartment, the Sunday Times previously reported.
The young woman’s body was found hanging from a tree in Roodepoort’s Durban Deep on 5 June. She had been stabbed in the chest. She was positively identified by her family three days later. Malephane is expected back in court on 2 July.

Patients refuse to self-isolate or use state quarantine facilities – deputy health minister
Covid-19 patients refusing to self-isolate or use state quarantine facilities have become the government’s biggest headache.
This according to Deputy Health Minister Joe Phaahla who said most patients refusing to self-isolate were from the Western Cape. He mentioned this during a debate on the government’s response to Covid-19 in the National Council of Provinces on Tuesday. Phaahla said many people who were either contacts of Covid-19 patients or have tested positive were reluctant to go into self-isolation.

“A major challenge we have been experiencing, especially in the Western Cape, is a situation where many of the people who are either contacts or have already tested positive are very reluctant to go into isolation and quarantine … [also] if they are still waiting for their results.
“On average, out of every 100 positive tested patients in the Western Cape, only about 15 to 20% agreed to go into quarantine.” He added many people were not taking up the space at the facilities and this impacted on the country’s infection and transmission rates. “Our ability to win this battle is not going to depend largely on doctors and ICU beds. It’s going to depend on our ability to mobilise communities to take care of themselves.
VBS’ municipal bribery network.

The arrest of municipal officials – reportedly the next in line after the Hawks and National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) pounced on eight kingpins last week – will bring the authorities closer to the engine room of the VBS Mutual Bank heist.
The money stolen from VBS largely came from municipalities. For their efforts, some of the municipal officials who directed that these deposits be made allegedly got bribes running into hundreds of thousands of rands in hard cash.
Between 2015 and 2018, some 20 municipalities deposited R3.5 billion at VBS and withdrew R2 billion. When the bank crashed in March 2018, there were 15 of these municipalities with a collective R1.5 billion in the bank, all of which they lost.
Former VBS treasurer Phophi Mukhodobwane told investigators working for the South African Reserve Bank under advocate Terry Motau in 2018 that “the whole municipal book” at VBS involved incentive payments of some sort.
The system was described to Motau by more than one witness. It worked through a handful of “commission agents” as well as allegedly through direct bribes paid to municipal officials.
The system generally involved a 2% commission payable to the commission agent for procuring a deposit. From this, payment would in turn be made to officials.


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