Making headlines: Free State ANC defends Magashule after Manuel's Madikizela-Mandela Brandfort home attack; Former Sars officials accused of spying on Scorpions; And, Deputy Chief Justice says we have lost a fearless freedom fighter
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Free State ANC defends Magashule after Manuel's Madikizela-Mandela Brandfort home attack
The Free State ANC yesterday decried former finance minister and struggle stalwart Trevor Manuel's criticism of the former Free State premier Ace Magashule's failure to convert Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's Brandfort home into a museum.
At a memorial service in Cape Town last Thursday, Manuel railed against corruption and contrasted the speed with which Magashule's Free State government proceeded with the controversial Estina deal, while it failed, since 2007, to convert Madikizela-Mandela's home into a museum.
The Free State ANC's William Bulwane said Manuel's comments were "unfortunate and reckless" and added that "it undermines the spirit of unity and renewal".
Former Sars officials accused of spying on Sorpions
The State's charge sheet against three former South African Revenue Service officials, alleges that the accused monitored, recorded and transcribed conversations from the former Scorpions.
Yesterday, Ivan Pillay, Andries Janse van Rensburg and Johann van Loggerenberg briefly appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court, charged with the illegal interception of communications and corruption relating to the installation of cameras at the offices NPA, which became known as Project Sunday Evenings.
The Sars "rogue unit" case has been investigated by the Hawks since 2014 and has over the years been accused of being used as a political football against Public Enterprise Minister Pravin Gordhan.
The allegations against the Sars "rogue unit" have widely been debunked, but NPA spokesperson Phindi Louw insists that they are confident in their case.
And, Deputy Chief Justice says we have lost a fearless freedom fighter
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has challenged South Africans, particularly those in government, to fight corruption in honour of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's legacy.
He was speaking at a memorial service held at Constitution Hill, in Johannesburg, for Madikizela-Mandela, who died on April 2.
The Deputy Chief Justice added that Mam' Winnie would tell struggle stalwarts in heaven that levels of corruption were high.
Zondo said that corruption remained a serious cancer in society that had to be dealt with fearlessness.
He praised Madikizela-Mandela for being a fearless struggle hero and a compassionate community leader.
That’s a roundup of news making headlines today
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