For Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I’m Sane Dhlamini.
Making headlines: Zuma setting up commission to look into allegations of State corruption, City of Cape Town loses R1.6bn due to reduced water consumption And, subcommittee to discuss procedures related to impeachment of president
Zuma setting up commission to look into allegations of State corruption
President Jacob Zuma said yesterday he will set up a commission of inquiry into allegations of influence-peddling, after a 2016 anti-graft report called for a judge to investigate any corruption in his government.
His announcement comes a day before a meeting of the ruling ANC executive committee amid speculation that new party leader Cyril Ramaphosa and his allies are lobbying members to oust Zuma as head of state.
By doing so, Zuma was complying with the wishes of former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela who released the State of Capture report which found that Zuma was conflicted through his family's business relationships with the Gupta family in appointing a judge to head the commission.
City of Cape Town loses R1.6bn due to reduced water consumption
The City of Cape Town has lost around R1.6-billion in revenue due to reduced water consumption, making a "drought charge" to fund water supply projects more urgent, said Mayor Patricia De Lille yesterday.
With dam levels at an average of 29% of capacity, drilling equipment will start arriving this week to extract water from aquifers on the Cape Flats and the Table Mountain aquifers, in addition to extraction already underway in Atlantis on the West Coast.
To help pay for the project, the City has proposed a "drought charge", but this still has to be approved by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba.
Subcommittee to discuss procedures related to impeachment of president
A draft impeachment procedure drawn up in April 2016 and a comparative study about impeachment proceedings in seven other countries will be among the documents members of parliament will work through today when the National Assembly Subcommittee on Review of Rules meets to deliberate on a draft procedure to remove the president in terms of section 89 of the Constitution.
Parliamentary spokesperson Moloto Mothapo in a statement said this follows the Constitutional Court's judgment handed down on 29 December 2017 that the National Assembly had failed to put in place proper rules regulating a procedure for section 89(1) of the Constitution.
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