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Daily Podcast – November 03, 2023

3rd November 2023

By: Halima Frost
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For Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I’m Halima Frost.

Making headlines: Ramaphosa's ministers implicated in State capture will only be dealt with if charged; Ngizwe Mchunu acquitted of all unrest charges; And, Ngonyama dismisses UCT governance failure findings as 'attempt to tarnish' her legacy





Ramaphosa's ministers implicated in State capture will only be dealt with if charged

President Cyril Ramaphosa says he will only act against several members of his executive implicated by the Zondo report into State capture if they are charged.

Furthermore, he dodged a question from Democratic Alliance leader John Steenhuisen on how he justifies budget cuts in the police's detective services while the budget for protection services increases.

Ramaphosa also defended the independence of the SA Reserve Bank which exonerated him on Phala Phala.

While he attended the question session in the National Assembly virtually, his sparring with Steenhuisen, which has become a hallmark of these events, continued.



Ngizwe Mchunu acquitted of all unrest charges

The Randburg Magistrate's Court has found former Ukhozi FM radio personality Ngizwe Mchunu not guilty of charges of inciting public violence, which stemmed from the July 2021 unrest in parts of the country.

Mchunu, a staunch supporter of former president Jacob Zuma faced charges relating to public violence that led to the destruction of property during the unrest, and of contravening Covid-19 lockdown regulations.

The State alleges that at a meeting he called in Bryanston on 11 July 2021, Mchunu incited people to commit acts of public violence after Zuma's arrest.

Mchunu maintained his innocence.

He previously stated that the State had no case against him and was fabricating the allegations.

He said he was arrested because he was crying for "his father".



And, Ngonyama dismisses UCT governance failure findings as 'attempt to tarnish' her legacy

Former University of Cape Town council chairperson Babalwa Ngonyama has launched a scathing attack on the independent panel that probed governance issues at the institution. 

Retired Supreme Court of Appeal president Lex Mpati and his panel found that Ngonyama and former UCT vice-chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng committed "serious governance failures" by "mendaciously misleading" the university about the resignation of a colleague.

The report contained several key recommendations on governance and specific individuals, among them Ngonyama and former deputy chairperson of the council, Pheladi Gwangwa.

The panel recommended that Ngonyama's conduct in failing to perform her fiduciary duty to UCT must be reported to the appropriate regulatory authorities. She is a chartered accountant.

Today, Ngonyama said in a statement she strongly deny the allegations made against her in the report, which is the very reason that she have challenged the basis of the findings in the legal review process.

She said that the findings are one-sided, unverified and untested.

In May, the panel released an interim report in which her removal as chairperson was recommended.



That’s a roundup of news making headlines today

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