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Arthur Fraser, as pictured here – Photo by Gallo Images / Netwerk24 / Jaco Marais)

South Africa: Today’s latest news and headlines, Thursday 9 September 2021

In the latest news in South Africa on Thursday 9 September 2021, national commissioner of correctional services Arthur Fraser has revealed his hand in releasing Jacob Zuma from prison.

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Arthur Fraser, as pictured here – Photo by Gallo Images / Netwerk24 / Jaco Marais)

Are you keeping up with the latest news stories and headlines in South Africa? We’ve got the news you really need to know on Thursday 9 September 2021.

Is the state capture project still ongoing? Has President Cyril Ramaphosa’s plan to sideline Arthur Fraser backfired? How then do we explain why national commissioner of correctional services, Arthur Fraser overruled the parole board’s decision to reject former president Jacob Zuma’s application for medical parole?

For context, as former State Security Agency director-general Fraser was a key figure in the state capture project which took place under Zuma reign. Now the former spy boss has found himself in a position to help out his former boss. The more things change …


Arthur Fraser: ‘I overruled parole board to free Jacob Zuma’

The national commissioner of correctional services, Arthur Fraser, has admitted the Medical Parole Advisory Board did not approve medical parole for former president Jacob Zuma and that he made the decision for him to leave prison.

The Department of Correctional Services confirmed this past weekend that Zuma would be leaving prison and serve the remainder of his sentence at his Nkandla home.

Given Fraser’s position and his association with Zuma, it was not long before people and the likes of Afiforum and the Democratic Alliance (DA) connected the dots and assumed he had a hand in the decision and now it turns out he did.

He confirmed this in an interview on the SABC news programme The Watchdog on Wednesday evening, 8 September 2021.

SASSA’s R350 grant: Monies could soon be collected at other ATMs

Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu has revealed that government is currently in talks with the South African Post Office and Postbank to consider other alternative access channels for people to receive SASSA’s R350 special grant.

Zulu was responding to a question posed to her by UDM MP Nqabayomzi Kwankwa about the long queues at paypoints where the R350 was being paid. He had expressed concern about recipients not providing their banking details, which essentially means more people are queuing for the grants, prompting further worry about whether COVID-19 protocol is being adhered to.

“Sassa is dependent on the provision of information on bank accounts which is provided by the applicants. In cases where no bank account details are provided, Sassa is obliged to effect payment through the post office, as there is no alternative,” the minister said.

“However, engagements with the post office and Postbank have been held to introduce alternative access channels for funds deposited into the accounts held by Postbank on behalf of the post office. This will allow for funds to be collected at participating merchants and Standard Bank ATMs thus reducing the number of people who have to collect over the counter at post offices. While this solution is yet to be tested, it is believed that it will significantly reduce the number of citizens who have to report in person at post offices”

Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu

Why are South Africans now being urged to ‘pay as little tax as possible’?

Solidariteit has declared war on the government. Well, a tax-related war anyway. The trade union issued a statement on Tuesday, saying that the time had come for South Africans to give the state ‘as little money as possible’. But what are the intentions behind the tax protest, and can citizens legally decide to play the system?

Dirk Hermann is the CEO of Solidariteit. After the group’s research unit published a report about the possible financial costs of a ‘National Health Insurance’, he decided that the time to lead a revolt had arrived.

The study suggests that some taxpayers might end up paying ‘two-to-three-times more money to the state’ than they do at the moment, just to support the controversial NHI rollout. The proposal would shift healthcare in SA to a nationalised system, in a bid to bring medical equity to all. However, not many people trust the ANC to make a success of it.

IEC Local Government elections to take place on 1 November

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) will oversee Local Government Elections in early November this year, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma confirmed on Wednesday 8 September

Despite efforts by the IEC to follow recommendations that the election should be postponed beyond 2021, the Constitutional Court determined that they should go ahead as planned. Subsequently, the IEC reopened its voter registration platforms. 

During a briefing on Wednesday, Dlamini-Zuma said that she will officially proclaim the election dates after the IEC is given an adequate opportunity to get its ducks in a row. 

Body of missing Joburg firefighter Takalani Makhavhu found

The body of City of Johannesburg firefighter and EMT Takalani Makhavhu was found on Wednesday, September 8. He went missing last week when his boat capsized during a fishing trip at Klipdrift Dam. The emergency services have been searching for him since his disappearance.

The South African Police Service’s (SAPS) Search and Rescue team recovered Makhavhu’s body on Tuesday.

The City of Johannesburg Emergency Services (EMS) announced the firefighter’s disappearance last week. The 44-year-old was reportedly on a fishing trip at the Klipdrift Dam in Potchefstroom in the North West when he disappeared on Thursday, 2 September.

Makhavu was reportedly fishing with his crew members when a strong wind came up and tragedy struck. It is believed that he drowned when his canoe capsized.

Baby dies, criminal charges filed against nurses, DOH

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Limpopo has laid a criminal charge of culpable homicide against nurses and a charge of criminal negligence against the Limpopo Department of Health after a baby died outside a local clinic.

The charges were opened at the at Musina Police station after the death of a baby that allegedly fell to the ground when it was delivered outside Madimbo Clinic in the province recently.

DA member of the provincial legislature in Limpopo and spokesperson for health Risham Maharaj said that the baby’s parents and eye witnesses who were at the clinic at the time had alleged that the baby had dropped to the ground during birth.

“This comes after a woman arrived at the clinic which is meant to be a 24-hour clinic, during the early hours of the morning. She was denied entry by the security guard and no assistance was forthcoming from anyone in the clinic,” Maharaj said.


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