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South Africa: Today’s latest news and headlines, Monday 16 November

Here are the biggest headlines for Monday 16 November in South Africa, as well as a recap of events from over the weekend.

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It’s been a busy month so far, and Monday 16 November picks up from where the rest of November has left off. Everyone from the Bushiris to the Zumas are in the headlines at the start of this week – here’s what you need to know.


Zuma vs Zondo at the State Capture Inquiry

Monday promises to be an iconic day for the State Capture Inquiry. Some 16 months after his first appearance at the Zondo Commission, Jacob Zuma will return to answer questions about the rampant government corruption that took place during his nine years as president. But many more sub-plots are set to play out.

The session gets underway at 10:00 on Monday morning, and we’re expecting drama from minute one. Jacob Zuma is planning an application to have Raymond Zondo ‘recused’ from the State Capture Inquiry. He wants the DCJ removed from his role as the chief of the commission, claiming that Zondo is ‘biased’ and ‘too conflicted’ to grill the former president.

What will become of the Bushiris?

The South African Government has released an official statement on Sunday, in reference to the Bushiris and their escape from the country. Both Mary and Shepherd are subject to a R100 million fraud case – but managed to flee home to Malawi at some point over the last few days. Their break for freedom could well be short-lived, though…

Phumla Williams has since revealed that South Africa and Malawi do indeed have an extradition treaty in place. The ANC has already initiated the process to secure the Bushiris’ return to our shores, so they can face the remainder of their trial. Although this is likely to speed up the process dramatically, Williams did not put a timescale on the process.

Vaccine concerns for South Africa

According to a report in Rapport, South Africa is falling behind in the procurement race: Several factors may end up limiting our access to a fully-functioning coronavirus jab – and the treatment is seen as the most effective way to end the pandemic.

A series of logistical challenges – and apparent ‘government inaction’ – could now hamper attempts to distribute the vaccine rapidly across South Africa. We’ve since learned that the Health Department is going to address the issue soon, with an update on vaccine procurement due next week.

Trump’s latest Twitter storm

President Trump took to Twitter earlier today, appearing to accept – kicking and screaming, albeit – that Biden was the winner in their embittered duel:

“He won because the Election was Rigged. NO VOTE WATCHERS OR OBSERVERS allowed, vote tabulated by a Radical Left privately owned company, Dominion, with a bad reputation & bum equipment that couldn’t even qualify for use in Texas (which I won by a lot!)”

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However, those interpreting this as a concession were in for a rude awakening. After another trademark Twitter tantrum, Donald Trump clarified his previous Tweet, stating that he ‘conceded nothing’. Once again, the fact-checkers earmarked the president’s posts for sharing misinformation about electoral fraud:

Golf: Dustin Johnson wins The Masters

World No 1 Dustin Johnson won the Covid-19 delayed 84th Masters at Augusta National on Sunday. Johnson started the day with a four-shot lead and wound up winning by five strokes after signing for a final-round 4-under, 68.

It was Johnson’s 24th PGA Tour victory, tying South African Gary Player’s mark. It was also Johnson’s first Masters win and his second Grand Slam victory after the US Open in 2016.


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