City Press 9/27/2020

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‘dodgy’ firm allegedly paid zizi kodwa r180 000

A company implicated in an alleged asbestos looting scheme in the Free State and Gauteng paid Deputy State Security Minister Zizi Kodwa a total of R180 000 in several tranches between 2015 and 2017. This week, Kodwa confirmed receiving the money from Blackhead Consulting, but said it was a matter between “friends”. Kodwa said his friendship with Edwin Sodi, the CEO of Blackhead, started in 2015. City Press has seen evidence that Kodwa received the money in eight tranches between the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2017. He would not explain what the payments were for, but said that, at the time, he was stationed at the ANC headquarters in Luthuli House and could not have been in a position to influence any government tenders for any benefits. It appears that Sodi…

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post office grant crisis

The cash-strapped SA Post Office is begging its own subsidiary, Postbank, for R1 billion to enable it to process 13 million social grants in a week’s time. When the Post Office took over from Net1’s Cash Paymaster Services as the primary distributor of social grants, Postbank pre-funded the grant payments and was fully reimbursed four days later by National Treasury. This was to avoid the previous situation, where Net1 was paid 10 days ahead of the payouts, banked the public money and earned interest on it during that period. But since the corporate separation of the two entities, which saw Postbank operate with greater independence and according to strict banking regulations, the Post Office has had to largely rely on its own balance sheet for pre-funding. Postbank now operates as an “executing…

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gauteng bosses ordered to pay back r30 million

Gauteng health department officials who are implicated in the province’s Covid-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) looting scandal have been ordered to pay back nearly R30 million to the state. In addition, their pensions have been frozen. The order comes after an investigation by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) unearthed damning evidence of price tampering, inflation of the value of goods, and collusion between Gauteng health officials and companies that were awarded lucrative PPE contracts. The SIU special tribunal summons, which City Press has seen, reveals that former Gauteng health chief financial officer Kabelo Lehloenya altered prices from a quotation that was submitted by a company owned by presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko’s husband, Nkosi Thandisizwe Diko. Gauteng’s scandal, one of many that caused an uproar countrywide at the height of the pandemic, resulted in…

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woman set to be charged for ‘extorting’ masondo

A senior National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) official reviewed the evidence in the criminal cases between Deputy Finance Minister David Masondo and the woman who accused him of bullying and abusing state power, Palesa Lebitse, and recommended that she answer to “a common-law offence of extortion”. The Gauteng branch of the prosecuting authority earlier this year declined to prosecute either Masondo or Lebitse. She subsequently made representations to the NPA’s head office for the decision to be reviewed. After examining the evidence, the senior prosecutor wrote a report on August 17, in which Masondo and his family were advised to consider applying for a protection order. After evaluating an exchange of WhatsApp messages submitted as evidence by the two parties, the senior prosecutor concluded that Masondo’s version was supported, including that he had…

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generations stars end ‘toxic’ affair

Generations: The Legacy actress Zoe Mthiyane has confirmed that she and The Queen star Rapulana Seiphemo have broken up. “It’s over between the two of us. I’m content,” she told City Press yesterday. This was after concerned Generations insiders claimed that the split was taking its toll on Mthiyane, who’d allegedly been coming to work tipsy. Mthiyane, who plays Zitha Langa in the weekday soapie, shared that this was a tough year for her personally and as a creative. Seiphemo (52) stars as high-ranking police colonel Hector Sebata in The Queen. “I suffer from anxiety disorder. To be honest, though, I’m not prepared to talk about my mental issues,” said Mthiyane. “As a single mother of two, I’ve been working for at least 12 hours a day from Monday to Sunday and it’s finally…

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