Investigations into the apparent ‘staged’ SARS hostage drama, DA investigating ANC, ANC investigating themselves and Apple have new announcements… here’s all you need to know today!


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5 things you need to know about South Africa today:


‘SARS drama staged’

The Hawks are investigating whether a damning video showing assault and harassment of a senior SARS official who received key documents that could damage the state’s investigation into Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan was staged.

Cellphone footage recorded by SARS deputy director of law administration, Vlok Symington, of himself being assaulted and held hostage by the commander of the SAPS crimes against the state unit, Brigadier Nyameka Xaba, and SARS commissioner Tom Monyane’s bodyguard came to light yesterday.

101 ANC stalwarts warn party needs urgent introspection

A group of 101 long-standing ANC members has called on the party to embark on a corrective process to “reclaim the trust of society and moral high ground” before it is too late.

“Communities that have looked to the ANC for leadership and who we should serve, increasingly see self-enrichment, corruption, nepotism and the abuse of power – the moral high ground that the ANC enjoyed being lost,” they wrote in a statement.

DA wants breakdown of Zuma’s Nkandla legal bill

The Presidency has fobbed off a DA request to reveal how much was spent on defending President Jacob Zuma during his Nkandla upgrade saga, the opposition party said on Thursday.

DA MP Sej Motau said instead of receiving a proper answer to its written question the Presidency was “flippant and evasive,” blaming accounting methods.

‘Gang war’ at council meeting

Terrified councillors dived for cover as all hell broke loose at a Nelson Mandela Bay council meeting yesterday.

Two councillors – mayoral committee member Rano Kayser (DA) and Rosie Daaminds (ANC) – were injured in a brawl in which water glasses and jugs were hurled inside the council chamber. At least one shot was fired.

New SA Rugby president proposes changes amid Bok turmoil

Mark Alexander was named as South African Rugby Union president on Thursday, promising to overhaul a creaking structure and arrest a crisis affecting the sport nationally and domestically.

Alexander wants to redesign club competitions, introduce a uniform philosophy on coaching and conditioning and also to bid to be the host of the 2023 World Cup.


Top 5 trending hashtags in the last 12 hours:



Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates all received home draws in the quarterfinals of the Telkom Knockout.


The digital giant launched their annual Apple event showcasing new products


Justice Mogoeng challenges us to act wherever we see corruption & injustice of any kind & be functional & NOT positional leaders


The SABC member was interviewed yesterday by the Citizen voicing his opinion… social media reacted accordingly.


The president was trending yesterday for falling asleep during the midterm budget speech… a video literally went viral with a sleeping Zuma

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Sources: News24 | Times Live | Mail & Guardian |EWN | Citizen

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