From Pravin Gordhan, to State Capture, and the ANC leadership, the new Public Protector and students protesting… here’s everything you need to know today!

 

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5 things you need to know about South Africa today:

 

Trial of strength looms for Gordhan

With his job on the line, fraud charges hanging over his head and university students rioting for free education, South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s resolve to maintain fiscal discipline and avoid a junk credit rating is facing a severe test.

Gordhan, due to present his mid-term budget in Cape Town on Wednesday, says he will deliver on his promise in February to rein in spending and the deficit, even though the economy is growing slower than previously forecast. His feuding with President Jacob Zuma, 74, and charges by prosecutors that he illegally approved the retirement of a former colleague, have raised doubts about whether he can meet that pledge.

ANC chief whip urges Jacob Zuma to quit

The chief whip of South Africa’s governing political party has called on its entire leadership – including President Jacob Zuma – to step down.

Jackson Mthembu has said the current government was worse than the apartheid state. Mr Mthembu said he excluded no-one in the leadership from his call for resignations – not even himself.

“When I said the entire ANC leadership that has already taken collective responsibility must take the fall, I meant everybody, myself included, including President Zuma.”

Report says a Gupta-linked company knew of the axing of Nhlanhla Nene two months before it happened.

Shocking claims of state capture that have been made public for the first time, reportedly reveal how a Gupta-linked company knew of the axing of former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene, two months before it happened and scored millions from state owned companies for work it never carried out.

The Sunday Times is reporting that a whistleblower has detailed how Trillian CEO Eric Wood briefed some of the company’s top executives about Nene’s sacking during a meeting at its Melrose Arch offices in October last year.

New public protector changes channel to Gupta TV

Public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, the new guardian of the state capture report, has moved swiftly to add her personal touch to her Pretoria offices.

Among a raft of changes communicated to staff during her first week in office, was an instruction for the TV news feed to be changed from eNCA to the Gupta-owned ANN7.

A senior official who asked not to be identified explained: “She told the CEO she wants the TV channels changed to ANN7 and this was communicated to the IT [people] who were able to change it.

The three-storey building housing the public protector’s office has several TVs, allowing just a single feed; until Tuesday it was usually tuned into eNCA, the official said this week.

Private Universities in South Africa… is this the future?

Students at universities across the country have been protesting in support of free education after Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande announced in September that tertiary institutions must set their own individual increases‚ but not exceed 8%.

The protests have left many feeling uncertain about the future of South African tertiary education but some South African private schools are tackling the issue head-on, by investing in private Universities, that may be cheaper than the current model!

The Sunday Times have reported that the Curro institution plans to invest in more “private higher education institutions”, stated the report.

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Top 5 trending hashtags in the last 12 hours:

 

#CAFCLFinal

Mamelodi Sundowns won a fairytale first CAF Champions League title on Sunday despite a 1-0 second-leg loss to Zamalek of Egypt in Alexandria.

#IdolsSA

It was a double treat with #IdolsSA Top 6 giving you two performances each plus one of the singers was voted out.

#SaveSouthAfrica

The Save South Africa campaign is to stage a “People’s Assembly Against State Capture” in Pretoria on November 2 to protest against what it calls attempts to loot the country’s resources.

#PowerPerspective

The Sunday night show on PowerFM was trending for all of its interesting topics… state capture, the new public protector & FeesMustFall protests

#TheWalkingDead

The last season of “The Walking Dead” left a massive cliffhanger which meant the new season which aired on Sunday night in America, revealed what actually happened. South African viewers will only get to see the episode later tonight.


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Sources: IOL | Times Live | Mail & Guardian | EWN | BBC

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