Marleen Smith

Govt was ‘warned’ about massive racetrack losses

Even before the Phakisa racetrack in Welkom was built, the government was officially warned that it could incur massive losses to the taxpayer, it emerged on Friday. The Free State government has spent R424-million on Phakisa in five years. During this time the racetrack earned an operational income of a mere R7,7-million.

Bus safety rules ‘not specific enough’

New regulations to compel the replacement of non-functioning emergency exits on South African buses and taxis will still take an indeterminate time to come into effect, it emerged on Tuesday. In the meantime millions of public transport passengers run the risk of meeting the same fate as the 51 Saulspoort bus disaster victims.

Novel means of tracing swallow migration

A group of South African and Hungarian scientists have discovered a novel way to unravel the mysteries of the annual European swallow migration between the northern and southern hemispheres. By chemically analysing feathers of the little nomads collected during their African sojourn, the researchers are determining from which European breeding area the birds originate.

New chapter in Bushmen’s book

South Africa's largest Bushman settlement started a new chapter in their history on Tuesday. For the first time ever, the children of Platfontein near Kimberley in the Northern Cape went to school in a proper school building. The !Xunkhwesa Combined School reopened for the new year with 1 200 pupils and 33 teachers.

Mbeki ‘called Mac and Mo’s bluff’

President Thabo Mbeki established the Hefer commission to call the bluff of Mac Maharaj and Mo Shaik, Judge Joos Hefer heard on Thursday. This statement came from Advocate Norman Arendse, counsel for Justice Minister Penuell Maduna, during final arguments before Hefer.

Can Ngcuka be cleared?

The mountain has brought forth a mouse. This was how Marumo Moerane, counsel for National Director of Public Prosecutions Bulelani Ngcuka, summarised on Thursday before the Hefer commission the outcome of allegations against his client. <li><a class='standardtextsmall' href="http://www.mg.co.za/Content/l3.asp?ao=28780">Mbeki 'called Mac and Mo's bluff'</a>

Zuma’s affidavit sees the light of day

Deputy President Jacob Zuma has been drawn into the Hefer inquiry into whether National Director of Public Prosecutions Bulelani Ngcuka abused his official powers. Advocate Steven Joseph, for Ngcuka's main accusers Mac Maharaj and Mo Shaik, submitted two pages of a sworn affidavit by Zuma to Judge Joos Hefer's commission on Thursday.

Love story unfolds at Hefer

A love story with a happy ending unfolded on Wednesday before the Hefer Commission of Inquiry. National Director of Public Prosecutions Bulelani Ngcuka described the struggle he had, in the early Eighties, to marry his wife, now Minister of Minerals and Energy Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

Civil servant shoots holes in Mo Shaik’s story

An experienced Home Affairs official knocked out the last pillars of Mo Shaik's spy argument against chief prosecutor Bulelani Ngcuka, in his testimony to the Hefer Commission of Inquiry on Tuesday. Willem Vorster's testimony drew regular laughter as he offered simple bureaucratic explanations for what Shaik had perceived as sinister circumstances.

Mona granted respite from Hefer perjury charges

Former City Press editor Vusi Mona on Friday was granted a respite from impending perjury charges for allegedly lying to the Hefer commission. Commission evidence leader Kessie Naidu recommended that Mona be referred to the provincial director of public prosecutions to consider such charges.
  • More about Ngcuka's passport
  • From accuser to accused

    Former <i>City Press</i> editor Vusi Mona switched from accuser to accused on Friday before the Hefer commission. Advocate Marumo Moerane, counsel for National Director of Public Prosecutions Bulelani Ngcuka, told Mona he was "a disgrace to the journalistic profession". <li><a class='standardtextsmall' href="http://www.mg.co.za/Content/l3.asp?ao=24173">Inside the spy wars</a> <li><a class='standardtextsmall' href="http://www.mg.co.za/Content/pd.asp?ao=24166">'Mona discredited himself'</a> <li><a class='standardtextsmall' href="http://www.mg.co.za/Content/pd.asp?ao=24152">'I was reckless' </a>

    Vusi Mona: ‘I was reckless’

    A former newspaper editor conceded before the Hefer commission on Thursday that he was reckless when he published spy claims against National Director of Public Prosecutions Bulelani Ngcuka. Vusi Mona, former editor of the City Press, admitted to this under gruelling cross-examination.
  • Mona grilled
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