Need to know what’s happening with the latest news in South
Africa? Check out all the headlines on Thursday 12 December.

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s shocking revelations related to
the sabotage of Eskom’s infrastructure as a critical cause for load shedding
has left South African’s reeling, while the continuation of rotational
blackouts only serves to further feed a nation’s frustrations. In sports news,
former Proteas captain, Graeme Smith, takes on his new role as acting director
of cricket for Cricket South Africa (CSA).

Today’s latest news
in South Africa, Thursday 12 December

Eskom has been
sabotaged, says Ramaphosa on load shedding crisis

After rushing back from a state visit to Egypt, President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the media following ‘crisis talks’ with the ailing power utility, Eskom, at Megawatt Park in Gauteng. Ramaphosa claimed that acts of sabotage had been used to destabilise Eskom and, as a result, burden South Africa with debilitating bouts of load shedding.

Flanked by Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and
Eskom executives, Ramaphosa condemned the acts of sabotage which had crippled
the country’s industry and had a devastating effect on the economy. Ramaphosa
elaborated:

“We must investigate the sabotage. I have directed that the acts be investigated and (Eskom) work with the South African Police Service and our other intelligence services, to find out exactly how anyone within Eskom could have disconnected the instruments that has led to the loss of 2,000 megawatts.”

Ramaphosa added that while the scourge of load shedding
would not be fixed overnight, both Minister Gordhan and the task team working
to restore Eskom’s operational capacity were making steady progress.

SA Communist Party
says it will stick with the ANC… for now

Blade Nzimande, the general secretary of the South African Communist Party (SACP), has denied rumours of a breakaway from the ruling African National Congress (ANC). Nzimande’s comments, made during the SACP’s special national congress, come in the wake of contradictory reports pointing to bad blood within the tripartite alliance. Nzimande said that even if the SACP were to contest elections, it would do so with the intention of entering into a coalition with the ANC.

Recently, the SACP has hit back at certain policies endorsed
by the ruling party, including the push, under Ramaphosa, to be more
free-market orientated. Capitalist strategies, including the move to unbundle
certain state owned enterprises and trim the country’s bloated public wage
bill, have resulted factional battles within the SACP, with some members
calling for a boycott of the alliance at the May elections. Nzimande said:

“There is no SACP resolution which says we must end the alliance. Anyone within our ranks who says that is telling a lie.”

KZN tornado victims
receive new homes

A big Christmas gift is in store for the families who were
left injured, destitute and homeless by a devastating tornado at King Sabata
Dalindyebo Local Municipality in January 2017.

According to Eastern Cape Human Settlements, a total of
three families whose houses are completed, will on Thursday receive the newly
built homes from MEC Nonkqubela Pieters.

The MEC will be accompanied by Human Settlements, Water and
Sanitation Deputy Minister, Pamela Tshwete and OR Tambo District Municipality
Mayor, Thokozile Sokhanyile.

On January 2017, a devastating tornado and heavy rains left
a trail of destruction in Ntokozweni Village which left 14 families homeless,
one death and others severely injured.

The Eastern Cape Government joined forces with the
provincial Human Settlements to assist the families, where temporary shelters
were erected to alleviate the pressure from the families. The department also
made a commitment to come up with a permanent solution.

An amount of R2.1 million funding was allocated for
Ntokozweni Destitute Housing Project, to benefit 14 families affected by the
disaster in Ward 17. This is an ongoing project with the construction of other
houses underway and at various stages.

Among the beneficiaries to receive their homes include
elderly, child headed families and disabled. (Source: SAnews)

eThekwini
Municipality councillors face fraud charges

Fifteen people, including four eThekwini Municipality councillors, municipal officials and community based contractors were arrested for alleged fraud and corruption in Durban on Wednesday.

“The group was apprehended following [a] year-long investigation by the Hawks’ Clean Audit Task Team (CATT) for allegedly receiving gratifications, money laundering [and] contravention of the Municipal Finance Act and Municipal System Act,” the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations (Hawks) said.

The four councillors and the three contractors are
implicated in the R208 million Durban Solid Waste tender scandal.

“Today’s arrests brings to 22 the number of people
implicated and arrested thus far. Investigations are still ongoing,” said the
Hawks in a statement.

In a separate case, eight people, who are also employed by
the eThekwini Municipality as weigh bridge operators, were arrested in Springfield
just outside Durban.

The eight—who allegedly generated false weigh bridge
receipts that were used by four main service providers to claim from
municipality—are facing fraud charges. (Source:
SAnews
)

Graeme Smith appointed
acting director of Cricket South Africa (CSA)

Former South Africa cricket captain Graeme Smith was appointed Acting Director of Cricket for an interim period by Cricket SA (CSA) on Wednesday.

CSA Acting Chief Executive, Jacques Faul, said: “I am
delighted that Graeme has agreed to assist Cricket South Africa up until the
IPL next year. Obviously, Graeme has had his concerns during the course of the
last few months, but I am pleased to say that we have overcome those concerns
and I look forward to working with him to urgently address pressing cricketing
matters in particular.

“Graeme is statistically the most successful Test captain in
the history of the game,” added Faul. (Source:
ANA
)

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