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Daily Podcast – February 23, 2018

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Daily Podcast – February 23, 2018

23rd February 2018

By: Nadine James
Creamer Media Writer


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For Creamer in Johannesburg, I’m Nadine James.
Making headlines: DA says Ramaphosa must fire Brown 'immediately', NPA opposes Atul Gupta's AFU challenge And, Zille boasts of 'land reform farm' success in Western Cape



DA says Ramaphosa must fire Brown 'immediately'

The DA yesterday said it was vindicated by the Public Protector's finding that Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown was guilty of misleading Parliament after she failed to disclose business dealings between Gupta-linked Trillian and Eskom.


Natasha Mazzone, DA public enterprises spokesperson, urged President Cyril Ramaphosa to act swiftly against Brown and immediately fire her from his Cabinet.

She said the Public Protector's finding was a victory for all those who fought bravely against State capture.


NPA opposes Atul Gupta's AFU challenge

The National Prosecuting Authority's Asset Forfeiture Unit has filed opposing papers in a court application Atul Gupta has lodged to have a preservation order against him set aside.

In an answering affidavit, which was filed in the Free State High Court in Bloemfontein on Wednesday, prosecuting authorities set out precisely why they say that R10-million in Gupta's personal bank account constituted the proceeds of corruption, fraud and money laundering.

Special director of public prosecutions Motlalekhotso Knorx Molelle said in the affidavit, that evidence obtained by financial investigators Samson Schalkwyk and Nkosiphendule Mradla revealed that there was a series of unlawful and criminal activities that led to the money being paid.


Zille boasts of 'land reform farm' success in Western Cape

The Western Cape boasts a 62% success rate for "land reform farms", compared with a 92% failure rate in the rest of the country, Premier Helen Zille said in her State of the Province Address yesterday.

Zille said this was a remarkable success rate, given the agricultural challenges and added that the province had already conducted a land reform project audit, ahead of a call for one by President Cyril Ramaphosa during his State of the Nation Address on Friday.

She said farmers in the province were succeeding - in spite of avian flu and the worst drought in 400 years - through 11 partnerships and provincial and national agricultural support programmes.


That’s a roundup of news making headlines today
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