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Daily Podcast – May 19, 2022

19th May 2022

By: Thabi Madiba
Creamer Media Senior Research Assistant and Reporter


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For Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I’m Thabi Madiba.

Making headlines: Minister in the Presidency says cabinet approved R22m flag to bring South Africans together; Busisiwe Mkhwebane claims society's most powerful is conspiring against her; And, Mbalula says E-toll decision is imminent



Minister in the Presidency says cabinet approved R22m flag to bring South Africans together


Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele said Cabinet approved the 100m flagpole at Freedom Park in Pretoria in February as a project that would "bring South Africans together". 

There has been public outcry against the project after it was revealed that it would cost R22-million.

Gungubele said when Cabinet approved the project, there was no determination on the cost of it.

Following the backlash, Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa has since said department would review the process related to the flag.


Busisiwe Mkhwebane claims society's most powerful is conspiring against her

In court this week, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s counsel painted her as "a lonesome woman", facing a conspiracy by the mightiest in society. 

But, in an affidavit, Mkhwebane hit back, continuing her attack on the Constitutional Court by alleging there is "prima facie evidence" the apex court's "integrity is compromised".

Much of the conspiracy against her, and the so-called "prima facie evidence" against the Court, centres around an SMS purporting to have inside knowledge of Mkhwebane's initial rescission application to the Constitutional Court.

Yesterday, the latest episode of the legal drama of Mkhwebane's attempts to stop Parliament from impeaching her played out in the Western Cape High Court.

She asked the court for interdicts against Parliament continuing its impeachment process and President Cyril Ramaphosa from suspending her.

The gist of the arguments is that Parliament can't proceed with the impeachment while there are matters before the court, and Ramaphosa can't suspend her while he is conflicted because the Public Protector is investigating cases against him.


And, Mbalula says E-toll decision is imminent

Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula said the final pronouncement on the funding model of e-tolls is imminent.

Mbalula tabled his budget vote for the Department of Transport in Parliament yesterday. This comes amid uncertainty around South African National Roads Agency’s electronic tolling system to pay for the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project, which has been met with public resistance.

Mbalula said he was working with Minister of Finance Enoch Godongwana to help Cabinet arrive at a final determination on the funding of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project.  

He said that a decision on the matter was "imminent", although it has taken a long time.

In his budget vote, Mbalula detailed the billions in financial support that are committed to fund programmes and stabilise Sanral and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa.


That’s a roundup of news making headlines today

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