Daily Podcast – January 28, 2022

28th January 2022 By: Thabi Madiba - Creamer Media Senior Research Assistant and Reporter

Daily Podcast – January 28, 2022

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

Making headlines: Scopa gives Ramaphosa 10 days to respond to claims that public money was used for ANC purposes; Cape Town City Hall will become Parliament; And, Eskom cuts power to a part of Soweto after residents stop installation of prepaid meters

 

Scopa gives Ramaphosa 10 days to respond to claims that public money was used for ANC purposes

Parliament's finance watchdog the Standing Committee on Public Accounts has formally requested President Cyril Ramaphosa to respond to allegations of the misuse of public funds for party political purposes.

Earlier this week, Scopa decided to send Ramaphosa detailed questions about the allegations, which surfaced in a leaked audio recording.

In the audio clip, someone who sounds like Ramaphosa can be heard admitting that he was aware that the ANC had used public funds for party purposes. The person also suggests that the funds came from the State Security Agency.

According to Scopa chairperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa, Ramaphosa has 10 working days to respond to the letter as per the committee's decision.

 

Cape Town City Hall will become Parliament

On Monday City of Cape Town mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis will officially hand over the Cape Town City Hall to Parliament’s Presiding Officers, National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, and National Council of Provinces Chairperson Amos Masondo. 

Earlier this month Parliament’s Presiding Officers announced that the 2022 State of the Nation Address will now be held at City Hall following the devastating fire that damaged the National Assembly building, including the National Assembly chamber where the official sittings of the National Assembly and Joint Sittings of both Houses of Parliament are usually held.

After the hand-over, the City Hall will be declared the Parliament of South Africa precinct. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa is due to deliver the State of the Nation Address on February 10 at 19:00.

 

And, Eskom cuts power to a part of Soweto after residents stop installation of prepaid meters

Eskom cut power supply to certain parts of Dlamini in Soweto today after residents allegedly denied them access to the area to install prepaid split meters.

Eskom's senior operations and maintenance manager Mashangu Xivambu said this happened despite the power utility engaging with community leaders and residents about the implementation of the project ahead of time.

Xivambu said Eskom was in the process of installing prepaid split meters throughout Gauteng following low payment trends that affected its revenue.

Xivambu said the installation of prepaid split meters would help customers to manage their own electricity consumption.

 

That’s a roundup of news making headlines today

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