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Xolani Mbanjwa

Madonsela: Owners of hijacked building lost everything

18 December 2014 15:12

The City of Johannesburg must consider buying a building after it failed to terminate services to the “hijacked” building and take disciplinary steps against a former councillor who admitted to encouraging the illegal occupation, says Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

‘US forces not to blame for Korkie’s death’

10 December 2014 11:53

The international relations and cooperation department is staying mum on whether South Africa and United States officials knew about a deal that had been struck to release South African hostage Pierre Korkie from his Yemen captors prior to attempts by US Special Forces to release an American hostage.

The land of plenty

30 November 2014 5:00

Government departments’ irregular expenditure doubled to R62 billion in the past financial year – and, says Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu, crooked officials are becoming more daring because they don’t fear any punishment.

Key state departments can’t account for spending

26 November 2014 14:55

Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu has expressed concern that the departments of health, education and public works, which are key to basic service delivery, cannot “adequately and accurately” account for how they spent 37% of government’s R1 trillion of last year’s budget.

Nkandla officials fear for lives

16 November 2014 15:45

Eleven of the public works officials charged in relation to the spending at President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead say they fear for their lives if journalists sit in on their hearings.

Public Service ‘abusing’ affirmative action

16 November 2014 15:00

The Public Service Commission says some government departments are abusing affirmative action by not filling posts when there are no qualified black candidates available.