Daily news update: Covid-19 stats, Gauteng’s R5m catering and Experian data fraudster found

Health minister Zweli Mkhize. Picture: Jacques Nelles

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Covid-19 update: Western Cape eyes Level 1 due to decline in cases

Source: Health department

As of Thursday, South Africa has recored 559,940 confirmed Covid-19 cases, with 3,880 new cases identified.

195 Covid-19 related deaths were recorded – 26 from Eastern Cape, 83 from Gauteng, 36 from KwaZulu-Natal, 25 from Free State, 12 from Limpopo and 13 from Western Cape. This brings the total Covid-19 deaths to 12,618.

“We convey our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers who treated the deceased. The recoveries now stand at 497 169, which translates to a recovery rate of 82%,” Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said.

Fraudster who breached personal details of 24m South Africans has been found

Computer. Picture: AFP/File/Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV

The massive data breach of an information services agency threatened to expose the personal details of as many as 24 million South Africans and 793,749 businesses. 

A suspected fraudster managed to breach information from Experian, a consumer, business and credit information services agency. The news emerged on Wednesday. 

By Thursday, Experian said the suspect had been identified, the hardware and data secured and deleted thanks to an Anton Piller order, and that law enforcement is working with the company. 

Banks’ loan repayment holiday could cost borrowers over R20bn

Debt budget. Picture: iStock

New studies of the impact of lockdown on the economy paint the picture of a country locked in a downward spiral of rising joblessness and debt.

In a recent survey, debt counselling firm DebtBusters found that the debt holiday offered by the banks at the start of the lockdown in late March 2020 had added R20.7 billion to the debt of the estimated 1.6 million South Africans who took advantage of this.

Activist apologises for farm murder tweets, says they were ‘taken out of context’

Lorenzo White has apologised for social media posts mocking farm murder victims earlier this month. White, a politician, activist and “Independent journalist”, according to his Twitter bio, posted a collage of farm murder victims with swollen faces and captioned it: “Best makeup artist ever! Nice Job.”

His posts caused an uproar from social media users, who lodged complaints with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).

In a statement on Wednesday, the SAHRC confirmed it was investigating a complaint it received regarding social media utterances glorifying farm murders.

Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni may be probed for alleged fraud

Minister of Small Business Development, Khumudzo Ntshavheni during the swearing in of the new Presidential Cabinet at the Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria, 30 May 2019. Picture: Jacques Nelles

The integrity committee of the ANC may look into fraud allegations against Minister of Small Business Development Khumbudzo Ntshavheni following a damning high court judgment that implicated her in a tender irregularity about 11 years ago.

An ANC Youth League subregion in Limpopo has written to the integrity committee asking for an investigation into fraud allegations against her. Committee chairperson George Mashamba confirmed receipt of the letter from the league.

Outa: Gauteng must explain how R5m was blown on catering during lockdown

Outa chief executive Wayne Duvenage. Picture: Neil McCartney

While welcoming the release of the Covid-19 Expenditure Disclosure Report by the Gauteng Provincial Treasury, the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) says the report falls short of providing sufficient information needed to scrutinise the extent of corruption or maladministration that may have occurred with regard to procurement.

The organisation is keener to understand who received business as its initial assessment of the report reveals that of the 358 companies listed who received Gauteng contracts from April to July 2020, for a total of R2.101 billion, 13% of the suppliers (48 companies) received contracts worth at least R10 million, and together collected R1.825 billion or 87% of the total spend.

Woman with two life partners causes social media storm

Kenya Stevens and her two life partners. Photo: Instagram @KenyaStevens

A photo of Kenya Stevens has been shared online showing her two husbands and has raised many eyebrows.

Polyamory is usually attributed to men marrying more than one woman, particularly in the African community.

Stevens, an American, said: “Poly girls have all the fun!

Zola 7’s violent past comes back to haunt him ahead of Bonginkosi collab with Cassper Nyovest

Zola 7 (Bonginkosi Dlamini) and Cassper Nyovest | Image: Twitter

Despite releasing a very brief official statement regarding their choice to renege on their initial plan to honour Zola 7 with a lifetime achievement award, organisers of the South African Music Awards (Samas) have remained relatively mum about what really drove their decision.

Sowetan initially reported that Zola 7 (real name Bonginkosi Dlamini) was listed as one of the three possible recipients of a lifetime achievement award during this year’s proceedings. He was even informed of this and reportedly began looking forward to proceedings.

Two cricketers leave Proteas camp after testing positive for Covid-19

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA – JULY 18: Reeza Hendricks of OUTsurance Kingfishers, Graeme Smith (CSA acting director of cricket) and Temba Bavuma of Mr Food Kites during the 3TC Solidarity Cup match between Mr D Food Kites, OUTsurance Kingfishers and Takealot Eagles at SuperSport Park in July 18, 2020 in Pretoria, South Africa. 3TC is 3 Team Cricket, the latest evolution in short-form cricket, in which 3 teams go head-to-head-to-head in a single, explosive match. The proceeds of The Solidarity Cup will go towards helping those in the cricket community who have suffered due to Covid-19. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

Two cricketers have been forced to withdraw from Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) culture camp in Skukuza after testing positive for Covid-19.

CSA confirmed in a press statement on Thursday that 50 Covid-19 tests had been performed on players and support staff prior to attending the Proteas camp which started on Tuesday.

The testing was done in line with fulfilling the organisation’s obligation and commitment to control the spread of the coronavirus, after South African sports were cleared for a return to full training.

Micho accuses Pirates of ill-treating foreign players

Micho Sredojevic, former coach of Orlando Pirates (Photo by Philip Maeta/Gallo Images)

Milutin Sredojević has blasted his former employers for what he described as an injustice against foreigners in the squad.

READ: Lorch and Shonga kicked out of Pirates camp

“During my two years at Orlando Pirates, Shonga and (Augustine) Mulenga were pillars of the team as we fought for the league (title),”  ‘Micho’ was quoted as saying by Soccer24.

“The moment I left, everything turned upside down, and I can assure that you can blame the players 99%, but there is still 1% of the aspect on how the team is set-up and unbelievable injustice towards (foreign) players like Shonga and Mulenga.”

Jaguar I-Pace quietly shocks performance SUVs

Jaguar I-Pace

The general belief among car enthusiasts is that the electric revolution won’t be able to match proper internal combustion engine power. But the puristic belief is being challenged by the likes of Jaguar’s first fully electric SUV, the I-Pace.

It might not match the roar of a fossil fuel gulping competitor, but underestimate this impressive vehicle at your own peril. There is a very good reason why this car has won awards left, right and centre all across the globe since it’s launch two years ago.

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