Flash Briefing: State of disaster’s ALLEGED final extension; emails show Jooste was part of ‘fraudulent scheme’

  • President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet has extended South Africa’s national state of disaster, but says that work is now being done to bring it to a close next month. This follows a briefing by the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (Natjoints) last week to determine the extent to which the management of the Covid-19 pandemic still required the existence of the state of disaster. “Inputs were received from various government departments to determine their respective areas of work that are at an advanced stage of completion,” Cabinet said. “After noting that some of the key departments dealing with Covid-19 had not yet concluded their analysis, Cabinet approved the final extension of the National State of Disaster to 15 March 2022.” In his recent state of the nation address, the president said that the end to the state of disaster will be finalised once new regulations outside of the Disaster Management Act are complete.
  • President Cyril Ramaphosa told Parliament’s finance watchdog, the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) that he relied on public information when he claimed the ANC abused state funds for party activities. “I do not have any direct and specific information on the alleged misuse of public funds for party political purposes,” the president added. In January, Scopa sent Ramaphosa detailed questions on the allegations, which surfaced in a leaked audio recording. In the audio clip, Ramaphosa can be heard admitting that he was aware that the ANC had used public funds for party purposes and also suggesting that the funds came from the State Security Agency (SSA). Ramaphosa said he made the comments at the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) meeting.
  • Retail holding company Steinhoff claims that emails show that former chief executive officer, Marcus Jooste, was part of a ‘fraudulent scheme’. The group argued in court filings that emails written by Jooste, prove he was part of a fraudulent scheme to trick the retailer out of hundreds of millions of rand. The email extracts come from Steinhoff’s court case against British businessman Malcolm King, his son, and their company, Formal Holdings.
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