Weighing The Week Ahead: Mentor, Supra, Eskom, Ndabeni-Abrahams

The son of former President Jacob Zuma and the well-known businessman, Fana Hlongwane will cross-examine Mentor. PICTURE: Mail Images

JOHANNESBURG: The Republic Mail brings you a dose of talking points in the coming week. 

Mentor Faces Tough Questions From Zuma and Hlongwane

Former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor has admitted that she may have incorrectly identified a man she was introduced to by Duduzane Zuma as Fana Hlongwane. PICTURE: The South African

Former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor is set to return to the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into allegations of state capture on Monday and will be the first witness to be cross-examined.

According to a statement by the commission, Mentor will return to the witness stand to complete her evidence and be cross-examined by those who were granted leave to do so.

Duduzane Zuma, son to former president Jacob Zuma, as well as businessman Fana Hlongwane will be cross-examining Mentor. We will take a closer look into the proceeding. 

ANC Rapid Response Team Met With Reinstated NW PEC

The future of the North West hangs in the balance as the ANC NEC plans to appeal the judgment. PICTURE: News24

A meeting involving the ANC North West PEC, the dissolved provincial task team and a special national team headed by ANC deputy President David Mabuza took place at Luthuli House on Sunday.

It’s unclear what’s on the agenda, but last week the South Gauteng High Court reinstated the PEC that was dissolved last year.

The ANC’s North West chair Supra Mahumapelo and four others approached the court to have the NEC’s decision overturned and were successful. The Republic Mail will take a closer look at the outcome of the meeting. We understand that the ANC special national team has resolved to uphold the decision of the court but intends on appealing parts of the judgment. 

Numsa Vows To Fight Ramaphosa’s Decision To Unbundle Eskom

Eskom workers picket outside Megawatt Park in Sunninghill against a possible split of the power utility. PICTURE: Business Day

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) announced that hey will be embarking on a strike next week. This comes after the president’s announcement to unbundle Eskom in his State of the Nation Address. 

“As Numsa we are very clear that we oppose the decision by the president to unbundle Eskom. It is not an interest of the community at large and certainly not for the working class majority and the poor. This is nothing more than a privatisation to the backdoor. Every time privatisation takes place, in most cases it result in massive job loses and result in higher costs for the consumer,” Numsa Spokesperson, Phakamile Hlubi-Majola said. 

Sanef Calls For Meeting With Minister of Communications 

Sanef condemns Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahms for blocking journalists. PICTURE: eNCA

The South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) has called for a meeting with Communications Minister, Stella Ndebeni-Abrahams after she blocked a video journalist from recording visuals of a protest at an African National Congress (ANC) rally in the Eastern Cape.

A group of ANC supporters demonstrated at the venue on Saturday to express grievances regarding service delivery. ANC Treasurer General Paul Mashatile was addressing the crowd at the Badibanise Stadium in KwaBhaca at the time of the protest. Ndabeni-Abrahams has since apologised for her behaviour.