#AskMmusi trends on Twitter
Upon Mmusi Maimane’s election as the leader of the Democratic Alliance, Maimane immediately opened up communication lines via Twitter. Dubbed the “Twitter Town Hall with Mmusi Maimane”, the social media event sparked much interest as #AskMmusi soon trended in South Africa. On closing his question and answer session Maimane said he’d enjoyed interacting with the public on the popular social network.
Marikana miners strike
Marikana miners, their families and labour union Amcu have promised to approach courts in order to force President Jacob Zuma to release the Marikana report. The parties involved in the 2012 shootings had written to Zuma requesting that by 14:00 on Sunday, the president announce when he’d release the report. With no word from the President Zuma, Andries Mkome, the lawyer representing all the parties involved, said they had no choice but to approach the court.
The application is expected to be made in the Johannesburg High Court.
Danny Jordaan elected as new NMB mayor
SAFA President Danny Jordaan was elected as the new Executive Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay. The announcement was made by ANC general-secretary Gwede Mantashe at a media briefing on Monday, 18 May. Jordaan filled in the position of former Mayor Ben Fihle, who along with Deputy Mayor Chippa Ngcolomba and Chief Whip Joy Searle were fired. The new Deputy Mayor is Bicks Ndoni and Litho Suka is the new Chief Whip.
Portia Modise retires from soccer
Banyana Banyana striker, Portia Modise announced her retirement from professional soccer on 19 May. Modise said she was calling it quits after pulling up a hamstring injury ahead of her soccer team’s Rio Olympics qualifying match against Gabon in Libreville. Modise is said to embark on a new career in coaching.
Khune and Mashamaite to leave chiefs – reports
Kaizer Chiefs has reportedly announced that Itumeleng Khune and Tefu Mashamaite will no longer form part of the soccer club. This announcement follows after the players are said to have demanded seemingly exorbitant salary increases. Khune who was earning R3.9 million per season is believed to have asked for R8.4 million to remain at Naturena.
Pharrell Williams scheduled to perform in SA
Big Concerts in association with Woolworths, has announced that Pharrell Williams will be performing in Cape Town and Johannesburg in September 2015. The Grammy Award winning producer and performer has been collaborating with Woolworths on the “AreYouWithUs?” campaign since April 2015.
Visit Channel24 for more information on the tour.
Trevor Noah casts doubt on his cousin’s murder
Comedian Trevor Noah has cast doubt on his cousin’s Cebisile Khoza’s murder. On Sunday, it was reported that Noah’s cousin’s body had been badly burnt and was discovered in a sugar cane plantation near Wasbank, KwaZulu Natal. However, Noah denied these claims and posted the following on his Twitter account: