Daily news update: Joburg Mayor’s no-show, croc attack & Sisulu on US ambassador


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Daily news update: 14 May 2023

‘US ambassador ought to be expelled’, says Sisulu as Dirco insists there’s no evidence

Lindiwe Sisulu / US ambassador to South Africa Reuben Brigety
US ambassador to South Africa, Rueben Brigety and President Cyril Ramaphosa. Photo: Twitter / @usembassysa

Former Cabinet minister Lindiwe Sisulu says US ambassador to South Africa, Reuben Brigety should have been expelled for his claims that the country sold arms to Russia.

This follows the explosives claim by Brigety that his government was “confident” South Africa supplied arms to Russia when the cargo ship, Lady R, docked at Simon’s Town naval base.

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SA’s own Crocodile Dundee: Gutsy guide recounts underwater fight with croc

Having kept his wits about him, well-known and experienced trail guide Mark Montgomery narrowly escaped the jaws of a crocodile estimated to be 3.5m long on a recent Kruger Trail outing.

The attack in which the crocodile snatched him by his right hand and wrist, was a first for Montgomery who has no shortage in experience when it comes to encounters with animals.

Montgomery, a special knowledge and skills (dangerous animals) guide of the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA), has been a trail guide since 1998.

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Joburg Mayor Kabelo Gwamanda no-show at press briefing

Al Jama-ah gives DA 48 hours to retract 'lies' about Gwamanda or face legal action
Al Jama-ah’s Kabelo Gwamanda elected as the new the mayor of Johannesburg at Braamfontein, Council Chambers on 5 May 2023. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Newly-appointed Joburg Mayor Kabelo Gwamanda failed to attend a media briefing intended to set the record straight about the fraud allegations surrounding him

In a clip by Kaya FM, Al Jama-Ah party representative Imraan Moosa explained that Gwamanda’s personal security guards were unavailable.

“Somebody just informed me that his protectors are unavailable this [Saturday] morning, and there are some security risks,” said Moosa.

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Cargo was unloaded, not loaded, from ‘Lady R’ in Simon’s Town – expert

South Africa cannot afford to fall out with the US
Russian President Vladimir Putin and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa during their meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka on 28 June 2019. Picture: Alexander Zemlianichenko / POOL / AFP

As American anger over alleged South African arms exports to Russia threatens to badly hurt SA’s economy, there is still no clarity on what was loaded, or unloaded, from the Russian cargo ship at the centre of the controversy.

Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni said SA categorically denied there had been any government-authorised sales of weapons to Russia. But she also left open the possibility that any such shipment may have been illegal.

“There is no official authorisation for weapons to be sold to Russia and Ukraine. Whether weapons were loaded or not; that’s another matter. There is no authorisation and if the weapons were loaded in the vessel, the inquiry will determine that.

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