Here’s what is happening in and affecting South Africa today:
The ANC says it will expand its investigation into the pre-election “war room” that was reportedly set up to smear opposition parties in 2016. News reports at the weekend implicated top ANC officials, with audio recordings emerging apparently showing that ANC general manager Ignatius Jacobs knew about the campaign and signed off on its intentions and funding.
Finance minister Pravin Gordhan has dismissed a court bid from Gupta-aligned pressure group, Black First Land First, that government should immediately implement the CIEX report, forcing the banking sector to pay back billions in “looted state funds” during the apartheid era. Gordhan said the report had no legal standing and was shelved by the government in 1998, and suggested using underhanded methods in getting the money back.
South Africa’s Aarto traffic management system is still sitting in limbo, with major metros like City of Johannesburg and Tshwane considering moving back to the old system while its problems get ironed out. Traffic fines have not been delivered in almost 2 years under Aarto, as the pilot runners have run into issues with the South Africa Post Office. Deliberations on the bill are expected to continue in February.
DA leader in the Western Cape, Patricia de Lille is stepping down from the role to put her focus on her second term as mayor of the City of Cape Town. She tendered her resignation to DA leader Mmusi Maimane. De Lille has not left the DA, and can still run for premiership of the Western Cape in the 2019 elections. According to the CoCT mayor, the DA’s two-thirds majority in the municipality – and the responsibility it carries – will take up all of her time.
South Africa’s rand weakened on Friday, hurt by a stronger dollar and by media reports that President Jacob Zuma was considering firing ministers who opposed him and backed calls for his resignation. On Monday, the rand was trading at R13.46 to the dollar, R16.93 to the pound and R14.44 to the euro.