Best of City Press: Ramaphosa faces fightback, Post Office in R200m debacle, and EFF accused of gender violence

In case you missed it, here are some of the best-read stories from City Press on Sunday, 19 August.

Ramaphosa faces fightback from detractors over 'targeted' SOE execs

Suspended and fired executives of state-owned enterprises and their allies are bracing for warfare with President Cyril Ramaphosa, who they accuse of using state machinery to fight political battles.

The coordinated plan to fight back revolves around those who are linked to powerful current and former leaders of major state entities, Matshela Koko and Brian Molefe of Eskom, Tom Moyane of the SA Revenue Service (Sars) and Siyabonga Gama of Transnet, all of whom have been described by allies as faces of “black excellence” in management.

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SA Post Office in hot water over R200m Postbank transfer

Mark Barnes, chief executive of the SA Post Office (Sapo), has been summoned by the telecommunications ministry for allegedly dipping into the coffers of its subsidiary, Postbank, and transferring R200m to Sapo to pay creditors.

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services Siyabonga Cwele has called Barnes, Post Office officials and the chairpersons of the two entities – Phumzo Noxaka for Postbank and Sapo’s acting chair, Zibuse Comfort Ngidi – to a meeting tomorrow. This after he was alerted to the matter by a City Press enquiry.

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EFF leaders accused of women abuse

Two female members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have spoken out about their pain and frustration with the physical abuse they suffered at the hands of their male counterparts and how the party has not supported them.

The two opened cases with the police and the accused have appeared in court. Both women describe the EFF as having failed to take their issues seriously, this after they raised complaints with provincial and national leadership. The women also say they have not received any trauma counselling or support.

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Mondli Makhanya: Value good South Africans

This is not meant to be an ode to an individual, but, rather, a lament about how we abuse and cast off some of the finest among us.

The person I am referring to is a man I interacted with and observed in my journalistic endeavours, but not someone I can claim to have shared barrels of Scotland’s finest with.

Let’s begin the story in the late 1990s.

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Simnikiwe Xabanisa : Our addiction to miracle cures is killing our sport

The guys currently hogging the spotlight – and not necessarily for the right reasons – in South African sport are a Frenchman named Stéphane Adam, Dale Benkenstein and John Mitchell.

If you’re wondering who Adam is, the Orlando Pirates website described the former Lille, Metz and Hearts journeyman striker as their “specialist coach for finishing” about a fortnight ago.

In a country in which players who go under the loose description of striker sometimes score four goals in a whole season because they couldn’t locate the back of the net with a GPS, Adam’s addition to the Pirates coaching staff suggested serious forward thinking by head coach Milutin Sredojevic.

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