CAPE TOWN, Sept. 9 — The following are news items in South African major news outlets on Sunday.
— The news that the South African economy is officially in recession places the country on the back foot, with the prospect of the country receiving a “junk” status credit rating from all three major credit ratings agencies.
The news of the recession caused the rand to depreciate against all major currencies. The local unit touched 15.68 to the US dollar, its weakest level since June 2016, but by Friday it was quoted at 15.11. (Fin24)
— Black professionals in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal Province on Saturday asked President Cyril Ramaphosa to ensure that the government hires the correct people because “being an African National Congress (ANC) member is not a qualification”.
Ramaphosa was in KwaZulu-Natal as part of a campaign engaging various sectors in preparation for the 2019 general elections. (Eyewitness News)
— Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema on Saturday condemned the attack and looting of shops owned by foreign nationals.
He said the attack on foreign nationals undermines the effort of uniting Africans across the continent. (South African Broadcasting Corporation)