Afternoon news wrap: 20 April 2015
ZULU KING APPEALS FOR CALM
Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has appealed for calm after the recent spate of violence against foreign nationals in South Africa.
The King has been under pressure after his statements on foreign nationals were seen by some as having contributed to xenophobic attacks over the past two weeks.
Thousands packed into a Moses Mabhida stadium to hear King Zwelithini’s address.
He says his comments were distorted by the media.
MORE POWER CUTS THIS EVENING
Brace yourself for more blackouts as Eskom is implementing Stage 1 of scheduled power until 10pm.
The utility says its battling to keep up with the high electricity demand.
The company says despite the improvement of water reserves and diesel at the weekend, the power grid remains constrained.
Different stages of rolling blackouts were implemented every day last week, leaving South Africans in the dark.
Eskom spokesperson, Khulu Phasiwe says they are urging consumers to use electricity sparingly.
SA AND INDONESIA CEMENT TIES
Bilateral ties between South Africa and Indonesia will be strengthened this week.
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has arrived in Jakarta where he is representing President Jacob Zuma.
South Africa seeks to strengthen its ocean economy wealth which is worth billions of Rand and Indonesia is fairly experienced on the sector.
Ramaphosa will also attend the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Bandung Conference on Friday.
Ronnie Mamoepa is with the office of the deputy president.
CHRISTIANS BUTCHERED BY ISIS EN-ROUTE TO EUROPE
Ethiopian officials have revealed that the 30 Christians filmed being beheaded and shot by Islamic State militants in Libya are likely to have been desperate migrants trying to reach Europe.
The 29-minute video released yesterday is titled ‘Until It Came To Them – Clear Evidence’, and shows dozens of militants butchering two separate groups of men in the north African country.
Now the Ethiopian government spokesman Redwan Hussein said officials are in contact with their embassy in Cairo to establish the authenticity of the video and to work out whether, as suspected, the victims were only in Libya in the hope of boarding a boat bound for Europe.
The Co-Author of ISIS Michael Weiss spoke to CNN.