Afternoon news wrap: 24 February 2015
Oscar Pistorius is preparing to fight back against the State’s bid to see him convicted of murder.
eNCA is reporting that the athletes lawyers are seeking the right to challenge Judge Thokozile Masipa’s ruling that the State can appeal.
They hope to persuade the Supreme Court of Appeal that Pistorius’s culpable homicide conviction cannot be overturned.
Masipa has already granted the State the right to challenge Pistorius’s culpable homicide conviction, and to fight for him to be convicted of murder instead.
The leave to appeal argument will be heard by her in March – However no date has been set.
JOBURG MOTORISTS OWE BILLIONS IN FINES
Authorities in Joburg are struggling to recoup the billions owed by motorists in traffic fines.
Joburg motorists owe a whopping R2.01 billion for 9.6 million speeding fines over the past two years.
Independent Newspapers reports that Only 4 percent of motorists are paying the Adjudication of Road Traffic Offence Act fines being piloted in Joburg and Pretoria.
And according to Joburg Metro Police Department spokesperson Wayne Minnaar, the number is decreasing with a culture of non-payment growing.
CALM RETURNS TO SEDIBENG
Calm has been restored at the premises of the Sedibeng District Municipality in Vereeniging
Earlier today , a group of protesters stormed into the offices breaking doors and rioting.
They then proceeded to burn tyres outside the premises.
Municipality spokesperson Lebo Mofokeng says at no point during the riots did the group explain what issues they were unhappy with.
DEADLY BUS BOMB EXPLODES IN NIGERIA
At least 18 people have been killed as a suicide bomber attacks a bus in Potiskum, north-eastern Nigeria.
An employee at Dan-Borno bus station told the BBC that the bomber waited until the 18-seat bus was full before getting on board.
He says the bus was completely destroyed by fire and others standing nearby were affected.
On Sunday, the town was hit by a suicide bombing by a young girl.