Morning news wrap: 12 March 2015
President Jacob Zuma says he will not pay back the money spent on Nkandla until there’s a clear determination on the matter.
The President was responding to a question posed by EFF leader Julius Malema on when he will pay a portion of the R246 million spent at his Nkandla home.
According to the President the public protector’s report was a recommendation and therefore it can not be ruled as a final verdict.
He told the National Assembly that the Police minister will make conclusion on Nkandla by the end of March.
ESKOM WILL NOT SUPPLY NON-PAYING CUSTOMERS
Eskom says it will not supply electricity to non-paying customers as a matter of policy.
The power utility was responding to allegations by Protea north residents that their electricity is being cut because they have refused to accept the switch to new pre paid metres.
Yesterday residents reportedly pelted Eskom officials with stones who they say were using power cuts to intimidate residents into accepting the new metres.
But Eskom’s Gauteng General Manager Bandile Jack explains their policy on residents who do not pay for electricity.
UN INTENSIFIES SEXUAL ABUSE FIGHT
Governments around the world have been urged to take action to stop sexual abuse and other forms of exploitation of children.
The UNs special envoy on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography presented her report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Maud de Boer-Buquicchio pointed out that persisting and new forms of sale and sexual exploitation of children continue in all regions of the world.
Buquicchio says more needs to be done to bring an end to these acts.
UN SECURITY COUNCIL FAILS SYRIA
A group of 21 aid agencies say the UN Security Council has failed to implement resolutions to protect and help civilians in Syria
The agencies including Save the Children – say it has been the worst year for civilians as the conflict enters its fifth year.
Another humanitarian report says 83% of the lights in Syria have gone out since the conflict began in March 2011.
The UN secretary general says the long-term aim remains a political solution.
David Milliband President of the International Rescue committee spoke to the BBC.