Afternoon News wrap: 23 February 2015
The Piotrans Company, says its hoping that Rea Vaya bus operations will fully resume by the end of March.
A recruitment process for new bus drivers got underway today, after 158 drivers were dismissed for embarked on a strike.
Last week, trade unions SAMWU and SATAWU vowed that they would be appealing the dismissal of the drivers.
Rea Vaya’ Strategy Transformation manager, Dumisane Mntambo says they have received appeals for 11 people so far.
POLICE INFIGHTING HAMPERING SERVICE DELIVERY
Premier of Gauteng David Makhura has raised concerns that in-fighting within the Police’s leadership ranks is undermining efforts to combat crime.
Currently, law enforcement is a mess of tit-for-tat actions and allegations as leaders battle each other instead of the criminals.
Makhura’s concerns comes after the high court in Pretoria ruled on Friday that the suspension of Gauteng Hawks boss Major-General Shadrack Sibiya was unconstitutional.
Sibiya, accused Crime Intelligence of a dirty-tricks campaign being waged against him and Hawks chief, Lieutenant General Anwa Dramat.
While making his state of the province address Makhura made these remarks.
SIBIYA’S RETURN TO WORK HALTED
Plans for suspended Gauteng Hawks head, Shadrack Sibiya to report back for duty have been halted.
This until the appeal process by acting Hawks head, Major-General Berning Ntlemeza, is completed.
Ntlemeza approached the North Gauteng High Court to challenge a ruling that saw the overturning of the suspension of Sibiya last week Friday.
This is after Judge Elias Matojane ruled that Sibiya’s suspension was unconstitutional, invalid and unlawful.
Sibiya was suspended pending an investigation into his alleged role in the illegal rendition of Zimbabweans in 2010.
STRUGGLE ICONS TO BE REPRATRIATED
Minister of Arts & Culture Nathi Mthethwai is leading a delegation to Russia this afternoon to exhume and repatriate the remains of two struggle icons
The remains of struggle heroes Moses Kotane and JB Marks will be repatriated to South Africa for reburial
Both Kotane and Marks were pioneers of the liberation movement who died in exile and have been buried at a Russian cemetery
President Jacob Zuma has granted special official funerals for the pair, which will take place next month.