Making news this afternoon: 20 February 2015
President Jacob Zuma has sought to assure editors that the jamming of cellphone networks in Parliament will not happen again.
The President met with the SA National Editors’ Forum at the presidential guesthouse in Pretoria earlier today.
On February 12, before his State of the Nation address, journalists and some MP’s protested that cellphone signals were being blocked in Parliament.
Speaking earlier this week the President pleaded ignorance about the signal jamming.
ROODEPOORT PRIMARY PRINCIPAL REMOVED
Police are keeping an eye on a Roodepoort Primary School after another day of schooling was disrupted there.
A group of coloured parents started protesting at the school earlier this week, demanding demanded the removal of a black principal.
They demanded a coloured principal, claiming the process of appointing black principal Nomathemba Molefe was flawed.
The situation reached boiling point this morning, after the department honoured the demand to reinstate the coloured principal.
The move seen angry black parents picketing outside while police escorted Principal Molefe off the premises.
Phumla Sekhonyane speaks for the department.
ANC MP SUSPENDED
The ANC’s Western Cape chief whip Pierre Uys has been slapped with a suspension after disrupting todays Stae of the province address.
The decision of suspension was put to a vote after the ANC raised points of order, delaying proceedings for around two hours.
At one point, premier Helen Zille resorted to reading her speech in a media briefing.
Its reported that the ANC took issue with the way speaker Sharna Fernandez dealt with a ruling made at the last provincial sitting in December, regarding an allegedly racist comment by Zille.