midday news wrap: 17 March 2015
The late Public Service and Administration Minister Collins Chabane will be laid to rest this Saturday March twenty first.
Chabane will be buried at his home place at Xikundu village, Malamulele in Limpopo
The minister lost live his life on the N1 between Polokwane and Mokopane on Sunday morning, after a truck allegedly made a U-turn on the road.
His Memorial Service is set to take place at the Tshwane City Hall this Thursday in Pretoria, where family, friends and colleagues will pay their respects.
Here the Presidency spokesperson, Mac Maharaj
CHABANE’S TRUCK DRIVER CASE POSTPONED
The truck driver involved in the crash that killed Public Service and Administration Minister Collins Chabane has been revealed as Amukelani Rikhotso.
Rikhotso and two others appeared at the Polokowane Magistrate court this morning.
Their case has been postponed to April 6.
They will remain in custody until the next court appearance
Chabane and sergeants Lesiba Sekele and Lawrence Lentsoane died on Sunday, when a truck allegedly made a U-turn in front of their car on the N1 between Mokopane and Polokwane.
Rikhotso was arrested for culpable homicide and left the scene unharmed.
Police’s Colonel Ronel Otto says Rikhotso has been charged with culpable homicide, reckless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol.
PENIS DOCTORS TRANSPLANT RECEIVE MORE REQUEST
The team of South African Doctors who made history by conducting the world’s first successful penis transplant are now in high demand
The doctors have been inundated with requests from men around the world who want to have the operation.
Several men have also offered to be organ donors.
Kaya FM’s Mbali Dhlamini has more
VANUATU IN NEED OF FOOD
The small island of Vanuatu is in urgent need of food and relief supplies days after Cyclone Pam caused massive damage across the Pacific nation.
Houses, schools and crops have been destroyed by the storm,
So far 24 people are reported dead but this number could still rise.
Over 3000 people have been forced to evacuate their homes as a result of the cyclone
This village chief told the BBC his people are in dire need of assistance.
PRESIDENT HAILS SADC LESOTHO MISSION
President Jacob Zuma has commended his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa and rest of the SADC led mission for help to bring peaceful elections in Lesotho.
President Zuma assured his commitment to working closely with Lesotho’s Prime Minister Mosisili to enhance the historical political relations.
Mosisili’s Democratic Congress won 47 seats in the country’s national assembly, and Thomas Thabane’s All Basotho Convention 46.
The Democratic Congress formed a coalition with six opposition parties to give Mosisili an outright majority with 18 extra seats.
President Zuma spoke earlier at the inauguration of the mountain Kingdoms Prime Minister.