Midday news wrap: 19 March 2015
Hundreds of mourners have gathered at the Tshwane Events Centre in Pretoria, to remember the late Public Service Minister Collins Chabane
Several speakers, including Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa and SA Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago have taken to the podium to honor Chabane.
Public Service and Administration deputy Minister Ayanda Dlodlo says the death of her former minister Collins Chabane has given them an opportunity, to reflect as the ANC.
Dlodlo who addressed mourners on behalf of the ruling party says the past week has proven, to be very difficult.
A tearful, deputy minister says Chabane was a hard-working man who sacrificed his youth, to fight in a struggle.
PRIVATE SECURITY BILL WITH PRESIDENT ZUMA
The Private Security Industry Regulation Amendment Bill awaits President Jacob Zuma’s signature.
Police Minister Nathi Nhleko says the industry needs to be regulated because some of these companies have the capacity to gather intelligence information.
Speaking at a media briefing, Nhleko says government has a duty to ensure that national security is highly guarded
Kaya FM’s Tunicia Phillips reports,
MORE REA VAYA BUS DRIVERS TO BE RECRUITED
Bus company Piotrans continues with its recruitment and training process.
This morning Rea Vaya resumed its services at only 38%
Operations were suspended, when 168 bus drivers embarked on an illegal strike abandoning the buses in Central Joburg last month.
All those drivers were later dismissed and operations were halted.
Dumisane Mtambo is with Piotrans.
DAGGA TODDLER PLACED IN SAFETY
The Western Cape social development department says it has placed a three year old toddler allegedly forced to smoke dagga by an older brother in a place of safety.
The toddler was found after the department was made aware of a teenager who had posted pictures on social media of him allegedly coercing his younger sister to smoke marijuana.
MEC Albert Fritz says social workers found the girl’s location and approached the child’s mother to intervene.
The department is investigating the matter as well as working with police to track down the 18 year-old brother.
ONE OF THE TUNISIA GUNMEN KNOWN TO INTELLIGENCE
One of the two gunmen who killed 18 tourists and others at a prominent Tunisian museum was known to intelligence services.
Tunisia’s prime minister Habib Essid says no formal links to a particular terrorist group have been established .
Essid says Tunisia is working with other countries to learn more about the attackers, identified as Yassine Laabidi and Hatem Khachnaoui.
Meanwhile the South African government says they are working closely with the embassy in Tunisia.
In efforts to confirm if a South African was killed in the terror attack.
Nelson Kgwete is with the Department of International Relations and Co-operation.