Midday news wrap – 24 June 2015
The North Gauteng High Court has implicated South Africa’s governmnet for breaking the law when allowing Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir to leave the country.
Al Bashir was allowed to exit last week – despite an order compelling him not to do so was a clear violation of the law.
North Gauteng Judge President Dustan Mlambo has now invited the NPA to determine if criminal charges are appropriate.
Al-Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity in Darfur.
The Judge gave reasons for an interim order preventing Al Bashir from leaving the country pending the courts outcome.
NATIONAL DRUG WEEK AWARENESS BEGINS IN ELDORADO
Government officials are set to begin their deliberations at Regina Mundi Church in Soweto as part of national drug awareness week.
As part of the programme, hundreds of children in Eldorado Park and parts of the city have filled the streets with yellow where they formed a human chain.
The township, south of Johannesburg has been rattled by a drug scourge that prompted presidential intervention in 2013.
The South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence will be addressing a formal ceremony where officials will hear testimonies from recovered addicts.
Head of Department for Social Development Shokie Tshabalala says the fight against substance abuse must be spearheaded at community level.
PUBLIC OPPOSED TO ESKOM’S TARIFF HIKE
The current public consultation process into Eskom’s proposed price hike is not a true reflection of the general public.
This is the sentiment shared by various stakeholders and organisations gathering at public hearings in Nasrec.
They say Nersa has fast tracked the submissions process to rob the public of its right to participation.
Kaya FM’s Nomsa Zwane is at the public hearings and files this report.
ALMOST 4000 MIGRANTS RESCUED
More than 3,700 migrants have been rescued in the Mediterranean as part of the EU’s coastguard operation this week alone.
European Union foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg have launched an operation to combat the people trafficking networks behind the flow of migrants.
EU leaders will meet also meet tomorrow in Brussels to discuss European Commission plans to distribute 40,000 Syrian and Eritrean refugees currently in Italy and Greece.