Morning news wrap: 18 March 2015
The Madibeng local municipality in the North West is facing a series of fresh violent service delivery protests.
This time from residents of Letlhabile township and five other separate villages just outside Brits.
Madibeng experienced similar aggressive protests last year when Mothutlung residents rioted against water shortages.
Kaya FM’s Pitso Molemane reports….
WINNIE MANDELA PROTESTS
A clinic has been burnt down and shops looted during a protest in Winnie Mandela in Tembisa
Angry residents resorted to blocking roads after the Red Ant Security and Eviction Services cut off electricity that was illegally connected in some of the houses.
The protesters then proceeded to loot local shops owned by foreign nationals.
Police are investigating cases of malicious damage to property, theft and public violence
The Polices Kay Makhubela has more
MOTION OF NO CONFIDENCE AGAINST ZUMA FAILS
The second motion of no confidence led by the DA against President Jacob Zuma has failed in Parliament.
The opposition had spearheaded the motion following a dismal proposal by AgangSA’s bid to oust President Zuma recently.
DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane blamed the President for a number of ISSUES, INCLUDING crippling South Africa’s economY and warned MPs to remove him from office.
But the President’s cabinet ministers and their deputies took their turns in defending President Zuma.
National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete then read the results after MPs voted.
UN GEARS TO HELP VANUATU
Some 60,000 children are believed to need help in Vanuatu
This comes as the UN gears up its emergency response to the aftermath of cyclone Pam
In addition to flooded schools and hospitals, 250 kilometre an hour winds have caused widespread destruction throughout the already vulnerable island nation
Assessing the needs on the ground remains difficult but agencies including UNICEF, The World Food Programme and World Health Organization have started to work.
For UNICEF the first priority is ensuring that people have clean water so they don’t fall sick.
Here’s spokesperson Christophe Boulierac:
HUNT FOR AIRASIA PLANE CALLED OFF
Indonesian search and rescue teams have called off the hunt for victims from last year’s AirAsia plane crash, with 56 people still unaccounted for.
The flight went down during what was supposed to be a short trip from Indonesia to Singapore on December 28.
All 162 people on board were killed during the crash.
Indonesia is expected to release the final report into the crash by August.