Morning news wrap: 28 April 2015
A total of 699 people died on the roads during the first 20 days of April. There were 570 fatal crashes recorded, most in KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng. This according to the statistics released by the Road Traffic Management Corporation.
According to the shocking figure, almost 35 are killed per day. This means some motorists are failing to change their reckless behaviour and obey the rules of the road.
Ishmael Mnisi is with the department of transport.
The 18 learners from St Mary’s School in Pretoria who were on an educational trip to Nepal are due back home this week. The girls are reported to be safe after an earthquake ravaged the country on Saturday.
The death toll from the disaster is currently above 4000. Eight million people have been affected by the quake and 1.4 million are in need of food aid
This report is courtesy of the BBC
The South African Communist Party and Civil Society Formations have called on the South African government to expel the Israeli Ambassador to South Africa.
The group has given the Israeli government ten days to withdraw its ambassador. If this is not done in 10 days they have threatened to physically close the embassy. The call follows Israels refusal to allow higher education minister Blade Nzimande into Palestine for a working visit
Matome Chiloane is with the ANCYL
Atleast 50 illegal immigrants were arrested over the long weekend in Johannesburg during a joint operation by police and soldiers
The arrests were made during crime prevention operations in Hillbrow, Mayfair and downtown Johannesburg.
Last week the government deployed the army to help police contain a wave of xenophobic violence
All those arrested were taken to Hillbrow police station and were having their documentation processed by Home Affairs.
Arts and culture minister Nathi Mthethwa has reiterated the need to educate all citizens about foreign policies in a bid to avoid more xenophobic violence
The city of Baltimore in the US has been declared a state of emergency amid violent protests over the death of a black man, Freddie Gray, who died in police custody.
A week-long curfew has been announced and about 5,000 National Guard troops have been deployed.
Baltimore residents set a community building alight after Gray’s funeral.
Six police officers involved in his case have since been suspended.