Morning News Wrap Up – 12 May 2015
Condolences have started pouring in for struggle stalwart Mme Ruth Mompati who passed away in the early hours of this morning
Mompati passed away at the age of 89.
She was a member of parliament, a South African Ambassador and a mayor at some point in her career.
Mme Mompati was one of the leaders of the anti-pass law march in Pretoria in August 1956
COPE Leader Mosioua Lekota says Mme Mompati will be greatly missed for her contribution to the struggle.
George Louca, the man accused of killing Teazers boss Lolly Jackson, has passed away.
Louca is the same man who shifted the blame for Jacksons murder onto Radovan Krejcir.
Last month the court denied Loucas application to be released from prison because he was gravely ill
Louca was sent back to the high security Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria after that application.
Kaya FM’s Pitso Molemane has more.
Metalworkers Union Numsa will now be taking on a new battling – heading to court next week to fight its expulsion from COSATU
The move follows a High Court Order compelling COSATU to hold a special congress within two months.
NUMSA wants to be part of that congress and is fighting to regain its former status.
It has the support of eight unions – affiliated to COSATU
NUMSAs Irvin Jim says the metalworkers union also deserves to be part of the special congress.
Kwa Zulu Natal police are investigating the cause of the fire that destroyed a large part of the Glencoe prison complex in Dundee in northern KwaZulu-Natal.
Over one thousand prisoners have since been evacuated.
According to the provincial correctional service department the fire burnt down 70% of the prison.
Major Thulani Zwane is with the police in KwaZulu Natal.
The united nations has warned that Up to 20,000 people could die crossing the Mediterranean Sea in 2015 if the international community does not take action.
Many of the deaths have occurred as a result of unseaworthy boats operated by people traffickers.
Migrants are fleeing insecurity and poverty in Africa.
European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini made this address about the issue.