Morning News Wrap Up – 16 April 2015
The living conditions of temporary shelters in Durban which are housing displaced foreign nationals have been put in the spotlight.
The foreign nationals have decried the living conditions at the camps saying they are forced to live in these inhumane conditions because they fear for their lives.
More than two thousand have been displaced since the attacks began last month.
As attacks spread, the numbers in the camps are swelling.
President Jacob Zuma has condemned the attacks and is expected to make a statement in Parliament this afternoon.
President Zuma says this kind of violence is unacceptable.
Power utility Eskom is not shifting from what has become the norm in the country today with scheduled power cuts set to start from 6am until 10pm.
Eskom says the grid remains severely constrained and vulnerable due to a shortage of generation capacity.
Yesterday, Eskom resorted to stage 3 power cuts, to prevent a complete collapse of the national grid.
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown told the media that Eskom’s problems are far from over.
Transport union SATAWU says it tried to handle the death threats which were circulating within the union internally before reporting the threats to authorities.
The union says the death threats started two years ago.
On Monday the unions worst fears were realised when Gauteng secretary Chris Nkosi was gunned down.
The home of the union’s national president, June Dube, was petrol-bombed on the same evening.
Nicholas Maziya is with SATAWU
Some 148 foreign nationals have been evacuated from Yemen on an emergency flight from the capital San’aa.
The International Organization for Migration says nearly 70 Ethiopian citizens were on board.
The flight also had nationals from the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Germany, Bangladesh and Egypt.
It’s the second emergency flight organized by the UN-partner agency, which safely delivered 143 foreigners to Sudan at the start of the week.
IOM spokesperson Joel Millman says at least 16,000 foreign nationals are believed to need help getting out of the country