Morning News Wrap Up – 7 May 2015
Residents of Orlando West in Soweto say they will continue to shut down the township until their electricity demands are met.
This after Power utility Eskom said it would not be able to meet the communities demands.
The residents are demanding Eskom to remove prepaid electricity meters.
They want to pay a flat rate of no more than R400 per household per month for electricity.
Residents have been barricading streets and say they won’t allow their children to attend school today.
Edna Mamonyane is with the Johannesburg metro police
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene says the bailout, which was granted to African Bank was aimed at saving the poor from incurring further losses.
The Reserve Bank forked out about R7 billion rand to save African Bank last year.
It was put under curatorship, which gave shareholders an opportunity to recover some of their investment.
Minister Nene explains…
President Jacob Zuma is sending a special envoy to Burundi
This is set to bolster efforts to end the deadly demonstrations against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s third term bid.
According to the latest reports, at least 13 people have died.
On Tuesday Burundi’s Constitutional Court ruled that President Nkurunziza is eligible to run in the June election
President Zuma says the leadership in Burundi has a role to play in ensuring stability in the country
Millions of people have begun casting their votes in the United Kingdom general election
Polls however suggests that no party will win enough seats for an outright majority.
Incumbent prime minister David Cameron says, he is confident that his party will win today’s election
Labour leader, Ed Miliband has urged people to vote to reward hard work in the country
The United Nations is calling on rebels in the north of Mali to cease hostilities and respect a ceasefire in the country.
A coup d’état in early 2012 continues to breed instability and violence in the West African country.
But there are hopes that a new peace deal will be signed next week.
Mongi Hamdi is the head of the UN stabilization mission in Mali