News Wrap- 02 December
HUNDREDS DISPLACED IN DENVER
More than 500 people have been left homeless after a fire gutted hundreds of shacks in the Denver informal settlement in Johannesburg last night. Residents have slammed the fire department – saying their response to the fire was very slow. No injuries have been reported – with the cause of the fire still unknown. The Johannesburg Emergency Service is negotiating with community leaders to house those affected by the fire.
PISTORIUS COULD RETURN TO JAIL
Oscar Pistorius will know tomorrow if he will return to jail when the Supreme Court of Appeal announces its decision in the State’s appeal to have his culpable homicide conviction overturned. The Court is expected to rule if Pistorius’ conviction for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp will be changed from culpable homicide to murder. The State lodged the appeal arguing that Judge Thokozile Masipa mis-interpreted some parts of the law. According to legal experts if the Supreme Court overturns Judge Masipa’s verdict, then she will be responsible for passing a new sentence.
JUDGMENT HANDED DOWN IN TEXTBOOK SAGA
The State has failed in its bid to appeal a high court ruling on textbook delivery. The Supreme Court of Appeal has found the Basic Education Department infringed on learners’ rights. This when it failed to provide textbooks to some schools between 2011 and 2014. The court ruled that the department had a duty to ensure all schoolchildren received textbooks before the start of the academic year.
At the same time
Malema says he will be at the forefront in occupying ABSA branches across the country. Malema wants the bank to change how it pays its employees. He told the media at the party’s headquarters in Braamfonten during his last briefing in 2015. Malema also sheds more light, concerning his recent tour to the United Kingdom.
MANDELA HAD SHORTCOMINGS-MALEMA
EFF leader Julius Malema says former President Nelson Mandela had his shortcomings as a human being. Malema told the media in Braamfontein after he raised concerns in the United Kingdom about some decisions taken by Madiba during the transition in 1994. The EFF leader along with the party’s top brass went to Britain as indication of potential investors and captains of industry and academic
GROUNDED SKYWISE SEEKS HELP FROM PRESIDENT ZUMA
ACSA has grounded Skywise Airline. The airport company has suspended Skyline indefinitely from operating at its airports due to alleged unpaid service fees. This has caused delays and cancellations. Passengers have been left stranded and are fuming accusing the airline of not keeping them properly informed. Women owned airline Skywise has turned to President Jacob Zuma to intervene after ACSA indefinitely suspended it from operating at its airports due to alleged unpaid service fees. The company owes ACSA about R4 million and an additional R4 Million to ATNS. It says there is an agreement reached to pay the arrears in installments and two were duly paid.
VIDEO OF SOUTH AFRICAN HOSTAGE RELEASED
A new video has been released of two people who have been held hostage since 2011 in Mali. Hostages include South African Stephen McGown, McGown and Swedish national Johan Gustafsson were abducted by Al-Qaeda in Mali. Negotiations are underway for their release. In the latest video McGown thanks all the people who have so far been involved in trying to secure his release
OVER 80% OF SA SAY CORRUPTION IS RIFE
Over 80% of South Africans perceive corruption to be on the rise across various sectors. This is according to the Global Corruption Barometer survey which was released on the sidelines of the Africities summit in Sandton. 28 counties in Sub-Saharan Africa were reviewed with 75-million people saying they’ve paid a bribe this year. Transparency international says governments need to introduce stricter rules in order to change these perceptions
BRICS BANK TO ISSUE FIRST LOANS IN APRIL
The 50-billion US Dollar New Development Bank should issue its first loans by April next year. This is word from its first president Kundapur Kamath. One loan would be issued for each of the five countries that make up the Brics forum. The Brics bank was created to fill gaps left by existing international financial institutions and development banks such as the World Bank. Kamath says the first loans would go to the five Brics member countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. He also added that the bank will give developing countries the ability to stand on their own feet
SYRIA VOTE: PM FACES APOLOGY CALLS OVER
David Cameron has kicked off a debate on whether to authorise air strikes in Syria by insisting he respects people who disagree with his position. He faced calls from opposition MPs to apologise for reportedly telling a meeting that opponents of action were “terrorist sympathisers”. The PM told MPs there was “honour” in voting for or against air strikes. A 10-hour Commons debate will end in a vote on whether the UK should join allies in bombing IS targets in Syria.