News wrap- 13 October
SEBOLAI APPEALS COURT’S DECISION
After spending his first night at the Johannesburg prison – Donald Sebolai will be brought back to court this Thursday. His lawyer Pule Pule told KayaFM News that they are appealing the court’s decision that found him guilty of murder and defeating the ends of justice. Pule says they believe another court can arrive at a completely different conclusion.
COP ON THE RUN
Just a day after DJ Donald was found guilty of stabbing his girlfriend Dolly Tshabalala to death…Authorities in Tswane say they are searching for a police officer who allegedly sexually assaulted and stabbed his wife. The man who has been serving as a constable – reportedly returned from work accusing his wife of two years of cheating before assaulting her. The 28 year old wife says this was not the first violent altercation.
NUMSA TO MARCH
Metalworkers union NUMSA says its march will send a clear message against the scourge of corruption in South Africa. Union members will flock the streets of Johannesburg tomorrow to march against corruption and looming job losses in the steel industry. This comes in the wake of a number of marches staged to raised concerns over corruption and other socio-economic issues. They will hand in memorandum in several government departments, chamber of mines and other entities. NUMSA also says all workers who will march will be protected after they were granted permit by NEDLAC.
MADONSELA SLAMMED FOR JOINING EFF
The EFF has lashed out at the ruling party for questioning the intention of the Public Protector Thuli Madonsella – in her decision to join the EFF’s Nkandla case. The office of the ANC Chief says Madonsela’s decision to join the EFF’s bid to have President Jacob Zuma repay some of the money spent on Nkandla could dent her institution’s reputation. The EFF wants the Constitutional Court to compel the President to implement Madonsela’s recommendations.
COURT TO HEAR BID TO OUST MOTSOENENG
The DA heads to court today to fight the second part of their case to have SABC Chief Operating Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneg stripped of his position. The party has already won the first half of their case at the Western Cape High Court to have Motsoeneng suspended and a disciplinary hearing heard. However – The public broadcaster says they will first have to study the ruling before suspending him. The case relates to recommendations made by the public protector Thuli Madonsella that Motsoeneng be suspended for lying about his martic certificate
ONE STEP BUSSINESS TO TOWNSHIPS
Gauteng Premier David Makhura is expected to launch a campaign which will allow business in the provinces townships to get onsite assistance for business related problems. The Qondis’ishishini lakho campaign which means Fix your business will be launched tomorrow. Issues of taxation, registration, funding and liquor licenses are some of the areas that will be tackled. The campaign which will run until April next year – aims to register at least 10 000 township businesses.
SASCO ON VARSITY FEES
The South African Students Congress – SASCO has welcomed a proposal by the Department of Higher Education and Training to cap university fees. This comes after the chairperson of the sub-committee on education Naledi Pandor raised concerns about high university fees – which leave learners from poor backgrounds excluded. The department has revealed that it has begun an investigation into who the cost drivers are which lead to exorbitant fees.
DA SLAMS ANC’S RESOLUTIONS
The DA says the ANC’s National General Council resolutions will close down the democratic space in the country. The opposition party says the ANC’s plan to have the Media Appeals Tribunal is an indication of an autocratic party with an intent to control the free flow of information. It also says the ruling party’s plan to have South Africa withdrawing from the International Criminal Court is the final nail in the coffin of the country’s human rights based foreign policy. DA’s Phumzile Van Damme says if these resolutions are taken to parliament, they will oppose them..
GAUTENG HELTH TO TEST OVER 1 MIL FOR HIV
The Gauteng Department of Health aims to test a million people for HIV by World Aids Day on 1 December. Gauteng will collaborate with the 18 civil society sector organizations to run the massive testing campaign. The campaign will be run through a series of outreach activities in October and November as part of the build up to World Aids Day. This year the national commemoration of Aids Day will be in Tshwane. Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu two-thirds of people in Gauteng know their HIV status, while 68% are on antiretroviral treatment. Mahlangu stresses that the province has made progress against HIV, thanks to a strong partnership with other organizations in the past 17 years.
DUTCH TO RELEASE REPORT ON FLIGHT MH17
The Dutch Safety Board is to publish a final report on why Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down and crashed over Ukraine in 2014. All 298 passengers on board died. Preliminary findings say it was hit by “high-energy objects from outside the aircraft”, fueling speculation that a surface-to-air missile was responsible.
SABMILLER REACHES AGREEMENT WITH BELGIUM
Belgium brewer InBev has in principle agreed to buy South Africa-based brewer S.A.B Miller for an estimated 109 billion dollars. The deal brings one out of every three beers sold worldwide under a single company. The potential deal creates the world’s most dominant brewing company.
International ratings agency Standard and Poor has downgraded VW’s long-term debt rating by one notch to A- . This follows its admission that it installed software designed to manipulate diesel engine exhaust emissions in 11 million vehicles. The downgrade reflects their assessment that VW has demonstrated material deficiencies in its management and governance
BOKO HARAM HAS ACCESS TO CLUSTER BOMBS
Nigeria has warned its people that Boko Haram is using deadly cluster bombs. Its understood that these bombs are used against large areas containing many targets such as columns of vehicles, marketplaces, places of worship or large troop concentrations. The insurgents have in recent months increasingly used suicide and bomb attacks in northeast Nigeria. Defence spokesman Rabe Abubakar insists that the military is winning the fight against boko haram.