News wrap- 14 October
The Independent Police Investigative Directorate is investigating a case of rape by one of their own. An officer from the Mondeor police station has been arrested for allegedly raping his colleague’s teenage daughter. The incident apparently happened yesterday afternoon at the officer’s home in Vosloorus. He is expected to appear in court tomorrow.
SABMILLER SALE NOT A DONE DEAL
National treasury may oppose the R1,4-trillion takeover deal of SAB Miller. This after the global beer giant welcomed “in principle” a new takeover bid from rival brewer An-houser-Bush. Treasury is apparently concerned about the impact of the sale on the tax base. SABMiller contributed around R16-billion to South African tax revenue in the previous fiscal year.
UNION TO GIVE UPDATE ON 2014 MATRIC CHEATING
The National Teachers’ Union says its concerned about the unfair treatment of Grade R teachers across the country. The union says the early childhood development practitioners were denied a salary adjustment in 2015. The organisation now wants the department of Basic education to intervene. A media briefing will be held by the union today to highlight pressing issues within the department. The briefing is also expected to discuss the readiness for the upcoming matric exams and developments following last year’s cheating scandal.
MOTSOENENG TOLD TO ATTEND DISCIPLINARY
SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng has been given notice to attend a disciplinary hearing at the end of the month. This is according to an affidavit he filed. The affidavit accompanied his application to the Constituional Court for leave to appeal a recent Supreme Court of Appeal judgment.The Suprime court upheld a Western Cape High Court order that he be suspended for 60 days while a disciplinary hearing was conducted.
Gauteng Premier David Makhura and Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau – head back to the streets today as the Ntirisano Community Outreach continues. The outreach – which is expected to run for the next two days – will see the Premier and Mayor going out to Davidsonville and Soweto to assess service delivery progress. The outreach follows a commitment made by Makhura that he would work with provincial government to attend to the community’s challenges
LUNGI SISULU DIES OF CANCER
The Sisulu family is mourning the death of Mlungisi Sisulu‚ the second son of Walter and Albertina Sisulu. He died at the Donald Gordon Hospital in Johannesburg last night. Its understood he was under treatment for cancer. Mlungisi is survived by his wife Sheila‚ son Linda‚ daughters Nontsikelelo and Boitumelo. Details of his burial and memorial services are not yet clear.
ANGER ERUPTS AT WITS OVER FEES
Enraged Wits University students have blocked off entrances to the institution in a protest against planned fee increases. Fees are expected to go up by 10.5 percent from next year due to declining government subsidies. However the students will have none of it, saying the “exorbitant” increase excludes working class students from the chance of getting a higher education. They blocked cars trying to enter the university from, disrupted classes, opened lecture hall doors and chanted struggle songs. Meanwhile the institution says students were consulted a number of times on fee increases at Wit University.
UPDATE ON NUMSA MARCH
Cosatu’s former secretary general Zwelinzima says South Africa can no longer tolerate corruption which ravages the country. Vavi is taking part in the Numsa led anti-corruption march in the Johannesburg CBD. Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota and Numsa’s secretary general Irvin Jim are also in attendance to demonstrate against corruption, looming job losses and growing poverty levels in South Africa.
SANKARA REMAINS: BURKINA FASO LATE LEADER
Authorities in Burkina Faso say the supposed autopsy report of the country’s former leader Thomas Sankara shows that he was “riddled with bullets”. Sankara’s family is still waiting for DNA results to confirm the body’s identity. Sankara was hastily buried in a 1987 coup. Permission for an exhumation was denied during the 27-year rule of his successor Blaise Compaore, who was ousted in an uprising last year. Compaore has always denied being involved in the ex-leader’s killing, insisting that the “facts are known” and he has “nothing to hide”.
NIGERIA ARRESTS MASTERMINDS OF ABUJA BLAST
Two prime suspects and masterminds of multiple explosions that ripped through Nigeria’s capital, Abuja have been arrested. The attacks in Kuje and Nyanya believed to have been carried out by Boko Haram, killed at least 18 people. The police say they had foiled another attack in the capital. The suspects are expected to appear in court soon.