News Wrap – 21 September
It still remains to be seen what action teacher’s union SADTU will take against the Department of Basic Education. This after the department announced that the Annual National assessment would go ahead this year after all.
Earlier this month it appeared that the department had succumbed to pressure from SADTU to scrap the tests.
ETWATWA SUSPECTS RELEASED
Gauteng police have released all suspects arrested in connection with violence that has left three people dead in Etwatwa, on the East Rand.
The suspects were arrested by members of the Ekurhuleni police following information from the community.
They are accused of being part of the notorious OVL gang and also being linked to the murders of twin brothers Sabelo and Samkelo Mayisela.
The police’s Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini says they did thorough investigations and found that the suspects were not linked to the murders.
CORRECTIONS LAUNCHES OPERATION HIRA
The Department of Correctional Services has launched ‘Operation Hira’, to create employment opportunities for ex-offenders.
The aim of the campaign is to expose communities and potential employees to possible opportunities within the Department of Correctional Services.
The National Commissioner of Correctional Services, Zach Modise, is officially launching the campaign today at the Johannesburg Correctional Centre.
HAWKS HEAD TO FIGHT SUSPENSION
KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head Major General Johan Booysen is heading to court to challenge his suspension.
Booysen was suspended last week by newly appointed national head of the Hawks Berning Ntlemeza.
By the end of last week Booysen had already submitted an urgent application in the Durban High Court to halt his suspension.
KENYAN SCHOOLS SHUT DOWN
Public schools in Kenya have been shut by the government in response to the three-week teachers’ strike.
Kenya’s Supreme Court has ordered a pay increase of at least 50%, but the government is challenging this.
President Uhuru Kenyatta says that teachers are well paid already and a salary increase would destroy government finances.
BDS HAS NO INTENTION TO DISRUPT PHARRELL CONCERT
The Boycott – Divestment and Sanctions movement says it has no intention to disrupt the actual performance of international star Pharrell Williams’ this evening.
This comes as atleast 40 000 people are expected to picket outside the entrance of the Grand West Casino this evening.The City of Cape Town says its ready to deal with the protest action.
TSIPRAS BACK AT THE HELM IN GREECE
In Greece, Prime minister Alexis Tsipras has been voted back into office. Tsipras – who resigned last month after a split in his party has vowed to steer Greece’s battered economy to recovery.
TRANSPORT MINISTER WARNS MOTORISTS YET AGAIN
Transport minister Dipuo Peters has issued a stern warning to motorists who fail to obey traffic laws. This follows a horrific crash – where five people died in Kwa Zulu Natal near Ladysmith at the weekend.
The EThekwini municipality in Durban, has signed a new aviation deal with Qatar Airlines that will see flights leaving from the King Shaka International Airport to Doha from December.
The agreement was announced at the 2015 world routes strategy summit taking place in Durban.
CORRUPTION COSTS SOUTH AFRICA MILLIONS
Corruption has cost South Africa over R 700 billion over the past 20 years.
These findings have motivated The Coalition Against Corruption to take a stand against tender fraud in the country. The organisation now wants National Treasury to name and shame all state entities involved in tender irregularities.