News wrap-28 September
TIME RUNNING OUT FOR PHIYEGA
Today is D-Day for National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega who has been given until the end of bussiness today to explain why she should not be suspended.President Jacob Zuma established a board of inquiry to probe allegations of misconduct against her last week.This is regarding her role in the Marikana killings in 2012.
DRUG BUST SETS SOCIAL MEDIA ALIGHT
Social media abuzz after news broke that a South African actress has been arrested for allegedly smuggling R4.6 million worth of crystal meth into South Africa. Twitter was quick to launch a probe into the woman’s identity.SARS Customs had earlier released a statement saying the woman arrived at OR Tambo on a flight from Abu Dhabi, concealing 15.4kg of crystal meth in her luggage. The police have since denied the 29-year old woman was a celebrity.
BODIES OF 5 ILLEGAL MINERS FOUND
Police are urging the community near the Grootvlei Mine in Springs to assist in giving information that can lead to the arrests of suspects linked to gang violence in the area. This comes after this morning’s discovery of five bodies believed to be illegal miners. This is the same area where 15 people were killed in clashes between zama zamas earlier this month. The deceased were found with bullet wounds, prompting suspicions that their deaths were gang-related.
SECURITY BEEFED UP AFTER KREJCIR ESCAPE
Correctional Services officials are yet to reveal what action will be taken against inmates who planned to escape from the Kgosi Mampuru correctional center.Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir’s cell was among those searched this weekend.A gun, knives, uniforms and cellphones were found.Authorities believe the items would have been used in a prison break at Zonderwater Correctional Centre.Krejcir is believed to be one of the masterminds behind the plot.
With just 3 days to go before Transport month starts, The City of Joburg is feeling very optimistic with the Inaugural Eco Mobility Festival. Eco Mobility encourages private drivers to look at other modes of transport to travel. Sandton has erected some temporary structures to showcase a city that accommodates more than one mode of transport. This will promote mobility and decrease our carbon footprint with the reduction of private cars. Lisa Steffel from the City says this exercise is not only about closing roads but will address some of current problems when it comes to roads and transport.
HOME AFFAIRS SUSPENDS 26 OFFICIALS
A total of 26 home affairs officials have been suspended. This in a crackdown on document fraud and corruption. Home Affairs minister Malusi Gigaba says the clampdown was under Operation Bvisa Masina – Tshivenda for “throw out the rot”. Minister Gigaba says the officials had been suspended, mostly over fake documentation and working with syndicates who then approached permit applicants for bribes to facilitate documents.