News Wrap- 30 November
DARK WEEKEND FOR MOTORISTS
Emergency service provider ER24 has described this past weekend as a dark one for motorists, families and road traffic officials.The company says its staff had to attend to 30 fatal accidents. Described as one of the worst accidents – this weekend 19 people died and four others were critically injured after a taxi and a truck collided on the R28 between Westonaria and Vereeniging.
Pre-liminary investigations into the accident has revealed that the taxi was overloaded.It appears that there were 19 occupants in the 15 seater minibus. According to Gauteng MEC for Community Safety Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane the investigation shows that speeding caused the accident which killed 19 people. Malobane further says that commuters need to exercise their right to safety and not board taxis that are clearly breaking the law
16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM
Women with disabilities experience violence and abuse in amplified proportions compared to other women.This is word from the University of South Africa – which says that research has shown that cultural myths have perpetuated the abuse of women with disabilities. As the country marks 16 days of activism for violence against women and children – police say they have embarked on door to door visits to help educate women about abuse. Abuse remains prevalent in many communities in the country – this mother spoke to KayaFM News about the fatal rape of her daughter and how she dealt with it
POLICE LAUCH A MANHUNT FOR ALEX HIJACKING
Gauteng police have launched a manhunt for two suspects who shot and injured an officer in Alexandra township. Police say the suspects stole their getaway car from the Jeppe police station a month ago. They also allegedly broke into a house in Bramley this morning. Alexandra police station commander Moses Maphakela says the suspects are linked to other crimes committed in the township. Maphakela says he believes the arrested suspects can assist in locating the ones who fled.
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CRIMINAL CHARGES LAID AGAINST PHIYEGA
A case of defeating the ends of justice has been registered against suspended national police commissioner Riah Phiyega. National police spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi confirmed the case had been registered, but would not be drawn on the details. It was still unclear on what grounds Phiyega had been accused of defeating the ends of justice.
In October 2013, Phiyega was also accused of defeating the ends of justice and was investigated by police watchdog the Independent Police Investigative Directorate.The allegations surround claims that Phiyega tipped off Western Cape police commissioner Lieutenant General Arno Lamoer about investigations against him. The docket was investigated and referred to the NPA for a decision, with the director of public prosecutions declining to pursue the case in court.
PIKITUP TEMPORARY SERVICE PROVIDERS
Pikitup has advised residents of Johannesburg to take their garbage out for collection today – this comes after a service provider was temporarily hired by the waste management company after its workers down tools. According to the company – there is about 30 000 tons of waste that needs to be removed. Workers began protest action last week – trashing areas including Hillborw, Braamfontein and the CBD demanding salary increases and the resignation of Pikitup Managing director Amanda Nair
ZUMA, BUHARI ‘TO MEET’ OVER MTN’S $5.2BN
President Jacob Zuma is expected to use Nigerian counterpart Muhamadu Buhari’s visit to Johannesburg to discuss the MTN fine. Buhari is anticipated to be in South Africa this weekend for the Forum of China-Africa Co-operation taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre. The Nigerian Communications Commission fined MTN 75 billion rand.
The fine was imposed because MTN Nigeria did not disconnect 5.1 million subscribers as required by the country’s SIM registration rules. The Commission has since escalated the matter to President Buhari to decide.
CONCOURT FINDS TLOKWE ELECTIONS NOT FREE
The by-elections held in Tlokwe in the North West in 2013, were not free and fair. This is a ruling made by the Constitutional Court, which says the closely contested vote fell short of the standards set out in the Constitution. Eight independent councillors applied to have the results of the 2013 vote in Potchefstroom set aside. The councillors, including three expelled ANC members, claimed the election had been rigged
PARLIAMENT WORKERS REFUSE TO BE SLAVES
Chairperson of NEHAWU in parliament Sthembiso Tembe has lashed out at some parliament workers who have given up on the strike and returned to work. The strike enters its fourth week today – with more talks to resolve the impasse expected to be held later today. Tembe has criticized the non- striking workers during his address to Nehawu members outside parliament this morning – calling them cowards and calling for other workers to remain strong
COUNTING UNDER WAY IN BURKINA FASO ELECT
Counting is under way in Burkina Faso where voters have been choosing a new president and parliament after a year of political turmoil. It’s the first election since last year’s popular uprising which toppled longstanding president Blaise Compaore. The vote was due to have been held last month but was delayed by a failed coup in September led by members of the elite presidential guard. Provisional results are expected by this evening. Analysts say this could be the most open and democratic vote in the country’s history.
OBAMA CALLS SUMMIT – ACT OF DEFIANCE
US President Barack Obama has told crucial UN climate talks in Paris that the negotiations represent an act of defiance. This follows attacks in the city two weeks ago in which 130 people were killed. 150 heads of state and government are attending the first day of the two-week talks, instructing their negotiating teams on coming to a deal. The Paris talks are seen as a last chance for coordinated global action on climate change under the UN.