News Wrap-7 December
PISTORIUS TO APPEAR IN COURT
Clarity as to whether or not the lawyers for Oscar Pistorius will try to appeal a ruling over his murder conviction will be evident – when the athlete appears in court tomorrow. Pistorius may take his case to the Constitutional Court after the State successfully challenged his culpable homicide conviction in the Supreme Court of Appeal last week. There is no indication from the State, however, as to whether or not it will oppose bail when Pistorius appears in the High Court in Pretoria. Pistorius will appear before Deputy Judge President Aubrey Ledwaba and his lawyers have agreed he will appear in court on basis of “voluntary surrender.”
HLAUDI’S DISCIPLINARY TO CARRY ON
The disciplinary hearing for SABC boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng has been adjourned until tomorrow morning. The new prosecutor who was assigned the case was not in a position to proceed with the hearing. Motsoeneng’s disciplinary hearing had originally ended however the SABC decided to continue the process. The South African Communist Party believes that the SABC is playing hide and seek with the Western Cape Supreme Court judgement nullifying the employment of Hlaudi Motsoeneng
NEHAWU WORKERS PLAY CATCH-UP AFTER SUCCESSFUL STRIKE
Services at Parliament are getting back to normal as workers reported for duty this morning. This follows a three-week strike over performance bonuses. Employees have hailed the strike as a success. Workers who were away from their posts for four days or less will have the money deducted over three months from February. Workers away from their posts for longer would have the pay for those days deducted over eight months. NEHAWU parliamentary branch chairperson Sthembiso Tembe says in future there would be a moderator and a chairperson to help facilitate negotiations.
SANRAL AUTOMATED TOLLS GO LIVE
Traffic has eased up at some of the country’s toll plaza’s, this is after Sanral launched the automated pay systems for road users with electronic tags on Friday. Road users with electronic tags will no longer have to stop and pay tolls with cash or credit cards. The payment is done automatically through tags fitted to the vehicle. The toll plazas include the N1 from Pretoria to Musina in Limpopo, the N1 between Bloemfontein and Johannesburg among other
SKYWISE LOOKING FOR INVESTORS
The country’s low-cost airline Skywise is looking for investors to invest by tomorrow. Airports Company SA suspended Skywise’s flights last week due to unpaid airport charges for landing, takes off, parking of aircraft and related service charges. The airline turned to Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters, asking her to implore SAA to accommodate all its passengers scheduled to travel. But Peters told Skywise that it is the airline’s responsibility to accommodate its affected passengers. The department did, however, ask SAA to assist where possible with the understanding that payment arrangements would be made accordingly.
DEBIT ORDER FRAUDSTERS
One of the country’s largest payment systems company Smart Collect has advised consumers -especially those traveling to Durban to be aware of Debit order fraudsters. SmartCollect MD Fred Steffers says the festive season has always been a busy period for fraudsters – who deduct money from consumers’ accounts. Steffers says criminals usually deduct money less than R100 because most banks do not send notifications to clients for any amount lower than that
GAUTENG EMS GETS A SHOT IN THE ARM WITH
In a bid to improve emergency response time in Gauteng, the department of health has purchased a total of 92 ambulances. Gauteng Premier, David Makhura together with Health MEC, Qedani Mahlangu officially unveil the new fleet at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto today . Speaking to kayaNews, Mahlangu says Sixty of the ambulances would be dedicated to transporting pregnant women to healthcare facilities.
ZULU KING: APARTHEID GOVERNMENT RESPECTED ME
Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has once again come under fire. This time for allegedly praising the apartheid regime at an event in KwaZulu-Natal over the weekend. According to reports, the king criticized black South Africans for failing to build on the successes of the National Party. Zwelithini apparently said black people would rather choose to burn down the infrastructure and gains made during those years. According to Zwelithnini, under the National Party South Africa had a strong economy, with a strong rand, and a “mighty army”. The king went on to say that while the National Party created anti-black laws, they also had great respect for him.
UN BOSS CALL FOR LEADERSHIP ON CLIMATE
United Nations secretary general Ban Ki Moon says the delegation gathered in Paris for climate change talks must find each other to reach a workable deal. This as COP 21 negotiators have not finalised a deal, which is set to be a trade-off between developing country’s demands particularly for finance. But with a drafted deal in sight, there are divisions over how the agreement is worded, in a way that will bind rich countries to continued investments, beyond the deal struck a few years ago.