Morning news wrap: 27 February 2015
The illegal taxi’s operating on some routes in Johannesburg’s Northern Suburbs are the root cause of the ongoing taxi violence in the city.
Thousands of commuters using some of these taxis are now living in fear of being attacked.
Yesterday, drivers from a taxi association from Alexandra Township blocked William Nicol Drive, preventing drivers from a Diepsloot taxi association from using it.
More people were also injured on Ontdekkers road in a shooting and taxi related assault incidents.
Gauteng’s MEC for Community Safety Sizakele Nkosi Malobane says the province is on a mission to remove illegal operator’s on the provinces roads.
She spoke on today with John Perlman
A taxi driver operating between Alexandra Rosebank had this to say
BASOTHO READY FOR ELECTIONS
Today and tomorrow have been declared public holidays in Lesotho.
This to prepare Basotho go to the polls in a bid to restore stability six months after an attempted coup.
Campaigning has been largely peaceful but tensions are high as police are already closely monitoring the country ahead of tomorrow’s national elections.
GOVERNMENT PREPARS TO CONTAIN WAGE BILL
As government prepares to contain its wage bill public servants are expected to find themselves in the middle of tough wage negotiations
Government now wants pay hikes to be linked to an individual’s performance
The National Treasury says wage hikes should protect the buying power of workers
However the wage hikes should not negatively impact on the budget.
Finance Minister, Nhlanhla Nene, briefed the joint sitting of Parliament’s finance and appropriations committees.
MUHAMMADU BUHARI WILL NOT NEGOTIATE WITH BOKO HARAM
With just a month left until Nigerians are set to head to the polls
Nigeria’s main presidential challenger Muhammadu Buhari says he will not be negotiating with Boko Haram if he wins the March 28 poll.
The elections, due on 14 February, were postponed over security concerns.
Buhari, will face incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan in what analysts say will be the most closely contested election since military rule ended in 1999.
Buhari told the BBC that Boko Haram is not interested in peace