Daily News Brief

Soweto Township
Once home to Nelson Mandela, Soweto Township is a fascinating urban settlement on the outskirts of Johannesburg with much history and culture.

South Africans Voting Abroad:‘Smooth Sailing’ With Flags, Bok Jerseys And High Spirits

Thousands of South Africans living abroad cast their ballots this past weekend. The Independent Electoral Commission said that thousands made their mark. Several South Africans abroad told Eyewitness News on Sunday that the voting process was “smooth sailing”.  Back home, South Africans will head to the polls on 8 May.

Ramaphosa: If You Don’t Vote, You’re Punishing Yourself

President Cyril Ramaphosa said that those who abstain from voting on 8 May would punish themselves, not government. Ramaphosa made the comments during a visit to the town of Mqanduli in the Eastern Cape. He told residents they should vote for the ANC if they want to see changes.

KZN Floods Damage Estimated At R1.1 Billion

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu has confirmed that the damaged caused by the Easter weekend’s devastating floods is estimated at R1.1 billion. Mchunu has given an update following the disasters that claimed the lives of more than 80 people and left hundreds more displaced. He said that most of the damage caused by the floods was in the eThekwini Municipality.

Tshwane Shutdown Protesters Head To Union Buildings

Despite a poor turnout, protesters under the banner of “Tshwane shutdown” were heading to the Union Buildings in two buses. The protesters are angry over the City of Tshwane’s billing system and poor services. The Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) said the organisers had not been granted permission to march.

Stellenbosch University Report On Coloured Women Hinders Progress – ANCYL

The African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) and the party’s Young Women’s Desk said they were dismayed at the release of a report suggesting coloured South African women have an increased risk of low cognitive function. The ANCWL’s youth division blames the university’s council and executive for creating an enabling environment for racists.

ANC Will Not Protect Criminals

Gauteng Premier David Makhura has reiterated that those who have looted from the state and used their positions for their own personal gain will be dealt with decisively. Several high-ranking politicians and government officials have been implicated in serious allegations of corruption at the state capture inquiry. He said the ANC will not protect criminals.

AfriForum Has Double Standards On Old SA Flag, Mandela Foundation Tells Court

The Nelson Mandela Foundation is arguing that AfriForum has double standards when it comes to the display of the apartheid-era flag. The foundation has turned to the Equality Court wanting the flag banned and declared hate speech. Lobby group AfriForum is opposed to it.

Third Murder Charge For Euthanasia Advocate Sean Davison

Euthanasia advocate Sean Davison now faces a third murder charge. Davison appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Monday where the State revealed it was adding another count of premeditated murder to the charge sheet.  Davison made a brief court appearance where he learned that he is now facing a third murder charge.

Magashule Hasn’t Laid a Complaint Over ‘Tapped Phone’ Claims – Letsatsi-DubaState

Security Minister Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba told 702 on Monday that African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Ace Magashule had not filed an official complaint on his allegations that his phone was being tapped. Despite Magashule’s serious allegations, Letsatsi-Duba said he needed to lay an official criminal complaint.

What To Look Out For

South Africa Braces For Fuel Price Increase Effective From May 1st

The Automobile Association says consumers are in for a rough few months following the announcement of a fuel price hike which will come in to effect from Wednesday. The Energy Department announced that all grades of petrol will increase by 54 cents. Diesel and illuminating paraffin will go up by 1 cent and 3 cents per litre, respectively.