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Port Elizabeth Family Of 5 Die In Shack Fire

Port Elizabeth police have opened an inquest docket after five members of a single family died when their home burned down on Tuesday night.  According to the police, the family lived in an informal home in a new area called Bayland, outside Despatch.  A 34-year-old mother lived in the house with her four children.

Police Investigate After 8 Bodies Found Buried In Backyard Of Joburg Home

Police are investigating after eight bodies were found buried in the backyard of a house in Mountain View near Linksfield.  It’s understood that a man was detained by police after complaints of noise and screams at the house on Tuesday led to the discovery of weapons on the premises. Neighbours said when police arrived after they had called them the man who lived there tried to run away.

Soshanguve Community Left Reeling By Sibling Triple Murder

The community of Soshanguve is still reeling over the horrific deaths of three children allegedly at the hands of a man who later committed suicide.  The 29-year-old, who is believed to be the biological father of one of the children and stepfather to the other two, reportedly had an altercation with the mother of the children before the tragic incident.  Police said that they were investigating the cause of the murder.

Public Violence Cases Opened After Buses Torched In Mzimhlope Protest

Police and emergency services on Wednesday were in Mzimhlope in Soweto where three buses and a truck had been set alight by angry residents over the lack of electricity.  Cases of public violence and malicious damage to property have also been opened.  The Meadowlands and Orlando ends of the Soweto Highway remained closed and had been since the early hours of Wednesday morning, which caused heavy traffic congestion for motorists.

Charges Against Ethekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede Cloud Her Budget Speech

Embattled eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede’s budget speech for the 2019-20 financial year was clouded by dramatic scenes as opposition councillors from the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) called for the mayor not to deliver the speech given the charges of fraud, corruption and racketeering against her. African National Congress (ANC) councillors, however, came to her defence, saying Gumede was innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Former Bosasa Execs Back Sahrc Racism Case Against Agrizzi

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said it had received support from former directors at Bosasa who were willing to testify against Angelo Agrizzi in his crimen injuria case. In a recording submitted as evidence at the state capture inquiry earlier this year, the former executive could be heard using the k-word in reference to black Bosasa directors. The SAHRC has accused Agrizzi of hate speech and racism. He appeared in the Equality Court sitting in the Randburg Magistrates Court earlier on Wednesday.

BEE Scoring Was Removed For China South Rail Contract, Zondo Inquiry Hears

The state capture commission of inquiry has heard how black economic empowerment criteria were removed from a Transnet locomotive tender to ensure China South Rail qualified to bid for the contract. The submissions were made by attorney Tshiamo Sedumedi who said that correspondence revealed that the Chinese company was already in talks with Transnet about the tender before it was publicly announced. He said it was clear that the company received preferential treatment.

Gauteng Premier Makhura Names His New Cabinet

Gauteng Premier David Makhura has appointed his executive council for the sixth administration with a few young leaders included.  Makhura on Tuesday postponed the announcement of his Cabinet, citing a need to consult further with the necessary structures.

Govt Struggles To Secure Funding For District 6 Redevelopment

Government has still not been able to secure funding for the redevelopment of District Six. Earlier this month, former Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane told the Western Cape High Court that her department could not afford the undertaking on its own. On Tuesday, her department submitted its three-monthly report on how far it was in providing restitution for District Six land claimants.

What to Look Out For:

President Ramaphosa To Announce New Cabinet At 8pm

The Presidency has announced that President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation on the composition of the national executive from the Union Buildings in Tshwane at 8pm on Wednesday.  It’s understood the president has spent most of Wednesday consulting with African National Congress alliance partners and other structures of his party on his reconfigured Cabinet and ministerial appointments.