Daily News Brief

Daily News Brief
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Teacher Shot Dead At KZN School

Police are investigating a shooting at a KwaZulu-Natal school that left a teacher dead on Tuesday morning.  An unknown man entered the school premises in Folweni and fired multiple shots at the 48-year-old male teacher who was walking down a passage at the time.

With Dam Levels At 34.9%, WC Residents Urged To Use Water Sparingly

The Western Cape government has called on citizens to use water sparingly. It says the public needs to continue using water responsibly to ensure dams levels recover during the wetter months. Parts of the Central Karoo and other farming areas in the province are still reeling from the province’s worst drought in 2017.  Dam levels in the province are currently at 34.9%.

Derek Hanekom Becomes 8th ANC MP To Resign

The African National Congress’ (ANC) office of the chief whip has confirmed Derek Hanekom as the latest former minister to resign as a member of Parliament on Tuesday. The resignation of Hanekom, former tourism minister, followed that of former ministers Bathabile Dlamini, Jeff Radebe, Nomaindia Mfeketo, Susan Shabangu, Thokozile Xasa, Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba and Siyabonga Cwele.

Civil Rights Groups Turn To Court To Have Arms Deal Findings Set Aside

The Pretoria high Gauteng High will on Tuesday hear an application by two civil rights organisations to have the findings and recommendations of the controversial Arms Deal inquiry reviewed and set aside. The court application by Corruption Watch and Right2know came after Judge Willie Seriti, who headed the commission, exonerated politicians of wrongdoing when he released his report in 2016.  Zuma used the findings of the commission in his court bid for a permanent stay of prosecution in his corruption case, saying he was exonerated.

ANC Thanks MPs For Service After Resignations

The African National Congress (ANC) in Parliament has thanked former ministers Jeff Radebe and Dr Siyabinga Cwele for their service, saying while they are leaving the legislature, they won’t be lost to the party. On Monday, the party confirmed it was in the process of reviewing its list to the National Assembly and would soon announce who would take over from the former ministers.

Bathabile Dlamini Resigns As MP With Immediate Effect

Bathabile Dlamini is the latest member of Parliament to tender her resignation. In a written letter to ANC secretary- general Ace Magashule, she said serving the party, as well as the ANC Women’s League, was something many South Africans wished for. The former Minister of Women in the Presidency failed to make a comeback after the controversy during her term as Social Development Minister.

What To Look Out For

Slow Progress On Getting MyCiTi Buses Back On Express Route

Daily negotiations to get MyCiTi buses back on the N2 Express route have yet to show any progress. The service was suspended since the contract expired in May and the city was struggling to get parties to sign a new one. Only limited Golden Arrow buses were available in the areas affected.

Human Settlements MEC Maile Confident He Will Win Case Against EFF’s Mashego

Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Lebogang Maile said he was confident he would win his case against Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Gauteng leader Mandisa Mashego.  Maile laid a charge of crimen injuria at the Alexandra police station on Monday, after Mashego labelled him a thug and a liar. Mashego also claimed that Maile and former premier Paul Mashatile looted money destined for the Alex renewal project.  Maile said he was not a liar or a thug. He said the accusations cast aspersions on his career, integrity and standing in society.

Another Lawyer Drops Vicki Momberg

Convicted racist Vicki Momberg has lost yet another legal representative in the case against her.  Momberg was in the Johannesburg High Court on Tuesday to appeal her conviction and her two-year sentence.  She was found guilty of four counts of crimen injuria for using the K-word 48 times as she was racially abusing police officers in 2016.

Task Team Set Up To Have Charges Against Fita Khupe Reinstated

A task team has been set up to help the community of Vlakfontein lodge a claim to have charges against Fita Khupe reinstated. Seven murder charges against Khupe were withdrawn on Friday after the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said they had no reasonable prospects of prosecutions due to lack of evidence among other reasons.

Christopher Panayiotou Heads To Concourt To Appeal Conviction

Wife killer Christopher Panayiotou believes he didn’t have a fair trial and has gone to the Constitutional Court to appeal his conviction. Previous applications for leave to appeal were unsuccessful in the Port Elizabeth High Court and the Supreme Court of Appeal. The Port Elizabeth businessman was serving a life sentence for orchestrating the murder of his wife, Jayde Panayiotou, in 2015.