Daily News Brief

Daily News Brief
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Semenya Wins 2,000m Race In Paris Amid IAAF Fight

Caster Semenya won Tuesday’s rarely-run 2,000m race in Montreuil, east of Paris, amid her ongoing legal battle with the IAAF over its testosterone rules. The double 800m Olympic champion, who was racing for the first time since a controversial new gender ruling came into effect, finished in 5min 38.19sec ahead of Ethiopian pair Hawi Feysa and Adanech Anbesa.

Specialised Team Established After 6 Officers Shot In Nyanga

Police have established a specialised team to track down the gunmen who ambushed anti-gang unit (AGU) members in Samora Machel in Nyanga. Six officers came under attack while conducting an operation on Wednesday. The officers were hospitalised, two of them in a serious condition. Authorities said the unit’s members were moving in on suspects in the Sweet Home Farm area. They arrested one suspect allegedly linked to recent murders in the area. While searching for another suspect sought for serious crimes they came under gunfire.

Cele On Anti-Gang Unit Attack: This Is An Attack On The State

Police Minister general Bheki Cele has strongly condemned shooting of six anti-gang unit members in Cape Town on Wednesday morning. The officers were hospitalised after they came under fire in Samora Machel, in Nyanga. The incident occurred in the early hours of Wednesday morning. They were ambushed while conducting an operation to track down those responsible for this week’s gang violence.

I’m A Single Parent, That Pension Will Help My Family – Dlamini On Parly Exit

Former Minister Bathabile Dlamini has told Eyewitness News she resigned from Parliament because she needed the ministerial pension benefits to take care of her family. Dlamini spoke to EWN in a wide-ranging interview on Wednesday, a day after she resigned claiming she was made a scapegoat for the South African Social Security Agency.

Lower-ranking Officials Were Blamed For Gupta Waterkloof Landing- Madonsela

Former Public Protector Professor Thuli Madonsela said she was surprised that Parliament decided that she shouldn’t hand over the Waterkloof report before she left office. Madonsela said she had completed investigations and knew who was in the wrong beyond the passing of the buck to lower-ranking officials. Former international relations head of protocol Bruce Koloane claimed he was put under pressure by a “number one”, believed to be former President Jacob Zuma, to facilitate the landing.

Rob Packham Handed 22-Year Sentence For Wife’s Murder

Constantia businessman Rob Packham has been handed a 20-year sentence for the murder of his wife. Besides the 20-year jail term for killing Gill Packham, he’s been handed four years for defeating or obstructing the administration of justice. Two of those four years will run concurrently with the 20 year sentence. This means Packham has effectively been sentenced to 22 years in prison. Last month, the 58-year-old was found guilty of murder and defeating or obstructing the administration of justice in the Western Cape High Court.

ATM’s Ngqulwana Withdraws Case Claiming Magashule Helped Form The Party

As the African National Congress (ANC) prepared to investigate claims that its secretary-general Ace Magashule was involved in the formation of an opposition party, the African Transformation Movement (ATM), the person who initially made the claims in court withdrew their case. On Tuesday, News24 reported that the party resolved to launch the investigation that would be led by former President Kgalema Motlanthe.  But Eyewitness News saw a court order which confirmed Ngqulwana withdrew his case.

Vicki Momberg Blames Media, Justice System After Losing 6th Lawyer

Convicted racist Vicki Momberg on Tuesday said the justice system had closed its doors on her, which made it difficult to find legal representation. Momberg on Tuesday appeared in the Johannesburg High Court after being abandoned by her sixth lawyer. After refusing to approach legal aid to take up her case again and failing to convince the court that she would be able to secure representation, Momberg was forced to argue her case on Tuesday. She blamed her struggles of securing consistent legal representation on the justice system.

What To Look Out For

ID Smart Cards Could Prevent Fake Marriages

Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Tuesday the full roll-out of the smart identity cards should bring about an end to cases of fraudulent marriages. Motsoaledi told Eyewitness News that the green bar-coded ID was vulnerable to security breaches leading to instances of identity duplication to the detriment of unsuspecting victims. This follows an EWN exposé, which found that many women had been trapped in fake marriages.

Educators Union Of SA: Teachers Have No Choice But To Arm Themselves

The Educators Union of South Africa said on Wednesday government was forcing teachers to arm themselves as it failed to guarantee their safety at schools. The teacher’s union was reacting to the killing of an educator at the Masuku Primary School in KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday. General secretary Siphiwe Mpungose said teachers don’t want to advocate violence but were left with no other choice. But the department said if teachers armed themselves, violence in schools would only escalate.