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South African News

167 Rhino Horns Confiscated, Two Suspects Arrested In One Of SA’s Biggest Hauls

South African police said on Sunday that they had found 167 rhino horns believed to be destined for Asia and nabbed two suspects in a sting operation in the North West province. It is one of the biggest hauls of rhino horns in the country, according to an elite police unit that investigates specialised types of crime known as the Hawks. The suspects aged 57 and 61 years are expected to appear in the Brits town magistrate court on Monday.

Ramaphosa Honours ANC Stalwart John Nkadimeng With Isitwalandwe Award

African National Congress (ANC) president Cyril Ramaphosa has honoured 94-year-old struggle stalwart John Nkadimeng with the Isitwalandwe Award. Nkadimeng served on the ANC’s political and military council and was the chairperson of the ANC’s political committee. Ramaphosa and the ANC leadership visited Nkadimeng’s house in Kew on Monday morning.

New SABC Board To Decide Fate Of Two Executives Fresh On The Job

The new South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board will have to decide the fate of two executives with barely a week on the job. Group Chief Operations Officer Chris Maroleng has been found guilty of three charges related to gross negligence and breaching fiduciary duties as a director. According to the disciplinary inquiry report seen by Eyewitness News, Maroleng has been found guilty of breaching his fiduciary duties as a director after writing a recommendation letter for former employee Marcia Mahlalela who had left the institution under a cloud of suspicion.

Robert McBride Concludes Testimony At The Zondo Commission

McBride Highlights concerns raised over how rendition probe was handled. Former head of Ipid Robert McBride said that he raised what he termed the “sinister secrecy” with which the so-called rendition investigation was handled when he was interviewed by Werksmans Attorneys. He was testifying for a third day at the Zondo commission of inquiry on Monday. He had previously testified about how he raised concerns about the probe which had implicated senior Hawks officials in the unlawful arrest and deportation of Zimbabwean suspects.

Ennerdale Protests Over Poor School Infrastructure

Residents of Ennerdale, south of Johannesburg, are protesting over poor school infrastructure. The residents are demanding to speak to the Department of Basic Education to address the poor infrastructure at schools in Ennerdale. Several roads were barricaded with burning tyres and rocks on Monday. The residents are demanding the release of five protesters who have been arrested following demonstrations in the community.

District Six: Again Failed By Government

It was 1980 when 77-year-old Mareldia Voterson, her husband, their nine children and one grandchild were forced to leave their home in District Six. Nearly 60,000 people who were forcibly removed under the apartheid forced removals act [Group Areas Act] after it was declared a “whites only” area on 11 February 1966. The claimants are headed back to the Western Cape High Court on 17 April. Their lawyers have filed a contempt of court application, following government’s submission in February when it filed papers on its progress into the redevelopment plan.

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR

Man Driving Stolen Bakkie Caught With R3.8m In Abalone To Appear In Court

A man will appear in court soon.  A bakkie driver was arrested by the Western Cape police after 44 bags containing 4,407 pieces of abalone with a street value of R3.8million were found in his possession. He was arrested during a law enforcement operation on Monday morning in Swellendam.