Daily News Brief

Suspended PIC CEO Denies Interference With Commission

Suspended acting CEO of the Public Investment Corporation, Matshepo More, has categorically denied having interfered in the work of the commission into the PIC. More took the stand on Monday at the inquiry into impropriety at the PIC. She was appointed acting CEO at the end of the last year after her controversial predecessor Dan Matjila was sacked. Her stint was short lived, however, as she was suspended in March this year. She sought to outline what happened before she was placed on precautionary suspension. More said all she did was propose to the board to appoint an external legal firm to assist employees on a voluntary basis in preparing their statements for the commission.

No Bail For Mpumalanga Mother Accused Of Murdering Her 4 Children

The 25-year-old mother accused of the murder of her four children was denied bail on Monday. This came after she pleaded not guilty at the Witbank Magistrates Court. Zinhle Maditla has been accused of killing her children using rat poison in Klarinet, Mpumalanga. Maditla handed herself over to the police on 30 December last year after the decomposing bodies of her four children were discovered inside her house in Klarinet.

Limpopo Father Hangs Two Daughters Before Hanging Himself

Limpopo’s acting police commissioner Jan Scheepers has condemned the continuing violent crimes against children in the province. This after a man killed his two children before hanging himself in Polokwane at the weekend. It’s understood the father of the girls, aged between five and eight, had a domestic dispute with the children’s mother.  Police said the children had been visiting the man for school holidays in Mankweng.

Another Week, Another Murder In Bonteheuwel

Not a week goes by without a murder in Bonteheuwel, with an average of four days between killings this year. At least 40 people were murdered in the community since the start of the year. As a result, 100 municipal law enforcement officers were expected to be deployed to the area from July. The long list of Bonteheuwel murder victims now includes Sharief Cader, whose body was found along Loganberry and Medlar roads on Monday.

Thief Leaves A Trail, Gets Arrested As Stolen Phone Rings Under His Bed

A missed call on a cellphone has led police to a suspected thief who targeted two homes in Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape over the weekend. The 23-year-old robbed two homes and made off with valuable items including two watches and a cellphone. He, however, made a mistake and left a trail that led cops to his home. The police’s Khaya Tonjeni said when they got there, they dialled the number of the stolen phone and it rang.

Almost 500 Inmates Die In SA Prisons Each Year – JICS

The Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services has found that close to 500 inmates die in prisons across the country each year. The JICS has released the latest numbers recorded between 2015 and 2018. A total of 1,495 natural deaths occurred over this period; with most inmates dying from Tuberculosis and HIV/Aids. A further 28 unnatural deaths and 78 suicides were recorded across the 243 correctional services centres in the nation.

Residents of Ikageng In Potch Threaten To Burn Councillors’ Houses

Residents of Ikageng near Potchefstroom are threatening to burn down the houses of three councillors in ward six. It’s understood that residents are accusing the councillors of maladministration and corruption. Residents have blocked the entrances to houses belonging to the officials with burning tyres and are giving them an hour to vacate the houses.

Cele: South Africa Needs 60,000 More Cops To Meet UN Standards

South Africa is 60 000 police officials away from achieving United Nations standards, according to Minister of Police Bheki Cele. The former national police commissioner revealed this during an SABC News interview on Sunday.  At the moment, the country has more than 193 000 officers who ensure that the country’s citizens are safe. But an extra 60 000 officers will help the country meet the basic ratio of one police officer for every 200 people. Currently, SA has one officer for every 383 people – almost double the ratio the UN set.

Herman Mashaba: ‘Alarming Issues’ Discovered In Alex Renewal Project Probe

Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba said the city’s development agency has been responsible for the Alexandra Renewal Project. The project has been under the spotlight amid allegations of misappropriationof funds and corruption after protests over housing in Alexandra. Mashaba said a forensic investigation was under way to find out what happened to the funds and it had already discovered alarming issues related to the project. The mayor said they took a decision to close the project due to a lack of financial assistance.

Soweto Electricity Debt Surpasses R18 Billion

Eskom said Soweto residents now owe the utility more than R18 billion in unpaid electricity bills. In just six months, Soweto residents’ debt increased by more than a R1 billion, pushing the bill to R18 billion. Eskom’s new target was to install more than 26,000 pre-paid electricity meters in the township by the end of March next year.

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Rand Water Maintenance On Major Pipeline Gets Underway

Rand Water said maintenance on a major pipeline was under way and contingency plans were in place to ensure the process ran smoothly. Johannesburg residents were being urged to use water sparingly while technicians worked for two days from Monday. Rand Water has warned that there could be low-pressure supply in some areas.

ANC Lays Crimen Injuria Complaint Against Steve Hofmeyr

The African National Congress has laid a criminal complaint of crimen injuria against Afrikaans singer Steve Hofmeyr. The move follows a tweet Hofmeyr posted last week, which was addressed to South African’s ambassador to Denmark Zinzi Mandela and the Democratic Alliance’s Phumzile van Damme.