Daily News Brief

Daily News Brief
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City Of Tshwane Suspends Bus Services For Safety Reasons

Bus services in Tshwane have been suspended for safety reasons. Officials in the municipality said that they took the decision after Tuesday’s chaos in the capital after a taxi driver was shot dead. Before that, there was an altercation between taxi operators and a group of people who were being accused of dealing in drugs. Bus drivers were dragged into the conflict after they were accused of being involved in the shooting.

Tshwane Looters Target Foreign Nationals In CBD

A foreign national who owns shops in Tshwane has spoken of his loss at the hands of looters who set his property on fire in the CBD on Wednesday. Fuad Mohammed, who owned two shops, said he was targeted by people who stormed his shop before ransacking it. Earlier on Wednesday, groups of people believed to be mainly taxi drivers clashed with foreign nationals who they’d accused of dealing in drugs. The protest appears to have been sparked by the killing of a taxi driver in the CBD on Tuesday.

Police Fire Rubber Bullets At Pretoria CBD Protesters

Police have fired rubber bullets and used stun grenades in the Tshwane CBD in a bid to quell tensions there.  A large group of people believed to be taxi drivers are protesting.  It’s believed they’re angry after one of their own was killed allegedly during confrontations with suspected drug dealers on Tuesday. The protest has also resulted in the suspension of bus services for safety reasons.

Protests Affect Train Services In CT, JHB

Trains services operating on Cape Town’s central line trains have been temporarily suspended. A protest has forced officials to withdraw services. Meanwhile, in Johannesburg, a major railway line has been affected by a protest. The Passenger Rail Agency’s Nana Zenani said: “There are service delivery protests at the Germiston line that have caused us to close the line. Tyres are reportedly burning on the track and the station has reportedly been vandalised.”

EC Police Station Burgled

Police have launched an investigation following a burglary at a police station in Port Elizabeth. Police spokesperson Sibongile Soci said that the incident took place at the Mount Road Police Station on Tuesday night and two laptops were stolen. She said further details surrounding the incident remained unclear at this stage. Soci said officials were investigating.

Cellphone Tower Battery Theft Could Lead To Higher Network Charges

Anti-crime activists are warning that if the theft of cellphone tower batteries did not stop, South Africans could be charged more by network providers. The theft of 20 batteries were recorded in the country last week. It is understood that syndicates had been targeting towers over recent months, stealing batteries worth millions of rands. Network providers were now looking for other ways to prevent the crimes.

Arthur Mafokate Acquitted Of Assaulting Busisiwe Thwala

Veteran kwaito star Arthur Mafokate has been acquitted of assaulting his former girlfriend Busisiwe “Cici” Thwala, his lawyers confirmed in a statement. Mafokate was accused of assaulting Thwala at his Midrand home in 2017 and the case had been in and out of court since then. Record label boss Mafokate also laid a counter-assault charge against Thwala but she was found not guilty.

SABC Relying On Goodwill Of Service Providers To Get By – CEO

The South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) top brass were back in Parliament on Wednesday to brief Members of Parliament (MPs) on the broadcaster’s finances. Officials were kept busy meeting with various committees. The SABC said its dire financial situation worsened during the 2018/19 financial year and the corporation ended with a cash balance of only R72 million in the bank.

Backyarders’ Summit Set For CT Amid Frustration Over Housing

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) intends bringing government officials and communities together to discuss pressing issues relating to housing. A Backyarders’ Summit has been planned for Thursday in the city. This follows protests in several communities earlier this month over housing.

Govt Hails SANDF Deployment In CT A Success, CPFs Disagree

Government believes the army’s deployment to help fight gangsterism in Cape Town has been a success but community policing forums are not convinced it’s enough. They were reacting to seven murders in three shootings in Cape Town on Tuesday. In Siqalo, three bodies were found in the street with bullet wounds to the head. In Samora Machel, the bodies of two women were found lying next to the road and in Delft, a 60-year-old woman and her son were killed, while another person was wounded.

Mapisa-Nqakula: WC’s Challenges Not Effective Policing But Socio-Economic

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said the deployment of the defence force to crime-stricken Cape Town neighbourhoods was a success. Mapisa-Nqakula and other ministers in the peace and security cluster were responding to questions in the National Council of Provinces on Tuesday.  After years of promises, soldiers were eventually sent in to help law enforcement bodies tackle gangs.

Lehohla: Mboweni’s Economic Growth Paper Fails To Address Key Issues

Former Statistician-General Dr Pali Lehohla criticised Treasury’s documents to encourage growth, saying it failed to talk to the country’s triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality. Treasury released the document on Tuesday titled Economic Transformation, Inclusive Growth, and Competitiveness. It was released on the Treasury’s website for the public to comment by 15 September.

What To Look Out For

Kimberly Mental Hospital To Finally Open 13 Years Later After First Brick Laid

The Northern Cape’s Kimberley Mental Health Hospital is set to open its doors next month. MEC Mase Manopole made the announcement on Wednesday during the Health Department’s budget vote and debate for the 2019/2020 financial year. A probe is under way to determine the cause of delays. Construction of the hospital commenced in 2006 and 13 years later, it’s finally ready to take in patients.

Thandi Ndlovu To Be Honoured With Special Provincial Official Funeral

Late struggle stalwart Thandi Ndlovu will be honoured by government with a special provincial official funeral category 2, acting President David Mabuza announced on Wednesday. Dr Ndlovu died after a head-on collision in Rustenburg, in the North West Province, last weekend.

Treasury: Implementation Of Proposals In New Report Could Create 1m Jobs

The Treasury said that if the proposals contained in a new report were implemented, annual growth could expand by as much at three percentage points, creating one million jobs. Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said that the 77-page report compiled by the Treasury had been released for the public to comment by 15 September.