Daily News Brief

Daily News Brief
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9 People Shot Within 1 hour 15 Minutes In Delft

The Delft Community Policing Forum (CPF) said nine people were shot during a space of an hour and 15 minutes on Wednesday night. Of the nine, three were killed and while six were injured including a 12-year-old boy. This comes mere days after a six-year-old was gunned down in the Lavender Hill area. Residents said they have lost count of how many people have died in the area this year due to the ongoing gang violence.

SA Express Remains Grounded Over R70M Debt To Airports Company SA

SA Express acting CEO Siza Mzimela said the fact that they have been able to pay salaries while they operate with half a fleet, showed that they were doing something right. The airline remains grounded after failing to service its R70 million debt to the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA). SA Express and the public enterprises department on Thursday are still negotiating for a R200 million bailout from government.

Stats SA: South Africa Has Almost 3.6 Million Impoverished Households

With the country’s economy deteriorating daily, South Africa now has close to 3.6 million indigent households. Stats SA released its non-financial census of municipalities on Thursday which shows ratepayers are struggling to survive. The report states the bulk of poor households receive water for free. Just more than 2.8 million South Africans receive free water services from municipalities. Free basic electricity is provided to just over two million indigent households.

SAA Managed To Resuscitate Corruption Cases Against Employees: Vusi Pikoli

South African Airways (SAA) chief risk and compliance officer Vusi Pikoli on Thursday said he has managed to resuscitate corruption cases at the national carrier, which were reported to the Hawks but not acted on because of state capture. Parliament’s public enterprises committee was at Airways Park in Kempton Park to meet with the boards of SAA and SA Express. The former National Prosecuting Authority head was appointed to his position at SAA in February as part of the turnaround strategy at the national carrier.

Mkhwebane Withdraws Appeal In Gordhan Matter

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has withdrawn her application for leave to appeal the interdict ruling in the matter related to the South African Revenue Service (Sars) investigations unit. In July, the High Court in Pretoria ordered the suspension of the remedial action which required President Cyril Ramaphosa to take disciplinary steps against Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan. The minister is taking the report on judicial review.

Modise Calls On SA Women To Unite Across Class, Race, Ideology

National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise has called on South African women to unite across the lines of class, race and ideology that divide them. Modise was delivering the keynote address at the start of the Women’s Parliament taking place in the National Assembly chamber on Thursday. The gathering’s theme was focused on tackling gender-based violence but also marked the launch of a series of provincial women’s parliaments aimed at reviewing the 1994 Women’s Charter.

Adam Catzavelos Reaches R150K Settlement Over K-Word Video

Adam Catzavelos has reached a settlement with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) over his racist comments made while holidaying in Greece. The businessman appeared in the Randburg Magistrates Court on Thursday where details of the R150,000 fine were disclosed. Last year, Catzavelos sparked outrage when he posted a video of himself on a Greek island remarking how happy he was about the absence of black people and using the K-word in the recording.

Catzavelos Legal Woes Far From Over After Settlement With SAHRC

Adam Catzavelos may have reached a hefty settlement with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) over his racist comments, but his legal woes are far from over. On Thursday morning, the businessman was slapped with the fine which he would pay over 30 months. He also has to serve community service. Last year, he posted a video while holidaying in Greece remarking how happy he was about the absence of black people on a beach.

Parents Urged To Seek Legal Recourse After Illegal Ivory Park Schools Shut

The Gauteng Education Department has advised parents who seek legal recourse after about 20 bogus schools were shut down in Ekurhuleni to approach the police. The department said on Wednesday that an auditing process to determine where to place the affected pupils was continuing after they were removed from the illegal schools in Ivory Park on Monday. It’s understood the schools were operating from shacks and even churches, and parents were paying between R400 and R450 a month.

Cosatu Calls For Mboweni’s Economic Strategy Document To Be Withdrawn

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) called for the withdrawal of the draft economic strategy document released by the Treasury. On Thursday, Cosatu described the document as an attempt to exploit the fiscal crisis by pushing a rightwing agenda. The economic strategy is aimed at aligning government’s economic approach towards the achievement of inclusive growth, economic transformation and competitiveness.

WC Safety Mec Fears Impact Of Police Ammo Shortage

Western Cape Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz fears that an SAPS ammunition shortage will severely affect crime prevention. Fritz said that he’s written to acting provincial commissioner Sindile Mfazi about the matter. The police confirmed it had a shortage of ammunition because a supplier could not keep up with demand. Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz was demanding answers.

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Bushiri Fraud Case Postponed To November

The fraud case against controversial church leader Shepherd Bushiri has been postponed to November. The self-proclaimed prophet and his wife Mary made a brief appearance in the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in Pretoria on Thursday. They’re facing charges of fraud, money laundering and contravening the Prevention of Organised Crime Act.

Cosatu Plans Marikana Rally, Ramaphosa Expected To Join

Trade union federation Cosatu said it was planning a workers rally in Marikana in October, adding that it would make sure that President Cyril Ramaphosa would also get to visit the North West informal settlement and surrounding communities. This would be the first time that Ramaphosa and Cosatu visit the area since the Marikana massacre in 2012. Cosatu president Zingiswa Losi said the federation also wanted a fresh investigation into the killing of all workers in Marikana.

Farmworkers Give Authorities Deadline To Respond To Grievances Over Pesticides

Farmworkers have handed over a memorandum to government calling for 67 pesticides to be banned. They said that the substances were making workers and their children sick. The march was organised by Women on Farms. Women from various farms in the province sang and held placards as they marched to Parliament on Wednesday. They said that the 67 pesticides they wanted banned had already been outlawed in the European Union.