Daily News Brief

Daily News Brief
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Amy-Lee de Jager Kidnappers Demand Ransom

The family of a six-year-old girl who’s been abducted in Vanderbijlpark have told Eyewitness News the kidnappers have demanded a ransom. Amy-Lee de Jager was kidnapped in front of Laërskool Kollegepark on Monday from her mother’s car. Police said that the grade R pupil was then pushed into a white Toyota Fortuner by four men, who sped off with her.

Lynette Volschenk Murder Accused Due Back In Court

A man accused of the murder of Lynette Volschenk is expected to return to the local magistrates court on Monday morning. Kyle Ruiters was arrested shortly after Lynette Volschenk’s body was found in her flat in Loevenstein last month. The motive for the killing is not yet clear. Ruiters, aged 24, has been detained at the Bellville Police Station since his arrest almost two weeks ago.

No Arrests After CT Girl’s Body Found In Grandmother’s Backyard

Authorities are probing a murder in which a teenager was the victim. The Heinz Park community is reeling following the killing of a 14-year-old girl in the area. The teen’s body was found in her grandmother’s backyard on Sunday morning. No arrests have yet been made. Heinz Park youth leader Tashreeq Perry said the teen girl’s murder rocked the community.

SA Boxing Champ’s Cop Boyfriend Due In Court For Her Murder

A police officer is expected in the dock on Monday for the murder of East London boxing champion Leighandre “Baby Lee” Jegels. She was allegedly shot and killed by her boyfriend, a South African Police Service member. The man is also accused of shooting and wounding the woman’s mother on Friday night. Police watchdog Ipid is probing the shooting.

Gauteng Top Cop Condemns Joburg CBD Violence, Looting, Arson

Gauteng police commissioner Elias Mawela has described the violence, looting and arson in the city as lawless and inhumane. More than 40 people have been arrested in connection with the unrest in Jeppestown, Malvern, Tembisa and surrounding areas. The police’s Mathapelo Peters said that Mawela has called for calm. In Malvern, shop owners who were affected by the looting and arson attacks were now opening complaints with the police. On Sunday night, a mob broke into several buildings in Malvern, torching them.

Cele Says JHB CBD Lootings Are A National Emergency

Police Minister Bheki Cele on Monday described the situation in the Johannesburg CBD as a national emergency, saying more officers will be deployed to deal with the unrest. Looting has been reported in a number of areas including Jeppestown, Malvern, Ekurhuleni and Sunnyside in Pretoria on Monday. Metro bus services have been suspended in the wake of the unrest.

Residents Describe Fresh Attacks, Shop Lootings In Jeppestown

Residents of Jeppestown have described the frantic scenes of fresh attacks and looting being carried out on several shops in the area. More than 40 people have been arrested for public violence since the unrest started in the inner city on Sunday. It spread overnight to Malvern and reached Turffontein and Tembisa on Monday.

KZN ANC To Meet With ANC Top Over Zandile Gumede

The leadership of the African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal is scheduled to meet with the party’s national office bearers at Luthuli House on Monday morning. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the mayoral crisis unfolding in eThekwini as Zandile Gumede fights to keep her position as mayor while the provincial party leadership insists on her removal. Last week, Gumede resigned as eThekwini mayor following the instruction of the ANC but later retracted it after receiving legal opinion. In August, an ANC study of several municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal found Gumede and other senior deployees unfit to hold office.

Tito Mboweni To Meet With ANC Leadership Over Economic Recovery Plan

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni is set to meet with the African National Congress (ANC)’s top brass on Monday to discuss his economic recovery plan. The document was published last week on the national Treasury’s website. Mboweni said that it was a detailed examination of structural reforms that could reverse the downward trend in the country’s growth potential. But not everyone was happy with Mboweni’s approach to tackling the economic crisis.

Mabuza Talks Land Reform, SA Economy At Mpumalanga Show

Deputy President David Mabuza said being able to present business opportunities and a platform for learning for emerging entrepreneurs could inspire them and create new employment opportunities. Mabuza was speaking at the Mpumalanga Show held at the Mbombela Stadium on Saturday. The annual event showcases several key sectors. Mabuza said government aimed to grow the competitiveness of the economy, with agriculture being a pivotal part of economic growth.

Mxolisi Nxasana: Jacob Zuma Was Looking For Reasons To Get Rid Of Me

Former prosecutions boss Mxolisi Nxasana has accused former President Jacob Zuma of engaging in a fishing expedition in a bid to remove him from office. Nxasana returned to the state capture commission of inquiry on Monday to conclude his evidence. The advocate accepted a R17 million golden handshake to step down, but this was set aside by the Constitutional Court.

What To Look Out For

Section27 Takes Michael Komape Case To SCA

Rights lobby group Section27 will on Monday take its fight for justice for the family of the late Michael Komape to the Supreme Court of Appeal. Komape fell into a pit toilet and drowned at the Mahlodumela Primary School in Limpopo. In 2018, a High Court judge dismissed the family’s case against the Department of Education.