Daily News Brief

Daily News Brief
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Shut Down The Country! Protesters Try To Storm WEF Africa Event

A growing group of demonstrators has charged towards the doors of the Cape Town International Convention Centre, where the World Economic Forum is underway. Earlier a smaller group had held a silent protest against gender-based violence – calling for a state of emergency to be declared in South Africa. Escalating violence against women and children prompted South Africans from all walks of life to take a stance and call for more decisive action from government.

DRC Ambassador Not At WEF Due To Transition In Government

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) ambassador to South Africa said on Wednesday the country would not have an official presence at the World Economic Forum for Africa due to the ongoing transition of its government.  EWN reported that the DRC, Malawi and Rwanda would not be attending the meeting due to attacks on foreign nationals. Ambassador Ben Mpoko said they informed the South African government of their non-attendance earlier.

MTN Nigeria Shuts Stores After Anti-South African Attacks

The Nigerian division of South African telecom operator MTN said on Wednesday it will shut all stores and service centres in the country until further notice after its facilities in three cities were attacked. The facilities were attacked in retaliation after days of riots in South Africa chiefly targeting foreign-owned, including Nigerian, businesses. “The safety and security of our customers, staff and partners is our primary concern,” MTN Nigeria said in a statement.

Bafana, WEF Africa Feel Consequences Of Attacks On Foreign Nationals

The consequences of attacks on foreign nationals continue to be felt in the country with the presidents of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi and Rwanda now cancelling their participation in the World Economic Forum (WEF) Africa gathering in Cape Town. This follows hot on the heel’s of Zambia’s decision to pull its national football team out of their friendly game with Bafana Bafana citing xenophobia related violence. Tensions continue to rise over the looting of property and lost lives as a result of the violence which has been centered mainly in Gauteng.

Ramaphosa To Pitch SA As Investor Destination Of Choice At WEF Africa

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday led a top-level delegation to the 28th World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town. The three-day event has attracted more than 1,000 global and regional leaders from politics, business, civil society and academia. Deputy President David Mabuza and the ministers of Finance, Health, Trade and Industry, Public Enterprises, Transport and Public Works and Infrastructure were a part of Ramaphosa’s delegation.

Cele Defends Security Cluster Intelligence Amid Gauteng Violence

Police Minister Bheki Cele has defended the security cluster, saying that those who believed that intelligence was failing to detect riots in Gauteng were wrong. Cele held discussions with community leaders at the Jeppe Police Station before heading off to another meeting with residents at a nearby park on Tuesday. While the police minister was addressing a meeting in Jeppe, he received news that a South African man was shot by a Pakistani national in Coronationville.

Ramaphosa: Perpetrators Of Women Abuse Must Serve Long Sentences

President Cyril Ramaphosa has vowed that government would do everything in its power to ensure the country’s criminal justice system protected women. On Tuesday, Ramaphosa spoke out against gender-based violence in the wake of the murders of UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana and boxing champion Leighandre Jegels, among other women. Hundreds and thousands of people have since added their voice to petitions, calling for tougher sentences for those who commit crimes against women. Marches have also been planned in various parts of the country. Ramaphosa said government would increase efforts to ensure that women were safe.

CT Primary School Pupils Hold Memorial For Murdered Janika Mallo

Northwood Primary School in Mitchells Plain will on Wednesday host a memorial service for pupil Janika Mallo who was raped and murdered. The 14-year-old child’s body was discovered in her grandmother’s backyard in Heinz Park in Philippi on Sunday. It comes at a time when femicide is in the spotlight with the recent murders of 19-year-old UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana, and 19-year-old UWC student Jesse Hess, whose 85-year-old grandfather was also killed in an apartment in Parow on Friday. Heinz park youth leader Tashreeq Perry said Mallo’s family was broken following her rape and murder.

Pinetown Man Arrested After His 4 Children Found Hanged

A man suspected of killing his three young children and stepdaughter in Pinetown North has been arrested. The mother suspected something was wrong after he fetched them from school on Tuesday. Police accompanied her to his house where they made the grim discovery. The children are aged between 4 and 16 years.

News Boss Says Censorship Has No Place At SABC

The SABC’s head of news Phathiswa Magopeni has described censorship as despicable, saying it had no place in democracy and the public broadcaster. Magopeni was testifying at the state capture commission of inquiry on Tuesday on the state of the corporation’s newsroom. The commission heard how the SABC was technically insolvent and was in desperate need of a government bailout. Phathiswa Magopeni said the SABC newsroom was guided by the corporation’s editorial policy.

Congress Of SA Students To Shut Down CT School Over ‘Racist’ Hair Policy

The Congress of South African Students (Cosas) has vowed to shut down Malibu High School on Wednesday over the institution’s hair policy. Last week, black and coloured pupils at the Blue Downs school claimed they were told they must plait their hair and were not allowed to wear afros. Some senior girls refused to comply and were now facing disciplinary action. According to learners at Malibu High School, they were instructed to redo their hair because it was “untidy”.

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MPs Wants To Know How Many Foreign Nationals Are Unemployed In SA

Members of Parliament’s employment and labour oversight committee have questioned the number of foreign nationals employed in the country. They’ve called on Stats South Africa to provide employment figures in this regard. The organisation briefed the committee on national and provincial unemployment numbers on Wednesday. Stats SA officials and MPs were discussing the country’s high unemployment rate.