Daily News Brief

Daily News Brief
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Mboweni At WEF: Most South Africans Appalled By Recent Xenophobic Attacks

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has told the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town that the majority of South Africans are appalled at the violence being meted out against African migrants and refugees in the country. Mboweni told delegates South Africa was going through a difficult time but that the authorities were dealing with the matter. The minister was speaking during the opening plenary session of the world event on Thursday and made the remarks after delivering a speech on behalf of President Cyril Ramaphosa. Ramaphosa could not attend, as he was addressing protesters at Parliament.

South Africa Shuts Embassy In Nigeria Following Xenophobic Attacks

South Africa said Thursday it has closed its diplomatic missions in the Nigerian cities of Abuja and Lagos following violence carried out against South African businesses in reprisal for attacks on foreign-owned stores in Johannesburg. “After receiving reports and threats from some of the Nigerians we decided to temporarily close while we are assessing the situation,” foreign ministry spokesman Lunga Ngqengelele said, adding the missions were shut on Wednesday. “So we will be monitoring the situation and when see it necessary to open, we will re-open,” he said.

Malawian NGO’s Want SA Leaders Held Accountable For Migration Utterances

Malawian civic organisations have appealed to the African Union and SADC to hold South Africa’s leaders accountable for their utterances on migration in the lead-up to the May elections. The NGOs believe those statements have resulted in the sporadic looting of foreign-owned shops. They’ve called on the SADC to convene an extraordinary session of the heads of states to resolve the matter once and for all.

Experts Sound Warning On Government’s Failure To Deal With Xenophobia

Experts have warned of the creation of divisive and destructive politics should the government not deal with rising anti-immigration sentiments. They said that the reluctance to deal with xenophobia and the South African public’s violent predisposition were enabling an environment which could result in far-right politics. Scenes of anti-immigration and anti-integration mass protests across the United States and some parts of Europe were a common feature on international media platforms.

Gauteng Police Sees Decrease In Violence, Over 280 Arrested

Gauteng police said they had increased visibility across the province and noted a decline in violence following sporadic attacks and mass looting of shops. Over 280 people have been arrested for public violence since Sunday. There’s been unrest in the province resulting in people being displaced from their homes in some areas and shop owners seeking refuge after their stores were ransacked. Meanwhile, the scale of the carnage continues to unfold. Two burnt bodies were discovered in shops on Wednesday in Alexandra after the buildings were set alight during looting in the area earlier this week.

Krivani Pillay: Motsoeneng Interfered In SABC Newsroom To Protect ANC, Zuma

SAfm executive producer Krivani Pillay said former South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s seemingly irrational decisions, which interfered in the functioning of the newsroom, were designed to protect former President Jacob Zuma and the African National Congress (ANC) from criticism. Pillay said Motsoeneng instructed that political analysts would no longer be used on air. He further instructed that there would be no analysis of Zuma’s 2016 State of the Nation Address.

EFF To Take Legal Action Against Ndabeni-Abrahams Following Mrwetyana’s Murder

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) announced it will be taking legal action against the South African Post Office (Sapo) and Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams following Uyinene Mrwetyana’s murder. Sapo is being criticised amid reports that Mrwetyana’s alleged killer, who worked at the Claremont branch, has a criminal record. On Thursday, EFF leader Julius Malema said a legal team led by Advocate Thembeka Ngcukaitobi was preparing the case against the parastatal.

Probe: Uyinene Mrwetyana’s Killer Working At Post Office With Criminal Record

The Communication’s Minister is demanding answers as to how a man arrested for the murder of a 19-year-old woman was allowed to work for the Post Office. Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has ordered an investigation. “We’re investigating his convictions and why he was employed on the frontline.” The accused was arrested recently and has confessed to raping and killing Uyinene Mrwetyana. She was attacked inside a Claremont Post Office late last month.

Ailing Eskom Faces Emission Violations, Could Result In Closing Some Plants

South Africa’s cash-strapped power utility Eskom could be forced to shut some plants if it fails to reduce emissions, its chief operating officer warned on Wednesday, raising the spectre of further blackouts. Africa’s biggest public utility supplies over 90% of South Africa’s electricity, relying largely on ageing, heavily polluting coal-fired power stations but does not generate enough cash to meet its debt servicing costs. It is also responsible for at least a third of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.

What To Look Out For

Ramaphosa To Address Nation On Actions Against Gender Based Violence

President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation later today on a plan to address gender-based violence. He said this on outside Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday. The president was heckled when he met protesters. “Enough is enough, and we will act on that,” Ramaphosa said. “We must declare a state of emergency – I will be addressing that issue as well,” he added. “The issues that we have set out here, such as [ensuring] that there are harsher penalties, is precisely what we can address,” the president said. He will also visit Uyinene Mrwetyana’s family in the Eastern Cape, saying “we need emergency measures in place to protect women”.

Parliament Set For Snap Debate Over Xenophobic Attacks

Parliament is set to have a snap debate on the wave of xenophobic attacks that has seen people attacking and looting shops in Johannesburg and Pretoria. The debate is likely to take place on Tuesday next week, National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise has confirmed. Modise told the National Assembly’s programming committee that a number of parties wrote to her asking for an urgent debate.

NPA Makes Decision On Julius Malema Firearm Matter, But Will Not Announce It Yet

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has confirmed it has made a decision in relation to the firearm case against Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema but said it would not announce it just yet. Malema is accused of unlawfully discharging a rifle at a political rally in the Eastern Cape at the party’s fifth-anniversary celebrations last year. The short clip that went viral last year depicted Malema taking a rifle from a security guard and firing it into the air.