Daily News Brief

Daily News Brief
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Dros Rape Trial: Nicholas Ninow Found Guilty Of Rape

Self-confessed Dros rapist Nicholas Ninow has been convicted in the High Court in Pretoria. Ninow has also been found guilty of possession of drugs and defeating the ends of justice. He had pleaded guilty at the beginning of his trial to raping a six-year-old girl in the bathroom of a Dros restaurant in September last year in Silverton. But the State continued with the trial to challenge Ninow’s version of events, arguing that the rape was premeditated. Judge Papi Mosopa delivered his verdict on Monday morning. The State called eight witnesses last week, including the little girl and her mother, as well as former Dros employees.

NPA: Postponement Of Rapist Ninow’s Sentencing Not A Delay Tactic

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said the postponement of sentencing proceedings in the Dros rape trial to next month should not be seen as a delay tactic. On Monday, the High Court in Pretoria found self-confessed rapist Nicholas Ninow guilty of rape, being in possession of drugs and defeating the ends of justice. However, he was acquitted of assault.

SANDF To Stay In WC Until March 2020

President Cyril Ramaphosa has extended the employment of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in gang-ridden parts of the Western Cape until 31 March next year, starting on Monday. “President Cyril Ramaphosa has in terms of Section 201(2)(a) of the Constitution, read with Section 19 of the Defence Act, extended the employment of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in crime-affected parts of the Western Cape until 31 March 2020,” Presidency spokesperson Khusela Diko said in a statement.

‘Local Is Lekker’: Ramaphosa Urges Departments To Use Local Products

President Cyril Ramaphosa said government is going to put more pressure on departments to ensure local products are used. Ramaphosa was addressing the 14th national congress of the South African Textile Workers Union in Durban on Monday afternoon. He said tenders for footwear, uniforms and airlines must go to women and youth-led organisations. The president admitted that go

State Capture Inquiry Adjourns After Legal Team Ditches Thabethe

The state capture inquiry has had to adjourn for Monday to give former Free State Agriculture head of department Peter Thabethe time to find new lawyers. Thabethe will be back at the commission next month. He was expected to lead more evidence on the Vrede dairy farm project that allegedly siphoned more than R200 million through Gupta-linked company, Estina. The project was meant to benefit small-scale farmers but some of them testified at the commission that they were threatened when they reported wrongdoing. Thabethe found out on Monday morning that his lawyers had ditched him.

Saudi Oil Plant Attacks To Hit SA Economy, Expert Warns

There are warnings that South Africa will not be spared from the impact of the attacks on Saudi Arabian oil plants. Several projectiles struck two major plants on Saturday, starting a series of fires. The co-ordinated drone strikes have disrupted about half of the kingdom’s oil capacity – that’s about 5% of the daily global oil supply. Oil prices have since surged to a four-month high, hovering above US$66 a barrel. Standard Bank economist Elna Moolman said that the effects would be felt here at home.

DA Slams eThekwini Municipality’s Incentive Of R200m To Taxi Operators

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in eThekwini has on Monday lashed out at the local municipality for spending over R200 million in paying taxi operators for good behaviour and called for accountability. The municipality, through its Moja Cruise Campaign, incentivise taxi operators and taxi associations who meet the city’s criteria for good consumer services. The city introduced the programme in October last year to promote responsible behaviour among taxi operators.

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Gauteng Taxi Inquiry Commission Hopes To Resolve Dispute Between Operators

Gauteng Premier David Makhura’s newly established taxi commission of inquiry hopes to resolve the years-long conflict between rival taxi operators. The inquiry will be chaired by Justice Jeremiah Buti Shongwe. It’s expected to investigate the many problems plaguing the industry, including murders in the industry, fights over routes, as well as operating permits. Makhura said that more than 75% of commuters used taxis as their preferred mode of transport.

Ministers Of Police, Defence To Decide On Continuation Of Cape Town Army Deployment

It’s up to the ministers of police and defence, as well as the president, to decide if the army should stay in gang-plagued neighbourhoods in Cape Town. The army’s deployment mandate comes to an end on 16 September. In July, soldiers were sent in to help law enforcement agencies. There’s been no official word from the police or defence ministries yet about whether the army will stay on in gang-stricken suburbs for longer.

Ramaphosa Calls For Joint Sitting To Find New Ways Of Combatting GBV

Combatting violence against women is high on Parliament’s agenda again this week. President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for a joint sitting of the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces (NCOP) to discuss a new approach to combatting gender-based violence. National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise and NCOP chairperson Amos Masondo have both received the letter about the sitting, which is scheduled for Wednesday. Wednesday’s joint sitting will be the third such sitting this year, following the two State of the Nation Addresses in February and in June.