Daily News Brief

Daily News Brief
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Ramaphosa Apologises To Nigeria For Xenophobic Attacks

President Cyril Ramaphosa has formally apologised to Nigeria for xenophobic attacks on its citizens in South Africa. He said the ugly incidents did not represent the values that his country cherished. The head of South Africa’s special envoy Jeff Radebe tendered the apology on behalf of the South African leader when he visited Nigeria on Monday.

DA Proposes Legislative Reforms To End Gender-Based Violence

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has proposed a number of urgent legislative reforms to end domestic abuse and gender-based violence (GBV). The party’s proposals followed the high-profile murders and rapes of women in recent weeks. They also came a day before President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses a joint sitting of Parliament on GBV initiatives. On Tuesday, DA chief whip John Steenhuisen said the country needed urgent, clear and decisive action that went further than jailing perpetrators. He said the reality was that unless swift and decisive action was taken, history would keep on repeating itself.

Athlone Man Fined R10,000 For Forcing 3 Men Into Slavery

An elderly man has been fined for forcing three men into slavery in Athlone, Cape Town. Cosian Hendriks has been fined R10,000. If he doesn’t pay up, he has to serve two years in prison. That sentence has been suspended for five years. He was arrested along with a tavern owner in Athlone last July. The tavern owner has since been released. The trio was trafficked from Colesburg and sold to the owner of the drinking spot, where they were to be used as slaves.

Court Dismisses Apartheid Flag Case Against Ernst Roets

The High Court in Johannesburg has ruled that AfriForum’s Ernst Roets did not break the law when he posted a picture of the apartheid flag just hours after the Equality Court had ruled that its gratuitous display amounted to hate speech. The application was brought by the Nelson Mandela Foundation saying that Roets was in contempt of court. But deputy CEO of AfriForum argued that the display of the old flag could still be used for artistic, journalist and academic purposes.

Sars Making ‘Substantial Progress’ In Implementing Nugent Recommendations

The South African Revenue Service (Sars) said it had made substantial progress in implementing the Nugent Commission’s recommendations. Sars Commissioner Edward Kieswetter briefed Parliament’s Standing Committee on Finance on Tuesday where he also spoke about operational matters and the rebuilding of the revenue service. Kieswetter said the organisation had suffered a massive failure in governance and integrity previously.

Mpumalanga Mom Details Events Leading Up To Murder Of Her 4 Children

The Mpumalanga mother who’s been convicted for killing her four children is pleading for leniency, saying betrayal and heartbreak drove her to commit the murders. Zinhle Maditla, aged 24, has taken the stand at the High Court in Middelburg in mitigation of sentencing. She told the court she had a fight with her boyfriend of eight years, after which she decided to end her life and those of her children.

Ex-Crime Intelligence Official Received Threats Over Appearing At State Capture Inquiry

Former Crime Intelligence official Kobus Roelofse said he had received what he believed were threats to not testify at the state capture inquiry. Roelofse’s testimony was preceded by extensive legal ring-fencing, including the sealing of names of people who may be implicated. The witness, who was attached to the anti-corruption task team, had also requested the South African Police Service (SAPS) to declassify some documents, but the SAPS approval was with condition that only the chairperson had access to the documents.

Western Cape Government Thanks Ramaphosa For Extension Of Army Deployment

The Western Cape government said the efficacy of the defence force’s deployment to gang hotbeds needs to be maximised. President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday announced the extension of the army’s deployment until the end of March next year. Premier Alan Winde said: “Together, across the board, we are building a safer province. I thank the president for this deployment and commit that the province will do what it needs to do, to make this a safer Western Cape.”

Western Cape Safety MEC Asks For Clear Strategies After SANDF Deployment Extended

Western Cape MEC for Community Safety Albert Fritz has welcomed the extension of the military deployment in gang hot spots in Cape Town. However, Fritz wants a clear strategy behind the move. President Cyril Ramaphosa has extended the deployment until the end of March 2020. Fritz said a letter penned by Premier Alan Winde to the president set out clear conditions for keeping soldiers in gang-infested areas. Fritz added that arrests must be followed by convictions. “We need to look at the measurable impact of the defence force. I know there’s been stabilisation of violence in many areas where SANDF operated.” Hundreds of arrests have been made as part of Operation Lockdown with the SANDF.

Crowdfunding Campaign Launched To Hire Private Investigator For Jesse Hess Murder Case

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to hire a private investigator following the murders of University of the Western Cape student Jesse Hess and her grandfather in Parow, Cape Town. Hess and her grandfather, Chris Lategan, were murdered more than two weeks ago in their flat. It’s reported that the young woman was found on her bed, while her grandfather was found tied to a toilet in their home. The news of the young woman’s murder, among others including Uyinene Mrwetyana and Meghan Cremer, was followed by protests against gender-based violence.

What To Look Out For

Interpol Global Conference Cape Town To Discuss Strategies To Fight Drug Trade

The global drug trade tops the agenda at an international policing conference in Cape Town this week. Interpol’s second Global Drugs and Illicit Substances Trafficking Conference will bring together about 400 delegates from 194 member countries. Law enforcement officials, policing experts and representatives of regional and international bodies will discuss the latest strategies to fight the flow of contraband. Delegates will discuss the current and emerging challenges facing law enforcement agencies that are tackling drug-related crimes. It will also raise awareness on the role of cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin and the dark web, as a market place for drugs and contraband.

Metrobus Strike Enters Second Day, Joburg Services Suspended

Metrobus has suspended all its services in Joburg on Tuesday morning as the strike by its drivers enters a second day. Workers who are affiliated to union Demawusa are demanding to be paid in line with their years of experience at the entity. A meeting is scheduled to take place this morning, with both parties hoping to find some kind of middle ground. Metrobus spokesperson Goodwill Shivuri was concerned that several of their non-striking drivers have also been intimidated.

Disgruntled Sasco Faction Set To Interdict SRC Elections At UKZN

A disgruntled faction of the ANC-aligned Congress of South African Students (Sasco) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) said on Monday it planned to interdict the upcoming Student Representative Council (SRC) elections on Tuesday, which are scheduled to take place on 26 and 27 September. The group claims the nomination process, which closed last week Tuesday, was flawed because it prejudiced the nomination of their preferred candidates.