Daily News Brief

Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Rhino Poacher Crushed By Elephant, Devoured By Lions:

The skull of the man who was trampled by an elephant and then devoured by lions during a rhino poaching escapade has been recovered by South African rangers. After two day’s searching for the man’s remains, the rangers discovered the skull on Thursday in Kruger National Park.  Four of the ranger’s accomplices have been arrested and are expected to appear in court this week.

Two Ironman Participants Die In Hospital After Swim:

The Ironman African Championships competition took place in Port Elizabeth on Sunday. Tragedy hit the event after two participants died in the hospital shortly after the swimming portion of the race at Hobie Beach. The two athletes had required medical attention during the swim. Police said names of the deceased will be released after post mortem to determine cause of death is performed.

Alexandra Shutdown Continues:

Alexandra residents woke up Monday and continued their protests by marching to Sandton. Police in Alexandra said they opted to step in and monitor the march to Sandton for the safety of motorists. Grayston Drive was brought to a complete standstill as the protestors marched in the rain to the local multi-purpose centre at the municipal offices in Sandton. Singing in union, the protestors sent out a clarion call for Alexandra residents to stand firm until their demands are met. They are demanding service delivery, and end to the rampant crime in the area. They also want the government to take action against youth unemployment and widespread substance abuse.

Motsoaledi To Send SA Delegation To US Over Plans To Cut HIV/Aids Funding:

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says the government will send a team to the US following an announcement that Washington plans to cut funding for HIV/Aids treatment programmes. South Africa has the biggest HIV/Aids treatment plan in the world and America helps in funding the government’s initiatives to address the pandemic.

COSAS March To Luthuli House:

The Congress of South African Students (COSAS), on Monday, brought traffic in the Johannesburg CBD to a standstill during a march of protest to the African National Congress (ANC) headquarters at Luthuli House. Police estimated the pupils from different schools numbered about 3,000. Several roads around the area had to be closed off to allow the pupils march safely. The marchers are demanding the ANC responds to a memorandum of demands handed to it in October last year. They are also calling on the Education Department to improve the school’s infrastructure and implement a safety programme to rid places of learning and South African streets of drugs.

What to Look Out For:

Testimony Of Former Ipid Head Robert Mcbride:

The former Ipid head Robert McBride’s testimony before the Zondo commission of inquiry was postponed to Thursday. He was scheduled to testify in February but there was delay as the implicated parties had not had an opportunity to respond to his submissions. It appeared on Monday that the notices had not yet been sent by the legal teams.

DA To Lay A Criminal Complaint Against ANC:

DA plans to lay a criminal complaint against the ANC, says the party’s Gauteng premier premier candidate Solly Msimanga. The DA is accusing the ANC of being is behind the mass protests swept through Alexandra on Wednesday. The demonstrators were true to their word Monday as they took over the roads leading from Alex to Sandton.  The angry Alex residents are demanding service delivery in their area and are calling on government to adhere to their concerns.