Top 5 Things: 12 January

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Unisa Granted An Interdict Against Striking Students

The Gauteng Division of the High Court of South Africa has granted an interdict to The University of South Africa (Unisa) against students who have started striking from January 7.

“The university decided to approach the court to obtain this interdict in order to ensure that it brings to an end the disruptive effect of the student strike to its operations, including denying staff and students access to the premises of the university for purpose of work and/or receiving services on registration and related matters,” said Unisa in a statement.

On Thursday, the disgruntled Students’ Representative Council (SRC) at Unisa threatened to shut down the main campus in Pretoria after an unsuccessful meeting with management.

The SRC wants all students who completed higher certificates in 2018 to be allowed to register this year and all qualifying students to be afforded space in the university.

Accusations Of Racism Fly Against A North West School

Situation is calm in the sleepy town of Schweizer-Reneke in the North West after a racial storm broke out this week. Everything fell apart at the seams when a picture showing black and white pupils sitting separately according to race in a Grade R classroom at the local primary school went viral.

North West Education MEC Sello Lehari conducted an inspection on Thursday at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke. A group of protesters – mainly Economic Freedom Fighters members – also converged at the school.

The teacher who is alleged to have separated the children has been suspended.

It has been reported that the teacher has left the town.

A teacher from another school in the town told media that racism would never end in the area.

The South African Human Rights Commission has also picked up the matter, saying there will be severe consequences if there is racism at that school.

The Human Rights Commission will be sending a team to the school.

Commissioner Andre Hurtley Gaum says he’s concerned.

“That we still have so many cases of unfair discrimination that’s taking place, which is of great concern.”

The North West Education Department has called on parents and the broader community to allow it to finish its investigation.

Johannesburg – Pitch Black Afro appeared startled when he entered the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court dock on Thursday afternoon.

Pitch Black Afro Charged With Wife’s Murder

The rapper, whose real name is Thulani Ngcobo, says he doesn’t have money for his court case and will apply for Legal Aid. Ngcobo has been charged with murder, premeditated murder and defeating the ends of justice over the alleged killing of his wife, Catherine Modisane.

Catherine was buried yesterday in Meadowlands, Soweto.

 The Matofotofo hitmaker was co-operative with the magistrate, who explained the charges he was facing.

Magistrate Lucas van der Schyff told Ngcobo that he needed a legal representative for the case.

“I don’t have money,” Ngcobo said, indicating that he would be taking Legal Aid services to help him.

Van der Schyff explained that the minimum sentence for a murder conviction was life imprisonment.

State prosecutor Mzamo Mathe said the court could not go on with the matter as the investigating officer had to verify the accused’s home address.

The courtroom was packed with journalists. There seemed to be no family members, only a few friends.

Ngcobo, dressed in an olive green shirt and with his hair plaited into twists, looked around the courtroom trying to find familiar faces.

According to reports, Modisane died at a B&B in Bellevue, near Yeoville, on New Year’s Eve.

A man who did not want to be named said he was friends with the couple and wanted to support both of them.

“I am here to support Trisha and Thulani. The last time I saw him we were sitting and drinking and playing music. They were performing in Mpumalanga recently so they were playing the recorded tracks he was performing.”

The shaken man said he last saw the couple two weeks before the murder. “I didn’t expect that to happen. I don’t think it’s Thulani, I am not sure.”

Alleged Facebook Rapist Detained

The rein of a suspected sex pest on Facebook has come to an end. Police arrested Jonathan Basson, 25, on Wednesday evening on a charge of rape. He will appear in Wynberg Magistrates’ Court.
. It’s believed he lured his victims by offering jobs on Facebook has been arrested.

“This office can confirm that a man, 25, was arrested on Wednesday night in Steenberg on a charge of rape. Once charged, he is due to make a court appearance in the Wynberg Magistrates’ Court,” said police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut.

Local newspapers had warned of a possible rapist operating in the Steenberg/Lavender Hill areas.

Lucinda Evans, the founder of Philisa Abafazi Bethu, received many complaints about the predator and called people to protest at court.

“I’m ecstatic we were able to find this guy. I want to thank the women who inboxed me and made it possible to meet up with a survivor and open a case,” says the community worker.

“As Philisa Abafazi, we’re demanding this monster gets life. We’re not going to let it slide.

“We will deal with these monsters. Monsters need to go to a place like Kokstad forever.

“I thank the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit for their quick response and all the women who spoke up. Some of the women will need counselling. The appeal is still for women to come forward.

“We will be at court demanding no bail. We do not want him in our area and rest of the Southern Suburbs.

“He must not have access to a computer or a smartphone to go online and stalk women and do all the k*k he’s been doing for a long time.”

Basson has allegedly been operating under Facebook profile names such as Reyngardt Smit and Ryan Williams.

He lures his victims by advertising jobs for personal assistants or administrative clerks and promises of salaries ranging from R10 000 to R13 000, “including weekends”.

His posts appeared in various community groups in the Southern Suburbs, but have been prevalent in Lavender Hill, Retreat and Steenberg groups.

One of his advertisements reads: “Female required to be a PA. Must have PC skills. Must be from Cape Town and must be able to start immediately. Must be honest, trustworthy, caring, people’s person, love travelling, loyal, hard-working, reliable, presentable, well mannered, energetic. Inbox me name, age, location. (sic)”

Rain Brings Relief As Firefighters Have Battled To Contain The Blaze

Heavy rain fell in the Eastern Cape’s Overstrand area where strong winds have affected firefighting efforts against three separate fires in Franskraal, Betty’s Bay and Karwyderskraal.

Chief fire officer in the Overstrand municipality Lester Smith has sad it’s been hard to control the blaze.

“The operation is very difficult due to strong winds making it very difficult to fight the fire,” Smith explained.

The fire moved down the mountain towards the road as it was fanned by strong winds.

Officials say most of the fire has been put out and the rain has also subsided.

Emergency personnel have been monitoring the scene.


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