English news @ 16:00, 05 December 2018

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News Editor: Xolisa Sindaphi

Fire fighters to take part in visual demonstration

Emergency services personnel including paramedics and firefighters have taken part in a visual demonstration at CPUT in Bellville depicting the grave dangers they face on a daily basis. The essential services personnel were dressed in their uniforms with make up illustrating severe injuries sustained. This forms part of an Emergency Medical Services Safety Symposium at the University today. Heads of Emergency Health Services, Academics and government representatives have converged under one roof to discuss possible solutions on the state of affairs. Firefighters and especially paramedics have increasingly become the soft targets of criminals. This year alone, 56 incidents were recorded against Emergency Medical Personnel. They are often robbed of their cell phones, medical equipment and other valuable items while attending to patients seeking their help. Deputy Health Minister Mathume Phaahla says a dialogue is needed among all role players to arrest the situation from spiraling out of control. He says its concerning that innocent people get hurt while trying to save lives. Currently police are escorting EMS workers into red zones. These are areas where EMS crews have been attacked more than once.

Men arrested after a speed chase

Cape Town Metro Police officers have arrested three men after a high speed chase in Rondebosch. Metro police spokesperson Ruth Solomons says the officers were on patrol when they were notified that licence plate recognition cameras detected a bakkie that had been stolen at a school in the area. She says they spotted the vehicle at Main and Belmont Roads, but the driver refused to stop, sped off and crashed the vehicle at the corner of Klipper Road and Newlands Avenue

Section 25 to be amended

The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) has agreed that Section 25 of the Constitution be amended to make expropriation of land without compensation more explicit. This follows the National Assembly’s adoption of the report yesterday. The African National Congress, with the support of the Economic Freedom Fighters and other smaller parties, managed to garner enough numbers to pass the report.The concurrence means the matter is now a duly adopted resolution of Parliament.The adoption of the report follows a marathon 10 months of public hearings and debates on the desirability of amending the Constitution.Yesterday has been described as a historic day in the National Assembly where MPs agreed to amend the Bill of Rights for the first time in democratic South Africa.

Dr Alex Boraine passed away today at the age of 87

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has expressed his deepest condolences to the family of the late former TRC deputy chairperson, Dr Alex Boraine. Boraine passed away earlier today at the  age of 87 in Cape Town. He worked closely with Tutu throughout the TRC process. In a statement issued on behalf of the Desmond and Leah Tutu legacy Foundation, Tutu described Boraine as a true gentleman who loved this country, an admired colleague and dear friend. Tutu says he would never had managed the massive work for the TRC commission without Boraine. Tutu says Boraine was a fellow traveller in the journey for a better South Africa. Boraine is survived by his wife, four children and seven grandchildren.

Residence urging Ramaphosa to scrape E-tolls

Democratic Alliance (DA) Gauteng premier candidate Solly Msimanga says if Premier David Makhura really cared about residents he would lodge an intergovernmental dispute with the finance and transport ministers to have e-tolls scrapped. DA members marched to Makhura’s office in Newtown today to put pressure on him to take stronger action to ensure the controversial system does not exist for much longer.Last month, the African National Congress and South African Communist Party in Gauteng marched to the Union Buildings to ask president Cyril Ramaphosa to scrap e-tolls. Finance Minister Tito Mboweni and Transport Minister Blade Nzimande are insisting residents must pay their e-toll debt. Msimanga says the ANC will be punished in next year’s elections if the system is not done away with.

The first female NDPP officially welcomed

While the appointment of the first female National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) has been widely welcomed, advocate Shamila Batohi does not enter the position free of any taint. Not only does she have the massive task of restoring credibility and trust in the institution, but she will also have to deal with the shadow of racism allegations hanging over her head.When she starts in her new position next year, Batohi’s plate will already be full as she works to restore the confidence of the people of South Africa in the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), dealing ruthlessly with corruption.The allegations of racism emerged during her interview last month, although she was adamant that the allegations against her are “in the past”.Batohi was announced as the new NPA boss on Tuesday at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. She won the hearts of the panel and the country during her interview when she said she was prepared to be the director of the NPA, also describing the institution as a “mess” and a “house on fire”.

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