English news @16h00, 06 December 2018
Written by Ashia Nkontsa on 06/12/2018
News editor: Xolisa Sindaphi
Anti-gang unit released on bail of R1000 each
Two members from the Anti-Gang unit have appeared in the Mitchells Plain Magistrates Court for their alleged involvement in a theft matter. It is believed the accused had stolen money from a house they raided in Beacon Valley in Mitchell’s Plain. Dressed in civilian clothing, the accused made a brief appearance. Nomvuyisa Gule and Lindani Tshinyonga were arrested following an investigation into a compliant after the unit raided a house in Beacon Valley. Its alleged the accused took money from the house. They have been granted bail of R1000 each and are due back in court on the 22nd of January 2019.
Blue Ribbon to strike in Cape Town
Worker from the bread manufacturer, Blue Ribbon in Cape Town say they are waiting for the employer to react to their new wage offer to end a week-long strike in the Mother City. The spokesperson for about a thousand workers at the company’s bakery in Salt River, Zizi Sonyabashe says Blue Ribbon has not responded yet. Sonyabashe says the Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU) is willing to continue negotiating in good faith and to meet the company halfway.
ANC retained ward 9
The ANC has retained Ward Nine in yesterday’s by-election in the Witzenberg municipality near Ceres. The ward became vacant after the resignation of the ANC councillor. Candidates from the ANC, DA, COPE, and the EFF contested the by-election. The ANC’s candidate, Mxolisi Ndaba, secured nearly 50 percent of the votes. The EFF securted 11 percent of the vote, the DA 38 percent and Cope one percent. The by-election was initially scheduled to take place last month but was postponed after a number of political parties complained that they had no reasonable access to potential voters for campaigning purposes.
Tutu paid tribute to the late Dr Alex Boraine
Archbishop Desmond Tutu has paid tribute to the late Dr. Alex Boraine who died in Cape Town yesterday morning. In a statement, Tutu says he would not have been able to manage the commission without Boraine. The family of the 87-year-old says he died from old age at a retirement village.
SABC board members resigning
SABC board member, Krish Naidoo, has confirmed to the public broadcaster’s Radio News that he has resigned. However, two other board members who are also said to have resigned, deputy chairperson Khanyisile Kweyama and John Mattison, are keeping mum. It is not yet clear if these developments are a direct result of an acrimonious meeting Communications Minister, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams had a meeting with the board last week. At the same time, reports say this might be linked to an irregularly awarded tender that’s under investigation. The board clashed with the minister over its plans to retrench workers. The SABC has this week denied reports that Group CEO Madoda Mxakwe had also quit.
Ramaphosa to sign effective date for minimum wage
Tomorrow President Cyril Ramaphosa announce the effective date for the implementation of the national minimum wage. Ramaphosa signed the national minimum wage bill into law last month along with the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill and the Labour Relations Amendment Bill. This will mark an increase in income for more than 6 million workers who earn less than R20 an hour or R3,700 per month. Ramaphosa will make the announcement at a ceremony in Kliptown, Soweto. His spokesperson Khusela Diko says, this national minimum wage represents a marked increase in income of more than 47% of South African labour force.