English News @ 16:00, 12 December 2018

Written by on 12/12/2018

News Editor: Xolisa Sindaphi

Rob Packham arrested for violating his parole

Alleged wife killer Rob Packham has been rearrested today. It’s understood he was apprehended for allegedly violating his bail conditions by contacting State witnesses. This is a second time Packham has been arrested for allegedly breaking his bail conditions. The South African Police Service has confirmed his arrest. Western Cape police spokesperson Noloyiso Rwexana says that the  57-year-old  was arrested by the Diep River police and is expected to appear in the Cape High Court next Tuesday, 18 December. He was detained on a warrant of arrest. Packham, who is awaiting trial, was arrested shortly after his wife Gill Packham’s body was found in the boot of her burnt-out car at the Diep River train station in February.

City of Cape Town staff arrested for fraud drivers licence and corruption charges

Seven City of Cape Town staff members are facing drivers licence fraud and corruption charges. Six staff members attached to the Khayelitsha Driving Licence Testing Centre allegedly solicited bribes from applicants to ensure they pass their drivers and learners licence tests. A security guard at the premises was also taken into custody for his alleged role in the crime. Authorities say disciplinary processes will run parallel to the criminal process. Western Cape Traffic Chief Kenny Africa emphasises provincial authorities will assist with the investigation but none of its officials is involved with the crime.

Cape Town municipal swimming pools to be open during summer season

Seventeen of the City of Cape Town’s municipal swimming pools will be open during the peak summer season, the City said today.More than 1,5 million people use the City’s public swimming pools annually and, with water conservation still a priority, the Recreation and Parks Department has put plans in place to open 17 of the 35 municipal swimming pools during the peak summer season, The indoor pools that will be open are: Blue Downs; Long Street; Retreat, Sea Point Pavilion and Strand.The outdoor pools that will be open are: Atlantis; Bellville South; Bonteheuwel; Eastridge; Goodwood; Hanover Park; Kensington; Khayelitsha; Manenberg; Mnandi; Muizenberg; and Vulindlela. The outdoor pools will close again on February 2.

City of Cape Town sceptic about Universities study findings

The City of Cape Town has expressed sceptism about a study which suggests that the fear associated with Day Zero was the single most successful intervention in its campaign to get residents to slash water consumption. Stellenbosch University and University of Cape Town study, published in the journal Water Research, found that the fear of Day Zero – the day when the City said Cape Town’s taps could run dry – was more successful than imposing water restrictions. Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson said in response that he found it difficult to believe that any one factor had overwhelmed the others. Neilson said the City’s overall management of the “unprecedented water crisis” had been internationally recognised, adding that water restrictions with increased tariffs played a vital role.

Peter Meyers to  face disciplinary committee

The disciplinary hearing against Democratic Alliance councillor in Knysna Peter Myers has been recommended to the council by the disciplinary committee. Myers is facing charges of misconduct and disclosing confidential information. Last month, Myers called the disciplinary process against him is part of a personal and political vendetta. Attempts to speak to the municipal council have fallen short.

Load Shedding suspended 

Eskom says its coal shortage crisis is gradually improving. The power utility had previously said it would need at least two years to remedy its coal shortage. Eskom’s Khulu Phasiwe says, for now, they have 28 days of coal supply. Eskom has also announced that there will be no load shedding today.

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