English News @16:00, 08 January 2019

Written by on 08/01/2019

DA hard at work

The Democratic Alliance’s Western Cape premier candidate Alan Winde has emphasised the importance of communities protecting infrastructure. Winde was on a tour of the West Coast region today, where he witnessed damage done to a community health clinic and library torched during violent demonstrations in Saldanha Bay last year. The Community Safety MEC also visited fishing village Paternoster, where he assessed infrastructure set up by government to assist entrepreneurs.Winde says he also interacted with residents around their safety concerns.

No arrest made after two senior citizen murder 

Western Cape police today said no arrests have been made yet after two senior citizens were found murdered in their Ottery home on Sunday. Lieutenant colonel Andre Traut said the case was still under investigation. The couple, Rugaya and Riedwaan Addinall, both 82-years-old were found strangled on Sunday afternoon by their son Kenwyn who went to their home after they did not answer the phone. The married couple were originally from Blackheath and lived in Ottery for the last 18 months. Neighbours were left shocked as they said the area was “quiet”. Neighbours, who wanted to remain anonymous, said they believed someone who knew the couple killed them. They also said it was a robbery and video cameras from neighbouring homes captured footage of the two alleged killers.

UNISA SRC to meet management pending their protest

The University of South Africa’s (Unisa) student representative council (SRC) says it’ll meet with university management on Wednesday regarding its grievances. However, SRC chairperson Sifundo Ndzube says its protest for more resources will continue. He says the SRC is still waiting to hear whether national management is willing to adhere to their demands. The Parow campus remains closed, as well as other campuses in regions across the country. Registration has been halted until further notice. Unisa’s regional communications manager Francois Louw explained that Registration is possible online, but unfortunately walk-in registrations are not possible. They are waiting to hear what the negotiations will produce, but they have no news yet.”

Suspects expected to appear in court for drug possession (Tik)

Four suspects from Jeffreys Bay are expected to appear in court soon for drug possession after police seized tik worth R327,000 yesterday morning in a car they were driving. Police also impounded the vehicle that was allegedly used to transport the drugs. Officials responded to a tip-off and used an unmarked vehicle to follow-up the information.

Bathabile to accept nomination from the list conference

The African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) president, Bathabile Dlamini, has refused to be drawn on whether she will accept a nomination from the party’s branches to head back to Parliament after the national elections. The ANC concluded its national list conference at the weekend, where 200 names were chosen to represent the organisation in the National Assembly. But the list is not final yet, with a vetting process expected to get underway between now and the end of January.According to the ANC’s constitution, some of the criteria used to choose candidates includes disqualifying anyone who has been found to be ill-disciplined or corrupt. Dlamini, former Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba and former President Jacob Zuma are some of the names who have raised the ire of the public because of the various court judgments found against them.

ANC’s 107th Anniversary

President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed a crowd of supporters in KZN as part of the ANC’s 107th anniversary celebrations taking place across the province, putting forward a unified front on behalf of the governing party….clip..

Minister Chang’s defense argued for him to be freed

Mozambique’s former Finance Minister Manuel Chang has appeared in the Kempton Park Magistrates Court, where his defence team argued that his arrest was unlawful and he should be freed. The police arrested Chang on an Interpol red notice late in December at OR Tambo International Airport en route to Dubai.The former government official and four others – Andrew Pearse, Surjan Singh, Deletina Subevan and Jean Boustani – have been implicated in fraud and corruption worth an estimated $2 billion. The State has until tomorrow to prepare submissions to oppose Chang’s challenge of his arrest, which he has argued is unlawful. Chang’s attorney told the Kempton Park Magistrates Court that there was no formal extradition application by US authorities prior to his detention.

 

Meanwhile, three former Credit Suisse bankers Pearse from New Zealand, Singh from the United Kingdom and Bulgarian Subeva have been detained in London. The United States wants to extradite the former Mozambique finance minister and the three UK suspects to stand in the dock alongside Lebanese suspect, Boustani, who was arrested while trying to leave Washington. Chang’s matter continues tomorrow.


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