English news @16:30, 17 January 2019
Written by Ashia Nkontsa on 17/01/2019
Overcrowded classrooms in the Western Cape
The governing body of a Belhar primary school has called on the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) to help with overcrowded classrooms. Three classes at Matroosbergweg Primary School are being taught in a tent. Governing body chairperson Lillian Miller says despite this, learners are still cramped in classrooms.Education MEC spokesperson Jessica Shelver says they’ve asked the school to provide a list of learners’ names and grades.
City of Cape town to hurry up and fix damaged graves
The Khayelitsha Development Forum says it’s worried about the slow pace in which the City of Cape Town is addressing the issue of damaged graves in the area. About 400 graves were damaged by a fire on New Year’s eve in Burial Block E. Forum chairperson Ndithini Tyhido says it’s still not clear what caused the fire in the cemetery located on the corner of Swartklip and Steve Biko Road. The full extent of the damage is currently being determined. The Khayelitsha Cemetery spans over 30 hectares. Tyhido says they want the city to contact affected families as a first step towards replacing wooden crosses and other memorial signs, including details of the deceased, destroyed by the fire.
South Africans missing in Mozambique
The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) has confirmed four South Africans have gone missing in Mozambique. Dirco says the group was on holiday in the neighbouring country and is presumed to have drowned.The department says it’s working with officials in Maputo to provide assistance to their families and to help with the search and rescue missions.Five members of the group reportedly went swimming, but were swept away from shore by a strong current. One managed to make it back to shore, but the other four – two men and two women – have been missing since 15:00 on Monday.
DA’s billboard ripped apart
Just a day after the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) billboard went up, two people have now ripped it apart. The DA unveiled the billboard near Braamfontein in Johannesburg with the words: “The ANC is killing us.” The names of the Life Esidimeni victims, miners who were killed in the Marikana Massacre and children who’ve died after falling into pit toilets are listed. The ANC responded by saying it will take the DA on through the appropriate channels provided by the country’s electoral laws.The ruling party said the billboard showed the levels of desperation the DA has descended to. There has also been outrage on social media from members of the public who have found the billboard in bad taste.An image of the poster being ripped apart by two men was posted on Twitter and retweeted by DA leader Mmusi Maimane.
Agrizzi on Hush money
Former Bosasa executive Angelo Agrizzi has told the state capture commission that staff were paid hush money to keep quiet about illegal activities and cash was kept in a vault at the company to bribe officials on a monthly basis. Agrizzi is on the stand at the state capture commission in Parktown for a second day.He played a video which shows the company’s chief financial officer removing a stash of money from one of the vaults and taking it to the company’s CEO Gavin Watson’s office to be distributed….
Police officers and expired badges
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has been forced to stop proceedings at the state capture commission this afternoon owing to security concerns around Angelo Agrizzi. The former Bosasa executive raised security issues this morning, revealing that he spotted a former police officer who worked with him at the facilities company inside the premises of the commission with an expired police badge.