Midday Live

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Breaking news of the day.
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Women from different organisations, including political parties, have gathered outside the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court in the Eastern Cape where the pastor accused of human trafficking will appear shortly. They are demanding that he be denied bail. The Hawks arrested the accused at the Port Elizabeth airport yesterday. He allegedly lured young girls and women to his house in Umhlanga in KwaZulu-Natal where they he allegedly sexually assaulted them. Here is an extract of one of his sermon courtesy by Solomon Ashong and an interview with our reporter Olwethu Sota.
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The South African Federation of Trade Unions Convenor Zwelinzima Vavi has warned that the new federation will smash all those who stand in the way of the interests of the working class. Vavi was speaking at SAFTU'S first conference at Birchwood hotel in Boksburg on Gauteng's East Rand. The labour federation is expected to hold elections for national office bearer positions. We spoke to Senior Political reporter Tshepo Ikaneng.
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The SACP has been picketing outside the offices of the National Treasury in Pretoria, as part of its Financial Sector Campaign. The party says the picket is aimed at highlighting the need to defend the country against corporate capture. It is calling for the creation of an effective post bank, investigations into corrupt transactions which the public protector identified as well as the eradication of corruption in state owned enterprises. We spoke to Senior Politics reporter Amos Phago in Pretoria.
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The High Court in Port Elizabeth has been presented with the transcript of a telephonic conversation between state witnesses Luthando Siyoni, and Shane Bosch from the organised crime unit. This as the murder trial of Christopher Panayiotou and co-accused Sinethembe Nenembe and Zolani Sibeko gets under way. Bosch alleges that Siyoni used profanities in his conversations. He also told Siyoni about the St Albans court conditions which, defense advocate Terry Price said, could have been intended to pressurize him to implicate Panayiotou. The fifth witness, who is a retired police officer has taken the stand. Panayiotou's wife Jayed went missing exactly two years ago today. She was abducted and murdered. We spoke to our reporter Anda Nqoji
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A family from Kroonstad in the Free State wants justice after their 29-year-old lesbian daughter was set alight and killed in what they believe is a hate crime because of her sexual orientation. Nonki Smous' body was burnt beyond recognition two weeks ago. The community yesterday marched to the local police station to demand a proper investigation. We spoke to Kim Lithgow the founder of Same Love and P-Flags South Africa, which support the LGBTI community and their families.
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The Congress of the South African Trade Unions (COSATU) will be marching to the ABSA head offices in Johannesburg this afternoon. The march, called: "The Transformation of the Financial Sector". SACP General Secretary, Blade Nzimande addressed COSATU shopstewards. We also spoke to the trade union federation's Gauteng Provincial Secretary Dumisani Dakile.
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The Inter-Ministerial Committee looking into the situation in Vuwani is in Polokwane Limpopo to chart a way forward after violence flared up again in the area. Police minister Fikile Mbalula and Co-operative Governance minister Des Van Rooyen are expected to brief the media after the meeting this afternoon. Vuwani residents resumed their protest action this week, shutting down schools and businesses over a decision to incorporate them into the LIM345 Municipality. We spoke to our reporter Michael Makungo.
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Acting Police Commissioner Kgomotso Phahlane has condemned the loss of life and called on protesters to abide by the law in Vuwani. This comes as two people were burnt to death and one seriously injured after their vehicle hit barricades placed on the roads by protesting Vuwani residents in Limpopo. Protesting residents resumed their shut down yesterday over an unresolved municipal dispute. We spoke to our reporter Mike Maringa.
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Vuwani residence are continuing with the shutdown of services in protest against being incorporated into the new LIM345 Municipality. This as the SABC crew were attacked and their car vandalised by protesters and chased out of Vyeboom village. Protest was suspended last weekend for the Easter holidays. It is reported that 76 schools around the area are still closed and protesters are not allowing anyone in and out of Vhuwani. Shibu Mamokgere shares more details
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The Council for Higher Education (CHE) has told law faculties at 17 universities to get their house in order or face the withdrawal of accreditation. The CHE has been conducting investigations since 2013. The organisation says law faculties at the North West, Walter Sisulu, Free State universities as well as UNISA have major issues to address. The rest of the institutions' challenges can be addressed in the short term. Stephen Kirker speaks to the Director for National Standardisation and Review at the Council for Higher Education Olivia Mokgatle.
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DA leader Mmusi Maimane has made an impassioned plea to South Africans not to relent in their demand for President Jacob Zuma's resignation. Maimane is leading the anti-corruption march to the Limpopo provincial treasury in Polokwane. Opposition parties EFF, UDM and Cope were expected to take part in the march but withdrew last minute. Stephen Kirker speaks to SABC reporter Katlego Nyoni who is at the march