SAfm News Bulletins

SABC News and Current Affairs  |  News, ±4 min episodes every 2 hours
Hourly updates of the latest national and international news
16
JAN
8pm
The Basic Education department will be releasing the withheld results of 171 matric learners from New Era College - a private high school in Malamulele, Limpopo, by Wednesday. Department spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga says their legal team has advised them to comply with the Thohoyandou High Court ruling, after considering a possible appeal. The court ruled on Saturday that the department must release the results within 72 hours. The learners are part of a group of more than 200 who're implicated in the leak of a Maths paper last year. Mhlanga says they will release the results while proceeding with their investigations.
16
JAN
5pm
he South African Police Service (SAPS) and AfriForum have signed what they call a historic co-operative agreement aimed at strengthening community participation in the fight against crime. In the agreement, the parties undertake to assist each other as needed and where appropriate; and to ensure that information which can help the SAPS in combatting crime, obtained from AfriForum community safety structures, will be shared.
16
JAN
4pm
A safety recall for the Ford Kuga 1.6 has been announced at a media briefing held in Pretoria. President and CEO of Ford South Africa, Jeff Nemeth, says their investigation has enabled them to narrow the number from the intially stated 6-thousand-300 hundred cars affected to four-thousand five-hundred and fifty-six vehicles. Close to 50 of the cars have caught alight. Nemeth says the safety recall is limited to one-point-six litre Kuga's built between December 2012 and February 2014, and that other Kuga models are not affected.
15
JAN
7pm
Nelson Mandela's grandson, Mbuso, will remain behind bars until at least Thursday after he was charged with failing to pay child maintenance. A warrant for his arrest was issued after he failed to appear in the Johannesburg magistrate's court last week. He was arrested at his grandfather's house in Houghton. The child's mother has accused him of squandering four million rand left to him by the former president. Mbuso Mandela was accused of rape in 2015, but the charges were dropped last year.
15
JAN
6pm
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says divisions among top ANC leaders stem from personal and financial interests that affect the political will to change the lives of ordinary South Africans. Ramaphosa was addressing party supporters during 105th anniversary celebrations at the Walter Sisulu University in Mthatha.
15
JAN
5pm
A member of the Gift of the Givers Foundation has been questioned by a Syrian rebel group allegedly responsible for the abduction of South African photo-journalist, Shiraaz Mohammed. The 38-year old was abducted near the Turkish border. Gift of the Givers team member, Ahmad Ghandour says he was summoned by the Nusra Front, blind-folded and questioned about what the foundation said was a misunderstanding.
15
JAN
4pm
The Hawks have confirmed that two suspected Islamic State operatives have been stopped from entering South Africa. Iraq's ambassador to Pretoria Saad Kindeel has accused Pretoria of dragging its feet in signing documents, allowing the Iraqi's to share information with South Africa., One of the operatives is said to have planned the bombing of US interests in South Africa.
15
JAN
3pm
Mbuso Mandela - the grandson of former president Nelson Mandela- has been arrested for failing to pay child support. He has been behind bars since Thursday, after a magistrate denied him bail, and is due back in court on Thursday. Police say the child's mother has accused Mandela of squandering his four-million rand inheritance from his grandfather's estate. Mbuso Mandela was accused of rape in 2015. The charges were dropped a year later.
15
JAN
2pm
Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa has described the passing of legendary jass musician Thandi Klaasen as a huge loss to the art fraternity. She died this morning at a hospital in Vosloorus east of Johannesburg after losing her battle to pancreatic cancer.
15
JAN
7am
Efforts are under way to facilitate the release of a South Africa photo-journalist who has allegedly been kidnapped in Syria. The International Relations Department says it is doing its best to ensure the release of 38-year-old Shiraaz Mohamed. He was kidnapped in Syria near the Turkish border on Tuesday. The department's spokesperson Nelson Kgwete says the South African embassy in Lebanon is working with Syrian authorities to facilitate Mohamed's release
15
JAN
7am
The family of a South Africa couple found dead in Houston in the United States says it's waiting for more information from Texan authorities. The couple was found dead under mysterious circumstances. The husband had been working for Sasol in South Africa.
15
JAN
7am
The Automobile Association says South Africa needs a broader, more actionable and implementable road safety strategy. The association's statement comes after Transport Minister Dipuo Peters called on the Justice Department to impose the harsh punishment on people responsible for fatal crashes. Last week, she released the road crash death toll for the festive season in which more than one-thousand-700 people were killed.