SAfm News Bulletins

SABC News and Current Affairs  |  News, ±4 min episodes every 2 hours
Hourly updates of the latest national and international news
25
MAR
2pm
The ANC will hold a special national executive committee meeting to discuss the land issue. The NEC is meeting in Irene, south of Pretoria. The meeting adopted a proposal by its national working committee for a special meeting, following deep divisions that have played out in the public arena. ANC leaders including Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandoor, Treasurer General Zweli Mkhize and Secretary General Gwede Mantashe have publicly contradicted President Jacob Zuma on the need to change the Constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation.
25
MAR
2pm
The City of Cape Town has expressed concern over the escalation of gang violence on the Cape Flats. This comes after the body of a 12-year-old boy was found hanging from a pole at a train station in Bonteheuwel in an alleged gang-related killing. Nathaniel Davids' hands and feet were bound
25
MAR
2pm
A Belgian champion athlete has been attacked in Port Elizabeth while preparing for the Ironman Africa championships. Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Athol Trollip has condemned the robbery and assault of former Ironman triathlon champion Frederik van Lierde. Trollip says the incident is an embarrassment for the city. Port Elizabeth is due to host the half Ironman world championships next year. Trollip says the city will beef up security measures to ensure the safety of athletes
25
MAR
2pm
The Constitutional Court will no longer hear the case of the so-called 'SABC 8' journalists. The group had approached the highest court in the land to compel parliament to launch an inquiry into crisis at the public broadcaster. Last July, the SABC fired the eight for criticising an inpromptu policy not to show footage of violent protests. Seven were re-instated after the Labour Court ruled in their favour. Freelancer Vuyo Mvoko lost his case. Speaking on behalf of the journalists, Thandeka Gqubule said they had already reached consensus to withdraw the application following recommendations by an ad hoc committee into the SABC
25
MAR
2pm
Government has denied mounting claims that it is interfering in the judiciary. Deputy Justice Minister John Jeffery has told a conference of the National Association of Democratic Lawyers in Pietermaritzburg that the judiciary is not under threat from government. He referred to a number of landmark judgeents which government has complied with including an order for the roll out of anti-retrovirals. He says the party would not have done that if it wanted to clip the wings of the judiciary
25
MAR
2pm
The Road Traffic Management Corporation has confirmed that a payment by Tasima has averted the collapse of the Electronic National Traffic Information System for now. RTMC spokesperson Simon Zwane says Tasima has paid 40 percent of the eight million rand they owe to Telkom, for services rendered regarding the eNatis system. The AA says if the system folds, motorists could experience problems with vehicle licence renewals.
24
MAR
7pm
A DA investigation into Western Cape premier Helen Zille's tweet saga has been completed. The final decision whether to go ahead with disciplinary action lies with the party's federal executive council. DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach had been tasked with leading the probe into Zille's comments about colonialism. Breytenbach says she has handed her report to the FEC. She has declined to comment on its contents until after the federal executive makes its decision this weekend. Zille's political career is in the balance following her tweets about colonial positives.
24
MAR
4pm
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has hinted at a renewed campaign against him following reports claiming that he benefited from a special pension fund pay-out of eleven million rand. He was speaking to the media at a Deloitte conference in Johannesburg. The Gupta-owned ANN7 news channel has been running the headline prominently. Gordhan has described the reports as fake news and says his lawyers are handling the matter..
24
MAR
4pm
Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts, SCOPA, will visit SABC head offices in Johannesburg on Tuesday to establish whether the rot of financial mismanagement has been rooted out. According to the chairperson of the committee, Themba Godi, they will keep on meeting the SABC until it complies with good governance. Last week, the SABC announced for the first time that it was under financial strain and was paying for operations out of its reserve fund
24
MAR
3pm
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan says the President does not need to intervene to resolve the disputes between himself and SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane. Speaking to the media at the Deloitte conference in Johannesburg, Gordhan said Moyane was an officer who was accountable to him. Moyane has accused Gordhan of interfering in SARS operations. Moyane has asked the President to intervene in the deteriorating relationship between him and Gordhan...
24
MAR
2pm
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has condemned the disrupt ion of the Higher Education Convention held in Midrand, north of Johannesburg, on Saturday. Chaos erupted when a group of students dressed in the EFF regalia refused to give Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande an opportunity to speak. There were fist fights between rival students' formations, a development which led to the cancellation of the convention. Addressing the National Skills Conference in Irene, Pretoria, Ramaphosa spoke out against violent acts during the convention...
24
MAR
9am
Eskom CEO Matshela Koko has confirmed that the power utility has signed a new five-year electricity sales agreement with neighbouring Namibia. Eskom, has struggled to meet power demand in South Africa in the past due to its ageing infrastructure. The deal with NAMPOWER was signed on the sidelines of the Southern African Power Pool meeting in the Lesotho capital, Maseru.