Newsbreak

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Award-winning Current Affairs and news talk show bringing you topical news issues of the week. Relevant to Lotus FM - we cover issues YOU want - beating deadlines, making headlines. 6-7am, 1-1:30pm weekdays and weekends from 1-2pm.

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21
OCT
9am

#PODCAST: Political analyst says Herman Mashaba's resignation will plunge the City of JHB into a political crisis

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer, Taliesha Naidoo - Herman Mashaba has announced his resignation as the Mayor of Johannesburg - and as a member of the Democratic Alliance. It follows the election of Helen Zille as the party's Federal Council Chairperson yesterday. Mashaba has previously indicated that he would call it quits, should - what he calls - the 'right wing aligned DA faction' win. He took office as the Johannesburg Mayor in 2016. Speaking during a media briefing in Johannesburg, Mashaba says he is deeply concerned about the politics of the DA. He says he will cease serving as Mayor from the 27th of November. Political analyst, Ongama Mtimka says Mashaba's resignation will create a lot more instability in the City of Johannesburg, creating a situation similar to that in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.........
21
OCT
9am

#PODCAST: Tow truck driver, Thavendren Naicker, killed in drive-by shooting at Phoenix north of Durban

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer, Tashlan Naidoo - A tow truck driver has been gunned down in a drive-by shooting at Phoenix north of Durban last night. Thavendren Naicker is alleged to have been in a witness protection programme since last year. Spokesperson for local security company Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) says police are still on the hunt for the suspects. Balram added that such incidents are a frequent occurrence in the area...
21
OCT
3am

#PODCAST: Helen Zille defeats three senior party members - to be named DA's Federal Council Chairperson

SABC News and Current Affairs — Helen Zille has once again defeated Athol Trollip, and two other senior DA members, in the party's Federal Council Chair vote. Zille takes over from James Selfe who served for 19 years in the position that's said to come with an incredible amount of power and influence. Speaking to the media shortly after the announcement at the party's headquarters yesterday, Zille vowed to stay in her lane and assume the background role to support party leader - Mmusi Maimane. Nomalizo Mandela reports...
21
OCT
3am

#PODCAST: We discuss the selfless efforts made by a group of seine-netters known as the "Padavatan Six"

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Rachel Vadi - This year marks the 102nd year commemoration of the bravery of six seine-netters who saved 176 people from drowning during the Umgeni River flood. The devastating flood claimed the lives of more than 400 market gardeners in 1917 from the then Springfield Flats in Durban. The death toll would have been much higher were it not for the six men who are now infamously known as the "Padavatan Six". Soma Gengen is the granddaughter of Gengan Padavatan. She says she is proud of her heritage and wants the next generation to carry this brave mantle...
21
OCT
2am

#PODCAST: At least eight cases of dog poisoning reported to KwaZulu-Natal's Lower South Coast SPCA

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - Investigations are underway after eight cases of dog poisoning were reported at the Lower South Coast SPCA, in KwaZulu-Natal. Inspector at the animal protection organisation - Werner Galjaard, says criminals feed poisoned items to dogs as part of their criminal operations. Galjaard says these cases are being investigated and urges dog-owners to be extra vigilant with their pets..
21
OCT
2am

#PODCAST: Police launch manhunt for the suspects responsible for murdering two brothers at Canelands, Verulam

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - A manhunt is underway for the suspects responsible for killing two brothers at Canelands, in Verulam, north of Durban. Prem Balram -spokesperson for local security company - Reaction Unit South Africa, says the two bodies were found during the early parts of yesterday morning with multiple gunshot wounds after an alleged bar brawl at a tavern in the area. Balram says the motive for the killings is unknown at this stage...
21
OCT
2am

#PODCAST: A shocking EIGHTEEN people killed in separate road accidents over the past 24 hours in KwaZulu-Natal

SABC News and Current Affairs — Eighteen people have been killed in separate road accidents in in 24 hours in KwaZulu-Natal in what was a bloody weekend on the province's roads. The provincial Department of Transport has launched investigations into the crashes. Ironically the department also arranged a prayer meeting to highlight road fatalities in Eshowe at the weekend. Fanele Mhlongo reports...
18
OCT
7am

#PODCAST: Royal Diwali celebration aims to promote social cohesion

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer, Shanell Daniel - A colourful affair promoting social cohesion is expected this weekend as the Diwali celebrations at the Ondini Royal Palace in Ulundi, northern KwaZulu-Natal, gets underway. The much-anticipated event hosted by His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini together with the Sivananda World Peace Foundation will see community representatives from across the country attending. President of the Sivananda World Peace Foundation, Ishwar Ramlutchman Mabheka Zulu, says the celebration is hoped to create social cohesion amongst people from different walks of life...
18
OCT
7am

#PODCAST: Social media has their say on #NinowSentencing

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer, Magashini Mottian - Social media users have raised many questions about child abuse following the life sentence meted out to child rapist Nicholas Ninow in the Pretoria High Court. The 21-year old recieved two additional five year jail terms for possession of drugs and defeating the ends of justice. Ninow raped a seven-year-old girl at a Dros restaurant in Pretoria last year. In welcoming the decison- social media users also expressed sadness that the plight of other children sometimes fall on a deaf ears. Social Media Expert Tonya Khoury says that South Africans should use social media to raise awareness about other such horrific cases that occur daily...
18
OCT
7am

#PODCAST: Heatwave sweeps through South Africa

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer, Magashini Mottian - A heatwave is expected across large parts of the country in the coming days. The South African Weather Services have issued a warning that temperatures could soar to the high thirties. Meanwhile: Emergency services are urging South Africans to stay hydrated over the weekends hot conditions. KZN Emergency Medical Services spokesperson Robert McKenzie advises people to stay out of the sun between 10am and 3pm.......
18
OCT
7am

#PODCAST: President Ramaphosa visits Inanda police station which recorded the highest number of rape case in the country

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer, Bongani Gema - President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to have a busy day in the province of KwaZulu-Natal today. Ramaphosa is visiting the Inanda police station, north of Durban, which in the 2018/2019 crime statitistics recorded the highest number of sexual offences cases in the country. The station was also ranked number four amongst the stations with the highest rates of murder cases nationwide. SABC news reporter Nonjabulo Makamu, who is covering the President's trail in the province, says Ramaphosa will be accompanied by his deputy David Mabuza along with the minister of police General Bheki Cele. Makamu says amongst the factors raised by the Inanda community as contributers to the high crime rates in the area is the poor service meted out by the police at the station...

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