Midday Live

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Breaking news of the day.
18
MAY
A group of inmates from Leeuwkop prison in Johannesburg took the department of correctional services to court over their due transfer to Kgosi Mampuru in central Pretoria. The case was thrown off court at the Johannesburg high court this afternoon. Stephen Kirker chatted to reporter Angela Bolowana and spokesperson for the inmates Daniel Mabetoa.
18
MAY
SACP's national Imbizo was held in Boksburg east of johannesburg today. The imbizo seeked solutions to challenges the country is currently facing. Its also expected to discuss interventions from sectors of society such as Alliance partners, religious and civil society movements who were in attendence. SACP General Secretary Blade Nzimande addressed the masses.
18
MAY
Four more bodies believed to be those of illegal miners have been retrieved at the disused Harmony Gold mine in Welkom, Free State. This brings to a total of 29 bodies recovered from the same mine since last week Thursday. Meanwhile, mine rescue services are currently busy with their search for more bodies believed to be still trapped underground. Stephen Kirker chatted to Major General Lerato Molale of the Welkom police.
18
MAY
Non-profit organisation Women and Men against Child Abuse approached the High Court in Johannesburg in an effort to change the law to ensure that the legal system acknowledges the seriousness of all sexual violence cases, regardless of the elapsed time since the offence. At present the law provides a statute of limitations of 20 years for some crimes. Stephen Kirker chatted to The organisation's Founding Director Miranda Jordan-Friedmann.
18
MAY
The City of Cape Town has reportedly sent in divers to clean dam floors so that the last 10 percent of usable water may be used. Dam levels are at 21 percent with only eleven percent usable. Stephen Kirker chatted to Sputnik Ratau, spokesperson for the Department of Water and Environmental Affairs.
18
MAY
About 538 schools in Limpopo province, reporterdly, still do not have text books five months into the new academic year. The Portfolio Committee on Education mentioned in its presentation last week that grades 10 and 11 learners are still without maths and science textbooks. The Mopani and Vhembe Districts are said to be the ones most affected by the shortage. Limpopo Education department Spokesperson Dr Naledzani Rasila says they were let down by service providers.....
16
MAY
The place of religion in South Africa's public schools has come under scrutiny as the Gauteng High Court hears the case of Organisasie vir Godsdienste-Onderrig en Demokrasie (OGOD) v Laerskool Randhart & Others. OGOD's Afrikaans name translates into "Organisation for Religions Education and Democracy" in English. The organisation is taking on six public schools to prohibit them from identifying themselves as Christian and to outlaw their Christian practices. It argues that it is unconstitutional for a public school to promote a single religion.
16
MAY
Motorists using the R49 road linking Mahikeng to Zeerust in the North West, have been advised to use alternative routes as residents of a small farming town of Ottoshoop just outside Mahikeng have embarked on violent service delivery protests since this morning. They have blockaded roads with burning tyres and debris. Resident have also been pelting cars with stones.
16
MAY
Former Mines minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi has revealed shocking events in the period leading up to his dismissal. He says Eskom's CEO Brian Molefe and chairperson Ben Ngubane asked him to suspend Glencore's mining licences. Ramatlodi says the request which was made in 2015 was an effort to put pressure on the commodities firm to sell a coal mine. In the same year, Glencore placed Optimum coal mine under protection from creditors. It later sold it to Tegeta Exploration and Resources, a firm which the Gupta brothers control.
16
MAY
Police have been commended for the swift arrest of the suspects in connection with the murder of former Generations actor and Jozi FM DJ Mandla Hlatshwayo and his friend Oupa ' Chom Chom' Duma. The pair were shot and killed while trying to assist two women who were being robbed of their cell phones outside a pub in Pimville - Soweto.
15
MAY
Eskom CEO Brian Molefe is back at work and has addressed employees at the company's headquarters in Johannesburg this morning. Last week on Friday, Eskom board announced that it had reinstated Molefe to his position as CEO following a dispute about his R30 million pension payout. Molefe resigned in November of 2016, citing that his departure was in the interests of "good corporate governance" after he was implicated in the State of Capture report by the Public Protector. Stephen Kirker spoke Eskom's board spokesperson Khulani Qoma who said Molefe received a warm welcome from staff