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Nehawu members at NSFAS down tools

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is facing a strike by members of trade union Nehawu. This comes at a time when the organisation is supposed to be distributing funds to needy students as the academic year starts. The union wants, amongst other things, the minimum wage to be increased. It alleges that management has been ignoring them. Our presenter Stephen Kirker spoke to Nehawu's National Spokesperson, Khaya Xaba.
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Some North West health facilities are on the brink of collapse

Another Health facility, Stilfontein clinic, located in the North West province, has been reported to be in a state of collapse. Dr Shailendra Lala, who specialises in HIV treatment, says he sheds tears every time he treats a patient especially children suffering from HIV and he's told there is no medicine because of budgetary constraints. Dr Lala says Stilfontein clinic does not even have urine dipsticks nor basic internet to review patients' results.
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Mosebenzi Zwane a no-show at Mineral Resources Committee hearing

Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has failed to appear before Parliament's Minerals Resources Committee to answer questions on State Capture. He has written to the committee to inform them that he is appearing before an NCOP committee. The Minerals Resources Committee Chairperson Sahlulele Luzipo,says today's date was suggested by Zwane and that it is therefore unacceptable for him not to have arrived. The Committee may have to sub-poena him as this is the third time he's failed to appear.
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Task team set up to track down e-Ngcobo police killers

Senior Police officers at national level are expected to arrive in e-Ngcobo in the Eastern Cape this afternoon, where five police officers and one soldier were shot and killed after being attacked at the local police station. Five other officers were injured. The community has expressed shock and says crime is high in the area. National Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole has set up a high level task team that will track down and arrest the men. The suspects made off with ten guns and also stole a police van. They also robbed an ATM close to the police station. Our reporter Fundiswa Mhlekude is on the story.
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Nuclear energy under the spotlight at the Africa Energy Indaba

The 10th African Energy Indaba is taking place today and tomorrow at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The indaba is the regional conference of the World Energy Council and has the South African National Energy Association and the African Union's NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency as strategic partners. The provision of reliable and accessible energy across the continent is vital to development and the indaba explores sustainable ways of energy provision. While renewable energy options and natural gas are on the agenda, a large part of today's programme is dedicated to Nuclear energy. Director of the Indaba Brian Statham spoke to our presenter Stephen Kirker.
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Police testify at Moerane Commission

Members of the South African Police Services have been testifying before the Moerane commission today. Police have been accused of not doing much to prevent the killings or to arrest suspects implicated in political killings in KwaZulu Natal. Witnesses who have been testifying say they do not trust the police because some allegedly work with the hitmen and go as far as to supply them with guns. Meanwhile, Acting KwaZulu-Natal Police Commissioner Major-General Bhekinkosi Langa has told the commission that violence at hostels has sometimes been sparked by arguments over bed space. Our reporter Nonkululeko Hlophe is at the hearings.
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The trial within a trial application for alleged killers of a Marikana councillor is dimissed

An application for a trial within a trail to challenge a statement made by a witness in the case of 14 men who have been charged with killing former local councillor and supply chain manager for the RDP housing project in Marikana, Petrus Sabata,has been dismissed in the North West High Court in Rustenburg. Sabata was hacked to death two years ago in Marikana, allegedly over RDP house allocations. A man who has turned state witness told the court yesterday that the suspects were not the only ones who were involved in the killing. Our reporter Bafedile Moerane is following the story.
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Indian government yet to receive communication on Gupta arrests

The Indian government is yet to receive formal communication from South Africa, notifying them that the require their assistance in arresting and extraditing the Gupta family members who are being sought by the Hawks. One of the brothers Ajay, has been declared a fugutive after he failed to appear in court last week following an agreement with his lawyers that he will hand himself over. India and South Africa do have a treaty. Ajay Gupta has been seen by locals in his home town attending a religious function.Stephen Kirker spoke to FSN reporter Neha Poonia in India.
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Matshela Koko resigns from Eskom

Eskom's Head of Generation Matshela Koko will no longer face a disciplinary hearing after he resigned from his position this morning. Koko was to set to appear before the disciplinary committee in Sandton north of Johannesburg today. The controversial Koko is being accused of being responsible for the bad state of affairs at Eskom. He spoke to our presenter Stephen Kirker.
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PP to pay 15% of legal costs in ABSA AND SARB review case

The High Court in Pretoria has dismissed with costs the Public Protector's ABSA and Reserve Bank report and its recommendations. The Reserve Bank‚ the Minister of Finance and Absa bank were seeking to have public protector's report into this matter‚ or findings in the report‚ set aside. The case relates to an Apartheid-era bailout of Bankorp in which the Reserve Bank effectively extended R1.1bn to the ailing bank in the form of a structured transaction. Our reporter Neo Makwiting was in court.
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Free State Sports MEC in court on corruption charges

Free State Sports MEC Mathabo Leeto and Bloemwater CEO Dr. Limakatso Moorosi have appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court. They face corruption charges relating to the alleged irregular awarding of tenders dating back to 2013. At the time of the alleged offences Leeto, who was one of the front runners to replace Premier Ace Magashule as Free State ANC chairperson, was still the executive mayor of Matjhabeng municipality in Welkom. However, Moorosi says she does not know what charges she faces.
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Estina dairy farm suspects appear in court

Members of the media were barred from entering a Blomefontein Regional Court room this morning where seven suspects, including one of the Gupta-brothers and Free State Agriculture Department Head are appearing. Five suspects were arrested during the raid of the Gupta-linked properties in Johannesburg yesterday. The other two suspects handed themselves over this morning. The Hawks say the raids are just the start of a larger operation targeting those allegedly involved in fraud, corruption, theft and money laundering which is believed to be linked to state capture and irregularities at the Estina dairy farm in Vrede in the Free State. Our reporter Ishmael Modiba was there and he spoke to Stephem Kirker.

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