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01
DEC
6am

KZN Military Veterans Association speaks out about foreign shop owners

The spokesperson for the Mkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) in KwaZulu-Natal , Dumisani Thango, says they have been misrepresented in the media about their efforts when it comes to how foreign shop owners should be handled. This follows the recent protest where veterans took to the streets to target foreign-owned shops and stalls, demanding their immediate closure.He says they as an association have been engaging leadership in the province to pronounce their stance on undocumented and illegal foreign nationals but nothing has been done about their cry.
27
NOV
5am

Axe family murder suspect apprehended in King William's Town

A man has been arrested in connection with the brutal slaying of six family members in the Elliotdale area earlier this week. The arrest of the man late on Thursday night was confirmed the by Eastern Cape police this morning. We spoke to Eastern Cape provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Thembinkosi Kinana
25
NOV
5am

Contralesa not happy with continued suspension of initiations

The Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa) is not happy with continued suspension of initiations . Traditional leaders and surgeons in the Eastern Cape have expressed disappointment at yet another suspension of the circumcision custom by government. The suspension is due to an increase in coronavirus infections in the province. Contralesa Chairperson in the Eastern Cape , Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana, 'says government's delay in opening the summer initiation season has led to the mushrooming of illegal initiation schools in the province. He also says there is no scientific proof that the second wave of COVID-19 will be caused by initiation schools. He spoke to us.
25
NOV
5am

The burning of trucks needs urgent address

Foreign truck drivers have been given an ultimatum to vacate their jobs at the beginning of December or face mass disruptions. This ultimatum was issued by the All Truck Drivers Foundation (ATDF), a group of local truck drivers advocating for 100% employment of local truck drivers. At least 20 trucks were torched last Thursday and five trucks on Saturday night, more trucks were set alight on Monday night through to the early hours of Tuesday morning. Trucks were reportedly set alight in Leondale, Germiston, and Vosloorus, with a truck driver shot before being burnt in his truck, according to SA Long Distance Truckers. We spoke to Doreen Van Rooyen, Spokesperson for the South African Long Distance Truckers AND Eastern Cape spokesperson for All Truck Drivers Forum, Michael Masimini.
24
NOV
5am

SAHRC investigates allegations of racism at Brackenfell High School

The Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is investigating allegations of racism at Brackenfell High School in Cape Town. The Commission held a media briefing this morning as result of allegations of racism that emerged in relation to the convening of a matric function for a number of Brackenfell High learners. These allegations have led to protest action outside the school, resulting in well documented incidences of violence on several occasions. We spoke to Commissioner Andre Gaum of the South African Human Rights Commission.
23
NOV
6am

What does 'Junk Status' mean for the average South African?

South Africa has sunk deeper into junk status after Moody's Investors Service and Fitch Ratings in lowered the country's credit ratings this weekend. Moody's cut the nation's foreign and local-currency ratings to Ba2, two levels below investment grade, from Ba1 while Fitch cut the nation's foreign and local-currency ratings to BB-, three levels below investment grade, from BB, also with a negative outlook. What does this mean for the average South African? We spoke to Economist Duma Gqubule.
23
NOV
5am

Zondo to lay criminal charges against Zuma

Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo is to lay criminal charges with the police against former president Jacob Zuma after he walked out of the commission last week. Zuma and his legal team walked out of the commission in Johannesburg last week in defiance of the summons it had issued against the former president, after he failed in his bid to get Zondo to recuse himself from hearing his testimony. Zondo's response comes as calls mount from civil society organisations for him to deal decisively with Zuma. Zondo says no one is above the law. We got analysis from Prof. Lesiba Teffo, Political Analyst.
19
NOV
6am

Zondo refuses to recuse himself, Zuma does not excuse himself

Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has turned down former President Jacob Zuma's application for his recusal. Zondo says Zuma's lawyers have failed to prove that their client will not get a fair hearing. Zuma had alleged that the historical relations between himself and Zondo, the commission's selection of witnesses and the Deputy Chief Justice's comments to earlier witnesses were reasonable grounds for him to recuse himself. Zondo however disagreed

Meanwhile former president Jacob Zuma then left the State Capture Inquiry without permission. Zondo says this is the serious matter,as Zuma was supposed to take the witness stand.
We also spoke to Political Analyst Professor Somadoda Fikeni
18
NOV
6am

SABC Board Deputy Chairperson & Communications Minister react to SABC retrenchments

SABC board deputy chairperson Mamodupi Mohlala-Mulaudzi says five of the members are against retrenchments at the public broadcasters. The SABC board has three executive members and 11 non-executive members. Meanwhile, SABC management is adamant that it's continuing with the retrenchment of 400 permanent staff. In an email to staff, SABC management and the board have apologised for what they've called the confusion that yesterday's stand-off with news staff created. Group Executive of News, Phathiswa Magopeni, said she couldn't continue issuing letters of redundancy to affected staff. The SABC is set to appear before Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Communications later today. For more clarity we are joined on the line by Deputy Chairperson of the SABC Board, Mamodupi Mohlala-Mulaudzi to explain why she and some of her colleagues are against the retrenchments ...

Meanwhile, Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni Abrahams says she's been in talks with her other colleagues in government to try and find a solution to the SABC impasse
17
NOV
6am

Motsoaledi briefs members of Parliament on the Bushiris

Home Affairs Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, has assured members of Parliament that self proclaimed Malawian prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary, did not leave the country with a delegation of Malawian President, Lazarus Chakwera, while on a state visit last week. Motsoaledi is appearing before Parliament's portfolio committee to explain issues around the Bushiri couple permanent residency. They have violated their bail conditions and fled to Malawi. They are charged with theft, fraud and money laundering involving over 100-million rand. Motsoaledi has explained to MPs that the planes of the presidential team last week, was searched twice to ensure the Bushiri couple was not on the flight. He added that all persons from that delegatioin leaving the country was processed using legitimate identity documents on the Home Affairs electronic movement control system.

Meanwhile,The Hawks have applied for a Red Notice with Interpol to provisionally arrest the Bushiri-couple. A Red Notice is a request to law enforcement worldwide to locate and provisionally arrest a person pending extradition, surrender, or similar legal action.
13
NOV
6am

Ace granted R200 000 bail

Police have their hands full in controlling scores of ANC supporters who are demanding to be allowed inside the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court ahead of the appearance of party secretary-general Ace Magashule. NPA spokesperson, Sipho Ngwema, believes they have a watertight case against all the accused. Sixty-one-year-old Magashule handed himself over to the Hawks and is currently appear in the Bloemfontein magistrates court. Magashule is among those accused in the alleged irregular awarding of the 255-million-rand asbetos roofing assessment tender. We spoke to Political Analyst, Ongama Mtimka.
12
NOV
6am

SABC goes ahead with retrenchments

The SABC has announced it is ready to implement Section 189 of the Labour Relations Act despite months of talks between employer and unions. The number of staff affected by the move however, has gone down from 600 to 400. There are about 170 vacant positions that will be available for employees to apply for, which provides the potential of further reducing the number of affected employees to 230. The SABC also intends implementing and considering other cost cutting alternatives. We spoke to Aubrey Tshabalala, Communication Workers' Union spokesperson.

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