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20
JUN
8am

Refugees share their stories on World Refugee Day

Today marks World Refugee Day. The United Nations says more than 60 million people have been forced to leave their countries due to war, fear of persecution and natural disasters. The UN says those displaced are mostly from poor countries. It has urged people of the world to treat refugees with compassion. My colleague Anita Visser spoke to Darius Kwigomba from the Democratic Republic of Congo, who now has official refugee status. He came to South Africa in the year 2000.
20
JUN
7am

Website and Facebook pages launched to assist families in the silicosis case

A website and a Facebook page have been launched to assist former mine workers and their dependents who may be entitled to compensation if they worked at one of the six gold mining companies that have made provisions for a trust to pay workers who contracted silicosis and/ or TB at work. The historic settlement was made last month after 3 years of extensive negotiations. The gold mine companies in question are; African Rainbow Minerals, Anglo American, Anglo Gold Ashanti , Gold Fields Harmony and Sibanye -stillwater. Richard Spoor, who is one of the attorney's representing the affected former mine workers, spoke to Sakina Kamwendo.
20
JUN
7am

Protests in George spread to neighbouring areas

Service delivery protests have spilled over to neighbouring areas of Thembalethu in George (in the Southern Cape). Residents of Lawaaikamp, Borcherds and Parkdene have joined in on the action, and are being kept at bay by police. Earlier, two trucks were set alight and looted on the N2 between the Garden Route Mall and Pacaltsdorp. The road remains closed to traffic. Our reporter in Cape Town, Tanya Krause is on the story.
19
JUN
8am

South African Weather Services officials fail to appear in Parliament

The embattled South African Weather Services has failed to appear before the Environmental Committee to explain the appointment of Julia Mphafudi as Executive of Corporate and Regulatory Services. This follows an anonymous tip-off about alleged irregulaties. 18 months ago former CEO Linda Makuleni was fired, leaving behind allegations of corruption and tender fraud in the organisation. Our parliamentary correspondent Zalene Merrington is following the story.
19
JUN
8am

Fears mount over the Zim elections as party struggle to access voters' roll

Fears that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission will not be able to run free and fair elections next month are mounting. Candidates who should have received the voters' roll allegedly still don't have access to it. The country's Electoral Commission says it is facing administrative challenges in availing it to candidates as required by law. But it says the election will go ahead despite any grievances parties may have.
19
JUN
8am

Mabuyane dismisses the Sbu Ndebele Report

Eastern Cape ANC chairman Oscar Mabuyane has dismissed the Sbu Ndebele Report as flawed. In the report, Ndebele, calls for the party to set aside the outcome of the conference. The report was the subject of a hearing at the South Gauteng High Court yesterday. Mabuyane says only a court of law will decide on what is right.
19
JUN
8am

The Information Regulator wants answers from Liberty after hacking incident

The Information Regulator SA has requested an urgent meeting with Liberty Holdings CEO David Munro, to understand how its data became compromised. The company's system was hacked and those responsible are demanding a ransom. The regulator has requested information about the extent and contents of the data breach, as well as the interim measures put in place to prevent further breaches. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to the Chairperson of the South African Information Regulator, Advocate Pansy Tlakula.
19
JUN
8am

SA Express workers may not be paid at the end of June

Workers at airline SA Express may not get paid come month end. Trade union Fedusa is calling on government to intervene and provide funding to the state-owned entity. The company was grounded last month after failing to comply with safety regulations. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SA Express spokesperson Refilwe Masemola and asked if the c ompany had issued notices to workers about the possibility that they may not receive their salaries.
19
JUN
8am

Scores of VBS Mutual Bank clients withdraw their money

Queues are getting longer at VBS Mutual Bank in Thohoyandou in Limpopo as clients withdraw their money and close their accounts. The mutual bank was placed under curatorship by the SA Reserve Bank in March following reports that it was facing a liquidity crisis. This after Treasury instructed municipalities to stop investing with the bank. A number of councils withdrew more than R1 billion from the bank since the order issued was last year. The bank first rose to prominence when it loaned former president Jacob Zuma R7.8 million in 2016 to repay state money improperly spent on his private home. Our reporter Shibu Mamokgere is at bank.
18
JUN
8am

ANC NEC meets as a group takes them to court

The ANC's National Executive Committee is meeting today at the St Georges Hotel in Irene outside Pretoria to discuss burning issues plaguing the ruling party. Top of the agenda will be issues around North West, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Free State and Gauteng's upcoming elective conference. Meanwhile, the Johannesburg High Court is expected to hear a case by four ANC members from Eastern Cape who want to compel the NEC to take a clear stand about a report that called for last year's Provincial Conference to be nullified. Their lawyer, Wikus Van Rensburg spoke to Sakina Kamwendo.
18
JUN
7am

Malema may face legal action for his statement that Indians are racist

A KwaZulu-Natal minority rights group is considering opening a case against EFF leader Julius Malema for his statement that Indians are racist. Malema was speaking during his party's Youth Day commemoration event in Klerksdorp in the North West Province this past weekend. Chairperson of the South African Minority Rights Equality Movement (samrem), Daleep Lutchman, says they will be meeting soon to decide what charges to press against Malema for what they say is his use of an apartheid system of classifying people by race. He spoke to Sakina Kamwendo
18
JUN
6am

Another heist in Cape Town

Police are combing the scene of a cash-in-transit-heist on Jakes Gerwel Drive near Philippi on the Cape Flats. Two G4S cash vans have been targeted in the latest heist on the corner of Weltreveden and Turfhall Roads in Cape Town. The road has been closed where a large police presence is visible. More than 150 cash-in-transit heists have taken place this year. National Police Commissioner Kehla Sitole last week briefed Parliament on a five-point plan to deal with the issue. Our reporter Mlamli Maneli is on Jakes Gerwel Drive

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