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I will challenge my dismissal in court-Mgidlana

Suspended Secretary to Parliament Gengezi Mgidlana says he has already started consulting his lawyers to challenge his dismissal. National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise recently announced that they have accepted recommendations that Mgidlana be summarily dismissed. He was found guilty on seven of the 13 charges laid against him - of which four were very serious. It follows the outcome of an investigation by a disciplinary panel which probed various allegations - which include maladministration.
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Army should stay another two months because they made a huge difference-NCPF

The 2 month deployment of the army in some crime hotspots in Cape Town comes to an end today. In July Police Minister Bheki Cele announced that soldiers would be deployed to the streets of townships in the mother city following a series of gang related murders. It still remains unclear if an extension will be granted to allow the SANDF to stay longer.
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Documented and undocumented migrants have approached us for repatriation-African Diaspora

Nigeria's consul general, Adama Godwin, has confirmed that his government will soon start the process of repatriating more than six hundred of it's citizens back to Nigeria. This follows the announcement by the African Diaspora Forum's that it too had received over 400 requests from foreign nationals who hail from Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi who wish to be assisted with returning to their home countries. Violent clashes between locals, who claim to be fighting the scourge of drugs and crime, and foreign nationals defending their livelihoods during the looting of businesses in both the Johannesburg CBD and Tshwane has led to at least 12 deaths thus far. Nigeria's consul general, Adama Godwin says the first trip is expected to leave South Africa this week
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Come for cervical cancer screening sooner

Today) is International Gynaecological Awareness Day and health NGO, Right to Care, has called on communities to continue sharing knowledge and raising awareness about cervical cancer screening and HPV vaccinations. The organisation says only half of South African women are screened for cervical cancer at the recommended intervals, with Pap Smear screening lower amongst the poor and those living with HIV. Research shows cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among South African women.
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We want to go home in peace

Some foreign nationals in Katlehong, east of Johannesburg, say they are ready to abandon their pursuit of a better life in South Africa and go back to their countries of origin. About 800 foreign nationals have been displaced by last week's xenophobic attacks in Katlehong, and are being sheltered at community halls in the township. They were uprooted from their homes at the Mandela informal settlement and Nhlapo section.
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An organised response to looting of businesses needed-BUSA

Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) says it hopes to meet with Minister of Police Bheki Cele to discuss a coordinated response to the wave of attacks on businesses in Gauteng. Busa has condemned the violent protests across the province where foreign-owned businesses were vandalised and looted.
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South Africa avoids recession

South Africa has avoided a recession. The country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew 3.1 percent in the second quarter of 2019. The first quarter GDP numbers recorded a decline of 3.2 percent. GDP data released by Stats SA showed that mining, manufacturing, finance and real estate showed positive growth, while agriculture, forestry and fishing continued to shrink
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Police in Gauteng on high alert

Police continue to monitor hot spots across Johannesburg and Pretoria. This follows the widespread looting of foreign-owned shops in Tembisa, Pretoria, Germiston, Malvern, Turfontein and the Johannesburg CBD. Police fired teargas, rubber bullets and stun grenades and arrested more than 90 people. Meanwhile, the ANC has condemned the violence and classified it as mere 'acts of criminality'. ANC Secretary General, Ace Magashule has criticised the media for what he calls false and irresponsible reporting of the violence.
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Outrage at the murder of the former UCT student 19-year-old Uyinene Mrwetyana

The 42 year old man arrested following the disappearance of a University of Cape Town student has been charged with murder rape and defeating the ends of justice. 19 year old Uyinene Mrwetyana disappeared more than a week ago. Meanwhile, boxing champion Leighandre "Baby Lee" Jegels was gunned down by her ex-boyfriend in the Eastern Cape. This as a six-year-old Amy-Lee de Jager is still missing after being kidnapped for ransom outside her school in Vanderbijlpark
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We are not part of the trucks strike-SATAWU

Members belonging to the National Truck Drivers' Foundation have called for a nationwide strike today in response to trucking companies taking them to court for allegedly burning trucks. The foundation is also lobbying against the alleged employment of foreign nationals.
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Over 50 vehicles burnt in Malvern, Johannesburg

Business owners whose shops were looted in Malvern east of Johannesburg this morning are counting their loses. An estimated 50 shops have been looted and over 50 vehicles burnt after a group of people went on the rampage. Some of the shops were also burned. Over 30 people have now been arrested. The motive for the looting is not yet known. The looting incidents started in nearby Jeppestown yesterday morning after three people died in a building fire. But police say the looting is not related to the deaths. They blame this on criminals taking advantage of the situation. These business owners say they've lost everything
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Missing UCT student suspected to have been taken by human traffickers

Fear and anxiety are mounting in the student community as investigations into the disappearance of a 19-year-old University of Cape Town student continue. Police say Uyinene Mrwetyana was last seen last Saturday afternoon when she left her Roscommon House residence in Claremont. Mrwetyana family has enlisted the services of private investigator Noel Pratten to help with the search. Two more private investigators have also been hired by the UCT to assist with the search.

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