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09
APR
1pm

Mentally ill Soweto woman accused of witchcraft dies after being set alight

A Soweto family is still traumatized after the horrific death of their mother, Jostina Sangweni who had dementia. She was attacked and burnt by community members on Friday while she was apparently on her way to consult with her spiritual healer. A video of the attack in which the voices of men insulting her can be heard, went viral on social media over the weekend. The family says she was attacked because she was wearing a traditional healer's attire and the community believed she was a witch. We spoke to Brigadier Mathapelo Peters, the Gauteng SAPS Spokesperson.
08
APR
1pm

KZN family waits 6 months for DNA of deceased relative - SAPS response: We have a backlog at forensic labs

Several families in KwaZulu-Natal say their lives are in limbo due to a backlog at the forensic laboratory of the South African Police Services. They say they have been unable to bury their loved ones because of the delays. The Ngcobo family in Hammersdale outside Durban has been waiting for the positive identification of a burnt body that was found last year. The family believes the body belongs to a relative, Nomvuselelo Ngcobo. Yesterday we spoke the deceased's sister, Nkosingphile who says they are still waiting for DNA results. We today we speak to SAPS National Police Spokesperson, Brenda Muridili
08
APR
1pm

Forensic report reveals an Eskom deal worth billions was won by making payments to the ANC

A forensic investigation by legal firm Bowman has found that an oil blending and storage company, Econ Oil & Energy allegedly secured deals to supply Eskom with fuel oil worth more than R15 billion at inflated prices by paying inducements, including donations to the ANC. Bloomberg reports that according to the forensic report, Econ Oil & Energy allegedly won the contracts with the help of Thandi Marah, then senior manager of business enablement at Eskom, who allegedly interfered in the tender processes. We spoke to Eskom's spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha.
07
APR
1pm

6 months and counting- KZN family cannot bury due to forensic lab backlog

Several families in KwaZulu-Natal say their lives are in limbo due to a backlog at the forensic laboratory of the South African Police Services. They say they have been unable to bury their loved ones because of the delays. The Ngcobo family in Hammersdale outside Durban has been waiting for the positive identification of a burnt body that was found last year. The family believes the body belongs to a relative, Nomvuselelo Ngcobo. The deceased's sister, Nkosingphile says they are still waiting for DNA results ...
07
APR
1pm

How Impactful are Government Food Banks?

Government Food Banks aim to provide for the immediate and basic needs of the most vulnerable in our society and the indigent. They rely on donors in order to fulfill their mandate. Some of the donors who give generously include the farmers, market agents, exporters and retailers. The market's own food technicians determine which of the donated food is fit for human consumption. We spoke to our reporter Nozintombi Miya.
06
APR
1pm

Oracle threatens to divorce Eskom due to non-payment

Eskom's technical services provider Oracle, is threatening to withdraw their services to Eskom due to non-payment. Eskom approached the high court to compel Oracle to continue providing the services for the duration of the agreement until April 2022, however its bid failed in court...Eskom has warned that South Africa can be plunged into total darkness if the company is not stopped from withdrawing its services. Oracle technical services are crucial to its operations. We spoke to Eskom's spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha
30
MAR
11am

Impasse over R300 million PESP funding continues

South African artists want to know what happened to the millions of rands that were meant to help them when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. They have staged a sit-in at the National Arts Council offices. They've vowed to continue occupying the offices of the arts council until they are paid out monies promised to them. The impasse is over a 300 million rand presidential employment stimulus programme, meant to be disbursed via the National Arts Council and the National Film and Video Foundation. It's aimed at assisting people in the sector, suffering losses due to Covid-19. We spoke to Tshepo Mashiane- Spokesperson for the National Arts Council.
26
MAR
12pm

Home Affairs goes on a birth registration drive

Home Affairs Department will this weekend be doing a follow-up to a pilot they started last weekend where they are availed officials at all health facilities with maternity wards. This is in order to fast track registration of new-born babies at medical facilities where the child is born. A family has up to 30 days to register a birth. Registration of birth after 30 days is considered to be a late registration and additional requirements apply. We spoke to the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Mr. Njabulo Nzuza.
25
MAR
1pm

DA wants action as nearly 40,000 state workers apply for SASSA SRD grant

The Democratic Alliance (DA) have called for an investigation into some 40-thousand public service employees who applied for the SASSA SRD grant since February. This was revealed by the minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu, in a written response to a parliamentary question posed by the Democratic Alliance (DA). We spoke to DA shadow deputy minister of social development, Dr Mimmy Gondwe.
24
MAR
12pm

US experts concerned over AstraZeneca's 'outdated' data in vaccine trial results

An independent review panel in the United States has raised concerns around the information released by AstraZeneca yesterday showing its COVID-19 vaccine was 79 percent effective in preventing symptomatic illness. A statement released in the early hours of Tuesday by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases -- or NIAID -- pointed to concern expressed by an independent panel of experts that AstraZeneca may have included outdated information from a trial conducted in the US, Chile and Peru. The NIAID has now urged AstraZeneca to work with the Data and Safety Monitoring Board to review the efficacy data and ensure the most accurate, up-to date efficacy data is made public as quickly as possible. Meanwhile, Anxiety is rising again over concern of an impending third wave of Covid-19 infections and the slowness of the vaccination rollout plan. Thus far, less than 200-thousand of the 1,2-million healthcare workers in the country have received their jabs. We spoke to senior health reporter at Bhekisisa, Aisha Abdool Karim.
23
MAR
1pm

Viral video raises schools code of conduct debate

The Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has described as 'completely unacceptable' the conduct of a teacher who was seen forcibly running a comb through a learner's hair, in a video that has gone viral on social media. In the video the teacher has other learners lined up to get their hair combed. The incident has drawn condemnation and has reignited conversation on socially acceptable conditions of black hair.We spoke to Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi.
16
MAR
1pm

Ipid investigation underway as family of slain Musa Magasela wants justice

Wrestled to the ground, handcuffed, and allegedly shot in the back. This is the disturbing detail of yet another murder, allegedly at the hands of police. 22-year-old Musa Magasela was shot and killed in an apparent case of mistaken identity in Olifantsfontein's Clayville East on Thursday. It's believed police mistook him for a hijacker. But there are conflicting reports. Our reporter Maageketla Mohlabe compiled this report for us.

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