Protest leave residents in the dark

Pietermaritzburg residents barricaded roads leading to Copesville on Wednesday with burning tyres and rubble, and demanded the removal of their ward councillor.

Taxis were stopped from operating on the main road and protesters burnt three electricity transformers, leaving sections of Haniville, Swapo and Copesville without electricity, GroundUp reported.

Another bomb threat in KZN

The Cornubia Mall in Mount Edgecombe, Durban was evacuated following a bomb threat on Thursday morning.
Hundreds of patrons and mall workers were evacuated after police allegedly received a tip off that there was a bomb in Woolworths.
The mall was reopened with the police bomb squad giving the all clear.

To read the article titled, "Another KZN mall evacuated after bomb threat" click here

End to the drought in WC

Good news for the drought-stricken Western Cape came in the form of a dramatic increase in the province's dam levels.

According to the Department of Water Affairs, dam levels increased from 45% to 51.7% in seven days, thanks to recent torrential rains in large parts of the province.

And that's not all. The South African Weather Service has predicted more wet weather in the weeks ahead - raising hopes that the drought that has devastated Western Cape for the past two years will finally come to an end.

Woman found alive in morgue fridge

A woman who was declared dead at the scene of a car accident - only to be found later still breathing in a morgue fridge - is still in a critical condition in hospital.

The woman had been travelling on the P111 outside Carletonville during the early hours of Sunday when the driver lost control of the car‚ rolling the vehicle.

She was declared dead by paramedics at the scene‚ along with two other victims.

Sassa workers’ strike

The Social Security Agency has had its hands full this week trying to assure social grant beneficiaries who haven’t yet been paid that they will be paid, as well as trying to avert a strike that will exacerbate its payment woes.

The agency has told beneficiaries that they might need to wait a few more days for their monthly grants, but has assured them that they will be paid in full.

Grayston bridge inquiry

An employee of Murray & Roberts who worked as an assistant to the construction manager when the Grayston bridge collapsed has declined to answer some of the questions put to him at an inquiry on Tuesday, saying he didn't want to incriminate himself.

Oliver Aadnesgaard testified in Pretoria that he did not know of any person who designed and approved the drawings of the temporary structure. He said the drawings were supplied by FormScaff.

KZN baby boy missing

Police have appealed to the Hibberdene community in KwaZulu-Natal to help them locate a missing three-month-old baby boy.

The baby went missing three weeks ago when the mother awoke to find that he was no longer on her bed.

"During this time, a person by the name of Lungelo Simamane and a female friend were visiting at the house," police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane said.

SAA terminates CFO and CEO

Crisis hit national carrier South African Airways has fired suspended executives Musa Zwane and Phumeza Nhantsi following the findings of independent disciplinary hearing led by Nazeer Cassim SC.

The Mail and Guardian has learnt from one of the executives this evening that SAA informed them that its board had resolved to terminate their services. This follows Cassim finding both guilty of gross misconduct on three of four charges put before them.

Criminal charges for Johannesburg hospital protesters

CCTV camera footage is being scrutinised by police to identify the perpetrators who caused damage estimated at R3-million plus during violent protests at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital over the last two months.

This was disclosed by Gauteng Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa‚ in an oral reply to questions by Democratic Alliance health spokesperson Jack Bloom‚ in the provincial legislature.

Judge Robert Nugent to head SARS inquiry

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that former Judge Robert 'Bob' Nugent will chair a commission of inquiry into the country's tax administration. 

Nugent is a retired judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal. Former President Jacob Zuma also appointed him to act as a judge of the Constitutional Court for November 3 - 30 in 2015. 

To read the article titled, "Ramaphosa names retired Judge Robert Nugent to head SARS inquiry" click here


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