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20
NOV

No news yet on whether Zim president Robert Mugabe has stepped down

There is no word yet on whether Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has stepped down from his position as instructed by his ZANU-PF party. Mugabe was given until midday today. That country's war veterans have called for a mass protest across the country tomorrow. Meanwhile SA Defence Minister Mapisa-Ngqakula has reiterated that it is the Zimbabweans who should determine their own fate. She says no amount of intervention from SADC or any other body will change the situation in that country if the citizens are not involved. Mapisa-Ngqakula was speaking to SAfm Midday Live Senior Producer Nomalizo Mandela.
17
NOV

Mugabe makes his first public appearance since the army's takeover

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is attending graduation ceremony at University of Zimbabwe. It's his first public appearance since a military takeover in Zimbabwe. State TV earlier reported that a graduation ceremony at a university where Mugabe is the chancellor would proceed as planned today. The military says talks with Mugabe are continuing and there has been significant progress in the operation targeting what it called 'the criminals surrounding him'. Stephen Kirker spoke to the Director at risk management company Signal Risk, Ryan Cummings.
17
NOV

Michael Komape's mother blames herself for his death

The mother of five year old Michael Komape who died after falling into a pit toilet at his school in Limpopo three years ago, is blaming herself for his death. This emerged during the testimony of a psychologist at the Limpopo High Court where a civil lawsuit against the Department of Basic Education is being heard. The family wants to be paid for their loss and grief. Our reporter Shibu Mamokgere spoke to our presenter Stephen Kirker.
17
NOV

Panayiotou case postponed

Pre-sentencing arguments in the murder case of Christopher Panayiotou and his co-accused have been postponed to next week Thursday. In a brief sitting at the Port Elizabeth High Court, defence lawyer, Terry Price revealed that he was not ready and asked for a postponment which was granted by judge Dayalin Chetty. Panayiotou and his co-accused have been found guilty for the murder of Jayde Panayioutou outside Uitenhage in 2015. Our reporter, Mcebisi Ngqina was in court.
16
NOV

Michael Komape's brother questions Basic Education's settlement offer

One of the brothers of five year old Michael Komape who drowned inside a pit toilet at Mahlodumela primary school at Chebeng Village in Limpopo, has questioned the motive behind the Basic Education Department's settlement offer which it made to his family only recently. The 23-year old Komape was testifying at the Polokwane High court today where a lawsuit was lodged by his parents in 2014. The family wants compensation for their son's death. The Our reporter, Shibu Mamokgere is attending the hearing and she spoke to Stephen Kirker.
16
NOV

More heart wrenching testimony during Esidimeni hearings

The mother of one of the victims of the Life Esidimeni tragedy has told of how she was not allowed to fetch her son from a ward at an NGO he had been transferred to during the Gauteng Health Department's Marathon Project. In a heartbreaking testimony, Miriam Monayane, the mother of Thabo Monyan, broke down when she recalled the state in which she found her son. She said four nurses wheeled her son to her while he lay on his bed. The Life Esidimeni hearings are looking into the deaths of 143 mental healthcare patients. Monayane broke down several times during her testimony.
16
NOV

Management in GP Health Department must get their house in order so as to help deal with financial challenges

Gauteng Finance MEC Barbara Creecy says managers in the provincial Health Department have to stay within their allocated budgets. Creecy has raised a concern about the state of the department's finances. She was delivering the mid-term budget speech in the provincial legislature earlier today. The department has received R1.7 billion more taking its budget to R128.7 billion this year. The department is facing serious financial problems which have resulted in the attachment of its movable assets. has had its movable assets attached by the sheriff so that debtors could Stephen Kirker spoke to MEC Creecy.
16
NOV

SABC board member, Rachel Kalidass resigns

SABC board member, Rachel Kalidass has resigned. She says she is being sidelined and victimised for holding different opinions from other board members. Kalidas rose to prominence during the December 2016 parliamentary hearings. Stephen Kirker spoke to Kalidass and the DA's Phumzile Van Dam who says they are concerned by this latest development at the broadcaster.
15
NOV

Coligny case postponed to allow time for one of the state's documents to be typed out

A pre-trial case against two farmers of Coligny in North West, who are accused of killing a teenager earlier this year has been postponed to next month. The suspects appeared in the North West High court of Mahikeng this morning. Phillip Schutte and Pieter Doorewaard are facing murder and kidnap charges, following the death of 16-year-old Matlhomola Mosweu. Bafedile Moerane
15
NOV

Michael Komape's father is cross-examined in civil case against the Education Department

The Limpopo Education Department says it will not be drawn into commenting on the ongoing civil trial related to the death of six-year-old learner Michael Komape, who drowned in a pit toilet at school at Chebeng Village's Mahlodumela Primary School in Limpopo in 2014. The litigation has entered its third day in the High Court in Polokwane with the cross examination of the child's father James Komape. Michael died when a pit toilet collapsed. The family is suing the Basic Education Department for their loss and the trauma suffered. Shibu Mamokgere is following the court case.
15
NOV

Those implicated in the state capture Parliamentary Inquiry will be given a chance to respond-MPs

Members of Parliament that have been tasked with investigating allegations of state capture within power utility Eskom say a suggestion that those implicated will not be afforded the right to respond to the allegations against them is not correct. The comment follows Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown's criticism of the process yesterday. Her deputy Ben Martins also lambasted MPs last week. Eskom Board spokesperson Khulani Qoma told the Committee during his testimony that the minister was a liar and that she took instructions from the Guptas.

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