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18
JAN

The killing of councillors in KZN continues

Yet another senior ANC official in KwaZulu-Natal has been shot dead. Sifiso Mlambo was a branch secretary at eMpembeni near eSikhaleni in Richards Bay on the north coast. Mlambo was attacked by unknown assailants while on his way home last night. His death follows that of ANC councillor in Jozini, Njabulo Dlamini also in Richards Bay on New Year's day. Our reporter Vusi Khumalo is on the story and he spoke to Stephen Kirker.
18
JAN

PRASA officials meet to resolve problems at Metrorail in Cape Town

Executives at Passenger rail agency PRASA are meeting in Bontehuewel in Cape Town to address the ongoing problems on Metrorail trains and the continued closure of the central line into the city. Just last night, four train coaches used for network inspection purposes derailed. This incident follows train accidents in Germiston, where 19 people died, the Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga in recent weeks.
18
JAN

Basic Education Minister says violence at Overvaal Hoerskool must stop

Basic Education minister, Angie Motshekga has condemned acts of violence that took place at Overvaal Hoerskool in Vereeniging in the Vaal rand and at other schools across the country. Minister Motshekga has urged people to refrain from using violence and putting the lives of learners at risk. Meanwhile, protesting EFF and ANC members are gathered outside the Hoerskool Overvaal, threatening to close it down. They are intensifying their protest which started yesterday over a court ruling stating that the Afrikaans medium school did not have to take in 55 English speaking learners as other schools nearby could accommodate them. There's a standoff between the protesters and police near the gate of the school. Some protesters had this to say.
17
JAN

Nehawu strike looms at Wits University and NSFAS

Train union Nehawu says another strike is looming at Wits University and at the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). The parties have been in discussions and the union expects a response from NSFAS management on Friday. Its members have embarked on a strike at the University of South Africa (UNISA) and the Durban University of Technology. Nehawu spokesperson Khaya Xaba engaged with our presenter Stephen Kirker on this matter.
17
JAN

Another train collision in Ermelo

There's been another train collision early this morning in Ermelo in Mpumalanga. Two trains reportedly collided at low speed at a depot. At least four people were hurt. This is the 3rd accident within a space of two weeks, with one resulting in the death of 19 people when a Shosholoza Meyl train collided with a truck before bursting into flames in the Free State two weeks ago. Transnet Spokesperson Michael Aspofovitz gave our presenter Stephen Kirker an update.
16
JAN

Pollsmoor prisoners and officials in hospital

Three Pollsmoor prison officials and three offenders have sustained serious injuries in an attack in a cell this morning. Correctional Services Commissioner in the Western Cape, Delekile Klaas, says the injured officials were attempting to confiscate a cellphone from an prisoners when they threw boiling water on them. He spoke to our presenter Stephen Kirker.
16
JAN

SAPS Captain arrested on charges of looting the coffers of the Secret Service

The Independent police investigative directorate (IPID) has arrested an SAPS Captain on allegations of looting the funds of the Secret Service. The operative, who has not been named as he is yet to appear in court is alleged to have links to former acting national police commissioner Kgomotso Phahlane. Independent Police Investigative Directorate spokesperson Moses Dlamini spoke to our presenter Stephen Kirker.
16
JAN

A fitting farewell for literary giant Keorapetse Kgositsile

High praises and admiration were the order of the day as friends, colleagues, comrades and fellow literati paid tribute struggle stalwart and national poet laureate, Professor Keoraptse Kgositsile during his funeral service at Marks Park in Emmerentia in Johannesburg earlier today. One of such friends was Pallo Jordan, who remembered fondly the first time he met "bra Willie" as he was affectionately known.
15
JAN

Magaqa family believes he was poisoned

The late Sindiso Magaqa's cousin Lwazi Magaqa has expressed doubt that the ANC firebrand died from his injuries. He was testifying before the Moerane Commission of Inquiry that is investigating political killings in KwaZulu Natal. Magaqa was an ANC councellor in the Umzimkhulu Municipality. He was shot by unknown people in July last year and he died in hospital in September. Our reporter Fanele Mhlongo attended today's proceedings.
15
JAN

Farm worker allegedly killed by security guard was shot eight times, court hears

The Krugersdorp Magistrates Court, west of Johannesburg has heard that the security guard arrested for allegedly shooting and killing a farm worker at Tarlton near Krugersdorp over a week ago, had fired eight shots. Forty-two year old Aaron Mutavhatsidi was employed as a tractor driver at Bartlet Poultry farm. He was shot dead for allegedly stealing the tractor. Our presenter Stephen Kirker spoke to reporter Horisani Sithole
15
JAN

Judgment expected in Hoërskool Overvaal's case against Gauteng Education Department

The Pretoria High Court will deliver judgment this afternoon on the Hoërskool Overvaal's urgent application to overturn the Gauteng Department of Education's decision to admit 55 English speaking learners to the school. The school's legal representative, Advocate Albert Lamey argued that Overvaal has reached its admission capacity and that it cannot accommodate more learners. Our presenter Stephen Kirker spoke to Professor of Education Policy at Wits School of Education Prof Brahm Fleisch.
12
JAN

Coligny residents are up in arms over municipality's "unhealthy" water

The residents of Coligny in the North West are up in arms over poor service delivery in their town, with water being their main concern. They claim that the Ditsobotla Municipality is providing them with unhealthy water through water tanks. The residents also do not have proper toilets and are still using the bucket system. Our reporter Itumeleng Kgajane is on the story and he spoke to our presenter Stephen Kirker.

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