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25
MAY
7am

The continent marks Africa Day

Today marks Africa Day. It is the day on which the Organisation for African Unity was formed in 1963 in Ethiopia. The organisation aimed to bring Africans together and to develop the continent and it's people after hundreds of years of colonization and oppression. It also sought to help liberate other countroies who were still under the control of colonisers. We spoke to Senior Research Fellow and Political Economist at Trade Collective Lebohang Pheko about being an African.
25
MAY
7am

ANC councillor Andile Lungisa released on bail as he appeals his conviction and sentence

Convicted ANC councillor Andile Lungisa has been granted ten thousand rand bail, by the Port Elizabeth Magistrates court, pending his petition to the Judge President at the Grahamstown High Court. Lungisa was sentenced to three years imprisonment, of which one year was suspended. His defence has filed a petition to the Judge President on both his conviction and sentence. Olwethu Matsipane reports.
25
MAY
7am

Workers at the Modimolle Mookgophong Municipality in Limpopo not paid

Workers and councillors at the Modimolle Mookgopong Municipality in Limpopo have not been paid their salaries. They received text messages on Yesterday, informing them that they will be paid by next week Friday. This is the third time workers have not been not paid since the DA and EFF took over the running of the municipality in a coalition in 2016. Our reporter Shibu Mamokgere is on the story.
24
MAY
8am

Tshwane Mayor promises massive changes during his budget speech

Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga has delivered his budget speech today in the city. This comes a day after the Auditor-General revealed that the Metro was third on a list of municipalities who incurred irregular expenditure in the 2016/2017 financial year. Mayor Msimanga says plans are afoot to address this challenge. He spoke to Sakina Kamwendo.
24
MAY
8am

Three bodies found in a small holding in Vlakplaas, Pretoria

Police have launched an investigation into the circumstances leading to the deaths of the three people in the cave system on a small holding near Vlakplaas on Schurveberg road, west of Pretoria. The bodies of the two men were found on Tuesday whilst another was discovered yesterday. Police spokesperson, Augustinah Selepe spoke to our presenter Sakina Kamwendo about the latest.
24
MAY
8am

Two thousand jobs on the line at Anglo

The National Union of Mineworkers says its concerned by Anglo Gold Ashanti's announcement that at least two thousand jobs are now on the line. The gold mining company is warning retrenchments may be necessary as it plans to restructure operations. For more on this we are joined on the line by NUM Deputy President, Joseph Montisetse
24
MAY
8am

Phakamani Hadebe is appointed as permanent Eskom CEO

Public Enterprises Minister, Pravin Gordhan, has confirmed Phakamani Hadebe's permanent appointment as Eskom CEO. Minister Gordhan was briefing the media on changes at the boards of state-owned enterprises in Cape Town. Gordhan said Hadebe's experience at National Treasury made him a favourable candidate
24
MAY
8am

The mother and stepfather of Poppie van der Merwe receive jail terms

Judge Bert Bam has sentenced the biological mother and stepfather of Poppie van der Merwe to life in prison at the Pretoria High Court. Louisa Koekemoer, Poppie's biological mother, and Kobus Koekemoer, her stepfather, were found guilty of murdering Poppie and abusing a 5-year-old boy back in October 2016. The pair have also been sentenced to 10 years on top of the life sentence for abusing the 5-year-old child. Louisa's lawyer Adrian Nell has asked Judge Bam that Louisa Koekemoer not be sent to prison for life, but the request was denied by Bam. Our reporter Liela Magnus was at the Pretoria High court.
23
MAY
7am

Four die in Brakpan taxi violence

Four taxi owners have been killed following a shooting in the Brakpan CBD East of Johannesburg this morning. They were allegedly shot by the occupants of a private security vehicle. Police say the taxi owners had just finished meeting in Tsakane and were on their way to a taxi association office when they were attacked. Police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo gave us the latest information on these murders.
23
MAY
7am

Supra Mahumapelo resigns

North West Premier, Supra Mahumapelo, says he has decided to take early retirement amid allegations of widespread corruption in the province. Mahumapelo made the announcement at the ANC's headquarters, Luthuli House, in Johannesburg earlier today. The North West was rocked by violent protests recently with a faction of the ANC and community members calling for his resignation. Mahumapelo has outlined what he claims was long term issues of corruption in the province that preceded his administration. He also says he does not want to be accused of cracking down on counter-revolutionaries.

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