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18
JAN
12am

Security concerns for witnesses at State Capture Inquiry

The Commission of Inquiry into State Capture's first witness for the year, former BOSASA COO Angelo Agrizzi has revealed the extent of corruption at the facility and management company. He has told the commission of how BOSASA spent more than R600 million rand a month in bribes. Agrizzi continued to give his testimony at the Commission underway in Parktown in Johannesburg.
17
JAN
12am

Walusz denied chance for parole

Justice and Correctional Services Minister, Michael Masutha, has once again denied Chris Hani's murderer, Janusz Walus' bid to be placed on parole. Masutha made the announcement in Pretoria YESTERDAY (Wednesday). Last year the High Court in Pretoria returned the matter back to Masutha ordering that the Minister had to decide in 120 days whether Walus would be placed on parole or not.
17
JAN
12am

Zimbabweans living in South Africa calls for Ramaphosa and SADC to intervene

Zimbabwean nationals living in Pretoria protested outside the Zimbabwe Embassy calling for ambassador Isaac Moyo to update them about the recent developments in their home country. The country has been embroiled in violent protest following President Emerson Mnangwagwa's petrol price increase announcement. Among their list of demands was the unblocking of internet services which had been allegedly shutdown at the instruction of the government. The protesters have also called on SADC to intervene.
16
JAN
1am

Kenya counting the loss of life after Al Shabaab attack

Kenyan authorities are reviewing their security strategy following explosions and gunfire in the capital, Nairobi. There are conflicting figures with some sources putting the figure at 15. In yesterday's attacks, four men stormed a hotel complex with explosives and bullets, sending by-standers diving for cover and trapping civilians inside. Al-Shabaab miliant group, which carried out an attack a notorious assault on a Nairobi shopping mall, has claimed responsibility for the attack. More than 100 civilians were rescued in the middle of the night. The attack happens exactly three years since more than 100 Kenyan soldiers died inside Somalia in their military camp when they were ambushed by al-shabaab militants.
16
JAN
1am

Brexit deal rejected

Members of Parliament in Britain were last night expected to vote ** on whether to back prime minister Theresa May's deal for leaving the European Union. May has called for politicians to back her deal or risk what she calls letting the British people down. There has been speculation that with many of her own MPs expected to join opposition parties to vote against the deal, it is widely expected to be defeated
16
JAN
1am

State Capture inquiry continues today

The commission of inquiry into state capture resumes later THIS MORNING* in Parktown Johannesburg. Last year the inquiry heard testimonies from various government representatives who detailed their interactions with the controversial Gupta family which is perceived to be at the centre of alleged corruption relating to the state. Former president, Jacob Zuma has been fingered by many witnesses during the commission but has yet to give any indication regarding his availability to appear before deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo. Duduzane Zuma has however been formally summoned to testify before the the Commission, after being directly implicated in impropriety by former deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas
15
JAN
1am

Zimbabweans continue violent protests against harsh economic conditions

Angry protesters in Zimbabwe 's capital Harare barricaded roads and burned tyres yesterday after President Mnangagwa announced a massive fuel price hike. In Bulawayo, police fired teargas to disperse hundreds of protesters. Reports have suggested that five people have sustained gunshot wounds following the unrest. Mnangagwa announced over the weekend a more than 100 percent rise in the price of petrol and diesel.
15
JAN
1am

Government to open more technical schools

While there have been calls for more technical schools in South Africa, there is growing concern on the funding of these schools. Basic Education director-general, Mathanzima Mweli, together with the backing of President Cyril Ramaphosa, made the call citing the skills shortage in the country. Currently there are only one-thousand-and-10 technical schools out of more than 25-thousand-762 schools in the country.
15
JAN
1am

AMCU to embark on a sympathy strike in the gold sector

Around 12-thousand five-hundred AMCU members from the platinum belt are expected to join the two month long strike action at Sibanye Still-Water's gold operations on Gauteng's West Rand and in the Free State. The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union - AMCU - has given notice to the mining company of its intention to embark on secondary strike action. AMCU believes that this will be one of the biggest examples of mass rolling strike action across different mineral commodities by a single union in South African history
14
JAN
2am

Government of National Unity proposed for the DRC

The chairperson of the SADC organ on Politics, Defence and Security, Zambian President Edgar Lungu, has urged the political parties in the Democratic Republic of Congo to consider forming a Government of National Unity in light of disputed election results. In a statement issued in his capacity as the Chairperson for the SADC organ on Politics, Defence and Security, Lungu says all DRC politicians should commit to actions and processes that do not escalate tensions any further. This follows elections in the DRC where opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi was named the provisional winner last Thursday
14
JAN
2am

More technical schools needed in South Africa

While there have been calls for more technical schools in South Africa, there is growing concern on the funding of these schools. Basic Education director-general, Mathanzima Mweli, together with the backing of President Cyril Ramaphosa, made the call citing the skills shortage in the country. Currently there are only one-thousand-and-10 technical schools out of more than 25-thousand-762 schools in the country.
11
JAN
12am

SARS bust a R23 Million rhino horn consignment

South African Revenue Service officials have intercepted a consignment of rhino horns at the OR Tambo International Airport worth over 23-million rand. Sars says the horns were hidden underneath cut laminated wooden sheets in four boxes which were filled with doormats and decorative items

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