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13
MAY
7am

International Committee of the Red Cross: Humanitarian situation in Palestine remains a concern

At least sixty seven Palestinian including children have been killed since Monday. Heavy Israeli air strike and Palestinian rocket fire have continued through the night. The Israeli military says it is targeting Gaza including intelligence buildings, a bank and the Hamas navy squad. Palestinian militants have launched ways of rockets towards Israeli cities. Suhair Zakkout is the Spokesperson for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Gaza and she gives us this update from Gaza
12
MAY
7am

Israel-Palestinians: What's at the heart of the issue?

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign in Cape Town says it is formulating a Parliamentary Bill to force the South African government to implement sanctions against Israel. This as conflict in the Middle East continues to escalate.Meanwhile, the Pro-Palestine protest is continuing in Cape Town against the continued clashes in the Middle East. The Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) is leading the march with various other organisations and some political parties to mark the end of Ramadaan. We spoke to our reporter Vanessa Poonah and Dr Sikwani Ncube Senior Lecturer at the Department of Public Law at the University of Johannesburg (UJ).
11
MAY
7am

Modjadji Royal Council: We have never said Princess Masalanabo Modjadji would be the next Rain Queen

The Modjadji Royal Council in Limpopo has veered off from the long held history of matrilineal lineage by appointing a male leader. The Balobedu nation has not had a male monarch in 200 years. Balobedu are known to be led by Modjadji queens who are famous for rainmaking customs. The royal council has appointed the late Queen Makobo Modjadji's son, Lekukela, as the king of Balobedu people. It was anticipated that Masalanabo, currently aged 16, would be ascend the queenship when she reaches 18. We spoke to Advocate Ngoako Moropene of the Lembede Tambo Pitjie Chambers…

Meanwhile The Modjadji Royal Council says it has never stated that the late Queen Makobo Modjadji's sixth daughter, princess Masalanabo Modjadji, would be the next Rain Queen to rule over the Balobedu nation. The council announced that Masalanabo's brother, prince Lekukela, has been appointed as the next leader to ascend the throne. A regent has been on the throne since 2006, following Queen Makobo's death in 2005.

We also spoke to the Modjadji Royal Council’s spokesperons, Phetole Mampeule….
06
MAY
7am

Is there a rift between Cele and Sitole?

National police commissioner General Khehla Sitole received a tongue lashing from police minister Bheki Cele yesterday. In a letter demanding a retraction of appointments of senior managers by Sitole, Cele was critical of the commissioner for effectively defying him and going over his head. The commissioner was given until 4pm yesterday to retract the appointments.We spoke to Head of Justice and Violence Prevention @ The Institute for Security Studies, Gareth Newham.
06
MAY
7am

Analysis on the tit-for-tat suspensions at the ANC

The Head of ANC Presidency, Sibongile Besani, says the suspension of the ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule is a decision of the party's national executive committee (NEC) to fight corruption and also unite it. On the other hand suspended Magashule wrote a letter to party President Cyril Ramaphosa, suspending him. In a letter circulating on social media last night, Magashule says he used powers vested in him to subsequently suspend the president. We spoke to Political Analyst, Sanusha Naidu.
06
MAY
7am

NSFAS explains R50.1 billion irregular expenditure and "ghost students"

It has emerged in the Auditor General's findings on the National Student Financial Aid Scheme's (NSFAS) annual report that the entity allegedly incurred R50.1 billion in irregular expenditure and that "ghost students" had allegedly received funding. According to the NSFAS 2019/20 annual report there were some 440-thousand "irregular" student records that had been picked up and an undisclosed number of "ghost students" had been funded. We spoke to NSFAS Spokesperson, Kagisho Mamabolo
04
MAY
7am

Energy company suspects fowl play in tender award

DNG Power, a South African company to develop liquefied natural gas facilities is objecting to its disqualification in South Africa's emergency power tender. It's alleging wrongdoing, following government decision to award to eight companies to alleviate power shortages. DNG Power has taken legal action to have the government's award of emergency power generation contracts halted….We spoke to Aldworth Mbalati, the founder and chief executive of DNG Power Holdings.
26
APR
7am

Primary School teacher confronts bullying head on

It's an issue that cannot be taken lightly. Bullying and prejudice have damaging effects on victims and their families. An adult who has suffered humiliation has made an impassioned plea to authorities to urgently deal with the scourge. Primary school teacher Mpho Mawela is, what she calls herself, a plus-size mother. The 32-year was bullied as a child, and she's still being body-shamed. Our repoerter Molebogeng Gulwako has more …
23
APR
7am

DNA Backlogs in the way of justice

Families of rape survivors say backlogs in the processing of DNA evidence samples are preventing justice from taking its course. Police management told Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Police recently that backlogs at the National Forensic Science Laboratory stood at over 173-thousand cases. Experts say this poses a serious challenge for the administration of justice. Our reporter Tshepo Phagane filed this report.
23
APR
6am

Upsurge in Covid-19 cases in FS, NW AND NW

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says it has noted an upsurge in Covid-19 cases in the Northern Cape, North West and Free State Provinces. Senior Epidemiologist at the NICD, Dr Harry Moultrie says NICD is working with the respective provinces to ascertain whether the rise in cases can be attributed to cluster outbreaks.
22
APR
7am

SITA cracks down on irregular ICT deals

The National Development Plan 2030 emphasizes that the use of digital communications has the ability to change society and is a powerful means of fostering social inclusion. But, in recent times - it is in this particular space that government seems to experience challenges. Some of these include questionable procurement of ICT services by government departments to long queues at government departments, like the Home Affairs - caused at most by failing and crashing computer systems. We spoke to Luvuyo Keyise, Executive Caretaker for the State Information Technology Agency, SITA.

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