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Germiston mortuary strike ends
25 September 2018, 9:20 AM

The Gauteng Pathology services says the more than two-weeks long strike at the Germiston mortuary, east of Johannesburg has ended.

Earlier this month employees at the facility went on strike due to lack of protective gear and safety equipment.

Workers from other mortuaries across Gauteng had to be called in to help deal with backlog.

Acting Gauteng Pathology services CEO Mosou Morule says they have reached a settlement with the people who went on strike.

He says the strike was based on complaints about the lack of adequate safety equipment and that has been addressed.

“They were given the equipment and they are now fully back at work and at present the are no backlogs. The only backlog that could be there would not be due to the strike but due to the usual high numbers of bodies received at the Germiston government mortuary,” says Morule.

The road is blocked with burning tyres and barricaded with stones.
Violent protests erupt in Durban
25 September 2018, 9:12 AM

Violent protests have erupted in Reservoir Hills, west of Durban Tuesday morning.

Ethekwini Metro police Inspector Sibusiso Nene says protesters are burning tyres and blockading Mountbatten Drive and Battersea Avenue.

Inspector Nene has urged motorists to use alternate routes.

Nene says: “Battersea road is blocked with burning tyres and barricaded with stones so when driving along Mountbatten Drive approaching Reservoir Hills drive cautiously as the situation is extremely volatile.”

He says there were shots fired but no injuries have been reported.

The protesters want their councillor to address them regarding service delivery.

Joburg veld fires leave three houses burnt
25 September 2018, 8:40 AM

A massive veld fire that partially burnt three houses in Linksfield Ridge east of Johannnesburg has been put out.

Johannesburg Emergency services say the occupants of the houses escaped unharmed.

Investigations are underway to determine the cause of the blaze.

Johannesburg EMS spokesperson Nana Radebe says the fire started as a veld fire but by the time they arrived three houses were affected.

She says: ‘Only three houses were affected by the fire then we had to deal with the veld fire. It took about four to five hours for the fire to be completely out.”

Malusi Gigaba
Tourist rate not only dependent on visa amendments: Analyst
25 September 2018, 8:35 AM

Tourism Lecturer at the Tshwane University of Technology, Unathi Sonwabile Henama has welcomed with caution the expected announcements on South Africa’s visa regulations.

Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba is due to announce a number of amendments to the regulations on Tuesday morning in Pretoria.

President Cyril Ramaphosa says changes to the visa regime is part of the economic stimulus and recovery plan that he unveiled last week.

The President says within the next few months, amendments would be made to regulations on the travel of children and the list of countries requiring visas to enter South Africa.

Henama says: “It will lead to better visa facilitation and we will see increasing numbers but we must never think that the visas will be a saving factor. I believe in SA we have had too much of a greater focus on the visa issues without looking at the issues comprehensively.”

“The announcement is greatly welcomed by the minister but that is just part of a set of measures that we need to inspect. We must never say that the visa issue is the only aspect that will lead to a better tourist rate in SA, ” adds Henama.

Donald Trump shakes hand with Brett Kavanaugh.
Kavanaugh launches counter offensive against sex accusations
25 September 2018, 7:08 AM

President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh rebutted twin accusations of sexual misconduct in his youth Monday, telling national television he “never” sexually assaulted anyone and was long a virgin.

With pressure mounting to put Kavanaugh’s nomination on hold for the FBI to investigate his past a day after a second woman came forward to accuse him, Trump stood firmly behind his embattled nominee, blasting the allegations as “totally political.”

The bombshell claims, dating back to the conservative judge’s high school and college days, threaten to derail what was seen as an all-but-certain confirmation to the lifelong post on the top court.

Instead, he now faces an explosive Senate showdown against the first of his accusers, university professor Christine Blasey Ford, who is set to testify against him Thursday.

With his future and reputation on the line, Kavanaugh stepped up his counter attack, saying “I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone, not in high school, not ever. I’ve always treated women with dignity and respect.”

“I did not have sexual intercourse or anything close to sexual intercourse in high school or for many years thereafter,” he told Fox News, appearing alongside his wife Ashley ahead of his own Senate testimony due after Ford’s.

“I’m not going to let false accusations drive us out of this process,” he added, repeatedly calling for a “fair process.”

After a dramatic weeklong standoff, Kavanaugh’s accuser Ford finally committed Sunday to be questioned in a public hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is weighing Kavanaugh’s nomination.

Ford alleges that a drunken Kavanaugh and another boy shut her in a room and tried to tear her clothes off at a high school beer party in suburban Washington around 1982, when she was 15 and he 17.

Just hours later, The New Yorker dropped a new bombshell, reporting that a second woman was accusing the Washington appeals court judge of sexual misconduct, while they were students at Yale University around 1983-84.

Deborah Ramirez, 53, says Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a party, thrusting his genitals in her face and causing her to touch them without her consent, according to the magazine.

The allegations stand to derail a nomination that Republicans see as crucial to gaining conservative control of the high court for years.

They could also play decisively in the November midterm elections, where Republican control of both houses of Congress is under threat.

With emotions running high, dozens of protesters were removed from the US Capitol for unlawfully demonstrating against the judge’s confirmation.

Trump, speaking in New York where he was attending the United Nations General Assembly, threw his full weight behind Kavanaugh.

“There’s a chance that this could be one of the single most unfair, unjust things to happen to a candidate but I am with Judge Kavanaugh,” Trump said.

“For people to come out of the woodwork from 36 years ago and 30 years ago and never mention it, all of a sudden it happens, in my opinio, it’s totally political.”

Kavanaugh’s approval was only two weeks ago considered a done deal, with all Republicans in the narrowly divided Senate appearing set to back him.

But the allegations have left some Republican senators especially two women who have spoken out in the past about sexual abuse of women under pressure to weigh the accusers’ stories.

The year-old #MeToo movement against sexual harassment also has politicians wary of angering women voters.

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