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Malvern business owners count their losses after their shops were looted
2 September 2019, 10:30 AM

Business owners whose shops were looted in Malvern east of Johannesburg this morning are counting their losses.

An estimated 50 shops have been looted and more than 50 vehicles burnt after a group of people went on a rampage.

Some of the shops were also burned. More than 30 people have now been arrested.

On Sunday morning, several other shops were looted in nearby Jeppestown.

The looting started after three people died in a fire in a building.

Gauteng Police spokesperson Mavela Masondo says:”We can confirm that several shops have been burnt and other looted. The fire-fighters are here.”

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Twelve arrested after being found looting shops in Malvern
2 September 2019, 6:38 AM

The situation remains tense in Malvern east of Johannesburg after several shops were looted and others burnt.

Police had to fire stun grenades to try and stop the group from looting shops.

About 12 people have been arrested.

On Sunday morning, several other shops were looted in nearby Jeppestown.

The looting started after three people died in a building fire in the early hours of Sunday morning.

But police say the looting has nothing to do with the building fire.

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Hong Kong on edge after weekend of clashes, airport disruption
2 September 2019, 6:12 AM

Hong Kong commuters were met by riot police at subway stations on Monday in tense scenes following a weekend when protesters intensified their fight for democracy in the Chinese-ruled city, which is facing its biggest political crisis in decades.

Protesters have called for a general strike on Monday, but the city appeared to return to relative calm with shops open, trains operating and workers making their way to offices across the global financial hub.

Many primary schools were closed due to a typhoon warning and some older children went to school in hard hats. University students, who have often led the protests, were expected to swap classes for demonstrations later in the day.

“No we’re not going on strike. In these times, we need the money,” said Cherry Leung, 47, as she stacked oranges and watermelons at her street stall.

“I think we’ve had enough trouble for now,” she said.

Thousands of protesters blocked roads and public transport links to Hong Kong airport on Sunday in a bid to draw world attention to their attempt to force Beijing to give greater autonomy to the former British colony, which returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

Airport authorities said 25 flights were cancelled on Sunday but that transport services were largely back to normal.

After leaving the airport on Sunday, some demonstrators targeted the MTR subway station in nearby Tung Chung district, ripping out turnstiles and smashing CCTV cameras and lamps with metal poles. Police moved in and made several arrests.

Police and protesters had clashed on Saturday night in some of the most intense violence since unrest escalated in mid-June over concerns Beijing is eroding the freedoms granted to the territory under a “one country, two systems” agreement.

China denies the charge of meddling and says Hong Kong is an internal affair. It has denounced the protests and, with Hong Kong teetering on the brink of recession, has warned of the damage the protests are causing to the economy.

The unrest began over anger at a now-suspended extradition bill that would have allowed people in the city to be sent to China for trial in courts controlled by the Communist Party.

Artillery fire shuts airport in Libya’s capital
2 September 2019, 6:05 AM

The only functioning airport in the Libyan capital was closed on Sunday after being struck by artillery fire overnight.

There were conflicting reports on the number of injuries at Mitiga airport.

A media officer for the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) said four people had been wounded, including three haj pilgrims.

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said four projectiles hit the civilian parts of the airport including a runway, resulting in damage to a plane carrying dozens of pilgrims and wounding two crew members.

“These vicious attacks are designed to sow fear, create chaos and disrupt operations at the only working airport in the Libyan capital Tripoli,” it said in a statement.

Nearby Mitiga hospital received one small girl who had been wounded, a doctor there told Reuters.

Photos on social media showed a damaged passenger jet operated by Libyan Airlines.

Some cars parked at the airport were also damaged, a Reuters witness said.

Mboweni to meet ANC top six to discuss economic recovery plan
2 September 2019, 5:47 AM

The African National Congress (ANC) head of economic policy Enoch Godongwana has confirmed that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni will meet with the party’s top six officials on Monday to discuss his economic recovery plan for the country.

Godongwana says South Africans will have their say on Mboweni’s proposed economic strategy, which the ANC’s alliance partners have criticised.

Cosatu and the SACP have accused Mboweni of failing to consult with them before publicly releasing the document last week.

The document, titled Economic Transformation, Inclusive Growth, and Competitiveness: Towards an Economic Strategy for South Africa, was released on National Treasury’s website last Tuesday.

Mboweni says the paper is a detailed examination of the structural reforms that could reverse the downward trend in the country’s growth potential.

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