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Mpumalanga crash claims four lives
29 September 2019, 6:40 PM

Four people have been killed and four others injured when a bakkie collided with a bus on the N4 toll road between Hectorspruit and Malalane in Mpumalanga.

All the deceased were passengers of the bakkie, including the driver.

Department of Safety spokesperson Moeti Mmusi says the bakkie was travelling from Hectorspruit towards Malalane while the bus was travelling in the opposite direction.

Mmusi says one lane is open for traffic and has urged motorists to drive with caution.

He says an investigation is underway to determine the cause of the crash.

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Maimane says there is a smear campaign against him
29 September 2019, 5:11 PM

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane says there is a smear campaign against him. Maimane tweeted that there were individuals that were spreading lies about him and his family.

This-following reports that Maimane drove around in a car that was a gift from Markus Jooste.

Disgraced former Steinhoff CEO Markus Jooste was the alleged mastermind behind the biggest corporate scandal in the country.

Maimane took to Twitter to say that there are those who are trying to tarnish him and his family’s reputation.

This comes after reports that Maimane drove a white Toyota Fortuner that was paid for by former Steinhoff CEO Markus Jooste before the 2016 June Elections.

It is further alleged that Maimane continued to drive the car after the Steinhoff scandal.

Jooste came under the spotlight after it was alleged that he was behind the biggest accounting scandal in the history of the country.

He is said to be largely responsible for wiping off tens of billions of the company’s value and to pension holders.

But the DA says Maimane returned the car after revelations of the Steinhoff matter.

DA spokesperson Solly Malatsi says:”Stienhoff had made a donation to the DA not Mmusi Maimane. The vehicle was to help with campaigning in the Western Cape. At that time there was no risk with that. But as events unfolded and the revelations of Steinhoff became of public matter, the party had a discussion about this issue.”

Malatsi is of the view that there are efforts to taint Maimane in a bad light.

“It is quite clear by the stories driven in the media that there seems to be a campaign to taint his name in the public front.”

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Alliance partners have raised concerns about Mboweni’s economic plan: Mabe
29 September 2019, 3:13 PM

Sunday is the deadline for the African National Congress (ANC) and its alliance partners, the SA Communist Party (SACP), South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) and SA National Civic Organisation (SANCO) to discuss the Economic Strategy Plan proposed by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni.

The ANC National Executive Committee is holding a special meeting in Benoni – east of Johannesburg on the issue of economic development in South Africa.

ANC National Spokesperson, Pule Mabe has confirmed that there are concerns raised by the alliance partners about the plan, but says a media briefing will be next Wednesday, where details of the NEC meeting will be communicated.

“I think it’s important that we allow the meeting to take place and conclude, once the meeting has concluded, we know there are issues of contracting economy, jobless young people and all of that, we have with quite a number of issues.”

“So stakeholders are here, alliance partners are here, so out of this on Wednesday you will get a detailed brief on the outcomes of this meeting.”

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More than 1000 bodies remain unidentified in govt mortuaries: DA
29 September 2019, 3:06 PM

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng has called on the provincial health department to establish an internet site where families can identify the bodies of their loved ones.

The party says more than 1000 bodies remain unidentified in government mortuaries.

The DA says the largest number of unidentified bodies are at the Johannesburg mortuary followed by Germiston.

The DA’s Jack Bloom says: “One possible solution is an internet identification site. The Gauteng Health Department has promised this for a long time.”

“I think they should set it up. Relatives instead of going from mortuary to mortuary they can get access to this site and hopefully they can identify their loved ones.”


Pope scolds countries fomenting migration by making war weapons
29 September 2019, 2:32 PM

Pope Francis on Sunday rebuked countries that produce weapons for wars fought elsewhere and then refuse to take in refugees fleeing those conflicts.

Francis made his comments in a homily of a mass for tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square on the Roman Catholic Church’s World Day of Migrants and Refugees, marked by local Churches around the world.

The 82-year-old Argentine pope, whose parents were Italian immigrants, has made defence of migrants and refugees a plank of his pontificate and has often clashed over immigration policy with US President Donald Trump and populist anti-immigrant politicians in Europe.

Francis has also repeatedly criticised the arms trade and his homily, which incorporated some of his previous statements, linked the issues of war and migration.

“Wars only affect some regions of the world, yet weapons of war are produced and sold in other regions which are then unwilling to take in the refugees generated by these conflicts,” Francis said, without naming any countries or conflicts.

Saying that the world was “increasingly becoming more elitist and cruel towards the excluded,” the head of the 1.3 billion-member Church told Catholics it was their duty to look after all those left behind in a “throwaway culture” taking root in society.

“This means being a neighbour to all those who are mistreated and abandoned on the streets of our world, soothing their wounds and bringing them to the nearest shelter, where their needs can be met,” he said.

People could not remain indifferent to “the bleak isolation, contempt and discrimination experienced by those who do not belong to ‘our’ group,” he said.

Francis then inaugurated a large sculpture made of bronze and clay in St. Peter’s Square showing dozens of migrants and refugees from different periods of history, including an orthodox Jew, huddled together.

The life-size sculpture, entitled “Angels Unawares,” was made by Canadian artist Timothy Schmaltz and its presence in St Peter’s Square was meant to commemorate the 105th World Day of Migrants and Refugees.



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