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WATCH LIVE: President Ramaphosa meets with business leaders from across Africa
28 January 2020, 4:27 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa is holding a meeting with business leaders, who head up companies that have operations in the African continent.

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WATCH LIVE: President Ramaphosa hosts credentials ceremony
28 January 2020, 2:27 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa is hosting the credentials ceremony in Pretoria.

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15-year-old Joburg pupil found stabbed, burnt to death
26 January 2020, 9:11 PM

The body of a 15-year-old girl has been discovered in a bush near Elsburg in Germiston, east of Johannesburg. The grade nine learner from Graceland Education Centre reportedly went missing on Wednesday last week before her body was found by her grandmother and community members on Friday.

Laticia Jansen’s body was found stabbed, raped and burnt. The Gauteng Education Department says Jansen’s grandmother reported her missing at the police station but no action was taken.

Department Spokesperson Steve Mabona says they will deploy a team to the school to provide counselling to the school community and family.

“According to information at our disposal, the girl learner didn’t come back home from school, subsequently the grandmother panicked and started checking in the neighbourhood to no avail. The next morning she then reported the matter to the police station but was informed to bring a photograph of the child, unfortunately, no action was taken. The grandparent, went to the school to report the case to the principal. It was confirmed that the child was not at school. It is also concerning that the school seemed to have not assisted the grandparent.

 

Shiraaz Mohamed asks for space following return from captivity
26 January 2020, 8:00 PM

Photo journalist Shiraaz Mohamed has broken his silence following his return from captivity in Syria. He returned home in December 2019 after being kidnapped by ISIS militants for three years.

Mohamed was captured in January 2017 after traveling to document the suffering of Syrians under war.

He says he will share his story soon, but has requested time with his family for now.

“I thank everyone that stood with my family trying to secure my release, for comforting my family, everyone for the support they have given. It’s good to be back in the country; it’s good to be back with my family. With regard to the money that was collected there is a process in which the money will be returned to everyone. The process has started.”

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Burundi ruling party picks Ndayishimiye to contest presidential vote
26 January 2020, 7:37 PM

Burundi’s ruling party, the CNDD-FDD, picked its Secretary-General, Evariste Ndayishimiye, as its candidate in a presidential election scheduled for May, it said on Sunday.

Ndayishimiye, 52, also heads the Department of Military Affairs in the president’s office and has served as minister of the interior and security.

Current President Pierre Nkurunziza will not seek re-election.

Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third, five-year term in 2015 sparked widespread protests and violence. His party has welcomed his decision to stand down, conferring on him the title of “Supreme Guide of Patriotism” and lavish send-off perks including a villa worth $530 000.

Burundi is one of the world’s poorest countries and lost donor funding after the political violence following the 2015 election. Its GDP per capita was $270 per person in 2018, World Bank statistics show.

In September, the United Nations warned that police, security forces and the ruling party’s youth league, the Imbonerakure, were committing serious human rights violations.

Those included killings, disappearances, torture and gang rape of alleged political opponents, and that violence was likely to spike as polls approached. Burundi condemned these accusations.

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