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Cape Town station rocked by another train fire
28 May 2019, 9:05 PM

Another train has been set alight at the Cape Town station.

The City’s Fire and Rescue Services has confirmed that they are still at the scene where one train with three carriages is on fire.

About 160 carriages have been destroyed by arsonists since 2015 with damages estimated at millions.

A 30-year-old man, who is the only arrest, is undergoing psychiatric treatment after he was arrested after the last incident over Easter last month.

See tweet from Rob Beezy below:

Lily Mine
Lily mine reopening put on hold again
28 May 2019, 8:10 PM

Efforts to reopen Lily mine and Barbrook mine in Mpumalanga have been halted yet again.

Mpumalanga High Court has reserved judgment in the intervention application brought by a third party.

This after Flaming Silver Trading – a subsidiary of Siyakhula Sonke Empowerment Corporation took Vantage Goldfields to court demanding share certificate.

Vantage Goldfield owns Lily and Barbrook Mines.

For more on the story see video below:

Adam Catzavelos
Catzavelos racist video case begins
28 May 2019, 6:59 PM

Adam Catzavelos, the man who shot a video of himself expressing joy at not seeing a single black person in sight, appeared in the Randburg Magistrates Court today.

He used the derogatory k-word to describe black people.

Catzavalos made a brief court appearance today. The NPA says its ready to prosecute.

Watch video below for more on the story:

SAPS
SAPS applauds sentencing of airport gang
28 May 2019, 6:06 PM

SAPS National Commissioner Khehla Sitole has welcomed the conviction and sentencing of four suspects in connection with the robbery of passengers travelling through O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.

The four accused, Simphiwe Zwane, Thulani Sibanda, Qhubani Tshuma and Stanley Moyo had been following travellers from the airport to various destinations and robbing them.

Their reign of terror came to an end on 14th July 2017, following a shootout with the police on the R21 highway near the airport. They were eventually arrested.

Spokesperson for the National Commissioner Vish Naidoo says all four accused were convicted last week and collectively sentenced to over 100 years imprisonment.

“They were convicted and sentenced to 106 years imprisonment in total. Two of them got 30 years, one got 31 years and the fourth one got 15 years in prison for cases of armed robbery, unlawful possession of arms and ammunition and possession of property suspected to be stolen. The national commissioner has praised the team for the good work that they have done. It’s almost two years since the arrest, but we had to ensure that the investigation went well as the prosecution was done thoroughly so as to secure the conviction and sentencing of these four accused.”

Mbuyiseni Ndlozi
EFF slams Kathrada Foundation for its call to discredit Mkhwebane
28 May 2019, 4:25 PM

The EFF has slammed the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation for what it calls,- mobilising society to discredit the Public Protector because of her findings against former Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan.

The EFF also says the question raised about the timing of the release of the Public Protector’s report into Gordhan is irrelevant.

The Kathratha Foundation joined other civil society groups in supporting the recall of Busisiwe Mkhwebane.

This comes after Mkhwebane found Gordhan guilty of improper conduct in the decision he made as Finance Minister to grant former SARS deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay early retirement with full benefits.

She has recommended that President Cyril Ramphosa takes disciplinary steps against Gordhan.

EFF Spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says he must be held accountable for his maladministration.

“And it is very shameful for the Kathrada Foundation to be mobilising civil society to discredit the Public Protector merely because Pravin Gordhan has been found guilty of maladministration by the Public Protector. It is reactionary. It doesn’t even represent Ahmed Kathrada and what he stood for. Secondly the timing is out of the question. The question is, has the Public Protector done anything outside her powers? The answer is an absolute no. Pravin Gordhan must be held accountable for what he did. The story ends there.”

See infographic below for Mkhwebane’s findings and remedial action on Pravin Gordhan:

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