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Prof Daniel Plaatjies’ life celebrated at a memorial service in Cape Town
17 October 2020, 2:00 PM

The memorial service for Professor Daniel Plaatjies is currently under way in Cape Town.

Professor Plaatjies, who was the chair of the Financial and Fiscal Commission, passed away at the age of  57.

The family said in a statement that Plaatjies passed away unexpectedly of natural causes last weekend.

Vehicle involved in KZN fatal crash not registered as a taxi
17 October 2020, 1:51 PM

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala says preliminary investigations have revealed that the vehicle in which 12 members of the Mndali family were killed a week ago was not registered as a taxi.

He was speaking at their funeral service at Kilmun near Underberg.

Zikalala says 106 people have died and 77 others were critically injured in road crashes in the province since the beginning of the coronavirus lockdown.

He says that road carnage in the province is a challenge that needs to be urgently addressed.

Zikalala has urged motorists to be cautious.

“The vehicle was not licensed and that is one of the problems since the country entered Level one, we have had 77 car accidents….. and we and we have lost 106 lives. This is terrible and that’s why we are saying that out of this tragedy let us learn, let us be responsible in whatever we’re doing or wherever we are whilst we are driving.”

In the video below, SABC News speaks to Zikalala at the funeral service:

COVID-19 has marked effect on workers: UN
17 October 2020, 1:34 PM

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a marked effect on workers in developing countries, where seven out of 10 of them make a living through informal markets, many of whom simply cannot earn a livelihood if they cannot leave their home due to lockdowns.

This has become a reality as Saturday marks the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

The United Nations (UN) says that the COVID-19 pandemic is pushing millions into extreme poverty and is undermining efforts to eradicate poverty by 2030.

The United Nations Development Programme has estimated that the introduction of a Temporary Basic Income for 2.7 billion people living below or just above the poverty line, could halt the COVID-19 surge in an era when half the world lacks social protection and healthcare.

In the video below Dr Aradhana Ramnund Mansingh, an Academic at MANCOSA speaks to SABC News about the issue

Over 4 million South Africans have not claimed their pension savings: FSCA
17 October 2020, 1:06 PM

The Financial Sector Conduct Authority of South Africa (FSCA) has cautioned against the use of unscrupulous tracing agents who are not linked to pension funds if they want to know if they have unclaimed funds.

About 4.8 million South Africans have not claimed their pension savings which now amount to R43 billion. The authority’s retirements manager Sanele Magazi says the so-called tracing agents have seen a gap in which they are taking advantage of the vulnerable.

“These guys are not even assisting with tracing and they claim to be connected to pension funds or some of them pretended to be agents of the FSCA telling people that “here’s a benefit statement you are owed a million rand by a certain fund.” Genuine pension fund tracers as well as the FSCA itself do not have details relating to the amount that is owed to a specific person. Those details lie with the relevant pension fund.”

Magazi says some members are not even aware that they have been contributing. He says due to poor record-keeping members cannot be traced.

Magazi has emphasized that the authority does not charge any member for assistance and a genuine tracing agent will never ask for a fee from a member.

He says they have outreach programmes and ways in which they assist members.

The FSCA call center number is 0800 203 772 for anyone with queries.

Free State NPA optimistic they have a water-tight case for Brendin Horner murder
17 October 2020, 12:36 PM

The National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) Free State spokesperson Phaladi Shuping says they are optimistic that they have a water-tight case against the two men accused of the murder of 21-year-old farm manager Brendin Horner.

Sekwetje Mahlamba and Sekola Matlaletsa were arrested earlier this month following Horner’s murder. They appeared in the Senekal Magistrate’s Court in the Free State on Friday to apply for bail and their case was postponed to next week.

The court heard that Mahlamba’s clothes had blood when police arrested him. The suspect said that at the time of the murder, he was at a traditional ceremony.

Shuping says they have a compelling case against the accused.

“We have compelling evidence against the accused and we are not convinced that they are telling the court the truth in their testimony. And the second thing, we had to consider the kind of offences they are accused of, these serious offences. They have affected not only the family of the deceased they also affect the whole community that is why you see what is happening in the community. If we don’t oppose bail it would give an impressing that we are not taking these kinds of offences seriously and we lose confidence in our society.”

On Friday, Police Minister Bheki Cele highlighted the importance of government acting tough on the perpetrators of crime. He was speaking after the bail application.

Cele says the families of victims of crime deserve justice, irrespective of their colour or creed.

“We want justice across the board. It doesn’t matter where you died, whether you were shot and killed in Mandeni taxi rank, Khayelitsha, Mamelodi, as Jabu was killed on Monday, the chair of the taxi association. Whether a young man killed young Horner here, we must forever fight for justice.”

In the video below Minister Cele speaks to SABC News

AfriForum’s deputy CEO, Ernst Roets, earlier this month called on government to take stern action against farm murders.

“The other side is people are angry and fed up with a lack of action by the South African government. We’ve had President Cyril Ramaphosa going into an international forum in 2018 and when asked about farm murders, he denied that it exists that there are no farm murders in South Africa. And more recently two weeks ago we had the Minister of Police Bheki Cele saying that farm murders are something that should not be a priority for the police. And it made people very angry and people lose trust in government.”

AfriForum’s Ernst Roets reacts to Senekal violence:

Meanwhile, 51-year-old Andre Pienaar who’s facing charges of attempted murder, malicious damage to property and public violence was denied bail.

Pienaar was arrested last week following violence in which a group of farmers stormed the court building to demand that two suspects charged with the murder of Brendin Horner be handed over to them.

Meanwhile, farmers in the Free State called for the return of the death penalty to deal with farm murders:

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