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Popcru wants Sitole to review organisational structure of SAPS
23 November 2017, 3:52 PM

Police union – Popcru – wants the newly-appointed National Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole to review the organisational structure of the SA Police Service (SAPS).

The Presidency made the announcement of his appointment on Wednesday. He was the Divisional Commissioner for Protection and Security Services.

The union says structure is currently bloated with a lot of duplicated positions. It says this is negatively affecting the fight against crime.

Popcru’s Richard Mamabolo says it is still early to say whether Khehla is the right person for the job.

 

Sanef pays tribute to Cebo Manyaapelo
23 November 2017, 3:33 PM

The South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) has also paid tribute to the late veteran radio and television sports commentator Cebo Manyaapelo.

He died at a Mafikeng hospital on Wednesday after a long illness. He was well-known for his great Setswana commentary during soccer games.

Sanef Secretary-General Reggy Moalusi says as the forum, they are saddened by his passing.

“A Sanef we are very saddened with the loss of Cebo Manyaapelo. He was a radio veteran. He was one of us and we are quite saddened. We pass our commensurations to the family, to friends and to media colleagues and we say a moya wa gagwe o robale ka kagiso! (May his soul rest in peace!). And our prayers are indeed and our support is indeed with the family.”

 

Repo rate remains unchanged
23 November 2017, 3:23 PM

The South African Reserve Bank’s (SARB) Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has announced that the left its repo rate unchanged on Thursday.

Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago made the announcement in Pretoria.

Economists earlier had expected the MPC to leave rates unchanged.

The MPC is meeting on the back of inflation slowing down and low economic growth environment.

Other factors leading to interest rates being kept unchanged include, the rand’s sharp depreciation since the last MPC meeting on the back of possible further ratings downgrade.

International oil prices have also gone up.

[WATCH] Interest rate announcement
23 November 2017, 3:04 PM

The South African Reserve Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) will announce its rate decision on Thursday.

Economists expect the MPC to leave rates unchanged. The MPC is meeting on the back of inflation slowing down and low economic growth environment. Other factors leading to interest rates being kept unchanged include, the rand’s sharp depreciation since the last MPC meeting on the back of possible further ratings downgrade.

International oil prices have also gone up.

Family member calls for Health officials to be charged, arrested
22 November 2017, 9:23 PM

A family member of a surviving Esidimeni victim has called for implicated Senior Health officials to be charged and arrested. She’s also conceded to a possible murder charge.

Over 100 patients died after being moved on the instruction of the top officials including former Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu.

Another official responsible for mortuaries at one of the NGOs was grilled why bodies decomposed under their care.

A shocking testimony from Ntomfuthi Dladla detailed the state in which they found her brother Joseph Gumede’s body severely decomposed.

Gumede died on 24th July at the Cullinan Care and Rehabilitation Centre in Pretoria. His body lied at their mortuary for three weeks, before being moved to another one in Mamelodi.

But an official responsible for the mortuary’s facilities has denied that Gumede’s body decomposed in their care despite evidence suggesting their fridges were broken.

He later contradicted his own facts and was accused of being evasive.

Families want implicated officials arrested including former Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu and Manamela hinting on a murder charge on dolus eventualis.

The arbitrator Justice Dikgang Moseneke says: “Some of us are not medical people but we could see that things might happen here (from 10:40) do you think that Dr Makgabo Manamela and Selebano could foresee that if they moved those people they could relapse or even die?”

“Yes they did, even Mosenogi said this was not going to be functional.”

Manamela who was due to testify again on Tuesday did not attend hearings citing illness.

Manamela is due to return to the stand on Thursday. She will be further questioned about issuing unlawful licenses and forcing ill-equipped NGOs to take in patients.

Failure to appear could see the withheld warrant of arrest executed against her.

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