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DRC elections
Over one million denied the right to vote in DRC
11 January 2019, 8:05 AM

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s ruling coalition says it has taken note of Felix Tshisekedi’s provisional victory in the presidential elections but reserved the right to legally challenge its candidate’s score as over 1-million citizens were denied of their rights to vote in the elections.

Election chief Corneille Nangaa declared Tshisekedi the winner with 38.57% of the vote, just ahead of rival opposition candidate Martin Fayulu who took 34.8%.

Specialist on the Great Lakes and East Africa and also works on the KiSwahili Desk at Channel Africa Nixon Kathembo explains that the elections was not the true reflections of the poll and that 11 people including two police officers died on Thursday protesting the results of the elections.

“It’s too early to tell on what will happen but what I know for sure that the DRC is going to go through a difficult time going forward.”

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18-year old learner of Vorentoe High School Nicole Mnguni.
Mother of Vorentoe High School learner wants justice
11 January 2019, 5:31 AM

The mother of an 18-year old learner of Vorentoe High School in Johannesburg, who committed suicide after alleged abuse by her Mathematics teacher, is demanding justice.

Nicole Mnguni died on Tuesday after returning from the school to ask for her report.

Her mother says it’s her worst nightmare having lost her daughter. She says her daughter took her own life after emotional and psychological abuse by a teacher.

“I could see that my child’s self-esteem is finished it was dead. Nicole is so bubbly but her self-esteem, that woman killed it. So she couldn’t take it. This teacher asked, are you Nicole’s mother? I said yes… She said your child, I was even shouting at her, she’s not doing well in Maths. I don’t know why she doesn’t drop it, and she’s not going to be anybody in life.”

A note left by the girl details the alleged abuse by the teacher. She also states that she wants peace and to be with her late father.

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Elvis Presley.
Hundreds gathered in Sydney for Elvis Festival
10 January 2019, 10:19 AM

Elvis Presley may have ‘left the building’ four decades ago, but his spirit was alive and well at Sydney’s main station on Wednesday.

This, as hundreds of fans boarded trains to an outback festival celebrating their idol. Dressed in colourful sequined jumpsuits, blue suede shoes and having used copious amounts of hairspray – lookalikes sang and danced to hits belted out by tribute artists.

The revellers boarded the Elvis Express and Blue Suede Express at Central station – and headed to the small town of Parkes, west of Sydney.

Each year, Parks transforms into a haven for Elvis enthusiasts when it hosts a five-day tribute festival.

The Elvis Festival was first held in 1993 to coincide with the singer’s January 8th birthday and earned the town the name ‘Elvis Capital of Australia’.

 

Ernst Middendorp
Wits remain top of the PSL log despite defeat to Chiefs
10 January 2019, 9:21 AM

Wits remain top of the ABSA Premiership log, despite their loss to Kaizer Chiefs Wednesday night. Leonardo Castro and Hendrick Ekstein scored to give Chiefs a 2-0 victory, and to lift them to fifth position on the log.

Amakhosi coach Ernst Middendorp has hailed the character his side displayed to bounce back from Saturday’s defeat to Sundowns.

“I’m absolutely happy with the performance, with the way that we handled it today. Not too emotional, with a clear structure. Here and there a little bit of rushing in the first half. But anyway, in the right moment we scored today,  and I think actually I’m quite happy with what I’ve seen today, knowing that the package is coming every three days.”

Doctor's uniform.
JUSADA concerned about the placement of graduates
10 January 2019, 8:32 AM

The Junior Doctors’ Association of South Africa (JUDASA) has expressed concern about the Health Department’s bungling of hundreds of graduates’ placements in public health facilities.

Last month, the department said over 9700 health professionals were allocated community service and internship positions – of which over 1400 were community service medical practitioners.

JUDASA secretary-general, Malose Marakalala, says although the plight of graduates is being highlighted, the public is also being deprived of qualified healthcare practitioners.

“The challenge is, with the doctors who have qualified within the country but they are not SA citizens and those South Africans who have qualified abroad. Those are the two main areas where we do not find them to be placed in various institutions for their training due to what the department sometimes terms a lack of funded posts and a lack of accredited facilities. There are those who are mainly affected who are more senior than that – community service doctors who have qualified and don’t have posts. They were only able to work for three years and after that they are no longer employed.”

 

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