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Baby Daniel’s stepfather found guilty of murder
20 December 2018, 12:27 PM

The stepfather of Baby Daniel has been found guilty of murder while the mother has been found guilty of child abuse and negligence. Judge Joseph Matshitse has detailed the gruesome torture that Baby Daniel suffered during his short life.

The toddler’s mother, Mary Vermaak and her partner, Timothy Naidoo, are facing charges of abuse and neglect. This after the child fell into a tub of hot water and sustained burns to 60% of his body. He also had a broken arm and leg from two previous incidents.

Prosecutor Steven Rubin, who was gunning for a murder conviction, has argued that the caregivers failed to explain some of the bruises found on the toddler’s body.

Judge Matshitse announced a break after the mother of the toddler broke down.

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Treasury Director-General Dondo Mogajane.
DA calls for Mogajane’s immediate resignation
20 December 2018, 9:34 AM

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called on Treasury Director-General Dondo Mogajane to immediately resign.

In a report which Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane released on Wednesday, she found that Mogajane had failed to disclose that he had been convicted of contravening the Road Traffic Infringement Act in 2011.

Mkhwebane had received a complaint that was lodged anonymously in August last year. She says Mogajane failed to act with integrity and honesty towards his employer.

The DA’s Alf Lees says Mogajane should not continue in his position because he’s dishonest.

“The job he is doing requires the utmost honesty. His duty to National Treasury handles all the finances of the country. So the failure to disclose is an act of dishonesty, which should not be part of a person holding such a high profile or anywhere. And disappointing as it is, he needs to do the right thing and resign,” says Lees.

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City to City buses.
City to City, Translux workers on strike
20 December 2018, 9:06 AM

Workers at Autopax which operates City to City and Translux buses are on strike. They say the company has introduced some changes to how it pays workers for working on a Sunday.

The workers say they were shocked to find that deductions were made from their salaries this month.

This comes at the time when many people are leaving for their holiday destinations ahead of the Christmas day celebrations.

If no solution is found, passengers could be left stranded.

South African Transport and Allied Workers Union’s (Satawu), Zanele Sabela says their members are very upset.

“They did give management a warning on Wednesday to say, if this is not rectified immediately they will go on strike on Thursday. They will not be taking buses out. So management apologised and said they will only be paying them on January 11. This was not acceptable to the workers who decided not to go to work today.”

FF-Plus Leader Pieter Groenewald.
FF-Plus threatens court action if Ramaphosa fails to sign Funding Bill
20 December 2018, 8:20 AM

The Freedom Front Plus has threatened to approach the courts if President Cyril Ramaphosa fails to sign the Political Party Funding Bill into law soon.

FF-Plus Leader Pieter Groenewald says his party will write to the President to ask him to explain why he is delaying to sign the Bill into law. Both Houses of Parliament passed the Bill about six months ago.

Groenewald briefed the media in Parliament on his party’s assessment of the cabinet and government for 2018.

“We will write to him to ask what are the reasons and depending on what reasons he gives us, we will have to make a decision whether we take it further.  Yes, one of the processes is to go to the court, but we don’t want to do that. We do believe that we can solve this problem because it is important for multi-party democracy.”

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Water and Sanitation Minister, Gugile Nkwinti.
Water and Sanitation Dept to construct dam in E Cape
20 December 2018, 6:25 AM

The Water and Sanitation Department says plans are afoot to launch an advanced infrastructure programme at the Ntabelanga Dam in January next year.

The construction of the Ntabelanga Dam is the second phase of the Mzimvubu Water Project, with phase one having been completed in 2012.

The total cost of the dam is expected to be R15 billion with R7.5 billion expected to be used for the reticulation and distribution of water.

Three district municipalities, viz. OR Tambo, Joe Gqabi and Alfred Nzo are expected to benefit from the project.

Water and Sanitation Minister, Gugile Nkwinti, says the advanced infrastructure will take up to nine months to complete.

“We have taken a decision now. We are going to construct the dam, starting with Ntabelanga Dam and simultaneously we will be conducting feasibility on the Mzimvubu River. The advanced infrastructure will start on January 14,  2019 and that work will be done by the construction unit of the department. It will go to the market for any service provision it has no capacity to do.”

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