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WATCH: SAPS media briefing on annual crime statistics
11 September 2018, 10:48 AM

The South African Police Service is briefing the media after releasing Annual Crime Statistics.

Police Minister, Bheki Cele unveiled his maiden presentation of crime statistics for 2017/ 2018 at a briefing in Parliament on Tuesday.

Cele took over as minister from Fikile Mbalula in February this year. The last crime stats, released in October last year, showed that murders had increased by 1.8%.

WATCH: Crime stats 2017/ 2018
11 September 2018, 9:00 AM

Police minister Bheki Cele says the country’s murder statistics have increased. He’s presenting the crime statistics for 2017/2018 in Parliament.

Last year’s stats showed that murders had increased to just below 19 000. Cele says the figure is now over 20 000. He says over 50 people are murdered in South Africa daily.

“Crime stats in this financial year are nothing to write home about. It doesn’t matter what figures you put, but if you can’t deal and control the murder cases we are not bringing any joy to the SA people.

“It looks like the figure this time, people are dying 57 a day. That’s how South Africans are murdered. It borders close to a war zone – when there is peace and no war in SA.”

The minister is appearing before the Portfolio Committee on Police, and this will be followed by a media briefing.

Cele took over as minister from Fikile Mbalula in February this year.

The last crime statistics, released in October last year, showed that murders had increased by 1.8%.

WATCH: Ramaphosa opens ITU Conference 2018
10 September 2018, 11:08 AM

President Cyril Ramaphosa officially opens the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World Conference 2018 taking place at the iNkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre in Durban.

ITU Telecom World 2018 is hosted by the Department of Telecommunications and Post of the Republic of South Africa under the theme “Innovation for Smarter Digital Development”.

The conference is expected to attract 7 000 delegates including senior members of government, leaders of multilateral organisations, regulators and entrepreneurs.

 

Discussions and showcases will feature the latest developments in technology such as preparations for 5G networks, impact and ownership of Artificial Intelligence and the risks of a smarter world.

It will also afford small businesses an opportunity to partner with other entrepreneurs and to seek potential investors.

Earlier, President Ramaphosa went on a walkabout at the conference centre.

 

This annual conference is being held on the African continent for the first time and it coincides with the centennial anniversary of Tata Nelson Mandela who was the first democratic South African President to address the ITU in 1995.

This year’s conference takes forward Madiba’s vision of using technology for development and ensuring that nobody is left behind.

 

WATCH: Commission of Inquiry into State Capture
10 September 2018, 10:22 AM

As the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture reconvenes, Chairperson of the Commission Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo will hear the testimony of an official from National Treasury, Jan Gilliland.

Gilliland is testifying in Parktown in Johannesburg.

This week Justice Zondo will also deliver judgment on applications made for leave to cross examine some of the witnesses. More names of witnesses are set to be announced in the coming weeks, as the commission continues with the consultation process.

So far former GCIS CEO Mzwanele Manyi has asked to testify, while former Communications Minister Sphiwe Nyanda and some past officials in intelligence and have also indicated their availability to the commission.

Sweden PM invites opposition to talks as far-right make election gains
10 September 2018, 6:29 AM

Sweden’s anti-immigrant far-right made gains in legislative elections Sunday and vowed to exert “real influence” as kingmaker, after both the left-wing and centre-right blocs failed to obtain a majority and the make-up of the next government remained up in the air.

Prime Minister Stefan Lofven invited the centre-right opposition Alliance to talks aimed at a “cross-bloc cooperation”, after his Social Democrats remained the biggest party with 28.4% of votes, its weakest election score in a century.

He said the election result marked “the death of bloc politics” in Sweden.

At the head of one of the few left-wing governments in Europe, Lofven’s bloc appeared to hold 144 of 349 seats in parliament, one seat more than the Alliance, with votes in 99.8% of districts counted.

That is well short of the 175 needed for a majority.

Just 30 000 votes separated the two blocs. But some 200 000 votes from Swedes who live abroad, which could tip the balance, were only to be counted Wednesday.

The four-party Alliance — made up of the conservative Moderates, Christian Democrats, Liberals and Centre — rejected Lofven’s invite, urging him to resign as it reiterated its determination to form its own government.

In Sweden, the speaker of parliament typically consults all party leaders after an election before tasking the one most likely to succeed at forming a government.

Meanwhile, the far-right Sweden Democrats, who have capitalised on voters’ frustration over immigration after the country welcomed almost 400 000 asylum seekers since 2012, were seen making steady gains, rising from 12.9% in 2014 to 17.6%.

“We have strengthened our role as kingmaker… We are going to gain real influence over Swedish politics,” Sweden Democrats leader Jimmie Akesson told cheering supporters at an election night party.

The Sweden Democrats remain the third-biggest party — failing to overtake the Moderates — and were credited with 17.6% of the vote, below the 20 to 30 percent Akesson had hoped to win.

Marine Le Pen of France’s far-right National Rally — formerly known as the National Front — hailed the Swedish party’s rise, tweeting: “Yet another bad night ahead for the European Union. The democratic revolution in Europe is moving forward!”

Lofven had called the election a “referendum on the future of the welfare state”, but the far right presented it as a vote on immigrants and their integration.

The Sweden Democrats, with roots in the neo-Nazi movement, have said the large number of asylum-seekers presents a threat to Swedish culture and claim they put a strain on the country’s generous welfare state.

Around 18.5% of Sweden’s population of 10 million was born abroad, according to Statistics Sweden.

 

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