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Police Minister Bheki Cele
Yeoville community expresses anger over crime
15 June 2019, 5:33 PM

The Yeoville community in Johannesburg has expressed anger over the high crime rate in the suburb. They have voiced their concern to Minister of Police Bheki Cele and Minister of Home Affairs Aaron Motsoaledi at the community imbizo underway at the Yeoville recreational centre.

Drugs, robbery, and prostitution are just some of the things that have angered the Yeoville community. They complain that despite the escalating crime, police do nothing about it and are pleading with Police Minister Bheki Cele to help rid the area of crime.

Meanwhile, some have blamed foreign nationals for the hijacking of buildings, selling of drugs, human trafficking rings and running brothels in so-called guest houses. They say most of them are undocumented but have been permitted to stay allegedly by corrupt police officials who take bribes.

Watch related imbizo video below:

Dead False Bay whale causes outcry
15 June 2019, 4:00 PM

There’s been a public outcry after the discovery of a dead 12-metre long Bryde’s whale in False Bay near Cape Town. The whale got entangled in nylon ropes used by an Octopus fishing company operating under an exploratory permit.

Thousands of people have signed a petition to put pressure on the Fisheries Department to revoke the company’s permit.

Over eight whales have died under similar circumstances in the area in the last two years. Marine Biologist, Dr Jannes Landschoss says the whole  scene was dramatic. “Seeing the whale trapped on this rope the whole dramatic scene was very touching on a very deep level, seeing it dragged onto land it was heart breaking to see. It was probably skimming through the water,” says Landschoss.

Baby Shark Live
Viral dance video creates an American tour
15 June 2019, 3:28 PM

The children’s song whose dance video created an international buzz on social media, has inspired an American tour. “Baby Shark Live” is set to launch a 100-city tour.

The video has generated nearly three-billion views on YouTube. The song was produced in 2015 by the South Korean firm Pinkfong. Promoters say Baby Shark will join up with his friend, Pinkfong.

The concerts are scheduled to begin in October.

 

SADTU
SADTU launches campaign against violence in schools
15 June 2019, 2:49 PM

The South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) in the Free State and their Lesotho counterparts have launched a campaign against violence in schools. A recent spate of violent attacks and murders have taken place in schools nationwide.

The campaign coincides with the annual International Games between the two countries aimed at forging relations. The campaign is dubbed “I am a school fan” and will mobilise all stakeholders including parents, teachers, learners and government departments.

SADTU provincial secretary, Mokholoane Moloi, says they have adopted Ikaelelo Secondary school in Bloemfontein, since it’s regarded as one of the violent schools.

Taxi
Soweto residents give taxi associations chance to operate again
12 June 2019, 8:55 PM

The Gauteng Department of Transport says Soweto residents are willing to give rival taxi associations a chance to operate again, provided there’s no repeat of violence. Gauteng Transport MEC, Jacob Mamabolo, met with community members after the re-opening of the Soweto taxi routes and ranks that were closed in March.

NANDUWE and WATA’s facilities were closed following a spate of taxi violence in the area which claimed the lives of at least three people.

“The feedback from the community is quiet positive. They are willing to give them a second chance, but the condition is that there shouldn’t be a repeat of what happened in this area again. The two taxi associations which is WATA and NANDUWE did apologise to the community, saying that they have caused untold inconvenience to the people of this area,” says Department spokesperson Theo Nkonki.

Watch related taxi association taxi interview below: 

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