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VIDEO: State Capture Inquiry hears former minister Malusi Gigaba’s testimony
18 June 2021, 9:30 AM

The State Capture Commission continues with oral evidence from former minister Malusi Gigaba. Yesterday Gigaba said that his estranged wife Noma Mngoma testified against him at the commission because their divorce settlement did not go her way.

Live proceedings below:

VIDEO: Acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane COVID-19 press briefing
18 June 2021, 7:37 AM

The Acting Minister of Health, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, together with a panel of experts briefed the media on the progress of government’s efforts in the fight against COVID-19, including an update on the national vaccination roll out programme.

Live proceedings below:

Seven people arrested after Harrismith protests
17 June 2021, 4:00 PM

Seven people have been arrested in Harrismith, in the Free State, after renewed violent protests broke out in the area.

The police are on high alert along the N3 to prevent the protesters from disrupting the traffic flow.

On Wednesday, the busy highway was temporarily closed after protestors set a truck alight with a petrol bomb.

Angry protestors are calling for the President to come and address them on their issues.

They want to be removed from Maluti-A-Phofung Municipality due to a lack of service delivery.

Free State Police Spokesperson, Motantsi Makhele, says the situation remains tense.

“The group of protestors at Tshiame A section woke up putting stones on the road. The police have arrested seven suspects this morning pertaining to this specific incident thus far. The situation is still tense in and around Harrismith,” says Makhele.

Last week, police dispersed protesters who were peddling police and traffic with stones on the N3:

Eskom expresses sadness at passing of former board chair Mabuza
17 June 2021, 11:34 AM

Eskom has expressed sadness about the passing of former board chairperson Dr Jabu Mabuza.

He died on Wednesday from COVID-19-related complications at the Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg at the age of 63.

Mabuza was first appointed to serve on the Eskom Board of Directors by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 20 January 2018 and was also acting CEO of the power utility.

He resigned from the organisation in January 2020.

In a statement, Eskom Board Chairperson Professor Malegapuru Makgoba says Mabuza was an exemplary leader and an advocate for clean governance.

Eskom statement:

‘Formidable leader’

Black Leadership SA (BLSA) says Mabuza was a formidable leader and very well respected for his business acumen and independent leadership.

BLSA statement:

Twitter reaction to Mabuza’s death:

North West woman accused of killing mother to apply for bail
17 June 2021, 10:43 AM

Twenty-three-year-old, Ofentse Loving, who is accused of killing his mother is expected to apply for bail later on Thursday in the Itsoseng Magistrate’s court near Lichtenburg in North West.

Loving was arrested last week after the body of his 59-year-old mother, Lepong Hilda Loving, was found in her house.

The community of Itsoseng are expected to march to the local court to demand that the suspect is not granted bail.

According to police the deceased was attacked inside her house and was stabbed multiple times.

On arrival by the police, she was already taken to hospital where she later passed away.

Initial police investigations led to the arrest of her son.

Murder stats

According to Statistics South Africa, the number of incidences of murder increased from 12 000 in 2018/19 to 16 000 in 2019/20.

The number of households that experienced murder rose from 12 000 in 2018/19 to 15 000 in 2019/20.

All incidences were reported to the police in both periods. Although there was a decline in the number of murders between 2015/16 and 2017/18, and an increase between 2017/18 and 2018/19, data shows stability in the number of murders between 2018/19 and 2019/20.

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