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Church congregants call for max sentence of predator pastor
22 October 2019, 11:45 AM

The Mankweng Regional Court outside Polokwane is expected to sentence convicted rapist, Pastor James Thubakgale on Tuesday.

The court convicted Thubakgale in August for raping two members of his church, including one who was fourteen-years-old at the time.

Sentencing began on Monday with the court giving its pre-sentencing report.

Yesterday, members of Thubakgale’s Divine Deliverance Church, who previously supported him, now protested outside court calling for a hefty sentence.

They say that more minors have come forward with similar allegations at church.

Thubakgale is also facing three other rape charges at the Seshego Magistrate court.

DA Federal Council Chairperson James Selfe
Selfe disappointed by Mashaba resignation
22 October 2019, 10:01 AM

The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) former Federal Council chairperson, James Selfe, has expressed disappointment at Herman Mashaba’s decision to resign as City of Johannesburg’s Mayor and as a member of the party.

Mashaba announced his resignation on Monday having voiced his concerns over the politics of the DA, accusing those who elected Helen Zille, as the new Chairperson of the party’s Federal Council, as being diametrically opposed to his belief and value systems.

“I am very disappointed that Herman stepped down as the Mayor, I think he was very talented and he managed to turn that city around in a remarkable way, but I think he is not a team player, he is not used to a political environment and sometimes not all the decisions go your way and we will have to soldier on without him,” Self explained, adding “I think the DA has gone through a period of introspection which was very good for it and I think we will emerge ultimately stronger.”

The mayor and self-made business mogul will vacate his post on the 27th of November.

City urges residents to reduce water usage
22 October 2019, 9:51 AM

Johannesburg residents are being called upon to use water sparingly as the levels of the Vaal Dam have fallen to below 50% on Monday – the lowest level recorded in three years.

The City of Johannesburg attributes the drop in water level to the heat wave of the past few days coupled with the lack of rain in Gauteng.

The city issued a similar warning two weeks ago, when the dam level was at 55%.

This time last year, the Vaal Dam level was 86%.

 

SAA plane
Flight delays anticipated as aviation authority grounds planes
22 October 2019, 8:52 AM

Four of South African Airways’ (SAA) domestic flights have been cancelled after some of its aircraft were recalled after inspection.

The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) took a decision to ground the air crafts following an oversight inspection conducted by the SACAA at SAA’s maintenance subsidiary – South African Airways Technical. The aviation authority could not be reached for comment.

SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali says some of its flights will operate later than usual, “South African Airways would like to advise its customers and passengers that it may operate an amended flights schedule today following a decision to recall some of its aircraft in order to undertake a compliance verification exercise in line with SA Civil Aviation requirements. However, SAA has implemented contingency plans in order to ensure it minimizes the impact on its customers and to ensure business continuity.”

Meanwhile, both Kulula and British Airways planes have reportedly also been grounded.

Passengers will experience inevitable delays as affected air crafts may not be flown until the necessary corrective action has been carried out.

The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) is also yet to comment on whether this has had any impact on the operations at various airports.

 

Citizens of Botswana prepare to head to the polls
22 October 2019, 8:21 AM

The nation of Botswana will, on Wednesday 23 October 2019, hold its parliamentary and local elections. Its previous elections were held in 2014, the winner of that poll – Botswana Democratic Party.

There are two outcomes from the elections:

  • National Assembly elections: First pass the post directly elected from single member by plurality, 57 constituencies with 4 indirectly elected members. In other words, the 57 members represent the winners of the 57 constituencies which make up Botswana.
  • President: The National Assembly in turn elects the President.

I will vote for the opposition: Ian Khama

 

Earlier this year ex-president, Ian Khama, become leader of the Botswana Patriotic Front having quit the governing BDP which has ruled since independence more than half a century ago, citing a fall-out between him and his successor.

Khama is the son of Botswana’s first and founding president of Botswana serving from 1966 to 1980, Sir Seretse Khama.

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