News in brief

By Drum Digital
13 January 2014

Calls for the axing of culture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson.

Brakpan case is postponed

The case of a man accused of raping and killing his four-year-old niece was postponed by the Brakpan Magistrate's Court.

The 23-year-old wore the same black and grey striped T-shirt he wore to court last week.

He avoided making eye-contact with people in the public gallery, and looked down at his hands and fiddled with them during the proceedings.

Among those attending the hearing on Monday was Women, Children and People with Disabilities Minister Lulu Xingwana.

Like many of the protesters at the court, she wore a pink blouse over a pink skirt. The girl was wearing a pink top the day she was murdered.


Concern over lack of "meaningful detail” in Marikana

International public order policing expert Gary White has expressed concern about the lack of "meaningful detail" in the version of events presented by police who intervened at Marikana, the Farlam Commission of Inquiry heard.

Michelle le Roux, for the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), said: "The first concern is the lack of any mention of certain critical events, where we see an absence of the mentioning of scene one and scene two by the [police] members who were there."


Man held for girlfriend’s murder

A man wanted in connection with the murder of his girlfriend in Soweto in July, has been arrested in Qumbu in the Eastern Cape, Gauteng police said on Monday.

Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela said the man had been on the run since he allegedly stabbed his girlfriend to death.

"Detectives from Jabulani [in Soweto] got information on his whereabouts and drove to where the person was to arrest him."

The man was arrested on Sunday and would appear in the Protea Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.


Zuma must fire Tina - DA

The Democratic Alliance has called on President Jacob Zuma to fire Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson.

The DA made the call following Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's recommendation that he consider disciplinary action against Joemat-Pettersson for violating the executive code of ethics. The Public Protector found that Joemat-Pettersson had unlawfully spent a sum of R150 000 on return flights for her two children and their au pair from Sweden to South Africa in January 2010.

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