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28 June 18:51

Light aircraft goes down in Cape Town

A light aircraft went down in Lower Crossroads, Cape Town, just before 18:00 on Tuesday.

Safety and security mayoral committee member JP Smith said it is believed both occupants were injured but further updates would follow.

Emergency services responded to the incident.

Photos of the scene showed lots of residents crowding around the seemingly intact plane, with some even standing on the plane's wings.

- Jenna Verster
<strong>Light aircraft goes down in Cape Town<br /><br /></strong>A light aircraft went down in Lower Crossroads, Cape Town, just before 18:00 on Tuesday.<br /><br />Safety and security mayoral committee member JP Smith said it is believed both occupants were injured but further updates would follow.<br /><br />Emergency services responded to the incident.<br /><br />Photos of the scene showed lots of residents crowding around the seemingly intact plane, with some even standing on the plane's wings. <br /><br /><em>-&nbsp;Jenna Verster</em>
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28 June 17:35

JUST IN | SA records second case of Monkeypox, this time in Cape Town

Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla has called for vigilance as the country records its second Monkeypox case.

The health department said on Tuesday that the second case involved a 32-year old man from Cape Town with no travel history, which suggests a high possibility of local transmission.

The first case was confirmed last week, in a 30-year-old man in Johannesburg who also had no travel history.

"Although Monkeypox is less contagious than smallpox and causes less severe illness... the situation is slowly evolving with cases being recorded," the department said.

The source and linkage of cases remain under investigation. 

- Jenna Verster

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28 June 13:21

JUST IN | EFF head of presidency Vuyani Pambo hijacked

EFF parliamentarian Vuyani Pambo was hijacked on Monday evening, the party said in a statement on Tuesday.

The EFF said "three armed men approached Pambo," took his vehicle and demanded money from him.

The assailants made off with Pambo's vehicle, personal belongings which included his passport and identification document, and organisational material.

- Juniour Khumalo

28 June 12:40

ANC Gauteng conference to reconvene in two weeks

The ANC Gauteng conference which was unable to conclude its business over the weekend will again convene on 9 and 10 July.

The announcement was made by newly elected chairperson Panyaza Lesufi on Tuesday during a media briefing at Luthuli House.

Lesufi said: "As you know the election of additional members and the discussion of policy documents never happened this weekend and as such we have resolved to reconvene the conference from the 9th to the 10th of July."

During the briefing, the ANC also announced that Thembinkosi "TK" Nciza will be stepping down as Ekurhuleni Secretary after being also appointed provincial secretary over the weekend.

ANC national spokesperson Pule Mabe said "as per the constitution of the party, once a member is elected into a higher structure they automatically have to step down from the other position."

- Juniour Khumalo

28 June 06:23

Task team appointed to probe clinic robbery

A high-level team has been appointed to investigate an armed robbery at the Sambandou Clinic in the Vhembe District, Limpopo.

The robbery took place in the early hours of Monday morning, said police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo.

Three gunmen entered the clinic at around 01:30 and robbed nurses of their cellphones, money and car keys.

The gunmen used one of the nurses’ cars to flee the scene. The vehicle was later found abandoned in Vyeboom.

– Nicole McCain

27 June 17:31

Eight people held after being found with hijacked R2.5m Eskom cables
Eight people were arrested in Cape Town on Monday after being found with Eskom cables that were in a truck that was hijacked a month ago, Western Cape police said.

The truck was hijacked in Piketberg on 29 May while transporting the aluminium overhead cables, which have an estimated street value of R2.5 million, said police spokesperson Ndakhe Gwala.

Investigation and surveillance led police to a storage place in Blackheath, where six rolls of cables were found.

The group will appear in Blue Downs Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, on charges of possession of stolen goods, contravention of the Second Hand Goods Act and Contravening Infrastructure Criminal Amendment Act.

- Jenna Verster

27 June 15:51

Cops rescue 39 human trafficking victims

Thirty-nine human trafficking victims have been rescued from a farm in Belfast in Mpumalanga.

The victims include seven women, nine children under the age of five and 23 men.

Two suspects were arrested on Friday during the rescue and they were due to appear in the Belfast Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Hawks spokesperson Colonel Katlego Mogale said information gathered at the scene was that the victims were "brought into South Africa in a taxi from Mozambique until Lydenburg where allegedly the son of the farm owner and one trafficker will meet the taxi driver (and) then pay.

The victims will then be brought on the farm for labour".

Mogale said the victims will be kept at a place of safety in Witbank.

- Jeanette Chabalala

27 June 13:59

Johannesburg Emergency Services hands over search for boy, 6, to water utility

The Johannesburg Emergency Services has handed the lead for the search of a missing Soweto boy to Johannesburg Water.

It is now just over two weeks since Khayalethu Magadla allegedly fell into a manhole while playing with his friends.

Emergency Management Service's spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi said Johannesburg Water would be better placed to continue the search in a waste treatment plant.

"The search for the young boy still continues, the handover to Johannesburg Water is because the area we are  searching now is a waste treatment plant and this will require our colleagues from Johannesburg Water to continue," Mulaudzi said.

The emergency management service has so far covered a distance of around 30km from the area where Magadla fell.

- Alfonso Nqunjana

27 June 13:39

Attorney in court for allegedly stealing from Road Accident Fund claimants

An attorney faces six charges of theft for allegedly stealing around R700 000 from Road Accident Fund (RAF) claimants, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said on Monday.

Complaints were received from claimants who said they were never paid after the RAF deposited money into Betty Diale's trust account, NPA regional spokesperson Henry Mamothame said.

The alleged theft took place between 2009 and 2011.

Diale, 52, was charged in June 2021.

She will return to the Rustenburg Regional Court on 4 August 2022 for a pre-trial conference. 

- Jenna Verster

27 June 07:05

Two arrested after house, cars torched in vigilante attack

Two people have been arrested for allegedly torching a house and three vehicles during a vigilante attack.

Police arrested the duo after a group of people reportedly arrived at a woman’s house in Blinkwater village, Limpopo, on Thursday. They accused her husband of murdering two people in May and June, said police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo.

The overall damage is estimated at over R1.5 million, said Mojapelo.

The duo is expected to appear in Hlanganani Magistrate's Court on Monday.

- Nicole McCain

27 June 06:28

Panyaza Lesufi clinches ANC Gauteng leadership race beating out rival Lebogang Maile

Panyaza Lesufi emerged victorious at the Gauteng ANC conference beating his competitor Lebogang Maile by close margins.

Lesufi was elected with 575 votes while Maile obtained 543 votes. The leadership composition of the top five provided a mixed unity outcome with interesting victories for Maile's "Adiwele" slate and Lesufi.

Despite Maile losing out on the top job, his other supporters took home the prize. The ANC in Ekurhuleni were the biggest winners of the night with the region's secretary Thembinkosi TK Nciza elected as the provincial secretary.

Tasneem Motara, also from Ekurhuleni, was elected deputy provincial secretary. Lesufi's slate also secured wins with Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko elected deputy chairperson.

Morakane Mosupye, who was nominated by those backing Lesufi, was elected as provincial treasurer.

- Zintle Mahlati

<p><strong>Panyaza Lesufi clinches ANC Gauteng leadership race beating out rival Lebogang Maile</strong></p><p>Panyaza Lesufi emerged victorious at the Gauteng ANC conference beating his competitor Lebogang Maile by close margins.</p><p>Lesufi was elected with 575 votes while Maile obtained 543 votes. The leadership composition of the top five provided a mixed unity outcome with interesting victories for Maile's "Adiwele" slate and Lesufi. </p><p>Despite Maile losing out on the top job, his other supporters took home the prize. The ANC in Ekurhuleni were the biggest winners of the night with the region's secretary Thembinkosi TK Nciza elected as the provincial secretary. </p><p>Tasneem Motara, also from Ekurhuleni, was elected deputy provincial secretary. Lesufi's slate also secured wins with Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko elected deputy chairperson.</p><p>Morakane Mosupye, who was nominated by those backing Lesufi, was elected as provincial treasurer.</p><p><em>- Zintle Mahlati</em><strong></strong></p>

26 June 14:34

 Fishermen rescued after fishing vessel capsizes

Twelve fishermen were rescued after their fishing vessel capsized at Cape Point on Sunday morning.

South African Maritime Safety Authority spokesperson Tebogo Ramatjie said the fishermen were safely on shore.

“The fishing vessel, Restless Wave, is still afloat off Cape Point, and a navigation warning has been issued to vessels around the area.”

A salvage operation is under way to recover the vessel.

- Cebelihle Mthethwa

26 June 11:45

ANC Gauteng conference: Lesufi and Maile nominated for provincial chairperson position

Panyaza Lesufi and Lebogang Maile have both accepted nominations for the chairperson position at the Gauteng ANC provincial conference.

Those nominated along with the two were from each of the preferred slates – Maile's "Adiwele" slate and Lesufi's "Renewal" slate.

They include Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko and Mzi Khumalo for the position of deputy chairperson.

For the provincial secretary position, three names were nominated: former provincial secretary Jacob Khawe, Ekurhuleni regional secretary Thembinkosi Nciza, and Sedibeng regional chairperson Thulani Kunene.

Delegates nominated Nomathemba Mokgethi for deputy provincial secretary. Tasneem Motara accepted her nomination for deputy provincial secretary, which was raised from the floor.

Former Gauteng health MEC Bandile Masuku declined a nomination for the treasurer position. Instead, Morakane Mosupye accepted the nomination for the position from the floor.

Delegates will now vote and results are expected on Sunday afternoon.

 - Zintle Mahlati

26 June 11:02

Families asked to identify East London tavern victims at Woodbrook mortuary

The MEC for Community Safety in the Eastern Cape, Weziwe Tikana Gxothiwe, has asked Scenery Park families to go to Woodbrook mortuary to help identify their loved ones.

The families have been denied entry into Enyobeni Tavern, where 17 people were found dead. The tavern is still being combed by police investigators.

 - Cebelihle Mthethwa

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26 June 10:20

Bodies found at East London tavern taken to state mortuaries

The 17 bodies discovered at Enyobeni Tavern in East London have been taken to various state mortuaries, the Eastern Cape Department of Health says.

Department spokesperson Siyanda Manana told News24 that the Forensics Pathology Teams and EMS Teams are at the scene in Scenery Park.

"We are going to conduct autopsies as soon as possible to establish the probable cause of death. The deceased have been taken to state mortuaries," Manana added.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Thembinkosi Kinana said investigations into the cause of death were ongoing.

 - Cebelihle Mthethwa

(PHOTO: Twitter/@kluisenaar)

<p><strong>Bodies found at East London tavern taken to state
mortuaries
</strong></p><p>The 17 bodies discovered at Enyobeni Tavern in East
London have been taken to various state mortuaries, the Eastern Cape Department
of Health says.
</p><p>Department spokesperson Siyanda Manana told News24 that
the Forensics Pathology Teams and EMS Teams are at the scene in Scenery Park.
</p><p>"We are going to conduct autopsies as soon as
possible to establish the probable cause of death. The deceased have been taken
to state mortuaries," Manana added.
</p><p>Police spokesperson Brigadier Thembinkosi Kinana said
investigations into the cause of death were ongoing.
</p><p><em>&nbsp;- Cebelihle
Mthethwa</em></p><p><em>(PHOTO: Twitter/@kluisenaar)</em></p>

26 June 08:12

UPDATE | At least 17 people found dead at East London tavern

Authorities are investigating an incident where at least 17 people were found dead at Enyobeni Tavern in East London on Sunday morning.

Earlier reports stated police were investigating the deaths of at least 22 people.

It is still unclear what led to the multiple deaths.

According to Eastern Cape Community Safety spokesperson Unathi Binqosi, who is at the scene, they are still trying to determine the exact number of people who died.

"It is no less than 18 people who have died in this incident," Binqose told News24, but the death toll was revised to 17 after receiving confirmation from police spokesperson, Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana.

According to the venue's Facebook page, on Saturday they had an all-black themed party celebrating two people's birthdays.

Police and emergency services are currently still at the scene.

Kinana told Reuters that police were alerted by members of the public to the incident at Scenery Park, about 3km from the East London city centre.

"The circumstances under which they died are under investigation," Kinana told Reuters, adding it was too early to determine the cause of death of the young adults aged between 18-20.

This is a developing story. Keep an eye on News24 for the latest updates.

 - Cebelihle Mthethwa

(PHOTO: Twitter/@kluisenaar)

<p><strong>UPDATE | At least 17 people found dead at East London
tavern
</strong></p><p>Authorities are investigating an incident where at least
17 people were found dead at Enyobeni Tavern in East London on Sunday morning.
</p><p>Earlier reports stated police were investigating the
deaths of at least 22 people.
</p><p>It is still unclear what led to the multiple deaths.
</p><p>According to Eastern Cape Community Safety spokesperson Unathi
Binqosi, who is at the scene, they are still trying to determine the exact
number of people who died.
</p><p>"It is no less than 18 people who have died in this
incident," Binqose told News24, but the death toll was revised to 17 after receiving confirmation from police spokesperson, Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana.</p><p>According to the venue's Facebook page, on Saturday they
had an all-black themed party celebrating two people's birthdays.
</p><p>Police and emergency services are currently still at the
scene.</p><p>Kinana told Reuters that police were
alerted by members of the public to the incident at Scenery Park, about 3km from
the East London city centre.
</p><p>"The circumstances
under which they died are under investigation," Kinana told Reuters,
adding it was too early to determine the cause of death of the young adults
aged between 18-20.</p><p><em>This is a developing story. Keep an eye on News24 for the latest updates.</em></p><p><em>&nbsp;- Cebelihle Mthethwa</em></p><p><em>(PHOTO: Twitter/@kluisenaar)</em></p>

26 June 07:00

After more than 10 hours of debate, ANC delegates adopt credentials at Gauteng conference

After hours of debates over the eligibility of branches to participate at the Gauteng ANC provincial conference, credentials were adopted at 06:00.

Delegates were stagnant on concerns about the participation of branches primarily from the Ekurhuleni region. The issue of the 19 quarantined votes from the region saw fierce debates overnight.

The conference will now move to nominations of officials, three days after the official start of the conference.

 - Zintle Mahlati

26 June 06:41

Urgent court interdict to halt ANC Gauteng conference struck off the roll

The Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg has struck off the roll an urgent court interdict that sought to halt the Gauteng provincial conference.

The Gauteng High Court found that Jabulani Sithole, a branch delegate from Ekurhuleni, had failed to convince the court of the urgency of his application.

Sithole asked the court to interdict the conference because of the unresolved matter with the 19 quarantined votes from Ekurhuleni.

The ANC has welcomed the ruling, with spokesperson Pule Mabe saying the party knew the matter would fail because it lacked urgency.

The provincial conference remains stuck on credentials, with arguments over qualifying branches.

 - Zintle Mahlati

25 June 19:31

Four killed in Western Cape car crash 

Four people have been killed on the N2 near Macassar where two vehicles crashed on Saturday morning. The victims were declared dead on the scene by paramedics.

According to police spokesperson Sergeant Wesley Twigg, an adult male was arrested and will appear in the Somerset West Magistrate's Court once charged.

"The circumstances surrounding the fatal crash are under investigation," said Twigg.

- Lisalee Solomons

25 June 15:31

ANC member asks court to interdict Gauteng conference

An Ekurhuleni ANC regional member is seeking to interdict the party's Gauteng provincial conference currently under way in Benoni.

Jabulani Sithole details in an affidavit that the conference should be halted until his main review application against the ANC NEC is heard by the Gauteng High Court sitting in Johannesburg.

Sithole says the ANC NEC should not have given the ANC Gauteng PEC the go-ahead to hold the conference while the issue of the 19 quarantined Ekurhuleni votes has not been resolved.

In the court papers, Sithole has cited ANC Gauteng regional structures as respondents. The ANC NEC, ANC treasurer-general Paul Mashatile and Gauteng provincial secretary Jacob Khawe have also been cited as respondents.

- Zintle Mahlati

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25 June 15:22

Man arrested for possession of unrefined platinum powder

Police intelligence services have arrested a 36-year-old for possession of unrefined platinum powder with a mass of 214,98 kilogram.

Western Cape police spokesperson Sergeant Wesley Twigg said police also confiscated machinery and an undisclosed amount of cash during the search of the premises in Maitland.

The man is expected in court soon.

- Lisalee Solomons

24 June 20:01

SA's drug regulator approves new HIV treatment for children

The SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has registered a new combination antiretroviral treatment for infants and young children with HIV.

The "sweet-tasting" treatment, which does not require refrigeration, comes in granules that can be sprinkled on soft food or dissolved in milk or water. The formulation (trade name Quadrimune) has been developed by the non-profit entity, Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative and Cipla.

"SAHPRA is committed to enabling access to innovative health products that work well and that adhere to the tenets of safety, quality and efficacy,” said its CEO, Dr Boitumelo Semete-Makokotlela

- Jenna Verster

24 June 17:12

Unisa reschedules Friday's online exams due to load shedding

The University of South Africa (Unisa) had to reschedule some online exams on Friday due to load shedding.

Eskom implemented stage 4 load shedding from 11:00 on Friday until midnight and again on Saturday and Sunday from 05:00 until midnight.

On Friday, the university tweeted: "Muckleneuk area is experiencing power outage challenges this morning. This affected the Unisa data, and server users might be experiencing access challenges to Unisa's online platforms. Officials are currently addressing the challenges."

In another tweet, Unisa said it was aware that students were not able to log on to the exam sites "... which are affected by electricity supply issues to our data centre. Affected exams will be rescheduled, and students notified accordingly. We apologise for the inconvenience". 

- Jeanette Chabalala

24 June 16:13

Nafiz Modack's co-accused sentenced for fraud

A co-accused of alleged underworld figure Nafiz Modack has been sentenced to two years in prison or a fine of 10 000 for fraud.

Reza van Oudtshoorn was sentenced in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court after he entered into a plea agreement with the State.

"Van Oudtshoorn admitted that on or about 3 June 2020, he unlawfully, falsely, with the intent to defraud and to the potential prejudice a complainant, prepared and submitted on the request of Nafiz Modack an annual financial statement for the year ending 29 February 2020," said Hawks spokesperson Colonel Katlego Mogale.

"This was allegedly done for Empire Investment Cars. The said financial statements are reported to have been  based on information that was supplied by Nafiz Modack which were later presented to First National Bank, in support of an application for asset finance." 

- Jeanette Chabalala

24 June 16:01

Outcome of bail in Groblersdal teen assault case expected next week

Corrie Pretorius, the man accused of assaulting and pointing a firearm at a minor in Groblersdal, will have to wait till next week to find out if the Groblersdal Magistrate’s Court will grant him bail.

The State opposed Pretorius’ bail application on Friday, arguing that if he is released from custody it would disturb public order and could put his life in danger.

Pretorius on the other hand told the court, through an affidavit, that he had been assaulted while incarcerated and is fearing for his life if he remains behind bars.

Pretorius was arrested earlier this month after allegedly assaulting a 16-year-old boy at a fish and chips outlet in Groblersdal. Part of the incident was caught on video which has since gone viral. 

The court will deliver judgment on the bail application on 29 June.

– Alex Mitchley

24 June 15:47

 Fire breaks out in Alexandra, around 200 informal homes burnt down

Around 200 informal homes have been burnt down or damaged in a fire in Alexandra, Johannesburg, this afternoon.

Johannesburg emergency services say they have been communicating with community leaders and it appears there have been no fatalities, with everyone accounted for at this stage.

Firefighters are dampening the blaze to ensure it doesn't reignite. The fire broke out just after midday.

- Zandile Khumalo

24 June 15:36

ANC Gauteng PEC gives go-ahead for disputed Ekurhuleni branches to join provincial conference

Following several hours of debates, the ANC Gauteng provincial executive committee has resolved to allow disputed branches from the Ekurhuleni region to participate in the provincial conference.

The issue of the five branches has caused much debate as the outcome of the Ekurhuleni regional conference remains unclear.

There were five branches whose 19 votes were excluded from the Ekurhuleni conference. The same branches will see their votes again quarantined at the Gauteng ANC provincial conference, Gauteng ANC provincial secretary Jacob Khawe told media during a briefing.

The conference will start on Friday afternoon.

- Zintle Mahlati

24 June 13:01

Murder, assault case against father and son postponed

The murder case against a father and his son was again postponed in the Vereeniging Magistrate's Court.

Shafic Ismael, 64, and his son Bilal Ismael, 39, appeared briefly in court on Friday. The pair are facing charges of murder, attempted murder and two counts of kidnapping. They are currently out on bail of R20 000 each.

It is alleged that between 25 and 26 March, the pair kidnapped Ryan Ivor Swayze, 12 and his friend. Swayze died as a result of the attack after the boys were assaulted and dumped in a field in Meyerton.

- Ntwaagae Seleka

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24 June 09:06

Taxi stuck in Cape Town sinkhole after pipe burst

Taxi commuters in Cape Town had a bumpy start to their Friday after the taxi they were travelling became stuck in a large sinkhole at an intersection.

The sinkhole at the intersection of Gill and Blaauwberg roads in Table View was caused by a massive water pipe burst, confirmed ward councillor Joy Solomon.

According to Solomon, no one was injured, and the taxi has since been removed. Repairs are currently underway, and the water has been cleared.

However, road closures are in place at the intersection of Koeberg and Blaauwberg roads, for motorists travelling towards Table View.

– Nicole McCain

Photo credit: AVID Security

<p><strong>Taxi stuck in Cape Town sinkhole after pipe burst</strong></p><p>Taxi commuters in Cape Town had a bumpy start to their Friday after the taxi they were travelling became stuck in a large sinkhole at an intersection.</p><p>The sinkhole at the intersection of Gill and Blaauwberg roads in Table View was caused by a massive water pipe burst, confirmed ward councillor Joy Solomon.</p><p>According to Solomon, no one was injured, and the taxi has since been removed. Repairs are currently underway, and the water has been cleared.</p><p>However, road closures are in place at the intersection of Koeberg and Blaauwberg roads, for motorists travelling towards Table View. </p><p><em>– Nicole McCain</em></p><p>Photo credit: AVID Security</p>

23 June 20:34

Cops make breakthrough, link man in custody to murder of Limpopo lecturer

Limpopo police have made a breakthrough and positively linked a suspect in custody to the murder of Limpopo lecturer Professor Saber Tayob Mohammed.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said on Thursday that the man is currently in custody for the murder of two other people and a robbery at BMW car dealership in Polokwane.

Mohammed, 51, was jogging in Munnik Avenue, Sterpark on 13 March when gunmen opened fire on him. The suspect is expected to appear in court soon.

- Iavan Pijoos

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23 June 18:54

Cape Town company director arrested for alleged Covid-19 relief fund fraud

The Hawks have arrested a 64-year-old company owner and director in connection with Covid-19 TERS fraud and corruption.

Hawks spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Philani Nkwalase said the Blackheath-based signage company allegedly applied for funds from the Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme as the company was hit hard by the lockdown in March 2020.

He said the company applied even though its employees had returned to work, receiving around R205 000.

“Few employees reportedly received the claimed funds for the period of the business closure while others were not paid. The money was later paid back to the department during the course of criminal investigation and this did not deter criminal charges to the offence committed."

The man is due to appear in the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in Bellville, Cape Town on Friday.

 - Iavan Pijoos

23 June 15:36

Naked, bruised bodies of two women found in Eastern Cape forest

The bodies of two females have been found in a forest in the town of Ntabankulu in the Alfred Nzo District Municipality in the Eastern Cape, police said.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Majola Nkohli said a person collecting wood in the forest on Wednesday afternoon made the gruesome discovery. The forest is situated behind the offices of the department of education.

“Both victims had bruises on the upper body, with no clothes,” Nkohli said.

Nkohli said preliminary investigations were done to track any relatives, but with no success. Police have appealed to anyone who is missing a family member to contact Sergeant Zola Nolawu on 039 258 002.

- Iavan Pijoos

23 June 12:36

Covid-19 is not yet gone, health minister on repealing the mask mandate

Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla says while the country has reached a turning point in the fight against Covid-19, the disease was still around.

Phaahla on Wednesday signed a Government Gazette repealing Covid-19 restrictions on mask-wearing in public, the requirement of a vaccine certificate or negative PCR tests at ports of entry and a limitation on public gatherings.

He, however, warned the public to be cautious because Covid-19 was not over.

"We just need to end with caution that the Covid-19 virus is not yet gone, it is still in our midst, we are just stronger than before, especially with vaccination and we urge those not yet vaccinated to come forward and those due for boosters to also come forward."

"The vaccination programme will remain and is now being integrated into normal health services."

He encouraged people to wear masks indoors and to get vaccinated. Phaahla thanked South Africans for following the rules in the last two years and three months.

"We thank South Africans for [their] resilience in internalising various measures of prevention and mitigation against the virus some of which will help us in dealing with some older respiratory diseases such as influenza and TB but also future respiratory epidemics."

- Tebogo Monama

23 June 12:17

ANC confirms it will convene a special NEC meeting on Thursday evening

ANC national spokesperson Pule Mabe has confirmed that the ANC will convene a special National Executive Committee (NEC) a day after the release of scathing findings against it contained in the final state capture report.

In his communique, Mabe said the meeting is "as per the decision of the last National Working Committee (NWC)" meeting that resolved that the NEC should process a number of organisational matters. The meeting will convene virtually at 19:00.

There is no indication if the party will also deliberate on the state capture commission's findings against it.

- Juniour Khumalo

23 June 11:25

Day 2 of the Stellenbosch urination incident hearing in full swing

The disciplinary hearing of Stellenbosch University student Theuns du Toit, who urinated on a fellow student's belongings, is continuing on Thursday.

Du Toit is appearing before the university's Central Disciplinary Committee (CDC) for allegedly violating the university's student code of conduct after he was caught on camera urinating on first-year agriculture student Babalo Ndwayana's desk, laptop, and books.

Du Toit arrived at the university's Admin B building, shortly before 10:00, while Ndwayana was conspicuous in his absence, after walking out of proceedings on Wednesday.

University spokesperson Martin Viljoen said any decision will be with the CDC.

 - Marvin Charles

23 June 11:13

Five people shot, wounded in suspected gang-related shooting in Newclare

Five people, including a woman, were shot and wounded outside a block of flats in Newclare. The incident took place on Wednesday evening.

Some residents, who refused to be identified, confirmed the shooting while others claimed it was gang-related.

The victims were all taken to hospital and Gauteng police are yet to comment on the matter.

This is a developing story.

 - Ntwaagae Seleka

23 June 11:01

Parliamentary committee to probe fracas between EFF MPs and security officials

The fracas between EFF MPs and security officials earlier this month has been referred to Parliament's Powers and Privileges Committee.

On Thursday, the Rules Subcommittee (Subcommittee on Physical Removal of Member) unanimously agreed to the move.

Earlier this month, the National Assembly convened for the presidency budget vote, delivered by President Cyril Ramaphosa, but was subjected to repeated points of orders by the EFF, who later violently clashed with security officials.

The sittings descended into chaos when several EFF MPs were violently removed from the chamber, preventing Ramaphosa from proceeding with his speech for hours.

During Ramaphosa's reply to the speech, matters worsened when female EFF MPs fought with female security officials. At the same time, their male counterparts threw punches and resisted being thrown out by security officials.

The EFF were of the view that Ramaphosa should not address the House due to the allegations around an alleged cover-up of theft at Phala-Phala farm.

There were also allegations that female EFF MPs were touched on their private parts as they were removed from the parliamentary chamber, and the assault of security staff.

National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has ordered an investigation into the allegations.

 - Jason Felix

<p><strong>Parliamentary committee to probe fracas between EFF MPs
and security officials
</strong></p><p>The fracas between EFF MPs and security officials earlier
this month has been referred to Parliament's Powers and Privileges Committee.
</p><p>On Thursday, the Rules Subcommittee (Subcommittee on
Physical Removal of Member) unanimously agreed to the move.
</p><p>Earlier this month, the National Assembly convened for the
presidency budget vote, delivered by President Cyril Ramaphosa, but was
subjected to repeated points of orders by the EFF, who later violently clashed
with security officials.
</p><p>The sittings descended into chaos when several EFF MPs were
violently removed from the chamber, preventing Ramaphosa from proceeding with
his speech for hours.
</p><p>During Ramaphosa's reply to the speech, matters worsened
when female EFF MPs fought with female security officials. At the same time,
their male counterparts threw punches and resisted being thrown out by security
officials.
</p><p>The EFF were of the view that Ramaphosa should not address
the House due to the allegations around an alleged cover-up of theft at
Phala-Phala farm.
</p><p>There were also allegations that female EFF MPs were touched
on their private parts as they were removed from the parliamentary chamber, and
the assault of security staff.
</p><p>National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has
ordered an investigation into the allegations.
</p><p><em>&nbsp;- Jason Felix</em></p>

23 June 08:58

Mask wearing no longer compulsory in Western Cape schools, says WCED

The Western Cape Department of Education (WCED) says no pupils or staff will be required to wear masks in classrooms in the province on Thursday.

However, the voluntary wearing of a mask is optional.

WCED spokesperson Bronagh Hammond said after the regulations around mask-wearing in public indoor spaces were repealed on Wednesday night, it is no longer mandatory in schools.

"Learners, educators and school-based public servants are no longer required to wear a mask in schools. However, should a learner, educator or staff member wish to continue to wear a mask for health reasons, they may continue to do so," she said.

– Nicole McCain

23 June 06:56

 Police arrest man after he allegedly stabs wife to death

A man has been arrested for allegedly murdering his wife.

The 55-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday by police in Thabazimbi for allegedly stabbing his wife, 54, to death in their house at Spitzkop.

The suspect allegedly first told police he had been away from his house at the time of the murder, but he has unexplained scratches and bruises that made officers suspicious.

The suspect will soon appear in Thabazimbi Magistrate's Court soon facing a charge of murder.

– Nicole McCain

22 June 21:17

JUST IN | Cops arrest man linked to the alleged kidnapping of Shireen Essop

Western Cape police have arrested a 28-year-old man allegedly linked to the disappearance of Shireen Essop from Manenburg.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Novela Potelwa said on Wednesday that the suspect was arrested by organised crime detectives and charged with possession of stolen property believed to be that of Essop. He is expected to appear in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

Essop disappeared while driving home from work on Weltevreden Road in Browns Farm, Philippi on 23 May. She was reunited with her family on 11 June.

“As investigations into the case continue the arrest of more suspects cannot be ruled out. Further details about the case are expected to emerge in court during the appearance of the arrested suspect,” Potelwa said.

- Iavan Pijoos

22 June 17:45

Fire extinguished outside Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital

The Gauteng health department confirmed that a fire broke out at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Soweto on Wednesday.

Department spokesperson Kwara Kekana said the fire broke out in the open space near the Covid-19 tents.

“Due to strong winds, the fire spread to the laundry site and damaged part of the linen awaiting [the] condemning (disposal) process.”

Kekana said City of Joburg Fire services from Dobsonville and Jabulani arrived before the fire could spread to the usable linen area and the building.No casualties were reported.

- Iavan Pijoos
<strong>Fire extinguished outside Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital</strong><br /><br />The Gauteng health department confirmed that a fire broke out at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Soweto on Wednesday.<br /><br />Department spokesperson Kwara Kekana said the fire broke out in the open space near the Covid-19 tents.<br /><br />“Due to strong winds, the fire spread to the laundry site and damaged part of the linen awaiting [the] condemning (disposal) process.”<br /><br />Kekana said City of Joburg Fire services from Dobsonville and Jabulani arrived before the fire could spread to the usable linen area and the building.No casualties were reported.<br /><br /><em>-&nbsp;Iavan Pijoos</em>

22 June 16:25

Alleged robber arrested for raping 62-year-old man at his home in Bushbuckridge

A 25-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly robbed and raped a male pensioner at his home in Bushbuckridge in Mpumalanga.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala said the 62-year-old man claimed that the alleged robber entered his home at Ga-Motibidi around 20:30 on Monday.

“He then noticed a suspect known to him entering his room and he asked him what he wanted.

The suspect then allegedly grabbed the victim and pushed him to the bed and raped him,” Mohlala said.

The man fled the scene with money belonging to the elderly man. Mohlala said he was later traced and arrested.

- Iavan Pijoos

22 June 16:00

Stellenbosch urine victim walks out of hearing over allegedly biased panel

The victim in the Stellenbosch University urination incident Babalo Ndwayana and his legal team walked out of the hearing against the accused Theuns du Toit on Wednesday because they believe the central disciplinary committee is not objective.

Ndwayana's lawyer Nomonde Gxilishe told News24 that after dealing with preliminary issues in the morning, her client was not satisfied that the panel appointed by the university is objective.

The disciplinary hearing against du Toit was scheduled to start at the university on Wednesday after he was suspended from the university in May.

Ndwanya filmed du Toit urinating on his desk, laptop and books inside his Huis Marais residence room on 15 May.

- Malibongwe Dayimani

22 June 12:55

Masks closer to being scrapped after premiers and mayors give OK

The President's Coordinating Council (PCC) met on Wednesday morning to discuss the scrapping of remaining Covid-19 regulations. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa met with premiers and mayors of all major cities to thrash out a proposal to scrap the wearing of face masks in public and lift the limits on group gatherings and events.

Insiders told News24 that the virtual meeting of the PCC was in agreement that masks, restrictions on gatherings as well as travel regulations should be scrapped immediately. The proposal will now need to be taken to Cabinet for approval, with sources speculating South Africans could soon be called to a meeting.

Presidential spokesperson Vincent Magwenya was unable to "confirm any timelines" around a Cabinet meeting.

- Nicole McCain

22 June 08:57

Ramaphosa to receive final State Capture Inquiry report today

President Cyril Ramaphosa will formally receive the fifth and final State Capture Inquiry report on Wednesday.

The report will be published shortly after it is presented to the president by Chief Justice Raymond Zondo at the Union Buildings on Wednesday afternoon, the presidency said in a statement.

On Tuesday, the Presidency rejected speculation of interference in the judiciary after the final report was delayed several times.

The commission likewise denied claims that the president interfered with the commission's work or with Zondo as its chairperson.

It stated instead that Zondo wanted to have one final opportunity for quality assurance before handing it over.

- Kate Henry


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21 June 21:39

Off-duty cop shot dead in Cape Town

An off-duty police officer was shot and killed in Delft, Cape Town, on Tuesday evening.

"Eyewitness accounts from the crime scene indicate that the police constable attached to Table Bay Harbour police station was standing in front of her residence with three other persons when unknown gunmen emerged and fired several shots in Gilo Road, Leiden," said Brigadier Novela Potelwa.

The Hawks have taken over the murder investigation and no one has yet been arrested.

"Her identity will be released once her next of kin has been informed."

- Jenna Verster

21 June 21:08

Police launch investigation into Yeoville Market fire

Gauteng police have opened an inquiry to investigate the cause of a fire that damaged stalls at the Yeoville Market in Johannesburg in the early hours of Tuesday.

“Police received a phone call from an anonymous [person] saying that Yeoville Market is on fire. On arrival at the market, the police found firefighters busy extinguishing about five stalls that were burning,” police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo said.

- Iavan Pijoos

21 June 20:31

Day Zero: Water levels of dams in Nelson Mandela Bay metro continue to fall

Water levels at the Loerie Dam in the drought-stricken Nelson Mandela Bay metro have further dropped as Day Zero looms.

According to statistics provided by the municipality on Tuesday, the Loerie Dam had 19 days of water remaining. On Monday, it had 35 days of water left.

Two dams – Churchill and Impofu - collectively have about six days of water left. At the same time, Groendal Dam had 166 days of water left.

The metro's target demand was 230 megalitres per day, but the current consumption is 290.

- Iavan Pijoos

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