Express News: South Africa update

Taking a look at how South Africa started the new week and month.

 

Thoriso Themane, a young man in his twenties who was killed in Flora Park, Limpopo, last week, was laid to rest over the weekend. Minister of Police Bheki Cele was also at Themane’s funeral and declared that the culprits would be dealt with. Nine people were arrested in connection with his murder, six of which are minors. They appeared at the Polokwane Magistrates Court this morning, while members of the community stood outside the court with pickets calling for justice.

Jeff Radebe, the Minister of Energy, announced that fuel prices would rise this week. From Wednesday petrol will go up by 74 cents per litre, while diesel will increase by 91-93 cents per litre.

 

Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa tweeted the reaction of his department to the video of Durban Kwaito artist Mampintsha physically abusing fellow artist and girlfriend, Babes Wodumo.

Mthethwa said the department condemned the Big Nuz member’s actions and called for Babes Wodumo to press charges. Mthethwa went on to ask the nation to fight against gender-based violence as zealously as they did against racism.
Many others rallied behind Babes Wodumo including DA leader Mmusi Maimane who challenge Mampintsha to a three round boxing match and the EFF in KwaZulu Natal who opened a criminal case against Mampintsha.

 

In other current affairs:

Tshwane University of Technology students are up in arms again. Protests started early this morning at both the North and South campuses due to NSFAS failing to give out meal allowances. Last month protests against the lack of accommodation led to the shutdown of TUT’s Mbombela and Pretoria West campuses.

 

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille said her goodbyes to DA supporters on Saturday ahead of the conclusion of her 10 year term in May. She said she would still be active in the party’s politics and that she would be remembered for the role she played in job creation.
Many others rallied behind Babes Wodumo including DA leader Mmusi Maimane who challenge Mampintsha to a three round boxing match and the EFF in KwaZulu Natal who opened a criminal case against Mampintsha.

 

In other current affairs:

Tshwane University of Technology students are up in arms again. Protests started early this morning at both the North and South campuses due to NSFAS failing to give out meal allowances. Last month protests against the lack of accommodation led to the shutdown of TUT’s Mbombela and Pretoria West campuses.

Protesting students at TUT (image by eNCA)

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille said her goodbyes to DA supporters on Saturday ahead of the conclusion of her 10 year term in May. She said she would still be active in the party’s politics and that she would be remembered for the role she played in job creation.