Another Cape Town cop murdered
The Hawks are investigating the murder of 40-year-old Mitchells Plain detective Vuyani Fani who was shot outside his Cape Town home, unarmed and off duty. Fani, who was stationed at the Mitchells Plain detective branch, was killed in Site B, Khayelitsha by three unidentified gunmen on Sunday evening. Western Cape police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana said the attackers took only Fani’s cellphone. She said he was unarmed. Fani’s murder is the latest in a spate of police killings in the area. On August 10, 33-year-old Constable Arthur Matu’s charred remains were found in his burnt-out vehicle in the same area. Ten days later, Constable Siyamcela Ncipa, 37, was shot and killed in Khayelitsha and his firearm stolen. On the same weekend, in Delft, Constable Lonwabo Kili was shot dead and his firearm stolen.
Six million children hungry in SA
More than six million children in SA live below the food poverty line, with many families failing to provide the minimum nutrition needed to survive and thrive. This was revealed in the South African Child Gauge 2018 report on Tuesday. The annual report is published by the Children’s Institute, the University of Cape Town, alongside the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development, Wits University, UNICEF South Africa and the Standard Bank Tutuwa Community Foundation. It found that extended family households accounted for 36% of all households, followed by single-person households (22%). Only 25% of children live in nuclear families, while 62% live in extended family arrangements. More than 7 million children live in households headed by a grandparent or great-grandparent.
Cosatu to march against ‘neo-liberal offensive’
In response to what it called a “neo-liberal offensive” targeting workers, Cosatu will march on the KwaZulu-Natal premier’s office in the provincial capital on Thursday. The trade federation’s Edwin Mkhize said retrenchments in the public sector, most notably at the SABC, had prompted the call to action. “This is the beginning of our response as Cosatu to this renewed attack against the workers and the poor. Jobs are being shed, adding to an already growing level of unemployment,” he said. The move toward industrial mass action was announced in Durban on Monday. “We are committed to defend all workers in different sectors from this revived offensive by neo-liberalism. This is a clear indication that capitalists and our government officials continue to use workers as scapegoats,” Mkhize added.
Slain Soweto siblings to finally be buried
It has been more than two months since Elam, 9, and Muzi, 8, Ndibi were kidnapped outside their Tshepisong, Kagiso home and brutally killed. Now they will finally be laid to rest. “The manner in which they were killed was bad enough. The police were just taking too long to conduct these tests, but we are relived now that they are released. We just want to bury them in peace, so we can move on,” said their uncle, Luvuyo Ndibi. The siblings went missing on September 14 while playing outside their home. They were found several days later buried in shallow graves about 10km away, blindfolded and with their hands tied. Ndibi said the family had not confirmed the day of the burial but it might be this weekend. The man accused of killing the siblings appeared at the Kagiso Magistrate’s Court last Monday.
NPA delighted Block has to go to jail
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has welcomed the decision by the Constitutional Court to dismiss the appeal by former ANC Northern Cape chairman John Block and businessman Christo Scholtz. This means the two have less than a week before they have to report to jail. On Monday, the highest court in the land said their application had no prospects of success. NPA Northern Cape spokesman Phaladi Shuping said on Tuesday the role of the authority had ended in this case. “It is now up to the registrar of the high court in Kimberley to issue detention warrants,” Shuping said. The warrants would be sent to their lawyers. Once their lawyers had been informed the men would be given between two and five days to present themselves to the authorities.
Three in hospital after KWV fire
Three people are in hospital following a fire that broke out at the KWV bottling plant in southern Paarl on Tuesday morning, the company said. “A KWV employee, a service provider and municipal firefighter have been admitted to hospital for smoke inhalation and are in a stable condition,” it said. “Four KWV employees were treated on-site for minor smoke inhalation.” Part of the company where bottling took place had been damaged and certain products would be “temporarily impacted”. The company said it was grateful that no lives were lost in the fire. Firefighters had managed to prevent the flames from damaging tanks that store about 90,000 litres of brandy. Mainly machinery, office equipment and bottles on pallets were damaged.