Author: KgosanaR@sundaytimes.co.za (Rorisang Kgosana)

The recent judgment in the Esidimeni case held former Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu and department head Barney Selebano liable for the deaths of 144 psychiatric patients. However, the judge did not find liability for the other 133 deaths. The Gauteng provincial government accepted the judgment, with Premier Panyaza Lesufi expressing relief that the matter was finally coming to an end. AfriForum’s private prosecution unit and Solidarity Helpende Hand also welcomed the verdict. Solidarity represented Sandra de Villiers, whose brother died due to neglect at an Esidimeni facility. René Roux from Helpende Hand emphasized the importance of accountability for those…

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Tragedy struck in Carletonville as a family mourns the loss of four children who were among 11 victims in a fatal accident involving a scholar transport vehicle. The incident occurred when a Toyota minibus taxi carrying children to school was rear-ended by a Ford Ranger, causing the minibus to roll and catch fire. Eleven children and the driver of the minibus were tragically burnt beyond recognition, while eight other children were hospitalized. President Cyril Ramaphosa expressed his condolences, acknowledging the profound loss experienced by the families and school communities affected by this tragedy. Gauteng premier Panyaza Lesufi also extended his…

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A recent incident in Heidelberg has left the community in shock as a suspect, who was reportedly driving a motorbike, is on the run after a violent attack. Police spokesperson Masondo stated that the motive behind the attack is still unknown, but investigations are ongoing. The attack resulted in the tragic death of one individual, Du Preez, while another victim, Minaar, is currently recovering in hospital. A former resident, who preferred to remain anonymous, praised Minaar for his efforts in battling crime in the town, describing him as a dedicated individual who collaborated with various stakeholders. Masondo confirmed that murder…

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Constitutional Court Orders Minister to Revert Decision on ZEP 26 June 2024 – 15:55 The recent Constitutional Court ruling has ordered Minister Aaron Motsoaledi to adhere to the high court’s decision that deemed the scrapping of Zimbabwean Exemption Permits (ZEP) as unlawful. The prolonged government of national unity (GNU) talks and cabinet formation have left Zimbabweans unsure about the fate of their ZEP status. With confusion looming, many are wondering what the next steps will be regarding their permits. While the situation remains uncertain, Zimbabweans are hopeful that clarity will soon emerge regarding their legal status and right to reside…

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Minister of Police Bheki Cele is seeking leave to appeal a court ruling that awarded Patrick Mvelo R200,000 for an unlawful arrest. Mvelo was arrested without a warrant in Kimberley and held for a week on a charge of theft. He argued that the arrest was unlawful and a violation of his rights. Mvelo’s legal team contends that Cele’s appeal should be dismissed due to the late filing of the discovery affidavit. They also argue that the arresting officer had no reasonable suspicion to apprehend Mvelo. The court upheld the minister’s leave to appeal, citing the Criminal Procedure Act’s provision…

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Former Kenya president and Head of the AU election observation mission, Uhuru Kenyatta, praised the women and youth of South Africa for their active participation in the recent elections. However, he highlighted the lack of legislation regulating women’s representation and gender equality in politics. Despite progress in achieving a 50/50 gender balance in the current cabinet and societal support for gender equality, women still face obstacles like patriarchy and discrimination. The mission recommended electoral reforms to enforce a quota system for women candidates in political parties. Concern was also raised about last-minute changes to the Electoral Matters Amendment Act, causing…

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Meet Khusi, a resident of Diepsloot for 26 years. He expressed frustration with the lack of development in his community, citing high unemployment rates and crime as major concerns. Khusi highlighted the need for stricter immigration regulations to address crime issues and called for a change in leadership, hoping his vote would help oust the ruling party. On the other hand, Lebogang Marokane, a 28-year-old Red Cross first aider in Diepsloot, emphasized the importance of job creation for the youth. While she appreciated the skills development programs provided by the ruling party, Marokane reiterated the need for more employment opportunities…

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The NPA Amendment Bill has introduced the Investigating Directorate against Corruption to combat corruption and serious crimes within the government. This new agency will build upon the progress made by the existing Investigating Directorate (ID) over the past five years, which has brought numerous state capture and corruption cases to court. During this time, the NPA has convicted 700 government officials for corruption and recovered over R6bn in state capture assets. The establishment of the Investigating Directorate against Corruption aims to address capacity and expertise challenges within the NPA to effectively investigate and prosecute complex cases. This new agency will…

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