NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 6 January 6 am
In this bulletin:
# David Mabuza tells traditional leaders not to put guns against his head because of the ANC’s unkept promises
# Student doctors calls on the Health Department to provide them with jobs after their studies
# And the Proteas are on the verge of victory in the second Test against India
# Deputy president David Mabuza has told traditional leaders in Limpopo not to put guns to his head over the ANC’s unkept promises. He faced tough questions about the party’s failure to address their concerns. During an engagement in Polokwane, the leaders accused the party of not delivering on its word to them. Mabuza was given six months to urgently act on all the stated issues. He is visiting the province ahead of the party’s January 8 Statement on Saturday:
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# The non-governmental organisation, Judges Matter, has denounced yesterday’s attack on the Constitutional Court in Braamfontein in Johannesburg. The research and advocacy officer at the NGO, Mbekezeli Benjamin, says the fact that a person could attack the highest court in the land, which is a national key point, is of grave concern for the judiciary and democracy. Gauteng police spokesperson Robert Netshiunda says the man, who was caught breaking the court’s windows with a hammer, has been arrested. The motive behind the incident is still unknown.
# Student doctors are calling on the Health Department to provide them with jobs after the completion of their studies and community service. The students wrote a petition to the South African Medical Association, saying the number of unemployed graduates has greatly increased. In the Eastern Cape, the students are demanding to be released from their bursaries so they could pursue employment opportunities in other provinces. They say the province has blocked them from doing so, yet they do not offer them jobs.
# Gqeberha police spokesperson Andre Beetge says the extensive search for Silvia Wittal has been extended beyond Nelson Mandela Bay. Beetge says police detectives, members of the K9 Unit, and Coastal Water Rescue volunteers are looking at all avenues while following up on leads. Her car was found abandoned in the parking area at the Sacramento trail in the Schoenmakerskop Village on Monday. Her ex-husband Kevin Crouse told police he had last spoken to Wittal on December 30 while making arrangements to drop off their two children.
# The Zimbabwe Embassy in Pretoria is calling on Zimbabwe nationals living in South Africa affected by the cancellation of the Zimbabwe Special Permit to stay calm as the two countries continue to strengthen their bilateral relations. On 31 December South Africa terminated the permits issued to asylum seekers. Speaking to News24 the chairman of the Zimbabwean Community in South Africa, Ngqabutho Nicholas Mabhena says the government should consider providing a waiver for professions that are not indicated as critical skills, as the majority do not qualify for other visas.
# Cricket: The Proteas are on the verge of levelling the series against India. They need 122 more runs with eight wickets in hand to win the second Test at the Wanderers in Johannesburg. India was bowled out for 266 in their second innings, setting the hosts a target of 240 to win. Captain Dean Elgar and Aidan Markram got the chase off to a flying start. Keegan Petersen also got his innings going again before getting caught LBW on 28. Elgar on 46 and Rassie van der Dussen on 11 will resume this morning with the Proteas on 118 for 2.
# And the financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-91-cents and the euro at 18-rand-1-cents. One British pound costs 21-rand-54-cents and Bitcoin trades at 43-thousand-355-dollar-5-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-810-dollars-96-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 79-dollars-94-cents a barrel.
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