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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 7 January 6 am

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In this bulletin:

# The Cabin Crew Association says Dudu Myeni did not act alone in the collapse of the SAA
# A suspect arrested for breaking windows at the Constitutional Court in Braamfontein is set to appear in court today
# And relocating Parliament to Pretoria should take into account the extent of the fire damage to the Cape Town building

# The South African Cabin Crew Association says former board chair Dudu Myeni did not act alone in the events that led to the collapse of the SAA. The association wants all those responsible for the airline’s fall to be held accountable. Myeni has been implicated in the state capture report with recommendations that she faces prosecution. The association’s Zazi Nsibanyoni-Mugambi believes all the board members at the time should also face the full might of the law for the role they played:

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# The 36-year-old man arrested for breaking windows with a hammer at the Constitutional Court in Braamfontein, is expected to appear in the Hillbrow Magistrate’s Court today. The suspect faces charges of malicious damage to property. This comes as the case against 49-year-old suspect, Zandile Christmas Mafe arrested in connection with the fire at Parliament, was postponed to next Tuesday. Mafe faces charges of two counts of arson, the possession of an explosive device, housebreaking with the intent to steal and theft, and destruction of essential infrastructure.

# Professor Rachidi Molapo from the University of Venda says the prospects of relocating Parliament to Pretoria should take into account the extent of the fire damage to its Cape Town building. The political analyst believes Parliament should be based where it can be easily accessible to the majority of the citizens. Molapo supports the call for Parliament to be in Gauteng:

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# The Head of the World Health Organisation, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, says the more infectious Omicron variant of COVID-19 appears to produce less severe disease than the globally dominant Delta strain, but it should not be categorised as mild. He asks for greater global equity in the distribution of and access to vaccines. Reuters reports he warns that, based on the current rate of vaccine rollout, 109 countries will miss the WHO’s target for 70-percent of the world’s population to be fully vaccinated by July.

# Global food prices reached a 10-year high in 2021, rising by an average of 28-percent compared to the previous year. That’s according to the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation. AFP reports food oils saw an average price jump of 66-percent last year to hit their highest ever level. Grain prices rose by 27-percent, hitting a level not seen since 2012, with corn prices soaring 44.1-percent and wheat rising 31.3-percent. Meat prices rose by an average of 12.7-percent in 2021, and dairy products by 16.9-percent.

# Cricket: The Test series between South Africa and India will be decided in the third and final encounter, after the Proteas claimed a famous victory by seven wickets at the Wanderers in Johannesburg yesterday. Captain Dean Elgar steered the ship and was unbeaten on 96 when the hosts scored the winning runs late on the fourth afternoon. He was ably assisted by Rassie van der Dussen and Temba Bavuma, who scored 40 and 23 respectively in two consecutive partnerships. The last Test starts at Newlands in Cape Town on Tuesday.

# And, the financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-70-cents and the euro at 17-rand-75-cents. One British pound costs 21-rand-27-cents and Bitcoin trades at 42-thousand-987-dollar-7-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-791-dollars-45-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 82-dollars-48-cents a barrel.

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