NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 24 November 6 am
In this bulletin:
# President Cyril Ramaphosa says the outcome of the elections is how democracy works
# The newly elected Tshwane mayor says political parties should put their differences aside
# And, La Palma residents are warned to stay indoors after a volcano starts spewing fresh lava
# President Cyril Ramaphosa says the footsteps of democracy have played out throughout the country as elected mayors, speakers and councillors took office. He says the outcome is disappointing for the ANC, but the ruling party should accept the clear message from the people of South Africa. He was speaking to the media in Pretoria during Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta’s state visit:
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# Newly elected City of Tshwane mayor, Randall Williams, says political parties should put their differences aside, to adequately render services to the citizens. He was elected as mayor uncontested yesterday after the ANC failed to field a candidate. Williams says in order for Tshwane to function optimally they need to create an environment in the chamber that is conducive towards enhancing efficiency and effectiveness within the administration.
# Gauteng Community Safety MEC Faith Mazibuko has revealed that 456 police members in the province have pending criminal cases against them. Only four have been suspended. Mazibuko replied to a question by the DA’s Michael Shackleton the officials face charges including murder, culpable homicide, assault, defeating the ends of justice and reckless driving. She confirmed Tsakane police station has 35 members under investigation, and Krugersdorp police station 28 – all charged with reckless and negligent driving. Benoni and Hekpoort police stations follow with 15 members facing criminal charges.
# South African liquor traders have called on the government to respond with caution to the fourth wave of the coronavirus. The sector is confronted with the possibility of another disruption in business activities. The National Liquor Traders’ Council says the coming wave may be handled better than the previous three, without the sacrificing of livelihoods. The sector is in fear that another ban on alcohol sales is looming. The association’s Lucky Ntimane believes the economy cannot afford more restrictions on alcohol sales.
# Residents of the Spanish island of La Palma have been warned to stay indoors after Mount Cumbre Vieja started spewing fresh lava into the Atlantic Ocean. The volcano started erupting about two months ago and has already destroyed more than two-thousand buildings, while about seven thousand people had to evacuate their homes. The latest eruptions caused thick clouds of potentially toxic gas, with Sky News reporting drone footage showing white clouds of steam and gas billowing out of the water.
# Rugby: The Lions Union has confirmed the return of Springbok prop Jannie du Plessis to the training field, but CEO Rudolf Straeuli says they don’t expect him to play a match soon. This follows the drowning of his baby son last week. Straeuli says this was an emotional week for the players and their families, as well as the whole of the South African rugby community. He expects Du Plessis to be in the pavillion at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Sunday when the Lions take on Cardiff in a United Rugby Championship game.
# And the financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-86-cents and the euro at 17-rand-84-cents. One British pound costs 21-rand-22-cents and Bitcoin trades at 56-thousand-607-dollar-1-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-794-dollars-6-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 82-dollars-51-cents a barrel.
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