NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 7 February 8 am
In this bulletin:
# A political analyst says the Judicial Service Commission has put Cyril Ramaphosa in an awkward spot
# The Klawer community wants the man who was arrested for allegedly murdering a boy, not be granted bail
# And, a state of emergency is declared in Canada’s capital, Ottawa
# A political analyst says the Judicial Service Commission has put president Cyril Ramaphosa in yet another awkward spot. This as the JSC has recommended Supreme Court of Appeal judge president, Mandisa Maya, as the next chief justice. She was up against three other candidates, acting chief justice Raymond Zondo, Gauteng judge president Dunstan Mlambo, and Justice Mbuyiseli Madlanga. Daniel Silke says with the EFF successfully steering the process, it is again going to boil down to internal ANC factions and their input. He says what is best for South Africa may come off second best yet again.
# Rural and Farmworkers’ Development Organisation director, Billy Claasen, says the murder of a 13-year-old boy in Klawer in the Western Cape is the worst and most gruesome deed he has seen. A 56-year-old man has been arrested after the discovery of human remains at his premises on Friday, while police were looking for a missing boy, Jerobejin van Wyk. He went missing last week Wednesday after allegedly picking fruit from the suspect’s garden. Claasen says they will be protesting outside court today and they don’t want the man to be released on bail.
# Tshwane emergency services says an assessment of the extent of the flood damage in the area is underway. Gauteng has been hit by severe storms since Friday. The team is continuously monitoring the situation and remains in a state of high alert. EMS spokesperson Charles Mabaso calls on Tshwane residents to continue to exercise extreme caution:
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# The mayor of Canada’s capital Ottawa, Jim Watson, has declared a state of emergency due to the ongoing demonstrations. This declaration marks the end of the second weekend of the so-called Freedom Convoy, which has seen trucks blocking streets and protesters occupying sidewalks in downtown Ottawa. The protest is against Covid-19 restrictions and vaccine mandates. Speaking to CBC News, Watson said declaring a state of emergency reflects the serious danger and threat to the safety and security of residents:
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# Soccer: Senegal has been crowned Africa Cup of Nations champions for the first time ever, after beating Egypt 4-2 on penalties in Cameroon. Both sides had chances but failed to capitalised and could not be separated after 120-minutes of playing. Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy was the hero for Senegal, saving substitute Mohanad Lasheen’s penalty before Liverpool’s Sadio Mane scored the winning spot-kick. Mane won player of the tournament; the best goalkeeper went to Mendy; and the top scorer was Cameroon’s Vincent Aboubakar, who scored eight.
# And the financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-45-cents and the euro at 17-rand-69-cents. One British pound costs 20-rand-90-cents and Bitcoin trades at 42-thousand-798-dollar-5-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-810-dollars-29-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 93-dollars-42-cents a barrel.
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