NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 8 February 9 am
In this bulletin:
# A political analyst says the July unrest is an embarrassment for president Cyril Ramaphosa
# Labour unions claim Clover has backed down on its retrenchment plans
# And, Joe Biden again warns harsh sanctions will be imposed on Russia if it invades Ukraine
# Political analyst, Daniel Silke, says the report into the July unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng is an embarrassment for president Cyril Ramaphosa in his capacity as executive head. More than 300 people died during the unrest. A 154-page report found that the internal differences within the ANC contributed to the unrest and should be addressed as a matter of national security. It also stated that intelligence services failed to predict the nature, scale, and modus operandi of the violence. Silke says it will be even more of an embarrassment if less than meaningful accountability follows from this report.
# The General Industrial Workers Union of South Africa and the Food and Allied Workers’ Union claim that the strike workers embarked on has forced the management at Clover to back down on mass retrenchment plans. Giwusa’s president, Mametlwe Sebei, says 812 workers were set to lose their jobs once the company embarked on the relocation of its City Deep Branch to Atlas Road in Boksburg this month. He claims that Clover will now only retrench nine workers:
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# The Independent Police Investigative Directorate is investigating a case of death as a result of police action in Bloemfontein. This is after a 41-year-old man was shot and killed by police officers for having an R5 rifle and picking it up from the seat of his car while driving at the same time. The IPID says the man was shot 36 times by two officers. It adds that police had opened an inquest case but it has changed to murder after preliminary investigations.
# US president Joe Biden says it cannot be business as usual should Russia violate Ukraine’s sovereignty. Russia currently has more than 100-thousand troops massed on Ukraine’s borders. Biden says they will not hesitate to shut down the Russian gas pipeline to Germany, the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has previously described the pipeline as a dangerous geopolitical weapon. Biden reiterated that harsh sanctions will be imposed on Russia if it invades Ukraine:
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# Tennis: The Women’s Tennis Association says it remains concerned about Chinese player Peng Shuai. In an interview with France’s L’Equipe newspaper, Peng says she never alleged she suffered a sexual assault and that her post in November last year was a huge misunderstanding. In the post, which was swiftly deleted, she claimed that a senior government official sexually assaulted her. WTA CEO Steve Simon says they have called for a formal investigation into the allegations by the appropriate authorities and an opportunity for the WTA to meet with Peng privately to discuss her situation.
# And the financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-55-cents and the euro at 17-rand-77-cents. One British pound costs 21-rand-2-cents and Bitcoin trades at 44-thousand-351-dollar-6-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-819-dollars-30-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 92-dollars-38-cents a barrel.
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