NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 13 February 10 am
In this bulletin:
# Concern about a possible move of the SABC’s Pretoria news division to government offices
# Relief organisations call for R50-million donation to Cuba to be used locally
# And, soccer: Banyana Banayana suffer a 3-0 defeat to the Copper Queens
# Reports say the SABC’s possible plans to move its news division in Pretoria to the Government Communication and Information System offices in the capital have been met with resistance. According to City Press, fears have been raised the reported plans, which has sent shock waves through the broadcaster, will render the SABC an extension of government’s communication channel. SABC spokesperson Gugu Ntuli confirmed alternative office space was being explored for the Pretoria new team, but denies the move to the GCIS building is one of the options.
# A coalition of organisations dedicated to hunger relief demand the halting of government’s 50-million donation to Cuba. The group includes Chefs with Compassion, Foodforward South Africa, Ladles of Love, NOSH Food Rescue and the Angel Network. Government has said the donation to Cuba is necessary as US sanctions continue to pose a food security threat to the island. The coalition wants government to redirect the funds to an immediate, independent investigation into the root causes of, and solutions to, hunger in South Africa.
# A 34-year-old former employee of the Madibeng municipality in North West is expected to appear at the Pretoria Specialised Magistrates’ Court tomorrow. He is allegedly linked to a case of fraud involving 30-million-rand. The man is said to have conspired with attorney Gerard Jacques du Plessis. Du Plessis was sentenced to 15-years imprisonment in 2019. Hawks spokesperson Tlangelani Rikhotso says the suspect faces 17 counts of fraud:
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# A black former Metropolitan Police officer has revealed his colleagues painted his face white so he would, as they put it, fit in. The force’s first openly gay black officer, Gamal Turawa, told Sky News racist remarks were dismissed as “banter”, and he was “complicit” in some of the abuse he suffered. The former police constable says he was left suicidal after his complaint of inappropriate behaviour by a senior officer was allegedly not taken seriously. Turawa believes institutional discrimination remains in the force.
# And soccer: Zambia’s Copper Queens were formidable opponents for Banyana Banyana in a friendly match played in Lusaka yesterday. Tokyo Olympic star Barbra Banda opened the scoring for the home team as early as the sixth minute, before Avell Chitundu doubled Zambia’s lead. Zambia’s three goals were enough to seal the victory. Banyana coach Desiree Ellis says despite the loss, the friendly was a good preparation ahead of the African Women’s Cup of Nations:
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Banyana’s captain Janine van Wyk says she is disappointed, but knows they could have played better:
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