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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 16 November 12 pm

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In this bulletin:

# Six immigration officials and a police member are out on bail after alleged border corruption
# Limpopo government donates reflector belts to farmers for stray cattle to fight road crashes
# And Cricket: Aiden Markram and Anrich Nortjé named in T20 World Cup Most Valuable Team of the tournament

# Six immigration officials, a police member, and a hawker must return to the Komatipoort Magistrate’s Court in Limpopo next month after they were arrested by a team of the Hawks and the Department of Home Affairs’ anti-corruption unit. They are accused of issuing temporary residence permits and working permits at the Lebombo border post to extend the stay of illegal immigrants. Police say the hawker, Arlinda Passe, a foreign national, was denied bail while the others were given two-thousand-rand bail each. The case was postponed to the third of December.

Meanwhile, the brazen alleged corruption by the very people tasked with maintaining law and order at South African borders is indicative of a lack of executive oversight at the Department of Defence and the South African National Defence Force. This is why the minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Thandi Modise, needs to take drastic action, says DA parliamentary member Kobus Marais. He says the exposé by the media of alleged corruption at the Beit Bridge Border post points to an ongoing problem of corruption:

Play sound: ENG KobusMaraisOnCorruptionSANDF

# The Limpopo government has found an innovative way to solve the problem of increasing accidents due to stray animals on the roads. A spokesperson for the Department of Transport, Mike Maringa, says they expect vehicles on the roads to increase soon due to festive season volumes upping the statistics and are distributing reflector belts for use on farm animals such as cattle to help with road safety:

Play sound: ENG MikeMaringaReflectorBelts

# Cricket: Two South Africans have been named in the International Cricket Council’s T20 World Cup Most Valuable Team of the tournament. They are Proteas batter Aiden Markram and fast bowler Anrich Nortjé. Australia won the tournament when beating New Zealand by eight wickets. Pakistan’s Babar Azam captains the side, while player of the tournament David Warner will open alongside England’s Jos Buttler. Other players in the team are Moeen Ali, Charith Asalanka, Wanindu Hasanranga, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, and Trent Boult. Pakistan pacer Shaheen Afridi was named as the 12th player.

# Financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-22-cents and the euro at 17-rand-31-cents. One British pound costs 20-rand-49-cents and Bitcoin trades at 61-thousand-23-dollars-4-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-871-dollars-9-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 82-dollars-72-cents a barrel.

# And finally: eThekwini municipality is working on a five-point plan to reduce the shortage of grave space. This includes identifying land that can be used for new cemeteries. It was reported the municipality was not able to meet the growing demand for burial space. The city has been burying more than three-thousand bodies per month as compared to 700 under normal circumstances. The municipality’s spokesperson, Msawakhe Mayisela says communities have been reluctant to consider other methods of disposing of bodies.

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