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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 16 November 1 pm

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In this bulletin:

# Three more suspects are arrested in the VBS Mutual Bank scandal
# Six immigration officials and a police member are out on bail after alleged border corruption
# And Rugby: The Springboks are carrying some momentum into the clash with England

# The Hawks have arrested another three people in connection with the VBS Mutual Bank scandal. A 57-year-old former municipal manager and a 39-year-old former financial chief of a municipality in Limpopo, as well as the 41-year-old owner of a private business, were apprehended at their residences around Tshwane this morning. Hawks spokesperson Nomthandazo Mbambo says they will appear in court today on charges of corruption and money laundering:

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# 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.

# Eastern Cape Health MEC Nomakhosazana Meth says she is happy with the continued decline in the number of active Covid-19 cases in the province. She attributes this to a concerted effort to get residents to be vaccinated. Meth says the ultimate aim is to get herd immunity. In the past two weeks, from the sixth of this month, active cases have decreased by 26-percent. The Buffalo City Metro has the most active cases with 31-percent of all cases in the province.

# The Limpopo Health Department has called upon residents to remain alert following a surge in new malaria cases after 406 infections have been recorded in recent weeks and two people have died. The department says they will be sending 42 malaria fighting teams to hot spots, including the malaria-prone Vhembe and Mopani areas. Officials have raised concerns about a possible resurgence in new cases, especially as the rainy season approaches. The MEC for Health, Phophi Ramathuba, says the number of cases doubled from 206 to over 400 within two weeks.

# Rugby: Springbok assistant coach Deon Davids says the team is carrying some momentum heading into the clash with England at Twickenham on Saturday. This will mark the first encounter between these sides, who contested the 2019 World Cup final in Japan. The Springboks are looking to end the season as the world’s number one-ranked Test team. They also want to complete an unbeaten end-of-year tour for the first time since 2013 following victories over Wales and Scotland. Davids says they are expecting a challenging game.

# Financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-26-cents and the euro at 17-rand-35-cents. One British pound costs 20-rand-55-cents and Bitcoin trades at 60-thousand-389-dollars-6-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-873-dollars-79-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 82-dollars-48-cents a barrel.

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