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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 11 February 1 pm

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In this bulletin:

# The Special Investigating Unit orders Gauteng Department of Education’s service providers to pay back profits
# Six suspects arrested for human trafficking are due to appear in court in Gauteng today
# And Athletics: The Western Cape ANC says the postponement of an event can be blamed on the City of Cape Town

# The Special Investigating Unit have ordered service providers contracted by the Gauteng Department of Education to decontaminate, disinfect and sanitize schools, to pay back profits derived from irregular contracts with interest. The Special Tribunal yesterday found that the department did not follow proper procurement processes in awarding contracts to service providers worth more than 431-million-rand. The Tribunal ordered that the service providers submit a statement of account in respect of their appointment, performance and payment to the SIU, to determine the profits derived.

# Six people are appearing in the Springs Magistrate’s Court in Gauteng today following their arrest in connection with the discovery of 45 undocumented Ethiopian nationals in a house in the area. Shotguns with police-issued ammunition were also found. The group faces charges including human trafficking, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, bribery and defeating the ends of justice. Police spokesperson Brenda Muridili says during the police search one of the suspects tried to bribe them with over 300-thousand-rand:

Play sound: ENG Brenda Muridili

# Civil justice organisation Action Society says president Cyril Ramaphosa has once again failed victims of gender-based violence and femicide. The founder, Ian Cameron, says he dedicated nine sentences to gender-based violence in his state of the nation address. Cameron pointed out between October 2020 and September 2021 over 41-thousand rape cases were reported, amounting to 153 rapes per day. He says in addition to the unprecedented rape statistics, eight women are murdered every single day:

Play sound: ENG IanONSONA

# The African Energy Chamber has announced its support for the fourth edition of the Namibia International Energy Conference 2022. The conference taking place in Windhoek from the 20th-to-the-22nd of April is under the theme, The Energy Mix: Positioning for Investment, Industrialization, and Growth. The two-day flagship event will be the official meeting place for Namibia’s energy industry. It will be a platform that facilitates constructive dialogue and networking opportunities, driving industry growth, and promoting Namibia as the new destination for energy investments.

# Athletics: The ANC in the Western Cape legislature says it is furious that administrative tardiness on the part of the City of Cape Town has caused the postponement of the Table Bay Zone Inter-Schools event that was scheduled for yesterday. A spokesperson, Khalid Sayed, says the schools affected by the postponement were advised by the High Schools Athletics Committee that the metro has not granted a permit for the event. Sayed says through its sloppy management the council has spoilt the day for several schools.

# Financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-10-cents and the euro at 17-rand-19-cents. One British pound costs 20-rand-46-cents and Bitcoin trades at 43-thousand-459-dollars-5-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-824-dollars-30-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 91-dollars-85-cents a barrel.

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