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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 24 November 5 pm

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In this bulletin:

# Criminal charges are laid against a TikTok racist
# Jason Rohde will wait in jail for the outcome of his Constitutional Court appeal
# And Cricket: Malan and De Zorzi steer South Africa A’s ship in the four-day game against India A

# Police in the Waterberg District in Limpopo are investigating charges of intimidation, crimen injuria and incitement to commit violence against Henrico Barnard, whose racist videos on TikTok went viral. Police spokesperson Motlafela Mojapelo says Barnard is currently in hospital after he was shot by police while he tried to disarm a female official in the process of daring to shoot him. Barnard posted two videos on his account, where he used the K-word 12 times before threatening to kill any police member who tries to arrest him.

# Convicted wife murderer Jason Rohde will remain behind bars until he is informed of the outcome of his appeal application to the Constitutional Court. The former Johannesburg property mogul strangled his wife, Susan, in their hotel room in the Cape Winelands in 2016. Eric Ntabazalila of the National Prosecuting Authority says Rohde’s legal representative notified them he is not going ahead with his application for leave to appeal against the denial of bail pending the ConCourt decision. Rohde began to serve his 15-year sentence on Saturday.

# The Mpumalanga Department of Education says they are concerned about so-called “pens down parties,” which may be planned to take place in some parts of the province after the matric exams. A spokesperson, Jasper Zwane, says despite the ongoing warnings about the consequences they have heard plans are afoot to hold such parties. He urged learners to be cautious and act wisely by staying away from such parties:

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# Cricket: South Africa A declared on a huge total of 509 for seven on the second day of their four-day match against India A in Bloemfontein. Captain Pieter Malan top-scored with 163 that included 19 fours. Tony de Zorzi contributed 117 and Sinethemba Qeshile 82. The hosts started badly after the visitors’ captain, Priyank Panchai, won the toss and decided to field. Sarel Erwee was dismissed in the first over and Raynard van Tonder in the fourth, but then Malan and De Zorzi saved the day with a third-wicket stand of 217 runs.

# Financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-92-cents and the euro at 17-rand-85-cents. One British pound costs 21-rand-25-cents and Bitcoin trades at 56-thousand-114-dollars-2-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-784-dollars-20-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 82-dollars-14-cents a barrel.

# And finally: An international team of scientists from the University of the Witwatersrand, New York University and 15 other institutions announced the recovery of two-million-year-old fossil vertebrae from an extinct species of an ancient human relative. The recovery was made from fossils discovered in 2015 during excavations of a mining trackway near Johannesburg. The scientific find gives insight into how this human relative walked and climbed. Lead author of New York University, Scott Williams, says the lumbar region is critical to understanding how well adapted these ancient relatives were to walk on two legs.

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