BULLETIN 21 November 5 pm
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In this bulletin:
# An alleged Varados gang leader is gunned down outside a gym in Roodepoort
# An international law expert says SA and Israel are in a more strained relationship
# And Rugby: Antoine Dupont will miss the Six Nations to play sevens at the Paris Olympics
# Gauteng police have confirmed the fatal shooting of suspected Varados gang leader, Leroy ‘Finch’ Brown at the Virgin Active gym in Horizon, Roodepoort. Police spokesperson Dimakatso Nevhuhulwi reported that Brown was leaving the gym when two unknown assailants confronted him, firing several shots. The motive behind the shooting remains unknown, and no suspects have been arrested. This marks the second shooting of an alleged gang leader following the killing of suspected Fast Guns gang leader Keenen Sheldon Ebrahim in the same vicinity in February.
# International law expert Patrick Kadima says there are notable tense dynamics between South Africa and Israel. This tension escalated as Israel recalled its ambassador for consultation, coinciding with South Africa’s parliamentary vote on closing the Israeli embassy. In addition, South Africa is chairing the BRICS’s extraordinary joint meeting on Gaza, where members are expected to adopt a joint statement addressing the current situation. Kadima suggested to eNCA that the urgent BRICS meeting may have contributed to the heightened diplomatic strain between South Africa and Israel:
# The City of Tshwane has commended the swift response from Metro Police officers after community members of Soshanguve South extension four reported ongoing trench digging, where city cables were being stolen. The Metro Police immediately deployed its cable theft unit into the area for an investigation. The city’s Section 79 Oversight Committee for Community Safety chairperson, Thabang Sebotsane, says upon arrival in the area, they were met with gunshots coming from the trench diggers:
# Rugby: France’s 15-man captain, Antoine Dupont, will miss next year’s Six Nations in a bid to play sevens at the Paris Olympics. The scrumhalf, who also captains Toulouse, was named the Top 14 player of the season for the second time, but it’s not yet sure whether he will continue playing for the club while switching to sevens early next year. Eurosport reports Dupont’s absence from the Six Nations will be a blow for Test coach Fabian Galthié, who will now have to select a number nine and a captain.
# Financial indicators: The dollar trades at 18-rand-37-cents and the euro at 20-rand-13-cents. One British pound costs 23-rand-6-cents and Bitcoin trades at 37-thousand-161-dollars-42-cents. Gold sells at one-thousand-999-dollars-48-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 81-dollars-65-cents a barrel.
# And finally: A Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund report on the state of children in the country has revealed that one in five children are victims of sexual abuse. The Fund’s CEO, Linda Ncube-Nkomo, emphasises that one-third of children are at risk of online violence, exploitation, and abuse. Ncube-Nkomo acknowledged that these numbers do not capture the full extent of the challenges faced by children, as not every case is reported. She declares that South Africa is at war with children, emphasising the urgent need for change.
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