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South Africa: Still No Closure on Enyobeni Tavern Tragedy – South African News Briefs – August 22, 2022

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Update as at 17h00 – SAST

Cosatu, Saftu Put Differences Aside for Wednesday Shutdown

South Africa’s two largest workers’ union federations have put their differences aside in a bid to tackle the country’s worsening economic crisis and rising unemployment. The national strike is against what they believe is an impending economic collapse.

Hillary Gardee Murder Accused a No-Show In Court

Two of the three men accused of Hillary Gardee's murder did not show up at the Nelspruit Magistrates Court today, August 22, 2022, due to a lack of communication between the courts and the prison. By the afternoon, the court was still waiting for the suspects to arrive, after an order was given for them to be brought to the Nelspruit Magistrate's Court. Sipho Mkhatshwa , Albert Gama , and Philemon Lukhele , face six charges for Gardee’s murder. Gardee, 28, the daughter of former Economic Freedom Fighters secretary- general Godrich Gardee, was murdered on april 29, 2022 and her body was found 60km outside Nelspruit on May 3, 2022. A fourth suspect will appear in the Delmas Magistrate Court.

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Eskom Warns of Stage 2 Load Shedding This Week

Eskom has warned consumers that Stage 2 load shedding could be implemented at short notice between 4pm and midnight for the rest of the week. This is due to a shortage of generation capacity owing to breakdowns and delays in returning some generating units to service.

Enyobeni Tavern Tragedy – Parents Still In the Dark

Parents of the 21 young people aged between 13 and 17 who died in the early hours of the morning of June 26, 2022 are still none the wiser on what caused the deaths of their children. Initial laboratory toxicology tests have produced inconclusive results, the Eastern Cape provincial government and police ministry said at a briefing. Laboratory tests were conducted after initial investigations ruled out a stampede as a possible cause of death. Methanol poisoning was also investigated but not conclusively confirmed as the cause. Parents are demanding answers.

New King of the Zulu Nation Crowned

King Misuzulu kaZwelithini has been installed as the new King of the Zulu nation this past weekend, where thousands gathered in Nongoma – northern KwaZulu-Natal for the coronation. Since the death of his father King Goodwill Zwelithini on March 12, 2021, and soon thereafter his mother Queen Regent Mantfombi Dlamini who died on April 29, 2021, and who named Misuzulu as the heir in her Will. The Zulu royal household has been divided by legal battles over who should succeed the late king. Misuzulu was officially introduced to his ancestors as King of the Zulu nation through the kraal-entering ceremony.

No Sweet Ending for Two Men Caught With Chocolate Haul
Police have arrested two men who were found in possession of a stolen cargo container full of chocolate bars. The container carrying R1,5 million worth of chocolate was stolen from the Cape Town harbour last week and was discovered as it was being offloaded in Kensington near Cape Town. Upon arrival at the scene, police arrested two male suspects aged 54 and 60 for possession of the stolen cargo, as well as home appliances thought to be stolen, Eye Witness News reports.

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