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South Africa: Today’s latest news and headlines, Monday 7 February 2022

A lot can change overnight, but we’ll keep you in the know with the latest news stories and headlines in South Africa on Monday, 7 February 2022.

Over 1000 SAPS vehicles are out-of-service in Gauteng. That’s the rather horrific admission by Police Minister Bheki Cele this week. With crime seemingly continuously surging in the province, the sheer amount of vehicles out of action is causing huge amounts of concern.

As of Monday the 7th of February, schools across the country will all return to in-full daily in-person attendance. This is a big change for primary, secondary and special schools across the country. Since the pandemic began, many of these schools have been carrying out “rotational learning”. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says all systems are a go for the big day.

In two horrific crimes stories, 17-year-old was stabbed to death outside Madison Avenue nightclub in Wessel Road, Sandton. The fatal incident happened on Saturday night.

Meanwhile, a 13-year-old boy was allegedly BUTCHERED for stealing a mango in the Western Cape.

Police have arrested a 56-year-old man from Klawer in the Western Cape for murder after they found human remains on his premises while they were looking for the missing 13-year-old boy.

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TODAY’S LATEST NEWS IN SOUTH AFRICA, Monday 7 February

SAPS vehicles out of action: Chaos with over 1000 vans offline in Gauteng

Over 1000 SAPS vehicles are out-of-service in Gauteng. That’s the rather horrific admission by Police Minister Bheki Cele this week. With crime seemingly continuously surging in the province, the sheer amount of vehicles out of action is causing huge amounts of concern.

Cele broke down the numbers in a written reply to a question from DA MPL Michael Shackleton. The DA says the vehicle breakdowns have resulted in police not being able to attend to emergency crime scenes.

Here’s the list of out-of-service vehicles.

  • 569 in visible policing
  • 491 in detective services
  • 109 in support services

That’s a total of 1169 vehicles not working across the Gauteng police force.

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EVERYONE back at school: Department all systems go for Monday

Not everyone is happy about it. But from Monday the 7th of February, schools across the country will all return to in-full daily in-person attendance. This is a big change for primary, secondary and special schools across the country. Since the pandemic began, many of these schools have been carrying out “rotational learning”. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says all systems are a go for the big day.

In a press conference on Sunday, Motshekga revealed that her department has been in consultations with several stakeholders in the education sector. Motshekga says that while some concerns were raised about the full return, the issues are being dealt with.

The overall response? The minister says there has been “overwhelming” support for the full return of learners to daily attendance. The rotational learning timetable has been in effect since June 2020.

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Madison Avenue: 17-year-old pupil stabbed to death outside nightclub

A 17-year-old was stabbed to death outside Madison Avenue nightclub in Wessel Road, Sandton. The fatal incident happened on Saturday night.

The club confirmed that the deceased used a fake ID to gain entry to the venue, earlier in the evening. This is according to a close friend.

The deceased was identified as Hlompho Mbetse, a grade 11 pupil from King Edward VII School.

According to ER24 spokesperson Ross Campbell, paramedics arrived on the scene with another private medical service at 22:45 to find the teenager lying on the street with a stab wound to his chest.

“He unfortunately showed no signs of life and was declared dead on arrival. Security, as well as the SA Police Service, were on the scene for further investigations,” said Campbell.

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A 13-year-old allegedly BUTCHERED by a farmer for stealing a mango in Klawer

If this is not enough to make your stomach turn, then I don’t know what will! A 13-year-old boy was allegedly BUTCHERED for stealing a mango.

Police have arrested a 56-year-old man from Klawer in the Western Cape for murder after they found human remains on his premises while they were looking for the missing 13-year-old boy.

According to Western Cape police spokesperson Colonel André Traut, the remains were discovered in a sewerage pipe on the premises.

He added that the identity of the person whose remains were found has not yet been established and that the boy is still considered missing.

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Tshwane floods: Trapped residents chase away emergency-services

Residents of Eerste Fabriek informal settlements in Mamelodi chased away the Tshwane Emergency Services after trying to evacuate them to a shelter. This, after heavy rainfall and thunderstorms, ravaged various parts of Tshwane on Friday night and early Saturday.

On 9 December 2019, more than 700 shacks at the very same informal settlement were swept away by floods. The residents previously slammed the City of Tshwane for its “empty promises” after they were promised to be relocated. They said they were fed up because they could not access certain services as their squatter camp was not recognised.

Tshwane Emergency Services spokesperson, Charles Mabaso said they worked around the clock responding to multiple flooding incidents. Flooding in Eerste Fabriek Banana Bridge was reported and about 800 people were affected.

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