South Africa: What’s Happening In South African News – June 10, 2022

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Update as at 16h30 SAST

Parliament Fire – Public to Wait to Hear Full Extent of Damage

The public may have to wait until Parliament building arson accused Zandile Mafe goes to trial at the Western Cape High Court to know the full extent of the damage caused by the fire that gutted the National and Old Assembly buildings in January 2022.

This comes after State advocate Mervyn Menigo confirmed that the prosecution received the damage and arsonist reports but could not at that stage disclose the contents thereof.

Mafe will next appear at the Western Cape High Court for a pre-trial conference on August 12, 2022.

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UCT Takes Steps to Prevent Exam Disruptions

The disruption of exams at the UCT Sports Centre, its main exams venue – on June 6, 2022 has led the university management to put strict measures in place to safeguard students and staff against any future disruptions.

UCT said in a statement that those who disrupted the exams were neither students or staff of the institution. UCT strongly condemned the actions of the disrupters.

According to reports, Sue Harrison, UCT's acting vice chancellor said: "Due to the importance of securing the exam venues, protecting the rights of our students to complete their mid-year exams in a conducive environment, UCT requested that the SA Police Services come on to our campus.

The university laid charges of trespassing and malicious damage to property with the SAPS and an arrest was made the same day.

Comair Liquidation Leaves Workers Feeling Betrayed – NUMSA

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has said that its members are shocked, angry and feel betrayed after Comair's business rescue practitioners (BRP) announced that the company would be liquidated.

Numsa met with members of the Shop stewards council at Comair to brief them on the announcement by the BRPs that they do not believe the Comair can be rescued. Comair's grounding left a huge gap in the air travel market since their announcement of their struggle to find funding on June 1, 2022. Comair operated British Airways and flights under licence. Numsa called the business rescue attempt a "sham". Comair, Numsa said, "is facing collapse simply because it was mismanaged by Richard Ferguson, the BRP and the CEO Glenn Orsmond."

President Ramaphosa Suspends Public Protector With Immediate Effect

On Monday June 6, Busisiwe Mkhwebane announced that she would be investigating President Cyril Ramaphosa for allegedly breaching the executive code of ethics relating to criminal activities at his Phala Phala farm in Limpopo province in 2018. The president who was away at the time never reported the robbery to the police and it is rumoured that over U.S.$4 million was stolen. The president yesterday announced Mkhwebane's suspension. She has been in the eye of the storm for years since taking office, particularly in the investigation into Ramaphosa's election funding. Among the funders were Bosasa, a firm with close links to former president Jacob Zuma – and which obtained illegal government tenders to run detention centres in the country. Ramaphosa's suspension of the public protector is being questioned by political parties – with Bantu Holomisa of the UDM asking: "why now that the investigation is about to take place?" Mkhwebane has said she will appeal the suspension.

No National Shutdown Today But Looting In Durban Yes

A national shutdown over the increase in fuel prices has not happened. Yesterday, according to reports, the South Africa's National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NATJoints) said that law enforcement officers were deployed and were on high alert. The structure said that no applications for permits to protest were submitted to necessary authorities by any grouping. Taxi association SANTACO also said they were not involved in any shutdown action and would operate as normal. There has been reports of looting of small shops and stalls in the Durban city centre in the early hours of this morning. Police are still to comment on these incidents.

Bafana Bafana Goes Down to Roar of Morocco's Atlas Lions In Afcon 2023 Qualifier

Bafana Bafana with a goal up against Morocco in the 8th minute by Lyle Foster, had their door to victory firmly shut with goals by Youssef En-Nesyri in the 51st minute and Ayoub El-Kaabi in the 87th minute, sealing a comeback for the hosts. The match took place at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat yesterday. Bafana Coach Hugo Broos admitted that Morocco is the best team in their Group K.

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