Daily news update: Former Parliament speaker dies

January 14, 2023 0 By Cypher9ja

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Daily news update: 14 January

JUST IN: Former speaker of Parliament Dr Frene Ginwala dies

The founding Speaker of South Africa’s first democratic Parliament, Dr Frene Ginwala, has passed away at the age of 90.

Ginwala died on Thursday night following a stroke two weeks ago, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced her passing in a statement.

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Ramaphosa has extended his condolences to Ginwala’s family, friends, colleagues and associates in South Africa and beyond.

‘My hands are tied’ says Ramaphosa on electricity price hike

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. Photo: Nigel Sibanda

His “hands are tied” on the decison of National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) to hike electricity prices, President Cyril Ramaphosa has told South Africans as he prepares to lead a delegation to the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) in Davos.

Eskom will be allowed to increase electricity tariffs by 18.65% following lengthy deliberations by the electricity sub-committee, Nersa announced on Thursday.

Households and businesses already buckling under the devastating impact of load shedding will feel the pinch when the change takes effect at the beginning of April.

NPA appoints Adv Ntsebeza to review TRC cases

The graves of Matthew Goniwe, Fort Calata, Sparrow Mkonto and Sicelo Mhlauli, collectively known as the Cradock Four, a group of United Democratic Front members who were abducted and killed by apartheid security police. Picture: Gallo Images/Oryx Media Archive

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has appointed Adv Dumisa Ntsebeza to review the measures that have been adopted to deal with and prosecute TRC matters and to provide recommendations as needed.

According to NPA spokesperson Adv Mthunzi Mhaga on Friday, the move is in line with the remarks made by the Full Bench in Rodrigues v National Director of Public Prosecutions of South Africa and Others 76755/2018)(2019) in the South Gauteng High Court in 2019 where the court held “that the conduct of the relevant officials and others outside the NPA at the time should be brought to the attention of the National Director of Public Prosecutions for her consideration and in particular, to consider whether any action in terms of Section 41(1) of the NPA Act is warranted.

SIU freezes properties linked to ex-Lotteries boss, Kwaito legend Arthur Mafokate

Arthur Mafokate performs during the SABC concert at the Orlando Stadium on 10 September 2016. Picture: Gallo Images / Sowetan / Mabuti Kali

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has received the greenlight to freeze luxury properties linked to fraud and corruption at the National Lotteries Commission (NLC).

The SIU, together with the National Prosecuting Authority’s Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU), have obtained a preservation order from Pretoria High Court to seize the properties which include three luxury properties, a plot, and a portion of a farm.

The properties include Kwaito legend Arthur Mafokate’s luxury property in Midrand, as well as a Cape Town property belonging to former NLC legal representative Lesley Ramulifho.

Chiefs and Pirates remember Orkney Stadium disaster

Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates fans (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

Today marks 32 years since 42 people lost their lives during a match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at the Orkney Stadium.

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The incident happened on 13 January 1991.

According to reports, a scuffle between Chiefs and Pirates fans broke out when Chiefs scored a goal, and the fans started throwing objects at each other , with some reports claiming that there were also knives involved.