Daily news update: Tshwane school explosion, Meyiwa crime scene tampered, Brics drama
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In today’s daily news update: As the Senzo Meyiwa trial continues, the court hears the crime scene may have been tampered with.
Meanwhile, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi allegedly refused to get off plane if not met personally by Ramaphosa, and two people were killed in another gas explosion.
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Senzo Meyiwa trial
Defence counsel Zandile Mshololo on Wednesday used her cross-examination of state witness Colonel Thobeka Mhlahlo to point out that the crime scene may have been tampered with.
Mhlahlo took the stand at the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday following the conclusion of her colleague Thabo Mosia’s cross-examination.
Mhlahlo told the court that when she arrived at Kelly Khumalo’s house, there were no police officers inside the house.
She said Mosia and Captain Zwane were standing at the gate.
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Brics: India’s PM refused to get off plane
The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) has confirmed an incident in which India Prime Minister Narendra Modi allegedly refused to disembark from his plane because President Cyril Ramaphosa was not at the airport to welcome him.
Officials said a Cabinet minister was at the base to officially welcome the Indian prime minister, but he refused to get off the aircraft.
By contrast, President Cyril Ramaphosa had personally been on the tarmac to greet Chinese President Xi Jinping when he arrived on Monday night for the 15th Brics summit at the Sandton Convention centre.
Tshwane school explosion
According to Tshwane’s emergency services spokesperson Charles Mabaso, firefighters responded to the incident at about 10am.
“Firefighters arrived on the scene to find a collapsed structure of container classrooms that was on fire. They were informed that one person was still trapped in the burning containers.
Moon landing history made
In an unprecedented space voyage, India boldly ventured where no space programme had ever gone before – to the moon’s south pole.
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- – Brics leaders agree to expand membership at summit
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