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Daily news update: Earthquake, Joemat-Pettersson not threatened, Thabo Bester and Comrades Marathon

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Daily news update: Monday, 12 June 2023

Powerful earthquake hits large parts of Gauteng

South Africans were awoken to a powerful 4.4 magnitude earthquake which was felt across large parts of Gauteng.

The earthquake hit the Gauteng province at approximately 2:38am early on Sunday morning causing homes and buildings to shake.

The National Council for Geoscience said Sunday morning’s tremor in Gauteng measured a magnitude of 4.4.

“The earthquake registered a local magnitude of approximately 4.4 as recorded by the South African Seismograph Network (SANSN). The epicentre was located in the Boksburg area a few kilometres outside East Rand Proprietary Mine (ERPM), in the East Rand of Johannesburg,” it said.

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NPA’s ID denies Tina Joemat-Pettersson was threatened with arrest over Mkhwebane ‘extortion’

Section 194 Inquiry bribery extortion scandal
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane during the parliamentary inquiry into her fitness to hold office on 25 August 2022. Picture: Gallo Images / Daily Maverick /Leila Dougan

Former Cabinet minister and African National Congress (ANC) MP Tina Joemat-Pettersson was reportedly threatened with an arrest just two days before her death.

Joemat-Pettersson died at the age of 59 this week after she was implicated in a R600 000 bribery scandal linked to suspended Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.

It has been alleged that Joemat-Pettersson acted as an intermediary in a plot to extort money from Mkhwebane’s husband, David Skosana, in order to have her parliamentary inquiry halted.

Her fellow ANC MPs, Pemmy Majodina and Qubudile Dyantyi, who chairs the Section 194 Inquiry on Mkhwebane’s fitness to hold office, were also allegedly involved in the “scheme”.

READ MORE: NPA’s ID denies Tina Joemat-Pettersson was threatened with arrest over Mkhwebane ‘extortion’

Police arrest Zimbabwean national in Thabo Bester escape saga

Police arrest Zimbawean national in Thabo Bester escape
Convicted rapist and murderer Thabo Bester. Picture: Twitter/ @Chriseldalewis

Police have arrested a 31- year-old Zimbabwean man in the Thabo Bester matter.

It is understood the suspect was handcuffed on Sunday morning in Johannesburg.

Police said more arrests are expected.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Athlenda Mathe the man has been charged with assiting Bester to escape.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin insist on coming to SA – report

Putin insist on coming to SA
Russian President Vladimir Putin and China’s President Xi Jinping shake hands during a signing ceremony following their talks at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 21, 2023. (Photo by Vladimir ASTAPKOVICH / SPUTNIK / AFP)

Russian Vladimir Putin is reportedly digging his heels in and insisting on travelling to South Africa for the [Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa] Brics summit in August, leaving Pretoria in a puzzle.

The Sunday Times is reporting that Putin did not want to be seen to be isolated and giving in to the pressure of the West as this would make him appear weak.

He is reportedly insisting that he wants to come to the summit and his people are preparing for him to come to SA.

“Russia is pushing its national interests, and it is in their interest to appear strong and among friends. But South Africa can’t be used as a battleground for proxy wars so it has to look after its national interest,” the government official told Sunday Times.

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Load shedding to be suspended again, here’s your schedule

Load shedding to be suspended again, here's your schedule
Eskom said load shedding will be imposed at different stages throughout the week. Photo: iStock

Eskom has pushed load shedding to stage 4 from 4pm on Sunday until midnight.

The ailing parastatal said the rolling blackouts will thereafter be suspended until 4pm on Monday.

Eskom interim spokesperson Daphne Mokwena said the deliberate power cuts will then be imposed at different stages throughout the week.

READ MORE: Load shedding to be suspended again, here’s your schedule

Dijana and Steyn shatter records to win Comrades Marathon

Tete Dijana, Comrades Marathon
Tete Dijana retained his title at the Comrades Marathon on Sunday. Picture: Darren Stewart/Gallo Images

Pre-race favourites Tete Dijana and Gerda Steyn delivered record-breaking performances on Sunday, earning lucrative victories at the Comrades Marathon in Durban.

Defending men’s champion Dijana bided his time, forming part of a large chase group in the early stages of the 87km ultra-marathon as Ayanda Ngcobo led the race through halfway.

He eventually moved in front heading into Pinetown in the latter stages but had to work hard to hold off fighting Dutch athlete Piet Wiersma.

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