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By Nicholas Zaal

Digital Journalist

Daily news update: Special votes underway | MK members shot dead | Violent protests in Mthatha

Here’s your morning news update: An easy-to-read selection of our top stories.

In today’s news, special voting is underway with up to 1.6 million citizens eligible, police have arrested one suspect after two MK party members were shot dead, and a taxi protest in the Eastern Cape has seen five suspects arrested since violence escalated.

Also, Ajay Gupta has been arrested for possibly abetting a suicide in India, and the EFF claims president Cyril Ramaphosa abused his state powers by using the SABC and promoting the ANC during his address to the nation.

Lastly, Miss SA has responded to allegations that not all contestants are from South Africa, Lira has made a much-anticipated return to the stage, and Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena is surprised his star midfielder Lucas Ribeiro did not receive the PSL Footballer of Season award.

News today: 28 May 2024

IEC cannot confirm yet if MK party will be charged for alleged break-in

Special votes got underway in more than 20 000 voting stations across the country on Monday.

Gert Koen casts his vote at the Berario Recreation Centre IEC voting station, 27 May 2024, as voters take part in special voting. Picture: Michel Bega/The Citizen

“Stations are there to assist people who registered for special votes until 5pm on Tuesday, whether it is a voting station, at home or in care facilities,” said the IEC’s Deputy Chief Electoral Officer (DCEO) Masego Sheburi on Monday afternoon at a media briefing at the National Results Operation Centre (ROC) in Midrand.

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Two MK party members reportedly shot dead in Ekurhuleni, one suspect nabbed

Police in Gauteng have arrested a suspect in connection with the deaths of two uMkhonto weSizwe (MK) party members.

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Picture: iStock

The incident occurred on Sunday night in Katlehong, Ekurhuleni.

It is alleged that the two MK party members were involved in an altercation with members of the African National Congress (ANC) at the Thwala section.

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Shots fired at police as five suspects arrested amid taxi protests in Eastern Cape

At least five people have been apprehended as taxi-related protests continue in Mthatha, Eastern Cape.

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Police clash with farm workers during violent wage protests in Gqeberha on 6 June 2018. Picture: Gallo Images / Lulama Zenzile

The demonstrations by taxi operators began on Monday morning, leading to the blockage of main roads in Mthatha.

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Passport and photo match: Gupta brothers mastermind, Ajay, behind bars

Reports surfaced over the weekend that one of the notorious Gupta brothers, Ajay, was arrested along with his brother-in-law Anil Gupta at their home in the Dalanwala area of Dehradun on Friday.

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Ajay, left, and his brother-in-law Anil in prison. Pictures: Gallo Images/Business Day/Martin Rhodes)

A photograph – provided by Indian journalist Ankit Paliwal – shows the duo locked up in a cell in Rajpur, on the outskirts of Dehradun.

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EFF criticises Ramaphosa ‘My Fellow South Africans’ address: SABC in political squabbles

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has accused President Cyril Ramaphosa of using the SABC to boost the ANC election campaign at the last minute.

The EFF has accused President Cyril Ramaphosa of using the SABC to the benefit of the ANC. Picture: Michel Bega

In a statement, EFF election spokesperson Sixolise Gcilitshe said Ramaphosa abused his power as state president by promoting the ANC during his live address to the nation on Sunday night.

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Not Miss SA? Pageant addresses claims beauty queens are not from SA amid calls for boycott

Miss South Africa (Miss SA) has addressed claims that some of the ladies in this year’s Top 30 are not South African.

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Miss South Africa 2024 top 30. Picture: Instagra/@official_misssa

This follows complaints from social media users who alleged that some of the contestants, including Palesa Lombard, Felicia Bajomo, Sherry Wang, and Chidimma Adetshina, are not from Mzansi.

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Lira encourages fans to go vote during long-awaited return to stage at Bassline Fest

Lira made an official and anticipated return to stage over the weekend at the Bassline Fest. Before stepping off stage, the songstress encouraged people to vote in the upcoming elections.

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Lira mesmerized the large crowd at the Bassline Fest, in celebration of Africa Day. Picture: miss_lira/Instagram

Before stepping off stage, Lira performed a song from her 2016 album, Born Free.

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Sundowns’ Mokwena unhappy with Ribeiro awards snub

Rulani Mokwena is surprised that his star midfielder Lucas Ribeiro missed out on being nominated for the PSL Footballer of Season award.

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Rulani Mokwena is upset by the fact that Lucas Ribeiro is not nominated for Footballer of the Season. Picture: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

The coveted individual prize will be contested by Ronwen Williams, Iqraam Rayners and last season’s winner Teboho Mokoena.

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Comrades Marathon organisers revise cut-off times again

Runners will feel some relief after receiving a bit of respite from Comrades Marathon organisers, with another adjustment being made to the cut-off times for next week’s ultra-marathon in KwaZulu-Natal.

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Runners finishing the 2022 Comrades Marathon. Picture: Darren Stewart/Gallo Images

With cut-off times having caused some controversy, after runners were alleged to have been taken off the course earlier than necessary at last year’s race, this latest move announced on Monday would give participants another 10 minutes to reach the last cut-off before the finish.

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