Daily news update: June Steenkamp wishes for peace, Sassa pays 31m to the dead, Ramokgopa can end load shedding
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Daily news update 06 January 2024
In today’s news, June Steenkamp hopes she can live her last years in peace after accepting the release of Oscar Pistorius, Sassa pays R31m to deceased beneficiaries, and Minister of Electricity Kgosientsho Ramokgopa is told he has the power to end loadshedding.
We also look at Patriotic Alliance members chasing away illegal immigrants along the border, beachgoers evacuated after a whale shark is spotted in Cape Town, Sarafina! creator Mbongeni Ngema’s funeral, and Gospel star Kenny Makweng fighting for his life in hospital.
News today: 6 January 2024
Oscar Pistorius: June Steenkamp’s wish is ‘to live my last years in peace’
Reeva Steenkamp’s mother June says her wish is “to live my last years in peace” as she accepts convicted murderer Pistorius’ release on parole.
The disgraced Paralympian walked out from the Atteridgeville Correctional Centre on Friday and is at his uncle Arnold’s home.
Sassa paid more than R31m to the dead between 2023-2024
The South African Social Services Agency (Sassa) has paid more than R31m to deceased beneficiaries of Social Grants between 2023 and 2024.
This was revealed in a written response to a question asked by the DA in parliament.
Power deal with Gordhan: Ramokgopa now has charge over Eskom Board to end load shedding
President Cyril Ramaphosa has approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) entered into by Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan and Minister of Electricity Kgosientsho Ramokgopa to better clarify their respective responsibilities with respect to Eskom and the resolution of the electricity crisis.
In a statement, the presidency said the MoU establishes a firm basis for a collaborative approach between the two ministers in exercising their assigned powers and functions.
PA unapologetic for turning back illegal foreign nationals at the SA – Zimbabwe border
Patriotic Alliance deputy president Kenny Kunene said his party was unapologetic for chasing away illegal foreigners from different points of the border between SA and Zimbabwe.
The PA has been running operations at the Limpopo riverbank which borders South Africa and Zimbabwe deterring those wishing to enter South Africa illegally.
Beachgoers evacuated as whale shark spotted near shallow waters
Beachgoers at Clovelly and Muizenberg in Cape Town were evacuated from the sea after whale shark sightings in the area on Thursday.
As temperatures soar, many people in Cape Town have taken to the beach for a cool down. Now they have to watchout as there are more shark sightings during the summer and spring months according to Shark Spotters.
Cradock Four inquest reopened: New evidence sparks hope for justice
The inquest into the deaths of former anti-apartheid activists, known as the Cradock Four, has been reopened after the introduction of new evidence.
On 27 June 1985, Mathew Goniwe, Sparrow Mkonto, Fort Calata, and Sicelo Mhlauli left Gqeberha, previously known as Port Elizabeth, after attending a meeting and were on their way home to Cradock. However, the Cradock Four never arrived.
Dikgang Moseneke to join ICJ bench of judges in SA Gaza genocide case against Israel
As South Africa prepares to argue its genocide case against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague next week, former deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke is set to join the bench of judges to preside over the matter.
The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) on Friday announced that it approached Moseneke to join the bench of 15 permanent judges in an ad hoc capacity.
WATCH: Dumisani Dlamini agrees that there wouldn’t be Doja Cat without Mbongeni Ngema
Speaking at the funeral of the Sarafina! creator Mbongeni Ngema, veteran actor Dumisani Dlamini said he learned a lot from the late legend and jokingly admitted that there wouldn’t be any Doja Cat if it weren’t for him.
Ngema’s funeral service was held on Friday at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (Durban ICC).
‘Prayers, please’: Gospel star Kenny Makweng fighting for his life
Gospel star Kenny Makweng is reportedly not responding to medication after already spending a week in ICU following a stroke.
According to Zimoja, Makweng was admitted to hospital last week after suffering brain complications which triggered a stroke.
Markram pays tribute to Elgar: ‘He’s been fantastic’
Elgar scored four and 12 in his final Test at Newlands against India, but in the first Test of the series, in Centurion, he scored a magnificent 185, to be named joint man of the series with India’s Jasprit Bumrah.
Caf and Motsepe announce prize money increase for Afcon
This year’s winners of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) will walk away with a whopping $7 million (R131 million).
This comes after Caf on Thursday announced a 40 percent increase for the cash prize of the competition which will take place in Ivory Coast.