Daily news update: Matric results ‘not compromised’, 14 undocumented children found, Cholera cases surface, and 4 lions euthanised
Here’s your morning news update: An easy-to-read selection of our top stories.
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In today’s news, Umalusi says the matric results have not been compromised overall despite group copying incidents, a Zimbabwean woman was arrested after being seen boarding a bus in SA with 14 undocumented children, two laboratory-confirmed cases of cholera were detected in Limpopo, and the euthanising of four lions in Mpakeni has sparked controversy.
We also look at Black First Land First (BLF) saying it will meet with Jacob Zuma to discuss “possible electoral cooperation”, four police officers being arrested for murder, and the ANC snubbing Jewish faith leaders at its birthday festivities.
News today: 16 January 2024
Matric results ‘not compromised’, says Umalusi as KZN leads in group copying incidents
The council for quality assurance in education, Umalusi, says the 2023 matric results have not been compromised overall despite the number of problems identified.
Umalusi briefed the media on Monday, with the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination results set to be released later this week.
Alleged trafficker, found with 14 undocumented children, denied bail
On Wednesday 6 December 2023, Beaula Maruza, 41, and her co-accused and fellow Zimbabwean, Tafadzwa Otis Nadakurwa, 46, were arrested during an operation in Kimberly after they were seen boarding a bus in Midrand with 14 documented children aged between six and 14 years old.
SA on alert as cholera cases surface from Zimbabwe
The department of health said the first confirmed case is a 43-year-old male patient in the Musina sub-district in Vhembe District who tested positive. The patient has since been discharged from Musina Hospital.
Conservation dilemma: Lion euthanisation in Mpakeni sparks controversy
Mpakeni is situated close to Mthethomusha Game Reserve, an 8 000ha protected area that borders the Kruger National Park and is operated by the MTPA. Between the village and game reserve is no buffer zone.
The decision to euthanise these lions (four young males and one older female) stem from a complaint on December 27 about them roaming free in Mpakeni Trust and preying on the residents’ cattle.
Black First Land First could team up with Zuma for elections
A vengeance killing: 4 cops arrested for murder after one of their own was robbed
The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) confirmed they arrested four police officers on Monday, and charged them with murdering a man who was believed to have robbed one of the officers.
Spokesperson Phaladi Shuping said the Public Order Policing (Pop) officers also face charges of kidnapping and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
ANC snubs SA Jewish faith leaders at ANC’s festivities in Mbombela
The South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) confirmed to The Citizen that Jewish faith leaders were not invited to the January 8 proceedings.
According to the SAJBD their leaders would normally get invited to the ANC’s January 8 statement but this year there was no invitation extended.
Toddler stabbed and killed at the old Vereeniging Hospital
VEREENIGING. – This new year has started on a tragic note for the Mahlangu family and their 25-year-old daughter Nthabiseng Mahlangu.
This is after Nthabiseng’s 23-month-old toddler Retshidisitswe Mahlangu was brutally killed on Friday, January 12. The incident happened at the Old Vereeniging Hospital popularly known as 21.
WATCH: Traffic cop accuses police station of refusing to process stolen goods, SAPS says ‘procedure is lawful’
A traffic officer has accused the Douglasdale Police Station in Johannesburg of refusing to book in recovered goods. However, the South African Police Service says the police station followed the correct procedures.
In a video shared on Sunday, the visibly frustrated traffic officer claims that he and his colleagues arrested five suspects for theft, and took the exhibit and suspects to the police station, where he was refused permission to book in the exhibit.
Black Coffee safely back home after airplane accident
Nkosinathi ‘Black Coffee’ Maphumulo is seemingly back home after being injured during a flight travelling to Argentina for a performance last week.
Last week the 47-year-old artist’s management team released a statement on all his social media pages informing fans that while travelling from the Brazilian city of Florianopolis, his flight was forced to make an emergency landing at an airport in Uruguay’s capital, Montevideo.
WATCH: Global plaudits for opera singer Pretty Yende after a difficult 2023
After losing her mother in 2023, Mzansi’s European-based opera singer Pretty Yende has started the new year on a good note after being selected by luxury hotel, Dorchester Collection, as one of the 12 legends who have made an impact in their respective fields.
“We are proud to announce the launch of our Belong to the Legend series, showcasing the stories of 12 distinguished innovators and trailblazers who have profoundly impacted their fields,” said the hotel in a post.
Camara stars as Senegal start AFCON defence with win over Gambia
Lamine Camara scored twice as Senegal kicked off their Africa Cup of Nations title defence with a 3-0 victory over 10-man Gambia in Yamoussoukro on Monday.
Aliou Cisse’s side showed enough quality in the Ivorian heat to suggest they could become the first team to win back-to-back AFCON titles since Egypt reeled off three in a row in 2006, 2008 and 2010.
In-form Super Giants crush struggling Super Kings to stay unbeaten
Durban’s Super Giants extended their lead at the top of the SA20 league table with a 37-run victory over strugglers Joburg Super Kings at Kingsmead on Monday night.
Set a target of 146 runs to win, the Super Kings never really got going as their woes continued in the early stages of the campaign.