Inadequate rail capacity has pushed more trucks, and costs, onto municipal roads, which are steadily deteriorating
Zweli Martin Dlamini’s nemesis — a powerful businessman — was murdered in Mbabane, but the controversial journalist is still too scared to go home
Ordinary workers at the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) bargaining council spoke up for Cosatu’s embattled general secretary.
Twelve people died and 34 have been injured in a fire at a home for the mentally challenged and the elderly in Springs, early on Monday morning.
Two striking municipal workers were wounded when Ekurhuleni metro police fired shots in Boksburg and four others were shot in clashes with security guards in Kempton Park on Tuesday. Police Captain Mack Mngomezulu said about 300 workers had been picketing outside the Boksburg municipality when police opened fire.
The police have ”concrete evidence” of a suspected third-force involvement in xenophobic attacks in and around Johannesburg, the Gauteng Legislature heard on Tuesday. ”The police now have concrete evidence of those involved in orchestrations and they are dealing with it,” said Gauteng’s minister for sport Barbara Creecy.
South Africa’s police and the African National Congress (ANC) intensified efforts on Tuesday to quell anti-foreigner violence that has killed at least 24 people and sent thousands of African immigrants into refugee shelters. Police have struggled for over a week to end the violent attacks on foreigners.
As the sun set on another bloody day of xenophobic violence in Gauteng on Monday, at least 22 people were reported dead, many more injured and 217 arrested for fierce attacks on both foreigners and local residents living in the greater Johannesburg area. Aid organisations were assisting thousands of refugees at civic centres and police stations.
Cresslawn in Kempton Park was still without power on Wednesday but the municipality said it would restore electricity to the area by late afternoon or early evening. The entire East Rand suburb was plunged into darkness last Tuesday after a fire at a local substation.
Power was restored to Kempton Park on Gauteng’s East Rand at about 3.30am on Tuesday after just under seven days of darkness, the Ekurhuleni municipality said. Spokesperson Zweli Dlamini said an investigation into the cause of the power failure was under way.
Areas in and around the Kempton Park CBD will be without power until Sunday, the Ekurhuleni municipality said on Thursday, following a fire at a substation in Spartan on Monday. The crisis has left one resident dead and residential and business areas without electricity. Meanwhile, South Africans will be free of scheduled power cuts next week, Eskom said on Thursday.
Two of the three metro cops implicated in Robert McBride’s alleged drunk-driving cover-up have resigned, Ekurhuleni metro police said on Friday. Spokesperson Zweli Dlamini said Itumeleng Koko and Patrick Johnson resigned earlier this week. It has been reported that the men received indemnity from prosecution by turning state witness against metro chief McBride.