DA welcomes resignation of Shaik as Sisulu adviser
The Democratic Alliance on Thursday welcomed a report indicating that former head of intelligence Mo Shaik has resigned as a special advisor to minister Lindiwe Sisulu. BusinessLIVE reported that, in a letter it had seen, Sisulu, the human settlements, water and sanitation minister, had informed public service and administration minister Senzo Mchunu that Shaik had resigned from the post, and that she will be appointing someone else in his place. The publication reported that Shaik said the controversy surrounding his appointment has had a negative impact on his livelihood and reputation. The DA on Thursday took credit for his resignation, saying it was because of the pressure it had put on.
Report into Enock Mapianzi's death withheld
The Gauteng department of education has made a U-turn and postponed the release of the much-anticipated forensic report on the investigation into the death of Enock Mpianzi. MEC Panyaza Lesufi made the announcement Thursday afternoon, two hours before the scheduled release. “Indeed, after a consultation with the Mpianzi family, we find it to be insensitive to release the report without their blessings. Subsequent to our meeting today, we all agreed that the next session will be held on February 27 2020,” said Lesufi. TimesLIVE earlier reported that the family had not yet been consulted and had sent a query to the department which had not been responded to. The Parktown Boys' High School Grade 8 pupil drowned during a school camp in Brits in January.
Cops help deliver baby at station
Police officers put their crimefighting duties aside to help deliver a baby at the Folweni police station, south of Durban, on Wednesday. Police spokesperson Capt Nqobile Gwala said a woman arrived at the station at about 7am, already in labour. “She urgently requested an ambulance. She had started her labour and needed help.” Gwala said five police officers organised equipment for the birth, including scissors, gloves, a bottle for the woman to blow into, and warm water. “The mother could not wait for the arrival of the ambulance and suddenly delivered the baby, with the assistance of Folweni SAPS.” A former midwife, who lives next to the police station, was roped in to help. The healthy mom and baby boy were taken to the nearby Prince Mshiyeni Hospital,” said Gwala.
SA ‘at great risk of importing virus’
SA is one of three African countries at greatest risk of importing coronavirus from China, according to a modelling study published on Wednesday in The Lancet. The other countries are Algeria and Egypt. Egypt confirmed the first coronavirus case on the continent last Friday. China is Africa’s biggest commercial partner and there is significant travel between the nation and the continent, said the authors of the paper. They estimated the risk of African countries’ capacity to detect and respond to cases based on two WHO indicators: preparedness and vulnerability. Overall, the risk of imported cases of COVID-19 reaching Africa (1%) is lower than that of Europe (11%) because of reduced travel to and from China.
R10k reward for arrest of student
A political and social commentator has offered a reward of R10,000 for the arrest of a University of KwaZulu-Natal student who was caught on camera assaulting an emeritus professor during a protest on Wednesday. Two separate videos of the incident, filmed discreetly from different angles in the P Block residence, show Prof Erwin Brüning, 77, a German maths researcher, being manhandled as he approaches one of the three blockades set up by protesting students on the Westville campus. UKZN confirmed the incident. The footage prompted former alumnus Kiru Naidoo to offer the reward for information that may lead to an arrest.
Govt turned down bid to merge Metrorail, Gautrain
Mbhazima Shilowa says the department of transport turned down his request to integrate Metrorail into the Gautrain during his tenure as Gauteng premier. Shilowa revealed this in a thread on Twitter after the Competition Commission on Wednesday released its two-part provisional report into the country’s public passenger transport market, e-hailing and metered taxi services. “They’ve opened an important matter for debate. The project though was less a transport system and more an economic project, revamping and creating new economic modes while dealing with congestion on the roads. DOT turned down our request in 2000 to take over Metrorail,” Shilowa said. He said the middle class deserved as much public transport to new areas as the broader working class.