School ‘sorry’ for slave trade assignment
A private school in Cape Town has apologised for an “insensitive” assignment given to Grade 7 pupils to create a fictional advert for a “slave trade auction”. Billed as a “fun activity” related to the Transatlantic Slave Trade, a slab of chocolate was offered by the school, Parklands College, for the best advert. The school said afterwards the aim was to establish awareness of the slave trade, but it acknowledged the “activity should have been worded differently”. The activity was lambasted on social media after being flagged on Facebook by parent Sindisiwe Lulamile. Examples of the advert feature the words “Negroes for sale”. “We take note of the insensitive nature of the activity at the end of the Gr 7 presentation on the Transatlantic Slave Trade,” said a statement by secondary faculty principal Sylvia Steyn, which also drew criticism.
Six killed as gunmen open fire on hostel
A shooting spree at the Jabulani hostel complex in Soweto has claimed the lives of six people and left a seventh wounded. Capt Kay Makubela said on Tuesday police were searching for at least three suspects. The shooting occurred on Monday at about 11pm. Preliminary investigations have revealed the victims were in a shack within the hostel precinct when three men with handguns and rifles started shooting at it from different positions. The seventh victim is in hospital. The motive for the killing is unknown at this stage, Makubela said.
Two metro cops shot dead on way to work
Two Durban metro police officers, who were travelling to work together, were gunned down near Hammarsdale on Tuesday morning. Metro police spokesperson Snr Supt Parboo Sewpersad said the two traffic wardens, 24 and 35, were stationed at the Durban beachfront. They had been travelling in the same car towards Durban early on Tuesday when the vehicle was sprayed with bullets. “This morning just after 5am, Durban metro police received a call-out for a shooting in Mpumalanga near Hammarsdale. They responded and on arrival found two members of the Durban metro police unit. Both had sustained multiple gunshot wounds. Both were deceased,” he said. The motive for the shooting had not yet been established.
Cockery: chefs serve sausage in lockdown protest
Russian restaurant owners stripped of their income by the coronavirus lockdown are campaigning for their businesses to be allowed to reopen by posting pictures of themselves naked on social media. Hundreds of bar, restaurant and cafe employees have posted photos of themselves naked with carefully positioned crockery. ‘We are naked because we are left with nothing,’ said Arthur Galaychyuk, owner of a bar chain. – Reuters
‘Miss Hitler’ entrant jailed for neo-Nazi activity
Four neo-Nazis were jailed in Britain for membership of the banned National Action group. Mark Jones, 25, was sentenced to five and a half years. His girlfriend Alice Cutter, 23, who had entered the group’s ‘Miss Hitler’ beauty contest as Miss Buchenwald – named after the WWII death camp – was jailed for three years. Their co-defendants were jailed for four and a half years and 18 months respectively. – AFP
Starvation spreading in North Korea: UN expert
Food insecurity in North Korea is deepening and some people are ‘starving’ after it closed the border with China and took other steps against Covid-19, a UN rights expert said. The hermetic totalitarian state, which has yet to confirm a single case of the novel coronavirus, introduced a range of other measures to try to prevent an outbreak. – AFP