Hawks storm 7 houses in illegal mining bust
Three people have been arrested in Khuma, North West, for illegal mining, illegal possession of gold-bearing material, illegal dealing in ,gold and money laundering. The arrests stem from a year-long investigation into illegal mining and dealing in gold in the Khuma area, said Capt Tlangelani Rikhotso of the Hawks. Seven houses were stormed on Monday morning by the Serious Organised Crime Investigation unit assisted by members of Tactical Response Team, Northern Cape Detectives, the Kenneth Kaunda District Illegal Mining team, and a crime-scene laboratories team. The raids “resulted in the seizure of R760,000 cash, a firearm, two Mercedes-Benz sedans, Toyota double cab, Isuzu bakkie, mercury and gold-refining paraphernalia”.
Half of varsity students lack laptops, data
A new study has revealed that the majority of university students lack “critical” resources such as data and laptops to study from home during lockdown. The study by by Feenix, a crowdfunding platform, involved 362 students across 26 universities, as well as graduates and parents. It found students were “severely affected” by a lack of food, accommodation and transport, said Leana de Beer, Feenix CEO. The report revealed that 41% experienced a delay in registration and start of their studies, with 50% of these saying this was because of a lack of funding, while 27% of respondents had difficulty accessing textbooks and 46% were unequipped with necessary tools such as data, laptops and computers.
ConCourt's efficiency is declining
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has decreed that all judges must attempt to hand down reserved judgments within three months. But an analysis of the Constitutional Court’s performance shows a steady decline in efficiency in the apex court. The analysis involved all cases considered by the court for 2016-19 and up to March 2020 - a total of 182 matters. However, 48 of the matters, where judgments were handed down without hearings, were excluded. The analysis shows that for judgments delivered so far in 2020, it has taken an average of 204.5 days or just more than six and a half months from hearing to judgment delivery. For judgments delivered in 2019, it took an average of 151.6 days (five months).
Mauritius arrests oil spill captain
Mauritius has arrested the captain of a Japanese bulk carrier that ran aground off its coast, causing a devastating oil spill in one of the world’s most pristine maritime environments. Another member of the crew was arrested. After having been heard by the court they have been denied bail and are still in detention. – Reuters
Scientists egg on near-extinct rhino
Scientists racing to save the northern white rhino from extinction have harvested 10 more eggs from the last two females alive, which they hope will help create viable embryos that can be incubated by other rhinos acting as surrogates. Neither of the remaining northern white rhinos on Earth – a mother and her daughter – can carry a baby to term, so scientists want to implant the embryos into southern white rhinos instead. – Reuters
Health minister follows deputy out of office
Poland’s health minister Lukasz Szumowski said he was resigning from his post. The announcement came a day after Deputy Health Minister Janusz Cieszynski announced he was leaving the ministry. The resignations come at a time of growing criticism of how Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) has been dealing with the pandemic as the daily numbers of new infections remain high. – Reuters