Man bust doing 203km/h on N4
A 48-year-old man in a Golf 7 TSI was arrested by Gauteng traffic police on Saturday after being clocked travelling at 203km/h in a 120km/h zone on the N4 West in the direction of Rustenburg. He was formally charged for reckless driving at Akasia police station with an alternative charge of exceeding the speed limit, the Gauteng department of community safety said. “At the time of his release the bail was not determined as yet. He is expected to appear at the Pretoria North Magistrate’s Court on Monday,” said the department. Gauteng community safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane said: “Most fatal crashes are as a result of this unwarranted conduct by our drivers … I call upon our law enforcement agencies to continue to deal decisively with those who do not adhere to the rules of the road particularly given the high rate of fatalities that the province continue to experience.”
Malema, EFF pay further R100,000 to AfriForum
EFF leader Julius Malema and his party have paid two of the five court cost orders obtained against them by AfriForum following a second payment of more than R100,000 last week. AfriForum said Malema and the EFF had paid R108,960 on Thursday after having paid R126,703 to the civil rights organisation on November 13 2018. This meant they had so far paid more than R235,000 of the estimated R550,000 they owed AfriForum, it said. CEO Kallie Kriel said AfriForum will use the payments in its court battles against attempts to change the Constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation.” Two of the three outstanding cost orders must still be taxed and one is subject to an appeal application by Malema and the EFF. The cost orders stem from a court case that AfriForum brought against Malema and the EFF to obtain an interdict to prevent them from inciting people to occupy land illegally.
Twitter silences controversial SA tweeter
Controversial SA-based tweeter Man's Not Barry Roux has had his Twitter account suspended. Well known for his explosive Sunday-morning tweets, @AdvBarryRoux - who was both hero worshipped and despised - was shut down in the early hours of Saturday. A Twitter spokesperson said: "We do not comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons. Our copyright policy is outlined in the Twitter rules." On its website Twitter states that to maintain a safe environment for users, accounts that violate Twitter rules can be suspended. It adds that common reasons for suspensions include spam, the account's security being at risk and abusive tweets or behaviour. Twitter says accounts can be unsuspended through the filing of an appeal. The anonymous @AdvBarryRoux, who has been linked to the EFF and is commonly referred to as "Twitter CIC" [commander-in-chief], has stoked controversy and sparked national debates through challenging tweets on politics, abuse of power, racism and corruption.
Parents deny girls anti-cancer jab
Growing numbers of parents are preventing their daughters being vaccinated against the cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV). More than a quarter of girls did not arrive for their booster dose in 2016, up from 21.4% in 2014 when the government started offering the vaccine in schools. Now the Cancer Association of SA (Cansa) and other medical experts are mounting a fightback against the anti-vaccine lobby. Professor Michael Herbst, Cansa's head of health, said parents should be wary of activists who were alarmist about unproven adverse effects. "It is parents' choice to vaccinate or not to vaccinate their children, but my advice to parents is not to miss such a golden opportunity to vaccinate their kids against HPV, which we all know causes cervical cancer. It is a lot cheaper and safer to vaccinate than to treat cancer." Experts revealed the decline in HPV vaccine uptake in the South African Medical Journal.
SA women out of Zim jail but can’t get home
A month after a Zimbabwean court ordered the release of two SA women they are still behind bars - and in limbo. Last month Zakiti Mbane and Mpo Mkonza, respectively from Randfontein and Kagiso on Gauteng's West Rand, won a court case in which they challenged their detention at Chikurubi maximum-security prison. They were detained for almost a year, for allegedly not having the correct travel documents. But this week, the immigration department blamed the SA embassy in Harare for the delay in the return of Mbane and Mkonza to their home country. Zakiti is the sister Banyana Banyana soccer player Bambanani Mbane. Now it is the cost of their journey home that is keeping the women in prison. On Friday, the pair's legal representative, Brian Hungwe, said: "They are still in detention and we are still trying to raise money to facilitate their travel to SA."
Teen pregnancies up as contraceptive runs low
Demand for SA’s most popular contraception remains high but supply runs low. The department of health claims that the injectable Depo-Provera is at 82% availability across the country, but areas as far-flung as Stanford in the Western Cape and Umlazi in KwaZulu-Natal have been in crisis for much of 2018. The worst-hit provinces are Limpopo and North West. A tender was put out by national treasury but there were no bidders, according to health department spokesperson Popo Maja. He said the most recent contractor was Fresenius Kabi but "the company has taken the decision to discontinue the product". This left only Pfizer as a remaining local supplier but it chose not to bid. Spokesperson Charmaine Motloung said it was supplying the department on "request only". "The tender to supply it ended in September 2013," she said. "Pfizer … did not bid for the tender in 2017 as it was not in a position to meet all the tender requirements at that time."