Today’s latest news and headlines, Wednesday 11 September


Stay informed and up to date with all the latest news in
South Africa by checking in on our daily headline wrap on Wednesday 11
September.

While government scurries to limit the diplomatic damage
caused by xenophobic unrest, the scourge of gender-based violence – its causes
and symptoms – takes centre stage at a government debate. In sports news, the
Springboks put in their final preparations ahead of their first 2019 Rugby
World Cup bout against the All Blacks.

Today’s latest news
in South Africa, Wednesday 11 September

ANC officials meet
with former liberation movements

African National Congress (ANC) officials arrived in
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe on Tuesday, leading an delegation attending a meeting
of secretary-general’s and wings of former liberation movements of Southern
Africa. ANC national spokesperson Pule Mabe confirmed that discussions revolved
around the recent surge of xenophobic violence which erupted in Gauteng, noting
that the party would “clarify” the unrest, saying:

“The ANC will also use the opportunity to clarify the parties on the recent acts of violence in South Africa which have largely been labelled by the media as xenophobic attacks.”

Earlier this month, Secretary-General of Zambia’s ruling Patriotic Front (PF) Davies Mwila wrote to Ace Magashule, urging the ANC to lead South Africans in a “new kind of struggle against xenophobic oppression” following another flare-up of violence in Gauteng province.

The voiolence which erupted in Johannesburg and Pretoria –
lasting for more than two weeks – left in its wake a trail of destruction.
Police Minister Bheki Cele confirmed that 12 people had lost their lives and
more than 700 were arrested as a result of the unmitigated public violence.

It’s understood that the riotous behaviour has been largely
brought under control.

Truck attacks
continue, despite promises from Transport Minister

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has a lot to answer for following a series of truck attacks which left four vehicles gutted by flames earlier this week. Multiple trucks in the Western Cape were petrol bombed, following a week of similar attacks experienced in KwaZulu-Natal. These acts of sabotage follow murmurs of a convoluted truck strike, which is allegedly linked to the employment of foreign national drivers.

Mbalula, who promised stricter security measures for truck
drivers, following a multitude of attacks earlier in the year, has yet to
comment on the recent burnings. The Democratic Alliance’s Albert Fritz has,
however, strongly condemned the attacks and called on government to be more
proactive.

“I call on Minister Cele to mobilise intelligence services, HAWKS and the SAPS, whilst working with law enforcement and Metro Police in an intergovernmental manner to facilitate intelligence gathering and sharing on these attacks. This is necessary to ensure more arrests, convictions and the prevention of further related crime.”

Hlaudi Motsoeneng
back in the State Capture hot seat?

We wanted entertainment, and that’s what we ended up with:
Hlaudi Motsoeneng took his seat at the State Capture Inquiry on Tuesday. Intead
of spilling the tea, he ended up pouring the kettle down his own trousers. The
former SABC supremo scored a series of own goals, and one was flagged up almost
immediately.

Hlaudi being Hlaudi, he tried to pass himself off as a
university lecturer… to the actual Deputy Chief Justice of South Africa:

“I lecture at the universities. How many of those who say I am uneducated know this. Even at Wits Business School, I go and give lectures.”

However, on the off chance that Raymond Zondo left his brain
at home, the Wits Business School immediately called out Hlaudi Motsoeneng.
They posted this Tweet in the afternoon, explaining exactly what they think of
the commission’s latest witness.

It’s not yet known whether Motsoeneng will appear for a
second day at the Inquiry.

Read some of his most scandalous day-one quotes, here.

Nicholas Ninow: Trial
continues at the Pretoria High Court

It was another emotionally-draining day in the Pretoria High Court, as the Nicholas Ninow rape trial continued on Tuesday. At the beginning of the week, the Dros rapist admitted to a violent sexual assault against a seven-year-old girl last year – his confession matched the chilling nature of the crime.

After submitting his plea, it was the turn of state
witnesses to describe the horrendous aftermath from September 2018. Ninow
admitted to two counts of rape, one count of drug possession and another of
trying to defeat the ends of justice. He denies assaulting customers who attempted
to apprehend him, however.

On Tuesday, the brave restaurant staff and patrons who were
in the Dros restaurant at the time detailed exactly what they saw when it
became apparent something awful had happened. First up in the witness box was a
child-minder employed by the facility. She described how the young victim asked
to go to the toilet, after visiting the play area.

The trial is set to continue today.

“Consultations” over
gender-based violence

Government hosts stakeholder consultations on gender-based violence and femicide draft national strategic framework. The escalating number of Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) cases in South Africa has prompted a call to action which was led by #TheTotalShutdown.

The Presidential Gender- Based Violence and Femicide Summit sat on the 2nd November 2018 and produced a declaration that entailed deliverables that must be taken forward and be implemented in dealing with the crisis of GBVF. (Source: ANA)

Rugby World Cup 2019:
Tips for fans travelling to Japan

More than 400,000 international visitors are expected to
make their way to Japan for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Many of those visiting will be making their first trip to
Japan and indeed their first trip to Asia. With that in mind World Rugby and
organisers of the 2019 RWC have issued a few guidelines for getting on in
Japan.

Be prepared – read here.

Latest weather forecast, Wednesday 11 September

Have a look at what the weather’s doing in your region by viewing our daily forecast, here.

Live traffic updates
for Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban

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