Weekly Roundup 14-20 May 2012
High Court rules that Department of Basic Education’s failure to provide textbooks violated learners’ rights
Judge Jodi Kollapen ruled that the failure of the state to provide textbooks to learners in Limpopo for the start of the school year was a violation of their Constitutional right to a basic education.
Zuma painting controversy
A painting by Brett Murray depicting President Jacob Zuma’s genitals is causing controversy. The ANC is taking court action against the Goodman Gallery, where it is being displayed.
Taxis banned from Durban
All taxis in and entering Durban have been banned because of warnings that commuters using buses could be in danger due to taxi protests.
30 shacks burn down in Johannesburg
Thirty shacks burned down in Alexandra on Saturday night. There were no injuries. The fire’s cause is still unknown, but will be investigated.
Father mistakenly shot daughter
A father accidently shot his 7-year-old daughter after mistaking her for an intruder. She was rushed to hospital, but died from the bullet wound to her head.
Newspaper demands proof of corruption
The Sunday Times has demanded the police hand over evidence proving its journalists accepted bribes. This is after allegations that a Sunday Times journalist accepted bribes to “place” a story about Zimbabweans.
Top advocate Ngubane laid to rest
Top Durban advocate Ngubane committed suicide. Ngubane was found in a pool of blood with a gunshot wound to the head last Saturday. The reasons for his suicide are unknown.
Pretoria Church closes amid threats
The Anglican cathedral parish of St Albans in Pretoria closed its doors due to death threats, confrontations, disruptions, and allegations of corruption against its bishop.
Protesters demand bribes from motorists
North West residents protesting against non-employment of villagers and retrenchments were soliciting bribes from motorists and stoning cars at the nearby mine.
Man Died and 67 left homeless after Cape Town fire
One man was killed, and 67 other people were left homeless from four separate fires in the Cape Town area.
Buccaneers win ABSA Premiership
The Amabhakaniy a’jabulile (Bucks are happy) song of celebration was played on Saturday when Orlando Pirates won the ABSA Premiership. Pirates beat Golden Arrows 4-2.
Overcrowded school desperate after 6 year wait
South Peninsula High School is considering the occupation of a nearby vacant school due to overcrowding. The school principal said they have been waiting since 2006 for a response to an application to use the empty space.
Chelsea wins UEFA Champions League
Chelsea beat Bayern Munich on penalties to win the UEFA Champions League.