Weekly newsletter 16 - 20 June 2014: Protests at State of the Nation address and other stories
Thousands of Western Cape Metrorail commuters could be left stranded following an announcement of a strike pending by the Congress of South African Trade Unions.
News: Over 50 protesters huddled behind barricades outside parliament last night before President Jacob Zuma arrived to deliver the State of the Nation address that opened South Africa\xe2\x80\x99s fifth parliament.
News: Robertson fruit farm workers have taken their employer to Labour Court this week to fight for their right to strike and to get their jobs back after being dismissed more than a year ago.
News: Angy Peter continued giving evidence in her defence as the trial continued on 19 June. She told the court that after she was arrested for the murder and kidnapping of Rowan Du Preez in October 2012, she was arrested three more times on other murder and kidnapping charges. None of these charges were ever brought to trial.
News: Advocate William King for the defence applied under Section 174 of the Criminal Justice Act to have the case against Angie Peter quashed. The section allows for a case to be discharged if after the prosecution has outlined its case, there is a lack of evidence. But on 18 June the application was dismissed.
News: The Makalakata family is concerned that a month after the death of their daughter, Tariro, they have not received the post-mortem results and there is no progress on the case.
News: A 39-year-old Zimbabwean man, Samson Chifamba, is suing the South African Police Service (SAPS) for R300,000 in damages after an assault at his house at Asanda Village in Strand in January.
News: Though it had taken her years to accept that he was gay, her brother had become her best friend, the sister of murdered Ceres 21-year-old David Olyn said last week.
News: The Khayelitsha pastor accused of rape has been granted bail at the Khayelitsha Magistrate's Court.
News: Themba Mathibela will learn tomorrow if he has been granted bail. The Khayelitsha pastor is charged with rape.
News: Polluted water, shattered windows and cracked walls were among the concerns voiced by Middelburg residents during a workshop hosted by the Centre for Environmental Rights on 18 June.
Photo story: The pungent smell of burning coal as one flies over mining plants and power stations in close proximity to each other on the Mpumalanga Highveld area is testimony to the dangerous effects these industries have had on the people who live in nearby communities. Click any photo to start a slideshow.
News: After a six-month delay, the first MyCiTi buses serving Khayelitsha and Mitchell\xe2\x80\x99s Plain are scheduled to set out for the Cape Town Civic Centre at 5:30am on July 5. This will launch stage one of the N2 Express Line.
News: More than 8.5 million people are receiving payments from the Unemployment Insurance Fund. If a bill before parliament\xe2\x80\x99s labour committee is passed, benefits could be extended to a year.
News: \xe2\x80\x9cI doubt that I will get my house while I am still alive\xe2\x80\x9d, says wheelchair-bound Mbuyiselo Vena who has been on a waiting list for a house since 1992. But the City of Cape Town says Vena no longer wants his house built via the Iqhayiyalethu project, and that he needs to join a different housing project.
News: The second day of the first Khayelitsha film festival at the Khayelitsha\xe2\x80\x99s Hubspace, fragrant with freshly popped corn, was attended by members of MOSAIC, Equal Education, Treatment Action Campaign, and Social Justice Coalition.
Interview: \xe2\x80\x9cI was not born a gangster, but I will die one. This is not a choice, but it\xe2\x80\x99s because of my circumstances. I want to change, but I can\xe2\x80\x99t. I do not know what to change to and how,\xe2\x80\x9d says gangster.
Opinion: Umthombo Youth Development Foundation (UYDF) is a non-profit organisation with a simple mission: address the shortage of qualified healthcare staff in rural hospitals. Why? To improve healthcare delivery to these underserved communities.
Opinion: In the mining villages of Ga-Pila where Anglo Platinum continues to profit from land grabbed from the traditional communities just west of Mokopane, the appointment of the new Minister of Mineral Resources, Advocate Ngoako Ramathlodi, has been met with a sense of betrayal.
Opinion: Nearly 40 years ago on 16 June 1976, there was a youth uprising in Soweto. This was evoked by the learners at the time who did not want to be taught in Afrikaans. Their struggle was against an inferior education system that was setting them up for failure.
Sizwe Zubenathi Mapapu
Opinion: As a young African and as a member of youth organisation Inkululeko in Mind, I hold 16 June as a day of honour for our heroes who gave their lives so that our generation would have better education. We have to defend and advance their legacy and pass it to generations to come.
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