Let’s wrap up some of the top stories happening in South Africa this week.
SA continues to mourn rapper AKA and celebrity chef Tibz
Condolences continue to pour in for rapper AKA (Kiernan Jarryd Forbes) and Tebello ‘Tibz’ Motsoane who were shot and killed last Friday on Florida road in Durban.
Police in KwaZulu Natal have launched an investigation into what they have deemed an assassination of the two friends.
On Tuesday, Forbes’ family held a media briefing to share details on the rapper’s memorial service and his funeral.
Fans, colleagues, friends, and family will get to celebrate the life of AKA on Friday at his memorial service at Sandton Convention Center, however, the family has indicated that they will have a private funeral for the rapper.
Today, thousands of people will gather to celebrate the life of Tibz at a memorial service held at Sacred Heart College in Observatory in Johannesburg.
Tibz will also be laid to rest at the weekend in a private ceremony.
Millions of people have taken to social media to express their shock at the death of the two, calling for justice to be served.
NPA declines to prosecute in the death of Anele Tembe
The National Prosecuting Authority has declined to prosecute in the death of Anele Tembe, the late fiancé of slain rapper and musician – Kiernan “AKA” Forbes.
The NPA earlier this week said the Western Cape Director of Public Prosecutions, advocate Nicolette Bell, decided not to prosecute anyone for Anele’s death based on extensive investigations which were conducted by the SAPS and prosecutors, who produced expert opinions and forensic reports.
“After careful consideration thereof, (Bell) decided not to institute any prosecution in respect of the death of Tembe and that the matter be referred for an inquest to be held,” said NPA Western Cape spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila.
Trouble in paradise for coalition government’s in Gauteng
Coalition governments seem to be in trouble not only in Gauteng but let’s focus on Gauteng for now…
Mayor Randall Williams has stepped down from his position in the city, initially effective from this week, however, the Mayor took an about-turn, saying he will stay until the end of February 2023.
Williams, who is a member of the Democratic Alliance says he was not pushed to resign.
“I resign today not in frustration, resentment or anger but in peace knowing that I have been given an incredible opportunity and I have fulfilled my duties to the best of my abilities.,” said Williams.
Williams was elected as Tshwane Mayor in October 2020.
Raymond Dlamini has been reinstated as speaker of the City of Ekurhuleni after he was removed through a motion of no confidence.
On Monday, the Johannesburg High Court ruled in favour of the Democratic Alliance following the party’s legal action after the Speaker was voted out earlier this month.
The court found that Dlamini’s removal was illegal and called that he be reinstated with immediate effect.
After Dlamini was removed, the Economic Freedom Fighter’s councillor Nthabiseng Tshivhenga temporarily replaced him.
The EFF has warned that Dlamini will face another motion of no confidence.
Government declares a national state of disaster in response to widespread floods
Floods affecting Mpumalanga, the Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, the Northern Cape, and North West have led the government to declare a National State of Disaster.
In a statement released this week, Government says it has, in terms of the Disaster Management Act of 2002, declared a national state of disaster to enable an intensive, coordinated response to the impact of the floods.
A national disaster may be declared by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs where disastrous events occur or threaten to occur in more than one province.
The South African Weather Service predicts that the current heavy rains will continue during the early part of 2023.
The park where Bokgabo Poo was kidnapped to be renamed in her honour
Masoleng Park, in Wattville, Benoni in Johannesburg will be renamed to honour 4-year-old Bokgabo Poo.
Poo was kidnapped at the park on 9 October 2022 and was later found dead with some of her body parts missing.
Her alleged killer, Ntokozo Zikhali appeared briefly in Court on Tuesday, where the case was postponed to 30 March 2023.
The matter was postponed as the family was informed that the Director of Public Prosecution needed to determine where the matter will be heard.
Speaking outside court on Tuesday, Bokgabo’s mother, Tsholofelo Poo says it still feels unreal that her daughter is no longer alive.
“You pinch yourself, and the next day is the reality that you can’t hear that voice and you can’t tuck her in. This is a pain and a scar I’ll live with for the rest of my life and I can’t shake it off,” she said.
Zikhali faces charges of kidnapping, rape, murder and violation of a corpse.
South Africa waits to hear who will be appointed Minister of Electricity
During the State of the Nation Address last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that he would be appointing a Minister of Electricity.
This is as Eskom battles to keep the lights on, with the country between stage 3 and 4 load shedding indefinitely.
Ramaphosa says this will assist in dealing with the energy crisis in the country, adding that the newly elected Minister will work close with his office.
Who will be appointed Minister of electricity? The country waits in bated breath.
22 people lose their lives in a bus crash in Limpopo
The crash between a bus and a cash-in-transit truck in the Vhembe District in Limpopo on Monday has claimed the lives of 22 people and injured over 60 others.
The Limpopo transport department says the two vehicles collided after the driver of the cash-in-transit truck lost control while overtaking another vehicle.
Authorities say the bus was transporting people from Makhado to areas around Nzhelele, Siloam and Tshikombani.
A preliminary report has revealed that the bus was roadworthy with little to no evidence that it may have caused the fatal crash.
Limpopo Transport and Community Safety MEC Florence Radzilani says the victims’ families will get assistance which includes counselling services.