Let’s wrap up some of the top stories happening in South Africa this week.
POLICE CONFIRM THAT THEY HAVE IDENTIFIED THE GUN THAT SHOT RAPPER, AKA
police in KwaZulu Natal have announced that they have made progress in the murder investigation of Rapper Kiernan “AKA” Forbes and Tebello “Tibz” Motsoane.
In February this year, Forbes and his friend Tibz were shot and killed on Florida Road in Durban.
According to Provincial Police Commissioner Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi, “We’ve identified at least one firearm that has been used and positively identified to have shot and killed Mr. Forbes on that evening, and with such they are in our possession as well.”
Mkhwanazi also disclosed to the media that they had located a few vehicles that had been used; some of the vehicles served as getaway cars and others as spotters.
FIVE INJURED IN BRAAMFONTEIN FIRE DURING EGOLI GAS PIPELINE SERVICING
A fire broke out in Braamfontein on Tuesday afternoon, resulting in five individuals sustaining injuries. The incident occurred as an Egoli Gas team was servicing a pipeline at the intersection of Bertha and De Korte streets. City of Joburg Emergency Services (EMS) promptly responded to the fire, which spread to both a building and a truck in the vicinity.
POLICE MINISTER BHEKI CELE: OVER 340 ARRESTED IN KZN POLITICAL KILLINGS SINCE 2018
Police Minister Bheki Cele shared an update on political killings in KwaZulu-Natal, stating that more than 340 suspects have been arrested since 2018. Of these, over 62 have been successfully convicted. Notably, eThekwini and Zululand are identified as hotspots for political killings.
Minister Cele also mentioned that a task team has investigated 321 cases since July 2018, and these cases include 134 reported between 2011 and June 2018 before the task team’s establishment. The most affected parties by political killings are the African National Congress (ANC), Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), and National Freedom Party (NFP).
FOUNDER OF PICK N PAY, RAYMOND ACKERMAN HAS PASSED AWAY
Raymond Ackerman, the 92-year-old founder of Pick n Pay, has passed away.
Ackerman and his wife, Wendy, brought four Pick n Pay businesses to Cape Town in 1967, and as a result, he rose to prominence as a bold businessman in the nation.
On Thursday morning, the retailer announced Ackerman’s passing on social media.
In addition to his wife Wendy, Ackerman also leaves behind four children, twelve grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
OVER 20 PEOPLE ARRESTED AS THEY TRIED TO HIJACK BUILDING IN JOHANNESBURG CBD
Twenty people have been arrested by police in a facility that was intended to house people that are evicted from unsafe buildings by the City of Johannesburg.
Construction workers who were remodelling the building have been detained.
According to Johannesburg Mayor Kabelo Gwamanda, the building in Denver, east of the city, was being taken over.
According to Gwamanda, the structure was designated by the previous city administration to house vehicles seized by the Johannesburg Metro Police.
STATE WITNESS IN SENZO MEYIWA TRIAL TELLS COURT THE FIVE MEN ACCUSED WERE TOGETHER ON THE DAY THE SOCCER STAR WAS MURDERED
The five suspects in the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial, according to a state witness, were together on the night that Meyiwa was shot to death.
On Thursday, Constable Sizwe Zungu testified that he had met the accused at the Sotho Hostel in Vosloorus on the 26th of October 2014.
According to Zungu, three of the accused arrived to the hostel in the middle of the night, looking startled, and sprinted towards his nephew Gwabini Zungu’s room.
He claims that shortly after afterwards, accused number 5 and accused number 4 entered the hostel together. According to Zungu, these individuals were not there when he initially came.
NATIONAL TAXI ALLIANCE SAYS THE LATEST FUEL HIKE MAY AFFECT COMMUTERS
According to the National Taxi Alliance, commuters would suffer if the government does nothing to stop the ongoing increase in petrol prices.
This comes after the most recent petrol price increases.
Diesel has gone up by R2.84, illuminating paraffin by R2.78c per litre, and both types of petrol have gone up by R1.71 per litre.
In order to accommodate commuters, the NTA has asked the government to exempt the industry from some of the fuel levies.
FOUR VEHICLES BURNED TO ASHES AT THE RANDBURG MAGISTRATES COURT
The cause of the fire that damaged four vehicles in a parking lot at the Randburg Magistrates Court is being looked into by police.
On Thursday morning, when the fire first erupted, some cars were tried to be saved by members of the public.
According to the authorities, the cars belonged to citizens who were in court for a variety of reasons.