International & Local News summed up in 10 snappy points so that you can keep your finger on the pulse!
10 Things to Know for Thursday:
1. South Africa’s beleaguered president Jacob Zuma has refused to resign, according to comments by a top ANC official in a leaked recording published by TimesLIVE on Wednesday night. TimesLIVE has published an online the recording of newly-elected African National Congress (ANC) treasurer-general Paul Mashatile in which he said: “On Sunday evening, President Zuma says to us, ‘What do you guys mean by transition?’”
2. The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Thursday said it was “deeply saddened” by the fatal injury of a 59-year-old rail worker whose maintenance railroad vehicle collided with depot and maintenance equipment.
3. A Greek crewman, who had suffered a head injury while working onboard the Bulk Carrier Esperier, has been rescued by the Richards Bay NSRI.
4. The New Brighton Magistrate’s Court in the Eastern Cape will on Thursday hand down judgment in the bail hearing of a 19-year-old Blue Bulls rugby player charged with rape and robbery.
5. Zambia’s Mineral Production Monitoring Support Project hopes to use the annual mining indaba in South Africa as an opportunity to tout for support, including investment into the copper producing country, its team leader said.
6. The African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal has profound respect for the law, its suspended chairman Sihle Zikalala said on Wednesday night in response to the arrest of Mike Mabuyakhulu earlier in the day.
7. The Hate Crimes Working Group (HCWG) will on Thursday release its five-year report into hate crimes and discrimination in South Africa on Thursday, with a documented 945 cases. The study, to be released in Johannesburg, is said to the most in-depth view of hate crimes in the country to date.
8. Mpumalanga MEC for Human Settlements Speedy Mashilo said on Wednesday he was looking into to the alleged shoddy state of houses allocated to military veterans and other residents of Siyanqoba Village near eMalahleni by his department last year.
9. The struggling Los Angeles Times found a local saviour in a biotech billionaire willing to buy the storied newspaper from a corporation half a continent away, but the change of ownership brings its own set of questions and uncertainty.
10. About 60 Bitou law enforcement officers and firefighters on Wednesday claimed they had lost their jobs after being informed by the local municipality that their contracts, which were due to expire in June, had been terminated with immediate effect.
Did you know?
The 8th of February is ‘Laugh and Get Rich’ Day
– African News Agency (ANA)