Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway competes during the ladies' downhill of alpine skiing at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games, at Jeongseon Alpine Centre, in PyeongChang, South Korea, on Feb. 21, 2018. Ragnhild Mowinckel won the silver medal in a time of 1:39.31. (Xinhua/Li Gang)

International & Local News summed up in 10 snappy points so that you can keep your finger on the pulse!

10 Things to Know for Wednesday:

1. Former deputy prime minister, Arthur Mutambara, warned mourners at the funeral of Morgan Tsvangirai – the leader of Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) – against being lulled by the ruling Zanu-PF, which for years tried to silence the “people’s president”.

Arthur Mutambara at the funeral of Morgan Tsvangirai.
Source: ANA


2. Five police officers were shot and killed while two others were wounded by a gang of robbers in Ngcobo during the early hours of Wednesday morning, Eastern Cape police said in a statement.

3. The National Commissioner of the South African Police Service, General Khehla John Sitole, on Wednesday strongly condemned the attack on the Ngcobo Police Station between Mthatha and Queenstown in the Eastern Cape where five police officers and a retired soldier were shot and killed.

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4. The United States embassy in Zimbabwe’s capital has condemned the violence which broke out at the burial of former Prime Minister and MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, who succumbed to colon cancer.

Photo: ANA


5. Mayor Herman Mashaba on Wednesday said he had referred himself to the Council Ethics Committee following allegations that he hired a financial expert employed by his wife’s firm to do a presentation on benefits of insourcing, which would result in the cancellation of some contracts.

6. The trial against 14 Marikana men accused of murder, is expected to resume in the North West High Court sitting in Mogwase on Wednesday.

7. Six former members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) accused of conspiracy to murder and the attempted murder of union leaders are expected to appear in the Brits Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

8. The trial against a former activist from the Democratic Alliance (DA) accused of making defamatory allegations against Nelson Mandela Bay executive mayor Athol Trollip is expected to get underway on Wednesday, with or without a defence team.

9. On the eve of the crucial Budget Speech, South Africa’s second opposition party the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has on Tuesday, called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to remove Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba with immediate effect or it would boycott the proceedings.

10. Senior police official major general Dumezweni Chiliza on Tuesday, told the Moerane Commission of Inquiry sitting in Durban, that there had been a dramatic increase in gun-related murders at uMlazi’s Glebelands Hostel since 2014 as warring factions swapped knives for firearms.

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[1953] Francis Crick and James Watson discover structure of DNA-molecule

– African News Agency (ANA)