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Several foreign-owned shops looted in Pretoria CBD On Wednesday morning, Pretoria CBD descended into chaos after scores of rioters vandalised and looted foreign-owned shops, leaving some of them burning to the ground. According to taxi drivers who spoke with the media on Wednesday, the violence targeted at foreign-owned shops is a direct response to the alleged murder of one of their fellow driver, a man only known, for now, as Jabu. Based on the information that has been circulated on social media, Jabu was allegedly shot as he tried to prevent foreign nationals from selling a notorious drug known colloquially as Nyoape to addicts. Speaking to the media, one of the protesting taxi drivers revealed that this was a direct response to the murder of Jabu. The driver indicated that they are sick and tired of having to deal with foreign

nationals selling drugs to locals. “We are fighting for our youth that will lead after us. They [foreign nationals] smoke drugs. They sell them too. Even Nigerians have the nerve to kill people from South Africa, in South Africa… We don’t have a problem with foreigners but the problem is, we are not safe in our country,” the taxi driver shouted. Asked what their demands were, the driver noted that they want Police Minister, Bheki Cele to come out to the capital and address the situation. Until then, the driver warned, “we will ensure that there is no taxi or other transit system coming in and out of the CBD.” At the time of publication of this article, there had been no indication from the Ministry of Police that Cele had heeded the call.

ASKED WHAT THEIR DEMANDS WERE, THE DRIVER NOTED THAT THEY WANT POLICE MINISTER, BHEKI CELE TO COME OUT TO THE CAPITAL AND ADDRESS THE SITUATION.

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But what we really don’t understand is that times have changed with regards to modern, working-class women. How can she come home late from work, fatigued after long hours and be expected to cook for us and do all the house chores? while the house is full of unemployed siblings who just sit around lazily. Recently married makotis don’t waste time to move to their own places after the wedding to avoid all the family chaos and drama. Can we blame them? Maybe if we in-laws become more considerate, the makotis will prolong their stay.

A 14-year-old boy was arrested after he allegedly stabbed his mother’s boyfriend to death in Hammanskraal, Gauteng. According to reports, the teen walked in on the man who was assaulting his mother. The teen reportedly took out a knife and stabbed the man in his upper body. Police spokesperson Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said that the teen was arrested and later released into his parent’s custody. “Although this young boy must be responsible for his actions, but he also became a victim when he saw violence perpetrated against his mother,” Dlamini said. Police investigations continue.

Mind you, I am not advising them to overstay their welcome. Makotis are not slaves or housemaids. They need to feel a part of our families. They deserve dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s stand by them and support them without reservation.

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Mboweni’s economic growth strategy Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has released a policy document outlining his plan to turn the economy around. The document calls for “deliberate and concerted actions” aimed at boosting the GDP growth rate by 3% per annum. This follows a disappointing year so far for the economy, with Treasury saying the current trajectory is unsustainable. In the first quarter of the year, the economy contracted by 3.2%, according to fin24, and unemployment remained high at 29%. The economy’s projected growth-rate currently stands at a meagre 0.7%, which is far below the 5% growth-rate demanded by the National Development Plan. Mboweni’s new plan contains a number of measures aimed at addressing this. In the short term, this includes promoting tourism, improving telecommunications and boosting the agricultural sector through better marketing and exports, the Daily Maverick reports. In the mediumterm, the focus is on improving public transport. In the long-term, the paper focuses on agriculture, which it views as key to growth and job creation. Additionally, the document calls for the reduction of red tape and for the promotion of more competition between companies.If nothing else, the document is a bold statement from a finance minister who continues to face a significant uphill battle. It may be the wake-up call government needs.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Early this year I was in a taxi and I was wearing torn pants. I was sitting in the front seat and the driver made funny remarks about what I was wearing. I was just a joke in the taxi. He was telling everyone how women these days are very indecent when it comes to what they wear and they are very seductive to men. He even swore at me in Zulu though. He said I should dress more appropriately.

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Aphiwe Dyantyi tests positive for a banned substance Aphiwe Dyantyi has requested the testing of a B sample after the Super Rugby Lions winger, capped on 13 occasions by the Springboks, had a urine sample, given on July 2 while attending a South African training camp, returned positive for a banned substance on August 14 by South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS). In a media statement issued on Saturday via his agent Gert van der Merwe, the soon-to-be 25-year-old denied any wrongdoing. “I want to deny ever taking any prohibited substance, intentionally or negligently, to enhance my performance on the field. I believe in hard work and fair play. I have never cheated and never will,” he wrote.

“The presence of this prohibited substance in my body has come as a massive shock to me and together with my management team and experts appointed by them, we are doing everything we can to get to the source of this and to prove my innocence. “As a professional sportsman on national and international level we get tested on a regular basis. I have been tested before and again since this test. It is part of the job and we all know that each and every player is bound to get tested at least two to four times a year. “Taking any prohibited substance would not only be irresponsible and something that I would never intentionally do, it would also be senseless and stupid. I underwent a drug test on June 15 (only two weeks prior to the July 2 test) which

did not return any adverse finding. “I want to apologise in advance to my team-mates and management at the Lions and Springboks, my friends and my family for the negative impact this news may have. “Personally this game has given me an opportunity to inspire not only the young rugby hopefuls but South Africans across all walks of life and that is something I do not take for granted and something I would definitely not risk by doing a stupid act like this. “I will now put all my energy in working with my support team and focus in proving my innocence in this matter and will not be providing any comments until there are further developments in the matter that warrants comment from my side.”

Sports analyst David Kekana has died Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa, has sent condolences to David Kekana’s family and friends. On Monday South Africa woke up to the sad news that the well-known SABC sports analyst and anchor had passed away. “Today we woke up to devastating news of the passing of veteran football analyst, David Kekana. His contribution to football analysis spans close to 2 decades & his commitment to sports development will be sorely missed. We send our sympathies to his loved ones,” said the minister, in a ministatement released via his Twitter handle. It is also reported that David was hospitalised a few weeks ago and he never recovered. According to SABC Morning Live, David (47) passed away on Sunday afternoon at the Milpark Hospital in Joburg. The sportsman was hospitalised after suffering a heart attack, according to reports. The SABC reported that David died after suffering from a long illness. Meanwhile, the Sunday World reports that a nasty was has broken out between David and his estranged “sugar mama” over the division of their estate and control of their company. The paper reports that his wife Lesley Jane Kekana had applied for an order in the Joburg high court to force him to hand over share certificates of trust accounts he allegedly took when vacating their multimillion rand home in Dainfern Estate, north of Joburg.

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