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Daily news update February 22

Asbestos case: Magashule’s pre-trial hearing postponed

The Bloemfontein Supreme Court has postponed the preliminary hearing in the corruption case of former Free State Prime Minister Ace Magashule, worth €255 million, to June.

Magashule and some of his co-defendants disputed aspects of the case, including evidence of asbestos corruption presented by witnesses at the State Capture Commission of Inquiry what the state counted on.

The suspended ANC secretary general further filed documents with the Supreme Court, demanding that the state provide him with a list of all witnesses who implicated him.

Number of suspects killed in thwarted money robbery rises to 10

Shooting Joburg

The number of would-be robbers killed in a foiled money robbery in Rosettenville has risen to 10, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) said Monday.

This after police minister Bheki Cele had previously confirmed that eight suspects were killed in the shooting.

IPID spokesman Grace Langa brought the toll to 10, injuring five police officers.

“Twelve guns were found at the scene and about 100 bullets were found at the scene,” Langa said in a statement.

‘I went to talk to the old man’: Cele says there were signs of unrest before Zuma’s arrest

Bheki Cele South African Police Service (SAPS)
Police Minister Bheki Cele at the delivery of City Hall to Parliament for Sona on January 31, 2022 in Cape Town. Photo: Gallo Images/Brenton Geach

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) investigative hearings into the July riots began on Monday, with Police Minister Bheki Cele taking the position.

The SAHRC is holding a national investigative hearing into the devastating riots that swept through parts of Gauteng in July 2021.

The hearings continue until March 4

While the focus this time is on Gauteng, the SAHRC is also expected to hear evidence coming from the hearings held in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) between November 15 and December 3 last year.

The riots from 8 to 19 July resulted in more than 330 people dieand cost R25 billion in damage.

Govt shortens time intervals between vaccine doses Covid-19

Government shortens time intervals for Covid-19 vaccine
A patient receives a vaccination card after being vaccinated against COVID-19 at the Witkoppen clinic in Johannesburg on December 8, 2021. (Photo by EMMANUEL CROSET / AFP)

The Ministry of Health announces changes to the vaccination program which will be in effect from today and Wednesday.

With the guidance of scientific evidence, the changes will help increase the uptake of the Covid-19 vaccine in South Africa.

All individuals over the age of 18 who receive one dose of Johnson and Johnson (J&J) vaccine are now eligible for a booster dose of either rJ&J or Pfizer after two months.

This change will take effect on Monday.

The government has also shortened the time interval between the first and second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

Uni students hospitalized after suspected gas leak in Parktown residence

Students hospitalized after suspected gas leak in Parktown residence
At least 60 students were hospitalized after inhaling gas. File photo for illustration: ER24

A number of students were examined and hospitalized on Sunday evening after a suspected gas leak at an unnamed university residence in Parktown, Johannesburg.

ER24, EMS of the City of Johannesburg and other services were called to the scene after students began complaining of shortness of breath.

ER24 paramedics said when they arrived on the scene, the students, aged 18 and over, had already evacuated the building and were standing on the sidewalk and street waiting for help.

A triage room was set up, where about 170 people were assessed. 60 ended up in hospital and the remaining patients refused further medical treatment.

Bystander caught in crossfire robbery

Bystander caught in crossfire robbery
The body of a bystander after being caught in a robbery on the sidewalk | Photo: Twitter/@Abrajmee

Police in Gauteng have activated a 72-hour activation plan following the murder of an innocent bystander during a sidewalk robbery.

Crime statistics show a marked decline in money transport robbery (CIT) across the country.

Gauteng, the province where money transport is most common, registered the largest drop of nine fewer cases.

The South African Police (SAPS) reported a crime in Eden Park, Gauteng on Sunday afternoon.

It was reported that a group of gunmen aggressively approached security officials of a cash solutions company while they were collecting money from a business outlet in Eden Park

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