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Daily news update February 28
Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema and co-defendant Adriaan Snyman’s illegal handover of a firearms case was postponed by a day in the East London Magistrate’s Court after the prosecutor resigned.
Malema faces five charges, including illegal possession of a firearm, for firing a rifle during the EFF’s fifth anniversary celebrations at Sisa Dukashe Stadium, Mdantsane, in 2018. Snyman faces two charges.
The incident was caught on camera with footage showing Malema allegedly unloading an automatic assault rifle during the celebrations.
The UN chief for human rights said on Monday that at least 102 civilians, including seven children, have been killed in Ukraine since Russia invaded five days ago, warning the real number could be much higher.
Speaking for the UN Human Rights CouncilMichelle Bachelet said her office had registered 406 civilian casualties in Ukraine, including 102 dead, since Russia began its large-scale attack last Thursday.
“Most of these civilians were killed by high-impact explosive weapons, including shelling from heavy artillery and multi-launch missile systems, and air strikes,” she said, warning “the real numbers are, I’m afraid, considerably higher.”
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said suffering was rife in Ukraine.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed attorney Andrea Johnson as the new head of the National Prosecuting Authority’s investigative directorate effective March 1.
Johnson will replace advocate Hermione Cronje who asked to leave her office last year before her term expires.
According to the presidency, Johnson is a senior deputy director at the NPA with more than 25 years of experience, including in district, state and high courts.
Interpol has issued warnings for Atul and Rajesh Gupta, two of the three notorious brothers who are allegedly behind the state fishing project in South Africa.
However, no red letters have been issued against their wives, according to a News24 report.
In July 2021, Sindisiwe Seboka, spokesman for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPAs) said red notices had been issued for distribution to law enforcement agencies of Interpol member states regarding four of the eight accused before the Bloemfontein Regional Court.
This relates to the R25 million fraud and money laundering case of a Gupta-affiliated company, Nulane Investment.
The Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment (DFFE) announced this year trophy hunting quotas in South Africa for black rhinoceroses, leopards and elephants.
DFFE minister Barbara Creecy said this year’s quota was a “postponement” from last year’s species allocations.
Hunters are allowed to hunt 10 leopards, the department said, adding that this number was “informed by robust data generated through an advanced national leopard monitoring program.”
Leopards may only be hunted when populations are stable or increasing, and only males seven years of age or older may be hunted.
Legal representatives of the Zimbabwean Truckers Association say they are trying to get papers to the leaders of the Operation Dudula (‘Push away’) movement to prevent them from intimidating and harassing foreigners, but they are unable to find them.
The Dudula movement has so alarmed foreigners in South Africa that a number of African embassies have urged the government to stem a troubling xenophobic streak that has emerged in South Africa in recent months, spurred on by politicians .
“I have been instructed by the Zimbabwean Truckers Association to take legal action to challenge the harassment of foreigners during Operation Dudula,” said lawyer Simba Chitando.
The news of the resignation of National Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole, following a mutual agreement with President Cyril Ramaphosa, has highlighted the enormous amount of work needed to bring stability to the South African Police Service (SAPS).
This is according to a statement from the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru), which emphasized the internal need to prevent future attempts to delegitimize the state, the security cluster and the country’s democratic system.
“However, removing individual personalities is not enough in itself to adequately address the entrenched challenges facing the police force in South Africa,” Popcru said.
A Gauteng Traffic Police (GTP) report from Friday, February 25 to Sunday, February 27, found that 12 car accidents had occurred in the province, killing at least 13 people.
Most of these fatal accidents resulted in pedestrian deaths, according to GTP figures.
Four fatal accidents were recorded on Friday. Among them, a 17-year-old pedestrian from Dlamini, Soweto.
Gauteng Traffic Police only one accident recorded on Saturday, which was reported to be a hit and run.
An adult pedestrian was fatally injured in the incident on Pretoria Main Road in Wynberg.