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Daily News January 22
Mafe was inside Parliament for more than a day – report
Parliament arson accused Zandile Mafe is said to have spent at least 30 hours inside the parliament building, making phone calls and starting the catastrophic fire by burning boxes, a report has revealed.
His activities and movements inside National Key Point were captured on cameras as on-duty police officers slept, while others wore headphones.
Mafe, 49, who also faces a terrorism charge, is expected to seek bail on Saturday.
He was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and was sent to Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital after his second appearance at Cape Town Magistrates Court. Last week, the Western Cape High Court overturned the lower court’s decision to commit Mafe to 30-day mental observation and ordered that he be released from hospital.
Firms hired to renovate AngloGold Hospital lose bid to overturn SIU preservation order
The special court on Friday rejected a request for reconsideration by companies that allegedly illegally pocketed 588 million rand intended to renovate the AngloGold Ashanti Hospital in Carletonville, West Rand.
Pro Serve Consulting and Thenga Holdings had asked the court to reconsider an interim protective order which the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) had obtained on September 17, 2021.
The court granted an order freezing the amounts of R1.7 million and R6.2 million, respectively, held by First National Bank in accounts belonging to the two companies pending the decision of the request for review of the IUS.
The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has issued a warning for extremely hot conditions in the Western Cape and Northern Cape from this weekend.
“A strong high pressure system aloft will result in a sunny and drier weekend and weekend for South Africa with extremely hot temperatures expected in the Western Cape and Northern Cape provinces.”
EFF calls for urgent meeting with Godongwana over World Bank loan
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) say they have written to Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana and the Chairman of the Standing Finance Committee, demanding an urgent meeting on the approval of an 11 billion rand loan from the World Bank.
The news was shared in a joint statement by the Global Group and the National Treasury, saying the loan will help South Africa implement the economic reconstruction and recovery plan.
The party wants a detailed explanation of the basis of the loan, the conditions attached and the terms of repayment.
WATCH: Customers evacuated from burning building in Durban CBD
An unknown number of customers had to be evacuated from a building that caught fire in the China Mall in Durban CBD on Friday morning.
KwaZulu-Natal Emergency Services media liaison officer Robert Mckenzie said 11 people were assessed and treated at the scene, including two requiring further treatment, and were taken to hospital .
The building is located on Dr Pinkly Ka Seme Street, which had been cordoned off as emergency services continued to deal with the fire.
Man arrested for allegedly stealing Krugerrands worth R7.8million 10 years ago
Knysna detectives have arrested a man on the run since 2012 in connection with the theft of Krugerrands estimated at R7.8 million.
Detectives, with the help of Knysna’s Tsitsikamma K9 unit, located the 54-year-old suspect in Wildnerness near George on Thursday morning.
The members acted on the reports after a warrant for his arrest was issued by the Knysna Magistrate’s Court in relation to the theft.
The man allegedly stole the Krugerrands between May 2011 and March 2012.
‘Bat Out of Hell’ singer Meat Loaf dies aged 74
American singer and actor Meat Loaf – born Marvin Lee Aday – has died aged 74, his family confirmed the news in a statement on Friday.
The singer’s career – with highlights such as Bat of Out Love, dash light paradise, and I’d do anything for love (but I won’t) – spanned six decades.
A statement shared on his official Facebook page read: “Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight.”
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