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Daily news of May 27
Sibanye-Stillwater begins new wage talks with striking unions
Sibanye-Stillwater has entered new wage negotiations with unions in a bid to resolve the prolonged strike at its gold operations.
Members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) have been on strike for nearly three months over wage increases at Sibanye-Stillwater after negotiations with minor.
The workers are asking for R1,000 for surface and underground workers and 6% for artisanal miners and civil servants for three years, but Sibanye-Stillwater made a final offer of R850.
SCA denies Jacob Zuma’s request for reconsideration
The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has denied former President Jacob Zuma’s reconsideration request to remove prosecutor Billy Downer from his corruption trial, the Office of the Chief Justice (OCJ) has confirmed.
This after Zuma’s lawyers argued that Downer “has no title to pursue” and “should be removed as prosecutor in this case.”
Zuma also argued that Downer lacked the independence and impartiality to pursue the lawsuit.
Energy drink tragedy: Three siblings die at school, one in critical condition
Three students have died and while one is in critical condition after consuming energy drinks allegedly given to them by their father on Thursday, Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi, announced.
The boys, aged 6, 13 and 16, were all students of Ratanda Primary and Khanya Lesedi Secondary Schools in Ratanda respectively.
According to preliminary information, the four students consumed energy drinks after arriving at school on Thursday.
Eskom technician stabbed in face while repairing breakdown
Eskom has again sounded the alarm over the constant attacks on its technicians while they are in communities fixing breakdowns.
As the country struggles to meet growing electricity demand, Eskom technicians have to work around the clock to repair faults on aging infrastructure.
They are sent to affected areas, often on a short-term basis. But their jobs are becoming increasingly precarious, with opportunistic South African criminals pounce on repairmen while they work.
In the past three days, Eskom reported three separate incidents targeting technicians in the field, including a brutal attack in which a staff member was stabbed in the face and chest on Wednesday.
Eastern Cape government official and businessmen who tried to bribe NPA investigators with R3.5m get bail
East London Magistrates’ Court has granted bail to a senior Eastern Cape government official and two businessmen arrested for allegedly attempting to bribe two investigators working for the NPA’s Investigations Branch (ID) with R3.5 million.
Eastern Cape Chief Security and Community Liaison Director Neil Naidoo and businessmen Kenny Govender and Matthew Pillay were granted bail of R15,000, R50,000 and R15,000 respectively on Thursday.
The trio face charges of bribery, theft and undermining the ends of justice.
WATCH: Gatvol lion at Jamaica Zoo bites off man’s finger
There are calls for the Jamaica Zoo in St. Elizabeth to provide better care and facilities for its animals after a man who mocked a lion was attacked by the beast.
A video of the incident, which has since gone viral, shows an African lion roaring and visibly angry in its enclosure as the man continues to tease the wild cat much to the delight of a few female onlookers, who were filming the entirety of the incident.
The man nonchalantly continues to run his finger through the fence, further irritating the lion.
Things go terribly wrong when the King of the Jungle catches the man’s finger in his massive jawbone.
Zwane confirmed as permanent Chiefs head coach
Kaizer Chiefs announced on Thursday that Arthur Zwane had been appointed permanent head coach on a three-year contract.
Zwane and Dillon Sheppard took charge of the team until the end of that season on an interim basis following the sacking of Stuart Baxter.
“We want someone who understands the philosophy and culture of the club,” Chiefs director of football Molefi Ntseki said.
The chiefs want the coach to ‘bring back the glory days to the club’, Ntseki added.
“We went through the qualities a manager should have and he falls into that category, the experience of how to work with the players and being at the club and knowing the ins and outs.”