A lot can change overnight, but we’ll keep you in the know with the latest news stories and headlines in South Africa on Sunday 16 January 2022.
The legal team of Zandile Mafe has said they will fight back against a mental observation period for their client. Despite bringing the papers for the bail application to the Western Cape High Court, no application ended up taking place on Saturday.
Mafe is accused by the state of starting the fire in Parliament and allegedly having an explosive device with him. He is also facing charges of terrorism as a result.
Meanwhile, the families of the two learners, Njabulo Ndhlebe and Zukiso Majola, both 16, have spoken out to set the record straight after the fatal shooting.
The boys who were best friends were apparently playing with a gun when Ndhlebe was shot by accident. In shock and panic, Majola later turned the gun on himself. This comes after initial reports from the department of education said the shooting took place after a fight between the boys.
TODAY’S LATEST NEWS IN SOUTH AFRICA, Sunday 16 January
JUST IN: Zandile Mafe fights back against ‘inhumane’ mental observation
After an urgent bail application was made, the legal team of Zandile Mafe now says they will fight back against a mental observation period for their client. Despite bringing the papers for the bail application to the Western Cape High Court, no application ended up taking place on Saturday. Mafe is accused by the state of starting the fire in Parliament and allegedly having an explosive device with him. He is also facing charges of terrorism as a result.
The National Prosecuting Authority has confirmed that the bail application did not take place, due to the decision by Mafe’s team to challenge the court’s finding to have him mentally observed. Mafe was sent to the Falkenberg Psychiatric Hospital this week for 30 days of observation.
He has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. And there are question marks over whether he is fit to stand trial. Mafe’s team say they want to challenge the legality of that diagnosis. The legal team, led by Dali Mpofu, is questioning whether that referral to Falkenberg was made in the correct way.
That challenge will happen in court virtually on Tuesday the 18th. Once that is out of the way, the bail application will then take place on Saturday the 22nd of January.
Learner who killed classmate, then himself, had been showing grandfather’s gun to friends
The tragic shooting that claimed the lives of two Grade 10 learners from Lesiba Secondary School in Daveyton this week was a playful incident that went wrong.
The families of the two learners, Njabulo Ndhlebe and Zukiso Majola, both 16, have spoken out to set the record straight after the fatal shooting.
The boys who were best friends were apparently playing with a gun when Ndhlebe was shot by accident. In shock and panic, Majola later turned the gun on himself.
According to family spokesperson Sibusiso Nkabane, the boys had snuck out of school during the school break to hang out at home together on Wednesday.
“Njabulo Ndhlebe and Zukiso Majola, along with their third friend – whom shall not be mentioned to protect his identity, had snuck out of school during the school break to hang out at home together.”
Battling ministers: Lamola hits back HARD at Sisulu over judiciary attack
It’s not the best time to be Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu. But then again, maybe that depends on who you ask. Sisulu is still facing criticism from all angles after her opinion piece where she ranted against the judiciary. While most senior ANC members have remained quiet, Justice Minister Ronald Lamola has hit back in his own piece. Get the popcorn, folks. From the Acting Chief Justice to the Justice Minister, Sisulu is getting a proper talking to.
In an opinion piece published last week, Sisulu accused African judges of being “mentally colonised”. She also questioned whether our constitution is actually beneficial to black South Africans. Acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo described her comments as an insult.
In his own opinion piece, Lamola agreed with the ACJ. And trust us, he did not mince his words.
“There is ‘discourse’ and then there is ‘attack’.
Insinuating that judges who have assumed the high calling of judicial office in our democratic era are mentally colonised is a personal attack that cannot be condoned under any circumstances. In addition, calling any Black person – whether a judge or not – a ‘house negro’, is insulting.
Cop accused of murdering girlfriend now facing more charges
The shooting of Natasha Booise took place in Picketburg’s main street on the 2nd day of January.
Smit who was originally facing just three charges, now faces seven. These include murder, two charges of attempted murder and two charges of assault. He also faces a charge of handling a firearm while under the influence.
Booise was walking with family and friends when Smit allegedly spotted her while driving down the road in his private car.
She is seen approaching the car on video with her friend. The two women walk away from the car before shots are fired at them seconds later. While Booise and the other women attempt to run away, a series of bullets hit Booise. The bullets were from a police firearm.
Human trafficking in SA: SAPS rescue kidnapped Pakistani nationals
Here’s a rather horrific human trafficking story from the South African Police Service today. The office of the Mpumalanga Police Commissioner has managed to rescue two Pakistani nationals who had been kidnapped and trafficked into South Africa.
In a statement released by SAPS on Saturday, police reveal that a high-speed chase took place on Thursday as the alleged trafficker made a run for it.
A case of kidnapping was reported at the Johannesburg Central Police Station. The case was related to a trafficker based in Malelane and Valencia in Mpumalanga. Soon after, police learned that two Pakistani nationals had been trafficked into the country via Malawai and Mozambique.
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