Today's Big Stories

Boko Haram strikes, Public Protector finalizes 24000 cases and Mall Robberies

Boko Haram strikes a village in Northern Nigeria: It's been reported that military insurgents, Boko Haram have kidnapped approximately 185 women and children in a raid in North-Eastern Nigeria. This latest attack has raised questions about the ability of the Nigerian Army to protect civilians.

Speaking to 702 and Cape Talk, socio-political commentator, Adetunji Omotola confirmed that in the process of abducting the women and children from the village 32 men were killed by Boko Haram, and "almost half of the village was burnt down".

Yesterday, 54 Nigerian soldiers were sentenced to death for refusing to fight Boko Haram Islamist militants because they claim that they had not been adequately equipped to fight by the government.

Public Protector's Office finalizes 24 000 cases in 2014: Speaking at a briefing in Pretoria yesterday, Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela informed the media that her office had finalized 24 000 cases this year.

She said that despite the 93% success rate in their investigations, saying that she was sure this year the success rate was closer to 100%.

She also announced that her office would be shifting it's focus from disciplinary procedures to investigating where processes have failed.

If we are focusing too much on who did it, instead of how it happened and how it can be prevented in the future. People hide information, people hide responsibility ... But when it's corruption we will still focus on discipline. We are not going to let down our guard when it comes to people who use public resources for personal gain. However we would like more people to come forward to say 'we dropped the ball' without fearing consequences so that as an organization we can seek how it went wrong and prevent it in the future.

Public Protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela

In one case finalised yesterday, the public protector’s office found the City of Johannesburg guilty of maladministration for failing to cut power and water to an illegally occupied building and then wrongfully billing the owner.

Advocate Madonsela's office has ordered the city to apologise to the owners of the building and to find a way to evaluate the buildings and buy them, so that the city would house the illegal inhabitants and not the business owners.


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