Today's Big Stories

Xenophobic violence resurfaces, #SpyCables and media, Stellies axe murder case

Xenophobic violence instils fear in entrepreneurs

Gigi Mokoura, an Ethiopian national and spaza shop owner, jumps down a ladder leading from his bedroom above his shop in Marcus Garvey, as he hastily packs up his goods, anticipating an attack from looters. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

EWN's Thando Kubheka and Siyabonga Sesant on this story: there are renewed fears around the resumption of attacks on foreigners in Soweto this morning after a shop owner sustained serious burns when his business was petrol bombed during a looting spree. Police say a gang went around the area on Thursday afternoon telling foreigners to leave the community. While a manhunt has been launched for those behind the attack, the police's Kay Makhubela has called on anyone with information to come forward: “There was one foreign shop owner who was burnt severely by a petrol bomb. He was taken to hospital and we’re still monitoring the situation.” At the same time, four foreign nationals are facing a charge of being in possession of an unlicensed firearm after one of them fired a shot in the air when a group of locals tried to loot his store in the same area.

#SpyCables: the leaks and fears on media freedom

EWN's Barry Bateman on this story: while the release of the so-called Spy Cables has been welcomed by some as an exercise in transparency, warnings have emerged that it may be the trigger for government to attempt to impose stricter legislation. This week the Al Jazeera network released a series of classified documents, many from South Africa's State Security Agency (SSA). While the source is not yet known, the network says it obtained hundreds of secret documents through an electronic leak. The Institute for Security Studies (ISS)’s Anton du Plessis says this leak could force government’s hand on stricter information legislation: “This may be used domestically as another justification to force through more draconian laws that clamp down on media freedom, information exchange and that’s definitely the last thing we need in South Africa.” Meanwhile, Red 24’s Ryan Cummings says it doesn't appear that the leak has undermined national security: “There’s been little information to suggest that South Africa has had any increased risk of being targeted in any form of violent attacks from either domestic, regional or transnational actors.”

No arrests a month later: Stellenbosch axe murders

FILE: The slain van Breda family. Picture: Mia Lindeque

EWN's Chanel September on this story: it's been exactly a month since three members of the same family were axed to death at the De Zalze Golf Estate in Stellenbosch and police have yet to make an arrest. Martin and Teresa van Breda along with their 22-year-old son, Rudi, were found murdered in their home last month. Henri van Breda and his 16-year-old sister Marli are the only ones who survived the attack. Marli, who sustained serious head injuries, has been in hospital under tight security. Police have not revealed any details into their investigation into the family murders which shocked the nation. They have also not confirmed whether the surviving son, Henri, had made a formal statement. It’s been revealed the 20-year-old made the call alerting authorities of the murders. The Van Breda family has since appointed a lawyer to represent him and he has been receiving trauma counselling.


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Veterans and ANC not on same page about terms of consultative conference

Veterans and ANC not on same page about terms of consultative conference

ANC vets want civil society groups present at the consultative conference, which they want held separately from another meeting.

Top SABC journos applauded for brave testimony

Top SABC journos applauded for brave testimony

EWN's Gaye Davis summarises the evidence of the SABC journalists who appeared before the ad hoc committee in Parliament.

If you're gona be a hero (and smash a car window), make sure you can prove harm

If you're gona be a hero (and smash a car window), make sure you can prove harm

A criminal lawyer explains what leg citizens can stand on if they witness a child or pet locked in a vehicle in risky conditions.

SABC 'in contempt of court' if Motsoeneng reports for duty, says DA

SABC 'in contempt of court' if Motsoeneng reports for duty, says DA

The DA's James Selfe says it is not clear whether SABC's Hlaudi Motsoeneng will be either fired or suspended pending an inquiry.

Tweeps throw shade as court shows Motsoeneng the door

Tweeps throw shade as court shows Motsoeneng the door

A judge has ruled that Hlaudi Motsoeneng should not hold any position at the SABC and Twitter has wasted no time reacting.

Why family traditions matter

Why family traditions matter

Whether it's breaking bread or celebrating through song and dance, family rituals and traditions can create a sense of belonging.

Popular articles
 'When languages are being let go of in favour of English, we lose identity'

'When languages are being let go of in favour of English, we lose identity'

Joanne Joseph spoke to Play Africa founder and CEO Gretchen Wilson-Prangley on International Language Day.

'There is a stated commitment to deal with TRC cases but it's taking too long'

'There is a stated commitment to deal with TRC cases but it's taking too long'

Former commissioner Yasmin Sooka says it has been a 16-year battle trying to get the NPA to prosecute TRC-related cases.

We have invested heavily in driver and passenger safety - Uber

We have invested heavily in driver and passenger safety - Uber

Uber Sub-Saharan Africa general manager Alon Lit says their prices have not changed drastically since 2013.

 Tegeta's R3.7-billion coal supply contract with Eskom set aside

Tegeta's R3.7-billion coal supply contract with Eskom set aside

SIU spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago says the court has given the unit the green light to institute legal action against the company.

Protesters torch two suspected drug dens in Parow over Tazne van Wyk killing

Protesters torch two suspected drug dens in Parow over Tazne van Wyk killing

Eyewitness News reporter Lizelle Persens gives an update from the protest in Parow.

[LISTEN]  Craig Urbani talks Rocky Horror and playing Frank-N-Furter

[LISTEN] Craig Urbani talks Rocky Horror and playing Frank-N-Furter

The actor and singer joined Azania Mosaka in studio for this week's Friday Profile.

[WATCH] Glimpse of Simon & Garfunkel Songbook performance

[WATCH] Glimpse of Simon & Garfunkel Songbook performance

Make sure you don't miss the Simon & Garfunkel Songbook national tour taking place in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Sasolburg.

Azania, Bongani queue for new model flip phone

Azania, Bongani queue for new model flip phone

PARTNER CONTENT: Samsung's new Galaxy Z Flip has South Africa, and our presenters, abuzz - and it launched in SA today!

Jacob Zuma is coming back to Mzansi, supporters told to gather at OR Tambo

Jacob Zuma is coming back to Mzansi, supporters told to gather at OR Tambo

Committee member of the Gauteng RET Zuma supporters Carl Niehaus says supporters must arrive before 10am.

Dudu Myeni 'unwilling to spend her money on delinquency case, feels targeted'

Dudu Myeni 'unwilling to spend her money on delinquency case, feels targeted'

Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse chief legal officer Advocate Stefanie Fick shares the latest.