Man pictured stabbing amongst 3 arrested in Alexandra xenophobic incident
Confirmation from police that one of the people arrested in connection with xenophobic attacks overnight is the man photographed stabbing Emmanuel Sithole to death. The picture of Sithole being stabbed and dying were on the front page of the Sunday Times newspaper, sparking national outrage. At the same time, Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini is also holding an Imbizo in Durban after he was accused of making xenophobic comments. EWN's Alex Eliseev:
It has the feel of one of those historic pictures, one which alters the course of a story and a country. It was immensely powerful stuff and certainly for me, it marked some kind of a turning point like the one of a burning man during the 2008 xenophobic violence. Perhaps the thought now should be directing the anger at those people who committed the crime and not those who documented it. Three out of four suspects are now in custody and police have confirmed that the man seen wielding the knife in the picture is one of the three in custody, while one suspect is currently at large.
Meanwhile in Durban, Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has arrived for the Imbizo being held at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. EWN's Govan Whittles:
The Zulu King has arrived to ululation and cheering from many gathered here and his subjects. I've spoken to both young and old people for their views on xenophobia and the views are varied, with older people saying the violence is down to poor living conditions, while many younger people have expressed that they don't agree with the violence. (On singing at the stadium) they are actually including the word 'please' in some of the songs that they are singing here, where the crowd here seems to agree that foreigners should go home.
At the same time today, many people from other coutnries are watching the entire situation very closely. Chairperson for the Somali Retailers Association, Abdi Ahmed Aden:
I think things are a bit calmer than last week and the previous week. This has been a bad moment in our lives and it's not the first time that this kind of issue has taken place. You'll remember the Cape Town attacks in 2006 and then the 2008 attacks as well. This has been ongoing from different people in the local community. It seems the government is a bit reluctant when it comes to xenophobic attacks. If you look at the policies, there aren't any clear policies to deal with xenophobic violence. It seems as if the foreign nationals have become a time bomb and it seems as if when South Africans need anything, they attack foreign nationals.
Lorghaat denies meddling for quotas
A claim this morning made by Cricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Haroon Lorgat is that there was no demand that Vernon Philander be picked for the World Cup semi final match against Sri Lanka, in order to fulfil a racial quota. Lorgat was talking on 702’s John Robbie Show after various claims have been made that he sent an SMS demanding Philander be included. One of the people who has made the claim that there was interference was EWN Sport's Jean Smyth:
Yes I do (still stand by my story). I was surprised by (Proteas High Performance coach) Mike Horn's statement saying that he felt his quotes were taken out of context. The interesting thing is that the only people who have officially spoken about this issue is Haroon Lorgat - none of the players have spoken on this issue. Mike Horn has an enormous track record, but from where I'm sitting, I don't think we took his comments out of context.
#BringBackTheSignal back in court
In the Western Cape High Court this lunchtime an application by Primedia Broadcasting – the owners of this radio station - continues in which they are asking judges to rule parts of Parliament’s television camera policy unlawful. The policy says that if there is a disturbance in the chamber, that disturbance will not be shown, in order to protect the image of Parliament. EWN's Rahima Essop:
The applicants argue that the public at large are forced to rely on second-hand accounts of what happened. The application argues that people should be able to see for themselves what is happening. The applicants are asking for a court order that this provision be declared unconstitutional. This is also part two of this application - a previous application didn't work and this application will have to convince the court.
Could Molefe save Eskom?
On 702's John Robbie Show this morning, was a promise by the new Acting CEO at Eskom, Brian Molefe, to do what he can to turn the utility around. Molefe has also promised that he would make sure Eskom followed the right procedures when signing contracts with suppliers. Independent energy analyst and former Eskom employee, Ted Bloom:
I'm not so sure that I share the optimism, but I do hope we can get this mess sorted out. He knows nothing about energy and he will have to rely on the team at Eskom - the very same team that got us in this very same mess. If one doesn't have access to the technical issues, it could end up in a mess. You can't stop the load shedding, in fact you need more load shedding in order to create space, so to say you're going to cut load shedding doesn't make sense.
Maimane to run for DA's top spot
An announcement over the weekend from the DA’s Parliamentary Leader Mmusi Maimane that he will run for the position of leader of the party, after Helen Zille announced she was not available for re-election:
I think there's a time in every country, where you look at the conditions of a nation and South Africa is going through a hard time, with racism and our economy being sluggish and one has to stand up and say 'I want to make a difference and do something for South Africa'. (On confidence over his chances to lead) Oh absolutely, we went into this contest, we had to poll the delegates and we know we would have the requisite numbers to get this, but if not, then we'll get behind the leading candidate.
Queues intensifying at Gauteng schools
Confirmation this morning that some parents are beginning to queue at certain government schools around Gauteng to try and apply to get their children into those schools next year. Spokesperson for the Gauteng Education Department, Phumla Sekhonyane:
We have this early registration process because it helps us to plan and predict how many learners would be coming into our system. What we've done is implement a dual process for applying manually and electronically on www.gdeadmissions.org.za
Some surprises at the South African Music Awards (Sama's) on Sunday night, with pop-house outfit Beatenberg walking away laden with trophies and popular rapper Cassper Nyovest taking Best Newcomer. Sunday Times entertainment journalist, Gabi Mbele:
The funny thing is that, in a situation where it's not viewers or the audience aren't voting, you have to be careful what you spew out there. He was very disgruntled and we were both worried about either him or AKA getting an award and when he got on stage he said 'Oh wow, what award is this again?' I mean, really? He dressed up, he went to the awards - that means he was very amped up! (On Beatenberg winning Song of The Year) I actually expected them to win and with their link to DJ Clock and the fact that they're white actually made them 'cooler' because it means that house music is a genre that doesn't have any colour.