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Xeno violence 132 convicts, Angola big African spender, dumping bylaws looked at

Masutha: 132 accused persons convicted over xenophobic violence

Justice and Correctional Services Minister Advocate Michael Masutha has clarified that despite media reports that link Minister Jeff Radebe to a comment that only one arrest has been made since the 2008 xenophobic, 132 accused persons have in fact been convicted. Masutha gave details on 702's John Robbie Show:

Overall, there were 79 cases that were successfully prosecuted in that convictions were achieved that involved 132 accused persons. The kind of sentences were around cases of public violence where people were convicted to serve 3-6 years; there was rape, there was murder, where the minimum people would get is 15 years up to life.

Winde: Angola are Africa's biggest spenders in Cape Town

Western Cape Economic Opportunities MEC Allan Winde has noted plans for that province to partner with Angola's Luanda Province to boost trade and provide opportunities for investment between the two areas. Winde outlined details to Cape Talk's Kieno Kammies following a recent visit to Angola:

We've had 17 business behind us, who had business-to-business meetings there, while we were there on the political level over policy and the space. We would very much like to partner the Western Cape with the Province of Luanda - that was the meeting with our Premier and the Governor. Primarily, our biggest problem is red-tape between the regions, but our trade is increasing tremendously, with a 30% year-on-year growth and the opportunity now also comes with the halving of the oil price because over 90% of their exports are oil products and oil and they're in a position where they need to diversify very quickly. They're looking for investments. And from African tourists coming to Cape Town, they are the biggest spenders.

JMPD: dumping by-laws could be reviewed

JMPD Spokersperson Edna Mamonyane has weighed in on concerns expressed by callers to 702's John Robbie Show over illegal dumping in their communities:

The biggest problem we have is with contractors that don't want to pay at the dumping site and they think that Pikitup has to clean up, but we have to enforce it. Most of the time, we get helped by the public who see these trucks dumping and they take pictures of this dumping. The by-laws of this City only provide for the issuing of fines and I'm sure we can do something for the frequent offenders.

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