June, 1 2016.
For Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I’m Thabi Madiba.
Closing arguments in Police Commissioner Phiyega’s inquiry to start
Online application deadline looms for Gauteng parents
And, De Lille blamed for increase in gangsterism in Cape Flats
Closing arguments at the Claassen board of inquiry into the fitness for office of suspended national police commissioner Riah Phiyega will start today.
Early last month, the evidence phase of the inquiry ended after only a handful of witnesses and with Phiyega’s defence team announcing they would not be calling any witnesses.
Only two witnesses, Captain Monwabisi Ntlati and former brigadier Lindela Mashigo, testified during the inquiry, while four other witnesses only presented affidavits to the inquiry. The evidence leaders initially indicated that they had about 14 witnesses.
The inquiry is set to resume on Wednesday with closing arguments which have been set down for three days. Thereafter, Claassen will compile and submit a report to President Jacob Zuma.
Parents in Gauteng have until today to make use of the online system to apply for registration of their children for the 2017 academic year in any public school in the province.
More than 600 000 applications for Grade 1 and Grade 8 were received and processed since the online registration was launched in March.
Parents who do not have access to the internet were advised to visit their nearest school or district office for assistance with registration.
Online registration, for which MEC Panyaza Lesufi has been lauded, got off to a shaky start when the system crashed under the weight of thousands of applications by parents vying for school places, causing a lot of frustration and anxiety among parents.
Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille was on Tuesday blamed by the community movement #GangsterismMustFall for youth involvement in gangs in the Cape Flats.
On the eve of Youth Month in South Africa and International Children’s Day commemorations, the movement said de Lille had neglected the well-being of young people to the point where they were increasingly turning to gangs.
Also making headlines:
Ramaphosa says disruptions in Parliament a grave cause for concern
SA culture minister remembers Robert F. Kennedy’s visit half a century ago
And, AfriForum and Solidarity to fight sport quotas in court
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That’s a roundup of news making headlines today