South Africa: Former Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula speaks back in court

Former Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula back in court, Former Speaker of Parliament Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, who is currently facing corruption charges, is due to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court, IOL reports.

Mapisa-Nqakula is charged with 12 counts of corruption and one count of money laundering. She served as defense minister from 2012 to 2021, during which she allegedly received millions in bribes from a former military contractor. She is currently out on R50,000 bail.

Durban flooded after heavy rain, rescue efforts underway

The heavy downpour accompanied by strong winds and hailstorms that hit parts of KwaZulu-Natal has resulted in extensive damage to households and infrastructure, and the loss of five lives in the worst-hit eThekwini metro, TimesLIVE reports. According to the provincial government, many people are currently receiving medical treatment for their injuries at health facilities. The South African Weather Service issued a Level 4 warning, predicting heavy rainfall and a high risk of flooding in coastal areas of the province. The eThekwini metro has been particularly affected, with roads flooded, trees falling and significant damage to infrastructure such as power lines and roads. Disaster teams are currently assessing the damage and providing immediate assistance, such as housing displaced residents in public buildings.

Universities are encouraged to publish names of GBV perpetrators

A ministerial task team has proposed the creation of an offender register to record the names of staff and students found guilty of gender-based violence (GBV) in universities across the country, News24 reports. In May 2019, former Higher Education Minister Naledi Pandor appointed a task force to advise on sexual harassment and gender-based violence in higher education institutions. One of their main objectives was to find ways to prevent sex offenders from evading justice and reoffending in various institutions. The team’s 136-page report, which was officially published on May 17, suggested that institutions include a clause in their employment contracts allowing them to disclose the identity of people found guilty of GBV, including staff, independent contractors, suppliers, and students.

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