NCOP passes Covid-19 tax bills and approves suspension of magistrate who was ‘easy on rapists’

The Citizen reports that during its virtual plenary on Thursday, the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) passed three Covid-19 tax bills and approved the suspension of KwaZulu-Natal acting regional magistrate Kholeka Bodlani, who is accused of going easy on rapists. Bodlani’s provisional suspension follows allegations of misconduct levelled against her. Justice Minister Ronald Lamola provisionally […]

“We are starving” says singer Vicky Sampson

GroundUp writes that about 50 musicians and performers picketed outside Parliament over outstanding Covid-19 relief money. Artists criticised government’s application process for the relief funding, calling it cumbersome. In August Arts and Culture Minister announced a second wave of once-off payment relief of R6,600 per person. Performers also want the 50-person restriction at events eased. […]

Grade 10, 11 exams scrapped

SABC News reports that the Department of Basic Education has scrapped this year’s final exams for Grade 10 and 11 learners – instead replacing them with controlled tests. In a circular, the department says coronavirus infections, the loss of teaching time and the closure of schools under the hard lockdown period has resulted in the […]

Lockdown: Durban nurses claim they are being evicted

eNCA writes that they might be at the frontline of the fight against coronavirus, but that doesn’t mean they are well treated. Nurses at Wentworth Hospital in Durban claim the same government that prohibited evictions under the lockdown handed out eviction notices in June. They say they have to move out of their digs to […]