South Africa: Today’s latest news and headlines, Saturday 26 February 2022

We’ve got the latest news stories and headlines in South Africa on Saturday 26 February.

Well, this was unexpected! The National Commissioner of the South African Police Service, Khehla Sitole, will be relieved of his duties after President Ramaphosa announced on Friday his contract had been terminated ‘in the best interest of South Africa.’

The heartbreaking reality of events transpiring in Ukraine are being felt across the world – including South Africa. The families and friends of our fellow SA nationals stuck in the world’s latest warzone have been left on tenterhooks, after a representative of South Africans in Kharkiv shared a desperate plea online.

This is absolutely unfathomable: A mother has been sentenced in the Bloemfontein High Court this week, after she was found guilty of committing horrific sexual offences again her own infant son. The 31-year-old Free State resident faced a litany of charges, including rape, that has put her behind bars for the foreseeable future.

With more than 50 cases of typhoid fever reported last week, South Africans must be wondering whether they are simply suffering from a tummy bug or typhoid fever. 

And lastly, the South Africa Post Office currently owes its suppliers a whopping total of R485 million emanating from 196 unpaid invoices.

TODAY’S LATEST NEWS IN SOUTH AFRICA, Saturday 26 February

Just in: Ramaphosa terminates police commissioner Khehla Sitole’s contract

The Presidency announced that the National Commissioner of the South African Police Service’s, Khehla Sitole, contract was terminated by mutual consent, on Friday, 25 February.

According to the statement, the termination comes into effect from 31 March 2022. Ramaphosa said he and the commissioner agreed that the termination is in the best interest of South Africa.

The Presidency said the month until the Commissioner’s departure will enable a proper handover of various tasks, including all ongoing investigations, to a senior member of the SAPS team that had been assisting the outgoing top cop.

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South Africans stuck in Ukraine launch desperate evacuation plea

The heartbreaking reality of events transpiring in Ukraine are being felt across the world – including South Africa. The families and friends of our fellow SA nationals stuck in the world’s latest warzone have been left on tenterhooks, after a representative of South Africans in Kharkiv shared a desperate plea online.

With air and land travel now completely closed off, foreign nationals looking to leave Ukraine are struggling. Mass evacuations are taking place near the Polish border – but for those based in the east, that’s an impossible journey.

Twitter user Vulthari/@Vuvu_M2, who lives and works in the under-siege country, reached out to DIRCO officials on Thursday night. Another gruesome campaign of aerial bombardment hit major Ukrainian cities in the early hours of the morning, with Russia tightening its grip on its shell-shocked neighbour.

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Free State horror: Mom convicted for the rape of her three-year-old son

This is absolutely unfathomable: A mother has been sentenced in the Bloemfontein High Court this week after she was found guilty of committing horrific sexual offences again her own infant son. The 31-year-old Free State resident faced a litany of charges, including rape, that has put her behind bars for the foreseeable future.

Crucially, testimony for the victim’s nine-year-old brother helped convict this monstrous mother. She will now be jailed for 18 years after the accused was sentenced to the following.

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Everything you need to know about the typhoid fever outbreak in SA

With more than 50 cases of typhoid fever reported last week, South Africans must be wondering whether they are simply suffering from a tummy bug or typhoid fever. 

Typhoid fever or enteric fever is regularly found in South Africa, with case numbers rising each year. It is spread through hand-to-mouth transmission from contaminated water, food, and surfaces. Poor hand hygiene by the infected person is also a common mode of transmission.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said on Thursday that if you are concerned about the quality of water you are using for drinking and cooking, then it is recommended to treat the water first.

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Post Office too broke to pay suppliers – owes R485 million

The South Africa Post Office currently owes its suppliers a whopping total of R485 million emanating from 196 unpaid invoices.

This was revealed in a recent reply to a parliamentary question by the DA.

DA Shadow Minister for Communications Solly Malatsi said the South African Post Office was too broke to pay its suppliers, making it one of the worst violators of the government commitment to settle invoices within 30 days.

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