South Africa: Today’s latest news and headlines, Wednesday 16 February 2022 [Video]

We’ve got all the latest news stories and headlines in South Africa you really need to know on Wednesday, 16 February 2022.

What is happening at our schools? In another sick story, officials have rushed to condemn Milnerton High School for ‘humiliating’ one of their black students after forcing him to make a grovelling and degrading apology to a white learner.

The school’s disciplinary committee told the black youngster to ‘get on his knees’ and ‘bow to his classmate’.

The National Commissioner of Police General Khehla Sitole said he was shocked by the allegations made by Police Minister Bheki Cele, who accused the top cop of plotting to remove him from office with EFF leader Julius Malema, at the SONA debate on Monday, 14 February.

The Tshwane metro has been on an aggressive campaign in the past week to disconnect entities that have not been paying their light bill. The Tshwane Ya Tima campaign has seen government departments and popular businesses being disconnected for defaulting on payments, including SARS. 

TODAY’S LATEST NEWS IN SOUTH AFRICA, Wednesday 16 February

Black pupil ‘humiliated’ – after school made him BOW to white classmate

This is a real sickener. Officials have rushed to condemn Milnerton High School for ‘humiliating’ one of their black students, after he was forced to make a grovelling and degrading apology to a white learner.

The Western Cape Provincial Department of Education is now investigating the matter thoroughly, but the early details emerging from the school are genuinely eye-watering…

The two male pupils involved had a fight over a bench during break time last week.
School officials handled the matter themselves, concluding the black student needed to apologise to his white counterpart.
However, the school’s disciplinary committee told the black youngster to ‘get on his knees’ and ‘bow to his classmate’.
The incident happened in front of other learners, and the victim was also made to raise his hands up and down.
The pupil stated that he had been ‘stripped of his dignity’ following this ordeal.
Human rights group Amnesty SA has condemned the altercation in its entirety.

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Did Cele get it wrong? General Sitole says he met Malema after ‘serious threats’

The National Commissioner of Police General Khehla Sitole said he was shocked by the allegations made by Police Minister Bheki Cele, who accused the top cop of plotting to remove him from office with EFF leader Julius Malema, at the SONA debate on Monday, 14 February.

Cele shouted at Malema from the podium, as he delivered his speech on Monday, and claimed the EFF leader met with Sitole on 10 December 2020 to plot on his downfall.

“I’m not going to go back to the 10th of December 2020, where there was a meeting between yourself and the national commissioner and the plan and the plot was hashed that I must be chased,” said the police minister.

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Top 5 places Tshwane has disconnected in the past week

The Tshwane metro has been on an aggressive campaign in the past week to disconnect entities that have not been paying their light bill. 

The Tshwane Ya Tima campaign has seen government departments and popular businesses being disconnected for defaulting on payments. 

The top five places that have been disconnected according to amounts owed in the Tshwane Ya Tima campaign:

Department of Infrastructure development – R245 million
Department of Public Works – R110 million
University of Pretoria HPC – R34 million 
Sheraton Hotel – R23 million
Tshwane North College – R 20 million

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‘No fear, no favour’: City of Tshwane disconnects SARS and SAPS HQ

The City of Tshwane continued its aggressive debt collection campaign on Tuesday, 15 February. The City previously said it was owed R17 billion by businesses, government departments and residents.

 The biggest scalps of the day included the South African Revenue Service (SARS), the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the local Gautrain station.

Tshwane MMC for Finance, Alderman Peter Sutton, said less than 1% of the court challenges brought against the City for abruptly disconnecting its debtors have been successful.

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Still claiming the R350 grant? Five things you need to know about the extension

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the extension of the special social relief of distress (SRD) R350 grant by a further year until March 2023 in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on 10 February.

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) issued a notice with information that recipients should be aware of on Tuesday, 15 February.

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