Today’s latest news and headlines, Thursday 31 March 2022

Today’s latest news and headlines, Thursday 31 March 2022

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We’ve got all the latest news stories and headlines in South Africa you really need to know on Thursday 31 March.

In the end, this wasn’t a terribly surprising outcome. The odds were always in the Cabinet’s favour, but events on Wednesday resulted in ANC ministers keeping their jobs in the face of a no confidence vote.

The sitting certainly wasn’t an exercise in diplomacy or civility. Verbal battles and arguments with both Speakers characterised both the debate and the vote itself. Tempers were frayed towards the end of the session, as ANC and DA representatives continued to trade barbs.

The gavel has come down hard on Sibongile Mani, after she was sentenced to a FIVE-YEAR prison sentence on Wednesday afternoon. The former Walter Sisulu University student erroneously received millions of rand from NSFAS, and instead of raising the red flag, she went on an almighty spending spree.

The State of Disaster comes with small print: COGTA Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has gazetted the new laws South Africa will adhere to, until COVID-19 legislation is officially adopted by the National Health Act. We’ve heard most of it already – but one fascinating detail has been added to the text.

Pretoria motorists have been urged to avoid certain roads as the Unemployed Social Workers Movement of South Africa (USWMSA) will hold a march on Thursday, 31 March. 

TODAY’S LATEST NEWS IN SOUTH AFRICA, Thursday 31 March

Pretoria CBD march: Roads to AVOID on Thursday, 31 March

Pretoria motorists have been urged to avoid certain roads as the Unemployed Social Workers Movement of South Africa (USWMSA) will hold a march on Thursday, 31 March. 

The purpose is to demand feedback regarding memorandums submitted at the Department of Social Development in previous marches about the high rate of unemployment of Social Workers graduates.

Tshwane Metro Police Department spokesperson Senior Superintendent Isaac Mahamba said the marchers are expected to gather at 09:00 at an open space in Madiba Street and Kgosi Mampuru Street.

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Just in: Cabinet SURVIVES no confidence vote – but how close was it?

In the end, this wasn’t a terribly surprising outcome. The odds were always in the Cabinet’s favour, but events on Wednesday resulted in ANC ministers keeping their jobs, in the face of a no confidence vote.

The sitting certainly wasn’t an exercise in diplomacy or civility. Verbal battles and arguments with both Speakers characterised both the debate and the vote itself. Tempers were frayed towards the end of the session, as ANC and DA representatives continued to trade barbs.

Click here to read more.

NDZ reveals 30-day ‘lockdown extension’ to come – AFTER State of Disaster ends

The State of Disaster comes with small print: COGTA Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has gazetted the new laws South Africa will adhere to until COVID-19 legislation is officially adopted by the National Health Act. We’ve heard most of it already – but one fascinating detail has been added to the text.

According to the amended Disaster Management Act, our State of Disaster is coming to an end in April. That’s certainly a cause for celebration, following Mzansi’s 25-month spell under lockdown restrictions.

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WATCH: Thieves steal laptop at a petrol station in Pretoria

In a video that has since gone viral on social media, two men in a white VW steal a laptop from a blue SUV at a petrol station in Lynnwood, Pretoria.

While the SUV driver gets out of his car, one of the two men in a car parked next to his slightly opens one of  the doors so that the car doesn’t lock. 

As soon as the man leaves his car he thoroughly checks that both the doors on his side are locked before walking away. He doesn’t realise that doors on the other side aren’t locked. 

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Sibongile Mani: Tweeps call for a lesser or suspended sentence

South Africans have taken to social media to call for a suspended sentence in the case of Walter Sisulu University student, Sibongile Mani who was sentenced to five-year direct imprisonment on Wednesday.

Mani was sentenced for spending over R800 000 of the R14 million that was erroneously deposited into her account by the National Students Financial Aid (NSFAS) back in 2017.  

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