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Victims of Crime survey: South Africans fear house break in's most

South African perceptions on crime: in Pretoria, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) has just started released it's Victims of Crime survey. It’s aimed at finding out which crimes we fear the most and how we try and protect ourselves from crime. EWN Senior Correspondent, Barry Bateman:

What've seen top the list of most feared crime is house break ins. Information on times that we feel safe: 9 out of 10 SAfricans felt safe in their particular area, while only 3 out of 10 SAfricans felt safe at night in their area. A quarter of parent didn't want their children to play outside in the area that they lived. 72% of South Africans also believe the level of corruption has increased over the years, and many believe corruption happens in the area of social grants.

Kgadima Saga: the Central Energy Fund has responded following Tshepo Kgadima's explosive conversation on 702's John Robbie Show this morning, where everything from his appointment (and withdrawal thereof, which he's challenging in court) at Petro SA, his spat with the Business Day newspaper and the 'bogus investment' tiff with the Skweyiyas were all covered. Central Energy fund spokesperson Mandla Tyala sent the Midday Report a statement on Kgadima's court action, stating they 'will deal with that matter (court action) when and if it happens' and that the fund’s position is that Mr Kgadima is no longer part of their organisation and that they have moved on. Here's Kgadima's conversation on 702:

Foreign nationals on E-tolls: a report notes that the Transport Department and the SA National Roads Agency Limited have now published new proposals to make sure that foreign nationals pay for using E-tolled highways and that Sanral would have to keep a register of which cars are using the highways. Chairman of the Justice Project, Howard Dembovsky:

Despite the fact that they are now putting this into the regulations - it hasn't been there before - would mean that foreign nationals have been exempt of E-tolls. We made a submission to the E-tolls Review Panel pointing this out, but the practical implications have be looked at and we have to ask 'how are they going to enforce this?

Undedicated administrators to be moved: a series of comments over the last 24 hrs from Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi that district directors in areas that get poor matric results will be shown the door:

The system has to be performance orientated and we can't keep people that aren't reaching targets. I have to redetermine their positions and where they might be relocated. I can't do this outside of the consideration of the unions, yes, but I have to put the quality of children's education first.

SA's global economic participation: in Pretoria, the SA Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) is holding a special seminar on South Africa’s place in global economic governance. Senior Researcher in the Economic Diplomacy Programme at SAIIA, Memory Dube:

South Africa does have a role to play in economic governance in the global sphere and South Africa has been very vocal in a number of issues pertaining to economic development and for the continent as well. (On being a part of BRICS) we're not necessarily there only to advance Africa's interests, we are also there to advance our individual's country's interests. The potential for infrastructure development through the new development bank is also an important point of participation there.

'Ukuthwala' doesn't denote 'abduction': a briefing by the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL Rights Commission) on the practice of 'ukuthwala', which could be defined as the practice of taking a young woman from her village to marry her.Deputy Chair of the CRL Rights Commission, Prof David Mosoma:

Ukuthwala is a process where the young man and woman consent to getting married and in order to facilitate that - because there may be problems with regards to lobola - decide to get married, but also with the parents' knowledge. In the morning, they would send a delegation to the in-laws to tell them 'your daughter is with us'. It's not elopement in this sense, because the parents of both the woman and the man, because both parents know about the relationship in the first instance, it isn't something that is secret. There must be a clear distinction between ukuthwala and abduction, that is often done under the pre-text of ukuthwala. The same goes for human trafficking. It's a discussion of the highest order, because there are people that are trying to obstruct the cultural practice to use it for their own end.

The birth of a new union: at the Constitutional Court precinct in Joburg this lunch time is what’s being described as the media launch of a new union: the SA Public Sector Union. It's National Convenor is Thobile Ntola:

The view of the workers that met on Saturday and Sunday in Bloemfontein is that they are no longer being looked after by their unions. The formation of the union is informed by the strife of workers.

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