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Matric pass rate expected to drop

Quality assurance council Umalusi says it expects a decrease of between 3 to 5 percent in the matric pass rate. Today Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will announce the official figures for the 2014 matric class. It is expected that a decrease in key subjects could result in an overall drop in the pass rate.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga

Authorities are investigating if foul play was involved in the death of a Fourways mother whose body was found in a pool in Mauritius a week ago. The international relations department is assisting the family of 35-year old Lee-Ann Palmarozza with the repatriation of her body. The family claims Palmarozza had bruises on her body and a head injury.

Meanwhile the family of Reiger Park boy Cuburne van Wyk whose burnt body was found in a field says they fear the murder case will be withdrawn. The only suspect, Mathaniel Katlego Mpoku is expected back in the Boksburg Magistrates Court today. [Last year the National Prosecuting Authority withdrew charges against a man accused of killing four year old Taegrin Morris also from Reiger Park. Charges were also dropped against a man accused of killing soccer star Senzo Meyiwa due to a lack of evidence.]

Parents of Curburne van Wyk in Reiger Park.

The EFF in the Western Cape has vowed to mobilise people to claim unoccupied land. Land redistribution was one of the hot issues at the party's elective congress in Bloemfontein last month. The EFF's provincial branch wants landless people to stake claim to unoccupied land such as the Rondebosch Common (pictured below) which could be one of the open spaces up for grabs.The EFF's Nazier Paulsen says once structures are erected it will be up to the local municipality to provide basic services.

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Tweeps throw shade as court shows Motsoeneng the door

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