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Apartheid killers announcement today and Gauteng Education to visit Curro

Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha will announce this morning whether Government has resolved to release Clive Derby-Lewis, Eugene de Kock and Ferdie Barnard.

Derby-Lewis killed SACP Leader Chris Hani in 1993, de Kock headed the Vlakplaas hit squad while Barnard carried out assassinations for the notorious CCB, the Civil Co-operation Bureau.

Already the SACP says it will oppose freeing Derby-Lewis on medical grounds in court.

The Gauteng Education Department is today expected to visit the Curro Roodeplaat School in Pretoria today - follwoing an EWN story about accusations of racial segregation.

EWN reported that a group of almost 30 parents at the private school have signed a petition to complain about young pupils being split up into classes based on race.

The school denied that this was a case of racial segregation, saying it was trying to protect children from minority groups - allowing them to make friends and preserve their culture.

But at an emotional meeting last night Curro CEO, Dr Chris van der Merwe conceded that parents demanded to be more involved in class allocation...

200 concerned parents were given an opportunity to express their concerns. Yes, we did integrate the class but the parents want integration to be taken further. Even if you have a small group of white children, we resolved to spread them evenly.

Curro CEO, Dr Chris van der Merwe

Listen to the full interview here...

Today The Criminal Law Amendment Act of 2013 that promotes the use of DNA in crime fighting efforts and regulates how this is to happen comes to effect. However, DNA Project Executive Director Vanessa Lynch - who has campaigned for this database for a full decade - is concerned that there is no oversight body that will ensure the implementation of the Act.

She chatted to 702's John Robbie about what the Act means for fighting crime - and briefly unpacked her concerns...


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