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Shoot out over principal appointment, Mahlobo's scrambler, Zuma gets Parly calm

[DEVELOPING] Tensions over principal appointment lead to shoot out

Tando Ntunja on this story: what was meant to be a peaceful resolution of a dispute pertaining to the appointment of a principal at a school has turned violent, with SAPS officers resorting to shooting. Parents at Roodepoort Primary School in Davidsonville in Gauteng's West Rand have denied that their call for the principal to step down is racially motivated.

To go to a brief audio timeline of how events unfolded, click here. For updates as they happen, follow EWN's Govan Whittles on @van1go and @ewnreporter as GW

Mahlobo signal jammer claims rubbished

EWN's Barry Bateman on this story: radio frequency experts have told Eyewitness News a cellphone jamming device is not designed to enforce a no-fly zone, as claimed by the State Security Minister David Mahlobo. Before the start of the State of The Nation Address (Sona) last week, there was no signal in the National Assembly. Journalists and editors launched into an unprecedented protest over the communication blackout. Opposition Members of Parliament also took up the call of “Bring Back the Signal” in solidarity with the media.

Zuma's calm after a violent, signal-jammed Parly storm

EWN Parliament's Gaye Davis on this story: President Jacob Zuma has called for cool heads in Parliament and says despite the challenges, South Africa's getting many things right. Replying to the vicious debate on his State of the Nation Address (Sona), Zuma turned up the charm, extending an olive branch to some of his harshest detractors. During his Sona speech, Economic Freedom Fighters were forcibly removed from the National Assembly while the Democratic Alliance (DA), United Democratic Movement and the Congress of the People staged a walk out. Zuma acknowledged the country's many challenges and stressed the need to work together to address them.


This article first appeared on 702 : Shoot out over principal appointment, Mahlobo's scrambler, Zuma gets Parly calm


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