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4th arrest for Sithole case, Sithole family speaks,Eskom Acting CEO settles

Fourth suspect arrested in Sithole murder case

EWN's Masego Rahlaga on this story: a fourth man has been arrested in connection with the murder of Mozambican national Emmanuel Sithole in Alexandra. Three other suspects were taken in on Sunday night. All four will appear in court this morning. Sithole was beaten and stabbed to death by a group of armed men in Alexandra on Saturday. He was killed during a xenophobic attack.

Emmanuel Sithole's family reeling from stabbing

Pic: Emmanuel Sithole's uncle, Fernando Hasmayo (Credit: Thomas Holder/EWN)

EWN's Masego Rahlaga and Thomas Holder on this story: The slain Mozambican national’s family says they’re anxious and concerned about what will become of his three young children, who were awaiting his arrival back home. Sithole has two wives in Mozambique and three children under the age of five. His brother, Jerimiah Sithole, says Emmanuel was the only bread winner in his family and would never go three months without going to see his children: “He loved his children very much and always remembered to send them money. He would always visit them.” He says Sithole was gathering funds to go back home to see his children.

Jerimiah Sithole meanwhile says his family doesn’t have enough money to transport his brother’s body back to Mozambique: “We don’t have the funds to take his remains home and I think the South African government must do something, because he died as a result of xenophobia.”

in response, the South African government has offered to assist the Sithole family to repatriate his remains.

[WATCH] Sithole's family speaking on the aftermath of his death

Eskom Acting CEO settling in

Image: AFP

EWN's Gia Nicolaides on this story: There appears to be a sense of optimism at Eskom as newly appointed acting CEO Brian Molefe finds his feet before coming up with plans to turn around the ailing utility. Molefe, who was group chief executive at Transnet, has been appointed to lead Eskom while CEO Tshediso Matona remains suspended. He says he wants to examine the utility's problems and turn the situation around, to ensure South Africa has a reliable electricity supply. At the weekend, Molefe met the Eskom board. He's also been in several meetings and will introduce himself to the staff before familiarising himself with the challenges at Eskom. The utility's Khulu Phasiwe says they needed someone with Molefe’s experience to steer the ship: “He’s beginning to get to grips with the issues that are facing Eskom and also, together with management, finding a way in terms of resolving those issues.”

However, speaking to Stephen Grootes on the Midday Report, energy analyst Ted Bloom says he’s not optimistic:


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