Burundi leadership uncertain during civilian-military face-off

Demonstrators face off against police officers during a protest of President Nkurunziza's third term bid in Musaga, on the outskirts of the capital Bujumbura, on April 30, 2015. (Photo/AFP)

Burundi leadership uncertain during civilian face-off

There is still no certainty about who is in charge in Burundi following an announcement by an army chief that he had led a coup d'état against President Pierre Nkurunziza, following his bid to stay in power for a third term. African analyst and Senior Lecturer at Wits' School of Governance, Koffi M. Kouakou:

This was quite a surprise because this part of the world isn't known for coup d'état, but it's still not a coup due to the security issues and unrest in the Central African region. It seems this commanding officer - Godefroid Nyombare - has read the situation very well and it seems he's got a good group with him, taking the Presidential palace and the radio and so on. (On the AU's reaction) diplomatically, they will send out press releases, but globally, you've found that people are quite sick and tired of the unrest within Africa.

Soweto residents intensify Eskom protest with march

In Orlando West, Soweto, there is a protest march by the Joburg branch of the ANC under way. The protesters are against what they claim is bad treatment by Eskom. The power utility has been trying to install pre-paid meters in the area as part of a programme instituted by national government. Last week saw violent protests in Orlando against the meters and then a 10 hour power cut. EWN's Dineo Bendile:

There are over 500 ANC supporters protesting here today, demanding that Eskom make their rates more fair. This follows on a protest from over the weekend and they are saying that they are being punished for their being vocal on the issues, so they are marching to Eskom's offices in to the Eskom offices in Diepkloof, all the way from Orlando West.

ANC Joburg Region's Spokesperson, Jolidee Motango:

The people of Soweto have raised a number of issues that they have with Eskom and as the ANC, we can't sit and say it's our government. We've got to do something about this. Our Executive Mayor Parks (Tau) has had a meeting with Eskom, but we also need to have a march to show Eskom that we are very serious. There is perception out there that we don't want to pay. We want to pay for proper service and we want to be treated fairly. Our people are used to a 4 hour maximum load shedding period, not 10 hours, yet there is no cooperation from Eskom; they dealt with our people in an unfair manner.

A parent's crèche horror

News this morning is that a crèche in Joburg put a young child in a cupboard and forgot about him.The child was only found when his mother went to the crèche to pick him up, after he had been left in the cupboard for several hours. Acting DDG at the Gauteng Department of Social Development, Onkemetse Kabasia:

The ECDs - Early Childhood Development Centres - are regulated by the Department of Social Development and we are responsible for ensuring compliance with laws. Before an ECD is registered, they have to go through a rigorous program of compliance, especially with environmental health requirements.

Cabinet approves Operation Fiela

A statement by cabinet today that it fully supports Operation Fiela which has seen hundreds of people detained and raids on foreign nationals living in Joburg’s Central Methodist Church, along with claims that people who are not South African were about to be deported illegally. Acting Cabinet Spokesperson, Phumla Williams:

Yes, Cabinet supports Operation Fiela and also supports the raids which have been taking place. With regards to the Central Methodist Church raid, that was part of the operation that was happening on the 8th of May, which was one of the general operations targeted at the Joburg CBD and not targeting that church specifically. The President has announced that he is establishing an inter-ministerial committee on immigration, particularly to deal with the recent xenophobic violence.

Honda and Toyota vehicle recall

An announcement this morning from the car manufacturers Honda and Toyota is that they are recalling millions of cars around the world over problems with an airbag inflator that was built by a supplier. Head of Product Communications for Toyota and Lexus South Africa, Clinton Yon lists which cars in South Africa would be affected by the recall:

It involves some models of Corolla, Yaris and RunX and Rav4 and Hilux. You can either wait for the dealer to contact you - the dealers will be informed on the availability of service parts - and customers can also go to our website to see if their VIN no's are listed there. They can also call 0800-139-111 to check for their VIN no's.

Lesufi calls for Curro School operating licence review

In Joburg today, Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi briefed the media that after he launched an investigation into a report by EWN, that a private school had been separating younger children into separate classes for black and white children:

You can't reward racism, unfortunately and if there's proof of this, you need to act. On the basis of the report, it's clear there's elements of white parents who don't want their children with black children. I've given this urgent attention and we need to resolve this as soon as possible, for the sake of the children.

Kyalami racetrack due for major upgrades

News this morning that the new owners of the Kyalami race track are going to spend about R100 million on a new upgrade to the circuit. Group Business Development Manager at Porsche South Africa, Andrew Baldwin:

The first goal is to extend the track, then resurfacing it and then some of the buildings around the track will be demolished. We are hoping to see more international motor sport return to South Africa and the return of great national competition and maybe not for Formula One racing; the track isn't up to it anymore.


This article first appeared on 702 : Burundi leadership uncertain during civilian-military face-off


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