Braamfontein was set alight last night in student protests, OR Tambo has been brought to a stand still and Zuma spent the day answering questions… here’s all you need to know!


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5 things you need to know about South Africa today:


Student Protests and Braamfontein burns – police van goes up in flames

A police van went up in flames in Braamfontein on Tuesday evening after protesters barricaded the area.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Mashadi Selepe said the vehicle was on patrol in the area. “I can confirm that the vehicle is on fire. We are busy investigating the cause of the fire. We cannot speculate that it was set alight.”

Zuma explains why he interdicted Thuli Madonsela’s state capture report

President Jacob Zuma appeared before the National Council of Provinces on Tuesday where he answered questions on the public protector’s state capture report and the charges against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

The president distanced himself from any interference in the case against Gordhan or any undue actions with regard to his application to interdict the public protector’s report.

Simba Mhere crash accused of speeding

Evidence in the Randburg Magstrate’s Court on Tuesday, showed that motorist Preshalin Naidoo who was involved in a car accident where Top Billing presenter Simba Mhere and his passenger Kady-Shay O’Bryan were killed, was travelling at 166 kilometres when the accident occurred.

Naidoo‚ 24, who faces two charges of culpable homicide relating to the car crash in which Mhere and O’Bryan died, which involved three cars, occurred along William Nicol Drive in Fourways‚ Johannesburg, on January 31‚ 2015.

Students planning another protest at Parliament

Fees Must Fall supporters are planning to protest at Parliament during the mini budget speech again, this time when beleaguered Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan takes the podium on Wednesday.

Last year students surprised police and guards when they arrived in their thousands to demand that former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene and Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande listen to them.

South Africa is turning its back on international criminal justice

There is a multitude of reasons underlying South Africa’s decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC). Some betray a lack of leadership and a deviation from the rule of law. Others are legitimate political reasons, including an intractably dismissive and exploitative approach by the Global North towards African states.

Both reasons need to be understood and examined


Top 5 trending hashtags in the last 12 hours:



Twitter has leant itself to the conversation of the ongoing protests with last night seeing a very violent uproar in Braamfontein


Sundowns fans have brought traffic to a standstill at OR Tambo… twitter are all sharing photos and support


@FifiCooperSan released a new single called #Phambili and South African social media is loving it!


The evening show on PowerFM was trending for all of its interesting topics… state capture, the new public protector & FeesMustFall protests


Social Media was set alight in conversation of whether Khanyi Mbau is using skin-lightening products and how the twittersvere feels about it…

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Sources: News24 | IOL | Times Live | Mail & Guardian | Daily Maverick

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