South Africa: Attackers of Ndebele Artist Esther Mahlangu Released – South African News Briefs – 21 Oct 2022


Cape Town –

Renowned Ndeble artist Esther Mahlangu’s assailants are free for now

The case of two men accused of assaulting and robbing world-renowned Ndebele artist Esther Mahlangu in April this year has been dropped in a Mpumalanga court. The 86-year-old artist was ambushed at her Siyabuswa home and robbed of money and her firearm. Eyewitness News reports. The police did not present sufficient evidence in court.

Mpumalanga National Public Prosecutor’s Office spokeswoman Monica Nyuswa said the charges will be reinstated once the outstanding information has been collected by the police.

Morocco criticizes South Africa’s support for Western Sahara for independence

Morocco yesterday criticized what it called “gesticulations and agitations” by Pretoria over the disputed territory of Western Sahara. It was in reaction to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s backing of the region in its quest for independence, Eyewitness News reports. The disputed status of Western Sahara: a former Spanish colony is considered a “non-autonomous territory” by the UN. Morocco, since the 1970s, has clashed with the pro-independence Polisario Front, backed by Algeria. President Brahim Ghali of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic paid a state visit to South Africa on October 18, 2022.

More hospitals will be exempt from power outages

The National Department of Health has said its goal is to see more hospitals exempt from power cuts, particularly in the North Cape and North West. Following the department’s intervention, Eskom has now exempted 72 healthcare facilities in the country from ongoing power cuts. Many patients were found to be at risk during periods of load shedding.


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