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  • South Africa: Today’s latest news and headlines, Wednesday 25 May 2022

    South Africa: Today’s latest news and headlines, Wednesday 25 May 2022

    We’ve got all the latest news stories and headlines in South Africa you really need to know on Wednesday 25 May.

    It’s perhaps understandable that a new disease outbreak would put a few of us on edge. After two-and-a-half years of the coronavirus, our pandemic fatigue is real. But new cases of Monkeypox are now popping up in unexpected places.

    New Gautrain routes and expansion are expected to be announced this week. The train service will be allocated R2.5 billion.

    Several learners were recently caught on camera looting the tuck shop at the Woodview Secondary school in Phoenix.  

    And officials at Hoërskool Rustenburg in North West have been left horrified after footage of their students performing a Nazi salute – while singing an old German war song on karaoke – was shared on TikTok.

    Whatever you say, just don’t say… that! The Mayor of a Free State district has caused outrage after he used the K-word in a public speech.

    TODAY’S LATEST NEWS IN SOUTH AFRICA, Wednesday 25 May

    Why is it called Monkeypox – and how can it be treated?

    It’s perhaps understandable that a new disease outbreak would put a few of us on edge. After two-and-a-half years of the coronavirus, our pandemic fatigue is real. But new cases of Monkeypox are now popping up in unexpected places.

    Scores of people have reported coming down with the virus, in 15 separate countries so far. However, infection numbers remain incredibly low, and the chances of this outbreak causing even a fraction of the havoc wreaked by COVID are slim-to-none.

    The jitters, therefore, are more than likely misplaced. The NICD isn’t particularly concerned by these infections, but they do anticipate that South Africa will ‘inevitably’ get its first Monkeypox case soon. They will remain vigilant, without reverting to panic stations.

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    New Gautrain routes and expansion to be announced this week

    Details on the new Gautrain routes and expansion are expected to be made public this week. 

    Gauteng Public Transport, Roads and Infrastructure MEC, Jacob Mamabolo said R2.45 billion will be allocated to the Gautrain for operational expenses and subsidies for the 2022/23 financial year. 

    The South African previously reported that extensions to the existing Gautrain infrastructure were in the works, with Lanseria, Little Falls, Soweto and Boksburg highlighted as areas the proposed new rail infrastructure will reach.

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    VIDEO: Leaners caught on camera LOOTING school tuck shop

    Several learners were recently caught on camera looting the tuck shop at the Woodview Secondary school in Phoenix. 

    In the video shared, the learners could be seen running from the tuck shop with hands full of items.

    It is not clear when the incident took place.  KwaZulu-Natal Education spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi made it clear that this behaviour would not be tolerated. 

    “We condemn what the learners have done. Those that can be identified in the video will be dealt with. We can not tolerate anarchy in our schools.” 

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    Caught on TikTok! Hoërskool Rustenburg learners filmed ‘doing Nazi salutes’

    Officials at Hoërskool Rustenburg in North West have been left horrified, after footage of their students performing a Nazi salute – while singing an old German war song on karaoke – was shared on TikTok.

    In total, four pupils are believed to be facing ‘extremely serious’ consequences, after their ill-advised gesture shocked viewers. The North West Education Department is sending a team to investigate the matter further on Tuesday.

    The scarcely-believable incident comes just days after a racism row erupted at Stellenbosch University. A black student had his belongings wrecked, when a white dorm-mate URINATED all over the room he was sleeping in. Thenus du Toit has since been suspended.

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    Watch: Free State Mayor ‘told to RESIGN’ – following his K-word slur!

    Moqhaka Local Municipality Executive Mayor, Motloheloa Mokatsane, has found himself at the centre of an almighty controversy on Tuesday – after he used the K-word during a bizarre speech to local community members in Free State.

    Mokatsane was talking to his constituents in about crime levels in the area, and recent incidents of Gender Based Violence (GBV). In conveying his frustration, The Mayor stated that some locals ‘were born to commit crime’, given their socio-economic status.

    Except, he didn’t exactly phrase it that way. Instead, he referred to black criminals by using the K-word. The crowd that had gathered to listen to his speech were audibly shocked. Some people murmured disbelievingly, while others shook their heads.

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