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Daily Podcast – April 24, 2024

24th April 2024

By: Thabi Shomolekae
Creamer Media Senior Writer


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For Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I’m Thabi Shomolekae.

Making headlines: CoJ lodges court application to prevent ‘abuse’ of city manager; Multi-Party Charter delivers plan to tackle poverty, inequality; And, Amnesty International SA says the fight for freedom, dignity, human rights is far from over



CoJ lodges court application to prevent ‘abuse’ of city manager


The City of Johannesburg has instructed its legal team to immediately lodge an urgent court application to stay the execution of the warrant of arrest for city manager Floyd Brink and says it will seek to prevent any further “abuse of the legal system” to harass City officials.

Mayor Kabelo Gwamanda said he was made aware this morning of an attempt by the Sherriff of the Court to effect an arrest on Brink in relation to a matter that involves a business of the City and a disputed water utilities account.

Gwamanda explained that the warrant of arrest was found to be defective and erroneous and as such could not legally be executed.

He said also of concern, was the attempt to execute the warrant at the Private Residence of the City Manager, undermining his rights and that of his minor children and family.



Multi-Party Charter delivers plan to tackle poverty, inequality

The Multi-Party Charter of South Africa announced its plans to increase the Child Support Grant to the food poverty line and extend the grant to cover pregnant mothers to support child nutrition goals, if it comes into power.

The political parties that make up the Charter presented their plan to build a social relief framework, in which they also committed to an increase in the old age grant, funded by reducing the overall number of people on social grants through a growing economy that would see people into jobs and expand opportunities.

Through a joint press conference, leaders of the Charter parties shared their agreed approach and plans to tackle the biggest crises facing the country.

Today, the sixth such press conference detailed a Charter government’s plan to build a social relief framework that protected the vulnerable and secured the socioeconomic development needed to break the cycle of poverty, inequality and hunger.

The parties also committed to devising and implementing a plan to reduce teenage and unwanted pregnancies.



And, Amnesty International SA says the fight for freedom, dignity, human rights is far from over

Amnesty International South Africa executive director Shenilla Mohamed said that 30 years after the end of apartheid, the right to life and dignity continues to be trampled on, with some lives deemed more valuable than others.

Amnesty International today launched its yearly 'The State of the World’s Human Rights' report, which assesses human rights in 155 countries.

Mohamed pointed out that three decades had passed since the end of the oppressive apartheid regime in South Africa, marking a historic milestone in the fight for freedom and equality, however, the struggle for human rights and dignity persisted.

She said GBV remained rampant, with perpetrators often evading justice.

She highlighted that the report paints a sobering picture of the ongoing challenges faced by South Africans and added that despite the hard-fought victories against apartheid, millions still grappled with the denial of their fundamental human rights.


That’s a roundup of news making headlines today

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