NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 16 November 12 pm
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In this bulletin:
# The FF Plus says the mass resignation by police’s elite unit members sets the alarm bells ringing
# Police operations against illegal mining in Gauteng are very successful
# And Rugby: The Sharks duo Bongi Mbonambi and Vincent Koch are sidelined for months due to injury
# The Freedom Front Plus says urgent action is required to address the retention of skilled officials in the fight against crime. The party expressed concern over the mass resignation of over 70-percent of the police’s special task force members in KwaZulu-Natal, leaving only 15 of the initial 53 members. Party leader Pieter Groenewald says issues such as poor payment, unfair promotion policies, mismanagement, and neglect are cited as reasons for the exodus:
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# At least 36 suspects have been arrested in connection with alleged possession of suspected stolen property, illegal mining and contravention of the Immigration Act in Kagiso in the West Rand District. This follows a large-scale operation by the police. Tools of trade for illegal mining such as generators, pendukas, gas bottles, steel brackets and gold bearing material, were also seized during the operation. The suspects are expected to appear in court soon.
# The IFP president Velenkosini Hlabisa is urging South Africans to register to vote, so they will have their voices heard in next year’s elections. According to the Independent Electoral Commission, nearly 23-thousand-296 voting stations in all municipalities across the country will be open for voter registration this Saturday and Sunday. Hlabisa says it is staggering that over 13 million South Africans, individuals who hold the power to influence the future of our country, have not taken the simple yet transformative step of registering to vote:
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# Rugby: The Sharks are set to be without front row duo Bongi Mbonambi and Vincent Koch for extended period due to knee injuries. Mbonambi was forced to leave the field early in the World Cup final victory over New Zealand in Paris last month, after sustaining a knee injury. Kock missed the World Cup final due to a knee injury. Sharks coach John Plumtree says Mbonambi could be sidelined for six months, while Koch will be out of action for up to three months.
# Financial indicators: The dollar trades at 18-rand-16-cents and the euro at 19-rand-71-cents. One British pound costs 22-rand-48-cents and Bitcoin trades at 37-thousand-362-dollars-2-cents. Gold sells at one-thousand-966-dollars-72-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 80-dollars-27-cents a barrel.
# And finally: The Social Research Foundation’s recent survey of one-thousand-412 registered voters revealed that 61-percent believe the government should nationalise the healthcare sector. The survey reveals a nuanced perspective across political lines, with 71-percent of ANC supporters, 33-percent of DA voters, and 57-percent of EFF voters favouring healthcare nationalisation. News24 reports the survey also highlights racial and educational divides, with 63-percent of blacks supporting nationalisation compared to 79-percent of whites opposing it. The findings highlight diverse perspectives on healthcare policy amid discussions on the introduced National Health Insurance Bill in August last year.
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