Africa (Xinhua) -- One person was
killed and two others seriously injured after they were attacked
at a mosque in the town of Verulam, around 15 miles from Durban,
South Africa on Thursday afternoon.
According to local
media, people were worshipping in the mosque in Ottawa’s Old
Main Road earlier this afternoon when a group of armed man
stormed into the place and slit three persons’ throats.
The attackers then set fire on the mosque and fled in a white
They are supposed to be three Egyptian nationals.
However, their motivation is still unknown.
Private security company Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa)
said that one person died and the other two are in critical
Securities from Rusa are searching the area.
They request the public’s assistance in apprehending these
A horrific graphic video posted on social media shows one man
in jeans lying in a pool of blood.
A medical worker is pressing his neck to stop the bleeding.
Not far from him, another injured man is treated with the
wound on the belly.
Police and members of the community are on the scene.
South African MPs condemn
attack on mosque
CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) --
South African MPs on Thursday
condemned an attack on a mosque in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
One person was feared dead and two others were wounded in the
attack that happened on Thursday afternoon.
The motive for the attack is still under investigation.
Three knife-wielding attackers entered the mosque and carried
out the gruesome attack before setting the building alight,
The attackers fled the scene in a white Hyundai.
No one has been arrested.
Attacks on religious institutions are downright criminality
and should be condemned, Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on
The attack was shocking and the South African Police Service
(SAPS) should prioritize the investigation into it, Committee
Chairperson Francois Beukman said.
"A mosque is a religious institution, and South Africa’s
Constitution guarantees and protects the right to religious
practices," Beukman said.
This kind of attack on three innocent people is totally
unjustified, he said, adding that "we want our communities to
live in harmony, practicing their religions without fear."
"Everything should be done to arrest the perpetrators," said
Anyone with information should contact law enforcement
agencies, he said.
South African law
enforcement agencies launch raids on illegal immigrants
CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) --
South African law enforcement agencies
have successfully conducted raids on illegal immigrants in Cape
Town, rounding up a total of 25 suspects, authorities said on
The raids were launched on Wednesday in two areas frequented
by illegal immigrants, said Thabo Mokgola, spokesperson of the
Department of Home Affairs.
The 25 illegal foreign nationals were arrested for allegedly
contravening the Immigration Act, according to Mokgola.
More illegal immigrants will be arrested as investigations
are continuing, he said.
Law enforcement agencies also arrested a manager at one of
the restaurants that were visited, said Mokgola.
The manageer, he said, will be charged for contravention of
the Immigration Act, which prohibits employment of illegal
foreign nationals in South Africa.
Random inspections at places of employment are conducted to
ensure that employers of foreign nationals comply with
immigration laws, Mokgola said.
Employing foreigners who are not in possession of enabling
documents is an offence, he added.
"Those who persist in flouting immigration and labor laws of
the country will face the full might of the law," Mokgola
This is in support of the national drive towards safer
communities wherein citizens and documented foreign nationals
are and feel safe, he added.
Zambia raises concern to
South Africa over attacks on truck drivers
LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) --
The Zambian government on Thursday said it was
concerned over continued attacks on Zambian truck drivers in
South Africa and asked authorities in that country to do more to
assure the safety of the drivers.
The concerns come following the petrol-bombing of three
Zambian drivers and their trucks by violent protesters in
Groblersbrug, Limpompo Province which happened on Wednesday May
9 at night.
The attacks left one of the drivers with life-threatening
injuries and another one with minor burns.
Last week, about 30 foreign trucks, including three Zambian
trucks were burnt to ashes in Kwazulu-Natal, bringing the total
number of Zambia trucks burnt in various parts of South Africa
Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba
appealed to South African authorities to urgently help safeguard
the safety of Zambian truckers involved in the transportation of
goods between the two countries.
The Zambian envoy said the unfortunate incident had the
potential to disrupt international trade and halt the movement
of goods and services between the two countries, according to a
He has since called for calm among Zambian truck drivers as
his office has engaged the South African government to help put
in place measures to safeguard their trucks and their goods.
He further commended the quick response of South African
authorities to arrest those involved in burning of the trucks.
South African government
plans state-owned bank
JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua)
-- The South African government is
contemplating setting up a state-owned bank.
The ruling party, Africa National Congress (ANC), has been
pushing for the establishment of a state bank to break the
"monopoly" held by South Africa’s big-four banks.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa supported the move
for the setting up a state-owned bank "for financial
inclusiveness, affordability and bank charges."
"We need to create a better conducive for more banks that
will make money available to the general population of our
country. In some (other) countries, there is a plethora of banks
to make finance accessible to a number of stakeholders,"
Ramaphosa told reporters on Thursday.
At the ANC congress in December, delegates gave the South
African government an ultimatum to ensure that a state-bank is
up and running within six months.
Calls for the establishment of the state-owned bank in the
form of the Post Bank, had been on the drawing board within the
ANC for more than 10 years.
The ANC delegates demanded that the bank is given a
developmental agenda aimed at providing services to South
Africans who are excluded from the commercial banking sector.
Early this year, Post Bank filed its application for a
commercial banking licence with the Reserve Bank.
"I am quite confident that the Reserve Bank is professional
"It is able to process the application in an expeditious
manner," according to the Post Office statement.
"We had specific requirements we had to heed within 12 months
and submit a final application.
"The deadline was July 4 to the Reserve Bank.
"We met that deadline.
"We submitted on June 27," it added.
South Africa champions
efforts to connect Africa with broadband: minister
CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) --
South Africa is championing
localization and skills development to ensure that Africa is
connected to broadband, Minister of Telecommunication and Postal
Services Siyabonga Cwele said on Thursday.
For this purpose, "we must measure our progress through
statistics to determine how far we have come and how much
further we need to be," Cwele said after attending a cabinet
meeting in Cape Town.
South Africa welcomes the new target set by the
just-concluded United Nations Broadband Commission Spring
Meeting that broadband/ internet user penetration should reach
75 percent worldwide, 65 percent in developing countries, and 35
percent in least developed countries.
Another target is that entry-level broadband services should
be made affordable in developing countries, at less than two
percent of monthly gross national per capita income, Cwele said.
"Partnerships such as the Internet For All are crucial to
closing these gaps," Cwele said.
Cwele is one of 52 global Broadband Commissioners that are
drawn from leaders in government, business, academia, policy
makers and international agencies.
He said he had just concluded successful engagements at the
United Nations Broadband Commission Spring Meeting and attended
the Smart Africa Summit held in Kigali, Rwanda earlier this
According to Cwele, Smart Africa Summit decided that all
African countries should have a funded national broadband plan
or strategy, or include broadband in their universal access and
The One Africa Network will soon be rolled out by Smart
Africa member states, Cwele said.
The summit was designed to use information and communications
technology (ICT) as a driver of socio-economic development and
to promote accountability, efficiency and openness by putting in
place policies and a regulatory environment that encourages
partnerships, entrepreneurship, job creation and knowledge
sharing, according to Cwele.
This year’s meeting was attended by people representing 92
countries, he said.
According to the UN Broadband Commission, half of the world’s
population remain unconnected to the internet, with most of
these people being in developing countries and on the African