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Cosatu plans to shut down Mariannhill Toll Plaza



Durban – The Congress of South African Trade Unions are urging motorists to make alternate travel routes as they will be holding a picket at the N3 Mariannhill Toll Plaza from 10am.

Cosatu’s Edwin Mkhize said members will gather at the Curries Fountain Stadium from 8am and thereafter proceed to the toll plaza from 9:30am.

He said the picket is to publicly condemn the petrol price and VAT increases as well as highlight other matters affecting residents.

“We strongly oppose and condemn government’s VAT and fuel hikes. These above inflation tax hikes are suffocating workers who are already battling to cope with; an 36% unemployment rate, thousands of workers retrenched across economic sectors, nine million unemployed and rising food, transport, water and electricity inflation,” he said.

Further demands by Cosatu:

  • Reduce the fuel levy and other taxes
  • Taxing the wealthy to subsidize the poor
  • Clean up the corruption
  • Wasteful expenditure
  • Looting of the RAF by lawyers
  • Invest and expand public transport
  • Ensure the safety of public transport (trains, taxis and buses)
  • Ensure the reliability of Metro Rail
  • Reinstate a dedicated full time rail way police under SAPS
  • Deal with criminal syndicates vandalising Metro Rail
  • Deal with lawlessness in the taxi industry
  • Ensure the taxi industry is properly subsidised and supported by the state
  • Invest in producing electric buses, cars and bikes locally to reduce our dependence upon a volatile and expensive oil industry
  • Explore the nationalisation of SASOL to provide cheaper petrol for South Africans.

On VAT, Cosatu demands that government:

  • Reverse the VAT hike or announce when it will come to an end
  • Implement the recommended additional VAT exempt products by the VAT Panel
  • Exempt locally produced poultry from VAT as a key food for the poor
  • Exempt sanitary pads and school uniforms from VAT
  • Purchase locally produced sanitary pads and school uniforms for the poor and distribute them at government schools, clinics and hospitals
  • Introduce a progressive sliding scale for VAT for water and electricity for the poor
  • Introduce luxury VAT rates for luxury goods and imports
  • Overhaul the tax regime to make it more progressive,
  • Less burdensome to the poor and to ensure the rich pay their fair share

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Watch: Teddy Mafia’s son-in-law targeted in Shallcross drive-by shooting



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Kesavan Isaac Naidoo, the son-in-law of slain alleged Durban drug boss “Teddy Mafia” has survived a brazen attempted assassination on Wednesday, his family confirmed.

The incident took place at about 10am in Shallcross, south of Durban.

Naidoo, 41, is the son-in-law of Yaganathan Pillay – also known as Teddy Mafia.

He was shot twice in a daylight hit on Table Mountain Drive. The incident was captured on CCTV.

“Isaac was shot in both legs and his driver was shot in the hand. Both of them survived. They’re in hospital,” he said.

Read also: Alleged Durban drug kingpin Teddy Mafia killed, suspects beheaded

Pillay said Naidoo was in the back seat while his wife was in the front. The shooting, seen in the footage, takes place moments after they open the doors of their vehicle to get out.

In the footage, a white vehicle can be seen driving along Table Mountain Drive before it is stopped, partially blocking the left hand side of the road. Thirteen seconds later, Naidoo’s vehicle, a white Toyota Fortuna, pulls up.

The back passenger door of the Fortuner is opened, but it is not clear from the footage who the person was who opened it or if they got out of the vehicle.

Naidoo’s wife is seen getting out of the front passenger side of the vehicle and walks towards the rear of the SUV.

Suddenly, four men alight from the stationary vehicle, three of them drawing firearms and running towards the Fortuner, firing multiple shots. The fourth man stands next to the white car.

As the bullets are fired, Naidoo’s driver accelerates and drives past the other vehicle. Naidoo is presumably in the vehicle as it speeds away, but this could not immediately be confirmed.

Pillay said Naidoo was doing “OK”.

Police have been approached for comment, and this story will be updated.


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Facebook Down, Instagram and WhatsApp also offline



Facebook Down, Instagram and WhatsApp also offline

Facebook is currently experiencing an outage impacting its family of sites including WhatsApp and Instagram.

Most Facebook users are seeing an error message that says ‘This site can’t be reached.’ On Instagram, the error message shows as a 5xx Server Error message.

The outage is impacting users on both desktop and mobile.

“We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products,” Andy Stone, policy communications manager at Facebook, tweeted on Monday. “We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience.”

Facebook Messenger and Oculus are also experiencing outages.

The first reports on started around 5pm.

According to The Verge, the issue is likely related to a DNS issue. When Slack experienced an outage last week, it was also related to DNS issues.

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Husband killed, wife critical as robbers open fire during Joburg home invasion



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A home invasion on Sunday night left a man dead and his wife fighting for her life after they were shot by robbers in Randpark, Johannesburg.

Emer-G-Med private emergency services paramedics found the man had sustained fatal gunshot wounds and he was declared dead.

His wife was also shot several times and was stabilised before being taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Reports from the scene indicated there were several armed assailants.

Police are investigating the incident.- TimesLIVE

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