South Africa 13.3.2015 04:20 pm

In the news this week

This week President Jacob Zuma was grilled by opposition MPs in Parliament who wanted to know when he will answer questions relating to the ongoing saga surrounding the upgrades of his Nkandla homestead. The nation also mourned the death of a pilot who helped fight the Cape Town fire and Flabba, who was allegedly stabbed to death. This is what happened this week:

Local News

Natalie Spence sustained a swollen eye and other head injuries due to being allegedly beaten up by a man in the Galleria. Pic: Boksburg Advertiser.

Natalie Spence sustained a swollen eye and other head injuries due to being allegedly beaten up by a man in the Galleria. Pic: Boksburg Advertiser.

A couple was reportedly assaulted at a mall in Boksburg, on the East Rand. The couple – Zoran Ramos, 26, and Natalie Spence, 28 – said they had finished their shopping at a store at the East Rand Galleria shopping centre earlier this month when a group of about 15 people proceeded to verbally abuse and assault them. A case of assault with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm is being investigated by police.

Read more: Couple assaulted in ‘racist’ mall attack

NationalNews

A fire-fighting helictopter flies, with the sea in the background, to dump water on part of a large bush fire raging in the mountains on the Cape Peninsula, on March 2, 2015, in the greater Cape Town area. AFP PHOTO/ RODGER BOSCH

A fire-fighting helictopter flies, with the sea in the background, to dump water on part of a large bush fire raging in the mountains on the Cape Peninsula, on March 2, 2015, in the greater Cape Town area. AFP PHOTO/ RODGER BOSCH

Willem “Bees” Marais,  died in a helicopter crash while providing aerial combatting against the fire at Olifantsbos, in the Cape Point Nature Reserve on Sunday. One city firefighter sustained burn wounds and 52 frail-care residents from a Noordhoek retirement village were treated for smoke inhalation.

Read more: ‘Legendary’ pilot killed fighting Cape Town fire 

Africa news

FILE PICTURE: Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe. Picture: AFP PHOTO

FILE PICTURE: Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe. Picture: AFP PHOTO

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe celebrated his 91st birthday last week. He received a black vintage Ford as a gift. The car was the first car he owned, according to a news report. Loyal supporters of the president tracked down the black Ford Zephyr, which Mugabe last saw in 1963.

Read more: Mugabe gets first car as gift 

InternationalNews

Red Cross workers carry away the body of a person suspected of dying from the Ebola virus, in the Liberian capital Monrovia, on October 4, 2014

Red Cross workers carry away the body of a person suspected of dying from the Ebola virus, in the Liberian capital Monrovia, on October 4, 2014

On Thursday, the World Health Organisation announced more than 10 000 people have now died from the Ebola virus, almost all of them in West Africa. The three hardest-hit countries, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, have recorded 24 350 cases and 10 004 deaths since the epidemic began more than a year ago, the UN body said.

Read more: Ebola death toll tops 10,000: WHO

 

Sport

Andri Raffaelo of the United Arab Emirates leaves the field after being dismissed while South Africa players celebrate during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup match between South Africa and the United Arab Emirates at Wellington Regional Stadium on March 12, 2015 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Andri Raffaelo of the United Arab Emirates leaves the field after being dismissed while South Africa players celebrate during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup match between South Africa and the United Arab Emirates at Wellington Regional Stadium on March 12, 2015 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

The Proteas claimed a 146-run win over the United Arab Emirates in Wellington on Thursday. With the pool stage of their campaign now done and dusted, South Africa will now move on to Sydney for a quarterfinal showdown with Sri Lanka, the likely opponents on March 18.

Read more: Proteas move on to knockout stage  

Lifestyle

Nkululeko “Flabba” Habedi. Picture sourced from Facebook (9 March 2015)

Nkululeko “Flabba” Habedi. Picture sourced from Facebook (9 March 2015)

Well-known South African musician Nkululeko “Flabba” Habedi was stabbed to death allegedly by girlfriend Sindisiwe Manqele in the early hours of Monday morning in Alexandra, Gauteng. His funeral will be at Alexandra Stadium on Sunday from 9am, and he will be laid to rest at Westpark Cemetery.

Read more: Flabba allegedly stabbed to death

Pic of the week

Songstress Nothende pays tribute in song to, Nkululeko 'Flabba' Habedi during a memorial service in honour of the murdered hip hop star held in Newtown, 11 March 2015. Picture: Refilwe Modise

Songstress Nothende pays tribute in song to, Nkululeko ‘Flabba’ Habedi during a memorial service in honour of the murdered hip hop star held in Newtown, 11 March 2015. Picture: Refilwe Modise

 

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