Tomorrow’s news today: Maimane talks, Jayde remembered and KZN medicine crisis

Newly elected Democratic Alliance Leader, Mmusi Maimane talks to The Citizen in Randburg, Johannesburg. Picture: Alaister Russell

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DA in power nationally? Maimane believes it.

He resembles a school headmaster, satisfied that his charges have come of age and he is ready to take on the world. “We are the government in-waiting,” says newly-elected DA leader Mmusi Maimane in an interview with The Citizen this week. “I know many parties contesting for that position but they never run a government. We run a provincial government. We have run a city and now we want to run a national government.”

It seemed clear that Maimane has ambitions to become the president of the country but in a fashion true to his public image, he diplomatically downplayed this.

Jayde was a ‘teacher of note’

As the bail application for Christoper Panayiotou – the husband accused of orchestrating her murder of Jayde Panayiotou – resumes today, school principal of Riebeek College Girls High School shed some light on the person she once taught in gr 7 and had recently worked with. “Jayde was a delightful person. She really was and a dedicated teacher. She was really a teacher of note,” said Mrs Marilyn Woods.

Speaking on how the pupils were affected by her murder she said: “We all have the fondest memories of Jayde and were keeping that. Children really are resilient and we have all just got the fondest memories of Jayde. We said in assembly the other day about what our motto was and I said we pray and work. And that’s what we do – we pray and we work. That is the best therapy for a lot of situations in life.”

KZN running out of vital meds

(Running in KwaZulu-Natal edition)

After a long silence, the KwaZulu-Natal provincial health department yesterday admitted the province was running out of essential drugs, including life-saving medicines such as antiretrovirals (ARVs).

It is the first time the department is responding to the matter since it had been raised by the DA several weeks ago.

“The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health can confirm that it is, indeed, experiencing a shortage of certain pharmaceutical stocks. The current shortage of medicine is in both private and public sector, however, the impact is felt more in the public sector because of volumes involved,” spokesperson, Sam Mkhwananzi, said.

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