This week was chaotic; South Africans got to witness another comedy episode of a parliamentary sitting, with the usual suspects doing what they do, asking Zuma to #PayBackTheMoney. This time around, police did not get involved, the Speaker, Baleka Mbete, just adjourned the meeting.
South Africa also heard of a woman, 55, who has allegedly been raped by her 23-year-old son, and is now three months pregnant with his child. Internationally, the world is mourning the lives of nine people who were shot while attending a prayer meeting in one of the nation’s oldest black churches in Charleston. The suspect has reportedly been caught, hopefully, justice will be served.
This is what happened this week:
This week on Thursday, we heard a report of a 55-year-old woman who has allegedly been raped repetitively by her mentally disabled 23-year-old son in Daantjie, a village in Mpumalanga. She is now three months pregnant with his child.
“He started raping me ever since my husband died three years ago, but I could not get him arrested because he was my only son. He is the only person I call my family,” the woman told Mpumalanga News.
On Thursday, there was a question and answers session held in parliament. After only 15 minutes, the National Assembly sitting was brought to a halt after disruptions from the EFF. Before President Jacob Zuma could stand to answer to questions, the ANC and the EFF engaged in a heated debate. Speaker Baleka Mbete was at pains to restore order and resorted to summoning the chief whips from all parties into the back room of the Chamber in an attempt to quell frustrations going further.
Read more: ANC, EFF MPs disrupt Zuma Q and A
South African hosted the African Union’s (AU) week-long 25th Summit of Heads of States in Johannesburg. Among other African leaders, Sudanese president Al Bashir Bashir was also in attendance. Bashir has been indicted by the International Criminal Court ( ICC) over war crimes and crimes against humanity. The ICC then ordered Bashir’s arrest, which did not happen. The Pretoria High Court also gave an order calling on South African authorities not to allow him to leave.
US police on Thursday hunted for a white gunman who killed nine people at a prayer meeting in one of the nation’s oldest black churches in Charleston, as federal authorities opened a hate crimes probe. The shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in the southeastern US city was one of the worst attacks on a place of worship in the country in recent years, and comes at a time of lingering racial tensions. Churchgoers had gathered this week on Wednesday evening when the shooter walked into the building, sat in the congregation for about an hour and then opened fire.
After Stuart Baxter resigned as Kaizer Chiefs’ coach, the soccer world was left wondering who would fill in his big shoes. This week, Kaizer Chiefs announced Steve Komphela as their new coach. Komphela, who signed a three-year contract with Chiefs, became the first South African appointed by Amakhosi on a full-time basis since Trott Moloto got the job back in 1994. The 47-year-old coach will be assisted by Doctor Khumalo, after club chairman Kaizer Motaung announced that there’ll be no changes in the technical team.
Read more: Chiefs appoint Komphela as the new coach
In case you did not know, radio presenter Anele Mdoda is pregnant. Mdoda made the announcement while accepting the award for Favourite Radio Personality of the Year at the 2015 You Spectacular awards.
Read more: Radio presenter Anele Mdoda pregnant
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