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Load-shedding & Cyclone Idai: Big weekend stories you may have missed

18 March 2019 - 07:44 By Odwa Mjo
Load-shedding hit South Africans hard over the weekend.
Load-shedding hit South Africans hard over the weekend.
Image: Business Times

More developments in the murder of former ANCYL secretary Sindiso Magaqa, the devastating cyclone Idai and a new political party: here are five news stories from the weekend you may have missed.

Sindiso Magaqa 

Umzimkhulu district municipality mayor and former ANC deputy secretary in KZN Mluleki Ndobe was arrested on Sunday morning in connection with the murder of former ANCYL secretary general Sindiso Magaqa.

Magaqa died in September 2017 from his injuries after being shot two months earlier. His friends claim his death is related to his intention to expose corruption regarding the refurbishment of the Umzimkhulu Memorial Hall.  

Cyclone Idai 

The tropical cyclone Idai which ravished communities in three neighbouring countries - Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe -  has killed dozens and displaced many.

At least 100 people are missing in parts of eastern Zimbabwe and thousands have been left without power in various areas.


South Africans spent parts of their weekend without power as Eskom implemented load-shedding up to stage 4.

The power utility confirmed on Sunday that stage 4 load-shedding would continue into the week, citing shortage of capacity as the cause.

DA councillor suspended 

Thina Bambeni, Democratic Alliance councillor in the city of Ekhuruleni, has been suspended by the DA Gauteng's disciplinary committee. 

Bambeni faces charges of damaging the DA's name and making an 'unsubstantiated' sexual harassment complaint against DA council caucus chairman Shadow Shabangu.

ZACP the newest party on the block

A new party, the ZACP Capitalist Party of South Africa, was launched at the Rand Club in Johannesburg on Saturday.

The party, with a purple cow as its logo, was founded by ten people including former Yfm CEO Kanthan Pillay.