Mzansi briefs

Health challenge: Gauteng needs at least R5 billion to turn around its health system, MEC for health Brian Hlongwa said yesterday.

He said many people did not realise the “scale and scope of the challenges” the department was facing.

Hlongwa said he had agreed with Health Minister Barbara Hogan that Gauteng would ask for more funds from the national treasury. He denied reports that the health department had failed to spend R144 million of its budget. – Sapa

Farmer gored: A 71-year-old farmer was gored to death by his own bull after it broke out of its pen at Kareedouw near Uitenhage yesterday.

Alan Germond tried to get the bull into its pen at about 9am. The bull charged and flung him into the air. He sustained an open wound to his stomach. He died on scene. – Sapa

Zuma plan: The National Prosecuting Authority will take oral representations from ANC president Jacob Zuma’s lawyers tomorrow.

The NPA said yesterday this formed part of Zuma’s legal strategy to overcome the corruption charges he is facing. – Sapa

Voting row: The Freedom Front Plus yesterday filed papers in the Constitutional Court to join expatriate Willem Richter in his bid to secure voting rights for citizens abroad. – Sapa

Hoax posts: The Johannesburg metropolitan police department said yesterday that an e-mail inviting new recruits was a hoax and did not come from it.

The department said it was presently not recruiting. When posts became available they would be advertised through the media. – Sapa

Protesters arrested: Forty-two people were arrested and charged with public violence during an illegal protest outside Ventersdorp yesterday.

North West police said about 450 people barricaded the Ventersdorp/Rustenburg road in a protest against poor service delivery. They burnt tyres, causing the road to be closed. – Sapa


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