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South African Police arrest six in connection with killing of footballer Luke Fleurs



The South African Police have announced the arrest of six in connection with the killing of Kaizer Chiefs defender, Luke Fleurs, who was shot dead during a carjacking incident in Johannesburg last week.

The 24-year-old defender was gunned down as he stood in line waiting to refill his car at a gas station in a northwestern suburb of the city.

Police report indicated that the former national U-21 team star was confronted by two armed men who shot him in the chest who drove off in his car and was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.

The Gauteng police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Tommy Mthombeni, who confirmed the arrest og the suspects in a statement, said they were arrested in Soweto on Wednesday after Fleurs‘ vehicle was recovered on Monday.

“Police believe that the suspects are part of a syndicate that is responsible for car hijacking in Gauteng, and the search for more suspects is continuing,” Mthombeni said.

He added that the suspects are expected to appear in court on Friday on charges of murder and hijacking.

The centre back was one of the most promising South African players who played every minute for the U-23 at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021, and was named in the squad for World Cup qualifiers against Ethiopia after the Olympics though he did not make a debut for the Bafana Bafana before he was murdered.

His killing has further heightened the crime rate in the country with South Africa’s Minister of Sport, Arts & Culture, Zizi Kodwa, saying he was “saddened that yet another life has been cut short due to violent crime.”

Over the years, South Africa has suffered from a soaring violent crime rate which has become a key political issue ahead of general elections in May, with opposition parties pointing to the government’s perceived failure.

Between October and November of 2023, the country recorded almost 84 murders a day between October and December, according to official figures.


Namibia to receive $138.5 million W’Bank loan



The World Bank has announced that it has granted a $138.5 million loan to assist Namibia in strengthening its transmission network and integrate renewable energy projects into the grid.

Namibia, one of the driest nations in Sub-Saharan Africa with an abundance of sunshine and wind, aims to establish itself as a hub for renewable energy in tandem with the significant offshore oil and gas discoveries that have made the nation a global centre for exploration.

“Namibia is a uniquely positioned regional leader in the transition towards a greener and more sustainable future,” Satu Kahkonen, World Bank country director for Namibia said in a statement.

This will be Namibia’s first World Bank-financed energy project, and the loan will be utilized by the national electricity utility NamPower as it works to wean itself off of electricity imports from neighbouring nations.


Namibia is pursuing a $10 billion green hydrogen project, which, when finished, will be exported to the European Union, in addition to new solar and wind projects.

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Socialist Party accuses Zambian ruling UPND of abducting its candidates



Zambian opposition party, the Socialist Party (SP), has accused the ruling United Party for National Development (UPND) of masterminding the abduction of its candidate for the Kaunga Ward by-election in Luangwa district of Feira Constituency, Maneya Mwale.

The SP, in a statement in Lusaka, also called on security agencies to arrest the UPND’s Lusaka Province Chairperson, Obvious Mwaliteta, for the alleged abduction of Mwale.

SP’s Vice President, Dr Cosmas Musumali, said Mwaliteta should be arrested together with his District Chairperson, Anderson Banda.

Musumali, who made the call at a media briefing in Lusaka, alleged that Mwaliteta, Banda and other people mentioned kidnapped his party’s candidate.

He also accused the ruling party and President Hakainde Hichilema of being behind such activities that had continued to happen in all the ward elections in the country.

“Those who know this President know that he micromanages everything. He has hands on type of leadership and this kidnapping have not happened once but have been happening, nothing has been done, no one has been arrested, what’s the conclusion, the conclusion is that he is okaying it, he sees nothing wrong with it and the Head of State who swore to uphold the rights and Constitution of Zambia,” Musumali said.

“This is something that can not be done without HH tolerating it, facilitating it and even giving it a go ahead. If it’s done once I would agree with you that some rogue UPND members did it outside his control,” Musumali added.

He also claimed that the UPND was not ready to uphold the democratic tenets of the country and were using all means necessary to win the elections.

“The candidate in Kaunga Ward, like in the other 6 Wards, was abducted during the nominations day, which forced the Socialist Party to look for other candidates and Hichilema has remained silent on such activities,” Musumali noted.

Musumali further called on the Electoral Commission of Zambia to invalidate the nominations for Chikenge and Chisanga wards and set a new date for filling in of nominations.

“We further demand that the Commission should ban the UPND from participating in these two wards due to the crimes committed, which are against the electoral code of conduct,” he demanded.

He expressed that “hell would have broken lose had it been the other way round, and that Socialist Party leader Dr Fred M’membe would have been called all sorts of names by the UPND and their surrogates.”

“This is the winning formular for the UPND, kidnapping, abductions have become child’s play for them, they are endangering people’s lives, you have the audercity to abduct a 22 years old girl and pointing a gun to her head,” Musumali said.

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