Breakfast Edition: 19 February 2016

Breakfast Edition: 19 February 2016

WATCH & LISTEN: Here is a recap of this morning's top news stories.


STUDENTS CLASH AT UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA: Students of the University of Pretoria were preparing to take to the streets again on Friday morning, against the language policy of the University. Yesterday EFF supporters were vocal in their demand that they want Afrikaans to be scrapped as medium of instruction at the university EFF student spokesman, Kabelo Mahlobogwane says it is time for a one language policy. On the other side of the language debacle there were students standing for the preservation of Afrikaans and other South African languages. Afriforum's Jaco Grobler says it's a constitutional right to receive education in your mother language. Grobler also criticised various organisations after they were not invited to discussions around language policy.

PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMA RESPONDS TO SONA DEBATE: President Jacob Zuma yesterday called South Africa a unique nation and pleaded with South Africans to stand together rather than to focus on differences. The President also again placed the economy centre-stage in his reply to the debate on the state of the nation address. Marius van der Walt reports.  

President Jacob Zuma to respond on SONA
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SERVICE DELIVERY ISSUES IN LIMPOPO: The community of Phagameng near Modimole embarked on a protest on Friday morning due to an alleged water shortage. According to police spokesperson, Ronel Otto all roads leading to and from the community have been blocked off. "Travellers in that area are advised to make use of alternative routes," Otto told Jacaranda FM news. Meanwhile police are monitoring the situation in Mankweng outside Polokwane after a community protest flared up on Thursday night. Police say it was a service delivery protest that continued throughout the night. Residents of Mentz blockaded the R71 and stoned at least four cars which resulted in separate accidents.


FORMER DJ TO BE SENTENCED IN MARCH: Convicted murderer Donald Sebolai will know his fate in 2 weeks time. Arguments in his case wrapped up yesterday after Sebolai was found guilty of murdering his girlfriend Dolly Tshabalala in 2014. Slindelo Masikane reports.

METRORAIL SERVICES DISRUPTED: Metrorail says some of its services have been disrupted due to an increase in incidents of assault against employees. Metrorail has recorded cases of assault and robbery for months with both train drivers and security guards that have been targeted. Yesterday a burning tyre was thrown into a driver's cabin. The rail agency says 70% of the incidents occurred on the Johannesburg - Pretoria corridor adding that train drivers have demanded personal security. While police were able to assist, Metrorail says they simply don't have the capacity to provide individual protection.


HELICOPTER CRASHES AT PEARL HARBOUR: A 16-year-old boy was reportedly given CPR at the scene after the chopper dropped and crashed hard into water at the popular tourist spot ear Pearl Harbour in Hawaii. Dramatic footage has emerged of the horrifying moment. The teenager is thought to have been under water for several minutes and was given CPR at the scene. 

WORLD'S OLDEST DRESS: And a woven garment, called the Tarkhan Dress, has officially been declared the world's oldest dress. New tests found that the linen dress found in an Egyptian tomb dates back more than 5,000 years, making it the oldest woven garment yet found. 

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