Breakfast Edition: 21 September

Breakfast Edition: 21 September

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

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UNIONS VS EDUCATION MINISTER: Five education unions will later this morning officially respond to the Minister of Basic Education's statement last week that the ANA's will be written early in December before the 2015 school year ends. Initially the annual assessment in math and literacy was postponed to February 2016 after unions complained that the assessment missed the mark. They also insisted that these assessments should be done once every three years. The announcement came after threats from teacher unions to boycott the ANAs. "The three major teacher unions: SADTU, NAPTOSA, and SAOU have over recent weeks publicly expressed concerns about the administration of the annual national assessment," the department said in a statement. SADTU's Mugwena Maluleke earlier said they would spend the weekend considering a response but the initial reaction was clear.


HAWKS BOSS CHALLENGING HIS SUSPENSION: The suspended head of the Hawks in KwaZulu-Natal, John Booysen is set to challenge his suspension in the Durban High Court today. Maj-Gen Booysen was suspended a week ago by the freshly appointed national head of the unit, Maj-Gen Berning Ntlemeza. Booysen's lawyer said on Friday that an urgent application against the suspension had been lodged in the High Court. In papers he alleges that he refused a sizeable golden handshake offer from the national Police Commissioner, Riah Phiyega. The Hawk's Hangwani Mulaudzi confirmed that they would be fighting today's application.

KZN Hawks boss challenges suspension

VIP PROTECTION OFFICER IN COURT: A 46-year old warrant officer from the Presidential Protection Unit will appear in the Pretoria Magistrates Court again today, where stands accused of murdering his wife and daughter. The officer made a brief appearance in court last week, but the matter was postponed to today. Karabo Ngoepe reports.

DA CALLS FOR JIBA INQUIRY: The Democratic Alliance has filed its founding affidavit in the matter relating to Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Nomgcobo Jiba and her fitness to hold her current position. "In our affidavit the DA submits that, given the prima facie evidence of Ms Jiba's long list of failings and improper conduct, President Jacob Zuma should suspend her pending a formal inquiry into her suitability to continue as the second-in-command at the NPA [National Prosecuting Authority]," DA spokeswoman Glynnis Breytenbach said on Sunday.


SPRINGBOKS MUST REGROUP: The Springboks will have to make tough decisions and a fair amount of introspection this week to get over their 32-34 shock defeat on Saturday against Rugby World Cup minnows, Japan. Supersport rugby analyst Brenden Nel says several key positions, including that of the captain, will have to get some attention in their next encounter against Samoa.

MINISTER CALLS FOR CAUTION IN ROADS: SA's Minister of Transport, Dipuo Peters called for caution on the roads at the weekend, but shockingly many people still don't wear their safety belts while driving. In the US state police had students ride 'the convincer,' a very short and not fun ride that demonstrates what it's like to be in a 5 mph car crash.

EMMY AWARDS: Long-standing barriers fell at Sunday's Emmy Awards as Viola Davis became the first non-white actress to claim top drama series acting honours, Jon Hamm finally won for "Mad Men," and "Game of Thrones" overcame voters' anti-fantasy resistance to claim the most trophies ever in a season. An emotional Davis, who won for her portrayal of a ruthless lawyer in "How to Get Away With Murder," invoked the words and spirit of 19th-century African-American abolitionist Harriet Tubman.

TRACY MORGAN RETURNS: Comedian Tracy Morgan made an iconic return to the Emmys stage on Sunday, and drew laughs from the audience, who stood and applauded his triumphant return. The "30 Rock" star recalled waking up from a coma after he suffered a brain injury. 



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