Breakfast Edition: 26 April 2016

Breakfast Edition: 26 April 2016

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


ANC TO LAY CHARGE OF TREASON AGAINST JULIUS MALEMA: The ANC laid a charge of treason against EFF leader Julius Malema. This, after his interview on Al Jazeera on Sunday evening during which the EFF Commander in Chief said his fighters would be ready to fight force with force to protect the Constitution of South Africa. Malema referred to a stand-off in Alexandra after the 2014 national election, when people disputed the ANC-win in that area where after the army was called in. The protesters retreated on Malema's call. Malema vowed to remove the South African government "through the barrel of a gun". "These remarks are a call to violence, are inflammatory, treasonable and seditious and should be treated with extreme seriousness," the ANC said. The ANC's Zizi Kodwa earlier said Malema's call to violence was unacceptable. 

THABO MBEKI LASHES OUT AT SERITI COMMISSION: Former President Thabo Mbeki on Monday lashed out at detractors of the Seriti Commission of Inquiry into the Arms Deal report which found no proof of wrongdoing in government's controversial defence procurement package. Commenting on the report on his Facebook page, Mbeki said the report was not a whitewash and, in fact, a vindication of a joint probe by the auditor-general, public protector and national prosecuting authority which he ordered in 2001, which also found no proof of fraud or corruption.

BAN ON HOSTING INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENTS: The Minister of Sport, Fikile Mbalula on Monday stunned four national sporting federations with a ban on the hosting of international tournaments, pending the achievement of transformation targets. Labour Minister, Mildred Oliphant warned also announced that employment equity in the private sector would be enforced if noncompliance continues. As Silindelo Masikane reports, the Commission for Employment's 16th report on equity in the private and public sector revealed that a long road still lies ahead.  

STUDENTS INVENT GLOVES THAT CAN READ SIGN LANGUAGE: Two students from the University of Washington created a pair of gloves that can turn sign language into spoken language. According to Sky News, Navid Azodi and Thomas Pryor were awarded a cash prize of $10,000 for creating the device which records hand position and movement before transmitting the data to a computer.

NEVER BEFORE SEEN FOOTAGE OF THE BEATLES: Never-before-seen footage of The Beatles "mucking around" in a make-up studio ahead of a television performance, shot more than half a century ago, was released by Australia's national film and sound archive Tuesday. The 49-second black-and-white silent video clip was filmed with an 8mm camera belonging to Australian dancer and make-up artist Dawn Swane, who was working at Granada TV in Manchester, UK, at that time.


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