Daily Archives: June 11, 2017

Minister, MECs send condolences to Knysna fire victims

Pretoria -The Minister of Human Settlements Lindiwe Sisulu and all Provincial MECs of Human Settlements have extended their condolences to the victims of the Knysna fire and those affected by the severe storm and winds in the Western Cape Province.

The Minister and all the MECS have agreed to extend additional capacity if required to the Western Cape provincial Government and the Provincial Human Settlements for disaster management and management of displaced people.

The meeting held in Pretoria between the Minister and the MECs also agreed that during disaster time, all provinces must come together and share resources and skills to address a disaster.

"The human settlements family must always work together to alleviate pain from our people, we must deploy all our skills and resources as a family to serve our people," said Minister Sisulu.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Prison Attack in Eastern Congo Kills 11, Frees 900 Prisoners


A Congo official says armed men have attacked a prison in the eastern city of Beni, killing at least 11 and freeing more than 900 prisoners.

North Kivu provincial governor Julien Paluku said eight prison guards were among the 11 dead in the Sunday afternoon attack. He said about 30 prisoners remained in the jail.

Paluku announced a curfew in Beni and nearby Butembo, saying only the army and police can circulate. Suspects were not immediately known.

Congo's police on Saturday said a group of men attacked a police station in Kinshasa, killing at least two.

In May, Christian sect members stormed a prison in Kinshasa, freeing their leader and others. Witnesses say thousands escaped.

Scores of armed groups fight for control in Congo's mineral-rich eastern region.

Source: Voice of America