Top 3 Headlines Dominating South Africa’s News Landscape – 20/06/2023


In the bustling news landscape of South Africa, three stories have emerged as the most prominent on June 20, 2023. These stories range from the ongoing legal saga surrounding a prison break, to the humanitarian response to severe flooding, and a political party’s legal obligation to release committee records.

1. Thabo Bester Prison Break Saga Continues

The Thabo Bester prison break saga continues to unfold as Dr. Nandipha Magudumana, one of the two accused, has not applied for bail. The latest accused to be arrested, Zanda Moyo, is set to make his second appearance alongside Magudumana and seven others in the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court today. It remains unclear whether the convicted murderer and rapist Thabo Bester and his girlfriend will appear in person. In their previous appearance, both Bester and Magudumana appeared virtually from Jose Mampuro Correctional Facility and Kroonstad Prison respectively. The accused are facing charges of assisting an inmate to escape, fraud, and violation of a dead body.

2. Gift of the Givers Extends Aid to Flood Victims

The humanitarian aid organization, Gift of the Givers, has announced that it will be extending its joint humanitarian aid operation to other hard-hit flood areas in the Western Cape. The organization, in collaboration with Breede Valley Disaster Risk Management and other law enforcement officials, has been providing humanitarian aid to the residents of Rawsonville informal settlement who were severely affected by the recent floods and cold front in Boland. Breede Valley Municipal officials have identified Toaster de Durance and Avian Park as some of the areas hardest hit by the heavy rainfall.

3. ANC Under Pressure to Release Committee Records

The African National Congress (ANC) is under pressure as the Democratic Alliance (DA) has given the governing party until tomorrow to release its complete cadre deployment committee records. Last week, the South Gauteng High Court dismissed the ANC’s bid to appeal an earlier ruling ordering it to hand over its records. The ruling ordered the governing party to release the committee records dating back to the 1st of January 2013 within five days. The ANC stated last week that it is exploring its legal options.

These stories continue to develop, and more details will be available as they unfold. Stay tuned for more updates on these and other news stories from around South Africa.

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