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Niehas demands President Ramaphosa and ANC to be held liable for what happened in Marikana 11 years ago

Former ANC member Carl Niehaus is demanding that President Cyril Ramaphosa be held accountable for the Marikana Massacre. Niehaus who is the president of the newly formed African Radical Economic Transformation Alliance says unless President Ramaphosa and the ANC are held accountable there will be no justice. This week marked the 11th anniversary of the massacre which occurred in Marikana.

 

High inflation slowing economic growth- economists 

Economists say high inflation, elevated interest rates and slow economic growth is causing more distress in our households. This as we are coming under pressure from the high cost of living as many are struggling to keep up with debt repayments. Economists say they predict that real disposable income growth will slow by zero point five percent this year.

24k prisoners set to be released in presidential pardon 

More than 24,000 prisoners jailed for non-violent and non-sexual crimes will be released in a new pardon granted recently by President Cyril Ramaphosa. This includes around 3,000 foreign nationals who will be deported. President Ramaphosa said that the release of non-violent offenders is to free up space in prisons where overcrowding has posed a health, security and management risk as well as a surge in gangsterism. Those released will need to complete a pre-release programmer and risk assessment and provide fingerprints and DNA samples for comparison with the police database.

SA to host Brics summit next week 

The Brics summits will be getting underway next week, and the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure says its ready to ensure safety at the summit. It will get underway in Sandton from Tuesday. The police say they are ready to ensure the safety of residents during the duration of the summit. The police have however cautioned against opportunistic crime at the summit.

Musicians against the use of AI consider striking of its threat to the industry 

In the wake of every industry moving to utilise artificial intelligence, Irish musician Hozier says he would consider striking over the threat AI poses to his industry. Hollywood actors and writers are currently striking over a row about better contracts and protection from the use of AI. In April, a song that used AI to clone the voices of Drake and The Weeknd was removed from streaming services following criticism that it violated copyright law, but thousands more AI remakes are online, where you could hear Frank Sinatra singing a modern song, or even have John Lennon resurrect from the dead to sing a song from Michael Jackson. A quick search could also lead you to AI being used to get US President Joe Biden and Donald Trump doing a duet of Endless Love in the key of Luther Vandross.

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