South Africa: Today’s latest news and headlines, Thursday, 16 May

Here are latest news and headlines. Images: Stock/Canva

South Africa: Today’s latest news and headlines, Thursday, 16 May

In the latest news in South Africa on Thursday, 16 May, this is how much every formally employed South African would need to pay.

South Africa: Today’s latest news and headlines, Thursday, 16 May

Here are latest news and headlines. Images: Stock/Canva

We’ve got all the latest news stories and headlines in South Africa you really need to know on Thursday, 16 May.

Research into the affordability of the NHI shows that every formally employed South African would need to pay over R1,500 a month.

The police launched a manhunt for the suspects behind the murder of Ditebogo Phalane Jr’s in Soshanguve. Stating that they will find killers.

Bringing the news closer to home, authorities reported a magnitude 3.4 earthquake. About 13 km southeast of Stilfontein on Wednesday morning.

The Durban Magistrate’s Court has issued a decision regarding the bail application of five individuals accused of the murder of rapper AKA.

Lastly, the Electoral Commission plans to tackle voter fraud in 2024. By using real-time voter management data and good old indelible ink.


NHI: How much will YOU have to pay monthly? 

The investigation into the NHI’s affordability underscores the role of the Department of Health’s funding projections. Which necessitate a monthly contribution of R1,500 from each formally employed South African via a payroll tax.

As per a report by Business Tech, failing to meet the Department of Health’s funding estimations would lead to a significant financial burden for South Africans, with a potential 22% VAT or 30%-plus income tax hike to cover the shortfall.

Cele: More resources for Ditebogo Phalane Jr’s murder probe

Police Minister Bheki Cele has confirmed that he will assign additional resources to the investigative team handling the case of Ditebogo Phalane Jr’s murder.

Cele paid a visit to Soshanguve, situated in northern Pretoria, on Tuesday following the fatal shooting of Phalane the previous week.

JUST IN: Magnitude 3.4 earthquake reported in the North-West

A small earthquake struck near the former mining town of Stilfontein at 10:26 on Wednesday morning. Registering a magnitude of 3.4 on the Richter Scale.

The quake was reported by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC).

Preliminary data indicated that the earthquake occurred at a shallow depth of 10 km. People usually feel shallow earthquakes more strongly than deeper ones because they are closer to the surface.

Durban court refuses bail for 5 suspects in AKA-Tibz murder case

Authorities have rejected the bail requests of five out of the seven men apprehended. In connection with the killing of musician Kiernan “AKA” Forbes and his celebrity chef friend Tebello “Tibz” Motsoane.

Judge Vincent Hlatshwayo issued the bail decision at the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

HOW the IEC plans to snuff out voter fraud in 2024

The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) says it will address voter fraud in 2024 through robust security measures. 

The South African has already covered Friday 17 May‘s critical deadline.To re-register if you need to vote outside of your home district. This rule is in place to stymie the risk of people double voting. Nevertheless, what is the commission doing about voter fraud in 2024 more broadly?


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