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— The Democratic Alliance (DA) claimed a decisive victory over the African National Congress (ANC) in the City of Pretoria metro by taking the three top positions.

The post of mayor went to Solly Msimanga, while Christian van der Heever was elected unopposed as the chief whip and Katlego Rachel Matheba is the new speaker.

Matheba’s election, also unopposed, means city manager Jason Ngobeni’s job is over.(Business Day)

— President Jacob Zuma has instructed Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande to find the money to accommodate the 0% fee increase for students for next year.

Zuma gave the order to the two ministers, despite Treasury warning that the fiscus could not carry the burden and Nzimande insisting that universities needed an increase of at least 6% in 2017 if they were to avoid “collapse”. (City Press)

— Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says before they can even determine what actually led to the bus crash which claimed the lives of 11 South African Defence Force members, they are focussing on giving support to the families of the deceased.

She visited the crash survivors at the three-military hospital in Bloemfontein.(South African Broadcasting Corporation) Enditem

Source: Xinhua/News Ghana

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