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Somizi’s case postponed as NPA considers representations from the TV star’s lawyers

The case against radio and television presenter Somizi Mhlongo has been postponed for further investigation and to give the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) time to consider representations by the celebrity choreographer’s lawyers.

Mhlongo did not appear in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court on Friday, resulting in a warrant of arrest being issued as a matter of procedure.

The warrant has been stayed until his next hearing.

NPA regional spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane said the case against Mhlongo was postponed until 23 July.

“Mhlongo didn’t appear in person. As per procedure, a warrant was issued, but stayed until his next court date. The matter was postponed for further investigations and for the outcome of representations submitted to the NPA by his legal team,” said Mjonondwane.

 

Mhlongo was charged for allegedly contravening the Disaster Management Act after a video in which he’s heard talking to his Metro FM co-host Dineo Ranaka, went viral in April.

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275 elephants die in Botswana in three months

A group of elephants is seen in Maun, northern Botswana, March 2, 2019. (Xinhua)

An aggregate of 275 elephants have kicked the bucket since March in Botswana, said Kenneth Maselesele, acting changeless secretary in Botswana’s service of condition, normal assets discussion and the travel industry.

GABORONE, July 2 (Xinhua) – An aggregate of 275 elephants have kicked the bucket since March in Botswana, said Kenneth Maselesele, acting changeless secretary in Botswana’s service of condition, normal assets discussion and the travel industry, in an announcement discharged on Thursday.

However Maselesele excused reports by some western media proposing that at any rate 356 dead elephants were found in its renowned Okavango Delta, northwest of the southern African nation.

Maselesele said elephants are kicking the bucket however not at a rate recommended by some western distributions.

“Following the secretive passings of elephants in the regions of Seronga (in the northwestern piece of Botswana) since March 2020 to date, 275 elephant cadavers have been confirmed against the 356 revealed cases,” Maselesele said.

Some western news sources guaranteed that 350 elephants have passed on of obscure causes in northwestern Botswana, which is home to an assortment of untamed life including elephants, in what is being portrayed as a protection catastrophe.

A group of elephants are seen at the Chobe National Park in northern Botswana, July 15, 2017. (Xinhua/Yang Mengxi)

Maselesele clarified that examinations with respect to the unexplained passings of elephants are as yet progressing.

As per Maselesele, three research facilities in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Canada have been recognized to process the examples gathered from the dead elephants and will be deciphered against field veterinary appraisals of clinically sick and dead elephants.

The continuous examinations concerning the secretive passings of the elephants have uncovered no proof of poaching up until now, he said.

The southern African nation is home to 33% of Africa’s elephant populace which has developed from in any event 80,000 to around 130,000 due to all around oversaw saves.

It is accepted that 10 percent of the assessed 130, 000 elephants in Botswana are in the Okavango Delta, one of Botswana’s most famous attractions for travelers.

Eco-the travel industry, which has been severely influenced by the lethal COVID-19, contributes between 10 to 12 percent of Botswana’s total national output, second just to jewels. ■