SABC News Headlines: 7th February 2023

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  • New ANC MPs have been sworn in in Parliament, including ANC Deputy President Paul Mashatile. However, Mashatile says David Mabuza is still the Deputy President of the country. This despite Mabuza confirming his resignation over the weekend. President Cyril Ramaphosa has asked Mabuza to stay on longer in order to ensure a smooth transition.
  • Some residents of the Free State say the incoming premier should make service delivery a top priority. This follows the decision by the ANC in the Free State to recall Premier Sisi Ntombela and the Mangaung Metro executive mayor, Mxolisi Siyonzana. The decision to oust Ntombela is yet to be confirmed by the party’s National Executive Committee.
  • Communities in the Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality in the Eastern Cape have vowed to intensify their mass protest action. This follows a meeting with COGTA Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma that didn’t yield positive results. The residents want the local authority to be dissolved due to a lack of general basic services. Dlamini-Zuma told the angry residents that she must first consult with Cabinet in order to take a decision to dissolve the municipality.
  • Another earthquake has struck Türkiye this morning – following yesterday’s powerful quake that killed over four-thousand-300 people. Today’s tremor measured at magnitude of five-point-six. Yesterday’s seven-point-eight magnitude quake, and subsequent smaller tremors, were located near the town of Gaziantep. Two-thousand-900 people are known to have died in Türkiye so far and over one-thousand-400 people were killed in Syria.
    President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed his deep sadness at the large-scale loss of life and injuries inflicted by the earthquakes.