We’ve got all the latest news stories and headlines in South Africa you really need to know on Friday, 14 January 2022.

What a terrible way to start a new school year, a Grade 10 learner allegedly shot a schoolmate in the head before killing himself.

The learners allegedly got into an argument during school hours, which led to one of the boys fatally shooting the other in the head outside the school grounds before turning the gun on himself.

Meanwhile, a father was shot dead in front of his family on Wednesday evening for no clear reason. The father flagged down motorists after running out of petrol. One vehicle stopped before the passenger shot dead the stranded father while his wife and child watched and drove off in KwaZulu-Natal.

In other news, stunning developments from the Pretoria High Court on Thursday will leave millions of motorists in Mzansi jumping for joy, after a judge ruled that the controversial AARTO laws and accompanying demerit system were ‘unconstitutional’.

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Grade 10 learner allegedly shot schoolmate in the head before killing himself

The first days of school in Gauteng have been marred by several incidents, including three deaths after a pair of shooting incidents. Two Grade 10 learners died at Lesiba Secondary School while a General Assistant was killed at Kwa Phalo.

Gauteng Education spokesperson Steve Mabona said two 16-year-old boys from Lesiba Secondary School in Daveyton died on the first day of school – Wednesday, 12 January.

The learners allegedly got into an argument during school hours, which led to one of the boys fatally shooting the other in the head outside the school grounds before turning the gun on himself.

The police are investigating the matter and the education department’s Psycho-Social unit have been deployed to the school to counsel those affected by the shooting.

“It is tragic to lose learners at the hand of violence as the academic year begins,” said provincial education MEC Panyaza Lesufi.

“We wish to send our sincere condolences to the families of these learners. We also urge our learners to always refrain from any form of violent behaviour.”

Click here to read more about this tragic shooting.

New Year’s Eve: Fireworks allowed ONLY under these conditions

New Year’s Day is right around the corner and some are undoubtedly planning to usher in 2022 using fireworks, but not so fast. Residents in Johannesburg have been sternly warned to abide by the city’s bylaws on fireworks, which stipulate the circumstances under which they’d be allowed.

Under the current City of Joburg bylaws, people are not allowed to use fireworks in public areas, schools, hospitals, old age homes, indoors – or any areas within 500 metres from a petrol station and any place with explosives, be it a factory or store.

In addition, no fireworks are to be lit in the presence of animals.

Johannesburg Emergency Services has warned residents they could be fined at least R2 000, should they light fireworks outside of certain hours, both on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Those hoping to ignite fireworks on Friday, 31 December may only do so from 23:00 and 01:00. While on 1 January 2022, the permitted hours are between 19:00 and 22:00.

The JMPD has appealed to residents to use fireworks safely and to keep the safety of children and pets in mind at all times. It has also urged them to keep their pets indoors when using fireworks and never to throw lit crackers at them.

Random murder? Man shot dead in front of his family for no clear reason

A man was shot dead while seeking assistance from passing traffic. A suspect emerged from a stopped vehicle and killed him with a hail of bullets before driving off on Wednesday in Buffelsdraai, KwaZulu Natal.

According to the report, the man stood on the side of a road to signal a call for help after his car ran out of fuel.

One vehicle, seemingly driven by a good samaritan at first, saw the emergence of a passenger who fired gunshots before fleeing the scene.

“A man was gunned down by a passerby he flagged down for assistance after his vehicle ran out of fuel on Buffels Drive Road in Buffelsdraai, KZN this afternoon (Wednesday),” Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) reported.

“The 38-year-old flagged down passing vehicles for assistance when a red Toyota Tazz stopped. The passenger exited the vehicle and without warning fired a volley of shots in his direction.

“The vehicle then sped off.”

Click here to read more about the shooting.

Pain in the glass: Why SA could soon face an ALCOHOL SHORTAGE

For once, we won’t be able to blame a ‘Dry January’ on the booze ban. However, South Africans face an anxious wait to see if supply chain disruptions in crucial markets will lead to an alcohol shortage in the weeks ahead.

As reported by Bloomberg, Consol recently suspended the construction of a R1.5 billion production plant in SA. But their woes stretch far beyond the building site.

The largest glass manufacturing company in Africa is now facing a myriad of logistical challenges. Consol, who have been battling to operate to the best of their ability throughout the pandemic, now find themselves overstretched.

The glass merchants are emerging from four separate waves of COVID-19, which included lengthy and devastating lockdowns. And yes, their peril WAS exacerbated by Mzansi’s on-and-off liquor bans.

It was feared that the Omicron variant of the virus could push us back to square one, but as we learned last month, the highly transmissible strain is largely responsible for milder outcomes in those who get infected.

Click here to read more about possible supply chain disruptions.

Cape Town weather: Rare ‘extreme heat warning’ issued for next 48 hours

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) issued an extreme heat advisory for the Western Cape on Thursday afternoon, 13 January. The warning is in place from Thursday until the weekend and is expected to affect the City of Cape Town and the interior of the province.

The weather service said the “very hot conditions” is the result of a predominantly light northerly wind flow over the interior of the Western Cape.

“Temperatures reaching 40 degrees Celsius and above are likely to occur over the Cape Winelands, Central Karoo and Oudsthoorn municipalities,” said SAWS.

The “persistently high temperatures are expected to affect parts of the City of Cape Town, Drakenstein and Stellenbosch municipalities into Friday, while the Knysna municipality will be affected into Saturday, 15 January.

The extreme heat advisory is in effect from 12:00 on Thursday until 19:00 on Saturday.

Click here to read more about the heat warning.

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