We’ve got all the latest news stories and headlines in South Africa you really need to know on Tuesday 11 January 2022.

The 012 Lifestyle bar in Brooklyn, Pretoria played host to a wild get-together here: Dozens of revellers packed into the venue after being invited by a flamboyant Zimbabwean ‘prophet’ who goes by the name of Passion Java.

Things got out of hand in the most wasteful way imaginable. Exactly 100 bottles of the Ace of Spades champagne were ordered. Going for R10 000 a pop, this pushed the bill up to a cool million.

Meanwhile, South African taxpayers could end up fitting the immense bill after a fire devastated large parts of the Parliament buildings. The houses of Parliament are not insured, leaving the immense costs of repairing and rebuilding the historic buildings up to the taxpayer.

And in other news, the emergence of a new sinkhole near Centurion on the N1 has caused a traffic nightmare on Monday morning, after heavy rains opened up a dangerous chasm at the R21 interchange. Geotechnical experts are now surveying the scene.

TODAY’S LATEST NEWS IN SOUTH AFRICA, Tuesday 11 January

Watch: Pretoria partygoers ‘pour away champagne’ – as bar bill hits R1.3 MILLION!

Have you ever had a Saturday like this before? We’re guessing the answer is no, for almost all of us. However, these party people in Pretoria had the time of their lives this weekend, racking up a R1.3 million bar bill and pouring away bottles of champagne without a care in the world.

The 012 Lifestyle bar in Brooklyn, Pretoria played host to a wild get-together here: Dozens of revellers packed into the venue, after being invited by a flamboyant Zimbabwean ‘prophet’ who goes by the name of Passion Java. So far, so ridiculous…

Things got out of hand, in the most wasteful way imaginable. Exactly 100 bottles of the Ace of Spades champagne was ordered. Going for R10 000 a pop, this pushed the bill up to a cool million. And we’re only just getting started…

A further 50 bottles of Veuve, and an additional 20 bottles of Dom Perignon were also added to the tab. Whiskey, platters, and a generous helping of Coke cans took the final bar bill to R1.3 million. Truly, Mr. Java was the real blesser on Saturday night.

A friend of the self-proclaimed prophet was celebrating his birthday – and that’s when the champagne showers started. The group was doused in bubbly, with those left on the dancefloor splashing through puddles of the expensive booze. Controlled fireworks also went off in the background.

Click here to read more about the million rand evening.

Estimated cost to repair Parliament revealed: At the taxpayer’s expense

South African taxpayers could end up fitting the immense bill after a fire devastated large parts of the Parliament buildings. The houses of Parliament are not insured leaving the immense costs of repairing and rebuilding the historical buildings up to the taxpayer.

Public works acting director-general Imtiaz Fazel recently told Parliamentary chiefs and the leaders of political parties that the bill is set to be over R220 million. The damage to the buildings affected by the fire that took three days for Cape Town firefighters to extinguish may well reach costs as high as R1 billion.

The amount of R220 million excludes the cost of furniture, laptops, carpets, sound equipment and other damaged assets.

Fazel explained that the lack of insurance complies with a National Treasury regulation that each organ of state needs to absorb costs from damages and accident risks. Essentially, the government is solely responsible for the costs involved.

Click here to read more about the costs involved.

LOOK: Huge sinkhole near N1 causing MAJOR traffic delays

The emergence of a new sinkhole near Centurion on the N1 has caused a traffic nightmare on Monday morning, after heavy rains opened up dangerous chasm at the R21 interchange. Geotechnical experts are now surveying the scene.

The sinkhole had been reported earlier this weekend, after torrential rains ended up sweeping several cars away down the road in Tshwane. Officials have weighed up the risk to motorists, and were forced close a lane on the N1 South towards Pretoria.

Centurion is heavily maligned for its terrible ability to manage rainfall. More often than most, the city finds itself underwater during any decent storm, with low-lying bridges and busy commuter routes flooding at frequent intervals throughout the year.

Click here to read more about this huge sinkhole.

Parliament fire: Thuli Madonsela apologises for controversial Tweet

Of all the people to end up on the naughty step this week, former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela might not have been everyone’s first guess. The woman behind the state capture investigation endured a foot-in-mouth moment while discussing the suspect in the Parliament fire.

Zandile Mafe was arrested at the scene eight days ago, and he will remain behind bars until his bail hearing tomorrow. However, the 49-year-old has been subject to intense speculation, with many suggesting he had nothing to do with the blaze at all.

The truth is set to come out when court resumes session on Tuesday. However, Zandile Mafe will be represented by a private lawyer, rather than the state-provided Legal Aid. This raised eyebrows across the country, not least with Thuli Madonsela:

“I’ve been wondering how it was possible to quickly arrange a private lawyer for the homeless Zandile Mafe, thus removing him from state Legal Aid, where there was risk of a confession. I’m curious what those who are 100% sure he is innocent know that we do not know.”

Click here to read more about the controversial Tweet.

Horror: Teenager’s body found inside bin on Cape Town street

Not even horror movies have many scenes like these. A teenager’s body was salvaged from a bin in Manenberg on Sunday 9 January.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) in Cape Town has begun to investigate a murder case. A 19-year-old woman’s body was discovered in a bin on Sunday.

The deceased was found in Olga Street, Manenberg in the early hours of Sunday.

“Manenberg police were called to the crime scene where they found the victim in the bin,” said SAPS spokesperson Sergeant Wesley Twigg via News24.

It is believed that the suspect dumbed the teenager’s body on Cape Town street before escaping the scene.

“The victim was declared deceased on the scene by medical personnel,” Twigg added.

Click here to read more about this horrific incident.

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