#5Things: Putin on Biden's win, dagga lab, SA's credit rating, and more

#5Things: Putin on Biden's win, dagga lab, SA's credit rating, and more

New week, new stories! These are #5things Darren, Keri, and Sky want you to know from around the globe.

Russian President Vladimir Putin

1. Vladimir Putin does not recognise Joe Biden as president-elect

Many world leaders have already congratulated Biden on his victory in the US election, including UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. However, Russian President Vladimir Putin says he’s not ready to recognise Joe Biden as president-elect, stating that a winner can only be determined when it is accepted by the opposing party.

READ: China sends 'congratulations' to Joe Biden on US election win

2. Dagga lab uncovered in Durban North

Police uncovered a lab with dagga worth R2m in Durban North on Thursday. They said two people were expected to appear in court. According to KZN police spokesperson, Colonel Thembeka Mbele, Durban North SAPS (assisted by a private security company) embarked on a special operation on the corner of Umhlanga Rocks Drive and Margaret Maytom Avenue.

Read the full story here.

3. Killer whales blamed for disappearance of great white sharks in Cape Town 

A new government report has revealed that killer whales are likely responsible for the disappearance of great white sharks from the waters of Cape Town. According to reports, only one shark has been sighted in the area in question. Two killer whales, named Port and Starboard, are believed to be preying on the sharks, often eating only their livers.

4. Remains of two killed in Vesuvius eruption are discovered at Pompeii

Archaeologists have discovered remains of two men in Pompeii thought to be from the Vesuvius eruption 2,000 years ago.  The bodies are believed to be a rich man and his slave, who were killed during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, which destroyed the ancient city in AD 79.

5. South Africa pushed further into junk status

South Africa has suffered a double blow from two of the main ratings agencies. Moody's has downgraded the country's credit rating further into junk status. Moody's has highlighted the further expected weakening of South Africa's fiscal position and indicated that while the strategy to improve things remains in place, implementation risks have risen.

READ: #5Things: Interest rates, KZN weather conditions, uMhlanga Oyster Box wins award, and more


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