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20220801 1900 WILLSHIR SOUTH AFRICA TIMELINE
SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 01 AUG 2022
• TOMBO – 01 AUG 2022 (07H15) Protest reported on the R61 near Tombo. Community members have barricaded the roadway with burning tyres and debris. Previous demonstrations in the area have been related to service delivery issues. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Authorities have been dispatched to the scene.
• GQEBERHA/ PORT ELIZABETH – 01 AUG 2022 (09H20) Protest reported on Rocklands Road and the R344 in the vicinity of KwaNobuhle. The demonstrators are protesting due to poor service delivery. The demonstrators have barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police have been dispatched.
• MATATIELE – 01 AUG 2022 (12H10) The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are expected to hold a Women’s Day rally at the Maluti Civic Centre in Matatiele on 09 August from 11H00. The EFF stated that the party’s leader Julius Malema is expected to address the community members attending the rally.
• GQEBERHA/ PORT ELIZABETH – 01 AUG 2022 (17H00) Protest reported on Addo Road at the Markman crossing in the vicinity of Motherwell. Residents from the Nomakanjani informal settlements have barricaded the road. Previously, community members held a violent protest against the lack of electricity supply. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes and avoid the area. Police have been dispatched to the scene.
SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 01 AUG 2022
• HARRISMITH – 01 AUG 2022 (15H25) Community members in the Maluti-A-Phofung (MAP) Municipality are currently involved in the process of Eskom taking over the electricity distribution in the municipality. The MAP Municipal Spokesperson, Thabo Khesa, stated that as negotiations continue, community members are being informed on how the municipality, in collaboration with Eskom, is planning on resolving the electricity crisis in the municipality. The negotiation process between the municipality and Eskom is near the final stage.
SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 01 AUG 2022
• SOWETO – 01 AUG 2022 (06H10) Protest reported on the Klipspruit Valley Road in Soweto. Community members are demonstrating due to poor service delivery related to power outages. South African Police Service (SAPS) are on the scene and are attempting to maintain order. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.
• KEMPTON PARK – 01 AUG 2022 (06H45) UPDATE Reports indicate that the R21 has been opened for normal traffic flow. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant in the area. (04H30) The R21 Northbound approaching Olifantstontein Road/ R562 has been closed to traffic due to ongoing protest action by Tembisa community members. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. (04H10) Demonstrators have barricaded the R21 from Tembisa, approaching Olifantsfontein at the R562 turnoff. Reports indicate that community members are looting and burning trucks on the roadway. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. (02H30) Protest reported on Andrew Mapheto Drive between Benji Street and Seagull Street in Tembisa. Members of the community are barricading the road with burning tyres and debris. Demonstrators are expected to conduct a shutdown of Tembisa to protest against ongoing service delivery issues related to continuous electricity supply disruptions in the area. Motorists are advised to avoid affected areas. Authorities are aware of the demonstration.
• SPRINGS – 01 AUG 2022 (10H40) Protest reported on the Welgedacht Road between Enstra Road and the Springs Police Station in Payneville, Springs. Reports indicate that residents from the reconstruction and development programme (RDP) housing area along Welgedacht Road are protesting against housing and service delivery-related issues. Motorists are advised to avoid the affected route during the protest action. Police are currently deployed to the area to monitor the demonstration.
• MAMELODI – 01 AUG 2022 (14H25) UPDATE The CIT occurred cross-pavement at the Mams Mall entrance five. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police are on the scene. (14H25) Cash in transit (CIT) robbery reported in Mamelodi East at entrance five. Suspects are attempting to rob an armoured vehicle. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police have been dispatched to the scene.
• TEMBISA – 01 AUG 2022 (15H20) UPDATE Ekurhuleni Mayor Tania Campbell met with Tembisa community leaders this afternoon, 01 August 2022. Campbell’s Spokesperson, Phakamile Mbengashe, stated that they are expecting to reach an agreement with community leaders today. (15H20) Roads affected by the ongoing protest include Andrew Maphetho Drive/ M18, Hospital View Road, Industry Road, Oakmoor East Taxi Rank, and Sethokga in Tembisa. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police continue to monitor the situation. (13H45) A second person has been killed in the violent service delivery protest in Tembisa. The Metropolitan Police in Ekurhuleni has warned the public to avoid the area, adding that the situation is volatile. The residents stated that they would continue to protest until Ekurhuleni Mayor Tania Campbell came to address the residents. (11H15) Reports indicate that the demonstrators have set alight the Tembisa Customer Care Centre and a local substation. The Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) Spokesperson Kelebogile Thepa also confirmed that a demonstrator has been fatally injured during the protest. (09H30) Police are on the scene, attempting to disperse the demonstrators by firing rubber bullets. The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police Department (EMPD) has further called for additional security. Casualties have been reported. This comes as the demonstrators have barricaded several roads in the vicinity of Tembisa with debris and burning tyres. (07H30) Protest reported on the M57 in the vicinity of Oakmoor Station. Reports indicate that demonstrators have barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. Demonstrators are expected to conduct a shutdown of Tembisa to protest against ongoing service delivery issues related to continuous electricity supply disruptions in the area. Motorists are advised to avoid affected areas. Authorities are aware of the demonstration.
• KRUGERSDORP – 01 AUG 2022 (16H30) UPDATE Residents are continuing with their protest outside Krugersdorp Magistrate’s Court. Community members are demanding justice for the victims and the removal of illegal foreign nationals. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. (09H40) Demonstrations are underway outside the Krugersdorp Magistrates Court. Community members, along with various political party members of ActionSA, are demonstrating outside the court ahead of the court proceedings. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use an alternative route.
• KRUGERSDORP – 01 AUG 2022 (16H00) Protest expected at the Engen Garage on the corner of Kagiso Avenue and Sebenzisa Drive in Kagiso on Thursday, 04 August 2022. Community members are expected to protest for the removal of illegal miners. The community stated that they will close all mining holes and demolish all informal housing next to the mine. This follows after the criminal attack on female victims at a mine in West Village on Thursday, 28 July 2022. Motorists are advised to avoid the area during the protest. Police will be dispatched to the scene.
SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 01 AUG 2022
• DURBAN – 01 AUG 2022 (06H10) Protest expected in the Durban Central Business District (CBD) and surrounding areas today, 01 August 2022. Police have received reports of a planned taxi protest on the N2 and N3 national roads, as well as in Durban Central and along Umngeni Road. Members of Durban Long Distance Taxis and Durban Liner are reportedly planning to blockade roads to protest unresolved disputes with Shanela concerning the impounding of mini-bus taxis. Provincial Police and Public Order Police (POP) are on standby and are expected to be deployed to strategic areas to monitor the situation. Motorists are advised to exercise extreme vigilance and avoid affected routes during the protest.
• RICHARDS BAY – 01 AUG 2022 (08H50) The Richards Bay Port Management announced that traffic officials have blocked the Hillside entrance due to no electricity at the Port due to a power failure last night, 31 July 2022. The Management, therefore, advises people using the Port to use the East Gate entrance as the Municipality is attending to the power failure experienced at the Hillside entrance.
• PIETERMARITZBURG – 01 AUG 2022 (06H30) UPDATE Pietermaritzburg High Court Judge Pieter Koen announced that former President Jacob Zuma’s trial has been postponed until 17 October 2022. Koen stated that the postponement will allow the Constitutional Court to rule on his latest legal bid to remove Billy Downer as his prosecutor. Koen further noted that should the apex court dismiss Zuma’s appeal, Zuma’s Arms Deal corruption trial will proceed on 07 November 2022. (06H30) Former President Jacob Zuma is expected in the Pietermaritzburg High Court today, 01 August 2022. The High Court is expected to resume Zuma’s corruption trial today.
• KWADUKUZA – 01 AUG 2022 (07H15) Protest reported on the R74 near Colenso in KwaDukuza. Reports indicate that the road has been barricaded with burning tyres and debris. Previous demonstrations have been related to poor service delivery. Motorists have been advised to avoid the area. Police are on the scene.
SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 01 AUG 2022
• PHALABORWA – 01 AUG 2022 (12H30) Protest reported at the Kurhula Primary School in the Lulekani Area of Phalaborwa. Reports indicate that parents of learners are protesting at the main gate due to new rules implemented to pay unacceptable fees, which they can not afford. Demonstrators have blocked the road leading to the school with burning tyres and debris. According to the group, they have submitted a petition to the Department of Education’s local circuit offices detailing their demands. The parents, however, stated that they will continue to protest until the Department of Education meets their demands.
• MALAMULELE – 01 AUG 2022 (15H40) The Malamulele Magistrates Court has postponed the murder case of Collins Chabane Municipality Mayor Moses Maluleke to 10 August 2022. This follows after the three suspects were arrested on 31 July 2022 after intensive police investigations into the shooting. The third suspect has been released for lack of evidence relating to the case.
SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 01 AUG 2022
• MBOMBELA – 01 AUG 2022 (09H30) The political movement ActionSA announced that the party is expected to appoint former African National Congress (ANC) member Thoko Mashiane as its Chairperson for the Mpumalanga Province. ActionSA stated they are expected to appoint Mashiane later today, 01 August 2022.
SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 01 AUG 2022
• MAHIKENG – 01 AUG 2022 (09H15) The Democratic Alliance (DA) announced the launch of an investigation into the R47 million spent by the Government on the development of the Manyane Game Lodge in Mahikeng. The DA stated that the lodge was set for completion in 2015 but is now abondoned. The DA further noted that this investigation aims to prove the wasteful expenditure applied by the African National Congress (ANC) in the North West Province.
SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 01 AUG 2022
• KIMBERLEY – 01 AUG 2022 (06H00) Premier Zamani Saul is expected to launch the Northern Cape State-owned Construction Company today, 01 August 2022. Premier Saul will launch the company at Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre at 14H00. The company’s launch follows the commitments Premier Saul made for the 6th administration. The department is expected to construct RDP houses for human settlements, provide training for unemployed youths and others, and Implement 30% of the provincial Government’s infrastructure project, among others.
• KIMBERLEY – 01 AUG 2022 (15H15) Residents of Roodepan in Kimberley have raised concerns regarding a power outage in the area. The residents have approached the Sol Plaatje Municipality to address the matter. The Sol Plaatje Municipality stated that its technicians are working to restore power in the area after a contractor allegedly damaged electrical cables. The power has been off for approximately one week.
SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 01 AUG 2022
• CAPE TOWN – 01 AUG 2022 (05H20) UPDATE The Western Cape Rapid Response Unit (WCRRU) announced that Baden Powell Drive has been reopened for normal traffic flow. Motorists are still advised to drive with caution as debris is still on the shoulder of the road, with clean-up operations still ongoing. (05H20) Protest reported on Baden Powell Drive approaching the Swartklip Road turnoff in the vicinity of Khayelitsha, Cape Town. Community members have barricaded the roadway with burning tyres and debris. Previous demonstrations in the area have been related to service delivery issues. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Authorities have been dispatched to the scene.
• CAPE TOWN – 01 AUG 2022 (10H35) Road closure reported on the N1 inbound on-ramp from Klipheuwel R304. Reports indicate that the road is closed due to maintenance work. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes for the road closure duration. Updates regarding the closure will follow in due course.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 01 AUG 2022
• PAARL: Road closure expected on the N1 at the Huguenot Tunnel in Paarl on Tuesday, 02 August 2022.
• MALAMULELE: Protest expected by residents of the Collins Chabane Municipality on Wednesday, 03 August 2022.
• CAPE TOWN: Protest expected in the City Centre of Cape Town on Thursday, 04 August 2022.
• KRUGERSDORP: Protest expected at the Engen Garage on the corner of Kagiso Avenue and Sebenzisa Drive in Kagiso on Thursday, 04 August 2022.
• POLOKWANE/ PIETERSBURG: Protest expected on Friday, 05 August 2022, by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) in Polokwane.
• SANDTON: Stay-away demonstration expected by E-Hailing operators in Gauteng on Monday, 08 August 2022.
• CAPE TOWN: Peaceful protest expected by members of the Krotoa Foundation Movement at the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture on Tuesday, 09 August 2022.
• MATATIELE: The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are expected to hold a Women’s Day rally at the Maluti Civic Centre in Matatiele on 09 August from 11H00.
• JOHANNESBURG: Former President Jacob Zuma is expected to appear at the Constitutional Court of South Africa on Tuesday, 23 August 2022, at 10H00.
• BLOEMFONTEIN: The court case against President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to begin at the Bloemfontein High Court on 25 August 2022 at 08H00.
• PIETERMARITZBURG: Pietermaritzburg High Court Judge Pieter Koen announced that former President Jacob Zuma’s trial has been postponed until 17 October 2022.
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