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20220809 1000 WILLSHIR SOUTH AFRICA TIMELINE
SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 09 AUG 2022
- GQEBERHA/ PORT ELIZABETH – 08 AUG 2022 (20H00) Motorists are advised to remain vigilant when travelling along the R75 road near Kwadwesi. This follows reports indicating that people are throwing stones at passing vehicles. Previous demonstrations in the area have been related to poor service delivery. The South African Police Services (SAPS) are expected to deploy officers to the area.
- GQEBERHA/ PORT ELIZABETH – 08 AUG 2022 (20H10) Protest reported at the Perseverance Road and R367 intersection in the vicinity of Despatch, Port Elizabeth. Reports indicate that community members from the informal settlement are barricading the road with large rocks. Participants are also throwing stones at vehicles in the area. Demonstrators are protesting against service delivery issues. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Authorities have been dispatched to the scene.
- MATATIELE – 09 AUG 2022 (06H00) The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are expected to hold a Women’s Day rally at the Maluti Civic Centre in Matatiele today, 09 August from 11H00. The EFF stated that the party’s leader Julius Malema is expected to address the community members attending the rally.
SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 09 AUG 2022
- BRANDFORT – 08 AUG 2022 (21H50) The South African Police Services (SAPS) in Brandfort have confirmed the arrest of a scrap yard owner in the area. The officers arrested the suspect on Sunday, 07 August 2022, at about 16H30. The arrest followed an intelligence-driven search operation regarding stolen property. During the operation, the officers confiscated stolen copper cables. The suspect is set to appear before the Brandfort Magistrate Court on charges of being in possession of stolen copper cables.
- BLOEMFONTEIN – 09 AUG 2022 (08H25) Former President Jacob Zuma is expected to appear at the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein on Monday, 15 August 2022. During the trial, the SCA will decide on Zuma’s appeal to remove Advocate Billy Downer from prosecuting him.
SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 09 AUG 2022
- RANDFONTEIN – 08 AUG 2022 (19H20) Gauteng Police have confirmed the arrests of 28 undocumented foreign nationals during an anti-crime operation in Mohlakeng, Randfontein, today, 08 August 2022. This follows after Police launched an anti-crime operation after community members held demonstrations to call for a complete closure of illegal mining sites in the area. West Rand District Commissioner Fred Kekana has stated that Police remain committed to implementing interventions to address the illegal mining activities in the district. Kekana has also stated that the municipality’s heavy-duty vehicles are in the process of closing illegal mining sites in the area. The Commissioner has further noted that Public Order Police and Visible Policing members are monitoring the situation.
- BRAKPAN – 08 AUG 2022 (23H00) The South African Police Services (SAPS) is expected to host a community meeting on Tuesday, 16 August 2022. Members will gather at the NG Church Hall, 73 Victoria Street, from 18H45. Brakpan Community Policing Forum (CPF) Members, SAPS, Metro, Councillors and Community Members have been invited to attend the meeting. During the meeting, members will, among other topics, discuss the crime in the area. Publics attendance has been requested at the meeting to raise issues in the community.
- RANDBURG – 09 AUG 2022 (01H40) Air Peace has suspended its flights to Johannesburg, South Africa (SA), from 22 August 2022. The suspension follows due to the increase of Jet A1 fuel, the delay of visa issuances for SA passengers and other issues. Air Peace will resume services on 08 October 2022. This follows as Air Peace noted that they expect the situation to improve within 60 days.
- JOHANNESBURG – 09 AUG 2022 (04H05) The Democratic Alliance (DA) will table a motion of no confidence against Premier David Makhura. This follows as Makhura failed to be transparent and accountable on various reports issued. The reports include the Alexandra Renewal Project, the promised lifestyle audits of senior officials and the Personal Protective Equipment and sanitation programmes. Reports indicated R400 million missing from the school sanitation programme, among others. The DA has requested the vote to be held using a secret ballot. This follows as the DA suspects that members of the African National Congress (ANC) are not supporting Makhura.
- TSHWANE/PRETORIA – 09 AUG 2022 (06H00) Peaceful protest expected at the Union Buildings today, 09 August 2022. Members of the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture, along with women from various law enforcement agencies in Gauteng, are expected to gather at Church Square, Pretoria Central, from 08H00. Participants are expected to march to the Union Buildings in Arcadia via Madiba Street. Local roads that are expected to be affected include Paul Kruger Street, Thabo Sehume Street, Lillian Ngoyi Street, Sisulu Street, Du Toit Street, Nelson Mandela Drive, Steve Biko Road, Hamilton Street, and Government Avenue. The march is being held in commemoration of the 09 August 1956 women’s march to the Union Buildings against the introduction of the apartheid pass laws for black women. Demonstrators are expected to disperse from the Union Buildings at 11H00. Motorists are advised of possible ground travel disruptions expected on affected routes. Tshwane Metro Police will be deployed to monitor the march.
SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 09 AUG 2022
- MTUNZINI – 08 AUG 2022 (19H00) Eskom has issued a notice regarding an emergency interruption of power supply in areas between Richards Bay and Mandini scheduled for Wednesday, 10 August 2022 between 08H00 and 13H00. The areas that are expected to be affected include Dlangezwa, Mtunzini, Gingindlovu, Mangeti, Enyoni, Edokodweni and Lambothi. The emergency power supply interruption is necessary to allow safe passage of an abnormal load vehicle from Richards Bay to Mandini via the N2 during the stated period. Residents are advised that Eskom will issue relevant updates as the situation progresses.
- ROOSBOOM – 08 AUG 2022 (19H50) Looting reported on the N3 approaching the Bergville Toll Plaza to Ladysmith from the Tugela River in the vicinity of Roosboom. Reports indicate that community members are looting fresh produce from a truck. This follows after a motor vehicle accident involving a truck and a minibus taxi on the roadway. Motorists are advised to exercise caution when travelling in the area.
- ESTCOURT – 08 AUG 2022 (20H30) UPDATE Demonstrators have dispersed from the N3 approaching Estcourt. Authorities are expected to maintain visibility in the area to monitor for further unrest. The road has been cleared of debris to allow the movement of traffic. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant when travelling in the area. (19H30) Protest reported on the N3 approaching Estcourt from Mooi River. Reports indicate that community members are barricading the N3 Northbound with burning tyres and debris in protest against service delivery related issues. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Authorities have been dispatched to the scene.
SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 09 AUG 2022
- POLOKWANE – 09 AUG 2022 (09H00) The Democratic Alliance (DA) political party announced the launch of an investigation into the Mayor of the Capricorn District Municipality, Mamedupi Teffo. The DA stated that the Mayor allegedly siphoned money from the communications budget in the Municipality to purchase a new Mayoral Chain worth R70,000. The DA submitted a letter to the Acting Municipal Manager to demand reasons for the purchase of the new chain.
SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 09 AUG 2022
- RUSTENBURG – 08 AUG 2022 (23H15) The Magistrates Court has postponed the bail application hearing of two suspects involved in the Hillary Gardee case to 16 August 2022. The suspects include Philemon Lukhele and Mduduzi Albert Gama. The bail application hearing has been postponed due to the presiding Magistrate being ill. The first accused, Mkhatshwas’ bail application, had been denied by the Courts as they stated that Mkhatshwa had been a flight risk.
- BALFOUR – 09 AUG 2022 (07H40) Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Msthweni-Tsipane is expected to address community members at the Women’s Day event in Balfour today, 08 August 2022. Spokesperson of the Premier, Sibongile Mkani-Mpolweni, stated that during the address, Tsipane is expected to elaborate on economic revitalization initiatives and measures to intensify the fight against the high prevalence of gender-based violence (GBV).
SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 09 AUG 2022
- MOGWASE – 08 AUG 2022 (19H00) North West Police have announced that a Police officer and three accomplices are expected to appear before the Mogwase Magistrates Court on Thursday, 11 August 2022. The suspects are accused of directing an automatic teller machine (ATM) bombing, business robbery, five counts of attempted murder and two counts of carjacking. Police Spokesperson Sabata Mokgwabone has stated that a member of the Rustenburg Tactical Response Team (TRT) had recently been arrested for allegedly bombing an ATM at a filling station along the R510 road near Mogwase outside Rustenburg. After failing to open the ATM’s cash container, the four suspects stole an undisclosed amount of money from the station’s cash register and hijacked a vehicle and a motorcycle before fleeing the scene. The vehicles had been traced to the Sondela informal settlement, where officers subsequently arrested the suspects. During the arrest, the Police also seized a rifle and several cartons of cigarettes allegedly stolen during the robbery. The accused are remanded in Police custody pending further legal proceedings.
SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 09 AUG 2022
- KIMBERLEY – 09 AUG 2022 (06H50) The South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) announced that they are expected to open a Provincial office in Kimberley. SANRAL stated that the opening of an office in Kimberley will assist them in responding to maintenance issues in the Province.
SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 09 AUG 2022
- CAPE TOWN – 09 AUG 2022 (06H00) Peaceful protest expected by members of the Krotoa Foundation Movement at the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture today, 09 August 2022. The demonstrators are expected to protest to demand the renaming of the Cape Town International Airport to Krotoa International Airport. The demonstrators are expected to hand over a memorandum of demand. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Police will be deployed to the area.
- KNYSNA – 09 AUG 2022 (06H00) The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are expected to hold a Women’s Day rally at the Khayalethu Community Hall in Knysna today, 09 August, from 12H00. The EEF stated that the rally aims to motivate women to take a stand against gender-based violence (GBV).
UPCOMING EVENTS – 09 AUG 2022
- RUSTENBURG: The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) political party announced their Women’s Day Commemoration is expected to be held on Thursday, 11 August 2022, at 10H00 at the Rustenburg Civic Centre.
- VEREENIGING: President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to lead a District Development Model (DDM) Presidential Imbizo on Friday, 12 August 2022, at 10H00 at the Sharpeville Cricket Pitch next to George Thabe Stadium, Sedibeng.
- TSHWANE/PRETORIA: Protest expected by the Young Communist League (YCL) together with the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) on Friday, 12 August 2022, at the Union Buildings.
- JOHANNESBURG: Protest expected in Zone 16 of Johannesburg by members of the African National Congress (ANC) on 13 August 2022.
- BLOEMFONTEIN: Former President Jacob Zuma is expected to appear at the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein on Monday, 15 August 2022.
- BRAKPAN: The South African Police Services (SAPS) is expected to host a community meeting on Tuesday, 16 August 2022.
- 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.