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20220831 1000 WILLSHIR SOUTH AFRICA TIMELINE
SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 31 AUG 2022
- GQEBERHA/ PORT ELIZABETH – 30 AUG 2022 (20H15) Protest reported by community members on the R344 near Motherwell. The community are expected to be protesting due to the poor service delivery in the area. Demonstrators have barricaded the roads with burning tyres and debris. The South African Police Services (SAPS) are expected to deploy officers to monitor the situation. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes as members have thrown stones at passing vehicles during previous demonstrations.
- MTHATHA – 31 AUG 2022 (08H15) Shooting reported at the intersection of Nelson Mandela Drive and Owen Street in Mthatha. The motive for the shooting is unknown. Authorities have been deployed to the scene. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.
- BIZANA – 31 AUG 2022 (08H50) Protest reported on the R61 Road in the vicinity of Bizana towards Port Edward. Police are on the scene and are attempting to disperse the crowd. Reports indicate that the demonstrators have set alight a truck. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route or remain vigilant.
SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 31 AUG 2022
- WELKOM – 30 AUG 2022 (22H00) Eskom has announced that load reduction is scheduled to be implemented in the Lejweleputswa District between 06H00 and 09H00 on Wednesday, 31 August 2022. The measure aims to avoid the overloading of Eskom’s electricity network and possible damage to infrastructure in high-density areas. Areas that are expected to be affected include Thabong, Old Stands, Masiza, and the Tembisa section. The power utility is expected to issue relevant updates as the situation progresses.
SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 31 AUG 2022
- TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 31 AUG 2022 (06H30) Protest expected outside the Department of Correctional (DCS) Regional Office in Hatfield, Pretoria today, 31 August 2022, from 12H00. The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) in the Gauteng Province will be holding a lunchtime picket to raise issues against the lack of adequate security at various correctional centres, the shortage of personnel, illegal shift patterns, and the lack of promotion policy. The lunchtime picket is planned ahead of the POPCRU National March to the Union Buildings, which is expected to take place on 20 September 2022. Members of the public are advised to remain vigilant. Police will be on the scene.
- JOHANNESBURG – 31 AUG 2022 (08H00) Members of the Operation Dudula movement have threatened to launch a series of protests outside all clinics in Johannesburg to prevent all foreign nationals from receiving treatment. This announcement follows after members of the movement held a demonstration outside the Engen petrol station in Brixton, Johannesburg, calling on the management to hire only South African nationals as petrol attendants. As well as at the Hillbrow Community Health Centre, the group had denounced illegal immigrants from using the facility. Operation Dudula Johannesburg leader Siphiwe Shabangu stated that the movement seeks the establishment to hire only South Africans for employment.
- SANDTON – 31 AUG 2022 (09H00) Protest reported on the N3 Northbound between Alexandra and Modderfontein. Demonstrators are currently barricading the road in the vicinity of Linbro Park. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. Police have been dispatched to the scene.
SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 31 AUG 2022
- PIETERMARITZBURG – 30 AUG 2022 (20H00) The Pietermaritzburg High Court has granted an order compelling former President Jacob Zuma to remunerate funds spent on upgrades to his Nkandla residence. This follows after Zuma previously obtained a loan from the VBS Mutual Bank to pay R7,8 million to the South African Reserve Bank to settle part of the debt emanating from non-security upgrades paid for by the state at the Nkandla homestead. Court papers filed by VBS Mutual Bank curator Anoosh Rooplal indicate that Zuma had defaulted on the loan extended to him by the bank in 2016. VBS Mutual Bank Spokesperson Louise Brugma has stated that several attempts to recover the outstanding funds had been unsuccessful. Thereafter, VBS requested the court to grant an order to compel Zuma to remunerate the funds or order that VBS be allowed to execute on the property a section of land owned by the Ingonyama Trust, named Nxamalala Farm in order to repay the debt. The JG Zuma Foundation has stated the former President is expected to review the court order and consult his legal team regarding the matter.
- DURBAN – 31 AUG 2022 (07H45) UPDATE Metro Police have closed the N2 Northbound from Umgeni Road due to the disruption of the ongoing protest. Motorists have been advised to use an alternative route. Police are on the scene. (06H50) Police are on the scene and are assessing the situation. Motorists have been advised to avoid the intersection of Intersite Avenue and Umgeni Road in Durban. Demonstrators have barricaded several roads with burning tyres in the vicinity of Umgeni Business Park. (05H10) Demonstrators are also obstructing Alpine Road at the intersection of Umgeni Road. Authorities are on the scene. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. (04H20) Protest reported on Umgeni Road in the vicinity of the Umgeni Business Park, Durban. Reports indicate that a large group of community members have barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police have been notified and deployed to the scene.
SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 31 AUG 2022
- POLOKWANE/ PIETERSBURG – 31 AUG 2022 (06H00) Protest expected at the Department of Correctional Services located at the intersection of Grobler Street and Landdros Mare Street in Polokwane today, 31 August 2022, from 13H00. Members affiliated with the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) are expected to protest in demand for wage increases, collective bargaining and against the high cost of living in the country. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes and avoid the area for the duration of the protest. Police will be dispatched to monitor the demonstration.
- THOHOYANDOU – 31 AUG 2022 (06H00) Protest expected at the Department of Correctional Services on Thengwe Road, Thulamela in Thohoyandou from 13H00 today, 31 August 2022. Members affiliated with the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) are expected to protest in demand for wage increases, collective bargaining and against the high cost of living. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes and avoid the area for the duration of the protest. Police will be deployed in the area to monitor the demonstration.
- GRAVELOTTE – 31 AUG 2022 (09H25) UPDATE Road closure reported on the R71 in Gravelotte towards Phalaborwa and Hoedspruit. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. (07H00) Protest reported at the intersection of R526 and R71 in Gravelotte. Community members are protesting due to poor service delivery. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police have been deployed to the scene.
SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 31 AUG 2022
- MBOMBELA/ NELSPRUIT – 31 AUG 2022 (05H45) UPDATE The N4 has been reopened to allow the regular movement of traffic following the completion of recovery operations. (04H55) Motorists are advised that the N4 between the Kanyamazane intersection and Mara, Mbombela, remains closed. However, a stop-and-go system has been implemented to regulate traffic movement. Recovery operations are ongoing. (02H45) Road closure reported on the N4 between the Kanyamazane intersection and Mara, Mbombela. The road has been closed to allow recovery operations following a motor vehicle accident. All services are on the scene. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes
- MBOMBELA/ NELSPRUIT – 31 AUG 2022 (09H30) Protest reported on the R538 in the Swalala informal settlement area between White River and Hazyview. Demonstrators have blockaded the road with stones and debris. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use the R40 Road as an alternative route. Police are on the scene.
SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 31 AUG 2022
- RUSTENBURG – 31 AUG 2022 (00H10) Eskom has announced that load reduction is scheduled to be implemented in the Rustenburg Sector between 05H00 and 09H00 on Wednesday, 31 August 2022. The measure aims to avoid an overload of Eskom’s network and possible damage to infrastructure in high-density areas. Areas that are expected to be affected during the period include Lesetlheng, Ramoga, Legkraal, Photsaneng Village, Greeside Masosobane, Greenside informal settlement, Malla, Punodung, Winsor and Dithabaneng, among others. Eskom will issue relevant updates as the situation progresses.
- RUSTENBURG – 31 AUG 2022 (09H00) Protest reported on Dinie Estates Road near the Waterglen Egg Farm in Rustenburg. Reports indicate that the demonstrators are burning tyres and debris. Police have been notified and have been dispatched to the scene. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.
SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 31 AUG 2022
- KIMBERLEY – 30 AUG 2022 (21H20) Galeshewe Police have launched an investigation into a murder case following the recent recovery of a deceased body in an open field in Bloemanda. Preliminary assessments indicate that the individual died during a suspected case of vigilantism after community members attacked the person for allegedly conducting criminal activities in the area. Police Spokesperson Sergeant Timothy Sam has stated that investigations indicate that the individual had been assaulted. Sam has noted that a male suspect has since been arrested and remanded in Police custody in relation to the case. The suspect is set to appear before the Galeshewe Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, 31 August 2022.
SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 31 AUG 2022
- CAPE TOWN – 30 AUG 2022 (21H10) UPDATE President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is expected to remain on standby and on alert for possible deployment as part of efforts against illegal mining. This follows a recent incident of sexual assault at an abandoned mining site in Krugersdorp, West Rand. Police have conducted multiple operations in the area, resulting in the arrests of at least 120 people on charges relating to illegal migration. Police Minister Bheki Cele has stated that a specialised unit has been established to address increased crime and illegal mining at abandoned mines west of Johannesburg. Cele indicated that efforts are also underway to improve the criminal justice system, calling on collaboration among law enforcement agencies. The National Security Council has also agreed on further action to address illegal mining, noting that the SANDF could be called upon to support the National Police if required. (16H10) EFF members halted proceedings in Parliament for more than an hour during the question and answer session with President Cyril Ramaphosa this afternoon, 30 August 2022. This follows after multiple points of order aimed at the Phala Phala farm burglary allegedly involving Ramaphosa, Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula requested the parliamentary protection services to escort certain EFF members out of the building. Ramaphosa will be addressing illegal immigration, the deployment of South African National Defence Force (SANDF) officers to the border and a parliamentary investigation into whether there is evidence he might have violated the constitution in connection with the Phala Phala farm burglary in 2020. (15H20) Security at the National Assembly has escorted Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Members of Parliament (MPs) out of the proceedings where President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to respond to queries from MPs. (06H00) President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to respond to queries from Members of Parliament (MPs) in the National Assembly today, 30 August 2022. The Presidency has stated that MPs are expected to query President Ramaphosa on his plans to stabilise the country’s electricity network and the Government’s response to illegal migration. Ramaphosa is also expected to respond to allegations of money laundering, among others, in relation to the theft of a large amount of foreign currency at his Phala Phala farm in 2020. Presidency Spokesperson Vincent Magwenya has stated that Ramaphosa is also set to discuss the importance of the recent Presidential Social Sector Summit in ensuring that civil society is effective in addressing poverty and inequality. Magwenya has noted that Ramaphosa is expected to interact with MPs through a virtual platform as he will not be physically present in Parliament during the session.
- CAPE TOWN – 31 AUG 2022 (08H55) UPDATE Demonstrators are reportedly throwing stones at vehicles travelling along Govan Mbeki Road between Emms Drive and Link Road. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. (06H40) Protest reported at the Nyanga terminus in Nyanga. Reports indicate that taxi operators have blockaded the entrance to the Philippi Plaza. The taxis have also blockaded the Terminus Road in Nyanga. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. Police have been deployed to the scene.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 31 AUG 2022
- SANDTON: President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Thursday, 01 September 2022, address a national conference focused on local government accountability, service delivery and human rights.
- SANDTON: News24 Editor-in-Chief Adriaan Basson announced that News24’s inaugural On The Record Summit is expected to be held on Thursday, 01 September 2022, at the Sandton Convention Centre.
- TSHWANE/ PRETORIA: Protest expected by members of the #PutSouthAfricansFirst in Pretoria Central on 01 September 2022, from 09H00.
- KLERKSDORP: The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is expected to hold its Provincial People Assemblies (PPA’s) from Friday, 02 September 2022 until Sunday, 04 September 2022 at the City of Matlosana Municipality Hall from 09H00.
- THOHOYANDOU: Protest expected at the Tshilidzini Hosptial on Friday, 02 September 2022.
- TSHWANE/ PRETORIA: Protest expected at the Public Protectors office in Tshwane on Friday, 09 September 2022, by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).
- SOWETO: The Mayor of Johannesburg, Mpho Phalatse, announced that he is expected to meet residents of Soweto on Saturday, 10 September 2022.
- GQEBERHA/ PORT ELIZABETH: Peaceful protest expected at Hobie Beach on Saturday, 17 September 2022, from 14H00.
- JOHANNESBURG: Protest expected on 20 September 2022 by the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU).
- VEREENIGING: Peaceful protest expected at the Vereeniging Police Station on Saturday, 08 October 2022, from 12H00.
- 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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