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20220905 1900 WILLSHIR SOUTH AFRICA TIMELINE

September 5

SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 05 SEP 2022
• EAST LONDON – 05 SEP 2022 (12H15) UPDATE The East London Magistrate’s Court has postponed the case until January 2023. The postponement is due to scheduling challenges as Malema’s legal representatives are currently busy with Life Esidimeni hearings in Gauteng. (08H25) Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) political group, Julius Malema and co-accused Adriaan Snyman are expected to appear in the East London Magistrate’s Court today, 05 September 2022. Reports indicate that the pair will continue with their trial for allegedly discharging a firearm in public at the party’s fifth birthday celebrations at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium in Mdantsane in 2018. Malema faces charges of illegally possessing a firearm, contravention of the Firearms Control Act, illegally possessing ammunition and reckless endangerment to persons or property.
• GQEBERHA/ PORT ELIZABETH – 05 SEP 2022 (18H10) Head Police officials in Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, including Major General Vuyisile Ncata, visited Missionvale today, 05 September 2022, where three male victims were fatally shot on Sunday afternoon, 04 September 2022. Several others were wounded in the shooting after armed suspects entered a house on Indus Street and started shooting. Colonel Priscilla Naidu stated when Police arrived on the scene, they found the bodies of three male victims with multiple gunshot wounds. The case is being investigated by Algoa Park Police. Community members held a meeting with Major General Ncata and Algoa Park Police Station officials to raise their concerns about the lack of Police visibility in the area.

SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 05 SEP 2022
• BLOEMFONTEIN – 05 SEP 2022 (08H50) The Hawks in the Free State have launched an investigation on allegations of intimidation against Premier Sisi Ntombela. According to reports, the Chairperson of the Free State Publishers and Editors Forum, Lebona Lekoena, claimed that he felt threatened by Ntombela after refusing to submit a planned media summit. Lekoena alleges that Ntombela attempted to seize the planned summit without his involvement. Meanwhile, Ntombela has denied allegations of intimidation levelled against her and is unaware of the reported complaint.
• WELKOM – 05 SEP 2022 (16H30) Free State Police continues to search for suspects who allegedly kidnapped and killed a Matjhabeng municipal employee in August 2022. Provincial Police Spokesperson, Stephen Thakeng, stated that Michael Mohlabane was kidnapped at his residence by three armed suspects, and his body was later discovered. The pick-up truck, which belongs to the Matjhabeng Municipality, was found abandoned at Masimong shaft number 4. Mohlabane was declared dead by emergency service personnel at the scene, and a case of house robbery, kidnapping and murder was registered for further investigation.

SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 05 SEP 2022
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 05 SEP 2022 (09H10) Protest expected by members of the Democratic Alliance (DA) at Minister of Police Bheki Cele’s office on Tuesday, 06 September 2022, at 10H15. Reports indicate that the demonstrators are expected to gather at the corner of Prince’s Park Avenue and Francis Baard Street. The reason for the demonstration is to have Cele removed from office due to the current Policing issues faced in South Africa (SA). Motorists are advised to plan their routes accordingly. Local authorities will be dispatched to the affected area to monitor the situation.
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 05 SEP 2022 (09H50) UPDATE Tshwane Emergency Services Spokesperson Charles Mabaso stated that four people sustained injuries during the fire. Two of them are suspected arsonists who the private security guards had caught on site. (09H30) Fire reported at the Legal Practice Council building. The reason for the fire has not been determined yet. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes as traffic delays can be expected. Emergency services are currently on the scene.
• JOHANNESBURG – 05 SEP 2022 (14H20) Protest reported on the R41/ Main Reef Road in the vicinity of Bravo Group Sleep Manufacturers in Longdale. The demonstrators are marching along the R41 route. The reason for the march is unknown at this stage. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 05 SEP 2022 (15H15) The Cabinet Lekgotla are holding a meeting at the Presidential Guesthouse in Tshwane to discuss progress on the implementation of infrastructure projects, as part of the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan. The plan aims to build a new economy and develop South Africa. The overarching goal of the plan is to create a sustainable, resilient and inclusive economy. It will focus on energy security, an industrial base to create jobs, mass public employment programmes, infrastructure development, macro-economic interventions, a green economy, food security, and reviving the tourism sector. The meeting will further discuss economic interventions that have been implemented by top economies and how this affects the country’s fiscal framework.
• SOWETO – 05 SEP 2022 (17H40) Police have launched a search operation for five suspects involved in the Nomzamo Tavern shooting that occurred in Orlando East, Soweto, in July 2022. The shooting claimed the lives of 16 people. Police Minister Cele, who visited the community shortly after the shooting, stated that 135 empty AK-47 cartridges had been discovered on the scene. A warrant of arrest has been issued for the suspects in 16 cases of murder and seven of attempted murder.
• JOHANNESBURG – 05 SEP 2022 (18H20) UPDATE The OR Tambo International Airport Management confirmed that the runway has been reopened, and both runways are declared safe to operate. The fire and rescue team managed to contain the fire and will continue to monitor the situation closely. (14H30) The OR Tambo International Airport has closed one of its runways due to a bush fire that spilt over from the adjacent community within the airport precinct. Fire and rescue teams are on-site to extinguish the blaze. The runway that has been closed is used for landings as it is long, at more than 4.4 kilometres.

SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 05 SEP 2022
• DUNDEE – 05 SEP 2022 (05H50) Protest reported on the R33 between Dundee and Pomeroy. Reports indicate that demonstrators barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. The reason for the protest remains unknown, although previous demonstrations were related to poor service delivery. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes for the duration of the protest. Local authorities are currently on the scene to monitor the situation.
• MTUNZINI – 05 SEP 2022 (11H15) Protest reported on the R102 near the Forest Inn Hotel. Reports indicate that the demonstrators barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. The reason for the protest remains unknown, although previous demonstrations were related to poor service delivery issues. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Local authorities are currently on the scene to monitor the situation.

SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 05 SEP 2022
• POLOKWANE/ PIETERSBURG – 05 SEP 2022 (06H35) Protest reported at the intersection of R40 and R531 in the locality of the Amanda informal settlement area towards Hoedspruit, Polokwane. Reports indicate that the demonstrators barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. The reason for the protest remains unknown, although previous demonstrations were related to poor service delivery. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes for the duration of the protest. Local authorities have been dispatched to the area to monitor the situation.
• STEELPOORT – 05 SEP 2022 (09H35) Protest reported on the R555 in the vicinity of the Steelpoort Mining Area. Reports indicate that the demonstrators barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. The reason for the protest remains unknown. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes for the duration of the protest. Local authorities have been dispatched to the area to monitor the situation.

SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 05 SEP 2022
• HECTORSPRUIT – 05 SEP 2022 (05H45) Protest reported on the N4 in the vicinity of Hectorspruit. Reports indicate that demonstrators barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. The reason for the protest remains unknown, although previous demonstrations were related to poor service delivery. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Local authorities are currently on the scene to monitor the situation.
• ACORNHOEK – 05 SEP 2022 (10H50) Protest reported at Orpen Gate. Reports indicate that the demonstrators barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. The reason for the protest remains unknown, although previous demonstrations were related to poor service delivery issues. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes when travelling to Orpen Gate. Local authorities have been dispatched to the area to monitor the situation.
• MBOMBELA/ NELSPRUIT – 05 SEP 2022 (13H50) The Mpumalanga High Court has withdrawn the murder and attempted murder charges against the African National Congress (ANC) Mpumalanga Treasurer and former Agriculture Member of Executive Council (MEC) Mandla Msibi. Msibi and five co-accused appeared before the Mpumalanga High Court in Mbombela this morning, 05 September 2022, facing charges of murder, attempted murder and defeating the ends justice. This follows after a shooting incident in Mbombela in August 2021, where two ANC members were shot and killed, and another party member was injured. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) stated that the charges had been withdrawn due to outstanding information.

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 05 SEP 2022
• BLOEMHOF – 05 SEP 2022 (14H45) UPDATE The R34 in the vicinity of Bloemhof has been reopened to traffic. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Public Order Police are monitoring the situation. (11H50) Protest reported on the R34 in the vicinity of Bloemhof. Reports indicate that the demonstrators barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. The reason for the protest remains unknown, although previous demonstrations were related to poor service delivery. Motorists are advised to avoid the area for the duration of the protest. Local authorities are currently on the scene to monitor the situation.
• KHUMA – 05 SEP 2022 (16H00) UPDATE Residents of Khuma have been protesting against high taxi fares in the area. Motorists are advised to avoid the R502 and remain vigilant. (15H45) The Khuma to Stilfontein crossing is open to traffic. However, the roadway remains covered in debris. The demonstrators are delivering their memorandum of demands. The R502 between Potchefstroom and Orkney remains closed to traffic due to ongoing demonstrations. Police are monitoring the situation. (06H10) Protest reported on the R502 in the vicinity of Khuma. Reports indicate that the demonstrators barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. The reason for the protest remains unknown, although previous demonstrations were related to poor service delivery issues. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes for the duration of the protest. Local authorities are currently on the scene to monitor the situation.

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 05 SEP 2022
• UPINGTON – 05 SEP 2022 (09H20) Protest reported on the N10 between Groblershoop and Upington in the locality of Leerkrans. Reports indicate that the demonstrators barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. The demonstration is aimed at the poor service delivery in the area. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes for the duration of the protest. Local authorities have been dispatched to the area to monitor the situation.

SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 05 SEP 2022
• CAPE TOWN – 05 SEP 2022 (06H20) Peaceful protest expected at Sea Point Boulevard on Saturday, 17 September 2022, at 11H00. Reports indicate that the demonstration is aimed at the high cost of living and the increase in fuel prices. Motorists are advised to avoid the area for the duration of the protest. Local authorities will be deployed to monitor the situation.
• CAPE TOWN – 05 SEP 2022 (07H20) Protest reported in Philippi at the Govan Mbeki and Symphony intersection. Reports indicate that the demonstrators barricaded the road with burning tyres. The reason for the protest remains unknown, although previous demonstrations were related to poor service delivery in the area. Motorists are advised to avoid the area for the duration of the protest. Local authorities have been dispatched to the area to monitor the situation.
• CAPE TOWN – 05 SEP 2022 (15H50) The Western Cape High Court has dismissed the application by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to appeal the decision by the court to acquit former Minister of Intelligence Advocate Bongani Bongo of corruption charges. This follows after the State requested leave to appeal the February 2021 judgment, in which Judge President John Hlophe acquitted Bongo on the bribery charge, citing a lack of evidence. Bongo is the first person to face criminal charges emanating from Parliament’s 2017 Eskom inquiry. Bongo had been accused of trying to bribe the evidence leader, Ntuthuzelo Vanara, to nought the inquiry. Judge John Hlophe found that the State had failed to prove the corruption charge against Bongo.
• CAPE TOWN – 05 SEP 2022 (16H20) Community members held a protest at the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court today, 05 September 2022, against the continued postponements of the Phelokazi Mqathanya murder case. The case has now been postponed for the ninth time since May 2022. The accused, Bongani Ngadleka, was arrested soon after the murder. However, after several delays and four court postponements, the case was removed from the court’s roll on 14 December 2021. The case was brought back to court on 05 May following action by Free Gender, a lesbian rights organisation.
• CAPE TOWN – 05 SEP 2022 (16H45) UPDATE The City of Cape Town has condemned the violent protest by taxi associations in Hout Bay today, 05 September 2022. MyCiTi buses have been stoned in Imizamo Yethu, one of which was petrol bombed. No injuries have been reported. The City noted the complaints from the Hout Bay Taxi Association (HBTA) regarding the compensation related to the roll-out of Phase 1 of the MyCiTi service. The City has been engaging with HBTA since 2014 in respect of this process. This matter has been conveyed before the Western Cape High Court, and the City is awaiting the court’s ruling on this matter. (15H20) Authorities are active with clean-up operations on the M6/ Victoria road in Hout Bay. The road will be reopened to traffic shortly. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. (14H45) The City of Cape Town has resolved to meet with taxi associations today, 05 September 2022, following protests in Hout Bay. Taxi operators claim they had been treated unfairly and lodged complaints over permits. The city had warned motorists to avoid Victoria Road, in Hout Bay. Incidents of public violence have been reported. The City of Cape Town’s Mayco Member for Transport, Rob Quintas, has agreed to meet with the Cape Organisation for the Democratic Taxi Association and Cape Amalgamated Taxi Association. (12H45) MyCiTi bus and Dial-a-Ride services have temporarily suspended operations in Hout Bay due to the ongoing protest action. Reports indicate that several vehicles are being thrown with stones by the demonstrators. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. (07H05) Protest reported on the M6 in front of the Hout Bay Police station. Reports indicate that demonstrators barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. The reason for the protest remains unknown. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes for the duration of the protest. Local authorities are currently on the scene to monitor the situation.

UPCOMING EVENTS – 05 SEP 2022
• DURBAN: Protest expected at the South African Police Service on Bram Fischer Road in Durban on Tuesday, 06 September 2022, from 11H00 by the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU).
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA: Protest expected by members of the Democratic Alliance (DA) at Minister of Police Bheki Cele’s office tomorrow, 06 September 2022, at 10H15.
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA: Protest expected at the Public Protectors office in Tshwane on Friday, 09 September 2022, by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).
• DURBAN: The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) in KwaZulu-Natal is expected to hold its 10th Provincial Conference from Friday, 09 September, until Sunday, 11 September 2022, at the International Convention Centre (ICC) Complex.
• SOWETO: The Mayor of Johannesburg, Mpho Phalatse, announced that he is expected to meet residents of Soweto on Saturday, 10 September 2022.
• PIETERMARITZBURG: Protest expected at the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Treasury on Chief Albert Luthuli Street in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday, 14 September 2022, from 11H00 by the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU).
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA: President Cyril Ramaphosa is scheduled to travel to the United States (US) to engage in discussions with US President Joe Biden at the White House in Washington on Friday, 16 September 2022.
• GQEBERHA/ PORT ELIZABETH: Peaceful protest expected at Hobie Beach on Saturday, 17 September 2022, from 14H00.
• CAPE TOWN: Peaceful protest expected at Sea Point Boulevard on Saturday, 17 September 2022, at 11H00.
• 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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