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20220909 1900 WILLSHIR SOUTH AFRICA TIMELINE

September 9

SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 09 SEP 2022
• EAST LONDON – 09 SEP 2022 (06H25) The South African Local Government Association (SALGA) is expected to host the Council of Mayors at the East London International Convention Centre from Wednesday, 08 September, until today, 09 September 2022. President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver the keynote address at the event. The Council of Mayors is an annual gathering of Mayors and Executive Mayors to focus on addressing challenges experienced in local government. The Council of Mayors also serves as a platform to act as a consultative forum for developing local government positions on policies and legislation impacting local government. The Council of Mayors will, in part, focus on the state of municipal finances and come up with measures to address challenges related to municipal financial management and sustainability.
• GQEBERHA/ PORT ELIZABETH – 09 SEP 2022 (18H10) Gqeberha Police apprehended four suspects and confiscated seven metres of copper cable as part of efforts to restrain cable theft in and around Nelson Mandela Bay. The suspects were arrested at about 20H45 on Thursday, 08 September 2022, when K9 members were conducting foot patrols in cable theft hotspot areas. Members were doing foot patrols in Whyteleaf Drive, Algoa Park, when they heard voices in the dark. Upon further investigation, they found two suspects digging a trench and arrested the suspects. The damage caused is estimated at over R700,000. On Wednesday, 07 September 2022, in the same area near Whyteleaf Drive, a suspect was apprehended when he was also found digging a trench. Police also found three metres of copper cable in his possession, which was positively identified as municipal property. Another suspect was apprehended on Wednesday when municipal officials found him in an uncovered manhole in Lindsay Road, Algoa Park. The suspect was apprehended, and four metres of copper cable, as well as several implements used for housebreaking or cable theft, were found in his possession.

SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 09 SEP 2022
• BLOEMFONTEIN – 09 SEP 2022 (07H00) Protest expected by members of the Democratic Alliance (DA) on Monday, 12 September 2022, at 09H30. Reports indicate that the demonstrators are expected to gather at 07 Barnes Street before embarking on their planned action towards the Bram Fisher Building. The march is to demand consistent and safe water for residents in the area. Motorists are advised to plan their routes accordingly. Local authorities will be deployed to the area to monitor the situation.

SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 09 SEP 2022
• JOHANNESBURG – 09 SEPT 2022 (09H40) Protest expected by members of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) at the offices of the City Press on Friday, 16 September 2022, at 10H00. Reports indicate that the members are expected to gather at the Rose Garden Park in Randburg before embarking on their planned protest action to the City Press against the alleged abuse by editor Mondli Makhanya. This follows after Makhanya recently wrote a piece about former IFP leader and founder Prince Buthelezi, accusing him of being a mass murderer. Local authorities will be deployed to monitor the situation.
• BRAKPAN – 09 SEP 2022 (10H40) Protest reported at the Brakpan Civic Centre. Reports indicate that the demonstrators closed all entry points to the Municipality with burning tyres and debris. The demonstrators are demanding that the Municipality hand over the land deed of Hosking Park to construct houses for community members. Motorists are advised to avoid the area for the duration of the protest. Local authorities are currently on the scene to monitor the situation.
• SANDTON – 09 SEP 2022 (13H50) Eskom announced that Stage 3 loadshedding will be implemented from 14H00 today, 09 September 2022, until 05H00 on Monday, 12 September 2022. Thereafter Stage 2 loadshedding will implement throughout the week ahead. The additional loadshedding tonight is required to manage and recover the emergency generation reserves, which have been utilised extensively over the past five days. Since this morning, three generation units at Tutuka Power Station, as well as two Kusile Power Station generating units, tripped. The delay in the return to service of Koeberg Unit 2 has exacerbated the capacity shortage. There are currently 4,588 megawatts (MW) on planned maintenance, while another 17,131 MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns.
• MIDRAND – 09 SEP 2022 (14H30) The Sibanye-Stillwater Shaft Stewards Council is currently holding a meeting at EBMTC Artisan Academy in Midrand to evaluate the three months wage strike that ended in June 2022. The Council meeting is attended and addressed by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) national office bearers led by President Daniel Balepile.
• SOWETO – 09 SEP 2022 (15H00) Johannesburg Mayor Mpho Phalatse is expected to visit the community of Soweto on Saturday, 10 September 2022. The meeting is to provide feedback to Soweto residents on the electricity crisis in the area. Most of Soweto’s informal settlements are currently supplied by Eskom. However, there have been calls to absorb the suburbs onto the City Power grid. Soweto owes Eskom over R7 billion after the power utility wrote off R5.3 billion from an R12.8 billion debt in 2021.
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 09 SEP 2022 (16H20) The Joint Standing Committee on Defence has urged the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to urgently review their succession and career management policy which is outdated and not responsive to current and future challenges facing the armed forces. The committee received a report from the Minister of Defence and senior management of the SANDF. The call for a review is to ensure that there is a succession planning system that improves the morale of the serving members, which will ultimately qualitatively improve output. Also, an effective succession plan will ensure armed forces rejuvenation, which will guarantee deployable members within the SANDF. Furthermore, the committee has advised that succession planning must be transparent, as opposed to the current highly secret process.
• TEMBISA – 09 SEP 2022 (16H30) Gauteng Premier David Makhura has dismissed allegations of his involvement in the corruption that has been uncovered in the Tembisa Provincial Tertiary Hospital. The claims allege that the Premier was involved in the improper procurement and payment of service providers in the hospital. These claims come after the provincial government placed the hospital’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ashely Mthunzi and the Chief Executive Officer (CFO), Lerato Madyo, on precautionary suspension following the allegations of corruption levelled against them. The Premier stated that due to the seriousness of the corruption allegations uncovered in the hospital, as well as the possible link to the murder case of former Chief Director of Finance in the Department of Health, Babita Doekaran, the matter has been handed over to the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) for forensic investigation.
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 09 SEP 2022 (16H30) UPDATE Acting Public Protector Kholeka Gcaleka has received the EFF’s memorandum on behalf of the Chapter 9 institution. (13H45) Members of the EFF, joined by other political parties, are protesting outside the Public Protectors office. EFF leader Julius Malema addressed acting Public Protector Kholeka Gcaleka. The African Transformation Movement (ATM) leader Vuyo Zungula is delivering the memorandum of demands. The parties have given the Public Protector seven days to issue the Phala Phala burglary investigation report. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. (10H50) UPDATE Reports indicate that members of the EFF started to gather at Loftus Versfeld Stadium for their planned protest action at the Public Protectors’ office. (08H50) The Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) announced that the following roads will be closed from 09H00 until 15H30 for the planned protest action. The roads include Park Street, Bond Street, Lynnwood Road, University Road, Herold Street, Jan Shoba Street and Lunnon Road. TMPD advised motorists to use Burnett, Duxbury and Brooks Streets for the duration of the protest. (06H30) Protest expected at the Public Protectors office in Tshwane today, 09 September 2022, by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). Members of the EFF will assemble at Loftus Versfeld Stadium before proceeding with a march. The march will be led by EFF Commander in Chief (CIC) Julius Malema. The demonstrators will march for the release of the Phala Phala Farm crime investigation report. Motorists are advised to be vigilant for the duration of the march. Police will be deployed to direct traffic flow

SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 09 SEP 2022
• DURBAN – 09 SEP 2022 (01H20) The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education has opened criminal charges against the learner that set the Deputy Principles vehicle alight. The Department will additionally take disciplinary action against the student. Reports indicate that the incident occurred following an altercation between the Principal and the learner over confiscating his cellphone. The Police have established search operations to apprehend the learner as he had not returned to the school.
• DURBAN – 09 SEP 2022 (07H05) The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) in KwaZulu-Natal is expected to hold its 10th Provincial Conference from today, 09 September, until Sunday, 11 September 2022, at the International Convention Centre (ICC) Complex. Members of the ANCYL will elect new leadership among the candidates that have been campaigning for the Provincial Congress.
• DUNDEE – 09 SEP 2022 (07H50) Protest reported on the R602 between Dundee and Ladysmith in the locality of Wasbank. Reports indicate that demonstrators barricaded the R602 with burning tyres and debris. The reason for the protest is due to the residents not having access to water since Friday, 02 September 2022. Motorists are advised to use the R68 as alternative route towards Ladysmith. Local authorities are on the scene to monitor the situation.
• KWADUKUZA – 09 SEP 2022 (08H40) Peaceful protest reported on Paterson Street in the locality of Stanger Provincial Hospital. The reason for the protest remains unknown. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes as traffic delays can be expected on Paterson Street. Local authorities are currently on the scene to monitor the situation.

SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 09 SEP 2022
• LEPHALALE – 09 SEP 2022 (17H10) UPDATE The Lephalale Local Municipality Council meeting expected today, 09 September 2022, has been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. The Council was meant to convene a meeting to elect African National Congress (ANC) councillor Aaron Mokgehle as the new Mayor, following the resignation of the interim Mayor and ANC councillor Alpheus Thulare. (08H00) The Lephalale Local Municipality announced that they are expected to hold a council meeting today, 09 September 2022. The Municipality stated that during the council meeting, they are expected to elect African National Congress (ANC) councillor Aaron Mokgehle as its Mayor following the resignation of interim Mayor Alpheus Thulare. The decision to deploy Mokgehle as Mayor comes after he was cleared of allegations of pointing a firearm at a civilian, although investigations revealed that Mokgehle was a few hundred meters from the alleged accuser on the day of the alleged incident.

SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 09 SEP 2022
• LYNDENBURG – 07 SEP 2022 (07H20) Protest reported on the R540 and R36 intersection. 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 in the area. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes for the duration of the protest. Local authorities are currently on the scene to monitor the situation.
• MBOMBELA/ NELSPRUIT – 09 SEP 2022 (15H30) The Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements has called for better planning and coordination between national, provincial and local governments in order to finish stalled human settlements projects. The committee made the call during a meeting where the members received progress reports from KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and Mpumalanga on blocked projects, and the eradication of asbestos roofs and mud houses. Committee Chairperson, Machwene Semenya, stated that the committee is concerned that in all areas under consideration, there is a lack of coordination and cooperation between the three spheres of government, which is causing project delays. In addition, the committee commended the plan to eradicate 2,224 mud houses in the province at a budgeted cost of R397,705,000. The committee also welcomed the announcement that the Ministerial War Room intervention on blocked projects has reduced the backlog from 478 projects to 161. Furthermore, the Mpumalanga Provincial Government has set aside a budget of R20 million to implement the asbestos eradication programme. However, there are concerns that the allocation is insufficient, considering that 10,000 roofs are listed by municipalities.
• DUNDONALD – 09 SEP 2022 (16H50) UPDATE Protesting community members in Dundonald, in the Chief Albert Luthuli Municipality, are demanding answers on the development of a shopping mall in their area. The residents’ protest turned violent this week as they also demonstrated to demand the construction of a police station in the area, leading to the deaths of two children after they were allegedly shot by the Police. The Independent Police Investigative Directorate is now investigating the matter. Community representative Nkanyiso Sibiya stated that residents have to pay R210 for a return trip to access shopping malls in Ermelo, which is the nearest town. Acting Communication Officer at the municipality, Thapelo Phetla, stated that engagements with a potential developer are ongoing and they are in the process of finalising the lease agreement. (12H10) Protest reported in Dundonald in the Gert Sibande District Municipality. Reports indicate that demonstrators barricaded several roads in the area with burning tyres and debris. The protest is due to a dispute with the local municipality regarding the construction of a shopping mall in the area. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Local authorities are currently on the scene to monitor the situation.

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 09 SEP 2022
• LEDIG – 09 SEP 2022 (01H45) The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) is expected to host the 24th Association of Medical Councils of Africa (Amcoa) conference from Sunday, 02 October 2022, until Thursday, 06 October 2022. The conference will be held at Sun City under the theme The Health Workforce of the Future and its Regulation. Amcoa is a voluntary membership organisation of about 30 African countries, which include Health Minister representatives of South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Malawi, Kenya and Ghana. Amcoa had been established to assist African medical and health authorities. During the conference, members are expected to discuss ways of establishing an effective health care sector by assisting various practices. Members will further exchange information during the conference in the interest of public safety.

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 09 SEP 2022
• KIMBERLEY – 09 SEP 2022 (06H20) Protest expected at the Northern Cape Provincial Police office today, 09 September 2022, from 13H00 until 14H00, by members of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU). Members of POPCRU will lead a lunchtime picket to demand wage increases, collective bargaining and against the high cost of living. Motorists are advised to be vigilant for the duration of the protest. Local authorities will be deployed to monitor the situation.

SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 09 SEP 2022
• CAPE TOWN – 09 SEP 2022 (11H50) The Cape Town Police have launched a search operation for three armed suspects involved in an attempted kidnapping in Lansdowne. Reports indicate that the armed suspects attempted to kidnap a local businessman Khalid Parker. During the attempted kidnapping, the armed suspects fatally shot Parker. The Police are currently investigating a case of murder and attempted kidnapping against the suspects.
• CAPE TOWN – 09 SEP 2022 (14H45) Steenberg Community Police Forum has informed the public of a surge in violence in Lavender Hill, Cape Town. The situation is currently volatile. This follows after shooting incidents in the area. However, no injuries and casualties have been reported. The South African Police Service (SAPS) is doing surveillance and visible policing in the area and are monitoring the situation. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.
• CAPE TOWN – 09 SEP 2022 (16H00) The Western Cape High Court has ruled the decision by President Cyril Ramaphosa to suspend Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane invalid. However, according to section s172(2) of the Constitution, an order of constitutional invalidity against the President has no force unless it is confirmed by the Constitutional Court. Mkhwebane was suspended by President Cyril Ramaphosa in June 2022, as mandated by the Constitution. This follows after the committee has been investigating Mkhwebane’s fitness to hold office following a motion by the Democratic Alliance (DA), which accused her of being unfit as Public Protector.

UPCOMING EVENTS – 09 SEP 2022
• SOWETO: The Mayor of Johannesburg, Mpho Phalatse, announced that he is expected to meet residents of Soweto on Saturday, 10 September 2022.
• PIETERSBURG/ POLOKWANE: Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) political party, Julius Malema, is expected to address the Black Lawyers Associations Annual General Meeting on Saturday, 10 September 2022, at 09H30 at the Meropa hotel and Casino.
• POLOKWANE/ PIETERSBURG: Protest expected at the Transport and Community Safety Department on Monday, 12 September 2022, from 13H00 until 14H00, by members of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU).
• BLOEMFONTEIN – 09 SEP 2022 (07H00) Protest expected by members of the Democratic Alliance (DA) on Monday, 12 September 2022, at 09H30.
• KIMBERLEY: Protest expected at the South African Police Service Kimberly Cluster on Monday, 12 September 2022, from 13H00 until 14H00, by members of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU).
• MAHIKENG: Protest expected by members of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) Monday, 12 September 2022, at the Transport and Community Safety office in Mahikeng.
• BISHO: Protest expected by members of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) Monday, 12 September 2022, at the Provincial Traffic and Community Safety Office from 12H00 until 13H00.
• EAST LONDON: Protest expected by members of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) Monday, 12 September 2022, at the South African Police Service (SAPS) Provincial Office from 11H00 until 12H00.
• 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).
• MBOMBELA/ NELSPRUIT: Protest expected at the Department of Community Safety, Security And Liaison on Wednesday, 14 September 2022, from 12H00 until 14H00, by members of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU).
• PIETERMARITZBURG: Protest expected at the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Treasury on Wednesday, 14 September 2022, from 11H00, by members of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU).
• JOHANNESBURG: Protest expected at the Gauteng Provincial Treasury in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 14 September 2022, from 12H00 until 14H00, by members of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU).
• CAPE TOWN: Protest expected by members of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) Wednesday, 14 September 2022, at the Traffic and Community Safety office from 11H00 until 13H00.
• MAHIKENG: Protest expected by members of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) Wednesday, 14 September 2022, at the Provincial Treasury’s office in Mahikeng.
• JOHANNESBURG: Protest expected at the Gauteng Provincial Traffic and Community Safety Department on Thursday, 15 September 2022, from 12H00 until 14H00, by members of 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.
• JOHANNESBURG: Protest expected by members of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) at the offices of the City Press on Friday, 16 September 2022, at 10H00.
• 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).
• MIDRAND: The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) is expected to hold its 14th COSATU National Congress from Monday, 26 September, until Thursday, 29 September 2022, at Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand.
• LEDIG: The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) is expected to host the 24th Association of Medical Councils of Africa (Amcoa) conference from Sunday, 02 October 2022, until Thursday, 06 October 2022.
• 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.
• CAPE TOWN: The African Energy Week (AEW) is expected to take place in Cape Town from 18 October 2022 until 21 October 2022 across several venues at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.

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