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WILLSHIR – SOUTH AFRICA – TIMELINE – 01 MAR 2022 (19H00)

March 1

SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 01 MAR 2022

  • EAST LONDON – 01 MAR 2022 (15H00) Police are investigating a second case of attempted murder after a shooting at the residence of former ABSA Information Technology (IT) Specialist Xolela Masebeni in Unathi on Monday, 28 February 2022. Masebeni allegedly fraudulently transferred R103-million into six bank accounts between September and December 2021. Masebeni’s spouse, Athembile Mpani has been joined to the case as some of the funds have been transferred into her account. Mpani is expected to appear in East London Magistrate’s Court on 14 March 2022.
  • EAST LONDON – 01 MAR 2022 (15H45) UPDATE EFF leader Julius Malema has pleaded not guilty to the firearm-related charges he is facing in the East London Magistrate’s court. (06H10) Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema is expected to appear in the East London Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, 01 March 2022, after the State prosecutor resigned from the case. Malema made a brief appearance with co-accused Adriaan Snyman, who is a private security company owner today, 28 February 2022. State Advocate Joel Cesar, who has now taken over the case, asked for the postponement, saying he still needs to go through the statements and consult with witnesses. Malema’s defence has argued against any further postponement to accommodate the newly appointed State prosecutor. Malema is accused of firing an automatic rifle at the EFF’s fifth-anniversary celebrations at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium in Mdantsane in 2018. Malema is facing charges of illegal possession of firearms, contravention of the Firearms Control Act, the illegal possession of ammunition, and reckless endangerment to persons or property.
  • EAST LONDON – 01 MAR 2022 (17H00) UPDATE Protest reported on Oxford Street at BP, Buffalo Street at Life East Londen Hospital and Park avenue. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes and avoid the Central Business District. Police are on the scene. (16H00) Demonstrators have dispersed outside the Buffalo City College. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. (10H20) Protest reported outside the Buffalo City College. The demonstrators have barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 01 MAR 2022

  • BLOEMFONTEIN – 01 MAR 2022 (06H15) The Mangaung Concerned Community (MCC) is expected to meet with the Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), Mxolisi Dukwana, today, 01 March 2022, to discuss the way forward regarding service delivery issues. This follows after a brief meeting between the two parties outside the Dr Molemela Indoor Sports Centre on Monday, 28 February 2022, where MCC members protested.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 01 MAR 2022

  • TSHWANE/PRETORIA – 01 MAR 2022 (09H40) Protest expected by the members affiliated with the Congress of the South African Trade Union (COSATU) on Thursday, 03 March 2022 at the Israel Embassy from 10H00. The demonstrators are expected to march to the embassy in solidarity with the Palestinians. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police will be deployed to monitor the area.
  • TSHWANE/PRETORIA – 01 MAR 2022 (14H00) UPDATE The SACCA and NUMSA members handed over a memorandum of demands to Public Enterprises, calling on Minister Pravin Gordhan to intervene. SACCA President Zazi Nsibanyoni-Mugambi stated that the demands include fair recruitment processes and meal allowances for employees. The unions have dispersed outside the Department of Public Enterprises office. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. (10H30) SACCA and NUMSA have started gathering at the Department. (06H05) Protest expected by the members affiliated with the South African Cabin Crew Association (SACCA) and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) on Tuesday, 01 March 2022, at the Department of Public Enterprises from 09H00. SACCA and NUMSA members are expected to protest against corruption and job losses. The demonstrators are expected to hand over a memorandum of demands. The demonstrators are expected to disperse from 12H00. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police will be deployed to monitor the area.
  • JOHANNESBURG – 01 MAR 2022 (14H30) Eskom announced that the City of Ekurhuleni (CoE) owes the utility company R544-million. The electricity debt owed to Eskom by Gauteng municipalities continues to increase as more fail to service their Eskom accounts. However, on 18 February 2022, the city paid a partial amount of R530-million. This amount is a portion of its bulk accounts, which amount to a total of R1,074-billion. The amount of R544-million remains outstanding, and Eskom expects the city to pay the overdue amount. Eskom warned that failure to pay the overdue amount is in breach of the electricity supply agreement between Eskom and the city.
  • LENASIA – 01 MAR 2022 (16H30) Police have arrested three suspects in connection with kidnapping a businessman in De Deur in Vaal. The Police investigated three identified addresses and found the victim at the first address in Lenasia south. The victim has been unharmed. At this address, Police arrested the owner of the property. At the second address in Ennerdale, Police found a Toyota Hilux and counterfeit registration number plates, which have been utilised in the commission of the crime. One suspect has been arrested. At the third address in Roodepoort, the Police have been met with gunfire. One suspect has been arrested, and one licensed firearm has also been seized.
  • KEMPTON PARK – 01 MAR 2022 (17H40) Road closure reported on Lunik Drive, between Venda Road and Mukuzi Road. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.
  • JOHANNESBURG – 01 MAR 2022 (18H00) UPDATE The Presidency has announced that it will receive the third volume of the report from the state capture inquiry today, 01 March 2022, at 19H00. This follows after the commission heard testimonies relating to July 2021 unrest. The High Court in Pretoria recently granted the commission an additional two months to the end of April to complete its work. The President has also been granted an extension of four months from receipt of the full report to present to Parliament an implementation plan in response. (07H05) The Human Rights Commission’s hearings of the July 2021 unrest is expected to hear the evidence from the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) Chief General, Rudzani Maphwanya, today 01 March 2022. The commission rescheduled Maphwanya’s appearance due to his failure to appear at the commission. This after the SANDF cited communication challenges on its part.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 01 MAR 2022

  • DURBAN – 01 MAR 2022 (06H00) Peaceful protest expected by Durban University of Technology (DUT) students at the DUT Steve Biko Campus today, 01 March 2022 at 16H00. This follows after several DUT students have been denied access to the DUT campus and student accommodation due to their failure to present COVID-19 vaccination certificates. Motorists are advised to avoid the Steve Biko Gate 3 entrance during the demonstrations.
  • PIETERMARITZBURG – 01 MAR 2022 (07H20) The Pietermaritzburg High Court is expected to hand down its ruling today, 01 March 2022, on the disputes between members of the AmaZulu royal family following the passing of King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu in March 2021. The late King’s first wife, Queen Sibongile Zulu and her two daughters are challenging the validity of the King’s will.
  • DURBAN – 01 MAR 2022 (13H45) UPDATE KwaZulu-Natal Education MEC Kwazi Mshengu stated that an independent panel will be appointed to investigate allegations of racism that have been levelled against the staff at Grosvenor Girls’ High School. Mshengu has met with the management of the school and the school governing body about these allegations. Learners are demanding the removal of the principal. Mshengu stated that they will act on the findings and recommendations of the panel. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. (10H10) Protest reported outside the Grosvenor Girl’s High School. Parents are protesting due to racism in the school. The Member of the Executive (MEC) of Education, Kwazi Mshengu, has conducted a visit to the school to intervene following the allegations. The demonstrators have barricaded the entrance of the school. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area. Police are on the scene.
  • DURBAN – 01 MAR 2022 (16H20) UPDATE Demonstrators have dispersed at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Westville campus. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police are monitoring the situation. The university condemned the violent protest. The demonstrators have damaged buildings with rocks and attacked staff on campus. A vehicle has also been set alight during the protest. The university’s risk management services (RMS) is working with the Police to investigate the vandalism. (12H30) Fire reported at the Westville campus building due to protest. Emergency services have been dispatched. (11H15) Violent demonstrations reported. The demonstrators have set a building alight. Police are firing rubber bullets in an attempt to disperse the demonstrators. (10H45) Protest reported at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) Westville Campus. The demonstrators have barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 01 MAR 2022

  • LAERSDRIF – 01 MAR 2022 (08H40) Protest reported on the R555 in Laersdrif towards Burgersfort. The demonstrators are protesting due to unpaid salaries. The demonstrators have barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 01 MAR 2022

  • WITBANK/EMALAHLENI – 01 MAR 2022 (12H35) Protest reported on Duvha Road between the R575 and R544 in the vicinity of Masakhane Informal Settlement. The demonstrators have barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.
  • LYDENBURG – 01 MAR 2022 (12H45) Protest reported on the R37 near the Eskom substation. Truckers have blockaded the road. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.
  • NELSPRUIT – 01 MAR 2022 (13H00) UPDATE The Nelspruit Magistrate Court has transferred the case against Msibi to the Mpumalanga High Court for trial. The trial is expected to begin from Monday, 5 September 2022, until Friday, 16 September 2022.  (08H00) The former Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Agriculture, Mandla Msibi, is expected to appear at the Nelspruit Magistrate Court today, 01 March 2022. Msibi and two co-accused are facing two charges of murder and one charge of attempted murder.
  • NELSPRUIT/MBOMBELA – 01 MAR 2022 (13H15) Protest reported on the R37 in the vicinity of Brondal Treated Timbers. Trucks have blocked the road. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 01 MAR 2022

  • MAHIKENG – 01 MAR 2022 (08H30) The Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane and the Deputy Public Protector, Kholeka Gcaleka, is expected to visit the province today, 01 March 2022, from 09H30. The two officials are expected to hold a meeting with the Speaker of the Provincial Legislature, Susana Dantjie, Premier Bushy Maape, the Executive Council, Traditional Leaders, the provincial Director-General (DG) and the Heads of Department in Mafikeng. Mkhwebane and Gcaleka will then proceed to Nyetse and Reagile villages outside Zeerust in the Ramatshere Moiloa Local Municipality at 14H40, where they will conduct inspections related to service delivery.
  • MAHIKENG – 01 MAR 2022 (12H20) The North West High Court is expected to resume the trial case against the former Provincial Deputy Police Commissioner, William Mpembe and five Police officers from Monday, 30 May 2022, until Friday, 10 June 2022 at the North West High Court. The accused have been charged with murder‚ attempted murder, and attempt to defeat the ends of justice during the unrest at the Lonmin’s Marikana mine in 2012.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 01 MAR 2022

  • POSTMASBURG – 01 MAR 2022 (09H05) Premier Zamani Saul has announced that work is progressing at the Redstone Concentrated Solar Power Project in Postmasburg, which is expected to bring additional power to the country’s energy network. Saul stated that the project comprises 100 Megawatts of Concentrated Solar Power (CSP). The plant will be constructed over 31 months, achieving full commercial operation by October 2023. It will be capable of producing approximately 480 gigawatt-hours (GWh) net of renewable energy annually, with a nominal net generating capacity of approximately 100 megawatts (MW). The Project’s Sponsors are ACWA Power and SolarReserve. ACWA Power is a developer, investor, co-owner and operator of a portfolio of power generation and desalinated water production plants with operations in twelve countries in the Middle East, North Africa, Southern Africa and South-East Asia regions. The Redstone CSP Project is expected to have 12 hours of full-load energy storage, enabling the power plant to reliably deliver a stable electricity supply to more than 200,000 citizens during peak demands.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 01 MAR 2022

  • WELLINGTON – 01 MAR 2022 (11H30) Train derailment reported outside the Wellington Station. No injuries have been reported. Emergency services are on the scene.
  • CAPE TOWN – 01 MAR 2022 (12H00) Premier Alan Winde has announced the permanent removal of the Provincial Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, from his cabinet. This follows after an independent investigation and a report that Advocated Jennifer Williams has submitted following allegations of sexual misconduct against Fritz.
  • CAPE TOWN – 01 MAR 2022 (15H30) Protest reported outside the Parliament Building by members of the Ukrainian community in Cape Town. Demonstrators are protesting against the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Police are on the scene.
  • CAPE TOWN – 01 MAR 2022 (16H00) Democratic Alliance (DA) leader John Steenhuisen has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to take a stance against Russia and impose sanctions. This follows after Russia invaded Ukraine. The DA has joined the worldwide condemnation of Russia’s actions. President Ramaphosa reiterated South Africa’s stance on the invasion of Ukraine by Russian soldiers that the conflict could be resolved through mediation.
  • CAPE TOWN – 01 MAR 2022 (16H45) UPDATE Police are attempting to disperse demonstrators at the Groote Schuur Hospital with rubber bullets and tear gas. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. (12H15) Protest reported at the Groote Schuur Hospital. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members are protesting to support employees that have been unfairly dismissed by the new hospital contractors. The demonstrators have barricaded the area. Members of the public are advised to be vigilant. Police have been dispatched to the area.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 01 MAR 2022

  • TSHWANE/ PRETORIA: Protest expected by the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) on Wednesday, 02 March 2022, from 10H00 at the United States of America (USA) Embassy.
  • CAPE TOWN: Protest expected by the members of The Green Connection on Wednesday, 02 March 2022 from 12H00 on Lower Long Street.
  • TSHWANE/PRETORIA: Protest expected by the members of the United Eswatini Diaspora on Wednesday, 02 March 2022 at the Eswatini Embassy.
  • TSHWANE/PRETORIA: Protest expected by the members affiliated with the Congress of the South African Trade Union (COSATU) on Thursday, 03 March 2022 at the Israel Embassy from 10H00.
  • JOHANNESBURG: South African Airways (SAA) announced that it will resume flights to Durban with three daily return flights from 04 March 2022.
  • MANKWENG: Protest expected at the University of Limpopo, Turfloop Campus on 04 March 2022 at 10H00.
  • SOWETO: Peaceful protest expected at the Orlando Stadium from 11H00 on 05 March 2022.
  • CAPE TOWN: Protest expected on Saturday, 19 March 20202 at the Paarden Kraal Pub from 11H00.
  • PORT ELIZABETH/GQEBERHA: Protest expected on Saturday, 19 March 2022 at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium from 10H00.
  • JOHANNESBURG: Peaceful protest expected by members of Kopanang Africa Against Xenophobia movement on Monday, 21 March 2022, at the office of the Premier.

 

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