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WILLSHIR – SOUTH AFRICA – TIMELINE – 16 FEB 2022 (10H00)
SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 16 FEB 2022
- GQEBERHA/ PORT ELIZABETH – 15 FEB 2022 (21H50) The African National Congress (ANC) in the Eastern Cape has announced that all party members implicated in the unrest that occurred during its recent general branch meetings are expected to be investigated and suspended if found culpable. The meetings had been held to elect delegates in the upcoming provincial conference in March 2022. The suspension warning from the party’s Provincial Secretary, Lulama Ngcukayithobi, follows as ANC members reportedly threatened other party members in the Buffalo City Metro and Chris Hani District. Public Order Police had been dispatched to East London’s Parkside Hall following reports of gunshots inside the venue during a disagreement between party members on Sunday, 13 February 2022. Police Spokesperson Sergeant Majola Nkohli has stated that a case of assault with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm had been opened for investigation following the altercation.
SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 16 FEB 2022
- BLOEMFONTEIN – 16 FEB 2022 (07H15) The former African National Congress (ANC) President Thabo Mbeki is expected to visit the province from Thursday, 17 February 2022, until Saturday, 19 February 2022. The purpose of the visit is to guide the renewal and unity project in the province.
SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 16 FEB 2022
- TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 15 FEB 2022 (19H45) The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has called on all levels of Government and State institutions to implement any referrals made to them by the unit. In its COVID-19 related procurement report to President Cyril Ramaphosa, the SIU has referred at least 224 government officials for disciplinary action as a result of irregularities that have been uncovered. SIU Spokesperson, Kaizer Kganyago, stated that the slow implementation of SIU referrals against implicated officials in wrongdoing is an ongoing concern within the SIU.
- TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 15 FEB 2022 (20H00) The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and Special Investigating Unit (SIU) are in the process to finalise the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) reviewing the working relationship between the agencies. The MoU is expected to bridge the gap between criminal referrals made by the SIU and the NPA’s ability to pursue prosecutions. The agencies are governed by different Acts and therefore operate under different legal regimes and mandates. There are over 1,500 referrals by the SIU, with 1,098 of these matters still under investigation by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks). The mandate of the Hawks is to investigate criminal matters before the NPA prosecutes. The NPA has, after consideration, declined to prosecute 253 matters, and only 41 cases have been prosecuted. Most of the referred matters remain under investigation.
- TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 16 FEB 2022 (02H50) Gautrain has announced plans to launch legal action against the City of Tshwane in a bid to compel the Municipality to restore electricity and water supply services to Gautrain’s Hatfield Station. This follows after City of Tshwane officials recently discontinued the supply of water to the Hatfield Gautrain Station, stating that it is currently indebted to the Municipality in the amount of approximately R10 million for services rendered to the station. Gautrain Spokesperson Kesagee Nayager has stated that the Hatfield Gautrain Station has a pre-paid electricity meter and that the account is currently in credit to the value of approximately R120 000. Nayager has further noted that the water account is similarly up to date. Gautrain services have urged the City of Tshwane to urgently reconnect the water and electricity supply to Hatfield Station and schedule a meeting with Gautrain management to obtain a complete statement of the account. In the interim, Gautrain is expected to approach the court to interdict the City to restore services to the station.
- TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 16 FEB 2022 (06H05) Protest expected by members affiliated with the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) and other unions at the University of Pretoria (UP) in Hatfield from 10H00 on Wednesday, 16 February 2022. SAFTU General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi is expected to join members of the Academic and Professional Staff Association (APSA) at the UP to demand, amongst others, a wage increase of 10%, the 13th cheque and housing allowances. Authorities are expected to be deployed in the area during the protest action. Motorists are advised to exercise vigilance when travelling in affected areas.
- TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 16 FEB 2022 (06H10) Protest reported on the R104/ WF Nkomo Street in the West Park area. The demonstrators are protesting due to poor service delivery related to electricity. 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 – KWAZULU-NATAL – 16 FEB 2022
- PIETERMARITZBURG – 16 FEB 2022 (06H50) UPDATE Road closures are expected ahead of Zuma’s court case. The affected routes will include Church Street, Boshoff Street, Old Market Street, Otto Street. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Traffic Officers will monitor the area and assist with traffic flow. (06H20) Former President Jacob Zuma is expected to appear at the Pietermaritzburg High Court today, 16 February 2022. The High Court is expected to hand down its ruling in the application for leave to appeal the dismissal of former President Jacob Zuma’s special plea in his corruption case.
- DUNDEE – 16 FEB 2022 (08H05) Protest reported the R33 Dundee to Pomeroy. The demonstrators have barricaded the road with stones and debris. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes.
SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 16 FEB 2022
- POLOKWANE/ PIETERSBURG – 15 FEB 2022 (20H30) Police have launched a search operation for a suspect, Tshepo Stephen Botabota, who escaped police custody today, 15 February 2022. Botabota faces charges of sexual assault, murder and burglary. Police Spokesperson Motlafela Mojapelo stated that the suspect was being transported to a Polokwane prison when he escaped. A team of detectives have been assembled to search for the suspect.
- VAALWATER – 16 FEB 2022 (09H10) UPDATE The R33 routes have been reported for traffic flow. Demonstrations have been dispersed. The situation remains volatile. Motorists are advised to be cautious. (08H30) Protest reported on the R33 between Vaalwater and Modimolle in the vicinity of Viva Fuel Station. 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 – 16 FEB 2022
- MBOMBELA/ NELSPRUIT – 15 FEB 2022 (20H30) Deputy President David Mabuza, in his capacity as Chairperson of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on COVID-19 Vaccines, is expected to visit Ngodwana Mill on Friday, 18 February 2022. This visit will include the Handover Ceremony of essential materials by Sappi Southern Africa to the local community towards curbing the spread of COVID-19 in schools. The Handover Ceremony will be held at the Sappi Southern Africa in Ngodwana Mill, Ehlanzeni District. During the visit, Deputy President Mabuza will undertake a guided tour of Sappi’s Enterprise Development Centre. At the conclusion of his visit to Sappi, the Deputy President will embark on a walkabout as part of the COVID-19 vaccination demand strategy.
SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 16 FEB 2022
- KLERKSDORP – 15 FEB 2022 (23H40) Approximately 100 construction workers who had been temporarily employed to repair road infrastructure in Klerksdorp, North West, are demanding payment from the Matlosana Local Municipality. The workers had reportedly been appointed in January 2022 as part of Matlosana Executive Mayor Nhlupheko Tsolela’s road rehabilitation programme. The group has stated that they had been promised salaries on 08 February 2022. However, they are reportedly set to receive remuneration for the services rendered. This follows after several of the workers recently blockaded the entrance of one of the municipal sites in protest on Monday, 14 February 2022. Matlosana Mayor Nhlupheko Tsolela has stated that the payments have been delayed due to the workers’ failure to submit all documents required by the Municipality’s Human Resources Department.
SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 16 FEB 2022
- KIMBERLEY – 16 FEB 2022 (09H30) The Democratic Alliance (DA) has announced that it has made an urgent appeal to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) to scale up its locust combatting efforts to better mitigate the impact of the ongoing invasion of veld and farmland by locusts that have been reported over a wide area in the vicinity of Vosburg, Van Wyksvlei, Prieska, Marydale and Hopetown. This follows after district locust officers and workers struggle to contain the growing outbreak due to several challenges related to the programme. The DA stated that shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), including protective eyewear, good overalls, and low-quality ponchos, poses a threat to the effective control of the locusts and officers’ health and poor quality of pump seals. The DA added that DAFF must implement urgent solutions before further outbreaks follow due to additional rainfall.
SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 16 FEB 2022
- CAPE TOWN – 16 FEB 2022 (00H10) Road closure reported on Nelson Mandela Boulevard approaching the Cape Town International Convention Centre in the vicinity of Foreshore, Cape Town. The road has been closed to allow recovery operations following a motor vehicle accident. Authorities are on the scene. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.
- CAPE TOWN – 16 FEB 2022 (06H00) Minister of Transport Mbalula Fikile is expected to visit the Central Business District taxi rank today, 16 February 2022, at 07H00. Fikile will engage with taxi operators to apply for the COVID-19 Taxi Relief Fund (TRF). The TRF is a financial support scheme introduced to help mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the taxi industry.
- CAPE TOWN – 16 FEB 2022 (07H40) Protest expected by the members affiliated with the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) on Wednesday, 23 February 2022 at the City Hall ahead of the Minister of Finance, Enoch Godongwana budget speech. The SAFTU members are expected to protest against budget cuts, wage cuts, job losses and unemployment. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police are aware of the protest.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 16 FEB 2022
- BISHO: Protest expected by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members on Thursday, 17 February at the Provincial Legislature from 14H00.
- MBOMBELA/ NELSPRUIT: Deputy President David Mabuza, in his capacity as Chairperson of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on COVID-19 Vaccines, is expected to visit Ngodwana Mill on Friday, 18 February 2022.
- JOHANNESBURG: Protest expected at the Short Street Park in the vicinity of the Pikitup Head Office in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, from 10H00 on Saturday, 19 February 2022.
- CAPE TOWN: Protest expected on Saturday, 19 February 2022 at 11H00 in Cape Town. The truckers convoy will be protesting in support of the Freedom World Wide Movement.
- TSHWANE/ PRETORIA: Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana is expected to deliver the inaugural National Budget Speech on Wednesday, 23 February 2022.
- CAPE TOWN: Protest expected by the members affiliated with the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) on Wednesday, 23 February 2022 at the City Hall ahead of the Minister of Finance, Enoch Godongwana budget speech.
- JOHANNESBURG: South African Airways (SAA) announced that it will resume flights to Durban with three daily return flights from 04 March 2022.
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