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WILLSHIR – SOUTH AFRICA – TIMELINE – 17 MAY 2022 (10H00)
SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 17 MAY 2022
• EAST LONDON – 17 MAY 2022 (08H20) The Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality has announced a planned water outage from today, 17 May 2022, until Thursday, 19 May 2022, from 08H00 until 17H00 to improve service infrastructure. The following areas will be affected, the Mdantsane MT Ruth area, including Dyani road, Mbana road, Ndlazi road, Sileku road, and Saule Drive. The Duncan Village areas around C-Section include Griffith Mxenge Avenue, Douglas Smith Highway and Phoenix street, Reeston Zone and Reeston North, Mdantsane access road, and Allison Street.
SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 17 MAY 2022
• THEUNISSEN – 16 MAY 2022 (19H20) The Theunissen Magistrate’s Court has postponed the case against the Mayor of the Masilonyana Local Municipality to 19 May 2022. The Mayor and five others were arrested and released on bail for inciting violence in April and June 2021. This follows after the house belonging to the parents of the former Mayor, Kunatu Stephen Koalane, was set alight during protests in the area. The protests erupted after the venue of the Freedom Day celebrations, where President Cyril Ramaphosa was expected to deliver a keynote address, was changed to Botshabelo outside Bloemfontein.
SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 17 MAY 2022
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 16 MAY 2022 (19H10) Motorists are advised to be vigilant on the R104/ Bronkhorstspruit Road between Pretoria and Bronkhorstspruit due to an increase in spiking incidents. Thirteen incidents have been reported over the past 12 months along the R104. The incidents have resulted in death and injury.
• VEREENIGING – 16 MAY 2022 (21H20) Gauteng Police have confirmed the fatal shooting of one person during a taxi dispute earlier today, 16 May 2022, at the corner of the R82 and Rose Road in De Deur, Vereeniging. Police Spokesperson Colonel Dimakatso Sello has stated that officers located two abandoned minibus taxi’s on arrival at the scene following the receipt of complaints regarding an ongoing shooting in the area. The deceased male had been identified in one of the two vehicles. Sello has noted that the circumstances surrounding the incident remain unknown at this time as investigations into the incident are ongoing.
• JOHANNESBURG – 17 MAY 2022 (06H05) The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) is expected to hold a briefing today, 17 May 2022, from 14H00 at the Thaba Eco Hotel, Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve. NEHAWU will be discussing details of a planned strike at the South African Revenue Service (SARS).
SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 17 MAY 2022
• EZINQOLENI – 16 MAY 2022 (20H30) Protest reported on the road between Ezinqoleni and Port Edward. Demonstrators are barricading the road with burning tyres and rocks. The demonstrators are protesting due to poor service delivery. Truck operators are advised to avoid using the N2 at Ezinqoleni. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.
• PIETERMARITZBURG – 17 MAY 2022 (06H00) Former President Jacob Zuma is expected to appear at the Pietermaritzburg High Court today, 17 May 2022. The High Court is expected to resume with Zuma’s trial. Zuma and French arms company Thales face several charges, including fraud, racketeering and money laundering, linked to the multibillion-rand Strategic Defence Procurement Packages (SDPP).
• LOUWSBURG – 17 MAY 2022 (06H10) Protest reported on the R69 in the vicinity of Hlomohlomo. The demonstrators are protesting due to poor service delivery. The demonstrators have barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police have been dispatched.
SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 17 MAY 2022
• MUSINA – 16 MAY 2022 (19H25) UPDATE The public is advised to remain indoors due to the ongoing violent protest in Musina. The local Municipality has been set alight. Motorists are advised to avoid Musina. A heightened Police presence is reported. (15H15) Police are attempting to disperse the demonstrators with rubber bullets. Motorists are advised to avoid the N1 in Musina. Two youths have been admitted to the hospital after being injured by the rubber bullets. (06H55) Protest reported on the N1 in Musina. Community members are protesting due to poor service delivery related to water outages. The demonstrators have barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police have been dispatched.
• LOUIS TRICHARDT – 16 MAY 2022 (19H50) The Mamphodo-Mushasha Begwa Communal Property Association farm in Louis Trichardt and Elim has dismissed over 100 employees due to vandalism and sabotage by a local gang. The farm had to close after losing millions of rand worth of produce. The farm specialised in vegetable and cattle farming and sold to major markets across South Africa. The Communal Property Association believes some members of the community are behind the acts. No arrests have been made despite numerous cases being reported. Police have confirmed that several cases of malicious damage to property and theft have been opened. Some of the cases are under investigation.
• MUSINA – 16 MAY 2022 (21H50) Vhembe District Municipality Acting Executive Mayor Anderson Mudunungu and Musina Mayor Godfrey Mawela have called for an urgent community meeting to discuss the current situation in Musina at 10H00 tomorrow, 17 May 2022, at the Skoonplaas Stadium. This follows as the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) political party and other stakeholders have condemned reports of the excessive use of gunfire on unarmed civilians by Police during ongoing civil unrest due to a water supply interruption in the town. Reports indicate that a minor has allegedly sustained fatal injuries after authorities used live ammunition to disperse a gathering. The EFF has since called on the Independent Police Investigative Directorate to investigate police brutality in Musina and the use of live ammunition on civilians. Mayor Mawela has called on all stakeholders, community leaders, faith groups, business owners, school authorities, and other members of the general public to attend the community meeting.
SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 17 MAY 2022
• CAROLINA – 16 MAY 2022 (20H30) Police have arrested two suspects for cable theft today, 16 May 2022, at Silobela informal settlement in Carolina. The Police acted on information about suspects that were stripping copper cables. The Police seized copper cables valued at R120,000. The suspects are expected to appear in the Carolina Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, 17 May 2022.
• MARITE – 17 MAY 2022 (08H50) UPDATE Road closure reported on the R40 at Marite due to ongoing protest. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. (07H00) Protest reported on the R40 between Bushbuckridge and Hazyview at Marite Marongwane. Tow trucks have been set alight by the demonstrators. The demonstrators are protesting due to poor service delivery. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.
SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 17 MAY 2022
• MAHIKENG – 16 MAY 2022 (19H20) The African National Congress (ANC) has postponed the provincial conferences in North West. This is due to the challenges the Interim Provincial Committee (IPC) is facing. The IPC coordinator, Hlomani Chauke, stated that the interim structure aims to establish branches whose delegates would be sent to the provincial conference. The IPC aims to establish 70% of all branches and has thus far established 60% of its goal. This follows after the branches have been dissolved, and the former Premier and ANC Chairperson, Supra Mahumapelo, was compelled to resign following the violent protest.
• MAHIKENG – 17 MAY 2022 (07H20) The Member of the Executive (MEC) for Health, Sambatha Madoda, is expected to deliver the Department’s Budget Vote and Policy Speech for 2022/23 today, 17 May 2022, from 09H00 until 13H0- at the North West Provincial Legislature.
SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 17 MAY 2022
• KIMBERLEY – 16 MAY 2022 (22H00) The Sol Plaatje Metropolitan Municipality has announced the completion of restoration works at all sites across the municipal area. The Municipality has stated that the water supply is expected to be restored after the Newton Reservoir has been refilled successfully. Sol Plaatje Municipality Spokesperson Thoko Riet has further noted that the Riverton plant has also been restored and that efforts are underway to resupply the system with water.
SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 17 MAY 2022
• CAPE TOWN – 17 MAY 2022 (08H00) The City’s Water and Sanitation Directorate has announced a planned water outage at the Voelvlei bulk water pipeline from 18H00 on Thursday, 19 May 2022, until Friday, 20 May 2022 at 18H00. The planned water outage will allow the replacement of the current T-connection on the air valve, which is restrictive, with a new T-connection linked to the 900mm diameter pipeline of the newly constructed Contermanskloof Reservoir to the Melkbosstrand Reservoir. The following areas are expected to be affected, Durbanville, Fisantekraal, Klipheuwel and Philadelphia.
• CAPE TOWN – 17 MAY 2022 (09H10) Protest reported outside Heathfield High School on Consta Road. Learners are protesting in support of the Principal of the school. The demonstrators are against the removal of the Principal. The demonstrators have obstructed the road. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.
• CAPE TOWN – 17 MAY 2022 (09H40) UPDATE Police have dispersed demonstrations. The road has been reopened for traffic flow. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. (09H10) Protest reported outside Heathfield High School on Consta Road. Learners are protesting in support of the Principal of the school. The demonstrators are against the removal of the Principal. The demonstrators have obstructed the road. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 17 MAY 2022
• CAROLINA: President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to visit the Gert Sibande District Municipality on Friday, 20 May 2022, to engage with community members during a Presidential Imbizo.
• PORT ELIZABETH/GQEBERHA: Peaceful protest expected on Saturday, 21 May 2022, at Hobie Beach from 11H00.
• HARTBEESPOORT: Road closure expected on the R104 between the Engen Petrol Station in Damdoryn and the Snake Park from Monday, 23 May 2022, until Thursday, 26 May 2022.
• JOHANNESBURG: Protest expected by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members on Wednesday, 25 May 2022, from 10H00 at the French Embassy.
• JOHANNESBURG: The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) is expected to convene a Health Committee meeting on 23 June 2022.
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