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WILLSHIR – SOUTH AFRICA – TIMELINE – 18 MAY 2022 (10H00)

May 18

SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 18 MAY 2022
• EAST LONDON – 18 MAY 2022 (09H10) The ActionSA Provincial Chairperson, Athol Trollip, is expected to lead the official Provincial launch of ActionSA on Saturday, 04 June 2022, from 10H00 in the Buffalo City Metropolitan. ActionSA President Herman Mashaba is expected to address during the launch.
• PORT ELIZABETH/GQEBERHA – 18 MAY 2022 (09H50) Protest reported on Gail Road. The demonstrators are protesting due to poor service delivery. The demonstrators have barricaded the road with rocks and debris. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.

SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 18 MAY 2022
• BLOEMFONTEIN – 17 MAY 2022 (19H20) The Free State Public Prosecution held an anti-corruption indaba today, 17 May 2022, led by the Director of the Provincial Division, Navilla Somaru. The purpose of the indaba is to develop closer working relationships amongst different stakeholders, investigations and prosecution of corruption and related commercial crimes. The attendees of the event include the Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions, Rodney de Kock, National Head of Investigating Directorate, Andrea Johnson, Free State Provincial Police Commissioner, Baile Motswenyane and Provincial Head of Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation, Mokgadi Bokaba.

SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 18 MAY 2022
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 17 MAY 2022 (19H00) The criminal case involving 53 military veterans accused of taking two Ministers and a Deputy Minister hostage, has been withdrawn by the Pretoria Magistrates Court. The National Prosecuting Authority stated that the case was withdrawn following successful representations by the accused. The charges emanate from an incident in which 26 people, including Minister of Defence Thandi Modise, Deputy Thabang Makwetla, Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele, and two bodyguards were held hostage at St George’s Hotel in October 2021. The 53 military veterans were initially charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping and 26 counts of kidnapping.
• SOWETO – 18 MAY 2022 (09H30) UPDATE Reports indicate the two queue marshals and a passenger have been shot and injured. (08H15) Shooting reported on Moroka Nancefield Road in the vicinity of Nancefield Hostel in Klipspruit. The road has been closed for traffic. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use Chris Hani Road and Sofasonke Street as alternative routes. Police are on the scene.

SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 18 MAY 2022
• DURBAN – 17 MAY 2022 (19H20) The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has warned of a cut-off low weather system that is expected in large parts of South Africa from Thursday, 19 May 2022, into the weekend. These conditions are expected to bring cold conditions and heavy rainfall that may lead to flooding and snow in some parts of KwaZulu-Natal. Widespread rainfall can be expected over the southern and central parts of the country, with light snowfalls likely over the mountainous, high-lying areas of the Western and Eastern Cape, spreading to the Lesotho Drakensberg regions by the weekend.
• LOUWSBURG – 17 MAY 2022 (20H05) 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 are monitoring the protest.
• LOUWSBURG – 18 MAY 2022 (07H10) Protest reported on the R69 in the vicinity of Enhlangwini Primary School. 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 and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.
• ESCOURT – 18 MAY 2022 (07H50) UPDATE Looting reported on the N3. Residents and motorists are looting a truck following an accident on the N3 highway. (06H50) Road closure on the N3 Tugela River Bridge between Estcourt and Tugela Plaza due to four heavy motor vehicles. Reports indicate that two trucks are on fire. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Emergency services have been dispatched.
• ESHOWE – 18 MAY 2022 (09H40) UPDATE Road closure reported on the R102 between KwaGingindlovu and Mtunzini, Emoyeni, Masundwini and Delville due to ongoing protests. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. (05H55) Protest reported on the R66 between Eshowe and KwaGingindlovu. The demonstrators have barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. 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 – LIMPOPO – 18 MAY 2022
• ALLDAYS – 18 MAY 2022 (07H30) Protest reported at the intersection of R521 and R572. Previous demonstrations have been related to the demands of employment and business opportunities. 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.
• PHALABORWA – 18 MAY 2022 (09H00) Protest expected by community members of Phalaborwa today, 18 May 2022, at the Ba-Phalaborwa Municipality. The demonstrators are expected to gather on Lekkerbreek Street in the vicinity of Molenaar Attorneys from 12H00 and march to the Municipality from 13H00. The demonstrators are expected to protest against poor service delivery. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police will be deployed to monitor the area.

SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 18 MAY 2022
• SECUNDA – 17 MAY 2022 (20H30) The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Mpumalanga has taken legal action to remove African National Congress (ANC) Speaker Fikile Magagamela from the Govan Mbeki Local Municipality in Secunda. This follows after Magagamela had occupied the seat, despite the majority of Councillors voted her out when a motion of no confidence was tabled in March 2022. Magagamela refused to resign after opposition parties, who are in the majority, supported the motion of no confidence tabled by the African Transformation Movement (ATM).
• STANDERTON – 17 MAY 2022 (22H40) Protest reported on the R50 and R23 in Standerton. Reports indicate that demonstrators have barricaded the roadway to traffic with burning tyres and debris and are looting vehicles and trucks travelling through the town. Previous protests in the area have been related to service delivery related issues. The security situation in the town currently remains volatile. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 18 MAY 2022
• HARTBEESPOORT – 17 MAY 2022 (21H50) UPDATE Police have dispersed demonstrators from the R514 in the vicinity of Ten Room, Hartbeespoort. The road has been reopened at Foodzone on Van Der Hoff Avenue. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant when travelling in the area. Authorities will continue monitoring the area for further possible unrest. (20H40) Protest reported on the R514 at Ten Room. Demonstrators are barricading the road with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 18 MAY 2022
• KAKAMAS – 18 MAY 2022 (06H15) The Provincial Government, in partnership with Raisins SA, will officially launch the Vine Academy and Model Farm at Martin Oosthuizen High School in Kakamas on Thursday, 19 May 2022. This follows after a Memorandum of Understanding that was signed between the Northern Cape Department of Education, Raisin SA and the Martin Oosthuizen High School aimed at addressing specific challenges faced by the industry, low production skills levels, employment equity, scarce and critical skills, black economic empowerment and the quality of skills delivery.

SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 18 MAY 2022
• CAPE TOWN – 17 MAY 2022 (22H00) The City of Cape Town has announced that an Ordinary Meeting of the Council of the Cape Town is scheduled to be held at 10H00 on Thursday, 26 May 2022, in the Podium Block, Civic Centre, Cape Town. This follows ahead of the Special Meeting of the Council at 10H00 on Tuesday, 31 May 2022, during which the annual budget for the 2022/2023 to 2024/2025 financial years is expected to be considered.
• CAPE TOWN – 17 MAY 2022 (22H20) City of Cape Town officials have raised concerns regarding the increasing theft of water meters in the area. The water meters are allegedly being stolen by unknown suspects to be resold as parts at scrapyards. City officials have further noted that there has been an increase of an estimated 1,200 incidents of theft of water meters recorded since 2021. Officials have stated that efforts are underway to address the matter.

UPCOMING EVENTS – 18 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.
• CAPE TOWN: The City of Cape Town has announced that an Ordinary Meeting of the Council of the Cape Town is scheduled to be held at 10H00 on Thursday, 26 May 2022, in the Podium Block, Civic Centre, Cape Town.
• 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.
• ALBERTON: Operation Dudula is expected to launch a branch in Katlehong at the Botsotso Ground on Saturday, 04 June 2022, from 10H00.
• 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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