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WILLSHIR – SOUTH AFRICA – TIMELINE – 19 MAY 2022 (19H00)
SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 19 MAY 2022
- MTHATHA – 19 MAY 2022 (07H00) Protest reported on the R61 between Mthatha and Ngcobo in the vicinity of Esigubhudwini. 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.
SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 19 MAY 2022
- BLOEMFONTEIN – 19 MAY 2022 (02H10) African National Congress (ANC) Manguang regional members have announced plans to initiate legal action against the ANC’s Free State Interim Provincial Committee (IPC). The ANC group has also denied allegations that members are associated with the organisation’s suspended Secretary-General, Ace Magashule. This follows as the group of members are calling on the party to address their demands regarding the removal of the IPC, led by Magashule’s political opponent, Mxolisi Dukwana. The members recently staged a protest to deliver a Memorandum of Demands (MoD) to provincial authorities, alleging that the IPC has failed to carry out its duties since its appointment in 2021. However, the province’s leadership has since failed to respond to the MoD. Therefore, the ANC members have noted plans to initiate legal action for the removal of the Committee independently.
- PHUTHADITJHABA – 19 MAY 2022 (08H10) The Phuthaditjhaba Magistrate’s Court is expected to hear the bail application of nine students involved in the unrest at the University of the Free State (UFS’) Qwaqwa Campus today, 19 May 2022. This follows their arrest on Tuesday, 17 May 2022, during protests which started on Sunday, 15 May 2022, at the Qwaqwa campus. The nine protestors were part of a group that threw stones at police vehicles and other motorists.
SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 19 MAY 2022
- VANDERBIJLPARK – 19 MAY 2022 (08H00) Protest reported at the intersection of R57 and Delfos Boulevard. Demonstrators have started gathering ahead of a planned protest. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.
- MIDRAND – 19 MAY 2022 (09H15) President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address the Black Business Council Summit at the Gallagher Convention Centre today, 19 May 2022, from 19H00. The Black Business Council Summit is expected to be convened under the theme, Creating Jobs and Growing the Economy Through Supporting Localisation, Industrialisation, SMMEs, Black-Owned, Women-Owned and Youth-Owned Businesses. The Summit will reflect on the South African Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan and will feature plenary sessions where Ministers in the Cabinet will participate in thematic discussions on the importance of human settlements to economic transformation, the business of arts and culture, and skills development and the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
- SANDTON – 19 MAY 2022 (16H00) The Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) is holding a motorcade past the residence of former Johannesburg Mayor Mpho Moerane on Mount Street in Bryanston. This follows after Moerane passed away after a motor vehicle accident. Moerane is expected to be buried on Sunday, 22 May 2022. A memorial service will be held in Alexandra on Friday, 20 May 2022.
- TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 19 MAY 2022 (16H20) UPDATE The City of Tshwane council sitting has been postponed indefinitely following disruptions by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Councillors and demonstrators. EFF Councillors disrupted proceedings as the council commenced to receive the City’s 2022/2023 budget. The Democratic Alliance (DA) stated that it plans to open a criminal case against EFF Councillors for violent and aggressive behaviour. (11H20) Police have fired stun grenades to disperse the protesters. One protestor has been injured. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. (10H10) Protest reported outside the Tshwane house. Employees are protesting to demand the municipality to insource them. The demonstrators have blockaded the entrance. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.
SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 19 MAY 2022
- DURBAN – 19 MAY 2022 (06H05) Peaceful protest expected by members of the Malvern community in Durban from 09H00 today, 19 May 2022. Demonstrators are expected to conduct a march from the Burlington Informal Settlement to the Queensmead Industrial Area at 09H00. A Memorandum of Demands is expected to be delivered to the business sector regarding employment for residents from the Burlington community. Malvern Community Police Forum officers and other law enforcement authorities are aware of the planned march. Motorists are advised of possible ground travel disruptions during the demonstration.
- PINETOWN – 19 MAY 2022 (15H40) Road closure reported on Stapleton Road in Pinetown. The road is closed for a helicopter landing. A building that has partially collapsed, injuring one person. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Emergency services are on the scene.
SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 19 MAY 2022
- PHALABORWA – 19 MAY 2022 (06H50) The Ba-Phalaborwa Local Municipality has announced that the supply of water has been restored after Lepelle Northern Water lifted water restrictions imposed on Mopani District Municipality. The water shutdown led to communities in Namakgale, Lulekani, and Phalaborwa town being without water for close to two weeks due to the failure of the District Municipality to make payments on its overdue account with the water board. The a-Phalaborwa Municipality Mayor, Merriam Malatji, stated that the process of pumping water to fill up the reservoirs is underway, and a full water supply is expected today, 19 May 2022 or Friday, 20 May 2022.
- MANKWENG – 19 MAY 2022 (14H00) The Economic Freedom Fighters Student Command (EFFSC) and students of the University of Limpopo marched to the Mankweng Police Station today, 19 May 2022. The demonstrators engaged with the Police on the issues of safety at the campus gate. This is due to continuous robberies around the area. Students stated that there have been no intervention from the Police.
- MOKOPANE/ POTGIETERSRUS – 19 MAY 2022 (15H30) UPDATE The Mokopane Magistrate Court has postponed the case to 03 June 2022 to wait for the outcome of a review application. Demonstrators have dispersed. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. (11H20) Road closure reported on Thabo Mbeki Drive, Retief Street, Hooge Street and Rabe Street ahead of the court proceedings and protest. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police are on the scene. (06H10) Protest expected at the Mokopane Magistrate Court today, 19 May 2022, from 09H00. The demonstrators are expected to gather at Tony’s Cash and Carry in the vicinity of Comprehensive Primary School and march to the court. Community members are expected to protest to demand justice for African Nationa Congress (ANC) councillors Vaaltyn Kekana and Ralph Kanyane, who were murdered. Motorists are advised to be vigilant during the march. Police will be deployed to monitor the area.
SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 19 MAY 2022
- MIDDELBURG – 19 MAY 2022 (10H20) Protest reported on Dr Mandela Drive in the vicinity of President Kruger Street. The demonstrators are protesting due to poor service delivery. The demonstrators are burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.
- STANDERTON – 19 MAY 2022 (18H00) Eskom stated that it suspects sabotage at the Tutuka Power Station and is working with the Police to investigate the matter. This follows after a cable was severed at the Tutuka Power Station this week while the power station was finalising preparations to return Unit 5 to service. Unit 5 was then resumed. On the same day, there was a station control air pressure drop, and the same Unit 5 Turbine systems. It was then discovered that the control air pipe supplying the Turbine system had been cut with a power tool and the entire bend removed. Technicians have returned the unit to service today, 19 May 2022. This is the fifth act of sabotage since March 2021, and all cases have been reported to the Police.
SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 19 MAY 2022
- VENTERSDORP – 19 MAY 2022 (06H05) UPDATE Police have dispersed demonstrations. The N14 has been reopened for traffic flow. The situation remains volatile. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Police are monitoring the area. (21H40) Demonstrators are burning tyres and debris on the N14 approximately 500 metres (m) from the Ventersdorp/Coligny intersection. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. (15H50) Road closure reported at the N14 intersection in Ventersdorp. The road is closed due to an ongoing protest. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. (14H00) Peaceful protest reported at the JB Mark Municipality in Ventersdorp. The Ventersdorp Anti-Amalgamation Steering Committee is expected to hand over a memorandum of demands to the Municipal Management. The demonstrators are calling for the demerging of Ventersdorp and the Potchefstroom municipality, previously named Tlokwe Municipality. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Police are on the scene.
- MOOINOOI – 19 MAY 2022 (15H10) UPDATE Majakaneng residents handed over a memorandum of demands to the Sibanye Stillwater mine management. The N4 between Majakaneng and Mooinooi has been reopened to traffic. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. (08H30) Road closure reported on the N4 between Majakaneng and Bapong. Motorists are advised to use the R104 as an alternative route. (09H20) The demonstrators have started marching on the R556 towards the N4. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. (07H50) Demonstrators have started gathering at Majakaneng taxi rank ahead of the planned motorcade. (06H00) Protest expected by the members of the N4 Cluster Movement today, 19 May 2022, from 06H30 until 17H00. The demonstrators are expected to march in a motorcade on the N4 between Majakaneng and Mooinooi. The demonstrators are expected to protest against labour and employment matters between the movement and Sibanye Stillwater. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police will be deployed to monitor the area.
- POTCHEFSTROOM – 19 MAY 2022 (17H00) Protest reported in Mohadin informal settlement. Community members are calling for the demerging of Ventersdorp and the Potchefstroom municipality, previously named Tlokwe Municipality. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police are on the scene.
SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 19 MAY 2022
- KIMBERLEY – 19 MAY 2022 (18H20) Accused Itumeleng Machabe appeared in the Galeshewe Magistrate’s Court today, 19 May 2022. Machine has been accused of murder and sexual assault and had previously abandoned his right to apply for bail. However, Machabe indicated his intentions to apply for bail. National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) stated that they will oppose any possible bail application from the accused.
SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 19 MAY 2022
- CAPE TOWN – 19 MAY 2022 (12H20) Peaceful protest reported on Long Street and Hans Strydom Street. The demonstrators have obstructed the road. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Police have been dispatched.
- GEORGE – 19 MAY 2022 (14H25) Firefighters have contained the fire in Hansmoeskraal, George. The firefighters remain on the scene at Groenkloof and Garden Route to monitor smoulders. Trees that are potentially posing a danger along the Groekloof Road are being attended to. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant.
- STELLENBOSCH – 19 MAY 2022 (15H00) UPDATE Students handed over a memorandum of demands to Vice-Chancellor Professor Wim de Villiers. (13H45) Stellenbosch Rector and Vice-Chancellor Professor Wim de Villiers, accompanied by Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Deresh Ramjugernath, have addressed the demonstrators. Students are protesting outside the University’s Administration B building at the corner of Victoria Street and Bosman Street. (12H30) Protest expected by The South African Students Congress (SASCO) at the Stellenbosch University. The demonstrators are expected to go against racism following an incident between two students in the university. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police will be deployed to monitor the area.
- KLEINMOND – 19 MAY 2022 (18H30) Protest reported om the R44/ Main Road in Kleinmond. Demonstrators are barricading the road with burning tyres. The demonstrators are throwing stones at passing vehicles. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 19 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.
- SANDTON: The memorial service for former Johannesburg Mayor Mpho Moerane is expected to be held at Alexsankopano from 13H30 on Friday, 20 May 2022.
- PORT ELIZABETH/GQEBERHA: Peaceful protest expected on Saturday, 21 May 2022, at Hobie Beach from 11H00.
- SANDTON: The funeral service for former Johannesburg Mayor Mpho Moerane is expected to be held at Kwa Bhekilanga Sports Ground from 09H00 on Sunday, 22 May 2022.
- CAPE TOWN: The City of Cape Town has announced that an Ordinary Meeting of the Council 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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