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WILLSHIR – SOUTH AFRICA – TIMELINE – 20 MAY 2022 (10H00)

May 20

SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 20 MAY 2022
• EAST LONDON – 19 MAY 2022 (19H00) East London Police have announced the launch of an investigation into a case of murder following the recent fatal shooting of a motorist in the vicinity of the Gonubie offramp. Provincial Police Spokesperson Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana has stated that unidentified armed suspects opened fire on the motorists’ vehicle while it had been stationary near the Gonubie offramp. The deceased had reportedly been appointed as a senior Fort Hare University official. Kinana noted that the circumstances surrounding the incident remain undetermined as a case of murder is currently under investigation. The suspects remain at large as no arrests have been made as of yet.
• MTHATHA – 20 MAY 2022 (06H50) Protest reported on the R61 between Mthatha and Ngcobo in the vicinity of Sgubudwini village. 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 – 20 MAY 2022
• THEUNISSEN – 19 MAY 2022 (19H30) Theunissen Magistrate’s Court has postponed the case against the Mayor of Masilonyana Local Municipality, Dimakatso Modise, to 26 May 2022. At the next court appearance, Modise will be formally added to an existing case. Modise with co-accused are charged with inciting violence at protests in Makeleketla and Masilo in 2021. During the violent protests, a house belonging to the parents of then-Mayor, Kunatu Stephen Koalane, was set alight. Modise and co-accused, which includes a former Speaker, Councillor and office bearers, are currently out on bail.

SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 20 MAY 2022
• SOWETO – 19 MAY 2022 (23H10) UPDATE Community members are demonstrating on the N12/ Moroka Bypass in the vicinity of the Protea Industrial Park, Soweto. Reports indicate that the road is being barricaded with a burning truck. Residents are protesting against service delivery issues related to water interruptions. Police are on the scene. (21H55) Demonstrators are blockading the N12 between the R554 and R558 in the vicinity of Protea Glen Extension 9. The road is barricaded with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to avoid the location. Police are aware of the situation. (20H30) Protest reported on Abu Asvat Drive in Protea Glen heading towards Lenasia. Demonstrators are barricading the road with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes and avoid the area. Police are on the scene.
• JOHANNESBURG – 20 MAY 2022 (01H40) Eskom has announced that efforts are underway to increase security at all power stations across the country following two recent acts of suspected sabotage during the preceding week. Eskom Spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha has stated that the most recent incident at the Tutuka Power Station led to a three-day delay in returning the unit to service. Mantshantsha noted that another incident had been detected the same day on a turbine system where a pipe had been severed and removed with a power tool. Eskom has alleged that the incidents are deliberate acts of sabotage executed by criminal elements who had access to these sites. Eskom has since laid criminal charges with Police.
• VEREENIGING – 20 MAY 2022 (06H00) Peaceful protest expected on Voortrekker Street in the Vereeniging Central Business District (CBD) between 08H00 and 10H00 today, 20 May 2022. Members of the Vereeniging Business Cooperation (VBC) are expected to conduct a peaceful march throughout the business district of Vereeniging. The demonstration aims to demand improved service delivery from the Emfuleni Local Municipality. The South African Police Service (SAPS) Sector Commander of Vereeniging has confirmed that Police officers are expected to maintain a full presence on Voortrekker Street for the duration of the march. Police are not expected to close any roads or intersections within the CBD during the demonstration. However, motorists are advised of possible ground travel disruptions.
• CARLETONVILLE – 20 MAY 2022 (06H15) The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) are expected to hold a meeting at the Driefontein gold mine in Carletonville today, 20 May 2022, from 10H00. The unions are expected to discuss progress made in their ongoing strike. The unions will also discuss how they will proceed with the strike.
• RANDBURG – 20 MAY 2022 (08H30) Bombing reported at the Shell filling station on New Canada Road. Reports indicate that unidentified suspects have bombed two automatic teller machines (ATM). The suspects have fled the scene. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.
• SOWETO – 20 MAY 2022 (08H50) Protest expected by the members of the Forgotten Nation at the Department of Labour from 10H00. The demonstrators are expected to protest to demand jobs and demand an employment database to be created for citizens over the age of 35. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police will be deployed to monitor the area.
• GA-RANKUWA – 20 MAY 2022 (09H10) Protest expected by the members of the Forgotten Nation at the Department of Employment and Labour in Zone 5 from 10H00. The demonstrators are expected to protest to demand jobs and demand an employment database to be created for citizens over the age of 35. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police will be deployed to monitor the area.

SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 20 MAY 2022
• DURBAN – 19 MAY 2022 (22H00) Protest reported on Westham Drive approaching Lenham Drive in the vicinity of Westham, Phoenix. Community members have barricaded the roadway with burning tyres and debris. The protest is suspected to be related to service delivery issues being experienced in the area. Motorists are advised to avoid the location. Authorities are aware of the situation.
• DURBAN – 19 MAY 2022 (23H00) KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has announced that emergency services are on high alert amid warnings of possible adverse weather conditions expected in the province from Saturday, 21 May 2022. This follows as an estimated 88 people remain missing following previous floodings and damaging rainfall experienced in the province. Zikalala has stated that the South African Weather Service (SAWS) has issued level two and level four warnings for adverse weather conditions in the region from Friday, 20 May 2022, through Sunday, 22 May 2022. Therefore, the Premier has stated that the Executive Committee, through the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, is expected to place all disaster teams on full alert. Residents are further advised to exercise extreme caution and avoid travelling in affected areas.
• NEW GERMANY – 20 MAY 2022 (06H20) Protest reported on Otto Volek Road towards Valley View Road. 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.
• NEWCASTLE – 20 MAY 2022 (08H55) Protest reported on the N11 between Newcastle and Volksrust in the vicinity of Ingogo. 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 – LIMPOPO – 20 MAY 2022
• LEPHALALE – 19 MAY 2022 (20H00) Medupi Power Station, acting General Manager Zweli Witbooi, announced that the process to return Unit 4 to service has begun. This follows after the unit exploded in August 2021 during an activity to dispel hydrogen with carbon dioxide. The explosion at Unit 4 was caused by human error. The eight employees suspended in connection with the explosion have begun disciplinary proceedings against them. It will cost R2.5-billion to rebuild Medupi’s Unit 4.
• VALDEZIA – 20 MAY 2022 (08H10) Protest reported in Valdezia. Taxi operators are protesting due to poor service delivery related to poor road infrastructure. The demonstrators have obstructed the road with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police have been dispatched.

SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 20 MAY 2022
• CAROLINA – 20 MAY 2022 (06H05) President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to visit the Gert Sibande District Municipality today, 20 May 2022, at the Dutch Reformed Church from 08H00 to engage with community members during a Presidential Imbizo. Ramaphosa is expected to conduct an oversight visit to assess progress on service delivery in line with the One District, One Plan approach of the District Development Model (DDM).

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 20 MAY 2022
• MAHIKENG – 20 MAY 2022 (07H20) Protest expected by community members of Mahikeng on Monday, 30 May 2022, at the Mahikeng Local Municipality. Community members are expected to protest against the irregular employment of General Workers in the Municipality. The demonstrators are expected to hand over a memorandum of grievances. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police will be deployed to the area.

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 20 MAY 2022
• KIMBERLEY – 19 MAY 2022 (20H10) Northern Cape Police have announced that seven wanted suspects are expected to appear in the Kimberley Magistrates Court following their recent arrests in the Roodepan area. Police Spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Sergio Kock has stated that the suspects have been arrested on charges of robbery, contravention of a court order, malicious damage to property and assault with intent to cause bodily harm. Kock has noted that the arrests follow the launch of an intelligence-driven operation after Police received information regarding the suspects’ whereabouts in the Roodepan area.

SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 20 MAY 2022
• CAPE TOWN – 19 MAY 2022 (19H00) Fire reported in Hill View, Cape Town. Three structures have caught fire. The Fire Department has been dispatched to the scene. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.
• CAPE TOWN – 19 MAY 2022 (19H40) Shooting reported in Manenberg. The incident is suspected to be gang-related. The public is advised to remain indoors. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police have been dispatched to the scene.
• STELLENBOSCH – 19 MAY 2022 (22H00) The Stellenbosch University and Western Cape Police have launched an investigation into a sexual assault incident that occurred on the university’s campus. University Spokesperson Martin Viljoen has stated that a student has been accused of sexually assaulting another student on campus. In accordance with procedures and protocols, the university is set to suspend the alleged perpetrator from his residence, pending further internal and criminal investigations by law enforcement authorities.
• CAPE TOWN – 20 MAY 2022 (07H50) Protest reported on Baden Powell Drive in the vicinity of Monwabisi Resort in Khayelitsha. Previous demonstrations have been related to poor service delivery. The demonstrators have obstructed the road with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.

UPCOMING EVENTS – 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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