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WILLSHIR – SOUTH AFRICA – TIMELINE – 24 FEB 2022 (10H00)

February 24

SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 24 FEB 2022

  • GQEBERHA/ PORT ELIZABETH – 23 FEB 2022 (22H00) Gqeberha Police have launched an investigation into a shooting incident at the Baywest Mall in Hunters Retreat, Gqeberha, on Wednesday, 23 February 2022. Police Spokesperson Captain Sandra Janse Van Rensburg has stated that a civilian has been injured after an unknown suspect opened fire near the entrance of the shopping centre. Janse Van Rensburg has noted that the motive for the incident remains undetermined, while a case of attempted murder has been opened for further investigation. Baywest Mall has released a statement confirming that operations are ongoing as usual.
  • PORT ELIZABETH/ GQEBERHA – 24 FEB 2022 (09H00) Protest reported on Westbourne Road near Russel Road at the Tshwane North Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College. Students are barricading the entrance of the College with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police are on the scene.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 24 FEB 2022

  • BLOEMFONTEIN – 24 FEB 2022 (01H00) The Mangaung Metro Municipality has issued a notice to Department Heads informing them that Manguang municipal workers are not expected to receive salaries during the month of February 2022. The announcement is expected to lead to service delivery related issues within the municipal area. The reason for the withholding of remunerations is reportedly due to the continued vacancy of the Municipal Manager position. The Manager is required to provide the final approval for the disbursement of salaries. This follows a South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) decision to refrain from any further operations pending the payment of wages on 24 February 2022. The Metro has reportedly called on the Speaker to promptly appoint a City Manager.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 24 FEB 2022

  • JOHANNESBURG – 23 FEB 2022 (21H10) Members of the Gauteng Traffic Special Law Enforcement Unit (SLEU), South African Police Service (SAPS), Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD), and the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) have arrested a suspect in Tembisa alleged to be connected to the recent cash in transit (CIT) robbery in Rosettenville. This follows after the  Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) recently confirmed the death of a Police officer who had been admitted to hospital for gunshot injuries following the CIT incident. The arrested suspect is believed to have opened fire at the Police helicopter. During the operation, Police officers also recovered four rifles, ammunition, as well as Police and G4S ballistic body armour. Further investigations are ongoing.
  • TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 23 FEB 2022 (21H40) The Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) has issued a warning of possible spiking incidents on the R513 approaching the Mamelodi Quarries turnoff in the vicinity of Mamelodi East, Pretoria. This follows after TMPD officers located and removed spikes on the roadway today, 23 February 2022. Law enforcement officers have advised motorists to remain vigilant when travelling on the roadway and avoid suspicious objects.
  • TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 23 FEB 2022 (22H10) South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to travel to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Wednesday evening, 23 February 2022. Ramaphosa is reportedly travelling to the DRC to attend a high-level meeting regarding peace and security. The annual meeting is expected to occur Thursday, 24 February 2022. DRC President Felix Tshisekedi stated that the meeting is expected to review the progression of national and regional commitments under the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework Agreement.
  • BENONI – 24 FEB 2022 (02H30) Protest expected at the Daveyton Customer Care Centre (CCC) in Daveyton, Benoni, on Thursday, 24 February 2022. Community members from Ward 96 in Mayfield are expected to embark on a march from Mayfield Park to the Daveyton CCC to raise concerns regarding the lack of accessible Police stations, land title deeds, as well as poor roads and stormwater drainage infrastructure. Participants are set to depart Mayfield Park at 07H30. Authorities are expected to be deployed to monitor the event. Motorists are advised to avoid the affected area for the duration of the protest action.
  • JOHANNESBURG – 24 FEB 2022 (06H10) Protest expected by members of the South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) today, 24 February at the Wits University from 09H00. The demonstrators will be protesting against the implementation of the Wits project. The demonstrators are expected to disperse from 12H00. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police are aware of the protest.
  • TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 24 FEB 2022 (07H30) Protest expected by the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) on Wednesday, 02 March 2022, from 10H00 at the United States of America (USA) Embassy. NEHAWU is expected to lead an international campaign against the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) aggression. The campaign is against the anti-Russia provocations of NATO in Ukraine and in support of the people of Latin America, specifically in Venezuela, Brazil and Cuba, as well as against the USA Government for promoting and interfering in conflicts and aggression in these countries. It is also a campaign for the democratisation of eSwatini, against the killing, imprisonment and oppression of eSwatini nationals by the Tinkundla regime.
  • RAYTON – 24 FEB 2022 (08H30) Protest reported on Nolte Street at Rayton Vehicle Test Center. Demonstrators are barricading the entrance to the centre with burning tyres are debris. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes and avoid the area. Police are on the scene.
  • VEREENIGING – 24 FEB 2022 (09H30) Kidnapping reported at Fred’s Hardware in Vereeniging. Approximately four suspects kidnapped the business owner, Zaheer, outside the hardware store. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Police are investigating the matter.
  • CENTURION – 24 FEB 2022 (09H45) Protest reported at Centurion License Service Department on Nellmapuis Drive in Irene. Demonstrators are protesting against the online booking system. Demonstrators have blocked the driving school entrances with vehicles. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Police are on the scene.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 24 FEB 2022

  • DURBAN – 23 FEB 2022 (21H15) Protest reported at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) Edgewood Campus in Pinetown, Durban. Students are reportedly burning tyres at the University’s main entrance. Students are demanding the resumption of in-person registration. Public Order Police are on the scene. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.
  • RICHARDS BAY – 24 FEB 2022 (06H30) Protest reported on the R619 in the vicinity of uMhlathuze Municipality. Demonstrators are barricading the road with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.
  • PIETERMARITZBURG – 24 FEB 2022 (07H00) Premier Sihle Zikalala is expected to deliver the State of the Province Address today, 24 February 2022 at 10H00. The event will be held at the Royal Show Grounds in Pietermaritzburg. It is expected to cover key development plans for the year ahead.
  • DURBAN – 24 FEB 2022 (08H15) The Durban University of Technology’s (DUT) management is expected to meet with protesting students today, 24 February 2022. Students have been protesting against the mandatory vaccination policy and accommodation. The University stated that the vaccination policy offers three options to staff, students and visitors. This allows students to continue with their studies without being vaccinated. DUT confirmed that registered students had been allocated accommodation. However, criminals vandalised the Corlo Court office this week. Students with outstanding documentation have not yet been allocated spaces. However, they have been provided temporary accommodation.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 24 FEB 2022

  • BURGERSFORT – 24 FEB 2022 (06H45) Amnesty International and Sekhukhune Combined Mining Affected Communities (SMAC) has released a research report indicating that mining companies in Limpopo are not fully complying with laws to uplift local communities. It focussed on three companies, Twickenham Platinum Mine, Marula Platinum Mine and Sefateng Chrome Mine, and their compliance with legal obligations to submit and implement Social and Labour Plans (SLPs). The research was done between October 2020 and July 2021 in the Sekhukhune region, which has an unemployment rate of 47%. The report highlighted the failure by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy to monitor compliance. SMAC recommended that the state develop a plan that ensures proper compliance, including penalties for the mining companies.
  • MUSINA – 24 FEB 2022 (08H45) Four suspects are expected to appear in the Musina Magistrate’s Court today, 24 February 2022. This follows after an exchange of fire with the Police this week. The suspects attempted to commit a robbery. One suspect and one civilian have been shot and killed during the incident.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 24 FEB 2022

  • MANKWENG – 23 FEB 2022 (22H10) Mankweng Police have confirmed the arrests of nine suspects in the Mankweng and Mokopane policing precincts on allegations of various crimes, including the trade and possession of illegal narcotics, illicit cigarettes and weapons. The arrests follow after Police in Mankweng outside Polokwane under the Capricorn District received information from community members regarding the suspects’ whereabouts in Mentz village, Ga-Mamabolo. The information had subsequently been operationalised, which led to the arrests of three suspects found in possession of narcotics valued at approximately R15,000 and another suspect found in possession of an illegal weapon. In a separate incident at Unit A, Mankweng, the Police arrested four suspects found in possession of illicit cigarettes valued at R50,000. Acting Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo, Major General Jan Scheepers, has stated that the arrested suspects are expected to appear before the Mankweng and Mokopane Magistrate’s Courts in due course.
  • MBOMBELA/ NELSPRUIT – 24 FEB 2022 (08H25) Former Mpumalanga Agriculture Member of Executive Council (MEC) Mandla Msibi is expected to appear in the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court today, 24 February 2022. Msibi is facing two counts of murder and attempted murder for his alleged involvement in a fatal shooting incident that happened in August 2021. Msibi has arrived at the court. Motorists are advised to be vigilant.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 24 FEB 2022

  • KLERKSDORP – 23 FEB 2022 (22H30) The North West Department of Health has confirmed four additional cases of typhoid fever in the Matlosana region. Health Member of Executive Council (MEC) Madoda Sambatha has stated that the district has registered a total of 21 confirmed cases between November 2020 and February 2022. The MEC has noted that the most recent cases have been confirmed in the Khuma area in Matlosana. Sambatha has further confirmed that no cases have been registered within the JB Marks Local Municipality.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 24 FEB 2022

  • POSTMASBURG – 23 FEB 2022 (23H00) Northern Cape Premier Zamani Saul has conducted a visit to the Redstone solar power plant located approximately 30 kilometres (km) outside Postmasburg in the ZF Mgcawu region. This follows as the solar power plant is currently still under construction. The plant’s 265 meters (m) tower and the electrical control room are scheduled to be completed by May 2022. During the visit, Premier Saul has stated that the construction of the facility is expected to generate an estimated 2,000 employment opportunities. The plant is scheduled for completion in 2024.
  • UPINGTON – 24 FEB 2022 (06H05) Northern Cape Premier Zamani Saul is expected to deliver the State of the Province Address (SOPA) 2022 at the Mxolisi Dicky Jacobs Stadium in Upington today, 24 February 2022.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 24 FEB 2022

  • CAPE TOWN – 24 FEB 2022 (00H10) Shooting reported on the corner of Daniels Crescent and Solomons Road in the vicinity of Grassy Park, Cape Town. The area has been declared as an ongoing crime scene. The motive for the shooting is unkown. Authorities are on the scene. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.
  • CAPE TOWN – 24 FEB 2022 (06H15) Deputy President David Mabuza is expected to address the sixth annual Opening of the National House of Traditional and Khoi-San Leaders at the Good Hope Chamber, Parliament, Cape Town, today, 24 February 2022, at 09H00. Deputy President Mabuza will highlight the role that Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership play, as the legitimate voice of the people, custodians of culture, customs and tradition, and an embodiment of heritage, in partnership with the government. The Deputy President will further emphasise the critical importance of government working together with Traditional and Khoi-San leaders in resolving the complex challenges confronting society.
  • CAPE TOWN – 24 FEB 2022 (09H10) UPDATE Demonstrators are picketing outside the Cape Town High Court. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. (06H00) Protest expected by the members of the Green Connection today, 24 February 2022, at the Cape Town High Court from 09H00. The demonstrators are expected to protest against the seismic surveys on the West Coast. The demonstrators are expected to disperse from 11H00. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police are aware of the protest

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 24 FEB 2022

  • POTCHEFSTROOM: Peaceful protest expected at Cachet Park in Potchefstroom by North West University (NWU) students on Friday, 25 February 2022.
  • JOHANNESBURG: Peaceful protest expected by the members of the Congress of Muslim Ummah movement on Friday, 25 February 2022, at the Consulate General Of India from 14H00.
  • TSHWANE/ PRETORIA: Nationwide protest expected by the All Truck Drivers Foundation and Allied South Africans (ADTFASA) on Sunday, 27 February 2022.
  • TSHWANE/ PRETORIA: Protest expected by the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) on Wednesday, 02 March 2022, from 10H00 at the United States of America (USA) Embassy.
  • JOHANNESBURG: South African Airways (SAA) announced that it will resume flights to Durban with three daily return flights from 04 March 2022.
  • MANKWENG: Protest expected at the University of Limpopo, Turfloop Campus on 04 March 2022 at 10H00.
  • SOWETO: Peaceful protest expected at the Orlando Stadium from 11H00 on 05 March 2022.
  • JOHANNESBURG: Peaceful protest expected by members of Kopanang Africa Against Xenophobia movement on Monday, 21 March 2022, at the office of the Premier.

 

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