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WILLSHIR – SOUTH AFRICA – TIMELINE – 24 MAY 2022 (10H00)
SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 24 MAY 2022
- EAST LONDON – 23 MAY 2022 (20H45) The Eastern Cape Chief Director of Community Safety and Liaison, Neil Naidoo, has been arrested for alleged corruption, theft, and defeating the ends of justice. It is alleged that he and two businessmen paid a bribe to stop an investigation into a multi-million police tender they are involved in. In an undercover operation, Naidoo’s co-accused agreed to pay a bribe of R3.5-million. Naidoo and his co-accused, Kenny Govender and Matthew Pillay, appeared in the East London Magistrate’s Court today, 23 May 2022. The case has been postponed to Tuesday, 24 May 2022.
- PORT ELIZABETH/ GQEBERHA – 24 MAY 2022 (08H00) The office of the Eastern Cape secretary for the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has announced a preparatory meeting scheduled to be held today, 24 May 2022, at the Mayfair Hotel, Mthatha. The members are set to hold the meeting in solidarity with the #JusticeForHlehle movement. This follows after the death of Sanga Nozintaba Hlehle on 21 April 2022.
SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 24 MAY 2022
- BLOEMFONTEIN – 23 MAY 2022 (22H55) The Office of the Public Protector (PP), Busisiwe Mkhwebane, is expected to investigate the provincial Department of Police, Roads and Transport over an alleged upfront payment to Free State Contractors. This follows after the PP received a complaint from the Free State Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Provincial Secretary, Malefane Msimanga, regarding the payment valued at approximately R180 million. Following the complaints, the Member of Executive Commission (MEC) William Bulwane confirmed payment of R165 million to contractors who have completed and are busy with construction projects. The EFF is expected to open a case of corruption against MEC Wiliam Bulwane over the payment.
SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 24 MAY 2022
- JOHANNESBURG – 23 MAY 2022 (19H45) The Labour Court has dismissed an application by ArcelorMittal to interdict a national strike by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) at all of its South African plants. Employees affiliated with the NUMSA have been on strike for three weeks, demanding a 10% wage increase.
- JOHANNESBURG – 23 MAY 2022 (22H20) The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has requested that the Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe revoke Sibanye-Stilwaters’ mining rights in the gold sector. The request is set to follow the strike actions called on by the NUM and Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) that halted the South African gold production operations. The unions have been protesting for three months over salary increases of R1,000 and 6% in living wages in Sibanyes Gauteng and Free State gold mines. Sibanye has offered the workers an R800 increase for three years, R850 for the fourth year, R900 for the fifth year and an R50 increase in living wages each year. Additionally, Sibanye offered a 6% increase in living wages, an R800 increase for three years, R900 in the fourth year and an R1000 increase in the fifth. The miners have rejected both offers through the Unions. Mantashe announced that the licences are set to be cancelled after the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Neal Froneman noted that the company is expected to resist strike actions for years. The Minister is expected to suspend or cancel the rights, permits or permissions in accordance with Section 47 of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act due to the company demonstrating disinterest.
- PRETORIA/TSHWANE – 23 MAY 2022 (22H35) The Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, has appointed a task team to address the increased taxi violence incidents in the area. This follows after the City of Tshwane condemned the killing of Taxi Boss Thapedi Moremi at his office in Atteridgeville on Friday, 20 May 2022. Moremi has been the elected Chairperson of the Atteridgeville Saulsville Taxi Owners Association (ASTOA). The task team is expected to deploy routine patrols to decrease the violence imposed on taxi operators.
- SOWETO – 23 MAY 2022 (23H05) The South African Police Services (SAPS) has announced the launch of a search operation. The operation is set to apprehend the suspect involved in the killing of a civilian at the eMzimhlophe hostel. Reports indicate that the suspect approached the civilian and fired sporadically. No motive has been provided for the incident. The Police have requested the public to provide any information that can assist in identifying and apprehending the suspect.
- JOHANNESBURG – 23 MAY 2022 (23H30) Service disruption reported in the Hursthill area. The disruption followed after the system experienced an overload. The affected areas are set to include the Riverlea, Longdale, Industria and parts of Langlaagte areas. Technicians have been deployed to restore the power. Reports indicate that the Technicians have withdrawn due to safety reasons after local residents launched protests.
- SOWETO – 24 MAY 2022 (05H05) The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Secretary-General Marshall Dlamini is expected to host a peaceful rally on 29 May 2022 at Slovo Park in Ward 53. The rally is expected to commence at approximately 14H00. Furthermore, the rally is set to address EFF supporters ahead of the upcoming by-elections set for 01 June 2022.
- SOWETO – 24 MAY 2022 (06H15) Protest reported on the M72 on Koma Street/ Elias Motsoaledi in Mofolo North. Demonstrators have barricaded the road with debris. Traffic has been obstructed towards Crossroads. Previously, community members demonstrated over poor service delivery related to power outages. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route.
- TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 24 MAY 2022 (06H30) The Sibanye-Stillwater employees affiliated with mining unions, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) and the National Union of Miners (NUM), held a demonstration outside the Union Buildings in Pretoria, Monday evening, 23 May 2022. The mineworkers have demanded that President Cyril Ramaphosa address them and demand an R1 000 salary increase backdated for three years. The mineworkers have also vowed to demonstrate at the Union Buildings until President Ramaphosa intervenes. A representative from NUM, Mandla Mokadi, has stated that the mineworkers have rejected the management offer of R800 for entry-level workers who were semi-skilled and only 5% for officials with an R50 allowance, and they have been on strike for 11 weeks since 09 March 2022, and has demanded that President Ramaphosa fulfil his promises made at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Workers Day, which is to engage with the mine’s Chief Executive Officer.
- RIVERLEA – 24 MAY 2022 (07H50) UPDATE Demonstrators have barricaded the Main Reef Road and Avon Street in Riverlea. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use an alternative route. (06H45) Protest reported on Main Reef Road and Nasrec Road in Riverlea. Community members are demonstrating over poor service delivery related to power outages. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. Police are aware of the situation.
- TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 24 MAY 2022 (08H20) President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to host the Head of Government of the Federal Republic of Germany, Chancellor Olaf Scholz, on an official visit today, 24 May 2022, at the Union Buildings Pretoria. Scholz will visit South Africa at the invitation of President Ramaphosa and will be accompanied by senior officials and business executives. President Ramaphosa and Scholz will exchange views on several issues of bilateral and international crisis, including ways to enhance cooperation in areas such as energy and climate change, trade and investment, and responses to COVID-19 and vaccine demand. During the discussions, the leaders will reflect on developments on the African continent and internationally, including the conflict in Ukraine and its impact on the international economy and food and energy security. The leaders will exchange views on Germany’s G7 priorities and strategies on ways to benefit emerging economies and the African continent in particular. President Ramaphosa will also join Scholz to launch a South African-German consortium that will advance technology research to produce sustainable aviation fuels at Sasol Limited in Sandton today at 15H00. This follows as Scholz embarked on a three-nation visit to Senegal and Niger aimed at strengthening bilateral cooperation.
- TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 24 MAY 2022 (09H00) Protest reported outside the Union Buildings on Government Avenue. The Sibanye-Stillwater employees affiliated with mining unions, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) and the National Union of Miners (NUM) are demonstrating in demand for a wage increase. The demonstrators have urged President Cyril Ramaphosa to intervene and engage with the mine’s Chief Executive Officer. Members of the public are advised to remain cautious. Authorities are aware of the situation.
SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 24 MAY 2022
- PIETERMARITZBURG – 23 MAY 2022 (20H20) UPDATE The N3 has been reopened to traffic. Community members have been protesting due to poor service delivery regarding electricity outages. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. (19H05) Protest reported on the N3 between Chota Motala Road and New England Road. Previously, demonstrators protested due to poor service delivery. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Police are dispatched to the scene.
- DURBAN – 24 MAY 2022 (04H40) The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has announced the launch of an operation through the South African Army Intelligence Corps members, detached from the Engineer Squadron, under Joint Tactical Headquarters KwaZulu-Natal. The operation is expected to assist the Government following the adverse weather in Kwazulu-Natal on 21 May 2022 and 22 May 2022. The troops are expected to use the drones to recover intelligence around the inaccessible areas in Kwazulu-Natal following the recent heavy rains. The intelligence is expected to provide the Government with relevant assistance measures required in the inaccessible areas. The team operating the drones are expected to be under the command of Lieutenant Bafana Shepherd Mtshaise.
- PIETERMARITZBURG – 24 MAY 2022 (09H50) Protest reported on the N3 between Chota Motala Road and New England Road. Community members are protesting due to poor service delivery regarding electricity outages. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Police are dispatched to the scene.
SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 24 MAY 2022
- MUSINA – 23 MAY 2022 (20H00) The Limpopo Provincial Police held a joint-cross border operation, called Operation Basadi. The Provincial Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe led the operation to address cross border crimes such as the smuggling of stolen motor vehicles, stock theft, illicit cigarettes, narcotics and other serious crimes. The operations were conducted on both sides of the Beitbridge border. The Police arrested 75 undocumented foreign nationals, five suspects for sexual assault and two for attempted sexual assault, 73 for Gender-Based Violence cases, and five for illegal gambling, narcotics and liquor-related offences. In addition, the Police confiscated illicit goods worth R382,300, and 28 traffic summonses were issued.
- POLOKWANE/PIETERSBURG – 24 MAY 2022 (03H40) The Water and Sanitation Minister, Senzo Mchunu, is on a four-day visit to Limpopo to monitor the water supply and sanitation services. Mchunu is expected to be accompanied by Deputy David Mahlobo and Deputy Dikeledi Magazi. The Minister’s visit follows the protesting actions by Musina residents over water disruptions. During the protest, the members set alight the municipal offices, a fire station, a fire truck and others. Furthermore, the members blocked the N1 road between Musina and the Beitbridge border. The Minister is set to engage with the Lepelle Northern Water Board.
SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 24 MAY 2022
- MANAAR – 24 MAY 2022 (01H15) The Executive Major Deputy President Nkosi is expected to host the Chief Albert Luthuli Municipalities State of the Municipal Address (SOMA) meeting on 24 May 2022 at the Enikwakuyengwa Traditional Offices. The meeting is expected to commence at approximately 11H00. During the address, members are expected to Council the Chief Albert Luthuli Municipality Draft Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and Budget for consideration and adoption.
- LUNDI – 24 MAY 2022 (07H15) Protest reported at the Mganduzweni taxi rank in Lundi on the R538. Demonstrators are protesting against the murder of Bontle Zethu Ditebogo Mashiyane. The demonstrators have also allegedly torched the residences of the accused suspects in Mganduzweni, near Hazyview, on Monday evening, 23 May 2022. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police are on the scene.
SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 24 MAY 2022
- MAHIKENG – 23 MAY 2022 (19H00) The North West Department of Health has announced plans to secure additional emergency vehicles in the two upcoming financial years to enhance the delivery of health services. The Member of Executive Council (MEC), Madoda Sambatha, stated that the department procured 50 ambulances at the cost of R46-million. Twenty-one ambulances were distributed in December 2021, and the remaining were delivered in March 2022. The department is pursuing an alternative procurement model of a complete maintenance lease to further ensure faster and improved ambulance coverage and meet national norms, which require the province to have 350 additional ambulances within two to three years. As opposed to the seven-year period it would have taken if the department had followed a more traditional procurement model.
- HARTBEESPOORT – 24 MAY 2022 (05H50) Protest reported on the R514/R511 near the vicinity of Tens Room. Demonstrators have barricaded the road with tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. Police are aware of the situation.
- DEELPAN – 24 MAY 2022 (06H00) The Deputy Minister in the Presidency, Pinky Kekana, along with Deputy Minister of Health, Sibongiseni Dlhomo, Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Obed Bapela and Deputy Minister of Human Settlement, Pamela Tshwete, are expected to visit Deelpan in the Tswaing Local Municipality on Tuesday, 24 May 2022. Government officials are expected to monitor and assess the extent of the damage caused by the floods in the area. The Disaster Management Team is expected to brief Kekana on their area plans and conduct a walk-about in the village.
- BRITS – 24 MAY 2022 (07H30) Protest reported on Wagpos Road in the vicinity of Oukasie. Community members are reportedly throwing stones at vehicles. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. Police have been deployed to the scene.
SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 24 MAY 2022
- OLIFANTSHOEK – 23 MAY 2022 (19H25) The National Council of Provinces has condemned two Northern Cape municipalities that allegedly failed to consume their municipal infrastructure grants. The Gamagara Municipality did not spend its R12-million grant for the 2021/22 financial year, while the Richtersveld Municipality also did not use more than R14-million. The National Council of Provinces Spokesperson, Willie Aucamp, stated that both municipalities’ communities need infrastructure improvements, including water, sewerage and electricity. The council is expected to ask the municipalities concerned to substantiate the reasons for the misappropriation. The board will respond further once an official report has been received from the Auditor General.
- KIMBERLEY – 24 MAY 2022 (08H15) The International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Alvin Botes, in collaboration with the Northern Cape Provincial Government Premier Zamani Saul, is expected to host an ASEAN investment seminar today, 24 May 2022, at the Mittal Seperepere Convention Centre. The seminar is set to start at approximately 08H00 and is expected to compromise from members of business communities, investors, Government Departments, Municipalities and Organs of the State. During the seminar, members are set to discuss investment opportunities for local and international investors. The countries included in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Singapore and others.
- KIMBERLEY – 24 MAY 2022 (09H00) Protest reported on Du Toitspan Road near Saint Patrick CBC College in Kimberley. Demonstrators have obstructed traffic flow on Memorial Road and Hemming Street. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route.
SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 24 MAY 2022
- CAPE TOWN – 23 MAY 2022 (23H40) The Minister of Police, General Bheki Cele, with Deputy Minister Cassel Mathale, is expected to host the Police Ministries Budget vote 2022 on 24 May 2022. The meeting is set to be broadcasted on the Parliamentary channel at approximately 16H30. During the address, the members are set to provide updates on the commitments made during the 2021/2022 budget vote. Additionally, the members are expected to discuss and advance the #SAPSProject10K and other initiatives.
- CAPE TOWN – 24 MAY 2022 (08H10) Protest expected by members affiliated with the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) today, 24 May 2022, from 11H00 at the Department of Health. NEHAWU members are expected to protest against the shortage of staff in public health, slow service delivery to communities and the non-filling of funded vacant posts. The demonstrators are expected to hand over a shortage of staff in public health, slow service delivery to communities and the non-filling of funded vacant posts. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police will be deployed to monitor the area.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 24 MAY 2022
- MTHATHA: Protest expected by various members on 25 May 2022 from approximately 10H00 starting at Munitata or OR Tambo, Mthatha.
- ZEERUST: Protest expected by members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Wednesday, 25 May 2022, at the Zeerust Magistrate Court.
- LEHURUTSHE: Protest expected by members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Wednesday, 25 May 2022, at the Lehurutshe Magistrate Court.
- JOHANNESBURG: Protest expected by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members on Wednesday, 25 May 2022, from 10H00 at the French Embassy.
- 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.
- SOWETO: The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Secretary-General Marshall Dlamini is expected to host a peaceful rally on 29 May 2022 at Slovo Park in Ward 53.
- MAHIKENG: Protest expected by community members of Mahikeng on Monday, 30 May 2022, at the Mahikeng Local Municipality.
- NELSPRUIT/MBOMBELA: Protest expected by the members affiliated with the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) at the Mpumalanga High Court on Monday, 30 May 2022, from 09H00.
- 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.