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WILLSHIR – SOUTH AFRICA – TIMELINE – 26 MAY 2022 (10H00)

May 26

SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 26 MAY 2022
• EAST LONDON – 26 MAY 2022 (00H25) The Public Works Minister, Patricia de Lille, announced that the Department is expected to construct bridges following the recent adverse weather in the Eastern Cape and Kwazulu-Natal regions on 01 June 2022. The announcement has been made during Lille’s budget speech on Tuesday, 24 May 2022. The Department is set to construct approximately 50 bridges in Kwazulu-Natal and 20 in the Eastern Cape. The Department is expected to conduct assessments to assist in rebuilding damaged infrastructure.
• EAST LONDON – 26 MAY 2022 (01H30) The East London Magistrates Court is expected to deliver its bail application judgement on three suspects on Thursday, 23 May 2022. This follows after the suspects, Eastern Cape Chief Director of Community Safety Neil Naidoo, Kenny Govender and Matthew Pillay appeared before the Courts on Tuesday, 24 May 2022, for charges of corruption, theft and defeating the ends of justice. Additionally, the suspects have been arrested after allegedly bribing Investigating Officials with approximately R3.5 million to halt investigations into a National Police tender valued at an estimated R36 million. Naidoo has been accused of establishing communications between the Investigators and the businessmen on 12 March 2022. Reports indicate that Pillay and Govender have been arrested as they allegedly agreed to pay R3.5 million on 05 April 2022 during an undercover Police operation.
• MTHATHA – 26 MAY 2022 (06H10) The Police Minister Bheki Cele is set to visit the Mthatha Police station with Police management led by National Police Commissioner General Fannie Masemola today, 26 May 2022. The visit is expected to follow due to issues regarding service delivery of the South African Police Services (SAPS). This followed after the Cape Police Commissioner, Lieutenant-General Nomthetheleli Mene, established search operations to apprehend the suspect involved in the Namhla Mtwa case. Mene appointed a Brigadier to oversee the case. The Brigadier is set to ensure regular communications and investigations are being conducted.

SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 26 MAY 2022
• BLOEMFONTEIN – 25 MAY 2022 (21H00) Deputy President David Mabuza, in his capacity as the Chairperson of the Presidential Task Team on Military Veterans, is expected to visit Mangaung on Thursday, 26 May 2022, to engage with the Provincial Government and Military Veterans associations. The meeting is scheduled to take place at the Bloemspruit Air Force Base in Mangaung. The meeting is aimed at providing a platform for the Presidential Task Team on Military Veterans, to provide updates and assessments on progress achieved by the government, in addressing the challenges facing Military Veterans.

SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 26 MAY 2022
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 25 MAY 2022 (19H00) President Cyril Ramaphosa, on Thursday, 26 May 2022, is expected to meet with The Elders, a group of independent global leaders founded by former President Nelson Mandela. The meeting will take place at Mahlamba Ndlopfu, the official residence of the President in Pretoria. The Elders are in South Africa for their bi-annual board meeting in Cape Town. President Ramaphosa will meet with a delegation of three Elders comprising Mary Robinson, first woman President of Ireland and Chair of the Elders; Graça Machel, first Minister of Education and Culture of Mozambique and Deputy Chair of the Elders, and Gro Harlem Brundtland, first woman Prime Minister of Norway. The President and the Elders will engage on international questions, including the global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccine equity and climate change.
• JOHANNESBURG – 25 MAY 2022 (20H20) Protest reported in the vicinity of Springs’ Central Business District (CBD). No reason has been provided as to why the members are protesting. The South African Police Services (SAPS) and Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department are on the scene to disperse the crowd. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.
• SANDTON – 25 MAY 2022 (23H40) A Fire has been reported in the Douglasdale vicinity. Reports indicated that a civilian has been fatally injured, and another escaped the fire with injuries. No reason has been identified as to how the fire originated. The Johannesburg Fire Department has arrived on the scene to extinguish the fire. Furthermore, the Fire Department is expected to launch investigations as to how the fire started.
• BRAKPAN – 26 MAY 2022 (06H10) Protest reported on Black Road. The demonstrators have barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. The demonstrators are protesting due to service delivery. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.
• BOKSBURG – 26 MAY 2022 (06H50) Protest reported at the intersection of Main Reef Road and Field Road. The demonstrators are protesting due to poor service delivery related to electricity. Reports indicate that the demonstrators have stopped and looted a truck. 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.
• CENTURION – 26 MAY 2022 (07H45) UPDATE Road closure reported at the intersection of Sterling Road and Rietspruit Road in the vicinity of CMTI Group due to ongoing protest. (07H05) Protest reported on Sterling Road in the vicinity of Agrinet (Samrand. The demonstrators are protesting due to salary disputes. 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.
• TSHWANE/PRETORIA – 26 MAY 2022 (08H30) Protest expected nationwide from Tuesday, 14 June 2022, until Friday, 17 June 2022, against the foreign national’s employment within South Africa. The demonstrators are expected to embark on a nationwide protest to denounce the employment of foreign nationals who are employed as courier drivers, labour workers and security agents in the country. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Police will be deployed to various areas during the protests.
• TSHWANE/PRETORIA – 26 MAY 2022 (08H45) The Minister in the Presidency, Mondli Gungubele, is expected to brief the media today, 26 May 2022, from 09H00, on the outcomes of the Cabinet meeting held on Wednesday, 25 May 2022.
• JOHANNESBURG – 26 MAY 2022 (08H35) The National Union of Mineworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) has announced that it has signed a one year 6.5% wage agreement with ArcelorMittal SA. This follows after NUMSA members embarked on a protest from Wednesday, 11 May 2022, to demand increased salaries and improved working conditions. NUMSA stated that allowances will also be increased by 6.5%. The increase in wages and allowances will be backdated to 01 April 2022 and paid in June 2022.

SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 26 MAY 2022
• PIETERMARITZBURG – 26 MAY 2022 (00H55) Auditor-General Tsakani Maluleke has announced that corruption incidents in the flood relief funding for Kwazulu-Natal (KZN) are set to be referred to the Hawks, National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the Special Investigating Unit (SIU). The reference to other agencies is expected to prevent corrupt procurements from the relief funding. Additionally, the reference is set to ensure the funding is used for relief efforts in the province. Maluleke noted that a team comprising of members from the Information Systems Management, Forensics and Fraud Detection unit, engineers and quantity surveyors have been deployed to KZN.
• PIETERMARITZBURG – 26 MAY 2022 (08H50) Protest reported outside the Siyaya Cash and Carry Store on Pietermaritz Street. The demonstrators are protesting due to a civilian shot inside the store. The reason for the shooting is unknown at this stage. Stone-throwing reported. The situation is volatile. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.

SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 26 MAY 2022
• GIYANI – 25 MAY 2022 (19H45) The Lepelle Northern Water Board stated that the Giyani water project will be providing water to residents in the area and surrounding villages by September 2022. A total of R3.2-billion has been spent on the project, with an additional R1-billion recently allocated for its completion. This follows after Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu has begun the four-day visit to Limpopo on Monday, 23 May 2022, to monitor the water supply and sanitation services.
• HLOGOTLOU – 26 MAY 2022 (08H55) Protest expected by the members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) today, 26 May 2022, from 09H00 at the Hlogotlou Police Station. The EFF members are expected to protest to demand the Police to arrest the suspects who kidnapped Gift Malope. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police will be deployed to the area.

SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 26 MAY 2022
• KANYAMAZANE – 26 MAY 2022 (00H00) The South African Police Services’ Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) has announced the establishment of a search operation in the KaNyamazane vicinity. The operation is set to follow after the Courts issued a warrant of arrest for Rassie Nkuna. This follows after Nkuna allegedly killed Marcia Mazibuko and a Police Sergeant Pretty Mazibuko on 15 May 2022. The Hawks have urged the public to provide any information regarding the apprehension of Nkane.
• WITBANK/EMALAHLENI – 26 MAY 2022 (07H00) Protest reported on Old Bethal Road in the vicinity of Duvha Power Station. The demonstrators have obstructed the road with burning tyres and debris. Stone-throwing has been reported. The situation is volatile. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 26 MAY 2022
• ORKNEY – 25 MAY 2022 (19H30) The Orkney Magistrate’s Court has granted bail to six suspects arrested for fraud, corruption and money laundering of R2.5-billion. The suspects include three municipal officials at the Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality. This follows a VBS Mutual Bank investigation where suspicious transactions were noted in the account of the Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality in Klerksdorp. The case has been postponed to 05 August 2022 for further investigations.

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 26 MAY 2022
• UPINGTON – 25 MAY 2022 (19H15) Khoi and San community members and leaders gathered today, 25 May 2022, at the Tol Speelman Community Hall in Upington. The National Khoi and San Council, led by Professor Adam Botha, explained to community members the recognition of Khoi and San communities and leadership. Botha stated that the recognition of traditional leaders and communities will be beneficial as it means leaders will be represented in the House of Traditional Khoi and San leaders and serve in municipal, provincial, and national government structures. The council will soon make their recommendation to the Premiers of the various provinces so that the national government can make a decision on the application for Khoi and San community and leadership recognition. The application for recognition of Khoi and San communities and leadership opened on 30 March 2022 and is expected to close on Friday, 29 March 2024.

SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 26 MAY 2022
• CAPE TOWN – 25 MAY 2022 (19H00) Learners held a protest at the Kwamfundo Senior Secondary School in Khayelitsha today, 25 May 2022. The demonstrators protested due to the alleged non-payment of extra class allowances to teachers. The demonstrators are also demanding that the school return money for a school trip, which has been cancelled. The learners burned debris on the school premises. Eight learners and a teacher were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation and injury. The demonstrators threw law enforcement officers and passing vehicles with stones. The law enforcement fired rubber bullets in an attempt to disperse the demonstrators.
• CAPE TOWN – 26 MAY 2022 (06H00) 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 today, 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 – 26 MAY 2022 (06H05) Protest expected at the Western Cape Treasury today, 26 May 2022, from 10H30 until 14H00. The Fight Inequality Alliance South Africa Association has called on members to participate in a protest against the World Economic Forum. The demonstrators will be holding a demonstration under #TaxTheRich. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant for the duration of the protest. Police will be deployed to the scene.

UPCOMING EVENTS – 26 MAY 2022
• 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.
• CAPE TOWN: Zandile Mafe’s bail application hearing has been set for 30 May 2022 at the Cape Town High Court.
• 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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