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Lamola announces strict regulations for courts during lockdown
1 April 2020, 12:24 PM

Justice and Correctional Services minister, Ronald Lamola, has announced strict regulations to govern how courts will operate during the nationwide lockdown.

The regulations published in the government gazette on Tuesday are part of broader efforts aimed at combating the spread of the coronavirus.

The regulations include restricting access to courts. Only persons with a material interest in the case such as a litigant, accused, witness or persons who are providing support to children or persons with disabilities will be allowed into the courtroom.

People who have been out of the country a week before the National State of Disaster was declared will only be allowed in courts if they’ve been screened and found not to be infected with COVID-19.

All criminal trials will be postponed until after the lockdown and persons arrested for a petty offence must be released on warning to be in court in a future date.

The regulations also require legal practitioners involved in urgent litigation to get permission from the provincial director of the Legal Practice Council.

In the video below, minister Rondald Lamola on security measures for COVID-19: 

Excess in power supply due to lockdown – Eskom
1 April 2020, 11:03 AM

Eskom says it has an excess in electricity supply due to lack of demand due to the nationwide lockdown.

The power utility says they have taken some generation units off the grid, however, it will be available should the need arise.

In a statement the utility has also announced using this downtime to carry out critical repair and maintenance work.

“We are also taking advantage of this downturn to carry out critical repairs and maintenance in our power stations and infrastructure.”

During the 21-day lockdown, citizens are not allowed to leave their homes – except under strictly controlled circumstances, such as to seek medical care, buy food, medicine and other supplies – or to collect social grants.

In the video below, pointers on what a lockdown is: 

Eskom Spokesperson, Sikonathi Mantshantsha, says the power utility has enough electricity to last the country until the end of the lockdown period…

South Africans addicted to alcohol, cigarettes negatively affected by lockdown
1 April 2020, 8:55 AM

Many South Africans who are addicted to cigarettes and alcohol are being negatively affected by the national lockdown – both physically and mentally.

This is according to the SA Drug Policy Initiative which is calling for a reversal of the decision to ban the sale of alcohol and tobacco during the 21-day period.

The organisation says although the decision was taken in good faith, people who are highly addicted to nicotine and alcohol will develop a range of symptoms such as psychosis, seizures and even death.

Initiative founder Keith Scott says the ban may also pave way for other illegal markets to thrive…

“Once you prohibit a drug as we know alcohol and tobacco, the criminals will get hold of the market and open these shebeens, the illegal once. That will put another burden on the police. You don’t suddenly withdraw drugs from people. Unfortunately, people are cheering on the police to get tough on people who are actually suffering.”

England’s Buttler to auction World Cup final shirt for coronavirus fight
1 April 2020, 7:47 AM

Wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler has said he will auction the shirt he wore in England’s 2019 World Cup final victory to raise funds for efforts to fight the coronavirus.

Buttler was instrumental in England’s thrilling victory over New Zealand in the final at Lord’s last year, scoring a half-century and then dislodging the stumps to run out Martin Guptill off the final ball of the super over.

The 29-year-old has placed the shirt on the auction website eBay and all the funds raised will go to the Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals’ charity.

In a video posted on Twitter, Buttler confirmed the shirt would be signed by all the players from England’s World Cup squad.

“As we all know, hospitals, doctors, nurses and the NHS are all doing quite an incredible job at the moment,” said Buttler.

“And in the weeks and months to come they are going to need our support even more.”

The highest bid as of 0445 GMT on Wednesday was 65,700 pounds ($81,316.89).

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FF Plus leader to test for coronavirus on Wednesday
1 April 2020, 7:18 AM

Freedom Front Plus Leader (FF Plus), Pieter Groenewald says he will test for coronavirus on Wednesday.

Groenewald’s decision came after African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) leader, Kenneth Meshoe tested positive for COVID 19 after a religious gathering in Bloemfontein.

In the video below, Kenneth Meshoe and Steve Swart test positive for COVID-19: 

He also attended the meeting with President Cyril Ramaphosa and other party leaders.

Groenewald says he will make his results public. He explains how he had contact with Meshoe.

“In the meeting itself, it was quite a distance from him, but during the photo session with the president, I stood right behind him. I will undergo the test but on advice from my medical practitioner, he said that we must wait the for 14-days. And now that time has elapsed and therefore, I will go for the test and I will inform everybody of the result of it. I think that I have the responsibility towards my loved ones, – my family and the people towards which I had been in contact to inform them about the results.”

In the tweet below Groenewald encourages South Africans to stay at home: 

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