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Nyameka Goniwe hailed for contribution in local government
30 August 2020, 7:34 PM

The mayor of the Chris Hani District Municipality in the Eastern Cape, Wonga Gela, has applauded the late Nyameka Goniwe for the immense contribution she made in the local government sphere.

Goniwe died after a short illness on Saturday. She was a councillor in the district council from 2016 up to 2020, before she was redeployed to the Inxuba Yethemba municipality in Cradock as speaker.

Gela says they have lost a selfless and a disciplined leader.

“Her passing marks one of the most painful moments in our district. We are indeed thankful that we had a privilege to be part of her life and words are not adequate to explain the loss of this gentle soul. On behalf of Chris Hani district Municipality, we offer our heartfelt condolences and sympathy to her children Nobuzwe and Nyaniso and their beloved family at this difficult moment. We also extend our deepest sympathy to the community of Inxuba Yethemba Local Municipality which Cllr Goniwe has worked with for so many years.”

Eastern Cape ANC Spokesperson, Gift Nqondi, says Goniewe’s death is a great loss for the Inxuba Yethemba municipality where she was the speaker, but also for the province.

“She was a political activist in her own right who fought to ensure women play a critical part in the liberation struggle and assume their rightful place in society. Sis Nyameka demonstrated fortitude in the face of adversity and responded selflessly to the sacrifices demanded from her and her family. We want to express our deepest heartfelt condolences to the Goniwe family, friends and relatives and the ANC in the Chris Hani region and the Inxuba Yethemba municipality.”

Goniwe’s husband, Matthew, was part of the Cradock Four, the activists who were murdered by the security police in 1985. The other three were Fort Calata, Sicelo Mhlauli and Sparro Mkhonto.

Nyameka testified at the Truth and Reconcilliation commission in 1996, and worked tirelessly to bring about the prosecution of the people behind the murder of her husband. At the time of her passing she was employed as the Speaker of the Inxuba Yethemba Municipality in Cradock.

In the video below, wife of late struggle icon, Matthew Goniwe, Nyameka Goniwe has passed on:

 

Justice must be served, Eldorado Park residents cry out in march against police bruality
30 August 2020, 6:29 PM

People in Eldorado Park, in the south of Johannesburg, are calling for an end to police brutality in the country and say they will ensure that justice is served for Nathaniel Julies.

Residents have gathered in a peaceful protest in the area  – calling for those implicated in Julies’ killing to be brought to book.

Sixteen-year-old Julies, who had Down Syndrome, was shot and killed on Wednesday, allegedly by police officers. Two police officers have since been arrested and will appear in court on Monday on three charges including murder.

SABC News caught up with some locals and they say the community is in mourning.

“We’re all raising children here in Eldorado Park and we don’t want it to be our children next. The police are abusing their power, not only killing our children but killing us as well and we need to put a stop now before the next generation is wiped out by them.”

“We would like to have justice for all, all that have been killed by the police. We are in tears now, we are mourning now for this boy. And it won’t end here. We are watching this case. We are here to support the family and we are sorry for their loss and we stand by them. Justice must be served.”

On Saturday, Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Faith Mazibuko, welcomed the arrest of two police officers in connection with Julies’ murder.

Mazibuko says the arrests should send a strong message to other law enforcement officers that they are not above the law. The two officers will appear before the Protea Magistrate Court on Monday, and Mazibuko has expressed the hope that IPID will build a watertight case, to ensure that the officers are not granted bail.

Eldorado Park community embarks on a peaceful protest:

Third Lebanese IMF negotiator quits post, says source
30 August 2020, 4:32 PM

A senior member of Lebanon’s negotiating team with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has resigned, becoming the third to do so over deadlocked talks, a source close to the finance ministry told Reuters on Sunday.

Talal Salman was economic advisor to the Lebanese finance ministry. A ministry spokeswoman declined to comment.

Lebanon began talks with the IMF for a bailout in May after defaulting on its huge sovereign debt but the negotiations were put on hold in July due to a lack of action on reforms and a row on the Lebanese side over the size of its vast financial losses.

The government that launched the talks resigned this month over the August 4 port explosion in Beirut that fuelled public anger at a political class seen as responsible for the country’s many woes, including a deep financial crisis rooted in corruption and mismanagement.

Below UNICEF requires more than US$46.7 million to provide aid in Lebanon:

Schools to reopen in Nigeria’s Lagos as COVID-19 cases decline
30 August 2020, 4:12 PM

Schools will reopen in Nigeria’s commercial hub of Lagos next month as part of plans to revive the economy as COVID-19 cases decline, the state governor said on Saturday.

Lagos, the epicentre of the pandemic in Nigeria, plans to reopen colleges on September 14, and primary and secondary schools on September 21, Babajide Sanwo-Olu said.

“The gradual easing doesn’t mean the pandemic is over,” he said in a tweet. “It is not an invitation to carelessness or nonchalance.” The Lagos governor said restaurants, social clubs and recreational centers would also be allowed to reopen as long as they followed safety rules.

Nigeria has reported 53 727 infections in total – including 18 104 in Lagos – and 1 011 deaths.

Below Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister tests positive for coronavirus:

The West African nation has been opening up gradually. It aims to resume international flights in September after domestic flights restarted last month and a ban on inter-state travel was lifted. Secondary schools reopened across Nigeria this month for pupils due to take graduation exams.

SA records 238 new COVID-19 related deaths and 2 419 cases
30 August 2020, 12:50 AM

South Africa has recorded 2 419 new COVID-19 infections, taking the total number of cases in the country to 622 551. There have been 238 new deaths overnight, pushing the number of fatalities to 13 981.

In a statement, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says 81 of the fatalities are from Gauteng, 123 from the Free State; 19 from KwaZulu-Natal; nine from the Western Cape and six were recorded in the Eastern Cape.

“We extend our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the healthcare workers that treated the deceased patients,”  Mkhize adds.

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