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Police beef up security in Nkandla following ‘incidents undermining state’s authority’
4 July 2021, 5:01 PM

The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NatJOINTS) says it has beefed up its operational capacity in KwaZulu-Natal in response to the flouting of the level four lockdown regulations by former president Jacob Zuma’s supporters.

Hundreds of Zuma’s supporters are in Nkandla to show support for the embattled former president who faces 15 months in jail for violating a Constitutional Court order.

Some of them are without masks and there is also no social distancing.

The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure has described the scenes in Nkandla as incidents in which people are seen to be undermining the authority of the State.

“During the deployment, SAPS commanders and members on the ground have been provided clear and concise directives, that responses to any and all situations must be informed by proper analysis. To this end, every situation will be assessed and dealt with on it’s own merit,” says NatJOINTS spokesperson, Vish Naidoo, in a statement.

He says criminal proceedings will be launched against security force members who respond violently to members of the public.

“People are reminded that the country is still under adjusted Alert Level 4 Lockdown, if we are to see a slow down in the spread of the virus, all citizens of the country are urged to strictly adhere to the Disaster Management Act Regulations and failure to do so, including any person organisng or being part of gatherings will also result in people being fined or jailed or both,” he says.

Zuma’s supporters pour in their numbers at Nkandla:

Earlier, various quarters in the country, including social media users and the National Freedom Party (NFP), raised concern over the non-adherence to COVID-19 regulations outside Zuma’s home.

This as the country continues to battle the third wave of COVID-19 infections. On Saturday, South Africa reached a new-record high with 26 485 daily coronavirus cases.

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Zuma hints at ‘conspiracy’ against him, says Thuli Madonsela violated the law
4 July 2021, 4:07 PM

Former president Jacob Zuma has accused former Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, of having violated the law when she recommended that he establishes the commission into alleged state capture but gave the power to choose the judge to preside over it to Chief Justice, Mogoeng Mogoeng.

Addressing his supporters in Nkandla, in Northern KwaZulu-Natal, Zuma reiterated that he never refused to appear before the commission but he only wanted his high court case, challenging Justice Raymond Zondo’s decision not to recuse himself from the commission while he is testifying, to be concluded first.

Zuma believes Zondo is biased towards him. He says the Deputy Chief Justice abused his power by refusing to take his concerns about him preceding over proceedings of his testimony.

“This even reminded me on how he even got to sit on that commission. I remembered the girl who gave herself the power to decide that the president establishes a commission and that the chief justice then appoints a judge to preside over it. The judge didn’t break the law, but that woman (a beautiful one) did,” he said.

The former president says Mogoeng Mogoeng initially picked judge Seraj Desai to be the chairperson of the commission and then made an about-turn.

“Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng came barging to my office and said he has another name to Chair the commission as Judge Desai was not okay, he then said Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo,” he says.

“Then I realised that it means he was chosen somewhere but I decided to keep quiet.”

Zuma says it was a first for a commission to have one judge. Normally, he says, at least two judges are appointed to precede over inquiries so that if someone is not happy with that chairperson – their colleague could take over.

The former president says he still doesn’t trust Justice Zondo.

He alleges that he told SC Muzi Sikhakhane, his former legal representative, that he took the job to preside over the state capture commission, even though he was the only judge there, because he didn’t want to have a dissenting voice when taking decisions on the matter.

Zuma alleges he has evidence of this.

He has also explained why he didn’t adhere to the Constitutional Court judgment, which ordered him to continue testifying at the state capture commission.

He says he was angered by the court’s order that he should answer all questions at the Zondo Commission. He says the decision took away his Constitutional right to reserve his comment at times.

“Then I decided that I am not even going to go to them,” he said.

Zuma says he is now waiting to go to the Constitutional Court to state his case.

Zuma’s address in the video below:

The former president says they will continue fighting for the freedom they fought hard for during apartheid, if there are people who are toying with it. He also touched on his corruption trial, saying he will perhaps share one day why he is being persecuted.

ANC NEC meeting with Zuma

ANC NEC member Lindiwe Sisulu earlier said they had concluded their meeting with Zuma.

Sisulu is among the ANC NEC deployees who were tasked to come to KwaZulu-Natal this weekend following the Constitutional Court sentence handed down to Zuma. He was sentenced to 15 months in jail for contempt of court.

Zuma had ignored a Concourt order that he resume testifying at the State Capture Commission.

The Apex Court will hear Zuma’s rescission application on the 12th of July.

Sisulu did not divulge the details of how their meeting with Zuma went.

“Our job is to make sure that everything here is in order because ultimately most people who are here are members of the ANC as you can see so we have a direct responsibility as people who were deployed here and we took the first slot which is from ten o’clock to about now, I’m returning home,” she said.

Supporters’ anger

Legal expert, Paul Hoffman, says the anger of many Zuma’s supporters over his sentence has no foundation in law – but is more about the deep fissures in the ANC and the party could well split.

Many Zuma supporters say the Constitutional Court’s sentencing of Zuma to 15 months for contempt is unjust. But Hoffman says the Apex Court’s decision is well founded in law.

More on Hoffman’s views in the video below:

Police have set up road blocks on some routes as some of his supporters try to make their way by road to Nkandla. They are preparing to park their vehicles and walk about 10 kilometres to Nkandla.

SASCOC names last group of athletes to represent SA in Tokyo
3 July 2021, 10:00 PM

The South African Sport and Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) has finalised the list of athletes to represent Team South Africa at the Tokyo Olympic Games. For the first time, SASCOC does not have a target of medals for the Games. However, South Africa will be sending a strong contingent to compete in 18 sporting codes.

The last 20 months posed all sorts of problems for athletes and it wasn’t easy to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The first group of athletes to represent Team South Africa was announced by SASCOC with 57 days to go before the Games.

But there were notable omissions from the initial squad of athletes from seven sporting codes, including athletics, cycling, and gymnastics. South Africa’s golden boy, Wayde van Niekerk and golden girl Caster Semenya, were not on the list as they still had to qualify for the Olympics.

The second group of athletes from 10 sporting codes was announced late last month.

“We expect nothing less than for you to get out there to try your best to represent the country with pride and to show us you can go out there and compete with the very best in the world. We look forward to watching you playing and competing on the various platforms and we look forward for you to grow sport by showing other role models throughout South Africa that it is indeed possible to reach the very highest goals,” says SASCOC president, Barry Hendricks.

The final list includes both the men’s and women’s hockey teams, swimming, water polo, equestrian, as well as rugby sevens.

“I don’t think it has sunk in completely and I don’t think it’s a relief until we get there because at the moment we are trying to keep the horse and the rider wrapped up in cotton wool before we get there. So, I think when we get there – there we might read a bit more but it’s an amazing feeling. It still gives goosebumps every time we think about it. So, (we’re) really excited,” says SA Equestrian team member, Vicky Scott.

The captain for men’s water polo, Lwazi Madi, says: ” The feeling is incredible. This was something a lot of us didn’t think it was possible for a very long time and a lot of us have quite a lot of international experience and I think we’ve always been relishing the opportunity to play under the games and it’s very exciting that this is going to be our first time in such a long time to represent our country.”

The Games which were supposed to be staged last year, will now run from the 23rd of July to the 8th of August. The team will be leaving in small groups.

“Most of our teams will be starting to depart from the 13th of July. I must indicate that the 2020 organising committee they’ve put measures around issues of managing COVID and all these measures we have to adhere to and one of them is that each and every athlete that is going to the games they are expected to arrive in Tokyo seven days before their competition starts and that’s why our flights or departures are staggered,” explains SASCOC Chef de Mission, Patience Shikwambana.

South Africa won 10 medals at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, which was an improvement on the six medals they won in London back in 2012.

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Zuma ruling has divided people of KZN: Zikalala
3 July 2021, 8:22 PM

KwaZulu-Natal Premier and ANC Provincial Chairperson, Sihle Zikalala, says the Constitutional Court’s decision against former president Jacob Zuma has divided the people of KwaZulu-Natal.

Zikalalala and and provincial ANC secretary Mdumisani Ntuli are among those who met Zuma at his home in Nkandla, in northern KwaZulu-Natal, on Saturday.

The ANC provincial leaders say they hope that the Constitutional Court will consider arguments put forward by the former president.

“It is clear that the society is divided, we are engaging with all stakeholders. The stakeholders that are involved here will be ANC members, traditional leaders, the third is the structures. The fact that the matter is now in the Constitutional Court, it makes us to be able to solve the matter where it should be engaged,” Zikalala says.

Hundreds of Zuma’s supporters from various provinces have also descended on Nkandla to show solidarity to the former president.

“Hence you have seen people here around mobilising and some of them even saying that no the former president must not go and comply with that judgment. We don’t want to see any confrontation between the people and the state and we don’t want also to have a situation that will lead to any form of violence so we believe tha the approach that has been taken by Nxamalala is going to help us and ensure that the matter is engaged properly in the proper platform which is the Constitutional Court,” says Zikalala.

Nkandla in a hive of activities as leaders supporters back Zuma:

Suspended ANC Secretary-General, Ace Magashule, was also in Nkandla.

He says he doesn’t know whether Zuma will still hand himself over to start serving his 15-month contempt of court sentence after the Constitutional Court said it would hear Zuma’s rescission application on Monday, July 12.

Zuma had been expected to hand himself over to start serving his sentence by midnight on Sunday. The country’s Apex Court had sentenced Zuma for ignoring the ConCourt’s order that he should continue testifying at the State Capture Commission.

“We had a very wonderful political discussions. Well I don’t know President Zuma is President Zuma he had all the time respected the Constitution of this country he has all the time respected the law. I am not a lawyer will hear from that case in Maritzburg on Tuesday,” he told journalists outside Zuma’s home.

Zuma’s son, Edward, has reiterated his promise to protect his father from being jailed. Zuma says his father has been a law-abiding citizen.

“I am saying and what I am pushing for people to be doing is that whatever decision president Zuma takes we will respect that. However there is one decision we will not respect, of him submitting himself to the law enforcement agencies for incarceration. We will not accept that they would have to kill us before that happens,” he says.

The former president will address his supporters on Sunday evening.

Ace Magashule, Edward Zuma speak to journalists:

Heavy rain turns stream into raging river in central Japan
3 July 2021, 6:43 PM

Heavy rain turned a scenic stream in central Japan into a raging river on Saturday (July 3) after the area was lashed by heavy rain.

Video shared with Reuters by a resident living near the Ayutsubo waterfall said the tourist attraction had disappeared completely under the rushing water.

In the nearby city of Atami, a landslide swept through houses, leaving 20 people missing.
The rainfall deluging the city since Friday (July 2) has already exceeded the average July levels for both Shizuoka prefecture, where Atami is located, and neighbouring Kanagawa prefecture, according to public broadcaster NHK.

Tokyo’s new COVID-19 infections 

Meanwhile, Tokyo reported 716 new COVID-19 infections on Saturday, its highest in more than five weeks, as the nation considers extending pandemic restrictions in the capital just weeks before it is to host the Olympics.

Tokyo and three neighbouring prefectures are among area sunder a “quasi” state of emergency set to run through July 11, but Japan may extend the measures by two weeks or more due to a recent uptick in infections.

The coronavirus surge comes as Olympic organisers struggle to decide whether to allow spectators at the Games, which start on July 23. Having decided to ban overseas spectators, the organisers have capped the number of domestic spectators at 10 000 per venue for the Games, or 50% of capacity, despite medical experts saying no spectators would be the “least risky” option.

Saturday’s COVID-19 number is the highest since May 26, when Tokyo had 743 new infections.

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