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Thousands protest in Burkina Faso over militant attacks
3 July 2021, 6:33 PM

Thousands took to the streets of Burkina Faso’s capital on Saturday to call for a tougher government response to a wave of militant attacks that has destabilised the West African country in recent years. Some had travelled hundreds of kilometres to attend the opposition-led demonstration in Ouagadougou, where protesters waved the red and green Burkinabe flag and blew whistles.

“We had to show our dissatisfaction, show the distress of citizens who are crying out for security and peace,” said opposition supporter Alpha Yago on the sidelines of the protest. Groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State originally based in neighbouring Mali have embedded themselves across the north and east of the country, launching regular attacks on civilians, including one in June that killed more than 130 people, the worst in years.

One protester held a placard with a photo of flag-draped coffins and the slogan: “Mr President, have the courage to decide. We are fed up!” Pressure has increased on President Roch Kabore to take control and end a humanitarian crisis in which more than a million people have been displaced by the violence.

Fahiraman Rodrigue Kone on Burkina Faso militant attack:

Last Wednesday, Kabore took the role of defence minister in a cabinet reshuffle aimed at appeasing opposition leaders, who have demanded the resignation of the government. One group of protesters had travelled nearly 400 kilometres (250 miles) from the eastern town of Madjoari, which has seen thousands of residents flee the jihadist threat.

“We cannot understand how a population suffers day after day and for over a month with no reaction from the government. It is deplorable,” said Madjoari’s deputy mayor Djergou Kouare, as fellow residents waved cardboard placards saying “SOS Madjoari”.

Despite the presence of thousands of UN peacekeepers, attacks by militants in West Africa’s Sahel region have risen sharply since the start of the year, particularly in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, with civilians bearing the brunt.

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Zuma foundation, family delighted over Concourt’s decision to hear ex-president’s bid to stay out of jail
3 July 2021, 5:35 PM

The Jacob Zuma Foundation and the family of the former president say they are delighted that he has been granted leave to make his submissions on why he believes his sentence should be rescinded.

The Constitutional Court has set down the matter to be heard on July 12. It has given opposing parties until Tuesday, July 6, to file their papers.

The spokesperson for the JG Zuma Foundation, Mzwanele Manyi, says the ConCourt’s decision shows that the law in South Africa favours all who live in the country. He says this comes as a shame to all those who were predicting that Zuma will be in jail from Sunday.

Manyi says even though temporal, this decision is a relief to former president Zuma as he won’t have to hand himself over to the authorities to begin serving his 15-month jail term on Sunday.

“President Zuma and his family are very delighted by this temporal relief, this signals the adherence to rule of law, this signals the kind of justice system that a lot of people have lost their lives for – when somebody is saying please hear me out, please give me an opportunity to state my case and then we have court that say OK, we are willing to listen to you, that’s the kind of justice system people died for in this country,” the Zuma Foundation spokesperson says.

Manyi elaborates on his views in the video below:

Legal expert, Ulrich Roux, has described the Constitutional Court’s decision to allow Zuma to apply for the rescission of his sentence as surprising. Roux says the Constitutional Court appears now to be doubting its own judgment.

“The entire legal fraternity is surprised at this decision by the ConCourt – this effectively mean that the Constitutional Court is now doubting its own judgment, which it deliberated over for a period of three months. And alternatively delivered a detailed concise judgement addressing all the legal avenues,” adds Roux.

Constitutional Law Expert, Paul Hoffman, says he does not hold out much hope for the success of former president Jacob Zuma’s application to have his contempt of court sentence rescinded.

He describes Zuma’s move as just a stunt:

Zuma has been sentenced to 15 months in jail for defying a Constitutional Court order that he continues testifying at the State Capture Inquiry.

He has announced that he will address his supporters at six pm on Sunday evening. The former president will not speak in Durban – but has decided to speak to his supporters from his Nkandla homestead.

Persistent rain takes its toll on Cape Town informal settlement dwellers
3 July 2021, 4:55 PM

Persistent rain is taking its toll on informal settlement dwellers in Cape Town, in the Western Cape. The inclement weather led to flooding in several low-lying areas over the past week.

Relief group, Gift of the Givers, stepped up the distribution of aid to informal dwellers in Strand, Valhalla Park and Philippi on Saturday. They say they responded to an outcry for help.

Hundreds of shacks across the metropole took in water in more than 20 informal settlements as a series of cold fronts passed through the Cape this week. The worst affected areas included informal settlements in Khayelitsha, Gugulethu, Philippi, Strand, Masiphumelele and Hout Bay.

Disaster Risk Management says teams will continue to assess the situation.

The weather service says more rain is expected overnight.

Strong cold front made landfall with heavy rain in Western Cape:

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Springboks need all round improvement after rusty performance, says coach
3 July 2021, 4:27 PM

Ring-rusty South Africa will need to improve in all aspects of their game, but a test victory after a 20-month break was just what the world champion needed, coach Jacques Nienaber said after Friday’s 40-9 win over Georgia.

It was the first match for the Springboks since winning the World Cup in Japan in 2019 and new coach Nienaber felt his side got just the challenge they needed to shake off the cobwebs ahead of the British and Irish Lions series later this month.

“I have to compliment Georgia we knew of and expected their physicality, yet we had no real marker to know how well we would respond to that,” said Nienaber after the clash at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.

“They shocked us a bit in the opening half, but we now have a marker after this. The way we first responded was poor, our discipline was not good and credit to Georgia for putting us under that type of pressure. We improved in the second half and that was pleasing for me.”

He said he was grateful that they were able to arrange two warm-up tests against Georgia to better prepare for the Lions. “You can only practice against yourself so many times, but tonight the hits were real, and no one held back. We needed that and had to adapt and the way we did was pleasing.

“Next week, we have to improve in every aspect, but the performance was probably expected after 20 months away from test rugby,” Nienaber added.

Captain Siya Kolisi said South Africa made no effort to conceal any of their plans or tactics before the first of the three test series against the Lions in Cape Town on July 24.

“We are not holding anything back in order to hide something from the Lions. Georgia showed what they can bring, we had to respond, and it was a tough battle. We needed to respond to their challenge and not worry about the next team,” he said. The Boks will get a chance for further improvements in the second test against Georgia at Ellis Park, in Johannesburg, on Friday.

“We need to start better next week, enforce our game plan on them earlier and not leave so many scoring opportunities out there,” added Kolisi.

ConCourt agrees to hear Zuma’s application for rescission of 15-month jail term
3 July 2021, 3:57 PM

The Constitutional Court has agreed to hear former president Jacob Zuma’s application to have his 15-month jail sentence rescinded.

Zuma was sentenced for contempt by the Apex Court after he ignored directives that he continue testifying at the State Capture Commission.

The Concourt will hear his application on Monday, the 12th of July.

According to court papers in possession of SABC News, opposing parties on the matter have until July 6 to file their cases.

Zuma emerged on Saturday afternoon outside his home for the first since the damning Constitutional Court ruling against him.

He was flanked by the Amabutho (Zulu regiments) and some of his supporters.

Hundreds of Zuma’s supporters remain stationed outside his home in Nkandla, in northern KwaZulu-Natal, and there are concerns about this becoming a coronavirus super spreader event.

Suspended ANC Secretary-General, Ace Magashule, is one of the ANC leaders who are in Nkandla to meet with Zuma.

He has pledged his support to the former president.

Magashule arrives in Nkandla:

Zuma was expected to address the crowds on Sunday but it is not yet clear whether this still stands following the Constitutional Court’s decision to grant his request to plead his case.

ANC leaders discussing the Zuma quagmire:

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