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Officers involved in Khayelitsha forced evitions will be dealt with: Cele
4 July 2020, 3:16 PM

Police Minister Bheki Cele says the officers involved in the forceful evictions that took place in Khayelitsha will be dealt with as their conduct during the operation was unacceptable. Cele has visited the area to meet with the community and Bulelani Qhalani, the man who was evicted with no clothes on while his shack was being broken down.

Four law enforcement officials have been suspended. The city says it had a court order to conduct the evictions but lockdown regulations state that all eviction orders must be stayed until the end of alert level three.

Cele says the Western Cape policing structure must ensure accountability for all those involved.

“As South African police we are working on it and as I’ve said that even if its legitimate the court has granted you permission you are not evicting pigs, you are evicting human beings. You need to behave in a human way but secondly there must be accountability and these structures don’t have any form of accountability here.”

Minister Cele has called for patience as the community of Ethembeni informal area, where the eviction took place, call for swift action against the officers involved.

Cele says a dedicated senior police team has been appointed to investigate the case.

“There is a case here that must be investigated and there is no Cele that is going to spoil the case doing things that he’s not supposed to do, for the fact that we have a team, for the fact that we have a dedicated team, actually I have even instructed that the case of 2018, when the woman was dragged, must be taken by that team, but let’s follow the law,” he says.

In the video below, Minister Cele addresses the community of Khayelitsha:

‘Put the city under administration’

Member of Parliament Hendricks has asked the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta)  to put  City of Cape Town under administration for human rights abuses.

He made the submission during a Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Portfolio Commitee meeting on Friday, which continued until the early hours of Sartuday.

In a statement, Hendricks says the two city officials who were fingered by the Chairperson of the Committee as being behind the evictions should be investigated.

“AL JAMA-AH has received complaints from residents in the precinct that there is a cabal of City officials linked to at least two political parties that conduct a reign of terror to protect the R2 billion tender of upgrades to the nearby Zandvliet water treatment plant,” the statement reads.

Hendricks likens the plant to a gas chamber he saw in Austria Hitlers first concentration camp, while admitting that these matters were brought to his attention at the initiative of AL JAM-AH  by chemical and environment professors at the universities of Cape Town and the Western Cape.

Hendricks also wanted to know from the Minister of Cogta why city politicians were not arrested for violating her regulation that there be no evictions during lockdown. Hendricks also chastised ANC members of the committee for allegedly calling the man who was seen being manhandled while naked, Bulelani Qolani, an invader.

He has written to the Speaker of the National Assembly, requesting a special debate on the Cape Town evictions.

Hendricks hopes for the debate to result in a commission of inquiry into the last 1000 evictions carried out by the City of Cape Town, which he claims were masterminded by the two officials fingered by the Chair of Cogta.

In the video below, Qhalani talks to SABC News about his plight:

Backlash over City officials’ handling of evictions: 

Qhalani has opened a case against the City of Cape Town, so has the South African Human Rights Commission and some opposition parties. The City of Cape Town has also established its own probe into the matter.

Women carrying placards
Smash the silence on GBV, Amnesty International SA urges South Africans
2 July 2020, 12:37 PM

Amnesty International South Africa is calling on South Africans to stop inaction and silence on Gender-Based Violence (GBV).

The organisation says South Africa cannot allow increased surges of femicides to continue, only for silence to follow. “It must end now. The government must tackle GBV with the same zeal and coordinated effort as they demonstrated with COVID-19.”

“It is time to smash the silence. Not just government silence but societal silence too. Each and every one of us must ring the bell on abuse, interrupt abusers and refuse to stand back and allow this shadow pandemic of violence to continue.”

The organisation has also reiterated its call for government to increase its efforts in ensuring that the rights of women and girls are protected and upheld. It also wants​ violations of these rights documented and dealt with in a timely manner by the justice system.

“It must also fulfil its promise to introduce and implement legislation on GBV without any further delays,” the organisation says.

Amnesty International SA was responding to a debate in Parliament on gender-based violence (GBV), which was held on Tuesday and a subsequent protest outside the building.

“Amnesty International South Africa agrees that additional debates and speeches on GBV are not changing anything. Only urgent, decisive and concrete action will bring the crucial change needed to stop South Africa’s war on women and girls,” says Amnesty International South Africa Executive Director, Shenilla Mohamed.

The country has seen an increased number of reported cases of GBV since the start of level 3 lockdown in June. One of the shocking incidents was that of a pregnant Soweto woman who was found hanging from a tree. Her body had stab wounds.

EFF calls for a return to level 5 lockdown
30 June 2020, 9:35 PM

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is calling on government to take the country back to level 5 coronavirus lockdown.

The party says the call is necessitated by a rapid rise in COVID-19 infections.

Just in one week, the country has recorded more than 40 000 cases. South Africa’s infections currently stand at 144 264 with deaths at 2 529.

“No amount of social distancing, wearing masks and sanitizing will help reduce the rise in infections and death. The only strategy that will help us is staying at home,” the party says in a statement.

The EFF believes the country’s private and public healthcare systems won’t be able to cope with the rising number of COVID-19 cases.

It has various suggestions for South Africa to adopt during the hard lockdown.

These include the country uniting to ensure a supply of food, water and sanitation to the poor; regulation of food prices and that all financial institutions be forced through legislation to give a three-month interest-free payment holiday to non-essential workers and businesses.

In May, the party rejected the moving to level 4 lockdown as reckless and senseless.

In the file video below, EFF criticises some of government’s lockdown steps:


Netcare St Augustine’s Hospital refutes claims of fresh COVID-19 cases
30 June 2020, 8:13 PM

The Netcare St Augustine’s Hospital in Durban has refuted messages on social media that the hospital will be closing down and that patients will be transferred to other hospitals.

According to social media claims, six doctors and six nurses have contracted COVID-19 from patients.

The Netcare Group says there is no truth to a WhatsApp message about another COVID-19 outbreak at St. Augustine’s Hospital in Durban.

The hospital’s General Manager Heinrich Venter says, in a statement, spreading such fake news will cause unnecessary concern and anxiety among the public and the relatives of people who are in the hospital.

In April, St Augustine’s Hospital had to shut down for sanitisation after 66 people, including 47 staff members, tested positive for the virus. Four people died.

In the file video below, a discussion on the Netcare St Augustine’s Hospital COVID-19 probe:

Court stops NFP from suspending Vikizitha Mlotshwa
30 June 2020, 8:00 PM

The High Court in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, has granted an application for an interdict against the National Freedom Party (NFP), stopping the party from suspending or removing KwaZulu-Natal Chairperson Vikizitha Mlotshwa from the provincial legislature.

Mlotshwa took the party to court after the leadership that was elected in Ulundi in 2019 decided to suspend him from the party. He is being accused of misconduct and embezzlement of party funds.

Mlotshwa and the NFP leadership have been at loggerheads over the legitimacy of the conference. The case in which he is challenging the legitimacy of the conference is yet to be heard in court.

In May, the party asked him to resign from the provincial legislature, but he refused to do so.

The case about Mlotshwa’s suspension has been adjourned to July 10 for the NFP to file replying affidavits.

In the video below, NFP faction convenes conference:



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