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Call for constitutional amendment to end existence of Orania
26 June 2020, 10:33 PM

A call has been made in the Youth Parliament for government to amend the Constitution to cease the existence of Orania as a state operating on its own. ANC Youth League member, Sizophila Mkhize, participated in the Youth Debate during a hybrid sitting of the Youth Parliament. Various youth from different political formations took part in 2020 Youth Parliament and raised different issues affecting young people.

The theme for this Youth Parliament debate was ‘Youth Power, Growing South Africa together in a time of COVID 19″. ”

“We can no longer as this generation allow two centres of power. Whatever clause in the Constitution that allows for the existence of Orania must be changed together with the clause that spoke about the willing buyer willing seller Act. We as young people believe that the Constitution was created, was written by humans and it can be corrected by humans. We cannot live in a country where there are people who live inside our country thinking that they have their own country, using their own currency, having their own laws in our own country,” charged Mkhize.

Issues of femicide, free data for the youth of the Northern Cape and the impact of COVID- 19 on young people also came to the fore.

EFF Student Command Treasurer General Inam Kula told the Youth Parliament that young people continue to be overwhelmed by femicide.

“Families of Gender-Based Violence continue to mourn as the country is plagued by this senseless violence and all we have to show for it is empty rhetoric. As the youth suffer and continue to the overwhelmed by femicide and heinous atrocities of child abuse, we must bring to book not only men responsible but also begin unpacking the role of the structural violence of an anti-black system and its untransformed state institutions and the role their play in normalising violence on Black bodies,” said Kula.

IFP Youth Brigade Chairperson and MP Mthokozisi Nxumalo says young people are the hardest hit by the impact of COVID-19 in the country. He says opportunities must be prioritised for young people as the South African economy is being rebuilt.

“This year unlike other years before we are faced with a hollow celebration as the world is confronted by a global pandemic, COVID-19. Indeed even without the pandemic, there will be little to celebrate for South African young people. The statistics are regularly available to back this claim. Young people are now more active in informal employment, which means that COVID-19 has hit our demographics the hardest.”

DA Member of the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature, Ofentse Mokae, made a call to Northern Cape Premier Zamani Saul to support the petition to President Cyril Ramaphosa, calling for him to ensure that young people in different categories get free data in the province.

“We call on the Premier to support the DA Youth’s campaign for data for all. The petition has been initiated by the DA Youth and want 500 megabytes free data per month for registered NSFAS students, students from low-income families not qualifying for student loans, registered matriculants, and job seekers. We see access to the internet as a basic human right.”

The Youth Parliament was launched in 2013. It is held annually during Youth Month. It is a national discussion platform to encourage young people through active debates to take part in shaping the country and deepening democracy.

ANC in Western Cape calls for Local Government Minister Bredell’s suspension
26 June 2020, 7:30 PM

Leader of the opposition in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament and ANC member, Cameron Dugmore, has called on Premier Alan Winde to suspend Provincial Minister of Local Government Anton Bredell.

Dugmore says several allegations, including maladministration and abuse of power, have been levelled against the provincial minister. He says there is reportedly a secret recording doing the rounds, wherein Bredell colludes with councillors in the Oudtshoorn Municipality to place the municipality under administration.

Dugmore claims that Bredell also destabilised the George Municipality through political interference. The ANC Provincial MP says this happened when Bredell launched an investigation into the municipality’s affairs and colluded with the Hawks during the probe.

“There’s a complete breach of the code of ethics that govern the work of MECs and what he has been doing is essentially destabilising local government to try and protect the DA from losing power in a number of municipalities. We have complained to the Public Protector about his unethical and illegal intervention in George where he intervened on the part of  a councillor so that that councillor could become an official in the municipality.”

Bredell has denied any illegality on his part. He says the comments he made in a secret recording, which Dugmore is referring to, is only a 15-second clip out of a two-hour-long DA caucus meeting, which took place in December, that has been taken out of context.

“In George, it was Minister Bredell who called the Hawks in to investigate the DA-led council in 2018. In his capacity as chairperson of the DA in the province, the Minister was briefing DA councillors during a party caucus and providing them with legal clarification relating to administration options should the council decide to undertake that route. If an administration of sorts had actually happened in Oudtshoorn, it would, in fact, have meant that the Minister’s own party would not have been in control of the council any longer,” says Bredell’s spokesperson, James-Brent Styan.


FITA’s tobacco sales case dismissed
26 June 2020, 4:21 PM

The Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association (FITA) has lost its court application to have the ban on the sale of tobacco products lifted.

The application has been dismissed with costs.

The organisation has been arguing that the ban has allowed the illegal sale of tobacco products to thrive.

It also wanted cigarettes declared essential because they are addictive.

The High Court in Pretoria has rejected the argument as it was without merit.

Below is the full judgment on the case:

The news comes as civil rights organisation, Tax Justice South Africa, called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to urgently intervene and immediately lift the ban.

The rights group has joined the British American Tobacco SA’s court challenge. BATSA’s hearing is scheduled for 5 August.

Its challenge was postponed on Friday after it was scheduled for next Tuesday.

South Africa is now the only country in the world to prohibit the sale of cigarettes as part of its coronavirus lockdown regulations after Botswana lifted its ban this week.

Tax Justice South Africa’s founder Yusuf Abramjee says they have filed a supporting affidavit outlining the ban’s disastrous contribution to the illicit economy in their application to the High Court in Cape Town.

He says Ministers on the National Coronavirus Command Council know they cannot legally justify their irrational prohibition of cigarette sales.

Abramjee says the ban robs the country’s struggling economy of R1.4 billion in taxes and threatens thousands of jobs.

The tobacco ban was implemented by government at the start of the national lockdown over 90 days ago. And as frustration grows, an online poll demanding an immediate decision on the matter is growing momentum.

In the video below, smokers in Cape Town protest against tobacco ban:


Confirmed COVID-19 cases jump to 118 375 in South Africa
25 June 2020, 10:18 PM

87 new COVID-19 fatalities have pushed South Africa’s death toll to 2 292. This as the number of confirmed cases sits at 118 375.

The Western Cape has again recorded most deaths with 53. This as the province prepares for its peak, which is predicted to be at the end of this month or early July.

Other provinces are expected to reach their peak not long after that.

Below is a graphic of the latest COVID-19 stats in SA:



The Eastern Cape follows its Western neighbour with 17 new fatalities, KwaZulu-Natal with 15 and Gauteng with two.

59 974 South Africans have beaten the virus, putting the recovery rate at 50.7%. The death rate is 1.9%.

Close to 1.5 million tests have been conducted nationwide.

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has once against conveyed condolences to the bereaved families. He also thanked the health workers who risk their lives daily to fight the invisible enemy.

Winde appeals to the public

Earlier on Thursday, Western Cape Premier Alan Winde urged members of the public who are unable to self-isolate or quarantine themselves at their homes to make use of the beds at the province’s COVID-19 quarantine and isolation facilities.

“We’ve put these beds in place, if there is any doubt, please make use of those if you think that perhaps you might not be able to quarantine yourself or isolate yourself if you need to please make use of these facilities. They are there for you and they are there for a purpose. It is part of our overall plan in dealing with flattening of the curve,” he said.

In the video below, Winde outlines targeted COVID-19 hotspot strategy for Western Cape:

Antonio Gutteres
Guterres calls for effective multilateralism as the world battles major challenges
25 June 2020, 9:37 PM

The United Nations Secretary-General has called for effective multilateralism in the world as the globe confronts major challenges like the coronavirus, conflict and climate change. Antonio Guterres was speaking a day ahead of the 75th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Charter.

“In the 21st century, governments are no longer the only political and power reality.  And we need an effective multilateralism that can function as an instrument of global governance where it is needed.  The problem is not that multilateralism is not up to the challenges the world faces, the problem is that today’s multilateralism lacks scale, ambition and teeth,” said Guterres during a virtual media briefing.

“And some of the instruments that do have teeth; show little or no appetite to bite, as has recently been the case with the difficulties faced by the Security Council.  We need to give multilateralism the capacities to confront our challenges, not only to meet immediate needs but to enable future generations to meet theirs,” he added.

Guterres also warned that it would be difficult to achieve meaningful transformation in the global governance sphere without the active participation of world powers. However, he says the most powerful countries are reluctant to allow greater inclusion in such bodies as the Security Council.

“In an ever more interdependent world, national interests are not easily separated from the global good. Shared values, shared responsibility, shared sovereignty; shared progress – these must be our guide and our goals.  I understand the challenge. It is difficult to have a meaningful transformation of the mechanisms of global governance without the active participation of the world powers – and, let me be blunt: relationships today have never been more dysfunctional.  But I firmly believe that an awakening will come when we recognise our shared fragilities – when the factors that today divide instead begin to force people to finally understand that division is a danger to everyone, starting with themselves. Ultimately, that is the way out of the mist. Our charter still points the way,” he concluded.

The United Nations was established after the Second World War in an attempt by the victorious powers – the US, Russia and Britain – to avoid future conflict and foster global co-operation. However, some analysts say world powers have retreated from multilateral co-operation and have in recent years, focused more on self-interest.



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