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Move One Million activists march against social ills
5 September 2020, 4:29 PM

Protesters who supported the call to action by the social movement called “Move One Million” say South Africans are being failed at all levels, socially, economically and politically.

Hundreds of people gathered on the Grand Parade, in Cape Town, under the banner of Move One Million organisation to protest against social ills afflicting the country.

The protesters say corruption is increasing and levels of poverty, murder and gender-based violence cannot be tolerated anymore. This, as yet another woman, Juanita Willemse was murdered allegedly by someone known to her family in Hawston, in the Overberg District of the Western Cape, this weekend.

Protesters say they are taking a stand against what they call lawlessness in the country. Among these, is corruption which they say leads to poverty and hunger, farm murders, and gender-based violence.

The protesters say rampant corruption, rising poverty, and Gender-Based Violence can no longer be tolerated:

Founder of the Move One Million, Jerette Petzer, says they want South Africa to be in the hands of people whose interest is what’s best for its people.

“We say no to corruption, say yes to direct elections. We want accountability, we want our country to be in the hands of who best will look after our country. At the moment it’s not in the hands of those people. We have 15 million people starving in South Africa, it’s unacceptable. We have the worst crime we have ever had in our history. It is absolutely unacceptable.”

Other protesters say South Africans are being failed at all levels, socially, economically and politically.

“I’m raising a daughter myself, I’m here to says the killing of our children must stop, she still needs to be growing in this world,” says one protestor.

Another adds: “I just had a son, I wanna be able to know that the country that I’m living in is able to protect my child.”

“There’s corruption, there’s crime, there are murders. There are people who aren’t having food, yet the fat cats are sitting at the trough and eating enjoying their lives.”

“We as ordinary South Africans need to stand up no matter what the colour of your skin is; we can’t wait on the government anymore to change this country.”

Farm murders under the spotlight

A similar protest in Bloemfontein, in the Free State, says the escalation of farm attacks is a result of the government’s incapacity to fight crime. AgriSA recently reported that 49 people were murdered on farms across the country in the 2019/2020 financial year.

Organiser Chantelle van Zyl says these are desperate times during which unity is important.

“We are just rising against corruption, we are riding against the murders, the darkness in this country, we are saying we are standing together in unity, and we are here just to protest peacefully and just get the message over that we are tired of the darkness that is in this country with such a beautiful nation.”

Protests also took place in Knysna. The Move One Million says it is on a 20-month mobilising campaign to empower citizens to choose leaders and hold them accountable. They say the movement, which is a pressure group with no interest in politics, is supported internationally.


Renowned photographer Jurgen Schadeberg passes on
30 August 2020, 10:32 PM

Iconic photographer, Jurgen Schadeberg, has passed way. He was 89.

His wife Claudia announced the news on Linkedin.

Schadeberg drew his last breath on Saturday. He died of a stroke.

He was born in Berlin in 1931 and moved with his family to South Africa in 1950.

Working as Chief Photographer, Picture Editor, and Art Director at Drum Magazine – he captured some of South Africa’s historic events.

They include the 1952 Defiance Campaign, the Sophiatown forced removals and the Sharpeville funeral in 1960. His images also capture key personalities and events in the jazz and literary world such as the Sophiatown jazz scene with Dolly Rathebe, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela and Kippie Moeketsi.

He is worked in Europe and the US, diversifying into film-making. At the time of his passing, he was regarded by some as South Africa’s Father of Photography and one of the greatest living photographers who has had a career that spans over 70 years.

Together with his producer wife Claudia, Jurgen established The Schadeberg Movie Company to produce a series of some 15 documentaries and dramas about South African social, cultural and political history.

In 2007, he was awarded the Officer’s Verdienst Kreuz First Class by the German President and in 2014 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the ICP in New York.

Also in 2014, Schadeberg was awarded a Doctorate for his life work by Valencia University Politecnica.

Nyameka Goniwe
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:



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