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SABC to broadcast CAF Champions League final, South Africans wish Amakhosi best of luck
17 July 2021, 3:30 PM

The SABC will broadcast the final of the CAF Champions League live on Saturday evening from around eight pm.

The game features what promises to be an epic clash between Kaizer Chiefs and Egyptian outfit, Al Ahly.

Kickoff is at nine pm at Casablanca in Morocco.

The CAF Champions League final is Kaizer Chiefs’ first ever since the club’s more than five decades of existence.

Stuart Baxter’s team will be facing off with South Africa’s own, Pitso Mosimane’s men who are aiming for their 10th Champions’ League cup.

The public broadcaster says it is very pleased that it will carrying the match live after successful commercial negotiations with SuperSport.

It wishes Abafana Bokuthula Noxolo the best of luck for the final and says it hopes that the knowledge that the whole country will be watching them will inspire the team to greater heights.

General Manager of SABC Sport Gary Rathbone elaborates:

Messages of goodwill continue to stream in for Amakhosi on social media.

SANTACO to discipline drivers involved in looting, NUM slams unrest as worry over jobs bloodbath sets in
14 July 2021, 11:35 AM

The South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO) says it will not support any of its members who are using their taxis to loot shops in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

Reports indicate that in some areas taxis were seen carrying goods that were stolen during looting incidents.

SANTACO Chief Strategic Manager, Bafana Magagula, says it is unlawful for any of their taxis to be part of criminal activities.

“We will apply disciplinary measures if the driver is found guilty, we will dismiss that driver. Once we have all the evidence, number plates of those vehicles that appeared on the screens. Once we confirm that it was not false information – there is no way we will not take action,” he says.

Residents protect Mahikeng in the North West against looting:

Support for rule of law

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has strongly condemned the looting of businesses and destruction of property in the country.

The union says the current lawlessness in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal is deeply worrying, as it will lead to many workers losing their jobs.

“In the aftermath of this tragedy or situation, many workers will lose their jobs. Many families will be left with no means of earning a living as many shops, factories, trucks are completely burned and destroyed. The looting of these businesses is the destruction of working class families earning and sustainability. As the NUM, we support the Constitution and the rule of law,” says the union’s national spokesperson, Livhuwani Mammburu.

The unrest in South Africa began last week Friday following the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma.

In KwaZulu-Natal alone, damage due to it is estimated to be at R1 billion.

Government is investigating allegations that some members of the governing ANC and former intelligence agents are behind the riots.

This transpired during a briefing by South Africa’s security cluster on Tuesday.

The full briefing is in the video below:

Myanmar anti-coup activists protest as US seeks regional action
14 July 2021, 9:50 AM

About 100 opponents of military rule in Myanmar marched through the centre of its biggest city of Yangon on Wednesday, as the United States called on Southeast Asian nations to take action to restore democracy and end violence in their neighbour.

Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military overthrew the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi on Feb. 1, but street protests have become rarer after they were suppressed by the army with the killing hundreds of people.

Raising three-finger salutes as a gesture of defiance, the protesters in Yangon chanted: “We’re not scared of COVID why should we fear the junta?” and “Revolution must prevail”. Some also carried flaming torches during the rally that was led by women and billed as “Yangonâ’s 21st Century Queen Panhtwar’s Strike”, in a reference to a legendary queen renowned for her spiritual resilience and ability to defend her kingdom.

During a virtual meeting with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), US Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged its members to take joint action to help end violence, restore a democratic transition and release those “unjustly detained” in Myanmar, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said.

Blinken also urged ASEAN, which includes Myanmar, to hold the military accountable on what ASEAN called a five-point peace consensus, agreed in April, with Myanmar’s military ruler. The United States, along with other Western countries, has imposed sanctions on the junta, but ASEAN has been leading diplomatic effort to resolve the crisis in its fellow member. Despite junta leader Min Aung Hlaing’s apparent agreement with the ASEAN peace plan, the military has shown little sign of following through and has touted its own, different plan to restore order and democracy.

Myanmar’s security forces have killed more than 900 people since the coup and detained thousands, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, an activist group. The junta has previously disputed the death toll and said the army had also suffered casualties.

After large protests in the days and weeks following the coup were often met by gun fire, some protesters moved to form militias to take on the army with fighting in several regions displacing tens of thousands of people.

The conflict and a civil disobedience campaign, which has included many medical staff, have also hampered efforts to contain a record jump in COVID-19 infections and deaths in Myanmar.

Zimbabwe targets 1 million people in COVID-19 vaccine blitz
14 July 2021, 6:11 AM

Zimbabwe is aiming to vaccinate 1 million people against COVID-19 in the next two weeks, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Tuesday as he extended tough lockdown measures by another 14 days.

Faced with rising infections and deaths, Mnangagwa on June 29 introduced tough lockdown measures that included a dusk to dawn curfew and curbs on inter-city travel.

Mnangagwa said infections were rising at “an alarming rate” as the more transmissible Delta variant spreads locally. He said the government would inoculate 1 million people during the extended lockdown period.

The southern African nation has to date recorded 70 426 infections, a quarter of them in the past two weeks and 2 236 deaths, official data showed. More than 900 000 Zimbabweans have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

“Latest genomic sequencing results received last week indicate that approximately 80% of the fresh cases in Zimbabwe are now due to the Delta variant,” Mnangagwa said in a televised address.

Zimbabwe received its single biggest shipment of 2 million COVID-19 doses last week that it hopes will boost its vaccine drive. It expects another 3.5 million shots by the end of July.

Senior ex-intelligence agents and ANC members under probe for allegedly igniting Zuma riots
13 July 2021, 1:00 PM

State Security Minister, Ayanda Dlodlo, has confirmed they are investigating information as to whether senior former agents in the agency and senior ANC members aligned to former president Jacob Zuma are responsible for igniting the recent violence in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

Dlodlo was part of the Justice and Crime Prevention Cluster panel, which briefed the media in Pretoria on Tuesday.

Dlodlo says she received information relating to certain people and are verifying the information.

She denied that the intelligence community did not react fast enough to prevent the plundering and violence.

“As you would have noticed the target was very fast moving, we tried or best where ever we could, and we averted a lot more than what you see on national television because of the proactive stance that was taken by intelligence services of the three ministries but also the work done by police to avert greater crime that could have occurred,” she says.

Police Minister, Bheki Cele, has assured the public that the police working with the intelligence and SANDF members will quell the riots that have seen shops looted and property vandalised.

At least 757 arrests have so far been made and 10 people have lost their lives during the riots.

Full briefing of the security cluster in the video below:

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