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Suspects arrested for a police officer’s murder to appear in court
20 August 2021, 5:56 AM

Two suspects in the murder of a police officer are expected to appear in the Rustenburg and Pretoria Magistrate’s Courts on Friday morning.

The Hawks arrested the suspects who face charges of murder, possession of unlicensed firearms, ammunition, and explosives, in Silverton, Pretoria and the second one in Rustenburg in the North West.

Police say a suspect’s vehicle was intercepted on the N4 highway and officers recovered an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

Further investigation led the police to Tlhabane in the North West where another suspect was apprehended and found in possession of unlicensed pistols, a rifle with ammunition as well as explosives.

It’s alleged that one of the pistols was positively identified and linked to a murder case that occurred in Pretoria in May when a police officer was killed.

PROFILE: Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula
19 August 2021, 4:53 PM

Former Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has been elected as the Speaker of the National Assembly on Thursday.

The position became vacant after Thandi Modise was appointed as the Minister of Defence by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The ANC caucus in parliament nominated former Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula as its candidate for the position of the Speaker of the National Assembly.

PROFILE: Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula by SABC Digital News

Poor communication driving COVID-19 vaccination hesitancy: GCIS
19 August 2021, 9:00 AM

Poor communication in raising awareness about COVID-19 vaccines is driving vaccination hesitancy.

Government has set a target of administering at least a million doses every three days. However, the numbers are dropping to below 200 000, despite the governments efforts to have more people inoculated by adding more vaccination sites.

Only a small number of the over 35 age group is going for their jabs and the government is trying to raise awareness around the vaccines.

The Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) together with the National Press Club (NPC) and the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA), hosted a webinar to educate the public on vaccine safety on Wednesday.

During the webinar GCIS Acting DG Michael Currin said, “Every single folk I have spoken with at a restaurant or petrol station says I do not want to take it, I do not know what’s inside. And it allows you the opportunity not to be informed. So we do need to be those facilitators.”

“It took a long time for South Africans to be on a different page around HIV/AIDS. We are only 18 months into this and the kind of awareness that we are doing shows that we can do more,” says Currin.

WEBINAR: COVID-19 vaccine safety in South Africa

Government hopes to have vaccinated at least 28 million people by the end of 2021, however, such a target may be impossible to reach.

So far, 4 million people have been fully vaccinated which is around 11 percent of the country’s population. And only 10 million people have received their first jabs.

Health Journalist Pontsho Pilane says there is a need for people to be given all the information that they would like to know in their home languages.

Pilane says, “When we talk about vaccine hesitancy, we need to understand that when information is not available in accessible words, for example, we are having this webinar in English. And of course, we can say that English is a universal language. However, that means that there’s segments of communities and societies that we are leaving out.”

This week, the South African Medical Association (SAMA) stressed that misinformation, anti-vaccination propaganda, and fears of side effects are slowing down the vaccination rollout.

National Immunisation Safety Expert, Hannelie Meyer, says it is true that there may be problems with people suffering from certain chronic ailments, but there’s no scientific evidence to say the vaccine causes death.

Meyer says, “it is possible it could happen after vaccination and if it does, there could also be the presence of other conditions. For example, diabetic people and amongst diabetic people the risk is very high. So if those two are present at the same time, then there would not be evidence that it is caused by the vaccine.”

Next month will see the Health Department extend vaccinations to those 18 and older.

More cases of COVID-19 vaccine-related deaths are being investigated:

Vaccine acceptance report below: 

The Bonteheuwel mother arrested for child pornography is back in court
19 August 2021, 8:44 AM

The case against a 32-year-old woman from Bonteheuwel on the Cape Flats who was arrested for allegedly selling naked photographs of her four-year-old daughter resumes on Thursday in the Bishop Lavis Magistrate’s Court.

The woman was arrested in July following an investigation by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in the Western Cape says the FBI discovered it on the internet and an agent from Homeland Security acted as a buyer and traced her to Bonteheuwel via geo-tagging.

Western Cape NPA spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila says the woman faces charges of manufacturing of child pornography, possession of child pornography, distribution of child pornography and financial gain from child pornography and rape.

The suspect is yet to apply for bail.

The possession of child pornography is a crime:

The case of Hezekiel Mngono who allegedly shot two Mpumalanga officers postponed
19 August 2021, 8:22 AM

The case of Hezekiel Mngono who allegedly shot two police officers in Nkomazi Municipality, Mpumalanga, has been postponed to Tuesday for further investigation.

The suspect appeared in the Tonga Magistrate’s Court on charges of murder and attempted murder.

Mngono allegedly shot the police officers when they arrived on the scene of a business burglary. One of them, Amos Themba, succumbed to his injuries.

The two policemen were shot while conducting their routine duties of patrolling at Block C in Tonga under the Nkomazi Municipality.

The suspect opened fire upon realising that there were policemen doing patrols.

The police were unaware that there was a business burglary. One of the officers was shot dead.

The case has been postponed to next Tuesday for further investigation.

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