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November 1 gazetted as Local Government Elections date
20 September 2021, 10:12 AM

The Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has gazetted the election date for November 1.

This means that the voter roll will be sealed at midnight and political parties have until Tuesday to submit their candidate lists to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

According to the IEC, over 600 000 people registered to vote this past weekend whilst over 39 000 people used the online registration voters system which will close at midnight on Monday night.

Political parties and independent candidates have until Tuesday to submit their lists on the IEC’s Candidate Nomination System.

Dlamini-Zuma says, “I am hoping for a much greater youth participation because I think voting is their right which they need to exercise and equality is also their responsibility. If you don’t vote, say for argument’s sake, nobody pitches up to vote, what happens to our democracy? They shouldn’t really feel that it is ignored if they don’t vote because it won’t be there. If they vote, their voice will count and it will determine who gets in and who doesn’t.”

November 1 gazetted as election date

Good public cooperation during voter registration weekend: IEC
20 September 2021, 9:55 AM

The Electoral Commission (IEC) says it had good public cooperation during the voter registration weekend to ensure the process was conducted in a COVID-19 compliant manner.

The Local Government Elections are scheduled for November 1, 2021.

The IEC’s Chief Electoral Officer Sy Mamabolo says, “We are happy that those who came to stations adhered to the prescribed protocols. They were willing to social distance, sanitise, they had their masks on and so on. There was very good cooperation from members of the public. We want to take that into the election process.”

LGE 2021 | Voter registration – drama, protests, service delivery promises, and more:

The Constitutional Court will on Monday deliver judgment on whether the Electoral Commission of South Africa’s reopening of the candidate nomination process was lawful.

Following the apex court’s order that Local Government Elections take place by November 1 this year, the IEC reopened the process.

It did this on the basis that the Constitutional Court order of September 3 authorised it to amend the election timetable in accordance with a new proclaimed date.

The IEC contends that allowing voters to register goes hand in hand with them being allowed to vote for candidates of their choice.

The Democratic Alliance has taken issue with the IEC’s decision saying it privileges some parties such as the African National Congress that were unable to get in all their candidates to the IEC by the August 23 deadline.

Political parties react to IEC’s election timetable:

The IEC says although voting stations closed at 5PM yesterday, people can still register online until midnight on Monday night.

Special voters are also expected to be registered on Monday.


South Africa’s men’s tennis team coasts to victory at Davis Cup World Group 2 first round
20 September 2021, 8:41 AM

The South African men’s tennis team coasted to a convincing victory without dropping a set in their two-day Davis Cup World Group Two tie against Venezuela at the Forest Hills Stadium in New York.

Replacing regular doubles player Ruan Roelofse on Sunday, Lloyd Harris joined Raven Klaasen in the third match of the tie, wrapping up the win with two fixtures to spare.

Harris and Philip Henning having won their singles matches the day before, the in-form South African number one paired up with Klaasen and they romped to a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Dimitri Badra and Luis David Martinez.

Roelofse went on to defeat Badra 6-4, 7-6 in a dead rubber clash that was initially scheduled as a reverse singles contest, with the SA team earning a 4-nil victory.

Late Matongo wanted a functional service delivery system in Joburg: Ndamase
20 September 2021, 8:28 AM

Johannesburg Mayoral spokesperson Mlimandlela Ndamase says the late Executive Mayor, Jolidee Matongo, aspired to ensure that the city has a functional service delivery system.

Matongo was killed in a car crash while on his way home from an African National Congress (ANC) voter registration drive in Soweto on Saturday evening.

Three people died in the incident, which reportedly took place after a bakkie that was trying to avoid a pedestrian, crashed into Matongo’s car.

Ndamase says Matongo wanted a responsive city administration.

“When he became Mayor, one of the most outstanding things that he continuously said is we must be an administration that is responsive to the city, that does not mean someone must call the Mayor to get a pothole fixed or street lights to be fixed once a complaint by residents has been launched. He wanted to make sure Johannesburg will be driven to be a world-class African city, as we would want to see it.”

Tributes pour in for Jolidee Matongo:

Matongo was elected unopposed to this position on August 10, 2021, following the passing of his predecessor Geoff Makhubo a month earlier.

Ramaphosa has offered his condolences to Mayor Matongo’s family, friends, colleagues and comrades, and the residents of the City of Johannesburg.

In a statement, the President says, “It is hard to comprehend this tragedy, given the vitality and passion with which Mayor Matongo interacted with me and residents of Soweto so shortly before his death. Nothing could prepare any of us for this sudden loss, which has deprived our nation’s economic centre of its second Executive Mayor in two months.”

‘Matongo was a committed and selfless activist’

Gauteng Premier David Makhura has described Matongo as a committed and selfless activist who dedicated his time to the overall improvement of the quality of life of the people of Gauteng.

Makhura says the passing of Matongo has left him shocked and shattered.

“I send my heartfelt condolences to Mrs Matongo and the children, his extended family, friends and comrades,” says Makhura.

In the video below, President says Jolidee Matongo’s death is a big blow to him:

Ejected Haitians lament lost American dream
20 September 2021, 7:34 AM

More than 300 Haitians were returned home on Sunday after the United States ejected them from Texas, leaving many of the would-be migrants demoralized and angry that their search for a better life faraway from their impoverished country was over.

US border agents began removing groups of mostly Haitian migrants over the weekend from a large makeshift camp they had set up after wading across the Rio Grande separating Mexico and the US state of Texas.

The sprawling camp under the international bridge attracted more than 12 000 migrants at one point, dotted with tents and tarps strung up on reeds, as many Haitians who had trekked from as far away as Brazil sought to petition US authorities for entry and to escape rampant poverty and gang violence affecting the Caribbean nation.

At the Haitian capital’s airport, three flights with 327 returned Haitians landed on Sunday from Texas, according to a US official with knowledge of the matter.

Several who spoke to Reuters upon arrival said they were never told where they were being taken.

“I left Haiti to go find a better future,” said Stephanie, who declined to provide her surname. She said she was taken from under the bridge by US agents to a detention facility before being loaded onto the flight.

She dismissed Haiti’s economy as unable to provide opportunities for scores of youth like her.

“If jobs could be created, we would never have exposed ourselves to this misery in other countries,” she said.

In a video message released Sunday evening, Prime Minister Ariel Henry pledged to assist the expelled Haitians and bemoaned the “disturbing” images from the camp.

“It’s with great sorrow that we watch on social media, through television and listen on the radio to the tribulations of our brothers and sisters at the border of Mexico and the United States,” he said.

He implored Haitians to build a future where they can “live well in our country without having to suffer these forms of shame.”

But at the airport, returned migrant Mondesir Sirili explained how he had spent about $15 000 to leave Haiti, travelling first to Brazil and then by land to eventually cross the shallow Rio Grande at the US southern border.

“I could have invested that money here, I could have built a great business. It’s not like we don’t know how to do things,” he said.

“But we’re not respected, we’re humiliated and now we don’t have anyone to defend us.”



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