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Gheberha residents lament living conditions as election date looms
13 September 2021, 6:02 PM

Residents of KwaZakhele in Gqeberha in the Eastern Cape are again lamenting their living conditions as the date for the local government elections approaches.

They say they cannot be expected to vote in the elections when they still have no jobs and houses among other things.

A resident of the area, Abongile Ndukumbana, shares a one-bedroom shack with six people. His family came to the area in 1990 but their circumstances have only worsened.

“Nothing has changed. I am not happy with the situation that we are living in. As a people, we are supposed to benefit from this democratic state. We were promised a better life for all. But where? It’s only a few that benefit. What about the majority of us? No employment. So, proper shelter, no proper healthcare. What do we have to do? We have to keep on voting for what? For the rich to become rich (and) for us to become poorer? So, I won’t vote,” says Ndukumbana.

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Trial of two men accused of R25 million fraud in Limpopo postponed
13 September 2021, 3:37 PM

The Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in Giyani has again postponed the trial of Fhatuwani Mudzanani and Walter Mashau.  The two allegedly stole R25 million from Limpopo government departments.

The trial has been postponed for a second time for Mudzanani to get a new legal representative.

Mashau allegedly connived with bank employee, Mudzanani, to transfer money from the bank accounts of two departments into accounts they had created.

The trial has been postponed to the 14th of October for Fhatuwani Mudzanani to get a lawyer from the Legal Aid Board.

Prosecutor Dalton Tshinyani made an application that the trial be postponed because Mudzanani cannot be represented by the same Legal Aid Board lawyer who is currently representing his co-accused, Walter Mashau.

Tshinyani said Mudzanani must be allocated his own lawyer from the board. He further said the two have different testimonies, and this would make it difficult for the same lawyer to represent them. They face six charges of theft and six of fraud.

Bank employee accused of stealing money from Limpopo government granted bail:

Mudzanani’s previous lawyer withdrew from the case, citing lack of communication with his client.

Mudzanani also withdrew his intention to plead guilty during his previous appearance. He had previously intended to plead guilty so he could get a lenient sentence.

Mudzanani and Mashau are out on bail of R2 000 and R10 000, respectively.

Meanwhile, a traffic officer, Takalani Sigebe and a driving school instructor, Ntsieni Savhuli are being tried for alleged corruption at the same Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in Giyani.

The two were arrested two years ago for allegedly accepting bribes from people who were scheduled for driver’s license tests.

The bribes were allegedly paid to enable people to get driver’s licences without passing the test.

SAHPRA encourages those experiencing adverse effects of COVID-19 vaccination to report on Med Safety app
13 September 2021, 2:28 PM

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) says the reporting of adverse effects after COVID-19 vaccination has been at its lowest in South Africa compared to other countries around the world.

The regulator together with the Department of Health hosted a webinar on self-reporting of suspected adverse reactions after vaccination.

With an increasing number of vaccinations, there has been growing concern about its side effects.

Webinar on self-reporting suspected adverse reactions to medicines and vaccines:

Mafora Matlala, SAHPRA Pharma-Covigilance Manager, says she is encouraging any person who experiences adverse effects after receiving the jab to report it on the Med Safety app.

“We have the Med Safety app, e-reporting and paper-based system. This mobile app was developed by the medicines and health products regulatory authority that is based in the UK together with WHO in the reporting of adverse drug reactions and adverse effects following immunisation. According to international statistics, it is reported that less that 2% of adverse drug reactions or events are being reported. So in South Africa, reporting has been at it’s lowest,” says Matlala.

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De Lille vows to create pro-poor policies through affordable housing, city resources
12 September 2021, 1:35 PM

GOOD party leader, Patricia de Lille, has vowed to create pro-poor policies by providing affordable housing and city resources skewed towards the needs of the poor. She’s further promised to close the poverty gap in the country.

She was launching her party’s election manifesto in Johannesburg.

De Lille has also announced the party’s mayoral candidates ahead of the Local Government Elections on November 1.

GOOD aims to compete in 46 municipalities and five metros. It’s the party’s first time to contest in the Local Government Elections since it was formed in 2018.

De Lille says the party is committed to justice.

2021 LGE | GOOD party launches its election manifesto in Sandton:

The Constitutional Court dismissed the IEC’s request for the elections to be postponed to February next year.

This after former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke released a report in which he recommended the postponement saying the elections would not be free and fair in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic.

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GOOD Party to launch manifesto in Johannesburg on Sunday
12 September 2021, 12:01 PM

The GOOD Party is expected to launch its manifesto in Johannesburg on Sunday ahead of the Local Government Elections. Political parties are gearing up for elections on November 1.

This follows a Constitutional Court judgment that dismissed the IEC’s request for the elections to be postponed to February next year.

This after former deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke released a report in which he recommended the postponement saying the elections would not be free and fair in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic.

It’s the party’s first contestation in the Local Government Elections since its birth in 2018.

The party’s leader Patricia de Lille has announced the party’s Brett Herron as Mayoral candidate for the City of Cape Town and is expected to announce the municipalities and other metros the party is expected to contest in.

In the 2019 national elections, the party received over 70 000 votes, giving it two seats in Parliament. It’s expected to have an impact in Cape Town after De Lille served as its Mayor from 2011 until resigning in 2018.

SABC News reporter Zoleka Qodashe is in Sandton for the GOOD party’s manifesto launch:

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