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Ivory Coast former-President Bedie says he will run in 2020 election
21 June 2020, 2:20 AM

Ivory Coast’s octogenarian former President Henri Konan Bedie will run for office again in presidential elections in October, he said in a statement on Saturday.

Bedie’s candidacy is the latest twist in a turbulent build-up to a vote that is wide open after current President Alassane Ouattara said he would not run again after ten years in power.

“I am both surprised and happy with the content of your messages asking me to be a candidate in the election,” Bedie told members of his PDCI-RDA coalition. “I feel honoured.”

Bedie, 86, was president from 1993-1996. The coalition between his PDCI party and that of Ouattara’s RDR, forged in 2005, was meant to dominate for generations and help heal the political rifts that led to civil war three years earlier.

The pact propelled Ouattara to presidential election victories in 2010 and 2015 but collapsed in September 2018 when the parties bickered over whose candidate should be in pole position in 2020.

The race will be hard to call, say political analysts.

Guillaume Soro, the former rebel leader and presidential candidate, was convicted in absentia of embezzlement and sentenced to 20 years in prison in April, a verdict likely to exclude him from the election.

Ouattara said last year that he would run for a third term if his predecessors Bedie and Laurent Gbagbo decided to run, raising concerns of a constitutional crisis given that Ivory Coast has a two-term mandate limit.

He backed down in March saying he wanted to hand over power to a new generation.

Police investigate murder case of a 17-year-old girl in Cape Town
21 June 2020, 1:30 AM

Cape Town police are investigating the death of yet another young woman after the naked body of a 17-year-old was discovered in Philippi on the Cape Flats.

Police spokesperson, Andre Traut, says the cause of death is yet to be determined.

He says the teen’s body was found at Browns Farm.

Traut says no arrests have yet been made. It is the latest in a spate of attacks on women and children that have led to concern nationwide.

On Monday the Men’s sector of Takuwane Re eme Movement said more needs to be done to enhance the behaviour of South African men and boys in combating the scourge of gender-based violence.

Doctor Matome Kganakga, National Deputy Chairperson of the Men’s sector of Takuwane Re eme Movement said, “The reality is that when you talk about the deterrence of crime it starts in behavioural changes within communities. When it comes to the criminal justice system, we are doing extremely horribly in terms of if you look at the rate of prosecution, it’s literally at less than one percent.”

In the past weeks, Tshegofatso PuleNaledi PhangindawoNompumelelo Tshaka and other women in the Eastern Cape and Kwa-Zulu Natal were found murdered.

In the video below, president Ramaphosa calls on citizens to end the culture of silence around gender-based violence: 

In the video below, president Ramaphosa calls on citizens to end the culture of silence around gender-based violence: 

In Machibi village in Port St Johns, the bodies of two women, aged between 22 and 24 were also found in a nearby forest.



SACP criticizes possible retrenchments at SOEs
21 June 2020, 12:00 AM

South African Communist Party (SACP) General Secretary Blade Nzimande has condemned possible retrenchments at different state-owned enterprises including the SABC.

In the video below, Bemawu reacts to the news on the SABC: 

Nzimande says his party’ concern about the number of retrenchments that have been announced by some SOE ‘.

This comes after the public broadcaster issued a notice saying it could retrench 600 employees – citing the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its cashflow.

He was speaking at virtual address held by the Young Communist League in commemoration Youth Month.

Nzimande called on young people to defend the SOEs and protect workers from retrenchments.

Bailout in 2019

Currently, the SABC has 3 011 employees.

In 2019, the government announced that the public broadcaster would receive a R3.2 bailout.

The bailout was granted under stringent conditions.

These included the public broadcaster submitting a list of identified initiatives for revenue enhancement and cost-cutting initiatives, and thorough investigation into the cause of its financial collapse.

In January 2019, the organisation was declared technically insolvent after a struggle with paying its creditors.

In the video below, Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams outlines conditions of the 2019 bailout: 

LISTICLE: Government eases restrictions on certain economic activities under level 3
18 June 2020, 1:52 PM

The South African government has decided to ease restrictions on certain economic activities under level 3 lockdown regulations.

These activities include:

– Restaurants for sit-down meals;

– Accredited and licensed accommodation, with the exception of home-sharing accommodation like Airbnb;

– Conferences and meetings for business purposes and in line with restrictions on public gatherings;

– Cinemas and theatres to be aligned to limitations on the gathering of people;

– Casinos;

– Personal care services, including hairdressers and beauty services;

– Non-contact sports such as golf, tennis, cricket and others. Contact sports will be allowed only for training and modified activities with restricted use of facilities.



Brazil reports record 34 918 new coronavirus cases in a day
17 June 2020, 5:00 AM

Brazil set a daily record on Tuesday for new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in a single day, as its case load grew by 34 918 patients in 24 hours to 923 189 total infections, the most in the world outside the United States.

Brazil also registered 1 282 COVID-19 deaths since its last update on Monday, the Health Ministry said, bringing confirmed fatalities in the country to 45 241.

Brazil’s death toll from the novel coronavirus pandemic rose to nearly 44 000 on Monday, according to Health Ministry data, as the country continued easing restrictions on circulation despite the world’s second-worst outbreak after the United States.

Reporting of fatalities typically slows over the weekend.

Below is the dashboard tracking global COVID-19 cases, death toll, recoveries and more:

Despite the severity of the outbreak, many Brazilian states and cities have begun easing social distancing rules in recent weeks amid growing public fatigue and repeated demands from President Jair Bolsonaro to get the economy going.

On Monday, Mike Ryan, the World Health Organisation’s top emergencies expert, said Latin America remained a cause for concern.

“Brazil cannot be singled out in the Americas – there are many other countries in the Americas like Mexico, Chile and others who have had significant number of cases and continue to have an ups



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