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Expose, a window into challenges facing LGBTQI community
26 March 2020, 9:12 PM

South Africa’s constitution is rated amongst the best in the world with clauses protecting the rights of the vulnerable people in society. These include members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTQI) community.

However, despite their rights being enshrined in the constitution, members of the LBTQI community remain at the receiving end of human rights violations.

It is against this background that Mokone Mmola decided to write a book.

In the audio below, Author Mokone Mmola says he wrote the book to expose some of the challenges facing the LGBTQI community:

Expose follows the story of Kagiso, a student at the University of Limpopo, who explores his sexuality amidst a society that considers same-sex relations abnormal. Kagiso was shocked by his mother’s reaction when she finds out that her only child is not heterosexual.

“This thing is gay. What a curse? I know the full story about you Kagiso and you are not going to play smart with us.”

Thus begins Kagiso’s a long-term conflict with his mother and a journey to seek acceptance from the most important person in his life.

Mmola says this is a reality for most members of the LGBTQI community who often find themselves ostracized by their families when they reveal their sexuality.

Members of the LGBTQI also face mockery, insults and others even lose their lives through hate crime.

Mmola’s book is a result of perseverance, after having been rejected by some publishing companies.

In the audio below, Author Mokone Mmola, says it was difficult to get the book published: 

Expose is available at the Book Lounge in Cape Town, libraries at the University of the Western Cape, Amazon and Good Reads.   

Below is an infographic of those who lost their lives to hate crime:



SA’s coronavirus cases rise to 927
26 March 2020, 6:40 PM

The Health Ministry says the number of positive novel coronavirus cases now stands at 927. This is an increase of 218 from Wednesday. Gauteng still has the highest number with 409 confirmed cases. The Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal-Natal are following with 229 and 134 cases, respectively.

Gauteng has almost half of the nation’s positive cases of COVID-19. This may be attributed to the province being the biggest gateway into the country.

The Free State has 49 cases, but the number is expected to increase rapidly after two churches that had mass gatherings this month confirmed that some of their congregants had tested positive for the viral infection.




The announcement of the new cases comes as South Africa prepares for a national lockdown which starts on Thursday midnight.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has again appealed to South Africans to adhere to the lockdown regulations.

He has also called on the country to pray over the pandemic on Thursday evening.

Ramaphosa has also appealed to members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) to do their utmost to help save the lives of South Africans as the country prepares to go into a nationwide lockdown.

The President has warned that this number of cases is expected to increase.

Ramaphosa has called on the police force to not violate people’s rights in their line of duty.

“We are dead serious about saving lives and those who want to take chances must, of course, meet the wrath of the South African state. Let’s make sure that we, as the police service, we do not do anything that is going to violate the rights of our people by mistake or unintentionally. Let us go do right and save their lives.”

In the video below, employers are warned against withholding employees’ salaries: 

Meanwhile, traffic volumes have increased on the N12 and N4 in Mpumalanga as motorists head back home. The travellers have not heeded Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize’s call to not move across provinces.

Mpumalanga’s Health Department has set up screening stations for motorists across the province.

Health MEC Sasekani Manzini says this is to ensure that people do not spread the virus while they are heading home.

“We are here, so that we can create that awareness. People want to be screened. They are even excited to know their results because they are also scared. So, we are making them calm, to understand what is this coronavirus that we are talking about. That is the purpose of today. We do the actual screening for everyone that is passing at the toll plaza.”

Almost half a million cases of coronavirus have been confirmed worldwide so far, with more than 22 000 deaths.

Below is a Live Tracking of the cases, death toll and other information, updated daily:

Residents of informal settlement in Durban concerned about water shortage amid lockdown
26 March 2020, 5:38 PM

Community members at the Cato Crest informal settlement in Durban say they are worried about the coronavirus lockdown due to a water shortage in the area. Premier Sihle Zikalala engaged with the community to speak to them around prevention measures around the virus and what the lockdown will mean to their daily movement.

Cato Crest is a densely populated informal settlement, about seven kilometres from the Durban CBD. Earlier this week, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a three-week national lockdown starting from midnight on Thursday.

Authorities say it is important to use water with soap when washing hands for at least 20 seconds, and as often as possible, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Now, residents in Cato Crest say it will be impossible to practice social distancing as they live extremely close to each other.

Resident Simphiwe Ngobese says they cannot afford to spare the water they have, for the constant hand washing required to prevent the virus. “Firstly, a lot of people in our area do not understand the use of sanitizer, secondly we don’t have water. We get water at night and in the morning and the rest of the day there’s no water so we have to conserve the water, it has to last us throughout the day for cooking, washing and bathing. So now that we have to keep on washing our hands, that’s what stresses us even more.”

Another resident Nowandile Bhayisi is worried about feeding her family during the lockdown as she still has not received her salary for March and she has not been able to buy groceries.

“We have to be ready for these 21 days so that this thing (coronavirus) that’s here can pass. But it’s not a usual situation because we haven’t been paid our salaries yet we are just sitting here waiting to get our salaries so that we can go and buy food. But what’s really worrying us is if we will be allowed to go to town and buy food.”

In the video below South Africans panic buy despite President Cyril Ramaphosa’s assurance that they will be able to buy food during the lockdown: 

Meanwhile, learners in the area are concerned about losing out on critical school time. Zuko Ncwane says they will not have access to the internet with the libraries being closed.

“ As the students, we are being left behind on our school works so I think this will affect us too much. For example matric learners they will be affected, they will not have enough time to study for their trial exams and their end of the year exams. For us, as students who are coming from disadvantaged families, we won’t have access to libraries because we are not allowed to go there to have internet access as we don’t have internet access it will be hard for us to learn and do our school work.”

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has reassured residents that water tankers will be available. He also urged them to respect the lockdown directive. “We want to ensure that all communities adhere to the lockdown and this lockdown means you stay at home, it not time to be on holiday up and down, let us respect this directive and it is going to be enforced. We are calling for people to co-operate, we don’t want to reach a stage where we use force but if needs be, force will be applied.”

The Chinese Embassy donated 100 000 masks to the KwaZulu-Natal government to help curb the spread of COVID-19. There is a current shortage of protective masks because of the high demand from healthcare workers and the public.

Zikalala says the donated masks will be distributed to healthcare workers.


North West residents send condolences to Credo Mutwa’s family
26 March 2020, 4:32 PM

Some North West residents, including Kgosi Jeff Montshiwa of the Barolong Boo-Ratshidi in Mahikeng, have also conveyed their condolences at the passing of Credo Mutwa, one of the country’s renowned traditional healers, a seer and a Sanusi.

The North West Dingaka Association say they are particularly saddened by the fact that they visited Mutwa at his home in Kuruman, only two weeks ago.

He died in the early hours of Wednesday at the age of 98. Mutwa was a prominent and respected resident of Mahikeng.

His cultural home at Lotlamoreng Dam fell into disrepair, when he left, following his expulsion by the then Bophuthatswana President Kgosi Lucas Mangope. He was expelled for predicting his downfall. However, the great Sanusi, will be greatly missed, not only by his family.

“I heard of the sudden death of Credo Mutwa and as Kgosi and leader of Barolong, I hereby send a message of condolences and also to South Africans in general.”

Mutwa was respected by those who worked with him. He was a mentor to many, a healer to others, and a teacher to some. His medicinal knowledge was internationally acknowledged.

In the file video below Credo Mutwa says black men are greater than they think: 

He was a great seer, and most of his predictions came true.

“It was in October, if you are a resident of Mafikeng you will remember the heavy rain on that month. He came here to do some rituals at Lotlamoreng Dam. There are words that he uttered and indeed, if a parent says something we do not take him to consideration, he said we must be careful as danger is coming and also as a traditional healer, he pleaded to us to work together and stop fighting.”

Many locals have fond memories of him. “He was a traditional healer here in Lotlamoreng Dam, he also used to initiate young healers,” says one of the residents.

Mutwa died after a long illness, in Kuruman in the Northern Cape, where he has been living with his family. Author: Bobby Sylvester Serame 

Tshwane assures residents that services will be provided during lockdown
26 March 2020, 4:00 PM

The City of Tshwane has assured residents that basic services will continue to be rendered during the 21-day lockdown. The metro municipality has activated its Disaster Command Centre that will enable it to respond to residents and emergencies effectively. The city has been briefing the media in Pretoria.

As the country goes on lockdown in a bid to flatten the spread of COVID-19, the City of Tshwane says residents must not panic as most services rendered by the municipality will continue during the 21-day lockdown.

In the video below President Cyril Ramaphosa calls on South Africans to pray ahead of the national lockdown: 

Services such as public swimming pools, libraries and resorts have already closed their doors to the public. The city says it will also be scaling down its bus services and at the Tshwane Food Market.

“Just about all municipal services are essential services, obvious there are a few that will not be operational such as libraries as a result. But our call centres to receive reports from communities, our water services our electricity supply, our road management traffic lights and alike will all be operating, not at a full scale but at a skeleton level. We will bring in people as and when needed. So our staff has been encouraged to make themselves available,” says City Manager Mavela Dlamini.

The city has also put a plan in place to deal with the possibility of the acceleration of the virus in informal settlements. The municipality says there are more than 200 informal settlements in Tshwane.

Dlamini says there is an evacuation plan for those who might contract the virus and would have to self-isolate.

“If there’s a sense that we are still picking up infections and they are caused because of the high density of people there, then those people will then be tended to these areas that we are saying are strategic reserves for us to manage social distancing in an appropriate manner.”

Areas without water have also been identified. Water tankers will be dispatched at all these places to ensure that all residents have access to water.

“There will be water tanks where there is no water reticulation system. There will be Jojo tanks that will be placed. We will make sure that there is no citizen that does not have water to even wash their hands as we requested,” says the City’s Head of Emergency Services, Moshema Mosia.

The graphic below gives more information about the lockdown: 







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