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Steve Biko
World commemorates Steve Biko’s 43rd death anniversary
12 September 2020, 6:30 AM

As the world commemorates the 43rd anniversary of the death of the Black Consciousness Movement leader, Steve Biko, his ideas still resonate in the hearts and minds of the people of his birthplace.

Biko was born in Tarkastad and grew up at Ginsberg Township in King William’s Town, Eastern Cape. He died on this day in 1977 under police custody.

The circumstances surrounding his death remain unclear to this day. The wounds of his death have not healed, especially for his family.

“The month of September, the day of the 12 of September, is when, of course, we bow our heads in recognition of his death having been tortured in Port Elizabeth to Pretoria. So, we use the occasion to focus the nation on conversations with a lecture, of course, virtually,” says Biko’s eldest son, Nkosinathi.

As part of keeping his legacy alive, the Steve Biko Centre was opened at Ginsberg in 2012. The centre is intended to educate the public about the leadership of Biko and his contribution to freedom and democracy.

It also implements community developmental projects. More than 50 people, mostly from Ginsberg and surroundings, work at this centre.

For locals such as Vuyokazi Duna, Biko’s legacy has brought a sense of social upliftment.

“I benefit a lot from working here. I’m able to provide for my family and here, we interact with different people from Germany, America, Joburg, and so forth and we do travel. l travel a lot doing workshops from here to other countries.”

A series of events have been planned in Biko’s honour.

“We have virtual Steve Biko month taking place in our social media platforms and website. Through that, we are able to express what Biko was all about and what he has accomplished in his life and afterlife,” says program coordinator of the Steve Biko Centre, Kholosa Tshandana.

The home of Steve Biko was declared a heritage site in 1997 by former President Nelson Mandela.

Biko’s legacy is discussed in the video below:

American Civil rights leader, who is also one of the faces of the Black Lives Matter movement, Reverend Al Sharpton will virtually deliver the 20th Annual Steve Biko Memorial Lecture. 

SABC’s Chriselda Lewis discusses the significance of Biko’s legacy today with Professor Saths Cooper, one of the Founder members of the Black Consciousness Movement; Policy and political analyst Professor Somadoda Fikeni and someone who found a home in the Black Consciousness Movement, ex-editor and now farmer, Mathatha Tsedu: 

George Bizos | Human Rights icon’s most celebrated moments
11 September 2020, 5:42 PM

Renowned Human Rights icon, George Bizos, is praised for his role in protecting the country’s democracy. Bizos passed away on Wednesday at the age of 92 after a period of poor health.

He was part of the legal teams of the Treason and Rivonia trials in 1956 and 1964, respectively, defending the rights of activists against apartheid, including Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, and Walter Sisulu, among others.

He continued his work well beyond retirement age – most notably as the head of one of the legal teams representing the deceased Marikana miners.

Below are some of Bizos’ most celebrated moments:

Bizos on Marikana Massacre 

Bizos on Apartheid Murder Inquests  

Bizos on Rivonia Trial 

Bizos on TRC 

Capitec
Capitec, Nedbank explain ‘technical error’ in debit transactions
11 September 2020, 4:34 PM

Capitec management says Nedbank has confirmed a glitch in its system that resulted in Capitec clients having money taken out of their account.

In a statement, Nedbank says some debit transactions were processed twice due to a technical error.

The Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) says it has been given the assurance by the management of Capitec Bank that all customers who had funds taken out of their accounts will be refunded within 24 hours.

The FSCA says clients who do not receive their money can approach the banking ombudsman to file an official complaint.

Capitec Spokesperson, Charl Nel, says there was no error on their part and its technical team is working with Nedbank to resolve the issue.

“Nedbank has made a statement the double billing glitch took the money twice from Capitec clients and we woke up to this morning and our clients alerted us and we worked with that banks’ IT teams to solve the issue and we will be able to reverse those double deductions into our clients account in the next 24 hours. ”

Capitec’s spokesperson Charl Nel explains: 

SABC News
Jacob Zuma Foundation sets the record straight on arms deal trial
6 September 2020, 7:36 PM

The Jacob Zuma Foundation on Sunday released a statement on what it calls the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) unreadiness to proceed with its trial against the former President.

The Foundations says it is disappointed that there would be no court appearance in Pietermaritzburg this week.

The statement further says while the media accused Zuma of delaying tactics, it was the NPA that wasn’t ready to proceed with the case.

“For too long, the NPA together with the media accused President Zuma of applying delaying tactics. Yet, it is the NPA that is not ready to proceed when President Zuma calls upon it to present its case against him. The silence of the media in this regard is deafening. Not once is the NPA accused of the so-called “STALINGRAD” when, after
almost two decades of media fanfare that the NPA was ready, it is clear that the NPA is the one not ready,” read the statement.

“The Foundation calls upon the NPA and our courts to treat President Zuma like any citizen and any litigant. The Foundation calls upon the NPA to immediately commence with the trial as it always stated that it was ready to try President Zuma. No one is accusing the NPA of the “STALINGRAD” even as it is clear that their claim
that they were ready was obviously false,” the statement added.

SABC’s Samkele Maseko weighs in on the statement: 

Below is the full statement:

In this video, Jacob Zuma says he is not afraid of going to jail:

 

COVID-19
South Africa records 2 063 new COVID-19 cases, 115 deaths
4 September 2020, 9:52 PM

South Africa’s cumulative number of confirmed coronavirus cases has increased to 635 078 as the country reported 2 063 new cases in the last 24 hours, according to the Department of Health.

It also reported a further 115 COVID-19 related deaths, bringing the death toll to 14 678. The number of recoveries is at 557 818, translating to a 88% recovery rate.

Below are the latest SA COVID-19 cases:

Gauteng is leading with the highest number of confirmed cases, at 212 186, while the Western Cape has the highest number of deaths which now stands at 3950.

18 599 tests were done in the last 24 hours, with the accumulative number of tests done in the country since the virus outbreak at 3 765  700.

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Below is the health department’s statement on the latest information:

 

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