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Two eThekwini metro police officers killed in the line of duty
9 June 2020, 1:58 PM

Two eThekwini metro police officers have been killed in an alleged ambush attack in Mpumalanga, west of Durban. It is believed that the vehicle they were travelling in was found with multiple gunshot marks.

eThekwini metro police spokesperson Parboo Sewpersad says the motive for the attack is not yet known.

Sewpersad says the officers were in a private vehicle on their way to work at the Durban Beachfront when the incident occurred.

“The Durban Metro police released a call on shooting in Mpumalanga, Hammersdale area in KZN. On arrival they found two metro policemen in a silver Kia Rio. They were in full uniform and they were deceased. The motive for the shooting is unknown at this stage the SAPS, and the Hawks are investigating.”

KZN Hawks are investigating the killing: 

‘Killing of police officers an attack on the country’

Early this year, Police Minister Bheki Cele said the killing of police members is an attack on the country. He was speaking at a funeral service of a Free State police officer Galeshewe Poonyane, who died in the line of duty.

He was shot and killed and his female colleague wounded when they intercepted a suspicious vehicle near Orkney in North West.

In the video below Cele slams attacks on police officers:

VIDEO: ANC Alliance partners launch anti-racism initiative
5 June 2020, 6:52 PM

The African National Congress (ANC) and its Alliance partners launch an anti-racism initiative. The initiative is led by the ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa.

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The launch comes amid international uproar and protests over the death of a black American man George Floyd in police custody after being severely assaulted by a white police officer in a video that went viral on social media.

However, the ruling party has received a backslash for its perceived silence following the death of Collins Khosa, a man from Alexandra township. Collins died after being brutally assaulted by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) members in his yard.

Ramaphosa wants all stops pulled out in dealing with COVID-19 crisis in Western Cape
5 June 2020, 2:32 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa says medical staff shortages amidst the war against the coronavirus are unacceptable, especially in the Western Cape, which is the epicentre of the outbreak in the country. Ramaphosa is in the province to assess its response in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus.

The Western Cape has more than 27 000 positive cases and 651 deaths.

Ramaphosa says all skilled medical workers must immediately be sourced and employed to make up for staff shortages at medical facilities.

“Not having enough staff members is not going to be an excuse that I will accept. We’ve got to find them. Money is not going to be the issue we must pull out all stops to save lives. This is a war that we must win. We cannot sit back and be defeated by COVID-19 on the basis that we didn’t have enough staff members. ”

In the video below, President Ramaphosa addresses lack of medical staff in Western Cape:

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‘More staff needed to help save lives’

Ramaphosa insists that the challenges around low staff levels in Western Cape medical institutions need to be solved. The President has praised the response of the leadership in the province but says more staff are needed to help save lives.

“The staffing challenges must be solved. We are at war and fighting a life and death war. So, staffing challenges must be solved. We must identify, headhunt and find all those staff members that we need to bring in. Cost is not the issue here; saving lives is the issue.”

SABC’s Bulelani Phillip reports… 

‘Breaking the cycle of infection’ 

Meanwhile Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize has emphasised the need for the strengthening of quarantine and isolation strategies as the country battles coronavirus.

Briefing President Ramaphosa in the Western Cape, Mkhize says further quarantining and isolation will be needed to slow the spread of COVID-19.

“The area that (is) identified that needs a lot of strengthening in the provincial strategy is the issue of quarantining and isolation. This is the area that I think we need to focus on strongly to ensure that we can cut the cycle. I think we need more beds because we are not dealing with just positive cases, but also contacts. So, we need to make a concerted effort to reach out to breaking the cycle of the infection.”

COVID-19 test backlogs

The Health Minister says he’s hopeful that the COVID-19 test backlogs, as a result of test kit shortages, will be cleared soon.

A number of experts have expressed concern that the planned number of daily tests were not conducted during the early part of the lockdown. Mkhize says a huge consignment of test kits has just been received.

“There are also additional kits we have just released from customs last night that came from Russia. We believe all of this together will actually help us to close the problem of testing. This issue has to be seen as a transitional problem. We need to target a bit more for testing and make sure we don’t compromise the case management.”

VIDEO: President Ramaphosa engages Sanef
31 May 2020, 2:22 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa convenes a virtual engagement with journalists and members of the South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) on Sunday.

The meeting takes place at a time when the country and the rest of the world are immersed in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

It also takes place on the basis of acknowledging the role played by media as a vital conduit of information disseminated by government and other sources with the aim of saving lives and protecting livelihoods.

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The President has again thanked the news media for the critical role they play in the coronavirus pandemic. The meeting with Sanef afforded the president an opportunity to engage editors on the country’s ongoing measures to manage the spread of COVID-19 through its risk-adjusted strategy.

“I must say that right at the beginning when we made the lockdown provisions announcement, the media, for a while, had not been identified as essential. And you immediately raised the issue and it was an oversight on our part, which was quickly corrected, because of your own interventions which we thank you for. The continued interventions between the media and government are quite helpful.”

VIDEO: Kubayi-Ngubane briefs the nation on Tourism Level 3 regulations
30 May 2020, 6:15 PM

The Minister of Tourism,  Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane is addressing the nation on regulations relating to COVID-19 Level 3 restrictions.

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