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EFF on a campaign trail in Thabazimbi and Bela-Bela
3 October 2021, 4:00 PM

Some residents of Thabazimbi in the Waterberg District in Limpopo where Economic Freedom Fighter leader Julius Malema is campaigning have complained of unemployment, sewage spills and a lack of water.

A coalition of the Democratic Alliance, EFF, Freedom Front Plus and the Thabazimbi Residents’ Association runs the mining town.

Thirty-year-old Kabelo Molefe is an engineering student in the area.

“When you need a job they need money, they tell you you that you must provide something so that they can provide you with a job. We suffer with water, we suffer with sewage. Right now, there is no water and if there is water coming from the tap, it is very dirty, the roads are not in proper state.”

LGE 2021 I EFF leader Julius Malema is taking the party’s election campaign to Thabazimbi in Limpopo:

‘Mining companies will be required to invest in infrastructure should the EFF win the elections’

Malema says if his party wins in the upcoming local government elections in the Sekhukhune district in Limpopo, they will require the mining companies operating in the area to invest in infrastructure development.

Addressing supporters at Apel Sports Center at Ga Nkwana outside Jane Furse on Saturday, Malema said it pained him to see that the area was surrounded by mines, but unemployment was high and the area remained underdeveloped.

“We were supposed to be having top schools here in the Sekhukhune district. The Sekhukhune college was supposed to be one of the top, higher learning centers, and the area deserved to have a university. The minerals you have here were supposed to be paying for all that. You are rich in minerals but your children here are unemployed.”

EFF leader Julius Malema begins his three-day Limpopo electioneering campaign:

Meanwhile, EFF election spokesperson, Leigh-Ann Mathys says the party will still sign the Code of Conduct pledge at the IEC offices. The EFF was absent when other political parties signed the pledge on Friday.  

Mathys is with Malema, campaigning in the Waterberg District of Limpopo.

“We are busy guys. We hit the ground running. It was not really a snub. All our officials had to go to their provinces to do the election work. So, we have options to sign that pledge. I mean the EFF ‘serves’ by the Code of Conduct for elections. The problem we have is the ANC that never does, and nothing ever happens to them. And then the IEC are the biggest hypocrites. Up to this day, they have never dealt with the vandalism that happened at polling stations, not only in the KZN; even here in Limpopo, where two voting stations were shut down in one of the municipalities for the whole weekend.” 

Fourteen million more people need to be vaccinated before December: Health Minister
3 October 2021, 3:07 PM

Health Minister Doctor Joe Phaahla says 14 million more people have to be vaccinated by December in order to reach government’s 70% target.

Phaahla is in Durban to round up the Vooma Vaccination Weekend Campaign. He says the initiative serves as a platform to intensify government’s national vaccine roll-out programme.

“Our target is to reach just at least 70% by the latest end of December, possibly the middle of December now to reach that number it means that we need to reach at least 27 million adult people the numbers of people who have already got at least one jab is just under 13 million so we need to reach by December we need to reach another 14 million people plus.”

Dr Joe Phaahla is on Vooma Vaccination Campaign in eThekwini District Municipality:

 

Ramaphosa says the ANC wants to take back control of the Nelson Mandela Metro
3 October 2021, 12:38 PM

ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa says the ANC wants to take back control of the Nelson Mandela Metro. Ramaphosa encouraged residents of the Wells Estate where he is campaigning  in Gqeberha to go out in numbers to  vote as ANC wants to win the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro.

Addressing residents of Wells Estate in the town during the second leg of his ANC’s election campaign, Ramaphosa said premier Oscar Mabuyane would soon put plans in place to ensure the improvement of the delivery basic services to the area which has a high rate of youth unemployment.

He says they lost the Nelson Mandela Metro  in the last local government elections with a small margin.

Ramaphosa further mentioned that the ANC wants to return good governance into the  Nelson Mandela  Bay Metro, saying there  are potholes, some areas are dirty and  others have no electricity and people are required to  pay connection fees.

He also added that the Eastern Cape government is working hard to open its economy at Coega in Gqeberha.

He says he will return to the province soon to open firms and the Industrial Development Zone.

 

On Saturday, he concluded his visit to the Buffalo City Municipality.

Ramaphosa addresses ANC supporters in Gqeberha:

Ramaphosa also congratulated the province for administering the highest number of vaccinations in the country. He has encouraged residents of the province to continue to adhere to COVID-19 health protocols.

Ramaphosa will address the people of the Bay starting in Wells Estate and then move Ward 50 and then Jacksonville.

Tunisia arrests lawmaker and TV presenter who called president a traitor
3 October 2021, 12:00 PM

Tunisian police on Sunday arrested a member of parliament and a television presenter who have been prominent critics of President Kais Saied since his seizure of power in July, their lawyer said.

The lawyer, Samir Ben Omar, said the military judiciary had ordered the arrests, accusing the pair of “conspiring against state security and insulting the army” after they broadcast a programme on Zaytouna television station.

Aloui Abdellatif is a member of parliament for the conservative religious Karama party and Ameur Ayed is a presenter on Zaytouna. In the programme, they strongly criticised Saied and called him a traitor.

Neither the police nor army were immediately available for comment.

Saied suspended parliament, lifted the immunity of its members and assumed executive authority in July before saying last month he would ignore most of the constitution and rule by decree for a period of “exceptional measures” with no set end.

His intervention, following years of economic stagnation and political paralysis, was welcomed by many Tunisians but has cast doubt on Tunisia’s democratic gains since the 2011 revolution that ended autocratic rule and triggered the Arab spring.

Saied has said he will not become a dictator and has promised to uphold rights and freedoms. Since July a small number of parliamentarians have been detained on old charges that were activated when their immunity was lifted.

Many other politicians and business leaders have been subjected to travel bans, though Saied said these would only be imposed on people facing judicial summons or warrants.

However, there has been no widespread campaign of arrests so far and the press has been able to continue to publish stories critical of Saied and the authorities.

Most of Tunisia’s political elite have urged him to say how and when he will get out of the crisis and two protests have taken place against his actions over the past two weekends.

On Sunday Saied’s supporters are expected to rally in Tunis to show their backing for his intervention, which they see as necessary to reset a political system that did not respond to the needs of Tunisians.

Ramaphosa to continue election campaign trail in Gqeberha
3 October 2021, 10:59 AM

African National Congress president Cyril Ramaphosa will embark on the second leg of his campaign trail to Gqeberha in the Eastern Cape on Sunday.

He concluded his visit to the Buffalo City Municipality on Saturday. Ramaphosa will address the people of the Bay starting in Wells Estate and then move Ward 50 and then Jacksonville.

His visit will end with community meetings.

Residents of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro say they want jobs and the delivery of basic services.

“There is only one clinic, the place if full of shacks, I live in a shack as well. We need houses, we do not have houses. If the president can help us with houses.”

Ramaphosa is in Nelson Mandela Bay for the ANC’s Eastern Cape Election campaign:

 

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