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ANC is going into elections divided: Mantashe
12 September 2021, 1:00 PM

African National Congress national chairperson, Gwede Mantashe, has conceded that they are heading to the Local Government Elections as a divided party because of the manner in which party candidates are elected.

He says the party is facing the challenge of electing ward candidates without leadership skills.

Mantashe was delivering a memorial lecture on anti-apartheid activists and trade unionists, Ray Alexander and Jack Simons, in Plettenberg Bay in the Western Cape.

Declining support for ANC doesn’t mean increased support for opposition parties: Analyst

Political analyst Dr Imraan Buccus says a decline in support for the African National Congress (ANC) in the upcoming Local Government Elections does not necessarily mean an increase in support for opposition parties.

He was reacting to a recent survey conducted by market research firm, Ipsos.

The findings project that support for the ruling party will decline to below 50% with the Democratic Alliance (DA) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) possibly seeing gains.

Buccus says a number of factors are likely to influence how people vote including the unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng in July.

“These polls are sometimes unreliable, especially when polls are done as early as this. If we are looking at between 1000 and 2000 people, where exactly have they been polled? How did we come to a figure of 50%? Although it does sound reasonable. The other point is – if people don’t vote for the ANC, it doesn’t necessarily mean the smaller parties will benefit,” says Buccus.

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15 killed on Gauteng roads this weekend
12 September 2021, 12:06 PM

Gauteng Traffic Police say the province has recorded 15 deaths in 11 crashes in the past 72 hours in the province.

Spokesperson Obed Sibasa says a pedestrian was on Sunday morning knocked down on the N12 westbound near Abu Baker Asvat off-ramp in Lenasia.

“In Diepsloot, unsafe overtaking which resulted in a head-on collision. The minibus taxi driver allegedly under the influence of alcohol fled from the previous hit and run with a light delivery motor vehicle, pursued by security crashed into a light motor vehicle killing the driver and a passenger.”

For Affleck and Damon, working together is a lot of fun
12 September 2021, 12:02 PM

Childhood friends and Hollywood stars Ben Affleck and Matt Damon said teaming up again to write “The Last Duel”, Ridley Scott’s film about rape and justice in medieval France, was above all a lot of fun.

The movie, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival, tells the true story of the last lawful duel in 14th century France, where two knights squared off in the belief that the outcome of their battle would reveal the truth behind a noblewoman’s claim that she was raped.

Damon and Affleck, who also star in the film, co-wrote the script, the first time the two actors have worked on a screenplay together since “Good Will Hunting”, which earned them an Oscar in 1997 and catapulted two unknown twenty-somethings into Hollywood fame.

“The big thing for me about this process was how much fun the process was and how important that is for me and my quality of life and how much I enjoy working with people that I like and love and respect,” Affleck told Reuters in a joint interview with Damon on Saturday.

Damon, who at times interrupted Affleck to crack a joke, echoed his words: “It’ about working with the people you love. It makes it better.”

Damon stars as Jean de Carrouges, fighting to avenge the rape of his wife Marguerite and restore his family’s honour by challenging her alleged attacker Jacques Le Gris, played by Adam Driver, to a duel.

The film is divided into three chapters, written from each of the three protagonists’ perspectives, with the woman’s point of view written by US director and screenwriter Nicole Holofcener.

Police investigating fatal shooting after 3 people were killed in Inanda
12 September 2021, 11:53 AM

Police say they are trying to establish the motive for the killing of three people in a drive-by shooting in Inanda north of Durban on Saturday as they continue their investigation into the incident.

They are yet to confirm reports that the deceased were part of the group that had been attending an African National Congress committee meeting in the area.

Provincial police spokesperson Jay Naicker says five other people were injured in the incident.

“A group of people were standing at the front gate of Buhlabethu Primary School in Inanda. It’s alleged at this stage that a black Opel Corsa bakkie with 5 occupants drove by the school according to witnesses the occupants of the vehicle opened fire on the group with handguns before fleeing from the scene. Police at Inanda are investigating 3 counts of murder and 5 of attempted murder we cannot confirm the motive behind the shooting at this stage.”

In the video below SABC News reporter Jayed Leigh-Paulse speaks to a resident about the shooting:

‘There is a need for children to be vaccinated’
12 September 2021, 10:55 AM

Head of Department of Microbiology at the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University in Pretoria, Professor Maphoshane Nchabeleng says there is a need for children to be vaccinated.

She says it is critical to understand that adults are the source of the coronavirus for children. This comes after the launch of the Sinovac COVID-19 trial on children.

Two thousand South African children between the ages of six months and 17 years have been enrolled in the trial which involves 14 000 children in five countries.

Participants will receive two doses of the SINOVAC vaccine.

Professor Nchabeleng says there must be a focus on children because it’s not clear how emerging variants of the virus will behave.

Meanwhile, the South African Medical Research Council says it supports the enrolment of children in the study. The council’s president Professor Glenda Gray says the delay in the inclusion of children in vaccine trials involves the potential denial of the clinical benefit to the child, their family and their extended family.

Government’s vaccination roll-out programme campaign started slowly. This was due to onerous negotiations with pharmaceutical companies and the emergence of the Beta coronavirus variant, which scuppered plans to use AstraZeneca’s shot from February.

Mixed reactions over children taking part in Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine trial

South Africans have expressed mixed reactions over children taking part in the Sinovac COVID-19 trial.

On Friday, the first group of children took part in the trial at the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University in Pretoria.

One person said: “In my opinion, the COVID-19 vaccine on children will give us a greater step towards herd immunity and that’s what we need to curb coronavirus. So if it’s going to help in the greater scheme of things, I agree with this option.”

Another commented: “This is ridiculous, we can’t use our children for vaccines where you don’t know what’s going to happen.”

“This I am totally against, I can’t believe that Sinovac would want to come here and trial a vaccine on our children,” said another.

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Additional reporting by Reuters

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