A third student from Fort Hare University student in the Eastern Cape has died after allegedly been killed by a fellow student. Siphumle Nazo died of his injuries in the Frere Hospital in East London after he was allegedly hit on the head with an iron bar.
The incident happened at the Marikana Residence on the Alice Campus.
University Spokesperson, Tandi Mapukata says the suspect is in police custody.
In February, the 24-year Yonela Boli was stabbed to death allegedly by his girlfriend while another student, Olwethu Tshefu was also stabbed to death near the Alice Campus.
In this video below, an eye witness details circumstances leading up the stabbing:
Nogemane was suspended by Fort Here University:
Fort Hare murder accused student Yolanda Nogemane was suspended by the University of Fort Hare. She was accused of the murder of fellow student Yonela Boli, who was fatally wounded in a stabbing incident.
It is alleged that an argument ensued between the two in on the 9th of February following a night of drinking. The 24-year-old student was rushed to hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.
SA soccer finances hit hard by COVID-19
21 March 2020, 6:26 PM
The suspension of football activities in South Africa due to the coronavirus is set to have huge financial consequences on soccer in the country. It is the biggest sporting code in the country and active for almost the entire year.
Football bodies, clubs, players and sponsors will be the hardest hit. The past week has been challenging for soccer lovers to adapt to what can be described as a football blackout in South Africa.
South Africa’s Football Association (SAFA) has put a hold all activities related to the sport until the 14th of April. With the continuous spread of the virus and the numbers of infections increasing daily, the postponement could take a little bit longer.
In this video below, Irvin Khoza announces the suspension of PSL games amid COVID-19:
This will have a huge negative impact on the sport that generates millions in revenue. It will delay the completion of the various leagues around the world and the administration will be forced to dig deep into their reserves.
FIFA and its federations could be forced compensate member associations to ensure that they are able to meet their obligations.
Most associations around the world rely on funding from their federations and FIFA for financial stability.
“FIFA recognises and so does UEFA, and so does CAF and SAFA, the impact. You must know that for SAFA major revenue is when our teams are playing qualification and qualify for tournaments. That’s our big revenue. The World Cup is big revenue. Afcon is a big revenue and now, we can’t get that revenue because matches are postponed. Under 17, under 20 and Olympic team. So, we have five teams that could have generated a lot of revenue for us, but we must understand we have to put the interest of the players first,” says SAFA President Danny Jordaan.
Due to the uncertainties around the coronavirus, the PSL will remain flexible should the league not be able to end by 30 June, which is the date it hopes to complete the current campaign.
Failure to complete on the date set means there could be more complications. Most player contracts are set to end on the 30th of June and there are those that have already signed pre-contracts with other clubs.
Human Rights reflection of a different kind as COVID-19 keeps South Africans home
21 March 2020, 6:10 PM
South Africans is reflecting on their human rights in a different manner as COVID-19 is keeping them at home. Most of the country’s gatherings to commemorate the day have been cancelled following the declaration of coronavirus pandemic a national disaster by President Cyril Ramaphosa last Sunday, but South Africans, in their respective ways, are reflecting on this momentous occasion.
Eastern Cape Arts and Culture MEC Fezeka Nkomonye-Bayeni has applauded communities for adhering to the government’s precautions proposals aimed at containing the spread of the coronavirus.
She was in Uitenhage where she laid wreaths on the graves of victims of the Langa massacre. 35 people were killed and 27 wounded when the police opened fire on mourners attending a banned funeral on this day in 1985.
Nkomonye-Bayeni explains how the commemoration changed the mindset of the families.
“It’s quite emotional and I appreciate it, how the families feel this year’s event was a bit different from other years. It was intimate, owing to COVID-19, for them in that it wasn’t a celebration, but a true commemoration of what heroes and heroines have contributed towards the liberation of this country,” says Bayeni.
The observance of the regulations prohibiting crowds of more than a hundred people led to a low-key Human Rights Day celebration by the PAC in Cape Town. Party veterans gathered at the venue in Langa where two of its members were killed and dozens wounded by apartheid police 60 years ago, during protests following the Sharpeville massacre earlier on the same day.
Less than a hundred PAC veterans, led by PAC leader Mzwanele Nyhontso, converged at Langa Township outside Cape Town where they prayed and celebrated the day.
Nyhontso lamented that they were not able to allow more members to attend the celebration.
“This was the most organised commemoration of the PAC. We spent money. We invested. We wanted a very big one, but unfortunately, there was no way we were going to go ahead and take chances with people’s live. There was no way we were going to undermine what seems to be a disaster and tragedy. We are leading our people to life, not to death,” says Nyhontso.
In this video below, public gatherings come under spotlight:
As the country observes Human Right’s Day in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, residents of Basamililo village, outside Ulundi in northern KwaZulu-Natal, say their human rights are being ignored.
The community of Basamililo have been struggling with water shortages and other basic needs.
Community member, Mbali Skhakhane says they are worried about the pandemic as they don’t have easy access to healthcare.
“There’s not a day that I could celebrate. Even today, with Human Rights Day, there’s nothing I can say about it, because I feel my right isn’t cared for. Because since we’ve started voting, there hasn’t been any change in my community. Basically, we’re just people living with no government and no one caring for our rights because there’s no development here. Let’s say you contract this virus now in this community and you need medical attention; there’s not clinic here. You have to hire out a car for R800 to rush you to a clinic in Ulundi.”
The video below outlines safety measures to deal with the coronavirus:
Earlier today, it was announced that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa has risen to 240, according to the Department of Health.
The Eastern Cape has recorded its first case of the virus – a 28-year-old female who had travelled to Germany.
A total of 38 new cases have been recorded since Friday’s update of 202 coronavirus cases.
On Friday, Minister of Health Mkhize said it was important for South Africans to mobilise against the virus.
In this video below, SABC News reports that COVID-19 cases stands at 240:
King Dalindyebo blames government for feud with son
21 March 2020, 5:23 PM
Abathembu king, Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo has accused government of fueling divisions between himself and his son Prince Azenathi Dalindyebo. His son has been acting since the king was jailed for assault, kidnapping and defeating the ends of justice. But he was released on parole last year after qualifying for a remission of his 12-year sentence announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
King Dalindyebo says the provincial government is continuing to recognise his son by paying his monthly salary even when the rightful king is back.
His Spokesperson Mthunzi Ngonyama says there is a plot against the king.
“I have been saying that everybody who has been released from parole is encouraged to go look for employment. In his case, they could not go and say to the king that he must look for employment. While he was waiting for them to leave they had a meeting. Then they started calling the media saying that because the king is still under parole, ‘we think that he would have to report back to the police all the time. We do not think that he is fit to assume his duties immediately until this issue of presidential pardon is cleared.’ Now, we ask where is he taking this from? He has not met with his father, one! Two, he has not seen the parole conditions. How can he take such serious steps without verifying with his father?” says Ngonyama.
Cogta MEC Xolile Nqatha says the king cannot take up his position until he gets a Presidential pardon.
“As things stand now, the King … King Zwelibanzi … he cannot assume that responsibility until all those legal matters are cleared. As to who is appointed to take the position, whether they decide to allow the current acting King to continue or take another decision, it is up to the royal family as provided by their own culture and traditions,” says Nqatha.
In this video below, a member of the family explains the circumstances surrounding Abathembi King’s arrest::
Following his arrest King Dalindyebo was released on a warning after appearing at the Magistrate’s Court.
The infographic below list the crimes King Dalindyebo committed:
Commuters refraining from using public transport amid COVID-19
21 March 2020, 3:26 PM
More and more commuters are refraining from using public transport. This was evident at the traditionally busy Bosman Station and Bosman Taxi Rank in Pretoria.
In this video below, SABC News reports that COVID-19 cases stands at 240:
Taxi Rank Manager, John Machaba says people are staying away.
“The business has suffered a slight knock. It is not how we are used to it to be, especially during mid-month. It is always take a knock during mid-month, but not that much. We are used to taking three loads a day, but now, it’s only two. This is because of Coronavirus. People are scared,” says Machaba.
In this video, Minister Zweli Mkhize discusses measures placed against coronavirus:
SA now has the highest confirmed COVID-19 cases in sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa now has the highest number of coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in sub-Saharan Africa.
The virus has multiplied in Africa, more slowly than in Asia or Europe. However, the number of cases has started to rise more rapidly in South Africa in recent days.
Mkhize, who was addressing the media on Friday in Bloemfontein, says Gauteng has the highest number of people who tested positive for COVID-19.