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Police arrest man in connection with arm robbery at a supermarket in Douglas
10 August 2021, 10:36 AM

Police in the Northern Cape have arrested a 45-year-old man in connection with an armed robbery at a supermarket in Douglas on Sunday evening. It is alleged that four suspects dressed in blue overalls armed with firearms, entered a shop and shot the owner.

They then fled the scene in a white bakkie. Suspects made off with an undisclosed amount of cash, cigarettes and other items. The arrested male is believed to be a driver of the getaway vehicle.

Three other suspects abandoned the vehicle after noticing they were being chased by police. Provincial police Spokesperson, Captain Olebogeng Tawana says three other suspects are still on the run and police have launched a manhunt.

“The incident occurred on Sunday. The suspects entered the supermarket and pretended to be the customers. The Kimberley flying squad and provincial organised crime detectives responded immediately which led to a high-speed pursuit after receiving a lookout report from Douglas police. The suspects’ bakkie was spotted 20-kilometres in the direction of Kimberley. Three of the suspects jumped out and fled the scene on foot when they realised that the police were closing in on them. Cash cigarettes and other items were found inside the bakkie.“

State Capture
Video: State Capture Inquiry I Commission hears aviation related testimony
10 August 2021, 10:05 AM

Former South African Airways (SAA) CEO Sizakele Mzimela will testify at the State Capture Commission on Tuesday morning.

Jacob Zuma
Video: Former President Jacob Zuma’s corruption trial
10 August 2021, 10:01 AM

The virtual court proceedings at the Pietermaritzburg High Court. The court is expected to hear Zuma’s application for the postponement of the corruption case.

Zuma is serving a 15-month jail term.He was admitted at the Military hospital on Friday.

3 killed and 4 others injured following a multiple-vehicle pile up on N2 in KZN
7 August 2021, 12:00 PM

Three people have been killed and four others injured in a multiple-vehicle pile-up on the N2 between KwaDukuza and Zinkwazi on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast.

A vehicle was allegedly trying to overtake multiple vehicles when it lost control and hit a truck, which in turn crashed into several vehicles. The truck which was transporting alcohol lost its load after which looters helped themselves to it.

IPSS Medical Rescue spokesperson Paul Herbst says the looters hampered paramedic’s efforts to treat the injured.

“On the N2 between Stanger and Zinkwazi were multiple vehicles have been involved in the collision including a beer truck. Seven people have been affected, three of which have lost their lives a further two patients are critical whilst two more are in a serious condition. IPSS medical rescue and advanced life support paramedics are working to manage the scene which is being hampered by looters who are ridding the truck of its cargo. It is alleged that a vehicle was overtaking multiple vehicles when it lost control and hit the truck which in turn struck several cars. Traffic on both lanes are being affected, north and south bound.”

Cyclist killed

Traffic on the R102 at Tongaat north of KwaZulu-Natal is severely affected on Saturday morning after a motor vehicle struck eleven cyclists, killing one and leaving three others injured.

Paramedics say it’s alleged that the vehicle was overtaking several cars on a blind rise, resulting in the vehicle ramming into a group of cyclists, resulting in one of the cyclists being pinned under the car and dragged for several meters.

Limpopo accident

The N1 near the Baobab Tollgate between Musina and Louis Trichardt in Limpopo has closed due to a collision between two heavy-duty trucks and a car. Motorists travelling between the two towns are being re-routed to roads in the Tshipise farming area.

The number of fatalities is yet to be confirmed. The cause of the collision is not yet clear.

Gauteng Health MEC to conduct oversight visit at West Rand vaccination sites
7 August 2021, 10:04 AM

Gauteng Health MEC Nomathemba Mokgethi will conduct an oversight visit at West Rand vaccination sites. The West Rand is the last of the five Gauteng health districts to open vaccination sites over the weekend.

Vaccine sites open over the weekend:

This will increase the province’s weekend sites from 16 to 26. Gauteng Health Spokesperson Motalatala Modiba says this will help them reach more people including those who are unable to get their vaccines on weekdays due to their work schedules.

“This move is aimed at ensuring that we continue to provide support across all our vaccination sites. And also to ramp up the vaccination program. Gauteng’s vaccination roll out programme is gaining momentum, and this is reflected by a record of one million vaccines administered during the month of July. The total number of vaccinations now stands at over 2 million.”

Mpumalanga vaccine roll out

Mpumalanga Health MEC, Sasekani Manzini, says about 14% of the total population in the province has been vaccinated for COVID-19. She says the aim is to reach 67% to get to the herd immunity that the government has set out.

Manzini says they are targeting different areas of employment including farms, taxi ranks and malls. She has encouraged people to go and vaccinate even if they have not been registered.

Manzini has also appealed to people to stop spreading fake news as it scares off those who are willing to take the vaccine.

“As a province we manage to vaccinate over 447 652 as from yesterday and this is 14.6% of the people and we also want to request our people that they must not spread fake news that will make our people to be scared to go and vaccinate. Also that those that have registered or not registered must just walk into all our facilities. We are able to assist in terms of registration and be vaccinated in all our sites.”

COVID-19 stats:

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases has reported 13 652 new coronavirus infections, bringing the total number of cases to 2 511 178.

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A further 479 COVID-19 related deaths have also been reported.

The Western Cape has now recorded 4 128 new coronavirus cases followed by KwaZulu-Natal with 2 673 and Gauteng with 2 534 new cases.

Meanwhile, newly-appointed Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla says more COVID-19 vaccine doses are expected to arrive in the country. He says he’s pleased that government has been able to vaccinate over 8.3 million people so far.

Phaahla says they are vaccinating around 200 000 people per day. With the help of private pharmacies, the government is working towards administering a million shots every three days.

Phaahla was giving an update on the department’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic on Friday morning.

“We are rolling out more and more sites including small towns and rural areas. Also on small pharmacists. It’s not only the big ones, your Clicks and Dischems but the independent pharmacists. We appreciate them,” says Phaahla.

 

 

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