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Angie Motshekga
Educations Department warns against disruption of vaccine rollout
23 June 2021, 8:02 AM

The Basic Education Department says those who plan to disrupt the vaccine rollout which starts on Wednesday, will face the full might of the law. The department is set to kick start the programme in all provinces with the Johnson and Johnson single-dose jab.

Over the weekend, Minister Angie Motshekga announced that all employees of the department including teachers, admin staff and cleaners will receive the vaccine in the next two weeks.

Basic Education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga says it would be irresponsible for anyone to disrupt the vaccination processes.

“It’s just irresponsible for some people to be making calls that go against what everybody has wished to see happen which is to get vaccinated so that we can stay healthy. If people want to disrupt we will call the police, they will get arrested. They will have to face the full might of the law. There is nothing that we can do, the law is very clear.”

Deputy CEO of the Federation of Governing Bodies of South African Schools Dr. Jaco Deacon encourages educators to get vaccinated:

Mhlanga says, “All provinces are expected to start today (Wednesday) with the vaccination. Those are the plans we have in place. We expect everyone to start today and most provinces have planned activities. Different provinces have different numbers of people, so they need to make sure that they share the information so that people know what to do, what to bring and when to go to the vaccination site.”

Teachers across the country to be vaccinated from Wednesday:

 

Thoko Didiza
Western Cape Human Settlements Committee chair says unfortunate Dept was not part of webinar on District Six
18 June 2021, 12:48 PM

Chairperson of the Western Cape Standing Committee on Human Settlements, Matlhodi Maseko, says it is unfortunate that the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development did not participate in a webinar today to update them on matters pertaining to the District Six Restitution Projects.

On Thursday, Minister Thoko Didiza announced that they will today begin the administrative process of allocating 108 claimants their housing units.

She said the process of the claimants returning to the area will take place between 24 June and 16 July.

Maseko says, however, the problem is that illegal occupiers have moved onto land in the area.

“There is a land invasion that is happening in the land parcel of the District Six land restitution site. The responsibility now is with the city, the cost is with the city. I don’t know if the department will eventually take responsibility for that or not. But that’s what is happening now and we have to see how we are going to move forward in this issue.”

Court
Gauteng man convicted of several rapes gets 3 life sentences and additional 25 years
18 June 2021, 9:25 AM

A 38-year-old man convicted of raping middle-aged women around Suurman settlement and Temba in the Gauteng province has been sentenced to three life sentences and an additional 25 years in prison.

He was arrested in 2015 after he was positively linked by DNA. Benjamin Bapela refused to come to the dock of the Temba Magistrate’s court, near Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria.

Magistrate Desmond Humphreys handed down judgment in his absence. He says Bapela undermined the victims and the court.

He was not granted leave to appeal and he was declared unfit to possess a firearm, his sentences will run concurrently.

Some of the victims were in court and could not hold back their tears when the magistrate handed down the sentence.

“He choked me, there was a brick, he used that brick on my head and then I started screaming, and then I was running until I fell down and then he took another brick, and then beat me on my head again. So that time I was helpless, begging for my life, so he ended up raping me, honestly, I am broken.”

“It’s been a long time waiting for this day to come, am just glad it comes, cause all I wanted was him to get a life sentence that’s it, so that my heart can be at peace. At least I can sleep and then less stress.”

School
Policeman killed, more than 80 students abducted in attack on Nigerian school
18 June 2021, 8:23 AM

Gunmen killed a police officer and kidnapped at least 80 students and five teachers from a school in the Nigerian state of Kebbi, police, residents and a teacher said.

The attack is the third mass kidnapping in three weeks in northwest Nigeria, which have authorities have attributed to armed bandits seeking ransom payments.

Usman Aliyu, a teacher at the school, said the gunmen took more than 80 students, most of them girls.

“They killed one of the (police officers), broke through the gate and went straight to the students’ classes,” he told Reuters.

Kebbi State police spokesman Nafiu Abubakar said the gunmen killed one officer during an exchange and also shot a student, who was receiving medical treatment.

Police late on Thursday had not released the number of students missing, and a spokesman for the Kebbi state governor said they were conducting a tally of the missing.

The attack took place at a federal government college in the remote town of Birnin Yauri. Abubakar said security forces were searching a nearby forest for the abducted students and teachers.

Atiku Aboki, a resident who went to the school shortly after the gunfire stopped, said he saw a scene of panic and confusion as people searched for their children.

“When we got there we saw students crying, teachers crying, everyone is sympathising with people,” he said by telephone.

“Everyone was confused. Then my brother called me (to say) that his two children have not been seen and (we) don’t know if they are among the kidnapped.”

Bandits seeking ransom have kidnapped more than 800 Nigerian students from their schools since December in a series of raids. Some have been freed while others remain missing.

The raids in the northwestern region are separate from insurgencies centred on the northeast, where the Boko Haram militant group made global headlines in 2014 when it abducted more than 270 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok.

Church
Religious leaders not happy with government’s new COVID-19 restrictions
18 June 2021, 6:15 AM

Religious leaders have accused government of treating them unfairly by restricting the number of people who can attend gatherings.

In an angry engagement with Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance, they raised dissatisfaction that other sectors have been given financial relief while they have not received any.

Bishop Marothi Mashashane told the Committee that taxis are being allowed to operate at full capacity while churches are limited.

“Right now we are told the church is only supposed to have 50 people. But what about the casino? Because the church is only on Sunday for a maximum period of 2 hours. So why then should we look at church as if it’s a super-spreader? We are following all the scientific precautions but that does not convince the government to consult and even engage with us.”

South Africa has reported 11 767 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of infections to 1 786 079.

There have been 100 new COVID-19-related deaths, pushing the national death toll to 58 323.

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On Tuesday night, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the country is moving back to Alert Level 3 as the COVID-19 cases surge.

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