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Street dweller
Street dwellers feel like government has deserted them during COVID-19 pandemic
26 July 2021, 11:49 AM

While South Africa’s health authorities are ramping up the country’s vaccination programme to contain the spread of the coronavirus, some vulnerable sections of communities seem to have been forgotten.

In Klerksdorp in the North West, life for many homeless youths has become a daily struggle since the advent of the coronavirus pandemic.

Street Dweller Johannes Mohlomi says lack of opportunities has landed them to where they are currently.

“We live like this today in this condition whereby some of us had no choice. No one is able to put out food on the table at home and some of us dropped out of school because of hunger, lack of opportunities like job opportunities.”

Mohlomi and his brother Victor Majola have been on the streets for years. Both are reformed SVK gang members.

They say they were forced to leave home at Kanana township in Orkney, to be closer to job opportunities in Klerksdorp.

Majola says, “There are some of us whose homes were destroyed when we went to prison and we come back to find nothing when we are released from prison. We are not here because we don’t have homes. We are forced to come hustle here. And because Kanana is far from Klerksdorp we decided to just stay here.”

While South Africa’s vaccination roll-out has been gathering momentum, Mohlomi says on the streets, they have been neglected and are largely on their own.

“I only hear that corona vaccination has arrived. But I only get sanitized when I go to the shops. At home, I can’t sanitize myself. That is why. There is no one who is coming here encouraging us to go to the hospital or to the clinics to test for the coronavirus.”

While the country is focussed on combating the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, these homeless street dwellers seem to be forgotten.

But all that matters to them is how and where their next meal will come from.

Shannon Frizell
All Blacks loose forward Frizell allegedly charged for assault: reports
26 July 2021, 9:57 AM

New Zealand loose forward Shannon Frizell has allegedly been charged with assault after an incident at a Dunedin nightclub in May, New Zealand media reported on Monday.

Frizell was charged after an alleged incident involving a woman at a Dunedin bar, multiple New Zealand media outlets said, without citing direct sources.

A New Zealand police spokeswoman said a 27-year-old man had been charged with two alleged offences of assaulting a woman and one charge of common assault.

Frizell’s Super Rugby side Otago Highlanders said in May the All Black was being investigated by police for an incident at a Dunedin nightspot and dropped him from the team to face Australia’s Queensland Reds.

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) said on Monday it was aware one of its players had been charged by police but declined to provide details.

“Because this matter is before the courts, we are unable to make any further comment at this stage,” NZR’s general manager for professional rugby and high performance Chris Lendrum said.

The Highlanders on Monday declined to comment and directed media inquiries to NZR.

Reuters was unable to independently contact Frizell or his lawyer for comment.

The New Zealand Herald said Frizell was to appear in Dunedin District Court on Tuesday.

Frizell featured in the All Blacks’ July tests against Fiji and was named in their squad for the upcoming Bledisloe Cup against Australia and the following Rugby Championship.

Zweli Mkhize
COPE, DA expected President Ramaphosa to announce new Health Minister in address to the nation
26 July 2021, 8:38 AM

The Congress of the People has expressed disappointment that President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address on Monday evening did not include the announcement of a new Minister of Health.

If says it doesn’t understand why it is so difficult for the President to fire Health Minister Zweli Mkhize who has been placed on special leave and appoint a permanent minister.

Ramaphosa moved the country from adjusted Level 4 to Level 3.

COPE spokesperson Dennis Bloom says the country is facing a deadly pandemic and consistency is needed.

“You cannot have an acting minister who must man two ministries. It is not possible because this fight of corona virus is a heavy fight. Now we can’t understand why. It is more than a month that Zweli Mkhize was placed on special leave but up until now we don’t hear anything about him.”

DA expected announcement on Health Minister

The Democratic Alliance (DA) says they were expecting Ramaphosa to announce the new Minister of Health in his address. The party says the country is facing a health crisis and a permanent minister is urgently needed.

DA leader John Steenhuisen says Ramaphosa is not taking accountability and did not touch on the violence which took place in Phoenix north of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

“Are we still sitting with the security cluster sitting and laying at the same table making the same bad decisions? I think what South Africans were looking for was some form of accountability. The country is in a deep crisis and I also think it is outrageous that parliament is not sitting when the country is burning actually in crisis.”

Political parties react to President Ramaphosa’s address

Taxi violence
Police and traffic officers to maintain high presence at Bellville taxi rank in Cape Town
26 July 2021, 7:22 AM

Police and traffic officials are maintaining a strong presence at the Bellville taxi rank in Cape Town.

This follows a decision by Western Cape Transport Minister Daylin Mitchell to close the route from Bellville to Paarl for two months due to a spike in taxi-related killings.

More than 20 people have been killed in clashes between CATA and CODETA in recent weeks. The provincial Transport Department said earlier that Golden Arrow buses will be used to transport commuters.

Mediation talks between the rival organisations are also expected to take place this week. Police will continue to monitor the situation in Bellville and Paarl over the coming days.

Taxi violence in Cape Town:

Cyril Ramaphosa
ANC commends President Ramaphosa’s address, other parties react differently
26 July 2021, 6:15 AM

The African National Congress (ANC) says President Cyril Ramaphosa has made some critical and important announcements in his speech on Sunday night when he addressed the nation on the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ramaphosa says businesses that suffered a loss due to unrest that took place in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal will be financially supported by government.

The president has also reinstated the R350 Social Relief of Distress Grant for poor South Africans. The relief grant will run until the end of March next year.

ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe says on taking the country to Alert Level 3 of the lockdown doesn’t mean the virus is over.

“The number of relief measures including a cash relief for those that are in the alcohol industry over the next three months is quite encouraging. The economic reconstruction and recovery plan that has been laid out by our government is an important instrument to be able to return the economy to normality.”

Political parties react to President Ramaphosa’s address:

DA expected announcement on Health Minister

The Democratic Alliance (DA) says they were expecting Ramaphosa to announce the new Minster of Health in his address to the nation last night. The party says the country is facing a health crisis and a permanent minister is urgently needed.

DA leader John Steenhuisen says Ramaphosa is not taking accountability and did not touch on the violence which took place in Phoenix north of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

“Are we still sitting with the security cluster sitting and laying at the same table making the same bad decisions? I think what South Africans were looking for was some form of accountability. The country is in a deep crisis and I also think it is outrageous that parliament is not sitting when the country is burning actually in crisis.”

Reactions to President Ramaphosa’s address

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says President Cyril Ramaphosa’s speech does not inspire confidence as to how to take the country out of the crisis it faces.

It says the COVID-19 pandemic, unemployment and the recent violent unrest that took place in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal are a big challenge to Ramaphosa’s administration.

EFF chairperson Veronica Mente says on the coronavirus efforts, the president announced that more vaccination sites will be added but enough vaccines are not being procured.

“The number of nurses that are in the country or the government should have employed currently in order to make sure that they administer these vaccines to the people is quite a wary some factor again because there is not human resource to provide vaccines especially to the far flung areas like your rural Limpopo, KZN, Eastern Cape even though there are sites but there are no human resource to do the job.”

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address to the nation on South Africa’s COVID-19 response

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