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3 suspected dog fighters arrested following a sting operation in Atlantis
11 October 2021, 10:01 AM

Three suspected dog fighters have been arrested during a sting operation in Atlantis, near Cape Town.

The Cape of Good Hope SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and the City’s Law Enforcement Animal Control Unit confiscated four dogs, and various paraphernalia associated with dog fighting.

Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith says the injured dogs were taken for veterinary care.

“Dog fighting is cruel and barbaric and has no place in our society. Cruelty and torture is not entertainment. I call on members of the public who have knowledge of this practice to please come forward so that those involved can be held to account for their actions. If you see or know something please call the City’s Public Emergency Communication Centre on 021 480 7700 from a cellphone or 107 from a landline.”

 

Three police officers implicated in Nataniel Julies’ murder expected back in court
11 October 2021, 7:08 AM

Three police officers are expected to be back in the High Court sitting in the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court in Ekurhuleni on Monday in connection with their alleged involvement in the murder of  teenager, Nataniel Julies.

Last week, the court heard a recording that the police officers implicated in the death of the boy – who had Down Syndrome – may have been drinking on the job. The recording also revealed their alleged plot to cover up the murder.

The secret recording was taken by a constable who was present when the incident took place. Julies’ mother Bridget Harries says the recording is an indication that police need better training.

“The recording shows who these people are. And it’s not about the uniform, but the person inside. We need training and better skills on how to deal with these children especially with disabilities and special needs. You don’t just get out of your car and shoot somebody. Does your badge make you strong? Does your gun make you strong or does your police work make you strong?”

21 867 people vaccinated on Sunday
11 October 2021, 6:50 AM

Weekend vaccination rates have remained low despite the Vooma Vaccination campaign, with 21 867 people getting vaccinated on Sunday.

The Health Department says 80% of those who got vaccinated were fully vaccinated with either the single shot of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine or the second dose of the Pfizer shot.

A total of close to ten million adults in South Africa have been fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, government is hoping to get 70% of the adult population vaccinated by the end of the year.

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) senior researcher Ridhwaan Suliman says more South Africans need to get vaccinated.

Dr Suliman’s weekly COVID-19 update:

Latest COVID-19 statistics in SA:

South Africa has reported 648 new COVID-19 cases, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 912 145. This increase represents a 2.9% positivity rate.

A further 25 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 88 317 to date.

 

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Patient
Estimated 400 million people suffer from mental or neurological disorders globally: Report
10 October 2021, 1:20 PM

An estimated 400-million people suffer from mental or neurological disorders globally, according to the South African Mental Health Awareness report for 2020.

In an effort to break the stigma around mental health on World Mental Health Day, advocacy group Cape Mental Health is calling on South Africans to fly their kites on Sunday.

The group is hosting a hybrid version of the Cape Town International Kite Festival on Sunday.

Social Work Manager at Cape Mental Health, Wasima Fisher says, “Mental health affects all of us. We all have mental health and we can all have a risk of mental health being affected and especially currently with the pandemic, it’s also been a mental health pandemic.”

“We have all been affected by a loss, of some sort of work, out livelihoods these are things that affect us and in terms of our mental health and also the loss of our way of life we’ve had or social life. The fact that we can’t Hug people, we cannot see propels facial expressions it’s all hidden behind masks these are things that all affect our mental health and people have become more depressed and anxious as a result of the impact of COVID.”

Below is the interview with Wasima Fisher:

IFP
IFP gunning to be king makers in Gauteng
10 October 2021, 11:33 AM

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) says it hopes to become the kingmaker in Gauteng after the November 1 Local Government Elections.

After interacting with the residents of Gauteng over the past weeks, the party’s leader Velenkosini Hlabisa will launch their Gauteng Manifesto in Soweto on Sunday.

In the 2016 local elections the IFP managed to have at least ten councillors elected in the province.

But speaking to SABC News ahead of their provincial launch, the party’s provincial Chairperson Bonginkosi Dlamini says they want to be serious players in most municipalities in the province.

IFP leader Velenkosini Hlabisa takes party’s election campaign to Soweto

Manifesto launch

On the 30th of September,  Hlabisa launched the party’s election manifesto in Durban, saying the party offers the greatest hope to South Africans to escape what he says is the ANC’s failure to govern, deliver jobs and provide people with security.

Hlabisa said the IFP is the official opposition in KwaZulu-Natal and has a track record of good governance.

He outlined the IFP’s ten-point manifesto, which includes leading with integrity, empowering ordinary people, ensuring food security, partnerships with traditional leaders and making communities safer.

Hlabisa said the IFP can help South Africans escape the nightmare of the ANC’s rule.

“The IFP has been calling for a specialised corruption court to deal with transgressions of the Public Finance Management Act, the Municipal Finance Act. The IFP will lead with integrity to ensure that our councillors understand and abide by the IFP’s principle of servant leadership. We require every candidate of the IFP to sign a contract of good governance.”

Also addressing the launch, former party leader Inkosi Mangosuthu Buthelezi said the IFP will not hesitate to remove councillors who fail to deliver.

“We pride ourselves on fielding councillors candidates who are honest capable and skilled people who understand and accept the discipline demanded by the IFP. We hold ourselves accountable every day because they are our ambassadors they carry the IFP brand in all that they do. We are therefore heavily invested in ensuring that they serve you with integrity accountability and skills. We never hesitate as the leadership of the IFP to remove and expel IFP councillors and even mayor’s if we are not satisfied with their performance.”

The party hopes to retain all ten municipalities under its control and has its eyes on ANC-led municipalities – including the eThekwini metro.

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