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Video | President Ramaphosa addresses the nation on developments in SA’s COVID-19 response
12 September 2021, 8:00 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address South Africans on the latest developments regarding governments’ efforts in curbing the spread of COVID-19 on Sunday evening at 8 pm.

South Africa has recently battled with a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic and with the latest data showing a decrease in the daily infections and a rollout of the vaccines, many are expecting him adjusted South Africa’s lockdown alert level.

LIVE | President Ramaphosa addresses the nation on SA’s COVID-19 response

Video | 21st Annual Steve Biko Memorial Lecture
12 September 2021, 6:00 PM

The Steve Biko Foundation is hosting the 21st Annual Steve Biko Memorial Lecture. The World Health Organization (WHO) Sub-Saharan Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti will deliver the lecture on Sunday evening.

The lecture is expected to start at 18:00 on Sunday, 12 September 2021.

Video | 21st Annual Steve Biko Memorial Lecture

 

 

VIDEO | CoGTA media briefing on LGE 2021
8 September 2021, 3:04 PM

Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma updates on the upcoming local government elections. The Constitutional Court recently ruled that the elections should be held between 27 October and 1 November 2021.

Proceedings below:

VIDEO | ANC media briefing on election candidates list appeal to Electoral Court
26 August 2021, 3:06 PM

The African National Congress (ANC) Deputy Secretary-General Jessie Duarte held a media briefing on how the party plans to approach the Electoral Court to apply for an order to reopen local government candidate registrations. The Constitutional Court is yet to decide on whether the polls set for October 27 will continue or be postponed to a later date (February 2022) as advised by The Moseneke Inquiry.

Live proceedings below:

 

Mokgoro’s delay in resigning shows sour relationship with North West ANC IPC: Analyst
18 August 2021, 9:11 PM

Political analyst Professor Barry Hanyane believes the delay in North West Premier Job Mokgoro resigning is a reflection of the sour relationship between him and the ANC Interim Provincial Committee.

The Office of the Speaker of the legislature has confirmed that it has not yet received a resignation letter from Mokgoro. He was expected to resign both as premier and a member of the legislature. The ANC’s Interim Provincial Committee announced Bushy Maape as Premier-elect.

The IPC has been calling for the removal of Mokgoro, who it accuses of not taking instructions from the party.

Prof Hanyane says things aren’t good between the ANC’s IPC and Mokgoro. “It’s a reflective of the misalignment in communication but more so the bad relationship that Prof Mokgoro has been experiencing especially with the interim structure. He might not find comfort and solace from Luthuli House for obvious reasons. I mean this is where you would expect a well-functioning SG’s office to intervene and give support and give directions as to which trajectory, which line or due process must be followed.”

He adds that Mokgoro’s matter should have been handled and managed properly by the ruling party.

“One phone call, a meeting can be organised and clarity might be sorted without involving the public, without involving the fourth state being the media. So that, in the end, is more solution-driven than unfortunately exposing the amount of fear tricks that in the end do not add value when it comes to matters of normalising the situation here in the province.”

When announcing Maape as premier-elect, coordinator for the provincial IPC, Hlomane Chauke said, “Having done the proper assessment, the ANC came to this conclusion that we will definitely have to get someone else who will come in and take from where comrade Job has left. We had a lot of challenges that we had to deal with. I think at some point we then identified a number of weaknesses and one of those was the manner in which government is run at the level of having other people who are not meant to give instructions or command.”

Opposition parties react

Meanwhile, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the North West have criticised the removal of Mokgoro and the subsequent appointment of  Maape.

EFF Member in the Legislature, Lebogang Xaba says, “They have run out of ideas because they don’t know who to trust. I am feeling sorry  for the voters because they are taking the voters for a ride.”

The DA’s Freddy Sonakile says, “This shows that the ANC has run out of options. What is mainly of concern for us as the DA is the fact that Bushy Maape has been the advisor to Premier Mokgoro. So it does not really solve anything because some of the things that they are accusing Mr Mokgoro of doing happened under the watch of Bushy Maape. So basically it is not really changing anything.”

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