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Slain Tembisa police woman was passionate about fight against GBV: Fellow officers
4 September 2021, 11:29 AM

The late police officer Sharon Mogale was passionate about the fight against gender-based violence and social crime prevention. This has been reiterated by fellow police officers at her funeral service in Kempton Park in Ekurhuleni. Mogale, who worked at the Tembisa south police station, was shot and killed while with another woman officer at a retail shop in Tembisa. Minister of Police General Bheki Cele is attending the funeral service and will deliver the eulogy.

On the 26th of August, Sergeant Mogale and her colleague Sergeant Mapule Petje were attacked by four armed suspects while inside a retail shop in Tembisa. The suspects shot Mogale in the head, before making off with both of the officers’ service pistols. Petje was not injured during the attack.

Speakers at Mogale’s funeral service say she was loved by the Tembisa community as she was active in the fight against gender-based violence. They say she frequently called community meetings to highlight the scourge that has gripped Ekurhuleni and the country and leaves a huge vacuum in the Tembisa police station.


Last month, at a funeral of other slain police officers, Cele bemoaned the killing of police and called for better tactical response training for officers to protect themselves in the line of duty.

ConCourt judgment against IEC a huge blow to ANC: Analysts
4 September 2021, 10:25 AM

Some political analysts view Friday’s Constitutional Court judgment against the IEC as a huge blow to the governing ANC which supported the postponement of the local government elections.

On Friday, the court dismissed the Electoral Commission’s application to postpone the local government elections due to take place on October 27 to February next year. The ANC supported a postponement and has struggled to register some councillors expected to contest the municipal elections.

Former IEC deputy chairperson and current executive chairperson of the Institute of Election Management Services Terry Tselane explains what the registration problem means for the ANC.

“Basically what it means is that they have lost out. They will not be part of the elections in those municipalities in which they failed to submit the candidates’ lists. There is no way that the elections will take place outside the constitutionally stipulated period. So, get ready to go to voting stations by the first of November.”

Lebohang Pheko unpacks what the ruling means:

Tselane earlier described as baffling the IEC’s decision to approach the Constitutional Court instead of Parliament in its quest to have the local government election postponed to next year.

The IEC, a number of political parties and civil society organisations made presentations to the apex court for and against the postponement of the October 27 poll to February next year.

Petrol price to go up at midnight
31 August 2021, 2:29 PM

The price of petrol is going up by four cents a litre at midnight tonight. The increase follows the 91 cent a litre hike that came into effect earlier this month. The Energy Department also says that  motorists will be forking out between 14 and 15 cents less for a litre of diesel.

Illuminating paraffin will cost between 15 and 20 cents less. The price of LP gas, however, is going up by 94 cents.

Robert Maake, responsible for fuel prices in the department, says, “During September every year, we also adjust the salary increases for the people who are working at the service stations. So, there is a 5,7 cent per litre that is added to the petrol prices for the forecourt annual increases. And also, there is a sleight levy of 8,7 cents a litre that is added on both prices of petrol and diesel on the LP gas side the increase is mainly due to the higher prices propane and butane which are the components of LP gas.”

Earlier this month, Economist Azar Jammine attributed the huge hike to the depreciation of the rand against the US dollar partly due to the violence and looting in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng last month.

“The rand has fallen partly because of the riots and also generally emerging markets have lost some of their lustre in the last month. The rand is not the only one that has depreciated against the dollar and so the combination of these has led to higher rand prices in fuel,” he added.

Fuel prices increase effectively from Wednesday: Dr. Azar Jammine

Durban gears up to host first major conference since beginning of pandemic
31 August 2021, 12:42 PM

Durban is preparing to host one of its first major international conferences since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has announced that the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre will host the Intra-Africa Trade Fair in November and the International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in December.

Some delegates will attend in person and others virtually.

Professor John Idoko says they will discuss how COVID-19 has affected the fight against epidemics such as HIV/AIDS.

“We see for example that even the gains that we made on HIV/Aids, TB, and malaria are all on the decline because of COVID-19. And even COVID-19, we can’t actually muster a good response to it. As we speak, only 2% of Africa has been able to access vaccines.”

Arrest of looting instigators should not be done for publicity only: Steenhuisen
31 August 2021, 11:18 AM

Democratic Alliance leader John Steenhuisen says he welcomes the arrest of alleged instigators of the recent violence and looting in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, but hopes police have solid cases against them. In the past weeks, police have arrested a number of alleged instigators of the unrest.

Steenhuisen says this shouldn’t be done for the sake of publicity.

“I hope those responsible are brought to justice. They caused huge damage to KwaZulu-Natal and to some extent Gauteng, billions of rands of property and they made people scared and afraid in those provinces. I hope the instigators are brought to justice. But I hope police have built a solid case against these individuals. The last thing you want is a case for publicity sake, an arrest for publicity sake, and there is no solid case to back it up, because that thing erodes trust of the people in the police – authority to bring the perpetrators to justice.”

Meanwhile,  spokesperson for alleged instigator Bonginkosi Khyanyile has warned of chaos should the Durban Magistrate’s Court fail to grant bail to the Fees Must Fall activist. Philani Nduli was speaking inside the courtroom just before Khanyile’s bail proceedings resumed.

Khanyile, is facing five charges, including inciting violence and being part of an illegal gathering.

He was arrested two weeks ago in Johannesburg by the Hawks and was escorted to KwaZulu-Natal. During the previous proceedings, the court was shown videos of Khanyile addressing people on different occasions, encouraging them to support former president Jacob Zuma, who is currently serving a 15-month jail term for contempt of court.

The footage is believed to have been posted on social media during last month’s unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. However, Nduli has accused law enforcement agencies of selectively arresting only those who were vocal about their support for former president Jacob Zuma.

In the video below, Bonginkosi Khanyile is back in court:




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