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VIDEO | State Capture Inquiry, Denel and Eskom-related testimonies
26 March 2021, 10:10 AM

The State Capture Inquiry hears testimony related to Denel on Friday morning.

Former Denel board chairperson, Daniel Mantsha, will be first to take the hot seat at 10am.

He will be followed by former Eskom CFO, Anoj Singh, at 4:30pm.

Live stream below:

PODCAST | Student Protests Part 1: UJ student shares his ‘financial exclusion’ story
24 March 2021, 2:40 PM

Thousands of university students across the country are facing a bleak future as they have been financially excluded and prevented from registering for the 2021 Academic year.

This as a result of them owing tuition fees and not securing funding from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme and bursaries from private companies.

However, the students have vowed to continue with their protests until their demands of free education, scrapping of historical debt, and funding of the missing middle are met.

During the recent protests, roads were blockaded, tyres were burned and businesses were pelted with stones and a by-stander was killed in a scuffle between students and police in Johannesburg.

In our weekly podcast, SABC News captures the voices of the protesting students. Digital News producer Lebo Tshangela speaks to Blessing Nkosi – a final year BA student in Strategic Cooperative Communication at the University of Johannesburg. He shares his experience about financial exclusion.

Below is the Podcast:

BAFTA nominations see diversity push, ‘Nomadland’ and ‘Rocks’ lead nods
10 March 2021, 8:55 AM

US recession drama “Nomadland” and coming-of-age story “Rocks” led the nominations for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards on Tuesday with seven nods each, with a clear push on diversity among the acting contenders following an outcry last year.

Family drama “The Father”, Hollywood throwback “Mank”, #MeToo revenge movie “Promising Young Woman” and Korean-language “Minari” followed with six nominations each at Britain’s top movie honours.

Four of the six best director nominees were women, including Chloe Zhao for “Nomadland” and Sarah Gavron for “Rocks”.

More than half of the 24 nominees were actors of colour – a huge change to last year when BAFTA revealed an all-white acting contenders list, sparking an online outcry with the hashtag #BaftasSoWhite trending on social media.

This year’s leading actor nominees include Riz Ahmed for his portrayal of a heavy metal drummer going deaf in “Sound of Metal” and the late Chadwick Boseman for his role in 1920s jazz drama “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”.

Leading actress nominees include Bukky Bakray for “Rocks” and Frances McDormand for “Nomadland”.

Last year’s backlash led BAFTA to conduct a wide-ranging review resulting in expanded membership, a new longlist voting round and an increase in all four acting categories and best director to six nominees from five.

“It was about levelling the playing field,” BAFTA Chief Executive Amanda Berry told Reuters. “That was really important to us… [that] people are getting through on merit because they are excellent films, excellent performances.”

“Nomadland”, about a community of van dwellers, was also nominated for best film and adapted screenplay. The movie has had a successful start to the awards season, earning two Golden Globes.

The other best film contenders are 1960s Vietnam War protest drama “The Trial of the Chicago” 7”, “Promising Young Woman”, “The Father” and Guantanamo Bay movie “The Mauritanian”.

Nominations for “Rocks” include outstanding British film, original screenplay and supporting actress for Kosar Ali.

Completing the leading actor category are Adarsh Gourav for “The White Tiger”, Anthony Hopkins for “The Father”, Mads Mikkelsen for “Another Round” and Tahar Rahim for “The Mauritanian”.

The other leading actress contenders are Radha Blank for “The Forty-Year-Old Version”, Vanessa Kirby for “Pieces of a Woman”, Wunmi Mosaku for “His House” and Alfre Woodard for “Clemency”.

The BAFTAs will take place virtually from London’s Royal Albert Hall next month. Berry said there would be two shows over two nights, with more details to follow in coming weeks.

Fewer COVID-19 cases among women in Africa: WHO analysis
10 March 2021, 8:39 AM

Women account for a slightly smaller proportion of COVID-19 infections and deaths compared with men, a preliminary analysis by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 28 African countries shows.

The analysis based on COVID-19 gender-specific epidemiological data provided by countries found that although women account for around 41% of COVID-19 cases, this ranges from 31% in Niger to over 57% in South Africa.

In most countries, women are somewhat less likely to die from COVID-19 than men. For instance, in Cote d’Ivoire, the case fatality ratio stands at 0.4% for women compared with 0.5% in men, while in the Democratic Republic of the Congo it is 2.2% versus 2.7% and 0.1% versus 0.5% in Seychelles.

This comes despite women accounting for a large part of the health workforce which puts them at higher risk of infection. In Africa, more than 95 000 health workers have been infected with COVID-19. In Seychelles, women account for 71% of health worker infections, 64% in Eswatini, 55% in Cote d’Ivoire and 54% in Senegal.

Further analyses are required to determine the factors behind the disparity in infections between men and women. However, some studies have suggested that biological, behavioural or social factors could be responsible. Other studies report that men are significantly more likely to suffer severe effects of COVID-19 and more likely to have pre-existing conditions, explaining the slightly lower fatality rate seen in women.

However, the pandemic and the initial strict containment measures such as lockdowns, movement restriction and school closures accentuated existing vulnerabilities faced by women and girls.

The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti says, “The aftershocks of the COVID-19 pandemic on women and girls have been profound, leaving many grappling with heightened risks to their health and safety. Our response must go beyond the clinical aspects of the pandemic and address the hidden crises that risk causing long-term effects to lives and livelihoods.”

Below is the full statement by the WHO:


Malema, Ndlozi back in court for assault case
10 March 2021, 6:40 AM

The assault case involving Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema and the party’s MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi will resume on Wednesday in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court.

The two are accused of assaulting a police officer at the funeral of struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in 2018.

The incident was caught on closed-circuit television cameras.

The state’s third witness Colonel James Bronkhorst was of the officers who investigated the incident.

During the cross-examination by Advocate Laurence Hodes, the legal representative of Malema and Ndlozi, Bronkhorst conceded through an interpreter that almost three years since the incident, the police have still not verified whether the vehicle Malema and Ndlozi were travelling in had been accredited.

“That doubt still remains because nobody’s answered that unequivocally by saying this vehicle was or wasn’t authorised, I’m referring to the time that this happened.”

CCTV footage

State witness in Malema and Ndlozi’s assault case has told the Randburg Magistrate’s Court that he kept a copy of the CCTV footage of the incident for himself.

Deon Klingbiel was the manager of the Fourways Memorial Cemetery in 2018 during the funeral of Madikizela-Mandela.

The pair pleaded not guilty to the charge, and have not taken the stand to give their version of events.

Malema and Ndlozi’s legal representative, Advocate Laurence Hodes, questioned Klingbiel through an interpreter on why he did not mention in all his three statements to the police, that he made a copy for himself.

“So, you decide you are going to leave that fact out of your statement. But you have the secret little copy at home that you didn’t want to share with anybody else.”

Malema and Ndlozi in court on assault charges:



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