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Government to brief the media on Thursday’s hostage drama
15 October 2021, 10:33 AM

Government will on Friday morning hold a media briefing on a drama in which military veterans held three ministers hostage at a hotel in Irene, Pretoria.

Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise, her deputy Thabang Makwetla as well as Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele were held hostage on Thursday night.

Gungubele says they had told their bodyguards not to act because doing so would have exacerbated an already volatile situation.

Fifty-six of the military veterans were arrested following the hostage drama.

They are believed to have belonged to the African National Congress’ (ANC) military wing uMkhonto we Sizwe, the Pan Africanist Congress’ (PAC), the Azanian People’s Liberation Army (APLA) and the Azanian People’s Organisation’s (AZAPO) Azanian National Liberation Army ( AZANLA).

National Police Spokesperson Vish Naidoo says, “From the security point of view, I think what the police have done was exceptional and they were able to diffuse what was potentially a hostage situation and in the process, no one was hurt.”

African National Congress spokesperson Pule Mabe says the governing party hopes for a solution to challenges facing military veterans as they are ‘part of ANC history’.

Meanwhile, UDM leader Bantu Holomisa has called on the Defence and Military Veterans Department to urgently deal with the plight of military veterans.

In the video below, SABC reporter, Samkele Maseko reports on the hostage incident:

Bob Marley’s life story told in new musical in London’s West End
15 October 2021, 9:44 AM

The songs and the life story of late Jamaican reggae star Bob Marley are coming to London’s West End in a new musical celebrating his legacy.

“Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical,” which premieres at the Lyric Theatre this month, follows Marley’s rise from the Kingston ghettos to international stardom.

Born in 1945 in the rural Jamaican town of Nine Mile, Marley became a global superstar with hits such as “No Woman, No Cry,” “One Love,” and “I Shot the Sheriff”. He died of melanoma cancer in 1981 at age 36.

“We’re really trying to show the heart of the man, trying to show what really made him tick and why he made the choices he made,” the show’s director, Clint Dyer, told Reuters at a press preview on Thursday.

“His political leanings came out of his situation. And so we’re trying to give the context by which a third-world global superstar was born.”

British actor and playwright Arinze Kene plays Marley, donning his trademark dreadlocks and displaying the moves and mannerisms he studied in archive videos and photos. Taking on the role was intimidating, but Kene said he leapt at the opportunity to tell the story of one of his childhood heroes.

He was equally excited to return to the stage after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down theatres across the country.

“There’s nothing like live performance, you know, keep your Netflix and your Amazon and Hulus and whatever but there is nothing like being here and seeing it live, a performance that can never be repeated.”

“Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical”, which was written by Lee Hall, began previews at the Lyric Theatre on October 1, with the show’s official opening night set for October 20.

Numsa ready to engage with employer to end strike
15 October 2021, 9:10 AM

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) says it is ready to engage with employer associations in the steel and engineering sector in a bid to end its crippling strike.

The wage strike is now in its second week.

Numsa is demanding an 8% across the board.

The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa has improved its offer from 4.4% to 6%, but the National Employers’ Association and the Engineers and Founders Association are refusing to budge.

Numsa General-Secretary Irvin Jim says, “Numsa is ready to meet with the employer organisation and negotiate the settlement in whatever platform, to an extent that employers are ready to meet under Section 150 facilitated by CCMA. Numsa is ready to engage and we call on the employer association to use this platform for genuine engagement, it cannot be used as a delaying tactic.”


On Thursday, Numsa members together with members of the South African Transport Workers Union marched to the offices of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa to hand over a memorandum of demands addressed to Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula and the Heads of Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa and subsidiary passenger bus company Autopax.

Numsa Spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola speaks on the march:

Six in seven COVID-19 infections go undetected in Africa: WHO
15 October 2021, 8:18 AM

A new assessment by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that only 14.2%, or one in seven, COVID-19 infections are being detected in Africa.

To reverse that trend and curb transmission, the WHO Regional Office for Africa on Thursday announced a new initiative to enhance community screening for COVID-19 in eight countries.

The programme aims to reach more than seven million people with rapid diagnostic tests in the next year.

In a statement, the WHO says the analysis used the COVID-19 calculator developed by Resolve to Save Lives which estimates infections based on the reported number of cases and deaths and an infection fatality rate grounded in population-based studies.

It found that as of 10 October 2021 the cumulative number of COVID-19 infections is estimated to be 59 million in Africa, which is seven times more than the over eight million cases reported.

To date, COVID-19 detection in Africa has focused on people reporting to health facilities with symptoms, in addition to testing arriving and departing international travellers, leading to large-scale under-reporting given the high percentage of asymptomatic cases on the continent.

Since the start of the pandemic and as of 10 October, more than 70 million COVID-19 tests have been reported by African countries, which is a fraction of the continent’s 1.3 billion people.

By contrast, the United States, with about a third of the population, has reportedly administered over 550 million tests, while the United Kingdom, with less than 10% of the population of Africa, has administered over 280 million tests.

WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti says, “With limited testing, we’re still flying blind in far too many communities in Africa. Most tests are carried out on people with symptoms, but much of the transmission is driven by asymptomatic people, so what we see could just be the tip of the iceberg.”

“Test numbers have been rising in Africa, but this community-based initiative is a radically new approach which should help significantly raise detection rates. More testing means rapid isolation, less transmission and more lives saved through targeted action,” Moeti adds.

Below is the full statement by the WHO:

Hawks warn that no one will disrupt their investigations
15 October 2021, 8:01 AM

The Hawks have sent out a strong message that they will not allow anyone to disrupt their investigations.

This comes after Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane expressed concern that Free State Hawks investigators had been roped in to handled his corruption allegations.

 Mabuyane has made an urgent court interdict to declare the Hawks investigations against him unconstitutional, unlawful and invalid.

He is desperately trying to avert the elite crime-busting unit’s investigations after Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane released a report in which she found that Mabuyane had allegedly illegally taken R450 000 from a R 1.1 million allocation from the Mbizana Municipality in 2016 for the renovation of his home.

VIDEO: Mkhwebane announces findings:

The funds were for the memorial services of struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Hawks Lieutenant-General, Godfrey Lebeya says they are investigating because they have received a complaint:



Mabuyane argues that he has no case to answer, as there are no specific charges against him.

He is also questioning the reasons for being subjected to questioning from Hawks officials from the Free State province.

The video below is an interview with Mabuyane on the decision to challenge Mkhwebane’s report: 



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