53 people arrested at KZN wedding to appear in court in June

6 April 2020, 5:45 PM
The 53 people who were arrested at a wedding in eNseleni outside Richards Bay in the KwaZulu-Natal north coast, are expected to appear in the Empangeni magistrate court on 11 June.
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SA COVID-19 death toll rises to 12, with 31 more cases confirmed 6 April 2020, 10:14 PM

The number of coronavirus cases in South Africa has increased by 31, bringing the number to 1 686. In a statement, the Department of Health has also announced another death of a 57-year-old man from the Western Cape.

Foreign nationals
City of Cape Town ‘finalising arrangements’ to relocate foreign nationals 6 April 2020, 6:14 PM

Some foreign nationals who are still living on the streets around the Central Police Station and the District Six Museum say they are pleading with the authorities to take them to a safe and humane space during the lockdown.

Panyaza Lesufi
Government’s COVID-19 efforts for the homeless slammed as shameful 6 April 2020, 5:00 PM

Political analyst Tinyiko Maluleke says it's shameful that it took the coronavirus for government to remember that there are homeless people, as well as those without water.

COVID-19 screening begins in the Western Cape 6 April 2020, 3:07 PM

Western Cape Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo is calling for community support as health workers begin screening for COVID-19. They are conducting door-to-door visits in Mbekweni, outside Paarl.

NGOs approach the apex court to have shops selling baby products reopened 6 April 2020, 3:00 PM

Some mothers of newborn babies in Limpopo say they are struggling to buy clothes for their babies because of the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

VIDEO: Minister Didiza briefs the media 6 April 2020, 1:12 PM

Agriculture Minister, Thoko Didiza says R1.2 billion has been set aside to assist farmers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Motsoaledi expresses shock over foreign nationals removal from church 6 April 2020, 12:39 PM

Home Affairs Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, has described as surprising, the removal of foreign nationals from the Central Methodist Church at Green Market Square to Bellville.

African continent will prove it’s more than capable of curbing COVID-19: Ramaphosa 6 April 2020, 12:35 PM

In his weekly letter to the nation, President Cyril Ramaphosa says through collaboration, the continent will prove that it is more than capable of curbing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wits University producing masks for COVID-19 patients 6 April 2020, 10:37 AM

Wits University students and engineers are producing face shields and devices to assist patients with breathing in hospitals.

Organisations called to share information to curb GBV 6 April 2020, 9:39 AM

Non-governmental organisation Sonke Gender Justice says organisations that deal with gender-based violence should coordinate their activities and share information to deal with the problem effectively.

Police issue warning to those breaking lockdown regulations 6 April 2020, 6:37 AM

Police have warned members of the public violating the lockdown regulations to be ready to face the full might of the law.

Recovered coronavirus patients share their experience 6 April 2020, 5:41 AM

Netball South Africa president Cecilia Molokwane says she has recovered from COVID-19 and has since tested negative for the virus.

Calls for Ramaphosa to increase the Child Support Grant 6 April 2020, 5:30 AM

The Children’s Institute has written to President Cyril Ramaphosa to appeal for the increase of the Child Support Grant (CSG) by R500 for six months to protect children and families during the nationwide lockdown.

Gauteng Transport to launch programme to sanitise taxi ranks 6 April 2020, 5:00 AM

The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport will on Monday launch a programme to support taxi ranks and transport nodes with sanitisation of commuters and vehicles to curb the spread of COVID-19.

POLICE
Authorities set to intensify operations to crackdown on lockdown violators 5 April 2020, 9:00 PM

Police have warned members of the public violating the lockdown regulations to be ready to face the full might of law. About 17 000 people have been arrested since the beginning of the 21 days national lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Various Cape Town churches closed this Palm Sunday amid lockdown 5 April 2020, 7:00 PM

Various churches in and around the Cape Town city centre were closed for Sunday service.

53 people arrested at a KZN wedding 5 April 2020, 6:02 PM

South African National Defence (SANDF) members and the police pounced on the wedding party during the matrimonial ceremony. National Police Spokesperson Vish Naidoo has urged the public to study lockdown regulations.

Brutal murder of Soweto Grade 9 learner saddening: Lesufi 5 April 2020, 4:17 PM

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says the brutal murder of a 14-year-old Grade 9 girl learner is saddening beyond comprehension.

Port Elizabeth healthcare workers fearful due to lack of protective equipment 5 April 2020, 3:32 PM

Healthcare workers at Port Elizabeth hospitals, in the Eastern Cape, fear for their lives as they fight the spread of the coronavirus.

SABC appeals to public to allow journalists to do their job during lockdown 5 April 2020, 3:25 PM

The South African Broadcsting Cooperation (SABC) has appealed to the public to allow its journalists to do their job during the lockdown.

Bheki Cele
Cele welcomes decrease in serious crimes since COVID-19 lockdown 5 April 2020, 1:17 PM

Police Minister Bheki Cele on Sunday welcomed the general decrease in serious and violent crimes, attributing this to amongst other factors, the prohibition of the sale and movement of liquor since the COVID-19 nationwide lockdown.

Protective gear
Gauteng Health Department calls for donations of protective gear 5 April 2020, 9:57 AM

The Gauteng Health Department is calling for donations of Personal Protective Equipment and ventilators.  The department says these donations will help supplement government resources and will be used at special sites allocated for Covid-19 patients.

Gauteng still has the highest number of COVID-19 cases 5 April 2020, 6:50 AM

Gauteng still has the highest number of cases with 693, followed by the Western Cape with 433.

Zithabiseng Resort
Mpumalanga government earmarks five nature reserves as quarantine sites for COVID-19 5 April 2020, 12:00 AM

Mpumalanga government has earmarked five nature reserves as quarantine sites to accommodate people who might need to be isolated as the COVID-19 cases surge in the country.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases stand at 1585 4 April 2020, 11:00 PM

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases stand at 1585, this is an increase of 80 from the previously reported cases.

Foreign nationals living on Cape Town’s Albertus Street ready to be relocated 4 April 2020, 9:22 PM

More ablution facilities, including showers, have been added to the tented accommodation for foreign nationals in Bellville in Cape Town.

Gender-based violence
Nkoana-Mashabane condemns abuse as GBV complaints escalate during lockdown 4 April 2020, 8:25 PM

Minister in the Presidency responsible for Women Maite Nkoana-Mashabane says gender-based violence is not part of South African culture. Nkoana-Mashabane says she's deeply alarmed by the number of calls that her department has received from women who are trapped with abusive partners during the lockdown period. 

Eastern Cape farmers who travelled to Germany out of quarantine 4 April 2020, 7:46 PM

Ten Eastern Cape farmers and nine officials of the Agrarian and Land Reform Department that travelled to Germany have been released from quarantine in East London.

Eskom technicians working to restore power to Diepkloof 4 April 2020, 7:14 PM

Eskom says its technicians are working around the clock to restore power to Diepkloof in Soweto.

Centurion homeless recyclers feel the impact of lockdown, appeal for food and shelter 4 April 2020, 7:05 PM

A group of homeless people surviving through recycling in Centurion, south of Pretoria, has called on the City of Tshwane and the government to supply them with food and shelter.