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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North West government identifies hotels and guest houses for quarantining 4 April 2020, 6:33 PM

The North West government has identified several hotels and guest houses to be used for mandatory quarantine.

TVET students repatriated from China grateful, excited to reunite with families 4 April 2020, 4:43 PM

The students from seven provinces across the country returned from China on March 20, where they had been on a year-long internship. On Saturday, they were given a send-off by Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg.

SA Muslim COVID-19 Task Team donates R7 million to the vulnerable 4 April 2020, 1:01 PM

The South African Muslim COVID-19 Response Task Team has donated about R7 million to organisations that are helping communities affected by the coronavirus.

Motorists warned of slippery roads in Gauteng 4 April 2020, 12:18 PM

The Gauteng Traffic Police is calling on motorists to be extra careful on the wet roads.

Funeral staff to be trained on the safe handling of coronavirus victims’ bodies 4 April 2020, 10:51 AM

The Manguang Metro in the Free State has initiated a programme to train staff at funeral parlours and mortuaries on how to handle the bodies of coronavirus victims as well as burials and cremations.

South Africa to repatriate more citizens stranded in foreign countries 4 April 2020, 9:35 AM

The International Relations Department says it's working on bringing more South Africans, who are stranded in other countries, back home.

Lockdown policing should be done within confines of the law: Portfolio committees on police, defence and military veterans 4 April 2020, 5:00 AM

The Portfolio Committees on Police, Defence and Military Veterans have noted with concern various reports suggesting that the security forces are abusing their powers in enforcing the lockdown regulations.

DIRCO repatriates 16 South Africans stranded in Dubai, Doha 4 April 2020, 12:03 AM

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) has Says that 16 South Africans that were stranded in Dubai and Doha, have been repatriated back to South Africa.

Ronald Lamola
Lamola appoints Justice Catherine O’Regan as COVID-19 designate judge 4 April 2020, 12:01 AM

Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Mr Ronald Lamola, has appointed Justice Catherine O'Regan, as the COVID-19 Designate Judge. 

Homeless people in Rustenburg say their health is at risk 3 April 2020, 11:41 PM

Homeless people accommodated at the Ben Marais hall in Rustenburg in North West say their health is at risk. They say while they appreciate being provided with shelter, food and clothing, they are under one roof with others whose health status is unknown, and that may expose them to the coronavirus.

Eastern Cape hospital workers down tools over alleged lack of protective gear 3 April 2020, 9:45 PM

Some essential workers at Livingstone Hospital in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape, have downed tools, claiming they have not been provided with adequate protective equipment.

SA COVID-19 death toll rises to 7 3 April 2020, 6:23 PM

The Health Minister says at least 43 new confirmed coronavirus infection cases have been reported, bringing the total national figure to 1 505. Minister Zweli Mkhize announced this on Friday in Khayelitsha, in the Western Cape.

Durban Townships call on government to fast track mobile COVID-19 testing 3 April 2020, 5:42 PM

Community members of three of Durban's largest townships have called on government to fast track the introduction of mobile testing for COVID-19.

Relocated Cape Town foreigners unhappy with accommodation 3 April 2020, 3:15 PM

A large group of foreign nationals, currently living in a marquee tent in Bellville near Cape Town is unhappy about their new accommodation.

IPID investigates 38 cases against cops for alleged lockdown misconduct 3 April 2020, 3:08 PM

Police watchdog, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate, (IPID) is investigating 38 cases against police officials across the country for misconduct during the first part of the 21-day national lockdown.

Eastern Cape COVID-19 patient in ICU 3 April 2020, 2:34 PM

The Eastern Cape has confirmed that a coronavirus patient has been admitted to the Intensive care unit of the Livingstone Hospital in Port Elizabeth.

Cele urges communities not to sell or buy alcohol 3 April 2020, 2:23 PM

Police Minister Bheki Cele has called on the communities to respect the lockdown by not selling and buying alcohol.

Police Minister Bheki Cele was speaking to the media on Thursday afternoon in Pretoria.
Lockdown to intensify after grant payments: Cele 3 April 2020, 12:45 PM

Police Minister Bheki Cele says the national lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 will be strengthened next week after the payment of social grants is concluded.

More than 87 000 GBV complaints received during lockdown 3 April 2020, 8:14 AM

Police Minister Bheki Cele says police have received more than 87 000 gender-based violence complaints during the first week of the 21-day national lockdown.

Decision to allow minibus taxis to operate 70% capacity not helpful: SAMA 3 April 2020, 8:02 AM

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) says the decision by Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula to allow for minibus taxis to operate at 70% capacity, could impact efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Mathabatha concerned about non-compliance with lockdown rules in Limpopo 3 April 2020, 6:00 AM

Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha is concerned about the non-compliance with coronavirus lockdown rules in various towns in the province.

Lesufi calls on schools to accommodate the homeless 3 April 2020, 12:00 AM

Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, has lambasted some School Governing Bodies for refusing to open schools to accommodate the homeless amid the coronavirus lockdown.

Informal traders allowed to resume business as government relaxes lockdown laws amid hike in COVID-19 cases 2 April 2020, 8:54 PM

South Africa coronavirus cases have increased to 1 462. The increase comes amid news of government relaxing some lockdown regulations, such as the re-opening of spaza shops, including informal food traders. Night vigils are still not permitted, however, and no more than 50 people are allowed to attend a funeral.

City of Johannesburg opens 21 free COVID-19 testing centres 2 April 2020, 8:15 PM

The City of Johannesburg has opened 21 free testing clinics around the city to speed the process of containing COVID-19.

Foreign nationals
Police remove foreign nationals from Methodist Church in Cape Town 2 April 2020, 7:00 PM

An estimated 500 foreign nationals have been removed from the Central Methodist Church in Cape Town, despite attempts to resist the police operation by locking themselves inside the building.

Use lockdown time with your children creatively: Lesufi 2 April 2020, 2:53 PM

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has challenged parents to be creative in how they spend time with their children during this lockdown period.

South Africans worried about life after lockdown 2 April 2020, 9:03 AM

South Africans are worried about their lives after the 21 days national lockdown.

North West supplies communities with water tanks 2 April 2020, 8:25 AM

The North West provincial government says it has started to roll out water tanks to all communities around the province that have water supply challenges.

Contralesa contemplating postponing initiations 2 April 2020, 7:17 AM

The Congress of Traditional Leaders of SA (Contralesa) says it is contemplating postponing initiation this year due to the coronavirus.

Ekurhuleni closes Duduza Clinic over COVID-19 2 April 2020, 6:50 AM

The City of Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg has closed down the Duduza Clinic where a nurse tested positive for COVID-19.