South Africans have felt their first taste of Level 1 lockdown on Monday, and with plenty of information on the latest measures yet to be announced, we’ll keep you up to date with all the latest news in South Africa.
Police Minister Bheki Cele is set to dominate headlines, with the man in the hat set to give an update on law enforcement’s approach to Level 1, as well the investigation into one of the country’s top crime fighters – Charl Kinnear – set to continue.
TODAY’S LATEST NEWS IN SOUTH AFRICA, Tuesday 22 September
Gauteng ANC extend Masuku, Diko suspensions
Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku, his wife Johannesburg MMC Loyiso, and presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko will have to wait at least another three weeks before they learn their fate, with the Gauteng African National Congress (ANC) having decided to extend the trio’s leave of absence after declaring that they need more time to review the party’s Integrity Committee report into alleged COVID-19 corruption.
The personal protective equipment (PPE) scandal saw Diko’s husband AmaBhaca chief Thandiziwe Diko’s company, Royal Bhaca, awarded a multimillion rand COVID-19 PPE tender, with the Masukus and the Dikos being close family friends. The delay won’t stop the public from demanding answers to the actions of those who assumed positions of power and allegedly used them to extract personal gain, and we can expect reaction to the decision on Tuesday.
Charl Kinnear investigation continues
The inquest into the killing of top Cape Town detective Charl Kinnear continues, with major questions being asked of the South African Police Service SAPS) and National government’s ability to protect members from organised crime. Kinnear was no stranger to threats on his life, and yet criminals were still able to murder him on his doorstep.
With Forensic For Justice now having offered a R1 million reward for information leading to his killers’ arrest, and police having reached the end of their urgent 72-hour activation plan, it remains to be seen how the investigation will progress. Leads have been identified, and police have insisted that they will stop at nothing until the individuals responsible for the shooting Kinnear – who was involved in a series of high-profile investigations into alleged underworld figures – is brought to justice.
SAPS MEDIA BRIEFING ON COVID-19 LEVEL 1 LOCKDOWN REGULATIONS
Speaking of SAPS, Police Minister Bheki Cele and the SAPS management will on Tuesday 22 September brief the media on law enforcement during the National Lockdown Alert Level One. Cele and the law enforcement agencies he oversees have been central figures during the six-month lockdown, having implemented a variety of laws made necessary by the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent stay-at-home orders.
We can expect to receive a report on crime levels during Level 2, and how the police will be enforcing the law this time round, with many restrictions still in place. Cele will also provide details on the Gender Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) hotspot areas that have been identified as part of a collaborative mission to root out the scourge currently afflicting pain on the nation’s women.
State capture inquiry rolls on
Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has put his foot down and insisted that Former President Jacob Zuma appear at the the State Capture inquiry, putting an end to speculation that he may never be grilled for his role into the alleged fire-sale of the country to unscrupulous private parties. Zuma failed to turn up to the scheduled hearing on Monday, with his attorney Eric Mabuza having informed the commission that Zuma is using his energy to prepare for his upcoming arms deal trial. The health of the former president was also raised as a point of concern.
But Zondo has now instructed Zuma to appear between 16 and 20 November, saying that he “doesn’t negotiate with witnesses” and, essentially, that there is no room for Zuma to weasel his way out of appearing.
Before then, Zondo will continue to probe former Free State heads for the department of human settlements, Nthimotse Mokhesi and Gift Mokoena on their role in an alleged tender fraud relating to R600 million in payments to contractors and suppliers for work that was not delivered. We’ll keep you update with all the latest.
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