We were warned about a second wave of infections months ago, and now the signs are here, South Africa is experience a resurgence in infections in certain regions – the worst being Nelson Mandela Bay.
President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address to the nation on Thursday 3 December 2020 has painted a grim warning to the rest of the country that if we don’t play our part, more areas are in danger of being declared hot spots in the near future.
As the country heads towards the festive season, the government has urged citizens to behave responsibly and avoid mass gatherings, wear a mask and practice social distancing.
Let’s look at the latest news and headlines across the country on Friday 4 December 2020.
TODAY’S LATEST NEWS IN SOUTH AFRICA, Friday 4 December
CYRIL RAMAPHOSA’S ADDRESS ON REGIONAL HOT-SPOTS
For the first time during South Africa’s arduous battle against COVID-19, a region will operate under alternative, tougher versions of lockdown restrictions. Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed the changes during his address to the nation on Thursday, where he identified the most troublesome ‘virus hot-spot’ in the country as Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB).
Since March, Mzansi has done everything as a collective. All provinces, metros, and local authorities have entered and exited different lockdown levels at the same time. Ramaphosa’s announcement marks a fundamental shift in how the future of our fight against COVID-19 may look: Local clusters will be targeted, to suffocate the threat of a national resurgence.
While directing much of his attention towards the NMB hot-spot, the president very much had a message for all South Africans as we head into Christmas; ‘ignore COVID-19 at your peril’. The statesmen was uncompromisingly clear in his messaging, imploring all citizens to mask-up, stay socially distanced, and avoid large crowds or poorly-ventilated areas.
ALCOHOL RESTRICTIONS IN NELSON MANDELA BAY
We have unfortunate news for those in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, please don’t shoot the messengers. President Ramaphosa introduced new restrictions on alcohol sales in the newly-declared hotspot.
The sale of alcohol in Nelson Mandela Bay will be restricted between 10:00 and 18:00 from Monday to Thursday. In addition, drinking in public, such as beaches, is now strictly forbidden.
President Ramaphosa warned that alcohol-related trauma admissions are making it harder for medical staff to assist those in need, and take resources away from patients who require COVID-19 treatment.
The restrictions in Nelson Mandela Bay include a new curfew that will now take place between 22:00 and 4:00.
Except for emergencies, nobody may be out of their place of residence at those times. Essential workers, however, are allowed to leave.
ZONDO VS ZUMA SET TO RETURN IN THE NEW YEAR
The Zondo Commission has moved to ensure that Jacob Zuma will finally face them head-on in the new year – after the DCJ issued fresh legal summons to the former president and his legal team.
Of course, any attempts to drag Msholozi back to the State Capture Inquiry will be done while the 78-year-old is kicking and screaming. His advocate Musi Sikhakhane has confirmed that they want to be appeal the decision Raymond Zondo made last month, where de decided against recusing himself from the panel.
This sent Zuma and his team into a tantrum, as they excused themselves from Commission without permission – violating a long-standing South African law. Zondo indicated that he would pursue a criminal charge against uBaba for this indiscretion, but as ANA report, it seems he’s waiting for the support of SA’s Constitutional Court first.
DCJ Zondo has approached ConCourt and asked them to compel Jacob Zuma to answer the questions posed by the State Capture Inquiry. They are aiming to have JZ back in the hot-seat by Monday 18 January, with his testimony set to last for a week up until Friday 22 January. It’s likely that Zuma and his representatives will try and delay this appearance.
However, it seems the Zondo Commission is already preparing for a new round of nonsense. They also want the ex-head of state to appear between 15 – 19 February. Should ConCourt back the bid launched by Mr. Zondo, Jacob Zuma could be found guilty of a criminal offence if he tries to abscond from proceedings once more.
WHY IS JULIUS MALEMA FACING NEW HATE SPEECH CHARGES?
At this point, Julius Malema has probably been hit with more hate speech charges than he’s had hot dinners. The EFF leader is a lightning rod for controversy, and it seems his recent actions have piqued the interests of an old foe. However, Juju could be set for a legal showdown with Gerrie Nel if the complainants have to switch to ‘Plan B’.
AfriForum filed their case at the Equality Court in Johannesburg on Thursday. They’re upset with Malema and his fellow EFF members for allegedly chanting ‘kill the boer, kill the farmer’ during the heated Senekal protests several weeks ago. According to the lobby group, these actions are tantamount to hate speech.
“Julius Malema, the EFF, and the supporters of this party must be forced to stop singing songs that incite hatred and violence. Their actions increase unnecessary racial tensions in the country and run counter to a peaceful democracy. For this reason, AfriForum today filed hate speech complaints against Malema and his party at the Equality Court.”
Welcome relief: Expired driver’s licences now valid until August 2021
Good news drivers, you have been granted an extension. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula signed a gazette on Thursday 3 December 2020, indicating that driver’s licences that expired in the last nine months of this year will be deemed valid for a certain “grace period”.
According to Mbalula, the following licences will be deemed valid until next year;
- All learners licences;
- Driving licence cards;
- Temporary driving licence cards; and
- Professional driving permits.
Licence discs, however, will not form part of the extension. The amendment will come into effect on the day of publication which is Thursday 3 December 2020.
FAKE TEACHERS FIRST EMPLOYED IN 2006
Two bogus teachers from Mpumalanga were both found guilty of providing fraudeulent credentials to gain employment in the Department of Education and have each been sentenced to 10 years behind bars.
The pair were arrested by members of the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation in February 2017 after a probe revealed that they were employed by the Department of Education as teachers in July 2006 using fraudulent qualifications.
South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi said that 50-year-old Sibongile Rose Khuzwayo and 47-year-old Nonjabulo Bahle Mabuza were finally convicted of their fraudulent spree at the Volkrust Regional Court on Tuesday 1 December.
“Khuzwayo took up her post at Hambani Primary School whilst Nonjabulo Bahle Mabuza was attached to Seme Secondary School,” she said.
Faf du Plessis rested, Kagiso Rabada ruled out of England ODI series
The Proteas have switched gears and have begun preparing for their One-Day International (ODI) series against England starting on Friday, December 4.
A number of players have either been released from the squad to play in the 4-Day Domestic Series or simply afforded a well-earned rest.
In Kagiso Rabada’s case, however, he’s nursing an injury.
Pite van Biljon, Bjorn Fortuin and Reeza Hendricks will all turn out for their respective franchises in the next round of 4-Day Domestic Series matches.
Meanwhile, Faf du Plessis has been granted a break ahead of the Test series against Sri Lanka starting on Boxing Day.
Drama as Kaizer Chiefs’ CAF Champions League tie faces postponement
There appears to be drama ahead of Friday’s scheduled second leg CAF Champions League preliminary match at the FNB Stadium.
Kaizer Chiefs have been alerted that their fixture against Cameroon PWD Bamenda faces a possible late postponement.
Chiefs were scheduled to face Bamenda on Friday at 18:00.
However, the fixture is now at risk after the Cameroonian outfit wrote to the Confederation of African Football asking to have it rescheduled.
“Cameroonian side PWD Bamenda have requested through CAF a postponement of our CAF CL 2nd Leg Prelim match scheduled for tomorrow, Friday 4th December.”
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Whether the request will be agreed to remains to be seen.
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