Daily News Brief

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Two protesters died in Caledon during Protests:

There has been a heavy police presence in Caledon following violent demonstrations in the area. The service delivery road protests saw the road from Caledon towards Uitsig and Riemvasmaak cordoned off and officials were diverting traffic. The protestors were claiming they have no places to stay, no toilets or running water. Community leaders were to meet with Theewaterskloof Municipality officials on Thursday afternoon.

Applications For Special Voting Status Now Open:

South African citizens wishing to apply for special voting status in the 2019 elections have two weeks to apply. The application window started today and will close on the 18th April. Those who qualify to cast a special vote are persons unable to reach a voting station on voting day for various reasons like disability. The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) has said home visits will be conducted on May 6 and 7.

Former President Kgalema Motlanthe Joins Global Commission on Drug Policy:

Former president Kgalema Motlanthe and former President of Mauritius Cassam Uteem have joined the Global Commission on Drug Policy (DCDP). The organisation is known to oppose the global effort to combat illegal drug use or “war on drugs” through increasing penalties, enforcement and incarceration. The DCDP advocates for drug policies that are backed by scientific evidence, human rights, public health and safety for everyone.

System Upgrade Interferes With processing of Smart ID card and passport applications at  Home Affairs:

There are some technical issues that have arisen during the Live Capture system upgrade at Home Affairs. This has affected the processing of Smart ID card and passport applications. All other services such as processing and issuing of birth, marriage and death certificates are available at front offices across the country.

ANC Distances Itself from Attack and Intimidation of Journalists:

The African National Congress (ANC) says it is recommitting itself to media freedom. This comes after the week’s altercation between its deputy secretary-general and an eNCA journalist earlier in the week. The party’s deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte’s altercation with journalist Samkele Maseko may have appeared to be undermining journalists and their freedoms but that was not the case said ANC acting spokesperson Dakota Legoete. The ANC leadership said this during a meeting to discuss the issue with the South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) and eNCA on Wednesday.

The Carletonville Creche Teacher Arrested:

The teacher from Ninnies Neuron’s Nursery School who was captured on video repeatedly slapping a toddler for vomiting and making her clean up the floor was arrested last week Friday. The video, it seems, was recorded a year ago and only surfaced on social media on Thursday last week according to the school principal. As soon as the school became aware of its existence, they reported the matter to Child Protection Services. Parents have taken their children from the school following the surfacing of other videos on social media of children and babies being assaulted. The Gauteng MEC for Social Development Nandi Mayathula-Khoza today decided to shut down the Carletonville nursery school and lay a complaint of neglect against its principle.

What to Look Out For:

Eskom’s Optimistic Plan to Have Less Blackouts Come Winter:

Eskom has a plan it hopes will work out and help it prevent severe blackouts during the cold winter season. However, the utility says, in case the demand for power outstrips supply capabilities, there will be a maximum of 26 days of blackouts limited to stage one. Last week’s stage four load shedding has resulted in a more stable power grid in the last several days. Eskom’s Andrew Etzinger says the utility can cope during winter even with a higher demand for power in the evenings.

ANC’s plans to block ‘rotten apples’ from Parliament:

The ANC has put its trust on the integrity commission to investigate and remove delinquent candidates on the national and provincial lists. The national executive committee (NEC) has decided to send its entire list of candidates to the commission for review and final ruling as to who should step down. There are those however, who view the integrity commission as powerless and unable to tame recalcitrant officials. Some of these officials have in the past ignored its recommendations or summons to appear before it.

#AlexTotalShutdown Protests To Continue:

A community meeting at 10am tomorrow has been planned, with residents continuing to call on Johannesburg executive Mayor Herman Mashaba to come and address them. One of the protest organisers, Sandile Mavundla, is quoted to have said that the shutdown would continue until the mayor of the city of Johannesburg,  Herman Mashaba, comes to address them. Residents want Mashaba to receive their grievances, and they have refused to be addressed by MMC for public safety Michael Sun, on behalf of the mayor who was unavailable.