South Africa: Today’s latest news and headlines, Tuesday 16 June

Never miss a beat when it comes to the latest news in South Africa; be sure to review all the biggest headlines on Tuesday 16 June.

As South Africa commemorates the Soweto youth uprising of 1976, challenges and changes associated with lockdown continue to divide public opinion. Meanwhile, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula spends the public holiday in crunch talks with dissatisfied taxi associations.


Youth Day: Remembering the class of 1976

Today, South Africa remembers the 1976 Soweto uprising which, through protest and bloodshed, led to pivotal socio-political changes under the oppressive apartheid regime. On 16 June, thousands of students marched on Orlando Stadium in protest of government’s ‘Bantu education’ policy which was designed to further oppress and denigrate black South Africans.

Tensions escalated as the march progressed and, ultimately, police officers — armed with automatic rifles — opened fire on the crowd of students. While official government records of the time reported 23 deaths, it’s estimated that between 176 and 700 marchers were killed by apartheid police.

Today, in commemoration of the students who were gunned down for protesting oppressive apartheid policies, President Cyril Ramaphosa is scheduled to hold a virtual briefing under the theme “Youth Power” at 12:00.

Economic Freedom Fighters leader, Julius Malema, is expected to lead a ‘virtual rally’ at the same time, while Democratic Alliance (DA) leader, John Steenhuisen, will be in conversation with the official opposition party’s Youth Leader, Luyolo Mphithi.

Final adjustments to ‘Advanced Level 3’ lockdown

Minister of Small Business and Development Khumbudzo Ntshavheni is busy putting the finishing touches on an ‘Advanced Level 3’ proposal which is aimed at opening various sectors of the economy previously excluded by regulations promulgated within the Disaster Management Act.

According to Ntshavheni, who has spent the last week in meetings with Cabinet ministers and the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC), ‘Advanced levels’ propose the reopening of hairdressers, beauty centres, and sit-down restaurants in line with stringent regulations.

Ntshavheni revealed that new regulations would likely be ratified by Thursday.

Fresh wave of Gender-Based Violence terrorises SA

South Africa is under siege, with the number of women dying in the hands of men increasing since the easing of lockdown regulations under level 3, President Cyril Ramaphosa noted. 

The President has since called for South Africans to end the culture of silence and report perpetrators to the South African Police Service (SAPS).

The country is still in shock after the gruesome murder of Tshegofatso Pule, whose stabbed body was found hanging on a tree in Durban Deep, Roodepoort — less than a month she was due to give birth.

Several other cases where women were either raped or brutally murdered have been hogging the headlines.  

“It is a dark and shameful week for us as a nation. Criminals have descended to even greater depths of cruelty and callousness. It simply cannot continue.

“We note with disgust that at a time when the country is facing the gravest of threats from the pandemic, violent men are taking advantage of the eased restrictions on movement to attack women and children,” the President said.

In a statement, President Ramaphosa said he was struggling to come to terms with the violence inflicted on Pule, Naledi Phangindawo, Nompumelelo Tshaka and other women in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, whose bodies were found dumped in previous weeks. (Source: SAnews)

Deputy Minister tests positive for COVID-19

Deputy Minister of Correctional Services Nkosi Phathekile Holomisa has tested positive for Coronavirus.

Government has expressed wishes of a speedy recovery to the Deputy Minister.

“Holomisa has our full support and we are looking forward to his full recovery in order for him to continue serving the people of South Africa with great valour and dedication,” Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu, said on Saturday.

The Deputy Minister is self-isolating at his residence and taking all the necessary precautions towards a full recovery.

All direct contacts of Nkosi Holomisa will be traced and they will be informed to quarantine. (Source: SAnews)


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