Aspen 'starting all over again' with new batch of J&J vaccines, says Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the G7 summit on 13 June 2021 following announcements by the US FDA that J&J vaccines should no longer be administered. The president said that he had a discussion with the CEO of Aspen Pharmaceuticals, who ensured him that they were "starting all over again" with another batch of the vaccine.
Case against 6 accused in fatal Zandspruit mob attack postponed
The six accused in the Zandspruit mob attack case appeared at the Roodepoort Magistrates Court on 9 June 2021, where the case was postponed to 23 June 2021. The six were arrested and charged with murder after eight of the nine men set alight in Zandspruit succumbed to their wounds.
Justice Minister Lamola on land claims, hate crimes bill & court modernisation
In a wide-ranging interview, Eyewitness News spoke to Justice and Correctional Sevices Minister Ronald Lamola about the Land Bill, Hate Crimes Bill and how it will affect the LGBTQI+ community, as well as corruption.
'Don't forgive her killers' - man who discovered Tshegofatso Pule's body
Tshegofatso Pule's family held a remembrance ceremony on 6 June 2021 under the tree where her body was found a little over a year ago in Durban Deep, near Soweto after she was murdered. One of the people who found Pule’s body explained the gruesome nature of what he saw on that day.
Makhura: Load shedding, water cuts hurting Gauteng’s health response to COVID-19
The Gauteng provincial command council briefed the media on rising COVID-19 cases on 4 June 2021. Premier David Makhura said continued load shedding, water cuts and the temporary closure of the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital were exacerbating the health crisis in the province.
President Ramaphosa: ‘Corruption is not a victimless crime’
President Cyril Ramaphosa reiterated his disdain for the corruption that has infested itself in governance and how it affected the livelihoods of ordinary citizens as he responded to the budget vote debate on 3 June 2021.
‘This SA is for the future & the future is you’ - Govt launches Youth Month
Youth Month 2021 was launched on 1 June in Pretoria, where Minister of Women in the Presidency, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, told the youth in attendance that they were the future. Youth Month is an initiative by the Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities and its agency, the National Youth Development Agency, in partnership with the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture.
Herman Mashaba’s ActionSA wants govt to put S.Africans first
ActionSA president Herman Mashaba was invited to a site inspection of alleged hijacked buildings in Yeoville on 31 May 2021, where he reiterated his call for South Africans to be prioritised by the government over foreign nationals.
Cabinet: Health Dept's dodgy R150mn contract being probed by law enforcement
Acting Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni held a post-Cabinet media briefing on 27 May 2021 during which she emphasised that Cabinet could not give an opinion on the matter pertaining to Health Minister Zweli Mkhize’s possible removal due to tender irregularities within his department as it was still an ongoing investigation.
Gauteng ANC supports people of Palestine at picket at US Consulate
Members of the African National Congress in Gauteng held a picket outside the American Consulate in Sandton on 26 May 2021 in solidarity with the people of Palestine who have faced a barrage of deadly Israeli air strikes in recent weeks.
'Go home' - ANC pickets outside Israeli embassy in Pretoria
The African National Congress held a picket outside the Israeli embassy in Pretoria on 25 May 2021 in solidarity with Palestine following the recent escalation of violence between Israel and Palestine. The party’s deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte requested that the embassy pack up and leave South Africa.
'No land, no vote' - Rietvallei residents protest for own land
Residents of Rietvallei took to the streets on 24 May 2021 in protest over the allocation of land to build houses. The residents said that that they were fed up with being ignored by government when it comes to service delivery.
GALLERY: Voters head to polling station for Ga-Rankuwa by-election
On 19 May voters headed to the polls to choose from 145 candidates representing 29 political parties in by-elections being held across seven provinces in the country. Eyewitness News visited ward 30 in Ga-Rankuwa to follow the process.
Magashule ordered to apologise or face disciplinary processes
ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa delivered his closing address on 10 May 2021 after the party spent the weekend in its NEC meeting. In his address, Ramaphosa instructed suspended party secretary-general Ace Magashule to apologise for trying to suspend him or face necessary disciplinary processes.
Union not budging on strike until Metrobus negotiates with them
Labour union, the Democratic Municipal and Allied Workers Union of South Africa (Demawusa), is continuing with its strike action on behalf of Metrobus drivers, who are its members, and maintains that it will do so until Metrobus recognises the union’s legitimacy and negotiates with them.
Northriding teacher faces criminal complaint after racist incident
The parents of a 14-year-old allegedly involved in a racist altercation with a teacher at a school in Northriding says they have pressed charges against the teacher in question. Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi visited the school on 7 May 2021 after a video of the incident appeared on social media.
After daughter’s mystery death in China, family pleas for help with repatriation
Nomsa Mdunana and Pfarelo Mphaphuli are desperate to repatriate the remains of their daughter Kgothatso Mdunana from China after she died after allegedly falling from the 13th floor of an apartment building. Details around Mdunana’s death are still unclear.
’We must save lives now’ - President Ramaphosa on vaccine access
President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed a roundtable panel discussion on 4 May 2021 with the theme of learning from the past and present to build a stronger multilateral system for pandemic preparedness and response for the future. Ramaphosa emphasised the need for access to vaccines by poorer countries.