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Boikhutso Ntsoko is a multimedia journalist with Eyewitness News.

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'Litigious skullduggery': Zuma’s bid for rescission dismissed with costs

The Constitutional Court dismissed former President Jacob Zuma's rescission application, with costs, on 17 September 2021. After being charged with contempt and sentenced to 15 months in prison, Zuma filed a rescission application, asking the court to review its decision. In the full judgment, Judge Sisi Khampepe stated, “Elected absence, like that of Zuma, constitutes more than litigious skullduggery, which does not have the effect of turning a competently granted order into one erroneously granted.” Meanwhile, Zuma has since been granted medical parole.

Vaccinated or not, you have the right to vote - IEC

The Electoral Commission’s chief electoral officer Sy Mamabolo assured South Africans on 16 September 2021 that the commission was ready for the voter registration weekend, and that whether vaccinated or not, all South Africans still had the right to vote. #IEC #MunicipalElecetion #VoterRegistration

Carl Niehaus opens criminal complaint against ANC top brass

Axed ANC employee Carl Niehaus laid a criminal complaint against the ANC and its top executive on 15 September 2021. This is after Niehaus was dismissed as an ANC employee last week, a move which he claims was riddled with intimidation and was a violation of labour laws. #ANC #CarlNiehaus #CyrilRamaphosa

Govt considers sports & entertainment as vaccine incentives

Health Minister Joe Phaahla held a media briefing on 3 September 2021 where he made mention that government was considering using sports and entertainment as incentives to encourage people to vaccinate. #COVID19 #HeathDepartment #COVIDVaccination

Some in Joburg South welcome spring without water

Residents of South Hill, Linmayer, Riasana and Tulisa Park protested outside Rand Water’s head offices in Glenvista, on 1 September 2021. Residents there were frustrated as they faced their seventh day without running water. Many public services in the community, including schools and clinics, had to be halted as a result. #CityOfJoburg #RandWater #WaterShedding

‘This is not life at all’ - Residents stuck in tents months after building fire

The residents of Gazine informal settlement are still stuck in temporary tents that were erected for them after the building that they'd used to house themselves burnt down, killing nine. At the time of the fire, the residents were promised that they would only stay in the temporary structures for two months, and now almost five months later, it still remains unclear when they will be moved. #JoburgFire #CityOfJoburg #KwaMaiMai

Judges are biased, says Magashule in leave to appeal suspension bid

Advocate Dali Mpofu, who’s representing suspended ANC secretary general Ace Magashule, accused High Court judges of being biased in their ruling on his suspension. Magashule’s session against his party was held virtually on 25 August 2021. #AceMagashule #CyrilRamaphosa #DaliMpofu #JesseDuarte

Commander-in-Chief Ramaphosa aware of challenges faced by soldiers - Makwetla

Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Thabang Makwetla held a media briefing on 24 August 2021 in Pretoria, where he mentioned that all challenges faced by the SANDF troops on the ground had been escalated to President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the SANDF. Makwetla said with due support, those challenges would be addressed. #SATroops #SANDF #CyrilRamaphosa

New helistop for residents of Steyn City

Steyn City, in collaboration with Ultimate Heli, launched a new helistop for the residents of the city on 21 August 2021. The new facility will allow residents to, quite literally, have a helicopter in their backyard.

SA recorded over 5,000 more murders in first quarter of 2021

Police Minister Bheki Cele delivered crime stats for the first quarter of the 2021 financial year, detailing that contact crimes such as murder, rape and assault had all registered double-digit increases. #CrimeStats #BhekiCele #Murder #Rape #Assault #GenderBasedViolence #GBV

Mbalula: The Road Accident Fund accumulated an annual deficit of R5.3 billion

Addressing the National Assembly on 18 August 2021, Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula said the Road Accident Fund had been operating on a financially unstable model. Mbalula said that RAF accumulated a deficit of R5.3 billion since March 2020 and had claims to the value of R14 billion that had been finalised but couldn’t be paid due to cashflow challenges.

5% of free-carried interest for mineworkers, implores the Mining Charter

Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe gave a keynote address at a memorial lecture held on 17 August 2021 by Sibanye-Stillwater in commemoration of 34 mineworkers who were killed in 2012 in Marikana. In the address, Mantashe mentioned that the current Mining Charter implored mines to give mineworkers 5% of free-carried interest so that they could continue to exploit the riches of their labour beyond wages. #MarikanaMassacre #GwedeMantashe #SibanyeStillwater

Fighting state capture & taking responsibility – Ramaphosa concludes testimony

President Cyril Ramaphosa testified at the Zondo Commission on 11 and 12 August 2021, in his capacity as former President Jacob Zuma’s deputy and later as the President of the Republic of South Africa. Ramaphosa told the commission that he took full responsibility for not doing enough to try and curb state capture. #StateCapture #ZondoCommission #CyrilRamaphosa