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Malema: Postpone reopening of schools and local government elections

EFF leader Julius Malema has called for the postponement of the local government elections in light of the coronavirus pandemic, saying both national and local government elections should be held simultaneously in 2024 in order to prevent a super-spreader event. Malema also said schools should remain closed until it was safe in order to protect the lives of children and educators.

Malema: Go for it Bobi Wine, fight for the people of Uganda

EFF leader Julius Malema offered some words of encouragement to Bobi Wine who is vying to be Uganda’s next president. Wine is going up against Yoweri Museveni, who has been president of Uganda since 1986. Malema was speaking at a press briefing on 14 January 2021

EFF's Malema: The closing of SA’s land borders is an act of racism

EFF leader Julius Malema said that the EFF did not agree with the government's decision to close land borders in South Africa, saying it was a ‘narrow, quick fix solution'. On 11 January 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the closure of 20 land borders to help contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Dlamini-Zuma: Stick to the rules, protect each other

Cooperative Governance Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on 12 January 2021 reiterated what the level three lockdown regulations are, pleading with South Africans to obey the rules in order to slow down the spread of Covid-19. Dlamini-Zuma said these regulations will be revisited once the peak has passed and the number of infections have declined.

Mkhize details COVID vaccine rollout plan to Parliament

Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced that South Africa is set to receive and roll out 1 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine this January. Mkhize also said the vaccine was safe and voluntary. The minister was addressing Parliament’s portfolio committee on health. #Covid19

SANDF to help police keep people off Garden Route beaches

Police Minister Bheki Cele said that the South African National Defence Force would be assisting police keep bathers away from the Garden Route beaches. The country returned to level three lockdown regulations, resulting in various beaches around the country closing to the public.

ICYMI: ‘I just want to find 11,780 votes’ - Trump in leaked phone recording

A taped conversation between US President Donald Trump and fellow Republican Brad Raffensperger has emerged. In the recording, Trump pressures Raffensperger - who is Georgia's secretary of state - to “find” enough votes to overturn his election defeat in Georgia to Democrat Joe Biden. The hour- long phone call recording was first obtained by The Washington Post.

Going viral on social media: The moments that trended in 2020

As 2020 finally comes to an end, we take a look at some of the social media challenges and trends that kept us entertained. From the #Jerusalema challenge to John Vuli Gate, here are some of the biggest social media moments from this year.

Mkhize: KwaZulu-Natal has highest number of COVID infections at present

Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize said KwaZulu-Natal had recorded the highest number of active cases. This comes after South Africa was moved back to level three restrictions due to a resurgence in infections. Mkhize also said that the safety of healthcare workers remained a concern.

Sober end to 2020 as alcohol ban is reintroduced

Speaking on 28 December 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced new restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. The president said alcohol consumption was a major contributing factor to the spread of the virus.

Ramaphosa: SA moves to level three lockdown with immediate effect

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the country will be moving back to level three restrictions with some adjustments. Ramaphosa said this was essential in the fight against COVID-19 and was necessary in order to reduce the burden on health care workers. This comes after the country breached the 1 million mark of infections.

Zondo Commission to request another extension

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo confirmed that the inquiry into state capture would be approaching the High Court to ask for another extension. This comes after the commission had to halt its work for three months due to the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent lockdown.