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University of Fort Hare pays tribute to Nosicelo Mtebeni

The University of Fort Hare held a memorial service for Nosicelo Mtebeni on 25 August 2021. Mtebeni, who was a final year law student at the university, was murdered allegedly by her boyfriend Alutha Pasile. Mtebeni’s mutilated body parts were found in a suitcase and a plastic bag last week Thursday.

Deputy Minister Manamela: List of women killed by men continues to grow

Speaking at the memorial service of Nosicelo Mtebeni on 25 August 2021, Deputy Minister of Higher education, Science and Technology Buti Manamela said the list of women, especially students, dying at hands of men continues to grow. This comes after Mtebeni, a final year law student at the University of Fort Hare was killed allegedly by her boyfriend Alutha Pasile.

Fees Must Fall activist Bonginkosi Khanyile appears in Durban court

FeesMustFall activist Bonginkosi Khanyile appeared in the Durban Magistrates court on 23 August 2021. Khanyile is facing charges of incitement to commit public violence during the recent unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng; holding an illegal gathering and for not wearing a face mask in adherence to Covid-19 regulations.

Thousands of young South Africans queue to get COVID-19 jabs

On 20 August 2021, COVID-19 vaccines were opened to all people over the age of 18. Young adults in Gauteng account for the largest portion of those who have already registered on the EVDS portal, followed by the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

In conversation with ANC Limpopo secretary Soviet Lekganyane

In a conversation with Eyewitness News, Limpopo ANC secretary Soviet Lekganyane discussed a number of issues, including corruption-accused ANC treasurer Danny Msiza’s decision to step aside, recent violence at party meetings and the looming race for the provincial chairperson position.

National Assembly votes for new Speaker

Members of Parliament are electing a new National Assembly Speaker after Thandi Modise was moved into President Cyril Ramaphosa's reshuffled Cabinet as the new Minister of Defence. The African National Congress has nominated Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula as its preferred candidate, while the DA nominated Annelie Lotriet.

Government provides update on Marikana reparations

Solicitor General Fhedzisani Pandelani from the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development gave an update on reparations for the families of 34 miners who were killed by police during a protest at Lonmin mine in 2012.

COVID-19 vaccine update: Vaccine supply now stabilised following shortage

Newly appointed Health Minister Joe Phaahla said during a media briefing that, following a shortage in vaccine supply recently, the country now has over 10 million doses as of Friday morning. The department would also receive more than 20 million doses by the end of August. Phaahla encouraged South Africans to get the jab, saying that the vaccines were tried, tested, and proven to work.

COVID-19 update: SA still in third wave, positive cases rising in KZN, EC

South Africa’s new Health Minister Joe Phaahla said on Friday the country was still experiencing a third wave of COVID-19 infections. Phaahla said cases in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape were rising in a similar pattern to the Western Cape. Previously, acting health minister Mmamoloko Kubayi said that the Western Cape had the most new infections.

Cabinet reshuffle: Zweli Mkhize and Tito Mboweni resign

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced changes to the executive on 5 August 2021. During his address, Ramaphosa said that former health Minister Zweli Mkhize and finance minister Tito Mboweni have resigned fro their positions.

ANC to join IEC’s ConCourt application to postpone local elections

ANC deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte said the ANC would be joining the IEC’s urgent application to the Constitutional Court to postpone the local government elections. Duarte said the party’s major concern was that elections must be free and fair, that the electorate must have enough time to question candidates and that there must be certainty that elections would not be hampered by a wave of COVID.

Duarte: Violence and looting a malicious attempt to disrupt our democracy

ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte said that the violent looting and anarchy that took place in parts of Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal in July was an attempt to threaten the country's democracy. Duarte also said that the governing party was concerned that those responsible for the violence were not stopping with their plan and may be planning a phase two.

Minister Zulu outlines COVID-19 social relief grant measures

Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu outlined the government's COVID-19 relief measures to help ease the impact of the virus pandemic on South Africans. This comes after government reintroduced the R350 COVID-19 social relief of distress grant.