Today’s latest news and headlines, Thursday 8 July 2021

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Former President Jacob Zuma has resolved at hand himself over to authorities on Wednesday 9 July, having left Nkandla in a motorcade late on Wednesday evening, minutes earlier than he was about to be arrested by police

TODAY’S LATEST NEWS IN SOUTH AFRICA, Thursday 8 July

Jacob Zuma arms himself over to PRISON authorities

The Jacob Zuma Basis has confirmed that corruption-accused former President of South Africa, has left his house in Nkandla at hand himself over to members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) on Wednesday 7 July. Zuma was discovered responsible of contempt by the Constitutional Courtroom final week and failed at hand himself over to authorities throughout the mandated 5 day interval, leaving Police Minister Bheki Cele with the appropriate to implement the arrest order.

It’s not but clear which facility he’s going at hand himself over to.

Zuma and his authorized council tried in useless to launch a hail Mary plea to the Constitutional Courtroom earlier on Wednesday, asking South Africa’s apex court docket to droop the order to arrest the previous President pending the end result of two separate challenges levelled on Tuesday on the Pietermaritzburg Excessive Courtroom.

In a tweet despatched out shortly earlier than the arrest deadline at midnight on Wednesday 7 July, the JG Zuma Basis stated that Zuma has finally determined to adjust to the order and switch himself over to authorities.

“Please be suggested that President Zuma has determined to adjust to the incarceration order. He’s on his method to hand himself right into a Correctional Companies Facility in KZN. A full assertion will likely be issued in the end,” they stated.

Fingers crossed: Gauteng COVID-19 circumstances ‘now near peaking’

Premier David Makhura has acknowledged that Gauteng is nearing the height of its COVID-19 infections through the third wave. The inhabitants has been decimated by a wave of latest circumstances, filling up hospitals and driving up mortality charges within the course of. Nevertheless, official figures present that the tide *would possibly* be turning.

Degree 4 lockdown restrictions, issued 10 days in the past, appear to be taking a toll on the unfold of the virus. For the previous couple of days, the variety of new circumstances has been declining slowly, however noticeably. Whereas addressing the media on Wednesday, Makhura stated that Gauteng is now ‘very shut’ to its peak – which means that circumstances are prone to tumble quickly.

“Our crew of scientists yesterday offered a report. We predict we’re very shut, we will’t say after we will peak. Actually, even when we attain the height this week we’re going to proceed to ramp up the vaccination.”

“I have to thank the individuals of our province, we have now seen extra compliance, persons are solely going out when its obligatory we have now seen a major enchancment when it comes to compliance and our legislation enforcement are additionally on the bottom.”

Carl Niehaus SUSPENDED by ANC for ‘inflammatory speech’

ANC rogue Carl Niehaus has lastly pushed his comrades too far. Closely concerned within the now-disbanded MKMVA wing of the get together, the Zuma ally spent the most effective a part of the final week kicking a hornet’s nest outdoors of Nkandla – main unlawful gatherings outdoors of the previous president’s house. His behaviour, nevertheless, has now obtained him suspended from the get together.

In a letter issued to Niehaus, the ANC NEC made it clear that he was responsible of ‘bringing the get together into disrepute’ because of his alleged inflammatory speech, addressed to hundreds of supporters. On Tuesday, Jessie Duarte in contrast his language to ‘phrases utilized by terrorists’, after the 61-year-old known as for loyalists to type a human defend round Msholozi.

“The NEC has famous with concern your inflammatory speeches made outdoors of Nkandla this week. They had been broadcast on dwell TV, and have introduced the ANC into disrepute. We have now resolved that this conduct was a violation of the get together’s Structure, and warrants disciplinary motion. The NEC has additionally determined to quickly droop you from the ANC.”

“It’s cheap to consider that you’ll proceed together with your acts of misconduct and trigger additional injury to the identify and repute of the ANC. The suspension comes into impact instantly, and justified the removing of a 48-hour interval so that you can reply to the allegations. You’ll be able to, nevertheless, enchantment in opposition to this determination.”

NCCC to ‘lengthen Degree 4 lockdown additional’ this weekend

South Africa’s Nationwide Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) is about to satisfy earlier than Sunday 11 July, as they arrive to a last determination on extending the nation’s Degree 4 lockdown rules. The information, nevertheless, isn’t prone to be constructive.

COVID-19 circumstances nonetheless stay at a really excessive stage in South Africa, and Gauteng particularly. New infections stay at their peak, which means that hospitals are nonetheless going through a battle to deal with each affected person admitted to the emergency wards. When Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation 10 days in the past, he hoped that the scenario would’ve eased off by now.

It hasn’t, and meaning an extension of Degree 4 restrictions is now inevitable. The more durable type of lockdown was put in place for 2 weeks, however very similar to our State of Catastrophe Rules, they’re prone to be rolled over as soon as once more this month. The third wave has, by some margin, been essentially the most ferocious of the virus surges skilled in SA.

Watch: Secunda man assaulted by a gaggle of bikers

A person was severely assaulted by a gaggle of bikers in Secunda after he confronted a girl who had allegedly reversed her automotive into his automotive.

In a video that has since been shared on social media, a gaggle of bikers could be seen hitting and kicking the defenseless man mendacity on the bottom.

Brigadier Leonard Hlathi, police spokesperson stated 5 individuals have been arrested for the assault together with the lady.

“The 5 suspects, Dean Venter (29), Frank van Meyeren (36), Jonathan Vermuelen (41), Sonia van Meyeren (47) and Johannes Vermeulen (50) have been arrested after they had been captured on video, which is making rounds on-line, allegedly assaulting a person.”

Hlathi stated the person opened a case of assault with the intent to trigger grievous bodily hurt (GBH).

“In keeping with info acquired, a 27-year-old man who’s a sufferer on this matter, allegedly confronted one of many suspects, Sonia van Meyeren, after she reversed her automobile and allegedly bumped his automotive.

Newest farm assault foiled: SAPS arrest 5 suspects impersonating officers

Police in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) have efficiently foiled an tried farm theft, with 5 suspects arrested having plotted to invade a Heilbron property by impersonating cops. 

The suspects had been caught planning the theft and attainable different crimes on Tuesday 6 July by police who had been alerted to the approaching assault by a tip-off. They’re anticipated to look in court docket later this week on a number of costs. 

South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Colonel Thandi Mbambo stated in a assertion that two of the suspects are from Gauteng, while the opposite three are from KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). 

“5 suspects (4 males and a feminine) aged between 30 and 41 years respectively, will seem in Heilbron Justice of the Peace court docket on Friday 9 July 2021, on a cost of possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunitions together with conspiracy to commit crime and impersonating a Police Officer,” she stated. 

Mbambo stated that the arrests had been made on Tuesday night by advantage of a coordinated operation in response to the details about the plotted farm assault acquired earlier that day.

Watch: Belgium volunteer ATTACKED by a cheetah at SA wildlife facility

A younger volunteer from Belgium was not too long ago attacked and injured by a captive cheetah at a South African wildlife facility.

The volunteer Amandine Lequime, who was helping at a captive wildlife facility in South Africa, was left traumatised after the assault by a captive cheetah final month.

Lequime was filming outdoors of the cheetah’s enclosure, whereas her colleague was on feeding obligation.

She stated as quickly as her colleague opened the enclosure gate, one of many cheetahs approached Lequime swiftly, jumped on her again aiming for her throat.

“I misplaced my stability and fell to the bottom, the place the cheetah continued to chew and claw my legs and arms till the power supervisor succeeded in getting the cheetah away from me.

“I ended up in hospital for therapy of a number of deep chew marks and cuts that brought on muscle injury and required stitches.”

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