News Wrap | ENYOBENI MASS FUNERAL, CHARGES LAID AGAINST MINISTER CELE, BORIS JOHNSON RESIGNS

ENYOBENI MASS FUNERAL: UNDERAGE DRINKING IS RUINING OUR FUTURE – RAMAPHOSA

President Cyril Ramaphosa, said he is heartbroken that 21 teenage lives were lost at Enyobeni Tarven in Scenery Park, on Wednesday, 06 July 2022, during a mass funeral at the location.
President Ramaphosa gave his eulogy at the funeral service of the young teenagers who passed away at the Enyobeni Tavern in East London on Wednesday.
President Cyril Ramaphosa said: “We have lost our children here. There are parents who will not get to hug or kiss their son or daughter again. We are losing our future generation to the scourge of underage drinking. Alcohol is highly addictive. It is something to be consumed in moderation and responsibly, and only by those who are of the legal age to do so and mature enough to handle its effects.”
Also speaking at the funeral service, Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane said that due to the unfortunate deaths of the teenagers, South Africa and the rest of the globe were also in grief.
Two families, who were among the 21 deceased, did not attend the burial since they had already buried their loved ones.
The send-off, according to Mabuyane, was all about saying goodbye to the young lives that were lost.
“The tragedy that occurred here, where we lost 21 young lives, who are sleeping peacefully in their coffins before us. [We need to support the families] during this difficult time as they go through the pain of laying to rest the mortal remains of their children.”
Investigations into what happened last Sunday are still ongoing.
A doctor who spoke to the mourners during the funeral said that a stampede had been ruled out as the reason for the deaths.
Dr. Mathiyane explained: “We need to base our findings on the evidence that has been collected from those results. It is for that reason Mr president and community members from Scenery Park that we kindly ask that people wait for the results because this investigation is very sensitive and we should treat it as such.”

CHARGES LAID AGAINST MINISTER BHEKI CELE

Ian Cameron, has laid charges of crimen injuria and common assault against Police Minister Bheki Cele and SAPS members today at Gugulethu Police station, Cape Town, 07 July 2022.
Ian Cameron, Action Society director of community safety, was tasked by GBV survivors and the families of GBV victims to speak on their behalf, the meeting was about addressing the concerns regarding the increasing crime in the communities, which the communities feel that police have not adequately attended to.
On Tuesday, Ian spoke out against the incompetencies of the police officers in Gugulethu and how the crime rate has increased under their watch. He said: “Community members mandated Action Society to assist with gender-based violence (GBV) cases, where the police failed to investigate, ensure convictions, and speak on their behalf.”
And further added: “CPFs were never supposed to be operational structures, instead, foreign crime-fighting entities, including local government, law enforcement, schools and churches, come together to combat crime. Cele is against devolution but fails his own people.”
Minister Bheki Cele responded by saying Ian must “shut up and sit down”, Ian refused and that’s what led to him being forcefully removed from the meeting. To day he laid charges of crimen injuria against the Minister and SAPS members.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING: FATHER AND SON ARRESTED

Cornelis Uys (60) and son Albertus Uys (23) were arrested for Human Trafficking by the Hawks Nelspruit based Serious Organized Crime Investigation on Sunday, 03 July 2022 and were remanded in custody by the Belfast Magistrate Court on Monday, 4 July 2022.
A total of 39 human trafficking victims were rescued in their farm in Mpumalanga, the victims included 7 women, 9 children under the age of 5 years, and 23 males over the age of 18.
Mpumalanga Hawks Spokesperson, Captain Dineo Sekgotodi said the information collected at the crime scene showed that the victims were recruited from Mozambique and brought into South Africa by taxi for better jobs.
“The victims were transported from Mozambique to the border whereby they had to get out of the taxi and cross the border illegally through the river to the other side of South Africa, whereby they were taken by the taxi to Lydenburg”.

BORIS JOHNSON RESIGNS AS BRITISH PRIME MINISTER

Boris Johnson has resigned as the leader of the Conservative Party on Thursday, 07 July 2022, in London, UK. This is to make space for a new prime minister, this is after more than 50 members of his political resigned and paralyzed the UK government.
Johnson said in a statement outside Downing Street that “no one is remotely indispensable” and that Johnson leaving No. 10 was the “decision of the parliamentary Conservative party.”
He did, however, also make clear that he intended to continue as prime minister until the party chose his replacement, possibly until the fall, which immediately sparked discontent among Tory MPs.

JOE BIDEN PREDICTS STATES WILL TRY TO ARREST WOMEN WHO WILL TRAVEL FOR ABORTIONS

United States of America’s President, Joe Biden, has predicted that some U.S states will try and arrest women who will cross state lines to try and get abortions after the Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to the procedures nationwide.
13 Republican-led states have banned the procedure under the so called “trigger laws” after the court struck down the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling last week. Women in those states seeking an abortion may have to travel to states where it still is legal to have an abortion.

Article by Siyakholwa Vuso

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