Weekend Wrap | Eight initiates have died in EC, Day Zero in Nelson Mandela Bay, Sri Lanka President to Resign

EIGHT INITIATES HAVE DIED IN THE EASTERN CAPE

Eight (8) initiates have died in the Eastern Cape, OR Tambo District since the beginning of the initiation season.
About 40 000 boys have undergone initiation and at least 8 of them have passed on.

It is blamed on illegal initiation schools that have become a norm.
The Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs says illegal initiation schools in the province are thriving more than legal ones.

“Our findings are that generally in most of the schools they are illegal. Some traditional surgeons are not registered,” said Fikile Xasa.

“That was our biggest problem. The illegal schools were more than the legal ones. Some boys have already died.

“The law itself that we were following up on is not understood by everybody — customary initiation act. The structures that have been establish do not know how to enforce the law.”

Source eNCA.com

DAY ZERO HAD ARRIVED IN THE BAY

Nelson Mandela Bay has had day zero approaching for a while now and it has been confirmed that the water supply from Kouga Dam has been used up.

The metro of about 1.5 million people is on Friday set to begin its day zero where some places are set to run out of water and as a result it has put up emergency weather collection points.
Source: https://www.iol.co.za

SA IS SITTING ON A TICKING TIME BOMB: SAID YOUNG COMMUNIST LEAGUE

The Young Communist League of South Africa (YCL) in the North West says SA is sitting on a ticking time-bomb of the increasing number of youth unemployment which may result in the collapse of the country soon.

The league was delivering this message during the SACP’s provincial council ahead of the party’s 15th National Congress which will take place later this month.

“Out of the 34.5% that is the national unemployment rate, the most affected people are young people. It’s a point of concern for us. So, it means if it’s young people who are highly concentrated on the unemployment radar, we are sitting with a ticking time-bomb”, said YCL’s Tsietsi Letshebe.

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SPEAKER DECLINES A PROBE BY PARLIAMENT INTO THE THEFT AND ROBBERY ON THE PHALA PHALA FARM SAGA.

National Assembly Speaker, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nkqakula, has declined a request made by the leaders of the Democratic Alliance (DA) and African Transformation Movement (ATM), for Parliament to act against President Cyril Ramaphosa on a robbery and theft that occurred at the presidents private Phala Phala Farm.

The ATM leader, Vuyo Zungula, submitted a motion that seeks the removal of the President in terms of section 89 of the constitution.

The Speaker’s letter to the ATM’s leader, said that she was unable to figure out which of the listed grounds in section 89(1) was he relying on.

The Speaker has recommended accordingly that Mr Zungula should ensure clearly formulated grounds on which his motion relies.

Meanwhile, on the DA’s request for the Speaker to set up an ad hoc committee to investigate the allegations surrounding the robbery and theft at the presidents Phala Phala farm, she has stated that some of the tasks proposed are still in the hands of other institutions for investigations, including law enforcements.

John Steenhuisen responded by saying that it was a deliberate move by parliament to protect the executive and the president from accounting to the public.

MORE THAN 15 PEOPLE HAVE DIED IN TARVENS THIS WEEKEND.

Two people have been killed and four others were left with bullet wounds in another shooting incident in Katlehong, Ekurhuleni, on the 08 July 2022.

Gauteng Police spokesperson, Colonel Dimakatso Sello said that two people died on the scene, and four others were taken to hospital on Friday.

Police are investigating four cases of attempted murder and two cases of murder.

Gauteng Police Commissioner, Elias Mawela: “Upon further investigations, we now know that the motive was robbery. We are yet to make arrests.”

Fifteen other people were killed in the early hours of the 10th of July 2022, when unknown gunmen shot people at another tarven in Soweto.

Mdlalose’s Tarven in Nomzamo Power Park, Soweto, was invaded by gunmen who started firing several shots inside and killed 15 people, 9 people were transported to a nearby hospital after sustaining serious injuries.

“We are hoping and praying that those victims that are still in hospital will recover soon and return to their families. At this moment in time, the motive for these senseless killings has been not identified,” said Elias Mawela, Gauteng Police Commissioner.

SRI LANKA’S PRESIDENT TO RESIGN

Sri Lankan President, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, is planning to step down as the country’s president on 13 July 2022, the Speaker of the country’s parliament said on Saturday.

This is after half of Sri Lankan citizens took to the streets in protest, demanding the removal of their president from office. They also barged into the residence of the president in Colombo, the country’s capital, on Saturday, 09 July 2022, demanding that he resigns.
A few years ago, Sri Lanka’s economy was strong enough to provide most people with jobs and financial security. It is now in shambles, relying on aid from India and other counties as its leaders desperately try to negotiate a bailout from International Monetary Fund.

Crowds of flag-waving demonstrators enraged by Rajapaksa’s handling of the country’s crisis in decades, gathered in front of the president’s official state residence and stormed past security officers and marched into the residence, despite heavy armed security.

The president is said to be taken to a safer location, with claims saying he is near the airport, though this cannot be confirmed. Protester dismantled several police barricades in Colombo’s government district before breaking into government buildings on Saturday. According to a witness, police fires shots into the air but were unable to stop the crowd from encircling the presidential residence.

Article by Siyakholwa Vuso | Edited by Cwayita Zweni

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