Today’s latest news and headlines, Friday 4 October
President Cyril Ramaphosa and Nigerian head of state, Muhammadu Buhari, will continue to unpack diplomatic tensions.
As government, led by President Cyril Ramaphosa, attempts to woo Nigerian leader, Muhammadu Buhari, who is on an official visit to South Africa, protests outside the Union Buildings have soured day one of the conference. Meanwhile, the controversial e-toll system is due for hot debate after many months of uncertainty. In sports news, Springbok lock, Eben Etzebeth, faces daunting prospects upon his return to South Africa from the Rugby World Cup – which could be sooner, rather than later.
Today’s latest news in South Africa, Friday 4 October
Buhari and Ramaphosa locked in bilateral talks
President Cyril Ramaphosa and Nigerian head of state, Muhammadu Buhari, will continue to discuss diplomatic tensions, which emanated from a fierce wave of xenophobic attacks in Gauteng, despite protests around the meeting.
Police clashed with demonstrators on Thursday afternoon. Bizarrely, protesters claim that the Buhari meeting with Ramaphosa is an imposter and, furthermore, demanded that the Nigerian leader take a DNA test to prove his authenticity. This isn’t the first time Nigerians are calling foul – according to Biafran activist, Nwannekaenyi “Nnamdi” Kenny Okwu Kanu, Buhari has been replaced by a man called Jubril from Sudan.
The Indigenous People of Biafra, a separatist group that seeks political autonomy for the Igbo speaking people of Southern Nigeria, were hit with stun grenades when they disobeyed police orders to disperse.
Dire crime stats paint a picture of relentless lawlessness
On Thursday, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) released its report on Governance, Public Safety and Justice – just days after SAPS crime stats shook the country to its core – revealing the prevalence of criminality in the country.
According to the report, housebreaking is the top crime in the country, with an estimated 1.3-million invasions reported in one year. According to Stats SA, 5.8% of households in South Africa were broken into.
While cases have hijackings have decreased nominally, 17 527 people were violently robbed off their vehicles in the 2018/19 year. The North West province is currently experiencing a shocking surge in hijackings (up 14%), and the province has seen a bigger jump in reports than anywhere else in the country.
October Transport Month focuses on road safety and e-tolls resolution
Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula will meet Community Constituents at the Pretoria offices, as a follow up to ongoing consultative processes, following Ramaphosa’s final instructions of finding an intergovernmental resolution for e-tolls.
The Gauteng Premier, David Makhura tackled the question of finding a lasting funding model on e-tolls while responding to questions at the Gauteng Provincial Legislature on Tuesday; and stated that the provincial government’s position on e-tolls has not changed.
During Makhura’s speech at the State of the Province Address mentioned his aim that stands to remove the failed tolling system, almost six years since its implementation.
Makhura noted that a joint team comprising of the provincial and national government has been appointed to find a lasting solution to the e-toll matter; and that the team will submit a report to the President once deliberations with various stakeholders have been completed.
Mthembu talks NDP at the University of South Africa
Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu, delivers the Fifth Annual National Development Plan (NDP) Public Lecture at the University of South Africa (UNISA) under the theme “The Role of the National Development Plan Vision 2030 and its impact on the Transformation of the Socio Economic and Political Life of Women in Post 1994 in the Republic of South Africa”. (Source: ANA)
Human Rights Commission guns for Eben Etzebeth
The South African Human Rights Commission briefs the media after it instituted legal proceedings against Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth in the Equality Court. Following a complaint received by the Commission in August 2019, in terms of which it is alleged that the Springbok player, physically and racially abused the Complainant in Langebaan during an altercation.
Calls for Etzebeth to be recalled from the Rugby World Cup with immediate affect have been emboldened by the SAHRC’s legal challenge. Coach Rassie Erasmus has supported Etzebeth and rubbished calls for his hasty return to South Africa.
India dominate poor Proteas on day two of first Test
India continued their dominance on Day 2 of the first Test match against the Proteas at Visakhapatnam on Thursday.
A double century on debut from Mayank Agarwal set India up for a total over 500 runs before the spin duo of Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja took three South African wickets before the close.
The Proteas closed on 39/3 – one of those wickets being that of nightwatchman Dane Piedt – to face a deficit of 463 runs going into day three after India had declared on 502/7.
Much of the continuation of the Indian innings on day two was a copy of day one when the seamers, Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander, kept good control before the spinners leaked a lot of runs.
Rugby World Cup: Springboks vs Italy – History
The Boks have met the Azurri of Italy 14 times ahead of their very first Rugby World Cup meeting on Friday.
The Springboks have won 13 out of those 14 matches with Italy earning a famous victory in 2016.
Back in 1995, the newly crowned World Champion Springboks, led by Francois Pienaar, played their first Test against Italy on 12 November in Rome’s Stadio. The Springboks ran out 41-20 winners on that day and went on to be unbeaten on their end-of-year tour.
Barring the upset defeat in 2016 all other Tests between the two countries have been far from close affairs.
In the 14 previous tests between the two countries, the Springboks have racked up 652 points while Italy have managed just 171.
The Springboks and Italy meet again today, this time in Japan, at 11:45 (SAST).
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