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Noma Gigaba arrested on allegations of assault

The wife of a former minister has reportedly been arrested.

The Hawks on Friday confirmed that the wife of a former minister had been arrested in Pretoria.

“She was arrested based on allegations of assault and damage to property and a warrant for her arrest had been issued,” said Brig Hangwani Mulaudzi to the media.

The woman is expected to spend the weekend behind bars, and will appear in a Pretoria court on Monday.

Mulaudzi would not confirm the woman’s identity, but a police source, speaking off the record, confirmed to the press that the woman in question was Noma Gigaba, wife of former home affairs and public enterprises minister Malusi Gigaba.

The source made claims and confirmed the contents of a circulating WhatsApp message which stated that two officers arrested Noma on Friday and that she was being held at the Brooklyn police station until her court appearance.

 It was reported that the matter involves major damage inflicted on a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon worth in the region of R3m. A video circulating on social media, claiming that the vehicle belongs to Gigaba, shows smashed mirrors and glass on the floor, and long scratches down the passenger side. One of the scratches appears to spell out the word “cheater”.

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‘Uzalo’ halts production due to Covid-19

Uzalo production is to be on halt because of COVID-19 cases.

SABC 1’s popular soapie Uzalo has become the latest big name show to halt production due to Covid-19 after a crew member tested positive for the coronavirus.

In a statement, the broadcaster said it has been notified by producers, Stained Glass TV,  that it was shutting down on Friday and would “follow all the necessary protocols”.

It said the broadcast of the soapie would not be affected.

The broadcaster confirmed that all other productions which had been halted because of the virus had now resumed.

This includes Muvhango, which put a stop to filming last month to reduce the risk of exposure to Covid-19 on and off the set.

Uzalo actress Thuthuka Mthembu said the production had gone a long way to ensure safety on set. This included limiting the number of people on set for a recent wedding scene, social distancing, wearing of masks and sanitising before exchanging rings.

“The work we do requires us to get up close and personal with each other, so it has been incredibly challenging and we have had to do things differently.”

“We have our masks on and we are doing a lot of communicating with our eyes. It has to happen for the safety of all of us.”

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Everything you need to know about SA’s new lockdown Regulations

There are more than a dozen new pieces of legislation that were thrusted upon South Africa.

Cyril Ramaphosa spoke to the nation at 20:00 last night and announced a few regulations that are to be changed as of the beginning of this week.

There are more than a dozen new pieces of legislation that were thrusted upon South Africa.

They cover everything from alcohol, cigarettes and wearing a mask to when you can leave your home.

The laws, gazetted by cooperative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, take effect immediately.

This is everything you need to know about the new Disaster Management Act regulations.

Booze banned (Regulation 44)

“The sale, dispensing and distribution of liquor is prohibited,” the Act states, giving legal force to the announcement made by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday night.

The regulation also bans the transportation of liquor, except if it is required for industries producing hand sanitisers, disinfectant, and similar products. Transportation of alcohol is allowed for export, and from manufacturing plants to storage facilities.

Tobacco products  still banned (Regulation 45)

Unsurprisingly, the new regulations continue the ban on tobacco and related products.

The regulation states: “The sale of tobacco, tobacco products, e-cigarettes and related products to members of the public and to persons, including retailers who sell directly to the members of the public, is prohibited. The sale of tobacco, tobacco products, e-cigarettes and related products for export is permitted. The sale of tobacco from farmers to local processors or local manufacturers, and from processors to manufacturers, is permitted.”

Curfew is back on (Regulation 33)

Rampahosa said on Sunday that many of the social ills linked to excessive alcohol consumption took place at night, which meant a curfew needed to be brought back. This was made law by regulation 33 of the Act.

“Every person is confined to his or her place of residence from 9pm until 4am daily, except where a person has been granted a permit to perform a service permitted under Alert Level 3, or is attending to a security or medical emergency,” the law states.

Wearing a mask is not an option — it’s the law (Regulation 5)

Regulation 5, which governs the wearing of masks, has been changed to force South Africans to wear them, including in open spaces.

“The wearing of (a) a cloth face mask, (b) a homemade item, or (c) another appropriate item, that covers the nose and mouth, is mandatory for every person when in a public place,” the regulations state.

They go further to state that you cannot use any form of public transport — in any capacity or role — without wearing a mask. You also cannot go into or be inside a building, place or premises without a mask. You cannot “be in any public open space” without a mask.

The exception is for people who are performing “vigorous exercise in a public place”. However, social distancing must be in place, with the person doing the exercise maintaining “a distance of at least three metres from any other person”. What defines “vigorous” will be determined by health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize in due course.

Employers must provide masks, and that includes school bosses (Regulation 5)

“An employer must provide every employee with a cloth face mask, homemade item, or another appropriate item that covers the nose and mouth when in the workplace,” regulation 5 of the Act states.

The law says an employer may not allow any employee to perform any duties or enter the employment premises if the employee is not wearing a mask, or something appropriate.

It also puts similar responsibilities on the shoulders of school owners, managers and principals.

“The principal of a school, or owner or manager of an early childhood development centre, must take all reasonable steps to ensure the relevant authority supplies the school or early childhood development centre with sufficient cloth face masks, homemade items, or other appropriate items that covers the nose and mouth to provide to a learner of that school or early childhood development centre who does not have a cloth face mask, homemade item, or another appropriate item that covers the nose and mouth,” the law states.

If a pupil arrives at school without a mask, they may be provided with an appropriate item, if possible, or must be “isolated and his or her parent, guardian or caregiver must be contacted to, without delay, bring [one] for the learner”. If this isn’t possible, plans must be made to safely transport the child back home.

You can go to your local park (Regulation 39)

The new regulation removes “beaches” from the list of prohibited places, and also allows you to visit parks. However, this is not permitted for exercising and is “subject to health protocols”. 

Taxis can operate at 100% capacity (Regulation 43)

In what is perhaps a surprise move, but one that seems to show government buckling to pressure, taxis have been allowed to operate at full capacity for local trips. This is defined as anything less than 200km.

“For purposes of this regulation ‘long distance travel’ is a trip of 200km or more. whether the travel is within a province or interprovincial,” subsection 1 of the regulation states.

For long distance trips, a 70% capacity is permitted.

“Bus and taxi services may operate under the following conditions: (a) May not carry more than 70% of the licensed capacity for long distance intra-provincial and permitted interprovincial travel; and (b) may carry 100% of the licensed capacity for any trip not regarded as long distance travel in terms of sub-regulation (1),” the law states.

Punishment for breaking the rules (Regulations 14 & 48)

Regulation 14 deals with specific punishment for those who fail to enforce the wearing of masks within their ambit of operation. Regulation 48 is overarching and deals with people who break the laws themselves.

Regulation 14 states that when those responsible for enforcing the wearing of masks laws fail to do so — whether it be a taxi driver, company owner or school principal — they could face, on conviction, “a fine or imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months, or to both such fine and imprisonment”.

Regulation 48 also hands down the same punishment for those who breach other regulations — that is a fine or imprisonment of no more than six months, or both.

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Stellenbosch student allegedly assaulted by a classmate last Friday

A student at Stellenbosch University has spoken out on an assault case which took place Friday evening. The university has been called out for not taking the severity of the situation highly.

A male medical student at Stellenbosch University assaulted a female fellow student. Police have launched an investigation since, but no arrests have been made yet.

The incident took place at Ubuntu House, a residence on Tygerberg campus, in the early hours of Saturday, July 4.

The incident sparked outrage in the university community, and Anti-GBV Movement SU, an advocacy group, which spoke out about it.

Lebogang says both she and her alleged attacker are final-year medical students and were chilling in a friend’s room with their buddies on Friday.

She says at around 1am, the man kept touching her bum and after asking him to stop several times, she slapped him, which led to the alleged assault.The young woman says the man was drinking and made a pest of himself.

“A final-year medical student assaulted me because I kept asking him to stop touching my ass. He continued, and a guy friend of mine spoke to him and told him to stop,” she alleges. 

“He continued and after the third time, I slapped him and asked him to stop. This is what I got for asking a man to respect my body, my space,” she says pointing to her dik eyes.

She says a security guard broke up the fight and removed the man from the room.

Taking to Instagram after the incident, she expressed her fear of what her alleged perp might do in the future.

“This person is going to become someone’s doctor. He could do this to me, being his peer/colleague, imagine when he is examining your grandma, mother and children.

“Imagine what he could do if he was in a position of power?” the post reads.

Since then Stellenbosch has been called out by the Twitter society because the severity of the situation is not being taken seriously.

It has been reported that the 3rd year student has been sent to a private accommodation and the university did not necessarily check on Lebo’s well being or if she was okay.

Lebo shared her story on The Radio Police on Wednesday night expressing how she felt about the situation and how the matter has not yet been resolved.

Other students who are attending at the university fear for their safety saying that if matters like these can be easily disregarded they do not feel comfortable being part of the Stellenbosch community.

Since then people have been demanding for justice on the matter.

Senior Director of Student Affairs at the University, Dr Choice Makhetha confirmed in a statement that the alleged perpetrator was temporarily suspended as a disciplinary investigation is set to take place.

The man, whose identity is not known , could not be reached.

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The Samas 2020 are going virtual & Here is How

Things are going to be a lot more different at the SAMAS 2020.

The annual South African Music Awards (Samas) are the latest big event in South Africa to be affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, and are now moving online for this year’s edition.

Organisers on Monday confirmed that the 26th edition of the awards will take place next month and follow a brand new format. Here is how things are going to go.

The awards will move from the previous home at the Sun City Superbowl to online streaming service My Muze by Vodacom and Mzansi Magic, on DStv channel 161.

The awards are normally broken up into an industry awards on Friday and the main ceremony on Saturday, as part of an action-packed awards weekend.

This year the party has been extended to the whole week, with the awards presented over five nights between August 3 and 7, at 9.30pm.

The episodes will be broken into 30-minute shows, except for the last night which will be a 45-minute grand finale. The awards have always been known for catchy themes that celebs try to interpret when dressing up for the red carpet.

This year’s theme is a playful one: ForThaKultcha. The red carpet parade will move to the Twitter streets, where everyone is invited to share the spotlight.

The awards will be presented by two main hosts, who are yet to be revealed. There will also be guest presenters and panellists.

And of course what would the Samas be without several show-stopping performances and collaborations from Mzansi’s favourite and gifted musicians.

The nominees in the Record of the Year and Music Video of the Year categories, that are open to be voted for by the public, will be announced on Thursday, July 9 2020 on the SAMA26 social media pages and My Muze by Vodacom.

“We look forward to the SAMA26 virtual experience. Our teams are hard at work to deliver a show that we will all be proud of given the current state the world is in. I invite you all to tune in, plug in and do it for the culture,” RiSA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi said in a statement.

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Actress Rami Chuene says every Covid-19 statistic has a name

Rami Chuene told fans that the pandemic has keys been “real” it is more alarming now because people close to us really getting infected.

As the Covid-19 death and infection numbers continue to climb up, most celebrities are starting to see the severity of the illness and actress Rami Chuene told fans the pandemic has always been “real”, but is more alarming now because “people you know are now getting infected”.

Many thousands of South Africans have been infected with the coronavirus since March, and several celebs confirmed this week that they or their family members have contracted the virus.

Several TV productions have been halted over the last month or so over fears that staff may have come into contact with someone who had the virus.

As the virus starts to hit “closer to home”, Rami took to Twitter to tell fans the statistics have “always had names”.

As South Africans we need to start taking COVID-19 more seriously and take necessary precautions to make sure we heal and get through the pandemic.

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Fans shooketh by the news of Jada Pinkett Smith’s affair with August Alsina

August Alsina claims Jada’s husband Will give him their blessings.

American artist August Alsina had the internet shaking to the core on Wednesday when he confirmed that he had an affair with actress Jada Pinkett Smith, claiming he had her husband’s blessing.

August dropped the bombshell during a recent interview with The Breakfast Club’s Angela Yee.

He claimed to have spoken to superstar Will Smith, Jada’s husband, about their relationship before it all started.

“I actually sat down with Will and had a conversation due to the transformation of their marriage to life partnership. He gave me his blessing,” he claimed.

August said he gave himself “fully” to the relationship for years.

“I totally gave myself to that relationship for years of my life, and I truly and really, really deeply love and have a ton of love for her. I devoted myself to it, I gave my full self to it — so much so to the point that I can die right now and be okay with knowing that I truly gave myself to somebody,” August said.

He admitted their split “broke him down” and left him feeling paralysed.

Jada addressed rumours that she was in an open marriage, telling HuffPost in 2013 that she had told Will that he could do whatever he wants as long as he can look at himself in the mirror without regret.

“I’ve always told Will: ‘You can do whatever you want as long as you can look at yourself in the mirror and be okay’. Because, at the end of the day, Will is his own man. I’m here as his partner, but he is his own man. He has to decide who he wants to be. That’s not for me to do for him. Or vice versa.” 

August’s comments had social media users in a spaz, and soon Jada’s name topped the local Twitter trends list as Mzansi weighed in on her and Will’s relationship.

Here are some of the reactions:

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For the first time in 25 years youth day is commemorated virtually

Picture of an injured Hector Peterson, carried by Mbuyisa Makhubo while Pieterson’s sister, Antoinette Sithole, ran beside them

It has been 44 years since over 500 youth tragically lost their lives fighting for equal education rights when police, under the apartheid regime, decided to violently ambush their peaceful protest in Soweto on 16 June 1976.

The students were protesting the government’s directive of making Afrikaans and English a compulsory medium of instruction in schools. 

Photographer Sam Nzima captured the devastating and iconic image of the mortally injured Hector Pieterson (age 12) being carried by Mbuyisa Makhubo while Pieterson’s sister, Antoinette Sithole, ran beside them. The image was published globally, giving the world a glimpse into the brutality of the apartheid regime.

National Youth Day commemorates the sacrifices of the Soweto Uprising and brings attention to the needs and rights of today’s youth.

With the prohibition of large gatherings due to the covid-19 pandemic, South Africa will, for the first time in 25 years, celebrate this year’s Youth Month and commemorate Youth Day, virtually.

On Tuesday 16 June 2020, several civil society groups will host free webinars to ensure that this year’s Youth Day does not go unnoticed.

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Amanda Black speaks out on Femicide and corrective rape

Amanda Black mentions how grateful she was to have never been raped, but women should not have to count themselves lucky to have escaped abuse.

Musician Amanda Black is the latest celebrity to call on the government and police to intervene in the scourge of gender-based violence in South Africa.

The ‘Amazulu’ hitmaker recently spoke out on social media about violence against women, including corrective rape against those in the LGBTIQ+ community.

The star recounted how she and her friends would often lie about being together to stop people hitting on them in public, and said she now realised how that could’ve been a danger to their lives.

“I remember back then my friends and I even used to lie about being together just to stop a guy from continuing to harass either of us. Not knowing then that lying about being lesbian put us in even more danger,” she explained.

She went on to mention how grateful she was to have never been raped, but women should not have to count themselves lucky to have escaped abuse.

“I count myself so lucky to never have been raped. I can’t imagine the kind of damage it does to one’s soul. I shouldn’t have to count myself lucky. Not being raped and assaulted and killed should be the norm, mahn!!”

She appealed to the government and the police department to take action.

“We can’t be so desensitised to the brutal killings of all these women. This is not normal. It can’t be normal. Every other day it’s someone else, and these are just the ones that make it to the TL,” she said in a message to the government and South Africa’s police services.

She went on to call out on all rapists, not dropping names but stressing that “No means no” and should always mean no.

The world has been suffering from many episodes of gender based violence and corrective rape. Along with everything happening with the black community.

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#BlackOutTuesday

Thousands around the world protest George Floyd’s death in global display of solidarity.

It’s Blackout Tuesday, a day promoted by activists to observe, mourn and bring about policy change in the wake of the death of George Floyd. This movement has spread on social media, where organizations, brands and individuals are posting solemn messages featuring stark black backgrounds, sometimes tagging the posts with #BlackLivesMatter and #BlackOutTuesday.

The movement was started by music execs Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang, who wrote on a site that Tuesday, June 2 would be a day to pause all business and take a stand against the “racism and inequality that exists from the boardroom to the boulevard.”

The movement would take the form of people posting all black pictures to Instagram and other social media platforms.

There are large complaints about the movement, saying this is a time to spread awareness, and not just literally “black out” social media feeds. There are arguments that now, more than ever, is when communication shouldn’t be “blacked out.”

Protesters protesting in the US for the killing of George Floyd.

The hashtag is being rendered useless. When people click on the hashtag, they’re being confronted with a sea of black squares and not with anything about what’s going on with protests across the country.

As protests have spread across the US in response to the police killing of George Floyd, social media has provided an essential channel for both organizing demonstrations and sharing footage of police violence.

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