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South Africa dramatic COVID-19 rise

The Gauteng government has expressed concern about the increasing number of coronavirus infections in the province. According to the department of health's updated report Gauteng is experiencing an alarming increase in the rate of Covid-19 infections, with increased deaths in the past 48 hours. It says that about 174 people of which 57-percent were men mainly between the ages of 50 and 79 with chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension have died from Covid19. Coronavirus cases in South Africa surpass 150,000. Some 6,945 cases reported in last 24 hours.

Today Benjamin Moshatama speaks to:

• Professor Adrian Puren from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD)

• Professor Guy Richards is also a professor in the department of medicine at Wits and a principal physician in the pulmonology department.

• Aisha Abdool Karim, health reporter at The Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism

DRC Justice Minister Arrest

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s justice minister, Célestin Tunda ya Kasende, was released from custody hours after his arrest in the capital Kinshasa. Sources say the arrest comes after the clash between Tunda and President Felix Chisekedi over changes to judicial reforms which some see influenced by former President Joseph Kabila. The controversial reforms include proposals to define the powers of judges, which critics said is a ploy to muzzle the judiciary. They were put forward by the Common Front for Congo (FCC).

* Nixon Katembo Tasakana
Channel Africa journalist

* Kambale Musavuli
Centre for Research on the Congo

Malawi's re-run Presidential Election

The historic rerun of Malawi’s Presidential election has been won by the opposition, the first time a court-overturned vote in Africa has led to the defeat of an incumbent leader. Lazarus Chakwera’s victory was a result of months of determined street protests and a unanimous constitutional court decision that the May 2019 vote had widespread irregularities and could not stand. Chakwera won with 2.6 million votes out of 4.4 million cast. President Peter Mutharika, who had sought a second five-year term, called this new election flawed but has urged the country to “move on peacefully”. The Malawi Human Right Commission, one of the observers, has said the election was peaceful and transparent.

To help us unpack all these we are joined by

• George Mhango is Channel Africa’s correspondent in Malawi

• Undule Mwakasungula is n governance and human rights activist/ consultant

• Izak Khomo is Channel Africa’s resident expert on Africa

Simphiwe Dana

Simphiwe Dana (born 23 January 1980 in Gcuwa) is a Xhosa singer and songwriter in South Africa. Due to her unique combination of Jazz, Afro-soul, Rap and Traditional music, she has been hailed as the "new Miriam Makeba". Dana is also known for her creative social commentary and activism through music as a political art form. She released her latest album ‘Bamako’ but we will chat to her about that a bit later. Dana’s voice is also political. She is known for fearlessly engaging others, often through her social media accounts, on issues around social ills, politics and her personal struggles, such as domestic abuse.

Social Media Trends

what’s trending on twitter?

• Former president of South Africa Jacob Zuma was back in court this week?
• South Africa hit the 100 000 mark of covid 19 cases
• Great news for South Africa launching the first phase of the covid vaccine trial on Wednesday?

South African Medical Association

What’s happening on the continent and today we zoom into South Africa a lot has been happening this week here, we had vaccines trials but hey right now we want to speak about another important issue which is South Africa’s confirming over 100 000 corona virus cases. Let’s go to our lines and speak to Dr Karmen Coetzee who is the Chairperson of the South African Medical Association (SAMA)

South Africa Covid-19 Vaccine Trial

Oxford University rolled out Africa's first human trials for a potential vaccine against the new coronavirus in South Africa on Wednesday, as cases continue to rise. The trial, conducted with local partner the University of the Witwatersrand, will consist of two-thousand volunteers from 18 to 65 years of age, including some HIV positive patients, who will be monitored for 12 months after vaccination to assess how well the vaccine guards against COVID-19. South Africa is the second country outside of the United Kingdom to take part in the Oxford trial after Brazil launched its study on Wednesday. Professor Shabir Madhi is a professor of Vaccinology at Wits University and Director of the South Africa Medical Research Council (SAMRC) Vaccines and Infectious Diseases Analytics Research Unit. He was speaking to Channel Africa reporter Elizabeth Lediga,

To unpack this Channel Africa's Benjamin Moshatama speaks to:

• Professor Adrian Puren from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD)

• Professor Jeffrey Mphahlele from the Medical Research Council

Adapting to the 'New Normal'

No hugging, No touching and no touching of hands. Wearing musks all the time, sanitizing surfaces and observing social distance are the order of the day around the world. That is the new normal that the whole world is subjected to. Are we as a people ready to adapt or are we finding it difficult to adjust? We are having this discussion as we await the South Africa’s Finance Minister’s emergency Budget Speech to be delivered later today. He is expected to table a new financial framework to respond to the coronavirus pandemic which has wreaked havoc on the local economy, an economy which was already in a dire situation prior to the nationwide lockdown.

To help us unpack all these we are joined by

1.Dr Moipone Tlapu Mental health expert

2.Ian Cruickshanks Economist

3.Ralph Mathekga Political analyst

Malawian Elections

Malawians go to the polls for a presidential rerun election on Tuesday 23 June with strong indications that President Peter Mutharika should be defeated by his main challenger Lazarus Chakwera – in a free and fair election. But lingering doubts remain about whether Mutharika will allow that to happen.

In a historic decision in February 2020, Malawi’s High Court, sitting as the Constitutional Court, annulled the elections because of extensive vote-rigging, including blatant use of Tippex correction fluid to delete votes on the ballot for opposition candidates and replace them with votes for Mutharika.

The holding of the elections under coronavirus restrictions with no outside observers has also raised concerns, especially after the original election was rigged. After the courts annulled his victory in the elections in May last year and ordered Tuesday’s rerun, Mutharika has done his best to avoid facing the electorate again. And some observers wonder if he will still try to “throw another spanner in the works”, though they said on Monday it now seemed too late for him to do that.

To help us unpack all these we are joined by:

• Victor Chipofya is an analyst
• Undule Mwakasungula is n governance and human rights activist/ consultant

Corruption in Zimbabwe

In the latest to come out of Zimbabwe is that the Health Minister Obadiah Moyo's arrest after claims of corruption surfaced regarding a deal to procure coronavirus test kits. He has since been granted bail which was not opposed by prosecutors who are investigating three charges, including an "abuse of office" charge that carries a maximum sentence of 15 years. Meanwhile Zimbabwe is seeking talks with foreign creditors to clear decades of debt, warning that without more funds the cash-strapped government may not cope with the economic impact from COVID-19. Zimbabwe's struggling economy has further slumped due to the lockdown over the coronavirus. But critics of the request note Zimbabwe's history of corruption and failure to service its debt.

To help us unpack all these we are joined by:

• Dr Webster Zambara is the Senior Project Leader for peace building initiatives at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation -
• Simon Muchemwa is Channel Africa Zimbabwe correspondent -

Busisiwe Mavuso

She is an executive director and the Chief Executive Officer at Business Leadership South Africa; an independent association of the leaders of some of South Africa's biggest and most well-known organisations.
Born in Soweto a township outside Johannesburg during the apartheid era, Busisiwe Mavuso did well in accounting at school. When she matriculated aged 16 in 1994, the year South Africa became a democracy, she says she decided to pursue accounting as a career ‘without really knowing what it meant’.

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