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ANC politician Andile Lungisa has started serving his two-year prison sentence

ANC politician Andile Lungisa has started serving his two-year prison sentence while awaiting his bail hearing at the Grahamstown High Court in Makhanda slated for Monday. On Tuesday this week, the NPA gave Lungisa 48 hours to hand himself over after his appeal was dismissed by the Supreme Court of Appeals last week. Lungisa was sentenced to two years imprisonment for assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, after smashing DA Councillor Ryno Kayser with a glass jug on the head, during a council meeting in 2016. Zolani Moya filed this report
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Oxfam calls pharmaceutical companies to assist poor nations access Covid-19 vaccines

Humanitarian organisation, Oxfam South Africa, has called on pharmaceutical companies to provide a people-based vaccine as rich nations race to buy Covid-19 vaccine stock. This as over fifty percent of doses expected to be available for supply post successful trials have been snapped up by the US, Britain, Australia, Japan, Switzerland, Israel, the EU, Hong Kong and Macaue. Oxfam, together with various other non-governmental organisation and activists says nine COVID-19 vaccines are currently going through phase 3 clinical trials. They say pharmaceutical corporations should therefore share all vaccine knowledge with other companies and research institutions in order for poorer nations to have access to the vaccine. Elvis Presslin spoke to Strategic Manager at Oxfam SA, Mthandazo Ndlovu
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Tourism sector welcomes opening of borders

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that there will be a gradual easing on restrictions on international travel from the first of October. However the President said travel will be restricted to and from certain high risk countries. #I amTourism has welcomed the reopening of borders saying it will bring about the return of business travel, conferences and expanded trade. Elvis Presslin spoke to its spokesperson, Thembi Kunene-Msimang, and political economist, from the Nelson Mandela University, Dr Ntsikelelo Breakfast
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Sporting restrictions remain in place during level 1 lockdown

Sporting fans who were hoping that they would be able to go to stadiums to support their teams on the field as the country moves to Lockdown Alert Level 1, have been dealt a major blow. President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that sporting restrictions will remain in place for now. Super Rugby has been the hardest hit despite the return of some domestic cricket games and soccer matches which saw the dramatic end to the PSL season. Elvis Presslin spke to Sports Physician and Health Consultant, Dr Mahlane Phahlane
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Public Protector to probe state resources abuse by the ANC

The Public Protector's Office will go ahead with an investigation into the use of state funds and resources for party interests by the ANC delegation which traveled to Zimbabwe last week. This is despite the governing party apologising and agreeing to pay back to the state the costs incurred for the trip after the ANC delegation used a SANDF plane to transport its officials to a meeting with the ruling ZANUPF in Harare. Elvis Presslin spoke to Public Protector spokesperson, Oupa Segalwe and political analyst Dr. Ralph Mathekga
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The Public Protector's Office will investigate the ANC delegation trip to Zimbabwe

The Public Protector's Office will go ahead with an investigation into the use of state funds and resources for party interests by the ANC delegation which travelled to Zimbabwe last week. This is despite the governing party apologising and agreeing to pay back to the state the costs incurred for the trip after the ANC delegation used a SANDF plane to transport its officials to a meeting with the ruling ZANU-PF in Harare. Public Protector's spokesperson, Oupa Segalwe elaborates and analysis with political analyst and author of 'When Zuma Goes' and 'Ramaphosa's Turn', Dr. Ralph Mathekga
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Human rights organisation protests against Arab normalisation deals with Israel

'Africa 4 Palestine' to picket outside the embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Pretoria to protest against the Israel-United Arab Emirates normalisation agreement, or the Abraham Accord. The agreement was signed on Tuesday in Washington by US president Donald Trump and the leaders of Israel and UAE. The accord, which normalises relations between Israel and UAE is seen by others as a a 'stab in the back of oppressed Palestinians'. Under the "Abraham Accord", the UAE and Bahrain will depart from their decades long commitment of boycotting and not having relations with Israel until the government ends its unlawful occupation of Palestine. Elvis Presslin spoke to Tisetso Magama, Spokesperson and board member at Africa For Palestine
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Tito Mboweni warns that the South African economy faces tough times ahead

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has warned that the South African economy faces tough times ahead and that painful sacrifices will need to be made going forward. Mboweni wrote an opinion piece in a Sunday newspaper where he called for structural reforms of the South African economy. This follows the GDP shrinking by a record 51 percent in the second quarter, its forth quarterly contraction in a row. Mboweni says the contraction in growth is larger than anticipated by both the National Treasury and the Reserve Bank. Mboweni writes that private investments are needed in government entities such as Eskom in order to grow the economy. For more on Minister Mboweni's views and concerns, Professor Raymond Parsons from the North West University's Business School elaborates...
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Electoral laws amendments could pave the way for the introduction of electronic voting

Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi is to table in parliament amendments to the electoral laws that could pave the way for the introduction of electronic voting over and the above the traditional method of polling. Motsoaledi has disclosed this in a notice on the government gazette. The IEC told parliament in July that it was also considering piloting e-voting. However, such a pilot project would require additional funding from the National Treasury.
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EFF has called off the protest action at Clicks stores with immediate effect after agreement with Unilever and Clicks

The EFF has called off the protest action at Clicks stores with immediate effect. The party met with executives from both Unilever and Clicks in separate meetings at its headquarters in Braamfontein, Johannesburg yesterday. Clicks committed to drop all Tresemmé SA products from all its stores and replace them with locally produced products, while Unilever promised to withdraw the products from all retail shops for 10 days. EFF met with the two retail giants to discuss the damaging TRESemmé advert that triggered the party to launch protest action against Clicks for publishing the advert on its website last week.
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Change will come - President Cyril Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa has reassured South Africans that the change they want to see in the country will happen. Ramaphosa was speaking to editors in an engagment with SANEF, where he said the work government is doing will reveal itself.

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