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IEC to approach Constitutional Court if 2021 local government elections are postponed due to Covid-19

The Electoral Commission (IEC) will approach the Constitutional Court to seek an appropriate remedy should former deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke – who has been tasked with investigating whether it will be viable to hold a free and fair election October – recommend a postponement.

“The commission would have to apply its mind to the report and then come to an independent decision about the necessity to approach the Constitutional Court for authorisation to conduct the elections outside of the constitutionally defined timeline,” said IEC chief executive officer Sy Mamabolo.

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced in April that the local government elections will take place on October 27, despite the country being in the middle of a deadly pandemic.

While Moseneke has been tasked reviewing a process to determine whether it will be feasible to hold a free and fair elections, the IEC says it is “technically ready” to roll out its plans.

SA's GDP figures show better-than-expected growth in Q1 of 2021

A pickup in household spending and robust activity in SA's mining and finance industries helped the country’s pandemic-battered economy grow a better-than-expected 4.6% in the first three months of 2021, marking a third consecutive quarter of recovery.

Annabel Bishop, chief economist at Investec, outlines the Q1 GDP result, drawing particular attention to the impressive growth of the financial sector and the ongoing risk presented by electricity supply constraints.

UK public expresses mixed reactions to name of Harry and Meghan’s new baby

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcomed their second child, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor or “Lili” for short, into the world on June 4.

The baby was named after her grandmother, Princess Diana, and great-grandmother, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

However, given the strenuous and widely publicised split between the young couple and the royal family in March last year, the name has received mixed reviews from members of the British public.

Audio provided by Reuters 

SA's new Olympic kits have been pioneered by local designers for the first time

When Team South Africa lines up in their attire for the prestigious parade of athletes at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics opening ceremony in Japan next month, it will be the work of four unknown young Durban designers that will be showcased to the world.
Thanks to the creative talents of Nompumelelo Mjadu, Sandile Sikhakhane, Sipho Lushaba and Mbali Zulu, this time around athletes will be smartly kitted out and oozing "swag" most South Africans complained they lacked in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics with their ill-fitting overseas manufactured gear.

‘Incredible arrogance’: how the Guptas tried to bully me

Themba Maseko says he used profanities to tell the Guptas to get lost, and earned the ire of his boss then-President Jacob Zuma. The former chief government spokesman shares details of his uncomfortable nteractions with the Guptas and being betrayed by Zuma and others in the ANC, in the memoir, For My Country. He sat down with Sam Mkokeli to talk more about this book and the future of South Africa.

What next for the Pan African Parliament?

The fourth ordinary session of the fifth Pan African parliament was suspended yesterday, with no resumption date in sight.
This follows chaotic scenes during a debate on the organisations elections process, which led to the collapse of an ordinary session held in Midrand this week.
At the heart of the divisions was the strong push by Sadc countries for the implementation of a rotational principle in the election of the Pan African parliament president, which was meant to be elected during the sitting.
Head of media and communications for the Pan African parliament, Jeffery Onganga, explains what the sitting had hoped to achieve, what caused the division and what next steps would be implemented by the organisation.

FULL ADDRESS | President Cyril Ramaphosa moves SA to level 2

SA will move to lockdown adjusted level 2 from Monday.

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday already confirmed that tighter restrictions were on the cards as SA enters its third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

He said there has been a sustained average 3,745 daily new infections — a 67% increase on the previous week.

All you need to know | Zuma returns to court

In what resembled more of a concert than a court case, scores of former president Jacob Zuma’s supporters gathered outside the Pietermaritzburg high court on Wednesday.
Inside the courtroom, Zuma pleaded not guilty to charges of racketeering, corruption, fraud and money laundering before presiding judge Piet Koen.
Here is everything you need to know about what happened both inside and outside court today.

New initiative tries to make the science around Covid-19 easier to understand

Singer-songwriter Nibs van der Spuy plucks at his six-string guitar, sending an African-inspired tune into the Durban air. His audience is enthralled - but it is an audience of just one person, virus expert Prof Tulio de Oliviera.
The two are sitting outside, 2m apart, and chatting as part of an initiative launched by KRISP to simplify and take the messaging around Covid-19 to audiences that might not hear it or that might be put off by the intricate science of the pandemic.
Under the name “Jiving With Science”, the idea is to have conversations in order to dispel some of the myths and fears around Covid-19 and to answer questions people might have, particularly now as the vaccine rollout has begun in SA. So far, two videos have been posted online - one with Van der Spuy and the other with musician Guy Buttery - on YouTube.

What legal action is being taken by the Myeni family?

Court documents filed by Lindsay Myeni's attorney, James Bickerton, claim the trio of police officers who shot Lindani Myeni, had failed to announce that they were police officers.
According to the court papers: “The failure of the officers to announce they were police officers or declare their purpose was not only unlawful in these circumstances, but doing so with a gun drawn also negligently and recklessly communicated to Mr Myeni that they were not police officers, but
rather 'Maglite muggers' or 'Maglite murderers,' because reasonable people are aware that police officers will announce themselves as officers in order to make their commands to stop, restrain or arrest a person to be lawful commands.”

FULL INTERVIEW | Recently widowed Lindsay Myeni calls for racial discrimination and injustice to end

According to now widowed Lindsay Myeni, in the last hours of Lindani Myeni's life he sought spiritual protection, displayed erratic behaviour and told his wife Lindsay that he had seen his ancestors.
Later that evening the 29-year-old former KwaZulu-Natal rugby player took a drive to clear his head and never returned to their Honolulu, Hawaii home in the US.
The next day Lindsay found out her husband had been shot four times near their house during a confrontation with three Honolulu police officers outside a luxury six-bedroom Hawaii home which he had entered.

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