Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has defended the national coronavirus command council’s decision to lift restrictions on religious gatherings.  She was responding to criticism that “people are being sent to the slaughterhouse”.  Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu and NDZ reiterated that very strict measures would apply with regards to sanitation, disinfecting and social distancing for those religious …

Government’s decision to allow churches to open under strict guidelines have been met with a mixed response.  Citizens in the restaurant industry have questioned the reasons for allowing churches to reopen while forcing restaurants to remain closed for sit-down meals.  Wendy Alberts, the CEO of the Restaurant Association of South Africa, said the industry was …

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and Zweli Mhize, Health Minister, have refused to back down on the decision to ban the sale of tobacco products during the 3rd level of the national lockdown.  The ministers insisted that it was the right move.  Mkhize said that it would be a waste of …

Police in Benoni delivered a baby at the police station when a lady went into labour unexpectedly

Benoni police officers from the Putfontein police station went beyond the call of duty when they assisted woman to deliver her baby on Monday.  Sergeant Raid Ubisi said that the woman was at the police station when she went into labour.  “The pregnant woman accompanied her husband to the police station.  While she was at …

The briefing by the National Coronavirus Command Council has been postponed yet again.  It was scheduled originally for Tuesday but was then moved to Wednesday at 12:30pm.  The council is expected to announce details of the regulations for the level 3 lockdown which begins on the 1st of June.  With only 3 working days left, …

Thamsanqa Gabuza and his friends were arrested on Friday for reckless and negligent driving and breaking lockdown rules.  The group of friends included Rhythm City star Sphamandla Dludlu and musician Queen Lolly.  According to traffic officers they were speeding in Gabuza’s BMW when they were pulled over.  Gabuza was arrested for speeding and reckless driving …

x In anticipation of the ministerial update, scheduled to take place at 16:00 today, 26 May 2020, here is a short list of what is already known about the new level of lockdown: YES NO Domestic air travel for business No tobacco products may be sold Sale of liquor during specified times No public gatherings …

Dr Zweli Mkhize, the minister of health, signed off on a set of rules gazetted by the health department which, amongst other things, deals with the regulations surrounding funerals.  The rules, for example, dictate how bodies should be disposed off. Cremation is highly recommended for victims of the virus.  Burials or cremations must be carried …

The teenaged Lerato Mokhele who was raped and died in hospital later due to poisoning

Residents of Diepsloot have joined hands to help the family of rape victim Lerato Mokhele.  Lerato  died in hospital due to poisoning.  It is still unclear if Lerato took the poison herself or if she was poisoned by someone else.  In the spirit of ubuntu, residents donated food and other essential items towards a dignified …

Transport minister Fikile Mbalula said all facilities must be cleaned and disinfected before opening and all services providers must sanitise or provide hygiene dispensers for the washing of hands for their clients when entering their premises.

Fikile Mbalula, the minister of transport, has announced that driving license testing centres, registering authorities, vehicle testing stations and driving schools will start operating from the 1st of June 2020.  In a briefing held on Friday, the minister announced that he had issued directions in terms of the Disaster Management Act regarding the commencement of …