Wednesday, June 26, 2019

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WRAP-UP BULLETIN 26 JUNE 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission said the prolonged renovations at the Dr George Mukhari Hospital in Ga-Rankuwa was placing the health of mental patients at risk. The commission visited the hospital on Tuesday for a site inspection following complaints of ill-treatment of patients by the hospital management. The commission met with the acting CEO Professor John Ndimande to probe allegations about the poor quality of treatment and care at the hospital. The commission said it was shocking to see the contractor carrying out renovations at the hospital with patients there. The commission's Buang Jones said the smell of paint, constant noise and objects that were left lying around pose a great risk to the mental patients.

Another Golden Arrow bus has been set alight on the N2 highway in Cape Town on Tuesday night. This is a fourth bus in June alone, destroyed during demonstrations which caused the closure of a number of roads in the area. Barely 48-hours, after a Golden Arrow Bus was torched during claimed service delivery protests in Philippi earlier this week, another of the company's coaches, was attacked on the N2 highway. This time, protesters set fire to a provincial traffic car too. City of Cape Town officials said burning tyres were thrown onto the N2 outbound before the R300. In a separate incident, demonstrator also burnt tyres at the corner of Govan Mbeki Road and Symphony Way in Philippi.

Eskom has been accused of refusing to repair a power transformer that exploded in Diepsloot, leaving residents without electricity for over five weeks. Community members said they have lost businesses and couldn't keep warm because of the prolonged power outage. Eskom has reportedly said it wouldn't repair the damaged transformers in areas where people don't pay for their electricity usage. EWN reports that, Community leader Papi Sathekge has admitted there were a lot of people who did not pay electricity. Eskom couldn't be reached for comment. Meanwhile, Mashaba said the city would take up the issue of power outages in Diepsloot with Eskom. Mashaba made the comments during his oversight visit in the area on Tuesday. The mayor said there was not much the city could do because the area received power directly from Eskom.

Members of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s executive will have double the staff complement at their offices and the State will pay twice as much for the cost of security at their private residences.
Strict new guidelines have replaced the ministerial handbook nearly a decade after Jacob Zuma’s administration announced it was being reviewed. According to IOL, The 33-page Guide for Members of the Executive will apply to ministers, their deputies, premiers and MECs, and has replaced the ministerial handbook approved by former president Thabo Mbeki’s Cabinet in February 2007. Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu announced that the guide came into effect on June 8. In a letter to colleagues in the executive (ministers and deputy ministers) as well as premiers and MECs, he said Ramaphosa had approved the guide.

The Children's Act had catered to the needs of disabled children in South Africa, due to them being the most at risk of being abused.
The Cape Argus reports that, this according to André Kalis, specialist in advocacy, policy and children’s matters at the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities, which said that children with disabilities are falling through the cracks of the South African childcare and protection system.

The ANC in the Western Cape were shocked by the death of single-parent Andiswa N-devu, who died in a multiple car accident on Wednesday morning.
Cape Times reports that, she had been trying to escape a violent protest at the corner of Lansdowne and Symphony Way, an important intersection that links Crossroads, Delft and Luzuko.After a car in front of her had been stoned, she attempted to make a U-turn and another vehicle drove into her, said ANC Western Cape provincial secretary Faiez Jacobs. Two people were reportedly killed in the crash involving three vehicles.

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