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# Electoral commission hands over lists of elected representatives
# Police nab robbers in Vanderbijlpark
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# In the final step of the National and Provincial Elections 2019, the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission Mr Glen Mashinini has handed over a list of 830 elected representatives to the Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, the Chief Justice of South Africa.
The list of 400 elected Members of Parliament (MPs) and 430 elected Members of Provincial Legislatures (MPLs) was drawn from the national, regional and provincial candidate lists submitted by contesting political parties as part of the election timetable in March 2019.
# Meanwhile, with just over a week to go before the inauguration ceremony of South Africa’s sixth democratically elected President, the highest office in the land says preparations are in full swing.
The inauguration follows the conclusion of the 2019 General Election, which saw the ruling African National Congress (ANC) emerge victorious.
In an interview with the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) on Wednesday, the Director General of the Presidency, Dr Cassius Lubisi, said the Presidency reviews progress towards the big day on 25 May on a regular basis.
Lubisi, who took the reins as DG in 2010, came up with an idea to put together an inauguration manual, which did not exist before he took office.
He had attended the Presidential Inauguration back in 2009 as a guest and “learned a few things” which placed him in good stead as the organiser of the upcoming inauguration.
After learning that there was no manual on the running of the inauguration, Lubisi took matters into his own hands to ensure that the next inauguration would be an even greater success.
# A suspect was fatally wounded and two others injured during a shootout with police in Naturena, Johannesburg on Tuesday.
Police spokesperson, Captain Mavela Masondo, says, police officers from K9 were patrolling on the N12 freeway when they spotted men in two cars, a Ford Ranger and an Audi, looking suspicious.
A high-speed chase ensued after the drivers failed to stop on the police’s signal, but instead accelerated and started shooting at the police.
The suspects driving the Ford Ranger were cornered in Naturena after they lost control of the car.
Masondo says one suspect was fatally shot and two suspects were injured and taken to hospital under police guard.
He says none of the police officers were injured.
# Gauteng police arrested three suspects and recovered an undisclosed amount of money following a business robbery that took place in Vanderbijlpark on Monday.
Police spokesperson, Captain Mavela Masondo, says, it is alleged that two men entered the Kotwals Motor Spares yesterday at approximately 15:00 and demanded cash from the shop owner at gunpoint.
The victim’s son arrived while the robbery was still in progress and was also robbed.
Two more suspects held other employees at gunpoint.
Masondo says after an undisclosed amount of cash and cellular phones were taken from the victims, the suspects fled the scene using two mini coopers.
He says police were informed and immediately conducted a search and arrested three suspects in Vanderbijlpark.
# Netcare 911 responded to reports of a collision on the R56 in Richmond yesterday in Kwazulu-Natal.
Netcare 911 spokesperson Shawn Herbst, says reports from the scene indicate that a mini-bus taxi and a light delivery vehicle were involved in a collision.
Paramedics assessed the scene and found that the driver of the bakkie sustained serious injuries and required Advanced Life Support intervention to stabilise him.
Nine other patients, all occupants of the taxi sustained minor injuries.
Once treated all the patients were transported by various ambulance services to hospital for further treatment.
# South Africa has dedicated the month of May to commemorating Africa Month, which government is using to promote the African unity, deeper regional integration and recommit Africa to a common destiny.
The theme for the month is “Celebrating 25 Years of Democracy: Building a Better Africa and a Better World” and will culminate on 25 May – when the continent marks Africa Day.
Africa Day is celebrated annually on 25 May within the African continent to mark the formation of the Organisation of African Unity on 25 May 1963 and the African Union in 2002, which was created to promote unity in Africa.
The day, which is celebrated across the continent is used to acknowledge the progress that Africans have made, while reflecting upon the common challenges faced in a global environment.
Government says the focal point of this year’s Africa Month programme is to promote and support the preservation and revival of indigenous languages, and to create discussion platforms for South Africans, in particular local communities, to engage in conversations on Africa’s past, present and future, to foster solidarity and to build unity.
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