ENGLISH BULLETIN 9AM – 2 AUGUST 2020

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# Another gun amnesty period
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# ANC member dies from COVID-19
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#  Members of the public in possession of unwanted or illegal guns are being given another chance to hand them over to police without fear of prosecution.
Parliament has approved another firearm amnesty.
The amnesty will end in January next year.
The previous amnesty ended in May, due to the coronavirus lockdown.

#African National Congress member of Parliament Zamuxolo Peter has died after contracting COVID-19.
The parliamentarian joined the National Assembly after last year’s general elections, where he served on the portfolio committee on tourism.
He had previously served in various Eastern Cape structures, including as a member of the provincial executive committee.

#Protesting residents in Kraaifontein have set a community racetrack on fire.
Demonstrations in the area broke out on Saturday morning while law enforcement officer were tearing down structures illegally built on privately-owned land in Bloekombos.
Residents retaliated by pelting officers with stones.

#The South African Reserve Bank (Sarb) said anyone who wishes to apply for a new mutual banking licence is welcome to do so.
The Bank said it received several letters from people interested in reviving the scandal-hit VBS Mutual Bank.
VBS was placed under curatorship in 2018 and subsequently placed into liquidation by the courts.
An estimated R2.7 billion went missing from VBS Mutual Bank through grand-scale looting which led to its collapse.
The scandal led to the bank’s assets being sold to recover monies owned to depositors.

And finally:

#Pop royalty Beyonce on Friday released her much-hyped visual album Black Is King, an aesthetically ambitious video billed as a companion to her 2019 album of songs inspired by Disney’s live-action remake of “The Lion King.”
The highly stylized visual narrative released on the Disney Plus streaming platform runs an hour and 25 minutes and, akin to The Lion King, tells the story of a young boy who navigates an onerous world, finding himself far from his family.
The work is an ode to the black experience rife with vibrant imagery celebrating the African diaspora, an aesthetic exploration of black history, power and success that also references colonialism, economic disparity and racism.

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