2020-03-17 06:00 This is a shared responsibility for all of us. In South Africa, we have a long and strong history of an active civic society. This was at its most robust during the state capture period when organisations stepped into the breach when the country’s leadership failed us, writes Mandy WienerAs President Cyril Ramaphosa…
It seems a national shutdown has formed part of discussions between President Cyril Ramaphosa and smaller opposition parties.Several opposition leaders met with the president at the Union Buildings on Sunday, where they shared their views on the country's battle against the novel coronavirus.The meeting came amid reports that the country's defence force was on standby…
All people entering South Africa from overseas are undergoing two screenings, as the government battles to clamp down on a potential spread of the coronavirus. Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, said government was still not calling for any travel bans or mass school closures. A joint briefing by the departments of health, international relations, home affairs,…
The novel coronavirus can survive on some surfaces for days or in the air for several hours, according to a US-government funded study published on Tuesday.Scientists found that the virus that causes the Covid-19 disease had similar levels of viability outside the body to its predecessor that caused SARS.This means that other factors like greater…
A former University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) student is offering a R10 000 reward for finding a protester who assaulted a professor during ongoing protests this week.Footage of the professor being assaulted by a protester went viral on Wednesday. In the video, the professor attempts to pass through a road blockaded by furniture. The professor attempts…
A Sans Souci Girls' High School teacher was back in Wynberg Magistrate's Court on Wednesday morning after an assault charge was reinstated against her.Clarissa Venter was seen in a video, which went viral last year, slapping a pupil who had pushed her. The charge was withdrawn on August 2019 after her lawyer, William Booth, made…
eThekwini metro police will no longer be using breathalysers at roadblocks for fear of spreading coronavirus, according to a social media post by metro police head Steve Middleton.The announcement was reportedly made via a voice note which was widely shared, according to a report by SowetanLive.Middleton then took to social media to confirm this.“Just to…
The number of people who have tested positive for the new coronavirus on a quarantined ship off Japan's coast has risen to 355, the country's health minister said on Sunday.The new figures came as the United States was preparing to evacuate some of its citizens from the Diamond Princess, which has been in quarantine since…
As the novel coronavirus continues to spread around the globe, so does misinformation, fear, fake cures and malicious hoaxes. And to make things worse, people are readily sharing false information without first fact-checking. News24 has been inundated with calls and messages from well-meaning members of the public who have "information" about government cover-ups and outbreaks of…
The EFF left the Randburg Magistrate's Court on Friday disappointed after racist Adam Catzavelos was slapped with a R50 000 fine or two years in jail, wholly suspended for five years on condition that he doesn’t commit a similar offence.Catzavelos, 41, pleaded guilty to a charge of crimen injuria in December last year after his…