South Africa: Remembering the Marikana massacre 10 years later – News in Brief, 16 August 2022

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Updated 4:30 p.m. SAST

Reliving the Marakana Massacre – 10 years later

Families of victims of the Marikana massacre said a sense of betrayal and injustice persists, 10 years after the killing of miners who were on strike for higher wages and better living conditions. Survivors and families of those killed by police continue a fight for accountability and litigation which to date amounts to around R76 million paid by the state, All of Africa reports.

Gasoline price cut expected in September

The Automobile Association has predicted significant fuel price cuts across the board. This is based on current unaudited mid-month data from the Central Energy Fund. Motorists have been hit hard by rising fuel costs this year, with current spending at R25/litre.

Former President Jacob Zuma is terminally ill, unfit for prison – lawyer

Lawyers for former President Jacob Zuma have appealed his 15-month prison sentence to the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein. Zuma was ordered by the Constitutional Court to appear at the Zondo of Inquiry into his involvement in the state capture, which he refused. He was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment and spent 2 months in prison before medical parole was granted by Arthur Fraser. Zuma’s lawyer, Dali Mpofu, now claims his client is terminally ill, Eyewitness News reports. Zuma’s incarceration appears to be behind the riots and unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces in July 2021, which cost the economy millions in damage to infrastructure and loss of life.

Survey says support for the ANC has steadily declined since dismal 2021 local government election results

A nationwide survey was conducted between May and July 2022 by market research firm Ipsos to gauge current political sentiment. The research was conducted by sampling over 3,400 randomly selected voting age respondents, Eyewitness News reports. When voting electronically, 42% of those polled said they would vote for the ANC, 11% would opt for the Democratic Alliance (DA) and 9% of the vote would go to the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). Of those who opted for the ANC, only 25% said they would definitely vote for the party.

EFF wants president to remove finance minister

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to remove the finance minister following the sexual harassment allegations made against him, Eyewitness News reports. The minister denied the allegations that emerged over the weekend. A Kruger National Park massage therapist said she was sexually assaulted by the minister on August 9, 2022 – Women’s Day. The minister said he had still not received any information from the police informing him of any charges against him.

A twist as the fourth suspect arrested in the murder of Hillary Gardee

Hlabirwa Rasie Nkuna, 36, is a fourth suspect arrested in the murder of Hillary Gardee – daughter of former EFF General Secretary Godrich Gardee. Nkuna confessed to the murder, saying he attracted women through his Facebook page. He told police he was acting alone when he killed Hillary. It is not yet clear what this confession would mean for the three other men who have been arrested and charged with the murder.

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