Top stories in South Africa this week

The government is disarming South Africans, SAGA says

John Welch, president of the South African Gunowners’ Association (SAGA), says the bill to change firearms control is a move by the government to try to effectively disarm South Africans.

If the proposed changes to the Guns Act are incorporated into the law, thousands of South Africans will not be allowed to obtain a gun license for self-defense.

Schools scheduled to close by June 28 are “false news” department

The Department of Basic Education debunked rumors of school closings throughout June. Photo submitted.

A fake picture, allegedly a screenshot of a news broadcast, made the rounds online claiming schools would be closed until the end of June. However, the Department of Basic Education condemned the image as a fake.

“The Department of Basic Education is aware of a manipulated image that is making the rounds allegedly an announcement by the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga,” wrote a representative of the department. Read the full article by clicking here.

The primary schools will be fully reopened from July 26th

Minister Angie Motshekga informed the media about the readiness for the school to open on February 14, 2021

The Minister of Primary Education, Angie Motshekga, published amended regulations in the State Gazette yesterday, May 28th, which will allow primary schools to return to the daily school attendance and timetable model from July 26th, 2021, provided the risk-adjusted differentiated strategy is implemented. Read more by clicking here.

Farm murders on the rise – AfriForum

Despite a decrease in the number of attacks on farms recorded in fiscal year 2020/2021, there has been an increase in the number of farm killings, according to AfriForum.

Hear from Ernst Roets about the rise in farm murders:

The star athlete from Pretoria runs the world’s best time in the 50 km ultra marathon

Image for illustration. Irvette van Zyl. Photo: Sandton Chronicle

After recently qualifying as a marathon athlete for the Tokyo Olympics, Irvette van Zyl of the Nedbank Athletics Club in Pretoria showed a great performance in the Eastern Cape setting a world fastest time in a 50 km ultra marathon. Read more by clicking here.

The Gauteng provincial government reaffirms its position on the elimination of the electronic toll

Photo: Pretoria Record

Shortly after Transport MEC Jacob Mamabolo said in an interview that e-tolls “are a thing of the past” in the province, Department of Transport spokeswoman Ayanda Allie Paine reiterated that no decision had been taken on the controversial toll system.

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Tony Leon: The prosecutor has a bloody nose

Tony Leon, the former chairman of the DA, says that while the official opposition party will take a blow in the local elections in October, it is not all doom and gloom for the party.

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