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As Eskom struggles to bring broken power units back online to alleviate power cuts and meet South Africa’s electricity demands, the government is debating the vicious scourge of murders and attacks on farms that is growing. are stepped up over the past month.
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Farm attacks and murders dominate national debate
On Thursday, Parliament organized a Debate of national significance on the recent scourge of farm attacks and killings originally presented by the Democratic Alliance (AD). Official Opposition Party Shadow Minister of State Security Dianne Kohler Barnard led the charge in stepping up law enforcement operations to protect farmers and farm workers, arguing that the agricultural sector had been hit hard by the recent wave of crime.
Kohler Barnard added that Police Minister Bekhi Cele had let down the farming community by dissolving localized patrol units and that now a farmer was “three times more likely to be murdered than a police officer.” Kohler Barnard noted:
“The men and women who feed South Africa don’t sleep. They do night patrols around their farms, and I know of wives who watch their husbands with cameras as they patrol in the dark. Watch for the abusers, wait and see if tonight is the night their beloved husband will be killed.
The parliamentary debate was preceded by the brutal murder of famous KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) farmer Glen Rafferty and his wife Vida. The heartless assailants also shot the Rafferty’s dog. The violent attack was condemned by KZN Prime Minister Sihle Zikala, who said:
“The continued slaughter of farmers goes against the spirit of Ubuntu. It is an indictment against the important contribution made by the agricultural community to the upliftment of our rural populations.
Zikala urged the police to act quickly to track down the attackers and further called on community members to help law enforcement and farmers quell the wave of violence.
Load shedding worsens South Africa’s economic woes
Eskom’s terrible operational failures have, once again, plunged South Africa into long periods of obscurity due to rotating load shedding. Eskom said the load shedding would likely continue throughout the week after revealing that at least seven power generation units at key factories were down. In addition to the woes of the besieged utility, maintenance and repair programs have been delayed.
The recent episode of load shedding, which ironically ushered in the first day of spring in South Africa, comes at a most inopportune time for the country. As South Africa tries to recoup the severe economic losses suffered during the lockdown, which was first announced in March 2020, the cost of unserved energy from the Eskom load shedding continues to siphon off billions of rand from the country’s already meager coffers.
Eskom noted that the load shedding, implemented to avoid a complete national power outage, is a direct result of failing infrastructure that has suffered from years of poor use and lack of proper maintenance. Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter described the problem of aging infrastructure as the biggest threat to Eskom’s ability to meet demand.
Ramaphosa warned of resistance to new ‘anti-corruption’ resolutions
President Cyril Ramaphosa can expect African National Congress (ANC) factions to resist new guidelines to root out corruption, adding to the already tense atmosphere in the ranks of the ruling party. That’s according to leading political analysts, who added comments to Ramaphosa’s report on the results of the party’s last National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting.
Political analyst Somadoda Fikeni noted that the NEC’s resolution to suspend members facing corruption charges, from both ANC and government positions, would ultimately result in disputes over the finger transplant. .
Ramaphosa and ANC general secretary Ace Magashule were called to appear before the party’s integrity committee. Ramaphosa is expected to respond to corruption allegations linked to questionable campaign funding, while Magashule will need to clarify comments made in response to the president’s strong letter on corruption.
Level 2 lockdown: ‘rogue’ restaurants receive severe warning
The Minister of Tourism Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane sent a severe warning to restaurants seeking to profit from the sale of alcohol off-site in violation of Level 2 foreclosure rules stipulated in the Disaster Management Act. According to Kubayi-Ngubane, the department has been inundated with complaints and denunciations related to take-out alcohol sales, whereby customers have been allowed to purchase alcohol for consumption elsewhere. Kubayi-Ngubane warned:
“We have received many complaints from ordinary law-abiding citizens, other operators and employees regarding the situation in these restaurants during level 2. This not only endangers the licenses of these companies, but also endangers endanger the safety of their loyal customers and workers. “
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