South Africa’s top stories this week

From former president Jacob Zuma beginning his jail term to the IEC announcing a postponement of voter registration amidst the third wave, these are the stories that have gripped the nation this week.

Jacob Zuma hands himself over to police

Former president Jacob Zuma. Picture Neil McCartney

Former president Jacob Zuma left his Nkandla home at around midnight on July 7 and travelled in convoy to the Estcourt Correctional Centre.

The former statesman was sentenced to 15 months in prison for contempt of court after he failed to appear before the State Capture Commission of Inquiry.

Speaking to media, Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Ronald Lamola said that Zuma was in good spirits.

However, his arrest sparked outrage in parts of his home province of KwaZulu-Natal.

Turmoil erupted on roads across KZN since Friday (July 9), going into Saturday (July, 10), with former President Jacob Zuma’s supporters taking their protests to the streets of KZN in a bid to have him released from prison.

Carl Niehaus arrested while live on television

Meanwhile, disbanded uMkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association spokesperson Carl Niehaus was arrested outside Zuma’s Nkandla home, while live on TV, for contravening the adjusted level 4 lockdown regulations.

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Over four million vaccines administered in South Africa

As the number of Covid-19 cases continues to rise, the focus has been on the vaccine roll-out and measures to prevent exposure. The Department of Health confirmed that over four million vaccines have been administered to date.

Click here for a round-up of this week’s happenings.

IEC delays voter registration on account of third wave

Voter registration has been postponed to the end of July. Photo: Sandton Chronicle

The Electoral Commission (IEC) has postponed the voter registration weekend to July 31 and August 1.

Voter registrations for the elections, to be held before November 1, were set to take place on July 17 and 18.

According to IEC spokesperson Kate Bapela in an announcement made on July 7, the decision came after a review of the Covid-19 conditions facing the country over the past seven days, and its impact on preparations for the registration weekend.

Group of galaxies discovered using South African telescope

South Africa’s MeerKAT telescope. Photo: Supplied

The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory announced on Tuesday (July 6) that a group of 20 galaxies has been discovered with South Africa’s MeerKAT telescope.

This large galaxy group is likely the most neutral hydrogen gas-rich group ever discovered, and it is the first time this group has been identified, despite residing in a very well-studied area of the sky.

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Tums the TikTok narrator unites South Africans in their diversity

Image of Tumi Mmope, better known as Tums on social media.
Tumi Mmope, better known as Tums on social media.

Tumi Mmope, better known on social media as ‘Tums’, became an online sensation, thanks to her lockdown pastime. Instead of finding simple joys such banana bread-baking or home training, Tums was inspired to create, and quickly became a leader rather than a follower.

Watch some of her Tik Toks by clicking here.

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