Sunday round-up: IEC makes municipal elections decision, Zuma’s arms deal trial postponed

It’s been quite an eventful week in terms of legalities for the IEC and Zuma.

IEC accepts Moseneke’s recommendations to postpone elections

The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) is seeking to postpone the local government elections.

This follows a report released earlier this week, containing the findings of the inquiry led by former deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke into the possibility of holding free and fair elections in October.

The IEC had been mulling over the 120-page report since Tuesday morning (July 20). Read the original story on The Citizen

Zuma gets his wish – arms deal trial postponed to August

The Pietermaritzburg High Court on Tuesday granted former president Jacob Zuma a postponement of over two weeks of his arms deal corruption trial. Read the original story on The Citizen.

Possible food price hikes loom

Economist Dr Azar Jammine says the effect of last week’s closure of harbours and the N3 highway that facilitates the transportation of goods between Durban and Gauteng, could result in food supply shortages and prices going up. More details on Rekord.

Jeff Bezos in first human flight mission to space

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos took a great stride for mankind on Tuesday. He and a civilian crew blasted into space aboard his company Blue Origin’s reusable New Shepard launch vehicle.

Watch the video here.

Covid-19 claims another victim – Randburg’s Ticketpro Dome

Closer to home, and Earth for that matter, the country’s exhibitions, events and entertainment industry was dealt another devastating blow due to the Covid-19 pandemic. RX Venue Management confirmed on Monday (July 19) that South Africa’s largest multipurpose indoor arena, The Ticketpro Dome, has been sold by the owners, Sasol Pension Fund. Read the full story on Randburg Sun.

UIF opens applications for extended TERS payments

Minister of Employment and Labour Thulas Nxesi has approved the decision for the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) to implement a third extension of the Covid-19 TERS benefit. Read more here.

Stats SA urges citizens to register for pilot census

A pilot census is being held by Statistics SA to prepare for the 2022 census. It can be done telephonically or online and Stats SA says no respondent, whether on prepaid or contract, will pay any data costs to access and complete the pilot census questionnaire. For more details, click here.

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