28 Oct – News Making Headlines in Africa

Zonk News Headlines

President Ramaphosa in self-quarantine after contact with Covid-19 positive person.

South Africa – President Ramaphosa had attended a fundraising dinner at the weekend, and a guest who also participated in the event had tested positive for the coronavirus. The president is showing no symptoms and will do regular tests, the presidency said. Ramaphosa’s office explained that the dinner, which was a fundraising event for the Adopt-a-School- Foundation, was attended by 35 guests and was held at a hotel in Johannesburg following Covid-19 protocol.

Botswana to Allow Chartered Flights to Boost Tourism Sector.

Botswana – Botswana announces it will allow chartered flights to the country’s prime tourist destinations starting November 1, in an effort to promote a sector that has lost hundreds of millions of dollars since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Flights will be allowed to land at two airports in Maun and Kasane, two prime tourist resorts, in the vicinity of the vast Okavango Delta. Botswana’s minister of environment, natural resources conservation and tourism, Philda Kereng, said in a statement that the government is finalizing rules to facilitate the arrival of tourists.

Sudan, South Sudan reopen borders for the first time in 9 years.

Sudan – The governments of Sudan and South Sudan have for the first time in nine (9) years reopened their borders after a high-level security delegation from South Sudan visit Khartoum this week, according to the ministry of defence. Colonel Lam Paul Gabriel, the SPLA-IO deputy spokesman and defence ministry spokesman, said in a brief social media statement that the Upper Nile-White Nile state border crossing point was reopened during a ceremony in Kosti on Tuesday. “On 27/10/2020, the Minister of Defense & Veterans Affairs Hon Angelina Jany Teny and her Sudanese Counterpart Hon. Yassin Ibrahim led a High-Level delegation from South Sudan and Sudan to witness the long-awaited official reopening of the borders between the two sisterly countries in Kosti, White Nile State.”

Suspects of the Senzo Meyiwa case claim that they are being framed.

South Africa – Five suspects appeared at the Boksburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday over the murder of 30-year-old former Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper, Senzo Meyiwa. The suspects are Khulela Themba Sibiya, Bongani Sandiso Ntanzi, Mthobisi Chris Mncube, Mthokoziseni Zifozonke Mapisa and Sifiso Ntuli. The suspects, who have been charged with murder, attempted murder and aggravated robbery. The five men initially didn’t want to stand in the dock but eventually gave in. When questioned, the suspects claimed that they are being framed for the murder, but they could not state precisely by who. One of the accused said that when police arrived at his house, they were looking for a guy named Buthelezi and he has no idea why he is the one that’s been arrested. They further stated that the police who have been guarding them while in custody have been harassing and abusing them. Neither of the suspects wanted to apply for bail, and the case has been postponed to the 27th of November.

The chairperson of the South African Airways quits

South Africa – The chairperson of the South African Airways, Ms Thandeka Mgoduso, has resigned after only being in the position for a year. Her resignation comes at a time when the Minister of Finance, Mr Tito Mboweni’s Medium Term Budget policy statement may suggest some funding being poured into the struggling airline company. It has been reported that at least R10.5 billion is needed to rescue the airline, experts assume it will more likely cost more than that. Minister of Public Enterprises, Mr Pravin Gordhan, expressed his gratitude for all that Mgoduso did to steer the company towards a more sustainable future. Mboweni is set to present his budget speech to parliament today.

Tension in Nigeria as Police Disperse People with Teargas over COVID19 Palliatives.

Nigeria – There is heavy tension in the streets of Nigeria as police state that they were forced to use teargas on crowds of people that had taken COVID19 palliatives and food from a warehouse in Abuja. It has been reported that looters were gathered outside the warehouse to force their way in and steal the packages. In these packages were rice, sugar, salt and noodles. Earlier in the day, mobs of people trying to loot the facility and get away with some items got dispersed after security officials fired their guns in the air. Many Nigerians have accused authorities of keeping things with basic needs while many people are dying from hunger. The Nigeria Governors Forum released a statement that mentioned that the looted items in the warehouses in some states were being held for vulnerable people.