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South Africa secures enough vaccines to reach 40 million citizens

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South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, declared that the country has secured enough Covid-19 vaccines to reach about 40 million South Africans, which is nearly 70 percent of the country’s population enough to reach herd community.

When announcing this on Sunday, Ramaphosa also indicated that the country will be moved back to lockdown level 2 due to rising cases in the country.

Under lockdown level 2, Ramaphosa indicated that it remains mandatory for every person to wear a face mask that covers their nose and mouth at all times when in public spaces. Non-essential establishments like restaurants, bars and fitness centres will need to close by 10pm.

Furthermore all gatherings will be limited to a maximum of 100 people indoors and 250 people outdoors, and where the venue is too small to accommodate these numbers with appropriate social distancing, then no more than 50 per cent of the capacity of the venue may be used.

Funerals remain restricted to no more than 100 people, and, as before, night vigils, after funeral gatherings and after tears are not allowed. This includes religious services, political events and social gatherings, as well as restaurants, bars, taverns and similar places.

In delivering his announcement, South Africa condemned vaccine apartheid with rich countries buying up majority of the vaccine.

Two weeks ago, South Africa started phase two of its vaccination programme, targeting the balance of our health workers who had not yet been vaccinated during the first phase and all those in the country who are over 60 years of age.

South Africa is sitting at One million and six hundred and sixty six thousand (1, 66 million) cases with a recovery rate of One million and five hundred and fifty thousand (1, 50 million) and Fifty Six thousand three hundred and sixty-three deaths (6 363).

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Woman swindled out of P62 000 by fake CID officers

17th June 2021
Motube

Botswana Police Service (BPS) has indicated concern about the ongoing trend where the general public falls victim to criminals purporting to be police officers.

According to BPS Assistant Commissioner, Dipheko Motube, the criminals target individuals at shopping malls and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) where upon approaching the unsuspecting individual the criminals would pretend to have picked a substantial amount of money and they would make a proposal to the victims that the money is counted and shared in an isolated place.

“On the way, as they stop at the isolated place, they would start to count and sharing of the money, a criminal syndicate claiming to be Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officer investigating a case of stolen money will approach them,” said Motube in a statement.

The Commissioner indicated that the fake police officers would instruct the victims to hand over all the cash they have in their possession, including bank cards and Personal Identification Number (PIN), the perpetrators would then proceed to withdraw money from the victim’s bank account.

Motube also revealed that they are also investigating a case in which a 69 year old Motswana woman from Molepolole- who is a victim of the scam- lost over P62 000 last week Friday to the said perpetrators.

“The Criminal syndicate introduced themselves as CID officers investigating a case of robbery where a man accompanying the woman was the suspect.’’

They subsequently went to the woman’s place and took cash amounting to over P12 000 and further swindled amount of P50 000 from the woman’s bank account under the pretext of the further investigations.

In addition, Motube said they are currently investigating the matter and therefore warned the public to be vigilant of such characters and further reminds the public that no police officer would ask for bank cards and PINs during the investigations.

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BCP walks out of UDC meeting

15th June 2021
Boko and Saleshando

Botswana Congress Party (BCP) leadership walked out of Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting this week on account of being targeted by other cooperating partners.

UDC meet for the first time since 2020 after previous futile attempts, but the meeting turned into a circus after other members of the executive pushed for BCP to explain its role in media statements that disparate either UDC and/or contracting parties.

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Katlholo wins against DPP

15th June 2021
DCEC DIRECTOR: Tymon Katlholo

The Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crimes (DCEC), Tymon Katlholo’s spirited fight against the contentious transfers of his management team has forced the Office of the President to rescind the controversial decision. However, some insiders suggest that the reversal of the transfers may have left some interested parties with bruised egos and nursing red wounds.

The transfers were seen by observers as a badly calculated move to emasculate the DCEC which is seen as defiant against certain objectionable objectives by certain law enforcement agencies – who are proven decisionists with very little regard for the law and principle.

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