Daily Archives: August 10, 2017

MEC Ismail Vadi conducts site inspection of collapsed N3 pedestrian bridge

Vadi conducts site inspection of collapsed N3 pedestrian bridge

Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi, conducted a site inspection of the collapsed pedestrian bridge on the N3 this morning.

MEC confirmed that the freeway between the Geldenhuys interchange and Van Buuren Road will be closed in both directions for the next 24 to 48 hours.

The decommissioned pedestrian bridge collapsed around midnight, leaving five people injured.

“Ekhurhuleni emergency services have reported that five people were hospitalised but fortunately there were no fatalities. .

“Our thoughts and prayers are with those in hospital. I shudder to think what would have happened if this occurred during peak hour traffic,” said Vadi.

He wished the motorists and passengers who were injured during the incident a speedy recovery.

The foot bridge was constructed in 1978 and has not been in use for a number of years.

Vadi said that the cause of bridge collapse is unknown at this stage.

“An independent structural engineer is on site and assessing the incident. Until the investigation is completed it is not possible to speculate on the cause of the collapse,” said Vadi.

He added that it is only after investigations have been completed that Sanral can demolish the structure, clear the debris and open the freeway to traffic.

Motorists are advised to plan their trips by taking into account the anticipated disruption to traffic on the N3.

“Motorists traveling on the affected freeway, particularly those going to OR Tambo Airport, are advised to take into account the unavoidable road closures due to the collapse,” emphasised Vadi.

He also indicated that regular traffic updates will be provided by Sanral.

Source: Government of South Africa

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa pays courtesy call to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, 11 Aug

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will tomorrow, Friday 11 August 2017, pay a courtesy call on Her Excellency, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of the Republic of Liberia.

The courtesy call forms part of the State Visit to South Africa by President Johnson Sirleaf, who will be received tomorrow by President Jacob Zuma for deliberations that will further strengthen relations between South Africa and the Republic of Liberia.

For the courtesy call, Deputy President Ramaphosa will be supported by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperations, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

Source: Government of South Africa

PRESSURE MOUNTS ON SOUTH AFRICAN DEPUTY MINISTER TO ANSWER CHARGES IN COURT FOR ALLEGED ASSUALT

JOHANNESBUR, South African Deputy Minister of Higher Education Mduduzi Manana has been given notice to appear in court this week to answer charges of assault against him, says Police Minister Fikile Mbalula.

Manana is alleged to have assaulted two women at a nightclub in Johannesburg over the weekend.

The Premier of Gauteng Province, David Makhura, on Wednesday called on police to separate politics from law and justice. Makhura said arresting Manana for the assault was not a political a decision, and the police must act without fear or favour.

Manana has since apologised for the incident which was captured on video. However, the women, including the victim, have rejected his apology.

Speaking in Cape Town, Mbalula said no one was above the law. “He (Manana) will have to appear in court, because he is not an unknown suspect in this particular matter,” the Minister added.

“We don’t want to undermine the rule of law by undermining the aspects that need to be followed in the alleged matter. For now, we have acted swiftly in protecting the victim. It is up to him whether he co-operates with the police or not. If he doesn’t, we will find him.

Meanwhile, Makhura and various members of the Executive council (MECs) of Gauteng province marched in Pretoria Wednesday to commemorate Women’s Day, honouring the legacy of the women who in 1956 marched against apartheid pass laws.

Decades later, women still have to fight for their rights. Increasing gender-based violence is also a major concern, perhaps highlighted by the recent assault case by Manana.

Makhura said the police must act without fear or favour. Gauteng’s MEC for Health, Gwen Ramokgopa, said: It’s not a political a decision. It’s a basic decision that police must do. When women report cases, police must act on those cases and the criminal justice as whole must run its full course.

“In this particular case, which is very regrettable, including also a case of our Minister who fondled an employee, we must condemn it with the strongest words to say that is not the leadership we need. Our society and the police must act swiftly.”

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Minister commends swift response to bridge collapse

Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi has welcomed the immediate commencement of the forensic investigation to determine the cause of the collapse of the N3 pedestrian bridge.

The pedestrian bridge collapsed on Wednesday, resulting in the full closure of the N3 north and south bound between the M2 Geldenhuys and N3 Gillooly’s interchanges.

Three people were seriously injured. One person was airlifted and two were transported by ambulance.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes.

The South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL), Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport and Ekurhuleni Municipality worked together to attend to the scene and assist the injured.

Ekurhuleni Metro Police will make further announcements as to when the road will be reopened.

Minister Maswanganyi has wished the injured a speedy recovery.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Officials: Rwandan Refugee in Uganda Kidnapped in Capital

KAMPALA, UGANDA � Ugandan officials say a Rwandan refugee has been kidnapped by unknown people in the capital, Kampala.

Apollo Kazungu, a government commissioner in charge of refugees, says Rene Rutagungira was known to refugee officials before the incident this week.

Ugandan police and U.N. officials did not immediately comment.

Over the years, some Rwandan exiles and refugees in Uganda have complained about the risk of abduction by Rwandan agents.

Douglas Asiimwe, a refugee officer, says it is not possible to give bodyguards to Rwandan refugees despite the threats.

Source: Voice of America