SA's matric students are heading back to the classroom after a short break ahead of peak infections. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the pandemic.
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Matric students have returned to school after a short break to give schools more time to strengthen preventative measures.
In separate news, PPE has been found floating in a Gauteng river amid immense backlash over alleged tender irregularities.
Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the pandemic that continues to plague SA:
1. Matrics head back to school after break
Matrics and their educators have returned to school following a one-week break with other grades expected to follow suit in due course.
President Cyril Ramaphosa had announced the short closure for Grade 12s following immense pressure from unions to close during the Covid-19 peak.
eNCA reports that SADTU spokesperson Nomusa Cembi promised the union would be keeping a close eye on the situation:
"We do hope the department has done all that we ask or requested of them so that the matriculants can start. It's a pity the department did not come back to us to tell us how far they are with being ready."
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2. PPE found dumped in Gauteng river
Personal protective equipment, including latex gloves and face masks, has been found discarded in a Gauteng river.
A video has surfaced online exposing how the critical gear was found floating through the Irene Country Club golf course. Acting Health MEC Jacob Mamabolo has visited the site and says that a criminal case has been opened to probe the matter.
Allegations of irregularities relating to Covid-19 tenders have been plaguing the department with MEC Bandile Masuku referred to the ANC Integrity Commission and asked to step down while waiting for the outcome.
READ ALSO: MEC's messenger arrested after chase: Busted with liquor in state car
3. SA reaches 511 485 infections
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that SA has surpassed 500 000 Covid-19 infections in the pandemic.
In a statement issued by his department on Sunday evening, the minister noted that:
"As of today, a cumulative total of 511 485 confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa have been recorded with 8 195 new cases identified."
Turning his attention to the number of fatalities recorded during the pandemic, Mkhize commented:
"Regrettably we report 213 new Covid-19 related deaths: 25 from Eastern Cape, 40 from Gauteng, 31 from KwaZulu-Natal, 43 from Western Cape, 51 from the Free State and 23 from Limpopo. This brings the cumulative number of deaths to 8 366."
In some good news, the minister noted that the majority of patients had managed to make a recovery:
"The number of recoveries currently stands at 347 227, which translates to a recovery rate of 68%."
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Health MEC Sindiswa Gomba's personal messenger Ayanda Matinise has been taken into custody for contravening the Disaster Management Act.
Matinise, who is also an ANC Youth League regional task team member, was busted transporting alcohol on Saturday.
Police spokesperson Colonel Sibongile Soci has confirmed that Matinise has been charged with breaking lockdown, driving an unauthorised state vehicle and even attempting to bribe SAPS officials.
The politician was caught in King William's Town while trying to flee police officials, explained Soci:
“Police received information about a state vehicle allegedly transporting liquor. During the police patrols, a vehicle fitting the description was spotted at Buffalo Road but the driver accelerated when members tried to stop him.
"Police gave chase and managed to stop him. Upon searching the vehicle, liquor was recovered in the boot. The suspect, who was alone in the vehicle, was immediately arrested and charged.”
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