BULLETIN 4 February 9 am
Good morning. I am……..
In this bulletin:
# The online voter portal recorded over 20 000 voter registration transactions
# Namibia’s president Hage Geingob passes away at 82
# And, cricket: Joburg Super Kings advance to knock-out phase of SA20
# The Electoral Commission’s deputy CEO, Masego Sheburi, says yesterday alone, the online voter portal recorded over 20-thousand-325 new registration transactions. Seven-thousand-234 were voters entering the roll for the first time. The commission urges voters who may have had problems using the online platform, to try again. It remains available 24 hours a day until the elections are proclaimed. Sheburi says the national voters’ roll has, for the first time, surpassed the 27-million mark:
Meanwhile, the DA is deeply concerned about two incidents that occurred yesterday during voter registration, which directly violate the Electoral Code. In Polokwane, Limpopo, members of the EFF were reportedly at a voting station, chanting inflammatory slogans. The DA’s Werner Horn says in the second incident in Eerste River, Cape Town, the Patriotic Alliance arrived at a voting station carrying what appeared to be automatic weapons:
# Namibia’s president Hage Geingob has died while receiving medical treatment at a hospital in Windhoek. Vice-president Nangolo Mbumba announced Geingob’s passing early this morning, with his wife and children at his side. The 82-old leader had been diagnosed with cancer and revealed his diagnosis to the public last month. Geingob became president in 2015 and was serving his second and final term in office.
# Cricket: The Joburg Super Kings beat the SA20 log-leaders, Durban’s Super Giants, at the Wanderers to sneak into the playoffs. They faced 204 to win after asking the Super Giants to bat first. Skipper Faf du Plessis and Leus du Plooy came out guns blazing. They put on 102 for the first wicket in just nine overs to help the Super Kings to a seven-wicket victory. M-I Cape Town earlier went down to Pretoria Capitals by four wickets in Cape Town.
# And finally: British academics claim children’s rugby could be a form of abuse due to the risk of serious injury. According to The Telegraph, researchers from the universities of Winchester, Nottingham Trent and Bournemouth have argued the risk of major injury goes against child abuse laws. They argue children and their parents cannot legally give informed consent to take part in high-risk sports. They also claim sporting bodies have persuaded families to accept brain injuries are a side effect of competing.
Stay tuned for more news………….