BULLETIN 20 November 11 am
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In this bulletin:
# President Ramaphosa says the Israel-Palestine conflict must not turn South Africans against each other
# A political analyst says the ANC must still justify why it deserves to stay in power
# And in motorsport, Lewis Hamilton says the Las Vegas Grand Prix proved critics wrong
# President Cyril Ramaphosa says as emotive as the Israel-Palestine issue may be for many South Africans, particularly given the country’s history, this must not deepen divisions. Last week, police had to intervene in a confrontation between pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian supporters at a demonstration in Cape Town. In his weekly newsletter, Ramaphosa says there is no place in South Africa for violence or threats of violence against those who hold contrary views. He says government supports the realisation of a just, peaceful and secure future for the people of both Palestine and Israel.
Meanwhile, the South African Medical Association Trade Union says it is deeply concerned about the escalating humanitarian crisis in Palestine, specifically, healthcare facilities being bombed. More than half of the 35 hospitals in Gaza are no longer operational amid Israel’s bombardment and ground operations, which were launched in response to Hamas’s October seventh attacks on southern Israeli communities. SAMATU says it implores all involved to uphold international humanitarian laws and ensure the protection of healthcare facilities, and the medical personnel who risk their lives to save others.
# The ANC’s recent use of Deputy Chief Justice Mandisa Maya’s image in an election registration campaign poster is an indication of the difficulties that lie ahead. This is according to political analyst Mpumelelo Mkhabela. Maya’s face was plastered on an ANC poster which was uploaded to their social media pages to encourage citizens to register to vote, adding that the future is transformation while mentioning that Maya was the first female deputy chief justice. Mkhabela says the ANC still must justify why it deserves to stay in power going forward.
# KwaZulu-Natal police have launched a manhunt for a group of suspects in connection with the murder of a police officer and business robbery in Westville yesterday afternoon. Police spokesperson, Robert Netshiunda, says a suspect, who posed as a customer, entered a jewellery store at the Pavilion shopping centre, and at least four other suspects followed him, where they robbed the store. He says simultaneously, another group of suspects stormed into another store and also robbed an undisclosed amount of gold jewellery:
# Motorsport: Mercedes’ driver Lewis Hamilton believes the action-packed Las Vegas Grand Prix showed that critics of the event were wrong to suggest it was all about show over substance. The seven-time world champion, who started the race tenth, fought back to finish seventh after an incident-filled 50 laps. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won the race, a record-extending 18th win of the season for him. Hamilton says despite challenges with the car, he enjoyed racing in Vegas:
# And the financial indicators: The dollar trades at 18-rand-32-cents and the euro at 19-rand-99-cents. One British pound costs 22-rand-85-cents and Bitcoin trades at 37-thousand-159-dollars-59-cents. Gold sells at one-thousand-979-dollars-91-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 81-dollars-13-cents a barrel.
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