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EVICTION:  Refugees were evicted from the Central Methodist Church by police and taken to Bellville. Under lockdown conditions no more than 50 people are allowed to gather in one setting. (Jay Caboz, Business Insider)

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Covid-19: SA government's online coronavirus portal

2020-03-27 10:36

The government site contains information about the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the disease it causes, plus statistics on its spread in SA and related government press releases.

Lockdown: Who shot Bonzo? SANDF denies shooting dog

2020-04-04 18:42

The South African National Defence Force communications office told News24 this week the uniforms and weapons shown in a video, which was taken by a neighbour, of Bonzo's shooting were not those worn and carried by its soldiers.

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Three Gauteng traffic cops arrested for allegedly demanding bribe

2020-04-04 15:21

The three officers were arrested at the house where they were allegedly collecting the remainder of the bribe money they had demanded. They are expected to be served with suspension letters, pending an investigation into the case.

Coronavirus morning update: SA cases top 1 500, life returning to Wuhan, and 8 strains of the virus

2020-04-04 06:00

Your latest coronavirus news: There are now more than 1 500 confirmed cases in South Africa; life is slowly returning to Wuhan, China; and scientists have discovered that there are eight specific strains around the world.

16 South Africans who were stranded in Dubai and Doha return home

2020-04-03 20:25

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation has welcomed the successful repatriation of 16 South Africans who were stranded in Dubai and Doha.

Lockdown: Ramaphosa heads to court over SANDF, police complaints - report

2020-04-03 19:50

President Cyril Ramaphosa says he doesn't believe the South African National Defence Force or the police has acted unlawfully while implementing regulations as part of the government's response to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Weather update | Thundershowers expected on what will be a cool to warm Saturday

2020-04-03 18:45

Thundershowers are forecast across most of the country on Saturday, but first, there will be cool conditions in most provinces, according to the South African Weather Service.

We tried to buy cigarettes at 4 shops in Cape Town, and were half successful

2020-04-03 16:10

While the Western Cape government said cigaarettes could be purchased at supermarkets along with essential goods, Police Minister Bheki Cele said cigarette sales were against lockdown regulations.

General Constand Viljoen, former SADF commander and political leader, dies at 86

2020-04-03 14:59

General Constand Viljoen, a former commander of the South African Defence Force (SADF) and the founding leader of the Freedom Front Plus, has died at the age of 86. He was considered "a soldier's soldier" and is credited with helping to defuse the threat of right-wing violence ahead of the 1994 election.

Premier Winde asks Ramaphosa for clarity on 'vague' regulations after Cele's cigarette sales warning

2020-04-03 13:13

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has appealed to President Cyril Ramaphosa for clarity on the proper interpretation of the lockdown regulations, after Police Minister Bheki Cele lambasted the provincial administration for allowing the sale of cigarettes.

Boy, 9, sees armed robbers force his mom to the ground in Verulam

2020-04-03 09:53

A 9-year-old boy has witnessed two men forcing his mother to the ground and robbing her in Moss Street in the Verulam CBD, KwaZulu-Natal.

PODCAST | ...ONE MORE THING: Inside the Gauteng health department's Covid-19 war room

2020-04-03 09:21

Gauteng is now the epicentre of the Covid-19 outbreak in South Africa, with more than 600 recorded cases. This week we speak to Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku about the province's readiness to handle the virus. Listen.

Will it be enough? Inside South Africa’s plan to ramp up coronavirus testing

2020-04-03 07:02

The NHLS has only managed to do about 6 000 tests since the first case of the new coronavirus was reported about a month ago, which is slightly higher than the number they claim to be able to do in a day.

Do you want a swab with that? Drive-through coronavirus testing site opens in Cape Town

2020-04-03 06:14

Dr Naeem Kathrada's branch of medicine may not be in demand amid the coronavirus pandemic, but his organisational skills have seen him get Gift of the Givers' first Cape Town drive-through coronavirus testing site up and running in just over a week.

Life in lockdown: Poverty keeps informal settlements residents from staying home

2020-04-03 05:21

The status quo remains unchanged in Mamelodi, Pretoria, despite the lockdown. Children can be seen playing between shacks, groups of adults socialise with friends, while non-essential shops remain open for business.

In pics and videos | Refugees evicted from Methodist Church

2020-04-02 21:04

Police evicted refugees from the Central Methodist Church due to the coronavirus pandemic. South Africans are encouraged to practice physical distancing and not be in places with more than 50 people. The refugees will be homed at a site in Bellville, where the City of Cape Town has erected marquees for the homeless.

PODCAST | THE STORY: Locked and loaded - police shoot at News24 journalist during lockdown

2020-04-04 12:55

It’s been nine days since South Africa was placed under a nationwide lockdown and there have been countless complaints and cases filed against the police as a result of their alleged use of excessive force. Listen.

Covid-19: UK company makes about-turn and agrees to help SA with ventilators

2020-04-04 08:00

UK-based company Penlon has revised its decision not to assist a group of local businessmen, doctors and engineers who have been working to reverse engineer an old mechanical ventilator it first made nearly 40 years ago.

Ban on cigarettes: Nothing 'legally' wrong with selling cigarettes, says Breytenbach

2020-04-03 19:48

Former State prosecutor and current DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach has questioned the legality of the ban against the sale of cigarettes, saying that the regulations on the matter are open to interpretation.

Constand Viljoen ‘played critical role’ in peaceful transition to democracy

2020-04-03 19:09

Political allies and opponents alike remembered General Constand Viljoen as having played a critical role in the peaceful transition to democracy during 1993 and 1994. Viljoen was chief of the SA Defence Force and came out of retirement to lead the white right in 1993, before he abandoned any idea of an armed insurrection in 1994.

Cele: We defend people who cannot defend themselves against themselves

2020-04-03 17:30

Police Minister Bheki Cele issued a renewed order to law enforcement agencies on Friday to strongly clamp down on people violating lockdown restrictions as the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise in the country.

11 healthcare workers at St Augustine's Hospital in Durban test positive for Covid-19, trauma unit closed

2020-04-03 16:40

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has confirmed that 11 healthcare workers have tested positive for Covid-19 at a private hospital, which News24 understands to be St Augustine's Hospital in Durban after visiting the institution.

UPDATE | Lockdown: 3 die allegedly at the hands of the police

2020-04-03 15:02

Three deaths have allegedly occurred at the hands of police since the start of the nationwide lockdown on 26 March, according to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate.

EXPLAINER | What is Covid-19 contact tracing and how does it work? We ask an expert

2020-04-03 13:27

News24 spoke to the Red Cross' George Mamabolo, the acting national programmes manager in charge of contact tracing, to find out how this essential tool is contributing to locating and isolating those who have been in contact with people who have tested positive for Covid-19.

WATCH | No social distancing in long queue outside busy Khayelitsha shopping centre

2020-04-03 12:38

Long queues, such as this one outside Makhaza Shopping Centre in Khayelitsha, are an area of concern for high-density communities as residents struggle to adapt to regulations imposed under the 21-day lockdown in effect in the country.

PART 3 | Here are some of the antics South Africans have been getting up to in lockdown

2020-04-03 09:41

We asked our readers to send us their best, funniest and most creative videos of what they are getting up to while they are in lockdown - and they certainly delivered!

About 1 600 of Bloemfontein church gathering contacts traced – Mkhize

2020-04-03 08:31

The health minister says it is remarkable that 1 600 of the 1 700 people who have come into contact with 859 people who attended a massive church event in Bloemfontein, have been traced.

WATCH | New home for hundreds of Cape Town refugees

2020-04-03 08:23

"The people are being moved because of Covid-19," SA Human Rights Commissioner Chris Nissen says. Police confirm this is done under the national state of disaster mandate, at national level.

WATCH | Inside the Western Cape's first 'field hospital' to battle Covid-19

2020-04-03 06:22

The first emergency "field hospital" in the Western Cape has been inspected by Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo - in preparation for any "surge" of cases of the Covid-19 Coronavirus. Watch the video for an exclusive News24 walkthrough.

WATCH | Is this the fittest man in SA during Covid-19 lockdown?

2020-04-03 05:58

Meet Bongile Yabo. He is aged 50, but runs like the wind. It's his job - sprinting ahead of his refuse collection team to collect his fellow citizens' rubbish during the nationwide lockdown.

Number of people testing positive for Covid-19 increased by 82 to 1 462 - Mkhize

2020-04-02 21:36

Of the new cases, 27 were in the Western Cape, 20 in KwaZulu-Natal, 18 in Gauteng, eight in the Free State, two in the Eastern Cape and Limpopo as well as one in Mpumalanga. Four cases were still unallocated as it was not clear where the patients were currently based.

Bellville vehicles crime unit busts five cops and two admin clerks for fraud and corruption

2020-04-02 19:55

The five police officers and two administrative personnel arrested for fraud and corruption on Thursday morning are alleged to have fraudulently issued vehicle clearance documentation for illegally imported, stolen and hijacked vehicles.

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