Flash Briefing: ANC to push EWC in 2022; mandatory vaccination policies upset tertiary ed; Zondo findings expose SAA ‘shame’

  • President Cyril Ramaphosa says the ruling ANC will push forward on the issue of land expropriation without compensation (EWC) in 2022. Over the weekend, the ANC President said a lot more still needed to be done for the country to fully recover. Ramaphosa was addressing party members at the ANC’s 110th-anniversary celebration held at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, adding that the party needed to engage in a frank assessment of how far it is in meeting the core mandate. Ramaphosa said the party would continue redressing the issue of land and returning it to its rightful owners. “The land reform process that we need to embark upon will promote economic development for the benefit of all. The ANC will implement its resolution on the expropriation of land without compensation despite the refusal of other parties in Parliament.”
  • Mandatory vaccination policies have taken centre stage in the tertiary education sector as thousands of pupils and staff at these institutions prepare for the start of the 2022 academic year. The University of Western Cape’s (UWC) Student Representative Council (SRC) said anxiety among students was mounting as universities enforced mandatory vaccine policies ahead of the 2022 academic year. Several universities have adopted mandatory vaccine policies on campuses and among staff and students. However, some student leaders have opposed the decision, saying the policies will result in the exclusion of members of the university.
  • The interim board of state-owned South African Airways (SAA) says it intends to institute internal investigations and disciplinary processes with the aim of “cleaning the company of all vestiges of its shameful past” as exposed in the Zondo Commission’s report. The first part of the report was released last week and includes several findings on SAA. It recommends that a number of former high-ranking SAA officials be investigated for fraud and corruption during the tenure of the airline’s ex-chairperson Dudu Myeni between December 2012 and October 2017. The report found that Myeni, a close ally of former president Jacob Zuma, sabotaged the airline from within via a mixture of “negligence, incompetence and deliberate corrupt intent”. Myeni denies any wrongdoing.
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