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Guinea President Alpha Conde

23rd October 2020

By: Sane Dhlamini
Creamer Media Researcher and Writer

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For Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I’m Sane Dhlamini.

Making headlines: Ramaphosa passes the Civil Union Amendment Bill into law, two allegedly linked to corruption at Gauteng health dept out of the country and, Guinea President Conde wins re-election in landslide

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Ramaphosa passes the Civil Union Amendment Bill into law

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has passed into law the Civil Union Amendment Bill, which prevents marriage officers from refusing to conduct same-sex marriages.

According to the legislation, Home Affairs Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi must ensure that there is a marriage officer available to solemnise a civil union at every office.

Earlier, the Centre for Human Rights welcomed the passing of the bill by the National Council of Provinces.

 

Two allegedly linked to corruption at Gauteng health dept out of the country

Two businessmen allegedly linked to R1.2-billion tender corruption at the Gauteng health department in 2007 could not be arrested as they are out of the country.

John Richard Payne, Phil Austin and their respective companies, Ukwakha Dezign and Life Channel Communications, were expected to appear in the Commercial Crime Court sitting in Palm Ridge on Thursday alongside four former senior department employees.

NPA national spokesperson Sipho Ngwema said warrants of arrest against Austin, Payne and their companies could not be executed.

 

Guinea President Conde wins re-election in landslide

Guinea's President Alpha Conde has won a landslide re-election victory, preliminary results showed, giving him a third term in office after a bitterly fought election that has sparked deadly street violence.

With 37 of 38 electoral districts counted, Conde, 82, received 2.4-million votes, versus 1.26-million for his nearest rival, opposition candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo.

Conde's decision to run for a third term has sparked repeated protests over the past year, resulting in dozens of deaths, including at least 13 in skirmishes since Sunday's vote.

 

That’s a roundup of news making headlines today

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