Daily Podcast – January 18, 2022

18th January 2022 By: Thabi Madiba - Creamer Media Senior Research Assistant and Reporter

Daily Podcast – January 18, 2022

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For Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I’m Thabi Madiba.

Making headlines: Court rules that matric results should be published; Government to appeal high court ruling that AARTO Act is unconstitutional; And, Death toll in South Africa climbs by 25, while infections increase by 1 691

 

Court rules that matric results should be published

The Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has ruled that the Department of Basic Education should publish the matric results on media platforms.

The National Senior Certificate results will be released on Thursday.

Judge Anthony Millar ruled in favour of AfriForum after the organisation took the department to court after the latter announced they would no longer be publishing results on public platforms, saying doing so would violate the Protection of Personal Information Act.

 

Government to appeal high court ruling that AARTO Act is unconstitutional

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has vowed to appeal the court ruling that dismissed the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act as invalid and unconstitutional.

Last week, the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria ruled in favour of OUTA, which challenged the constitutional validity of the AARTO and the AARTO Amendment Act.

OUTA wanted the high court to declare both the main act and the amendment act unconstitutional.

Mbalula said AARTO provided an adjudication system for infringements of road rules as determined by the National Road Traffic Act.  

 

And, Death toll in South Africa climbs by 25, while infections increase by 1 691

South Africa recorded 1 691 new confirmed Covid-19 infections on Monday.

According to a statement by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases there were 25 new Covid-19-related deaths in the previous 24- to 48-hour reporting period, bringing the confirmed death toll to 93 451.

The NICD said the 1 691 new Covid-19 cases identified in South Africa represented a 9.3% positivity rate.

There were 114 new hospital admissions in the last 24-hour cycle. As of Monday, 7 700 people were in public and private hospitals for Covid-19.

 

That’s a roundup of news making headlines today

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