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Africa, be sure to check out all the major headlines on Friday 1 November.

As the leadership race within the Democratic Alliance (DA) approaches
a fever pitch, the African National Congress (ANC) faces the wrath of Gauteng
motorists over its e-tolls double-talk. Meanwhile, President Cyril Ramaphosa
readies for his voyage to Japan, in the hopes of lifting the Rugby World Cup
trophy together with the Springboks on Saturday.

Today’s latest news
in South Africa, Friday 1 November

New month, new
leadership struggles for the DA

As the official opposition party attempts to recover some semblance of normality in the wake of September’s debilitating exodus, a new leadership struggle is set to climax later this month. On Thursday, the DA announced that Bonginkosi Madikizela, John Steenhuisen and Makashule Gana would be competing for the position of Federal Leader, with votes being cast and tallied on 17 November.

Steenhuisen, who recently ascended to the position of Parliamentary Leader, is considered a favourite in the run up to the internal election.

Meanwhile, Dharmesh Dhaya, Ivan Meyer, Khume Ramulifho and Nomafrench
Mbombo have all thrown their hats into the ring for the position of Interim
Federal Chairperson.

Desiree Van Der Walt, the Presiding Officer of Federal
Council Elections, confirmed the nominations and added:

“We now look forward to a constructive period of campaigning between the candidates in line with the DA’s values and rules for internal elections.”

ANC loses popularity
vote after e-tolls confusion

The ruling ANC has angered Gauteng residents, following its U-turn on the controversial e-tolls system. While Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, promised the ‘immediate’ termination of the indebted project, which has been successfully boycotted by motorists, almost six months ago, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has reaffirmed the ANC’s official position; that the much-loathed tolling scheme will continue to operate.

Furthermore, Mboweni reiterated that the user-pay principle
would remain firmly in place. This, despite government failing to recoup in
excess of R11 billion owed to it by road users.

Transport Minister, Fikile Mbalula, sought to ‘clarify’
Mboweni’s contentious statement, saying:

“We wish to state on record, to clarify that cabinet has not arrived at a decision with regards to the future of e-tolls.”

Mbalula noted that government was considering a ‘reconfigured’
approach, which would be finalised following further engagement with

Strengthening sexual
offences prosecutions

Cabinet has approved the submission to Parliament of the
Prescription in Civil and Criminal Matters (Sexual Offences) Amendment Bill of

“These proposed amendments will provide the National
Prosecution Authority with a wider discretion to institute the prosecution of
sexual offences cases that were committed even 20 years earlier,” said Minister
in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu.

Addressing a post Cabinet media briefing on Thursday, the Minister
said the amendments rectify Section 18 of the Criminal Procedure Act, 1977 (Act
51 of 1977) that was declared unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court.

“The Bill provides for the prosecution of people who have committed sexual offences, irrespective of when these offences were committed,” Mthembu said.

The Bill also makes amendments to Section 12 of the
Prescription Act, 1969 (Act 68 of 1969).

The Act regulates when prescriptions in civil matters begin
to run and similar to the Criminal Procedure Act of 1977, it also reflects a limited
list of sexual offences.

The Minister was in Cape Town addressing the media on the
outcomes of the Cabinet meeting that was held on Wednesday.

Mthembu welcomed the 20 life sentences and 758 years imprisonment handed down to the serial rapist, Bongani Lucky Masuku, as well as the life sentence handed to convicted rapist Nicholas Ninow.

“This sends a strong message to perpetrators that our criminal justice system will not tolerate crimes against women and children.”(Source: SAnews)

South Africans called
to rally behind the Springboks

Cabinet at its meeting called on all South Africans and
supporters from across the globe to rally behind the “Boks” and demonstrate
their support by participating in Green Fridays and sharing messages of support
on social-media platforms.

On Saturday, the Springboks will be playing against England and President Cyril Ramaphosa will attend the final match in Japan to give concrete support to the national team.

The Springboks bagged a 19-16 win over Wales in the second
semi-final at the International Stadium in Yokohama, Japan, on Sunday to gain a
spot in the final.

Addressing the post Cabinet media briefing held in Cape Town
on Thursday, Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu called on South Africans
to focus on supporting the Springboks.

“As government, we fully support the Springboks,” he said.

South Africans are urged to use the hashtag
#StrongerTogether, #Bokke, #Rugbyworldcup on all social media platforms. (Source: SAnews)

Erasmus nominated for
top award ahead of final Test as coach

Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus confirmed that the Rugby World Cup final will be his last match in charge of the team despite his nomination for coach of the year.

Erasmus has been performing the dual roles of head coach of
the Springboks and South Africa’s Director of Rugby. After the World Cup
Erasmus will continue in the role he was originally hired to perform.

The Springboks as well as Erasmus, have been nominated for
prestigious honours in the World Rugby awards.

Erasmus’ Boks have been named contenders for the Team of the
Year, and the coach is nominated for the top award for the second year in a

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