Midday news wrap: 17 February 2015
THREATS MADE ON MNGXITAMA’S LIFE
Suspended EFF members have made explosive allegations of assisination plots on party members and financial mismanagement by the party’s leaders.
Andile Mngxitama and Khanyisile Tshabalala are currently holding a press briefing after they were suspended from the party today.
On February 12, Mngxitama had to be escorted out of the Cape Sun Hotel in Cape Town, where he had intended holding a press conference ahead of the State of the Nation Address.
Khanyisile Tshabalala alleges that there was an attempt to assassinate Mngxitama on that day.
She also made claims that Party leader Julius Malema and his deputy Floyd Shivambu of abusing party funds.
PARLIAMENT OPPOSES URGENCY OF MEDIA HOUSE APPLICATION
Lawyers representing Parliament have filed answering affidavits to media houses at the Cape Town High court
The respondents argue the urgent application by media houses to ensure full coverage of proceedings in Parliament is not URGENT.
Media houses filed an application seeking full media access to President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address debate this afternoon
On Thursday, ahead of the SONA around 25 Journalists protested in the press gallery of the National Assembly because they could not file their stories after experiencing a significant loss of signal quality.
Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete says they were not aware of the situation and the media was not a target.
GOVERNMENT TO PREVENT TOTAL BLACKOUT
Energy department acting director general Wosley Barnard says government is working extremely hard to prevent a total blackout in South Africa.
Barnard has been speaking at the Africa Energy Indaba, which is currently underway in Sandton.
He says they are exploring energy mix, which decrease the country’s reliance on coal to produce electricity.
The gathering has seen energy experts from Africa and other parts of the world, meeting to address energy constraints facing the continent.