Morning news wrap: 24 February 2015
It is now up to the Correctional Service to decide on Shabir Shaik’s call.
The former financial advisor to President Jacob Zuma wants his medical parole to be converted to ordinary parole – so that he can travel.
The department of correctional services has confirmed that Shaik’s lawyers have made an appeal to the Medical Parole Board.
Correctional services officials, and not Minister Michael Masutha, will make the call on Shaik’s request, as he’s not serving a life sentence.
Shaik was granted medical parole in March 2009, on the basis that he was terminally ill.
According to Masutha there is no legal provision which allows any conversion of medical parole to ordinary parole.
Here’s the Ministers spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga
SA IN BIGGEST SPY LEAKS
South Africa has been implicated in one of the biggest spy leaks in recent times.
The documents, almost all marked as confidential or top secret, span almost a decade of global intelligence traffic, from 2006 to December last year.
The papers include details of operations against al-Qaida, Islamic State and other terrorist organisations, but also the targeting of environmental activists.
The files reveal that the CIA attempted to establish contact with Hamas in spite of a US ban.
According to the leaked papers South African intelligence spied on Russia over a controversial $100m joint satellite deal.
A 128-page “Operational Target Analysis,” written by South African spies, profiles dozens of alleged Iranian operatives, listing their names, cover stories, families, addresses and phone numbers.
R60M DEAL ENDS TUT PROTESTS
The Tshwane University of Technology and the Student Representative Council have reached a R60 million agreement.
In terms of the agreement, TUT management and the SRC agreed on addressing outstanding student debt and issues surrounding the National Student Financial Aid Scheme.
The agreement has brought an end to recent student protests that stopped classes at TUT campuses.
The university’s Willa de Ruyter explains…..
KENYA ANTI-TERRORISM LAW
Kenya’s High Court has thrown out key aspects of a new anti-terrorism law after a legal challenge by the opposition.
Eight clauses were annulled, including those which curbed media freedom
The government says the law was needed to counter the growing threat posed by militant Islamists.
On the other hand the opposition warned that the law violated civil liberties.
The oppositions lead counsel James Orengo addressed the media following the ruling