News wrap-06 October
DONALD SEBOLAI CASE POSTPONED
Dolly Tshabalala’s family is disappointed at the postponement of Donald Sebolai’s judgment. The South Gauteng High Court sitting in Palm Ridge was expected to hand down judgement but it has been postponed by a week. Sebolai is accused of stabbing his girlfriend, Dolly Tshabalala to death at his Jabulani flat in Soweto last year, and has pleaded not guilty to the crime.
ALEX TAXI DRIVER NABBED RAPING MINOR
Parents with children who use scholar transport have been urged to be extra vigilant when leaving their children in the care of the drivers. A taxi driver in Alexandra township has been arrested for allegedly raping a 8 year old child. He was allegedly caught red-handed by Metro police raping the minor in his white Toyota Avanza taxi at the Marlboro Cemetery. The suspect allegedly ordered the child to undress herself, When she refused, he threatened to kill her. It has also emerged that the man is not a first time offender.
MADONSELA ALLOWED TO JOIN EFF
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has officially joined the EFF on the Nkandla case against President Zuma and Speaker of Parliament, Baleka Mbete. The Constitutional Court has made a decision to allow Madonsela to become a respondent. Madonsela has been given until October 30 to file court papers. The EFF’s case with President Zuma began after Madonsela released a report on Nkandla, where she ordered him to repay some monies spent at his private residence.
PRES. ZUMA MEETS WITH ACADEMICS
President Jacob Zuma says a task team has been established to explore solutions to short term student funding challenges. This emerged when the President met with vice chancellors of the country’s universities at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. The meeting is being held to address the recent violence in some campuses, transformation and language policy.
OUTA ON SANRAL REPORT
The Opposition for Urban Tolling Alliance – Outa says Sanral’s claims that it has done well in the 2014/2015 financial year are false. Outa says the road agency’s claims that it collected R3.8 billion from e-toll revenue in the last year conflicts a statement made by agency that it generated R1.4 billion from March 2014 to April 2015. The report by Auditor General Kimi Makwetu shows that the new dispensation is working.
BOB HEWITT’S VICTIMS MAY HAVE COLLUDED
Reports have emerged that the three women who accused Bob Hewitt of rape and sexual assault may have colluded about their testimony. The SABC is today reporting that it’s in possession of documents proving that all three of his accusers communicated extensively with each other before the trial. In March, Hewitt was convicted on two counts of rape and one of sexual assault and sentenced to an effective six years in jail. During the handing down of sentencing, Judge Bert Bam noted the similarities in the victims’ events.
MIDDLEMAN IN ANNI DEWANI’S MURDER STILL
The middleman in the plot to kill Anni Dewani has not yet been charged nearly a year after he was denied indemnity from prosecution. The National Prosecuting Authority has confirmed it’s yet to take a decision on Monde Mbolombo. Today marks exactly one year since Anni’s British husband, Shrien went on trial for her murder.He was acquitted in December last year.
ANC PUSHES MEDIA APPEALS TRIBUNAL
The ANC says Parliament needs to speed up legislation to start a Media Appeals Tribunal. The party wants to introduce the Appeals Tribunal – a forum which print media will have to account to – and victims of unethical journalism can seek recourse. The ANC argues that like broadcast media is accountable to ICASA, the Press also needs to account to a body outside of itself.
DESPERATE YOUNG GAUTENG GIRLS TRICKED
The Gauteng department of social development is appealing to parents to verify jobs and education offers made to their teenage girls. MEC Faith Mazibuko has revealed that the province is hit hard by the trafficking of humans especially young girls desperate to work and uplift their families. The department is hosting a two day summit in Muldersdrift – Mogale City to intensify a fight against the trafficking of children. According to Mazibuko human trafficking is rife locally – because young girls are illegally traded from Gauteng to other provinces and promised jobs but end up working in brothels.
SOUTH AFRICA’S BUSINESS CONFIDENCE HITS
With the rand at an all time low, slow economic growth and soaring unemployment figures, Most economists are not surprised that business confidence has fallen to its lowest in 22 years this past September. A survey by the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry is reflecting companies’ worries about slow domestic and global economic growth. The Business Confidence Index slid to 81.6 from 84.3 in August, reaching its weakest level since July 1993. SACCI’s Richard Downing says global financial market nervousness as well as global economic uncertainty continued to prevail.
LIBYA’S PARLIAMENT EXTENDS MANDATE
Libya’s internationally-recognised parliament has voted to extend its term beyond 20 October. The move could complicate efforts by the UN and Western powers to bring an end to the country’s protracted political stalemate. Libya has had two rival parliaments and governments, backed by rival militia groups, since last summer. The move to extend the parliament’s mandate was passed by 112 out of 131 MPs.
GHANA SUSPENDS HIGH COURT JUDGES OVER CORRUPTION
Ghana has suspended seven of 12 High Court judges implicated in allegations of bribery. This stems from a documentary made by an investigative journalist. The seven had a case of “misbehaviour” to answer to. The investigative reporter says he has nearly 500 hours of video evidence on tape, showing judges alleging asking for bribes and demanding sex. Twenty-two lower court judges have also been suspended. Some of the judges have denied the allegations.