News wrap- 07 October
MADONSELA NOT IN CAHOOTS WITH ANY POLITICAL PARTIES
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has dismissed claims she’s plotting against president Jacob Zuma with opposition parties. This after her request to join the EFF Nkandla case was granted in the Constitutional Court. The party wants to force the president to repay a portion of the money spent on the non-security upgrades to his Nkandla home, as recommended by Madonsela. Madonsela insists she is not in cahoots with any political party but all she needs is clarity and to protect her office’s integrity.
BALEKA MBETHE COURT DECISION
Three opposition parties have failed in their legal bid to remove National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbethe. Agang, Cope and the UDM had gone to court to challenge Mbete’s fitness to hold office. They have accused her of derailing debates to protect President Jacob Zuma. They also wanted it declared illegal for Mbete to chair the ANC’s National Executive Committee while she’s the speaker.Agang approached the Constitutional Court last year after tabling a motion of no confidence in Mbete, but the court dismissed the application this morning.
PHIYEGA TO MEET WITH WC AUTHORITIES OVER LAMOER
Suspended western cape SAPS chief Arno Lamoer might soon be replaced. National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega is expected to meet with Western Cape police officials and Premier Helen Zille, to discuss who will be replacing him. Phiyega’s office this week announced Lamoer’s contract won’t be renewed when it expires in two months’ time.
HEWITT’S LAWYERS TO APPEAL HIS CONVICTION
Lawyers presenting former tennis champ Bob Hewitt are planning on appealing his sentencing and conviction. This after it emerged that three of Hewitt’s victims colluded against him before his rape trial. The SABC reported on yesterday that it was in possession of documents proving communication about the case between three of Hewitt’s accusers. In May, the 75-year-old was sentenced to six years in jail.
CENTRES FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION
The African continent will for the first time establish Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is to ensure the continent is not caught by surprise with an outbreak such as Ebola. Health minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi made this announcement at the conclusion of the second Ministerial Forum of China-Africa Health Development in Cape Town.
VW RECALL TO START IN JANUARY
German car maker Volks Wagen says it expects to start a mass recall of cars affected by its emissions scandal in January 2016. According to the company’s new CEO Mathius Mueller all affected cars will be fixed by the end of next year. The emissions test-cheating software is present in 11 million diesel vehicles. The company has set aside 6.5billion euros to cover the cost of the scandal. Analysts say the final bill could be much higher, with potential regulatory fines in the US, class action lawsuits and the cost of fixing the cars.
AFRICA ECONOMIES TO SLOW – WORLD BANK
The World Bank predicts in a new report that economic growth in Africa will slow to 3.7 percent this year – the lowest level since 2009. For decades, the continent’s economic fate has been tied to its wealth of raw materials – commodities like oil, gas, gold and aluminium.While the continent is rich in such resources, very few African nations have succeeded in processing their bounty and profiting from it. The bank does however acknowledge that countries not known as resource giants – like Ethiopia, Ivory Coast and Mozambique are expected to see about 7 percent growth in the coming year.
CEASEFIRE IN SUDAN WELCOMED
Proposals by warring sides in South Sudan to lay down their guns have been welcomed by the United Nations Children’s Fund. The decision could mean that thousands of children will now be able to receive lifesaving health care. UNICEF has also urged all sides toguarantee the safety of all children, as well as un- interrupted humanitarian access. Some areas have not been accessed since 2011 due to the fighting putting the lives of thousands at risk.
BURKINA FASO COUP LEADER GEN DIENDERE CHARGED
The leader of last month’s short-lived coup in Burkina Faso has been charged with crimes including threatening state security and murder. Gen Gilbert Dien-dere is expected to stand trial before a military tribunal. Interim President Michel Kafando was reinstated two weeks ago after intervention from the army and West African leaders. The presidential guards’ unit that carried out the coup is to be disbanded. Former Foreign Minister Dji-bril Bassole, who was also arrested in connection with the coup, has also been charged.
UN CHIEF SHOCKED BY CHARGES AGAINST FORMER UN PRESIDENT
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is shocked by corruption allegations involving a former president of the UN General Assembly John Ashe, who presided over the chamber in 2013, was arrested in New York for accepting bribes. Moon says he was deeply troubled to learn of the allegations. He is among six people who are facing charges of conspiracy and bribery related to alleged business deals.