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Duduzane Zuma At Zondo Commission: I Set Up The Meeting Between Guptas, Jonas

Duduzane Zuma has on Monday defended why he held a meeting between former Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas, the Guptas and himself. He said the meeting was held at the Gupta compound because of proximity and time issues, despite the fact that he also had a house in Saxonwold. Zuma is appearing at the state capture commission of inquiry in Parktown where he is giving his side of events relating to claims made by Jonas.

Helen Zille: If The DA Dies, South Africa’s Democracy Dies

Former Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille wants to restore stability and unity within the party if she is named as the new federal council chairperson. The former DA leader resigned from politics but made a surprise announcement last week after submitting her name to become the party’s federal council chairperson. Zille’s announcement came after James Selfe stepped down. During an interview with 702’s Bongani Bingwa on Monday, Zille said she was reluctant to return to politics.

R2.1 Billion Cash Injection Due For SABC

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is set to receive the first of its cash injection from National Treasury on Monday. The struggling public broadcaster was given a lifeline last week with Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams announcing that it would receive a partial bailout of R2.1 billion.

Chief Justice Mogoeng In Doubt Of SA’s Justice System Expertise To Deal With Sexual Assault Cases

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said he was concerned by the fact that he did not believe the South African justice system had the expertise on all levels, to deal with cases of sexual abuse. He referred to crimes which contribute to the scourge of gender-based violence and the role of the judiciary to address them. The chief justice said it was important that the root cause of crimes be treated by not only imposing harsher sentences. Last week, Mogoeng spoke about an approach or an offer of R600 million which he turned down.

Police Shootout Leaves Teen Dead In Manenberg

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate launched an investigation into a deadly shooting in Manenberg in Cape Town. On Sunday, a man died in a shootout with police during an apparent car hijacking. As the suspects tried to flee, the vehicle ran out of fuel. They are believed to have tried to steal another car thereafter, but at that stage, police were on them.

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Dudu Myeni Misses Court Appearance, Says She Can’t Afford To Travel

The application to have former South African Airways (SAA) board chairperson Dudu Myeni declared a delinquent director has been rolled over until Tuesday because she failed to arrive at court. The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) brought the application to the High Court in Pretoria on Monday. Myeni told Outa’s legal team that she could not afford to travel to Pretoria to attend the case and this message was relayed to the court.

Court To Rule On Minister Lamola’s Application Against Janusz Walus Parole

The Justice Minister Ronald Lamola’s review application to have convicted killer Janusz Walus denied parole is set to be heard in the High Court in Pretoria on Monday. Walus is currently serving a life sentence for killing former South African Communist Party (SACP) leader Chris Hani outside his Boksburg home in 1993. Minister Lamola’s predecessor Michael Masutha announced earlier this year that he would not be granting the Polish national parole, as there was conflicting information which made it difficult to determine whether or not he should be released.

Timothy Omotoso’s Sex Trafficking Case To Resume In PE

Pastor Timothy Omotoso and two women are expected back in the Port Elizabeth High Court on Monday as their sex trafficking case resumes. Omotoso, Lusanda Sulani and Zukiswa Sitho are facing 97 charges, including human trafficking and rape. The trial has been a stop-start affair. In July, Judge Mandela Makaula recused himself over the possibility of a conflict of interest. Judge Irma Schoeman was then appointed to oversee the case, however, there have been several delays since the restart of the trial under Schoeman.

Strike Continues At UJ, With Equal Salaries & Benefits Demands

A strike by workers affiliated to the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) at the University of Johannesburg is expected to continue this week. Workers have been picketing at the institution’s main entrances, calling for equal pay and benefits since Friday. Cleaners, security guards and support staff are among the 700 workers who have been participating in the demonstration. Numsa accused the university’s management of abusing and exploiting workers who are formally outsourced.