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Frustration As Palesa Madiba’s Alleged Killer Shows Up Without A Lawyer

Dramatic scenes unfolded at the Protea Magistrates Court on Wednesday with the magistrate presiding over the Palesa Madiba murder case lashing out at the accused for failing to have a lawyer present at his court appearance. Magistrate Zweli Zwakhe warned Dumisani Mkhwanazi that the court wouldn’t tolerate any more excuses preventing proceedings from getting under way. The matter was postponed to next week Wednesday.

Seriti Commission Failed To Test Arms Deal Witnesses, Court

The High Court has found that the Seriti commission of inquiry’s approach to critical witnesses was a complete failure to test the veracity of the evidence available to it and to execute its mandate as required. Judge President Dunstan Mlambo handed down a stinging rebuke of his brother Judge Willie Seriti’s handling of the investigation of the controversial multibillion-rand arms deal. Seriti’s report and findings have on Wednesday been reviewed and set aside.

JMPD Under Pressure To Explain How Tshegofatso Selahle Died In Custody

As the family and friends of a Johannesburg man who died in police custody continue to call for justice, officers are being pressed to explain the circumstances surrounding his death. Tshegofatso Selahle (35) succumbed to his injuries on Sunday following an incident with JMPD officers the previous night. Police said he was violent and resisted arrest after skipping a red traffic light on William Nicol and Sandton Drive, forcing them to call for backup but his family is having none of it.

Estina Cattle Deaths Blamed On Media, Funding Suspension

The former head of the Free State Agriculture Department claimed the reason cattle started dying on the Estina dairy farm is that the media had started investigating the scandal and financial support for the project had been suspended. This was the evidence of Peter Thabethe at the state capture commission on Tuesday. His evidence contradicts statements of an earlier witness who told the commission that the animals were starving because the farm manager, an Indian national brought in by the Guptas, was not qualified to rear cattle. Thabethe disputes this version.

Cameron: ConCourt Always Ensured Public Power Triumphed

Retired judge of the Constitutional Court Edwin Cameron said that the apex court has had to grapple with a massive workload, political pressure and the difficulty of the cases it has had to deal with. Speaking at his farewell on Tuesday, Cameron told the gallery which was packed with well-wishers, that the court had been challenged in fresh and unprecedented ways. He mentioned the unfinished case of alleged gross misconduct against Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe as one of the matters that still hung over the Constitutional Court. However, Cameron stated that the justices of the Constitutional Court had always ensured that public power triumphed.

‘I’m Not Giving Up’: CT Mom Determined To Find Son Missing In Vietnam

The mother of a South African man missing in Vietnam believes that her son may likely be suffering from memory loss. Mushfiq Daniels disappeared in Ho Chi Minh City in July. His mother Faheema, who was in Vietnam helping to search for her son, said that no leads had emerged. She claimed she’s received very little help from police in the south-east Asian country. The mother hoped to meet with officials from the South African embassy in Vietnam on Wednesday. Another South African teacher John Bothma, from Gauteng, disappeared in the same city in May.

Maile: 9 Municipalities In Gauteng On Verge Of Being Dysfunctional

Gauteng Cooperative Governance MEC Lebogang Maile said that nine out of 11 municipalities in the province were on the edge of the state of dysfunctionality. He appointed a committee to investigate allegations of fraud, maladministration and corruption. The MEC cited the Auditor-General’s report on municipalities which showed regression. He said that something must be done urgently to save municipalities from being completely dysfunctional.

Take Leave Or You’re Fired – DA Tells Oudtshoorn Mayor

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has read the Riot Act to Oudtshoorn Mayor Colan Sylvester whose future now hangs in the balance. Eyewitness News is in possession of letters that the DA’s top management sent Sylvester ordering him to take leave or face the axe. This comes after Sylvester sacked municipal manager Allen Paulse over financial irregularities. Sylvester is reportedly already on leave.

Teachers At Joburg Autism School Protest Over Poor Working Conditions

Pupils at the Johannesburg School for Autism were left in the care of skeleton staff as several teachers left their classrooms to demonstrate against poor working conditions. The teachers, aligned to the South African Democratic Teachers Union, were holding up placards outside the security gate at the premises in Parktown on Wednesday. Parents said they were concerned about the wellbeing of their children as most of the specialised teachers were not in their classrooms. Teachers were singing and waving placards criticising management claiming the right processes were not being followed for new appointments.

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Calls For Rocklands Community Hall To Be Declared National Heritage Site

Veteran African National Congress (ANC) official and former United Democratic Front leader Cameron Dugmore believes the Rocklands Community Hall should be declared a national heritage site. On Tuesday, the Western Cape government declared it a provincial heritage site for the role it played in the anti-apartheid struggle. The hall was the birthplace of the UDF in the 1980s.

SA To Consider New Nuclear In Affordable Way

South Africa will consider adding nuclear power capacity in an affordable way as part of its long-term plans, Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday. President Cyril Ramaphosa put on hold plans by his predecessor Jacob Zuma for a massive nuclear project last year because of fears it could collapse the economy, but senior officials have since indicated that plans for new nuclear haven’t been shelved entirely. South Africa operates Africa’s only one nuclear power plant near Cape Town and is working to extend its life by 20 years to 2044.