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Presiding officers to address parly disruptions

Parliament’s presiding officers will on Friday address the media on disruptions during a National Assembly sitting on Thursday. The briefing was due to start at Parliament at 9am. “The briefing will address incidents related to the National Assembly plenary sitting on Thursday,” it said in a statement. At 10.30am, the[…]

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Dewani back in court

The murder trial of British businessman Shrien Dewani, accused of killing his wife Anni, will resume in the Western Cape High Court on Friday. The court did not sit on Thursday because it was the anniversary of Anni’s death. On Wednesday, Deputy Judge President Jeanette Traverso lambasted prosecutor Adrian Mopp[…]

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Cosatu “in tatters”: Vavi

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has admitted that the trade union federation is in trouble, The Star reported on Friday. “Cosatu today is in tatters and absolutely in trouble. Factionalism is tearing it apart,” Vavi was quoted as saying at a memorial service in Sasolburg on Thursday. “When we see[…]

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MPlain CPF chair re-elected

The re-elected chairperson of the Mitchell’s Plain Community Policing Forum (CPF), Abie Isaacs, has vowed to institute new and innovative projects to deter crime in the area. This comes as a wave of gang violence and shootings in recent months, has heightened fears amongst residents in the area. Speaking following[…]

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SAPS reminds Farlam of limits

The outcome of the Farlam Commission of Inquiry will have several limitations because it is not a court of law, Ishmael Semenya SC, for the SA Police Service (SAPS), said on Thursday. “For my part, I will be surprised if the president receives your report which says ‘there are pointers[…]

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Mbete ruling triggers pandemonium

The pandemonium that broke loose in the National Assembly on Thursday was triggered by Speaker Baleka Mbete’s attempt to limit the time for members’ motions. “In terms of Rule 2, I rule that notices of motion and motions without notices be limited to 45 minutes,” she told the House, after[…]

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Cell C banner issue ‘not urgent’

The High Court in Johannesburg ruled on Thursday that Cell C’s case against a banner criticising its service is not urgent. Judge Sharise Weiner found that the poster’s damage had already been done. She also found that disgruntled client, businessman George Prokas, had alerted the network provider to his intention[…]

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Province faces medicine shortage

The Western Cape is facing a shortage of vital medication, as a result of “poor management”. The late award of pharmaceutical tenders by the National Department of Health as well as the removal from contracts of coded medicines not listed in the National Essential Medicines list, has led to certain[…]

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WCape men held for perlemoen possession

Three men were arrested in separate incidents in the Western Cape for the possession of perlemoen (abalone) worth about R690,000, police said on Wednesday. A 19-year-old man and a 37-year-old man were arrested on Wednesday morning in Lwandle, Strand, for possession of 2545 units of perlemoen with an estimated street[…]

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Marikana muti claims nonsense: Mpofu

Claims that protesting Lonmin mineworkers used muti, believing that it would make them invincible against police, were nonsensical, the Farlam Commission of Inquiry heard on Wednesday. “SAPS is looking for a reason why people were killed and [as] all the objective evidence shows the people were killed unlawfully, they have[…]

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