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WATCH: Memorial service for Mandla “Spaceboy” Maseko
10 July 2019, 11:39 AM

The memorial service for 30-year-old Mandla Maseko, popularly known as Spaceboy, is being held at Airforce Base in Swartkop in Pretoria.

Maseko died in a motorbike accident at the weekend. He became popular after he was set to become the first black African in space.

Maseko earned the name Spaceboy after he beat 1 million people to become one of the 23 people, who won a seat sponsored by the Axe Apollo Space Academy, on an hour-long suborbital trip in 2014.

Spaceboy will be buried on Saturday at Zandfontein cemetery in Pretoria.

Dan Matjila
WATCH: PIC Inquiry
10 July 2019, 9:32 AM

Former PIC CEO Dan Matjila is to continue his testimony on Wednesday at the commission of Inquiry into the Public Investment Corporation.

On Tuesday, Matjila testified how changes in the ministers of finance was a challenge to the corporation – and how that several cabinet reshuffles had affected Treasury and the PIC.

Matjila has admitted that he was under pressure from politically-connected individuals, influential business people and politicians to do favours for their businesses. He says the Gupta-owned Oakbay was also pressurising him to facilitate the PIC’s investment in the company’s uranium mine.

Citrus black spot regulations still a challenge
10 July 2019, 8:17 AM

Some citrus farmers in Limpopo say European countries’ regulations around the trade of citrus products due to the citrus black spot are still a challenge. Citrus farmers started to harvest oranges towards the middle of June.

Citrus grower Benard Voster from Letsitele outside Tzaneen says some countries where citrus is exported still consider black spot harmful.

“Certainly black spot is still a big issue for us, for the last 14/15 years that we are battling with the Trading Embargo that is my point of view that the European Union has enforced on us, because scientifically we have proved that it is not harmful to any human and it’s not harmful to their citrus production because scientifically it has been proven.”

Chief Executive of the Citrus Growers’ Association Justin Chadwick says compliance to the regulations that the European Union has introduced is costing growers close to R2 billion.

“We are faced with this emergency measures from the European Union that actually add R1,86 billion to our cost every year so it is a significant cost for us to have to comply. We have been with the minister of trade and industry and we are now now engaging with unions through the minister of GTIC.”

Johan Booysen
NPA withdraws racketeering charges against Johan Booysen
9 July 2019, 1:02 PM

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has withdrawn racketeering charges against former KwaZulu-Natal Hawks boss, Johan Booysen and former Cator Manor detectives.

Booysen was charged by the former acting NPA head, Advocate Nomcobo Jiba back in 2012. Booysen and his co-accused had always maintained that the charges were invalid.

NPA spokesperson, Bulelwa Makeke says a panel reviewed the charges and found them to be invalid.

“The National Director Advocate, Shamila Batohi was faced with a high court application that she had to respond to on  behalf of the NPA. She put together a panel, the panel reviewed all the material that would have been presented to the two former NDPP directors, they unanimously made a recommendation to the national director that the information that is available before them doesn’t warrant the authorisation of this racketeering offences.”

Nthuthuko Mahlaba
Murder case against Newcastle mayor postponed
9 July 2019, 12:13 PM

The murder case against Newcastle mayor, doctor Nthuthuko Mahlaba, has been postponed to the August 15 in the Madadeni Magistrate’s Court.

This is to allow both the state and defence to make representations to the director of public prosecution.

Mahlaba appeared calm and collected during his court appearance on charges connected to the murder of ANC Youth League member Wandile Ngobeni in 2016.

More than 100 people supported Mahlaba outside court. They sang struggle songs and held placards calling for him to remain in office.

Mahlaba said after his court appearance that his lawyers submitted documents supporting his allegation that the case against him has been fabricated.

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