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DA gives introductory testimony on Estina farm project
22 July 2019, 11:19 AM

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Free State is giving an introductory testimony on the Estina Vrede dairy farm project in the Free State at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture in Parktown, Johannesburg.

The party laid the initial complaint with the Public Protector alleging that the money, which was more than R220 million, meant to benefit the poor was siphoned to companies linked to the politically-connected Gupta family.

DA spokesperson in the Free State legislature, Shelton Mollentze, says the party is confident that the information it has will assist the commission’s chairperson, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.

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Constitutional Court dismisses Mkhwebane’s appeal on Reserve Bank
22 July 2019, 10:41 AM

The Constitutional Court has dismissed Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane‘s appeal in the case between her and the South African Reserve Bank.

This relates to Mkhwebane’s application that she should not be held personally liable for costs with regard to the finding of High Court in Pretoria that set aside her report into the Reserve Bank and Absa-Bankorp lifeboat matter.

In her report on the Absa-Bankorp issue in 2018, Mkhwebane instructed that the Reserve Bank’s mandate be amended.

However, the High Court in Pretoria set aside her report and its remedial action, ordering she pay 15% of the legal fees, following a cross-application by the bank declaring that she abused her powers.

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Mkhwebane has evidence to prove her claim against Absa
22 July 2019, 9:49 AM

The Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has reacted to Absa’s rejection of her claim that she subpoenaed the bank to provide account information relating to her investigation into President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Absa says it has received two subpoenas from Mkhwebane in the past 12 months and it has complied with both of them.

It says neither of the two subpoenas had involved any information about Ramaphosa.

Mkhwebane says she evidence to prove her claim.

“We have subpoenaed the records, they’ve never responded. I have proof, so we never received these records from them. We received the records through other investigative processes which we followed.”

“We have done our work, we have all the evidence, I can even produce those subpoenas, we have got proof that they were delivered and we didn’t receive any response from them.”

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Mkhwebane defends her report on Ramaphosa
22 July 2019, 8:30 AM

The Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has defended her report on President Cyril Ramaphosa saying she made the determination based on the information she has at her disposal.

The report found that Ramaphosa misled Parliament about receiving a hefty donation for his 2017 presidential campaign from Bosasa.

Ramaphosa has since said he will take Mkhwebane’s report on an urgent judicial review.

He confirmed his decision to approach the courts in a media briefing in Pretoria on Sunday.

Mkhwebane has welcomed Ramaphosa’s decision.

“The evidence which I have I will provide to the court because I am glad that he will be lodging a judicial review and we will respond accordingly and we will assist the court accordingly as far as that is concerned, so I don’t think it’s necessary now for us to deliberate on what they are saying as if it’s the gospel truth.”

“I have the evidence in front of me, I have the bank statements, I know what amounts were paid to which company, to which individual.”

Click on the video below: Mkhwebane spoke to Morning Live about Ramaphosa’s decision…

Jolie in ‘Eternals’, Ali as ‘Blade’ highlight Marvel’s star-studded slate
22 July 2019, 6:16 AM

Walt Disney Co’s Marvel Studios on Saturday unveiled a star-packed slate of superhero films for the next two years that includes Angelina Jolie in “The Eternals,” Mahershala Ali in a remake of “Blade”and Natalie Portman as a female “Thor.”

The announcements at San Diego Comic-Con charts Marvel’s course following mega-blockbuster “Avengers: Endgame,” which Disney said was set to top 2009 film “Avatar” by Sunday as the highest-grossing movie of all time.

Jolie appeared on stage in front of 6 500 cheering fans, along with other “Eternals” cast members including Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani and Salma Hayek. The story about a group of immortal aliens will debut in November 2020.

“I am going to work ten times harder,” Jolie said when asked how she would approach her role of Thena. “We all know what the task is ahead, and we know what you deserve, and so we are all going to be working very hard.”

“So I am in training and thrilled,” she added.

Disney also revealed it will release “Thor: Love and Thunder,” the fourth “Thor” movie, in November 2021. Portman, who starred in earlier films as the girlfriend to Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, will take up the superhero’s hammer as a female goddess of thunder.

“It feels pretty good,” Portman said on stage. “I’ve always had a little hammer envy.”

Ali, who recently won Oscars for “Moonlight” and “Green Book,” surprised the audience by walking on stage and putting on a baseball hat with the logo for “Blade,” a character played on film in 1998 by Wesley Snipes. No details were given but the crowed erupted in applause.

The films will be part of Phase four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) that started with 2008’s “Iron Man” and has generated more than $22 billion at box offices worldwide.

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