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Zuma in court
‘Zuma judgement is victory for taxpayers’
13 December 2018, 6:51 PM

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says the judgment of the High Court in Pretoria that former President Jacob Zuma will have to pay his own legal fees in personal criminal matters is a victory for protecting and saving taxpayers money.

This after the court upheld the application by the DA and EFF to set aside an earlier agreement authorising state funding for Zuma’s defence in criminal cases.

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says it brings an end to civil servants misuse of taxpayer’s money when fighting legal battles.

“That tendency has been cut for good. Therefore we hope going forward all public representatives will be much more careful with usage of public resources in defence of any litigation and that we shall do so, mindful of the fact that at all times it must be in the public interest.” says Ndlozi.

In its reaction to the judgement, the Freedom Front Plus said it will introduce a private members’ bill to Parliament that will strictly govern the use of public funds for litigation involving the state.

FF Plus leader, Pieter Groenewald, says this will prevent millions of rands in tax payers money from being misused.

“We are of the opinion that strict legislation should be introduced where people in public office should first pay for legal costs themselves and only when found not guilty they can take and use tax payers money for that specific court case,” Groenewald says.

The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution has joined other organisations and political parties in emphasising the importance of the judgment that Zuma pay his own legal fees in personal criminal matters.

CASAC Executive Secretary, Lawson Naidoo says Zuma will now have his day in court.

“This is important judgment that exposes manner in which JZ went around trying to avoid having his day in court for over a decade…in course of its judgment court recounted all of the cases referred to luxury Mr Zuma took to enjoy at taxpayers expense.”

 

Home Affairs
Limpopo mother finally gets ID number for her child
13 December 2018, 5:04 PM

A Limpopo mother, whose child did not have an ID number for the first year of his life due to Home Affairs bureaucracy, has been helped following SABC News coverage.

31 year old Thembi Maluleke of Ndhambi village, outside Giyani, first learnt that she shared her ID number with another person in November 2017.

Maluleke had just given birth and the sharing of the ID led to her child not being issued with an ID number. She then applied for duplicate ID rectification, and visited her local Home Affairs office numerous times until she was informed in November this year that her application was no longer being processed.

SABC News first visited Thembi Maluleke on the 8th of November 2018, a day that marked a year since she discovered that she shared her ID with another woman.

The 8th of November was also the first birthday of her son.

The little information that Maluleke knew of the other woman included that she stayed in Namakgale, and that she has two children.

Maluleke also learnt that the other woman had been granted a new ID number, following a duplicate ID rectification process, which automatically blocked the shared ID number.

Maluleke applied for her own rectification. Eight months after making the application, and submitting all supporting documents, she was informed that her application was no longer being processed.

Maluleke then called SABC News, and a day later, her rectification was also granted. Her son’s ID number was then issued a few weeks later.

“After the media had helped me on the 8th of November, on the 9th of November I found out that everything was sorted. My duplicate was corrected and everything was in order. So it seems to me as if the home affairs people know how to work these things but they choose not to do their work.”

Maluleke says she is disappointed that she has had to pressurise Home Affairs to get her challenge to be resolved.

“My heart is broken because there are a lot of people who don’t know how to find help. For myself I had to go to the media after a year of suffering. What about the other people who don’t know the platform of going to the media; and who doesn’t know where to be helped; who queue the lines of home affairs to be helped? For my side I have been helped by the media, you really did a great job but what about the other people.”

Home Affairs spokesperson Thabo Mokgola was not available to comment by the time of broadcast.

 

Cyril Ramaphosa and Jacob Zuma
Ramaphosa to study Zuma High Court judgement
13 December 2018, 3:10 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa will study the High Court judgment that the state is not liable to pay former President Jacob Zuma’s legal fees in personal criminal matters.

The High Court in Pretoria has ruled against the former President Jacob Zuma in his legal fees battle case.

Led by deputy judge Aubrey Ledwaba, the High Court’s full bench ruled that Zuma is not entitled to state funding in his legal battle.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) filed papers in March this year, asking the High Court to set aside a 2006 agreement about legal costs Zuma incurred for his criminal prosecution that was signed by the Presidency.

Ramaphosa has always stated that he will abide by the decision of the court in this matter.

“President Ramaphosa will study the judgment. He will study its implications for the state and then on the basis of that he will be able to find a way forward.” says presidential spokesperson, Khusela Diko.

 

Meanwhile the lawyer who represented Zuma, advocate Thabani Masuku, has refused to comment on the outcome of the case.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane has welcomed the judgement, calling it a win for South Africa. He says the judgment sets a precedent. Maimane says no taxpayer should finance politicians’ criminal litigation.

” It’s a sweeping judgement for the people of SA. The DA is fighting that no taxpayer must finance criminal litigation and now we have come to a point where we are saying we are cutting off the ATM. If anyone wants to litigate for corruption, they must do so themselves. It goes for those who are involved in state capture and all of those who have been looting the peoples’ money and now they want the people to pay. Today is a victory for the people of SA.”

 

Boxing SA
SA boxing mourns Gabula “The Tiger” ape
12 December 2018, 9:05 PM

The boxing fraternity is mourning the death of former boxing champion Gabula “The Tiger” Vabaza in East London, Eastern Cape. Vabaza died in East London on Tuesday at the age of 40.

The former South African flyweight and World Boxing Union super flyweight champion died after a long illness.

His career was cut short by illness in 2006 when he failed a medical test on the eve of a world title fight. Vabaza was one of East London’s many world champions and was destined for greatness, before poor health cut his career short at the age of 28.

In August 2006, on the eve of his fight for the vacant International Boxing Federation junior feather weight title against Steve Molitor of Canada, he received shattering news that he had failed his medical. He never fought again.

Vabaza was unbeaten in 24 fights as a professional before his premature retirement.

After winning the South African flyweight title in 1999 he cleaned up the division before moving up a weight. While some boxers tend to lose their punching power when they move to higher divisions, Vabaza went to the super flyweight division and still had a powerful punch.

Funeral arrangements yet to be confirmed.

Meng Wanzhou
China calls Huawei CFO arrest a ‘mistake’
12 December 2018, 6:08 PM

Dodging cameras and ignoring questions. Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Meng Wanzhou was seen leaving a Canadian courtroom, after being released on bail Tuesday evening.

Chinese officials say her arrest in itself was a mistake from the start.

“We have already made our position clear to the United States and Canada that they should immediately correct their mistake and release Meng Wanzhou,” says Lu Kang who is the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman.

That statement on Wednesday came just hours after Donald Trump spoke out on the subject as well.

In an exclusive interview with Reuters the United States  President said he would intervene with the Justice Department on her case if it would serve national security interests or help close a trade deal with Beijing.

Meng was detained for over a week and faces possible extradition to the US. American officials say she misled multinational banks about Iran linked transactions, putting the banks at risk of violating US sanctions.

It has added yet another point of tension between Washington and Beijing, with a source telling Reuters earlier that the US is considering issuing a new warning to its citizens traveling to China about the risks of retaliation.

On Tuesday Canada confirmed that one its citizens, a former Canadian diplomat, was detained there.

However the Canadian government says it sees no explicit connection to the Huawei case and Beijing alleges he may have broken Chinese law.

 

 

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