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Ramaphosa warns against late payments to SMEs
7 November 2019, 1:06 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has warned that any failure by organs of state to pay small to medium enterprises SMEs within the 30 stipulated days will be viewed as financial misconduct.

Ramaphosa says the soon to be finalised Public Procurement Bill will ensure that organs of the state pay SMEs within the stipulated time. He has called on local and international investors to support the country’s SMEs, as the sector can be the real driver of economic growth.

Ramaphosa was speaking on the second and final day of the South Africa investment conference at the University of Johannesburg campus in Soweto.

The organs of state will be closely monitored on the compliance of the 30 day period and any non-compliance will be viewed as financial misconduct and will have to be dealt with accordingly.

 

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Several people arrested in clashes between refugees, police in Cape Town CBD
30 October 2019, 12:50 PM

Several people have been arrested amid clashes between refugees and police outside the UN High Commission for Refugees in Cape Town. The refugees want authorities to move them out of the country as they fear for their safety. They staged a sit-in at the Waldorf Building in Green Market Square for several weeks, alleging they are being attacked by South Africans.

Police armed with batons and water cannons are trying to control the protesters.

Some foreign nationals explain why they want to leave the country.

“We are not happy; we have to go from this country. We don’t need their houses or their papers. We want to go, we want a safe place. The kids are inside there. I want to go, we are dying.”

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Application for permanent stay of prosecution in Zuma case dismissed with costs
11 October 2019, 10:01 AM

The KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg has dismissed with costs the application by former president Jacob Zuma and French arms company Thales for a permanent stay of prosecution.

The court handed down its ruling on Friday morning.

Zuma will stand trial on charges of corruption and money laundering.

 

Earlier, supporters of former president Jacob Zuma at the Pietermaritzburg High Court said they were not given enough time to mobilise people to come.

WATCH: KZN High Court decides on Zuma, Thales application
11 October 2019, 9:34 AM

The Pietermaritzburg High Court is expected to down its ruling on Friday, in the application by former president Jacob Zuma and French arms company – Thales.

The two applied for a permanent stay of prosecution in the corruption case.

The charges date back to 2005 and both Zuma and Thales blame the state for unfair delays in the prosecution process. Zuma also argued that the decision to charge him was politically motivated.

Myeni representative requests postponement of trial
10 October 2019, 1:12 PM

The legal representative of former chairperson of the SAA board, Dudu Myeni, advocate Nqabayethu Buthelezi has requested the postponement of the trial in the case that the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) has brought against his client.

Buthelezi has asked the court to postpone the case until the second quarter of next year. He says, as Myeni’s new legal representative, he will need time to prepare for the trial.

In March 2017, OUTA brought a case against Myeni to have her declared a delinquent director for her fiduciary conduct.

Earlier this week, Myeni failed to show up in court on two occasions saying that she could not afford to pay for legal representation and transportation to get to Pretoria.

Buthelezi made representations on behalf of Myeni in the High Court in Pretoria.

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