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Zondo’s decision to act against Zuma justified: Notyesi
24 November 2020, 10:22 AM

President of the National Association of Democratic Lawyers Mvuzo Notyesi says Commission of Inquiry into State Capture Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo’s decision to act against former President Jacob Zuma is justified.

On Monday, Zondo said he would issue another summons for Zuma to appear before the commission and would approach the Constitutional Court for an order to compel Zuma to answer questions.

This after Zuma and his legal team left the commission last week after Zondo dismissed the former President’s request for the commission chairperson to recuse himself from hearing Zuma’s testimony.

Zondo also said he would lodge a criminal charge with the police against Zuma after he left the commission last week. Zuma has accused Zondo of being biased and said the two shared a close relationship, which Zondo has denied.

Notyesi says Zuma must account for acting with such contempt.

“That’s a precedent which must be stopped. So, there is nothing to compare here. We must focus on the fact that former president Jacob Zuma walked out of the commission and that is contemptuous behaviour. Let us not look at what is irrelevant, but what is before us today. Let that be dealt with the way it is supposed to be dealt with.”

Notyesi on Zuma and Zondo:

Public warned against fake JMPD job advert
24 November 2020, 7:45 AM

The Jo’burg Metro Police Department (JMPD) has warned the public to be cautious after the circulation of a fake advertisement on social media, offering employment. JMPD spokesperson Wayne Minnaar says there are currently no vacant positions at the JMPD Academy.

He says those behind the fake advert will be charged with fraud.

“The JMPD wants to alert the public of a fake advert which is currently on social media offering jobs to young people. However, these positions do not exist in JMPD. The JMPD Academy is currently training recruits and there are no other vacancies in the Academy. Those individuals behind this fake advert are being warned that the case is being investigated internally and by the SAPS and they will be arrested and will be charged for fraud.”

Denel’s former Land Systems CEO Burger to testify at State Capture
24 November 2020, 6:19 AM

Arms manufacturer Denel’s former Land Systems CEO Stephan Burger is expected to testify at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

On Monday,  the commission heard from the CEO of EOH Holdings, Stephen van Coller. He said that when he joined the company in 2018 he found that the government had paid it R700 million for work that was not done.

Van Coller also said government contracts were secured through collusion, inappropriate gifts and donations to political parties.

“People were stealing money from EOH to make political donations. There are instances where you can see those discussions about confidential information in the tender in some cases EOH employers writing the content of the tender to exclude other bidders to make us more likely to win the tender.”

Van Coller also said irregular tenders and a lack of proper financial controls led to the company incurring debt of about R3.7 billion.

“There were two Microsoft licensing deals with Department of Defense and another SAP deal with the Department of Water Affairs, in both cases, there were over-invoicing and under-delivering so in the other one we charged for 20 000 licenses and we only delivered 15 000. We also charged above the normal rate.”

Basic Education to work with the Hawks in investigating Physics Paper 2 leak
24 November 2020, 6:00 AM

The Basic Education Department says it will investigate the leak of the matric Physics Paper 2. The paper was leaked before the commencement of the examination on Monday.

Minister Angie Motshekga has condemned the leak and says her department will work with the Hawks to investigate the leak.

Just a week after the leak of the Maths Paper 2 exam, the Basic Education Department has reported yet another leak. In a statement, the Department says Physical Science Paper 2 was circulated before the commencement of the exam.

In an emergency meeting held yesterday, the Council of Education Ministers raised concern over the leaks, saying they would cause disruptions to an already interrupted academic year.

Meanwhile, the Departments says the investigations looking into the leak of Maths Paper 2 are at an advanced stage.

Minister Motshekga says the matric Mathematics Paper Two was leaked to eight provinces in the country but rewriting the paper will be the last resort.

The Department has resolved to dispatch security to provinces to re-check systems. The last matric paper will be written on the 15th of December.

Basic Education investigates leak of the matric Maths Paper Two:

On Tuesday, matriculants will sit down for Afrikaans, Agricultural Sciences Paper 2, Natural Science Paper 2 and Exercise Science Paper 2.

Omotoso trial postponed to January 2021
23 November 2020, 12:50 PM

The trial of pastor Timothy Omotoso has been postponed to January the 26th of next year in the High Court in Port Elizabeth. The postponement follows the death of advocate Zukile Mdolombo, who was part of the state’s legal team.

Advocate Mdolomba successfully opposed Omotoso’s bail application in the High Court in Port Elizabeth a few weeks ago.

He was one of the three prosecutors in the rape and human trafficking case against Omotoso.

The clerk of the court has also tested positive for the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, Judge Irma Schoeman dismissed the application from the defense to have the evidence of two witnesses declared inadmissible.

Omotoso and two co-accused are facing more than 90 sex-related charges.

Omotoso’s bail appeal application judgment

Last week, Omotoso’s legal team gave reasons for his application to apply for leave to appeal the ruling of Judge, Philip Zilwa, who refused to grant him bail.

Omotoso’s legal team argued that Judge Zilwa did not apply his mind to certain aspects of the bail application and that there were irregularities in his ruling.

This was the third time Omotoso has tried to get bail since his arrest three years ago.

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