Afriforum looks to court to overturn Mugabe immunity
19 September 2017, 8:00 AM
Civil rights organisation Afriforum will ask the High Court in Pretoria to review the diplomatic immunity granted to Zimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe on Tuesday.
Mugabe allegedly attacked South African model Gabriella Engels with an electric cord in a hotel in Sandton in the north Johannesburg in August.
Engels laid a criminal charge against Mugabe but the International Relations Department granted her immunity.
Afriforum’s Willie Spies says they will ask the court to overturn this.
The Zimbabwean High Commission in Pretoria has applied to intervene in the matter.
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– By Isaac Masemola
Conflict around fresh presidential elections in Kenya
18 September 2017, 8:20 PM
Kenya‘s electoral officials are battling to resolve sticky issues around fresh presidential elections slated for 17 October. This is amid reports that the date may now be changed.
French biometrics firm, Safran Morpho, which provided the technology used in the August polls is also asking the electoral commission to push the polls ahead by a week, to allow the company time to set up proper systems.
Opposition parties want the company removed before the fresh elections.
According to the law, the commission has until 31 October to hold new elections.
Kenya’s Supreme Court is expected to give its full ruling on the annulment of the 8 August general elections on Tuesday, meanwhile on the campaign trail both sides are digging in.
None is willing to cede ground.
“These people are not ready for an election. That is why they have a quarrel with everybody. They have a quarrel with the commissioners of IEBC. They want IEBC commissioners removed; they want the secretariat to be removed; they do not want the printer of ballot papers; they do not want the supplier of technology and yet they want to pretend that they want to participate in an election,” says Deputy President William Ruto.
Opposition leader Raila Odinga says they are ready for elections.
“But we will not go to an election with an compromised IEBC. The company called Safran Morpho from France which colluded in trying to subvert the will of Kenyans must go. The company called Al Ghurair of Dubai must go. Then we are ready to meet Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto in a level playing field.”
This weekend, it emerged that Safran Morpho, the technology company that designed the elections transmission kits, needs more time to reconfigure the equipment specifically for the repeat polls.
That’s another reason the fresh presidential elections may be delayed.
The electoral commission has called President Uhuru Kenyatta and his rival Raila Odinga for a meeting on Wednesday to discuss the possibility of a date change and other emerging issues.
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– By Sarah Kimani
All systems go for the in-Herit Festival 2017
18 September 2017, 6:38 PM
The Iziko Museums of South Africa are inviting all South Africans to explore their heritage in the month of September.
The 10th annual Festival will celebrate the diverse African heritage including guided tours of its eleven museums.
Celebrating our heritage through music
18 September 2017, 6:17 PM
September is heritage month and we still carrying on with the theme for the month which is ‘reclaiming, restoring and celebrating our living culture.
Throughout the month some of the countries traditional artist has taken focus.
Venda rap artist Azwindini Maluleke and Teakay Ntsepe from the Setswana culture group, Dinonyane speak about how they celebrate their heritage through music.
Ndebele heritage showcased at Phansi exhibition
18 September 2017, 6:04 PM
An exibition being held in Durban illustrates how Ndebele art exploded into greatest postmodern art and architecture of Southern Africa and how ordinary, everyday people become sculptors, huts become palaces, beaded paintings becomes the expression of individuality.
The Postmodern Ndebele exhibition at the Phansi Museum has been opened by the Chair of Architecture at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Professor Franco Frescura , who has done extensive work on Ndebele culture and way of life spoke to Morning Live about the exhibition.