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VIDEO: Youth Day Commemorations
16 June 2021, 11:00 AM

President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered a virtual keynote address at Youth Day celebrations in Pietermaritzburg, in KwaZulu-Natal, with the event being a hybrid event due to new lockdown regulations.

Proceedings below:

State Capture
VIDEO: State Capture will hear a number of applications for leave to cross-examine brought by various implicated parties
16 June 2021, 10:00 AM

The Commission will hear a number of applications for leave to cross-examine brought by various implicated parties.

Yesterday the Commission dismissed AfriForum’s application to cross-examine ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa because it was outside of the commission’s rules.

Live proceedings below:

Nulane Investment’s Dinesh Patel granted R10 000 bail
15 June 2021, 12:40 PM

Nulane Investment representative, Dinesh Patel has been granted R10 000 bail by the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court.

Patel, who is also Iqbal Sharma‘s brother-in-law, faces charges of fraud, corruption and money laundering.

The charges relate to the R24.9 million paid by the Free State Department of Agriculture for a feasibility study on potential farming projects in the Free State.

The State did not oppose Patel’s application stating that he is not a flight risk and has no pending cases or previous convictions.

The defence agreed that the accused will not tamper with witnesses in this case.

Magistrate Mbuyiselo Didi said: “The court is satisfied with the reasons provided by the defence. Bail is granted on condition that the applicant hand over his passports and if he wants to travel abroad.”

Minister Lamola says UAE not cooperating

Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola says the United Arab Emirates is not co-operating with South Africa, in accordance with the extradition treaty ratified by the two countries.

Lamola briefed the media last Friday after the National Prosecuting Authority’s Investigating Directorate asked Interpol for assistance to get the Guptas deported to South Africa to face charges of corruption, fraud and money laundering.

The agreement between South Africa and the UAE on extradition and legal assistance in criminal matters was signed in 2018.

Lamola says South Africa will continue to pursue this matter until justice is served.

“Irrespective of the fact that both South Africa and the UAE ratified this convention, regrettably we have to date not experienced a level of appreciation and cooperation which is required in terms of the convention in the fight against corruption from the UAE. However, we will continue to pursue our counterparts through diplomatic channels in order to reach the desired levels of cooperation to enable our law enforcement agencies to bring to justice persons of interest of any investigations they are pursuing.”

In the video below Minister Ronald Lamola updates on extradition treaties between SA and UAE:

Modjadji Royal Council oppose a bid to set aside its decision to appoint Prince Lekukela Modjadji as Balobedu nation’s monarch
15 June 2021, 10:36 AM

The Modjadji Royal Council has submitted court papers to oppose a court bid to set aside its decision to appoint Prince Lekukela Modjadji as the next monarch of the Balobedu nation in Limpopo, instead of his sister, Princess Masalanabo Modjadji.

Princess Masalanabo’s foster parents Dr Mathole Motshekga and his wife the Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, want the court to declare the decision null and void, arguing that it disinherits the Princess of her birthright.

Dr Motshekga has also sent letters of demand against the regent of the Balobedu nation, Prince Mpapatla Modjadji and royal council spokesperson Phetole Mampeule, citing defamation of character during a press briefing held at Khithagoni royal palace in May.

Mampeule says they have responded to both court challenges and are yet to hear back from the Motshekgas.

“We are opposing the application by Dr Mathole Motshekga to set aside the appointment of Prince Lekukela X Modjadji as the next King of the Balobedu nation and we have instructed our legal representatives to file the necessary opposing papers and on the issue of defamation our legal representatives have responded to the allegations as brought by Dr Motshekga and we have not received any further correspondence there is no court date we are just waiting the court to make a decision.”

Meanwhile, the Acting spokesperson of the Limpopo government, Willie Mosoma, has called for a speedy resolution of the impasse.

“Communication has been received from the national department of COGTA. It is important to note that the appointment of traditional leadership is the sole competency of traditional leadership in consultation with royal councils whereby communication is set to the COGTA department and which is therefore referred to the office of the Premier after thorough interrogation, however, the Premier would like to make it clear that issues of traditional leadership around that area need to be solved by royal councils and royal families.”

Ga-Phaahla traditional council members stage sit-in at Makhuduthamaga municipal offices in Limpopo
15 June 2021, 10:21 AM

Members of the Ga-Phaahla traditional council, including chief Letsiri Phaahla, have staged a sit-in at the Makhuduthamaga municipal offices at Jane Furse in Limpopo.

They are demanding the electrification of 322 households at Madikwe village, which they say the municipality has been promising to electrify since 2015.

They are also demanding to meet with Mayor Minah Bahule. The municipality is yet to comment.

Chief Phaahla has accused the Mayor of failing the community.

“If it means we are going to be here for a week, we will be here for a week until we get answers from her. This is the Mayor that is being praised all over, left, right and centre. But according to us as Phaahla people, we don’t see anything that reflects those praises that she is being showered with. Because there is nothing that came from our village in the form of a request that was forwarded to her office that she ever attended, not even a single matter, because this thing that we see now is total disrespect.”



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