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Jacob Zuma
Zuma and co-accused French company ‘Thales’ expected to appear in court
19 May 2019, 8:55 PM

Former African National Congress (ANC) President Jacob Zuma and his co-accused, the French company Thales, are heading back to the Pietermaritzburg High Court.  Zuma is facing 16 charges of corruption, money laundering and racketeering in connection with the controversial multimillion-rand arms deal scandal in the late 1990s.

This is in relation to the multi-billion rand arms acquisition from the French arms company, formerly known as Thompson CSF which was awarded a R2.6 billion stake back in 1997. A subsidiary of the group known as “Thint” are accused of paying Zuma R500 000 a year, to use his political influence and prevent any inquiries into their illicit deals.

Now both Zuma and Thales are asking for a permanent stay of prosecution.  Advocate Bonginkosi Ngubane of the High Court of SA explains what is to happen before the Pietermaritzburg High Court.

“The purpose of the application is to say the proceedings against him. This is due to the fact that our constitution, in particular section 35 sub section 3, says that an accused person must be tried or must receive fair trial, meaning that there should be no delay in the trial against him because he must know about the future. In other words he must have his day in court. He must not always wait in anticipation indefinitely,” says Ngubani.

Advocate Ngubane says the NPA will also have to convince the Court on why the decision to prosecute was delayed.

“Many judges or authorities in our law, they are in promotion of our constitution, courts are of the view or courts promote that we should adhere to our constitution and there should be no delay in finalizing cases that are before courts. More in particular in the respect of the case that is before us or the case against our former president but in balancing the two the court will balance the fact that there was a delay. In other words on the  hand one the NPA will face the Hadley, trying to prove to the court as to why there was a delay in taking a decision to prosecute, on the other hand the accused person that is our former president will have to try by all means to prove to court that he was not the cause. Remember, he was the president of the country,” says Ngubani.

Jacob Zuma
Zuma takes to twitter on Gumede corruption charges
19 May 2019, 7:58 PM

Former African National Congress (ANC) President Jacob Zuma has just shared with his followers on Twitter about the eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede’s corruption charges. Zuma says he hopes the charges against ANC eThekwini region chair are not politically motivated.

He went as far as saying he hopes the state has enough evidence to substantiate charges against Gumede. This after Gumede handed herself over to authorities last week in connection with a R200 million solid waste tender.

She also appeared in the Durban’s Commercial Crimes Court where she was released on a R50 000 bail. Zuma says he will also show Gumede support as she had also supported him

Fezile Gangqa
Peelton, a village with British history
19 May 2019, 6:47 PM

There’s a village in the Eastern Cape, just a stone’s throw from the Eastern Cape capital city, Bhisho, which is one of the oldest in the Border-Kei Region. Peelton Village was founded in 1848 as a station of the London Missionary Society. It was named after Sir Robert Peel who was British Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury. Former Robben Island prisoner and Safety & Security Minister, Steve Vukile Tshwete hailed from this village.

Peelton is one of the villages with a deep sense of British Missionary history. There’s a wide view that it was founded by Reverend Richard Birt as a station of the London Missionary Society in the 1800s.  At that stage it was popularly referred to as Birt’s Mission. It has its share of struggle heritage having produced Steve Tshwete, Mapetla Mohapi and Nolwanda Zondeki.

Resident of the village Fezile Ganggqa talks about the greatness of the village. He says the area has a deep history. He talks of how it had one of the first schools where the prominent reverend DR WB Rubusana was a leaner. He says that the area produced a number of prominent politicians.

The provincial arts and culture department is also in the business of preserving the history of the village.

Like many villages in the province, under-development, poverty and unemployment are rife. With most of its sites scheduled to be part of the liberation route, it will change the fortunes of this village.

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Netcare 911
Man believed to be tourist drowns in Umhlanga beach
19 May 2019, 6:30 PM

A 40-year-old man believed to be a tourist has drowned while swimming with his wife at the Bronze beach in Umhlanga Rocks in Durban. Netcare 911’s Shaun Herbst says initial reports indicate that a man got into difficulty while swimming. He says emergency services together with police search and rescue unit later recovered the body.

“Shortly after 9 o’clock Sunday morning Netcare 911 responded to report of drowning. A man, believed to be a foreign tourist, is presumed to have drowned when he got into difficulty while swimming in the non-swimming beach north of Bronze beach, Umhlanga Rocks.  According to witnesses on the scene, the man had been swimming with his wife when he went under. The man has been presumed drowned due to the length he has already been submerged,” says Herbst.

Mlibo Qoboshiyane
Condolences pouring in for Mhlahlo
19 May 2019, 3:48 PM

Condolences are pouring in following the death of former Eastern Cape Transport and Public Works MEC, Thobile Mhlahlo. He died at St Georges Hospital in Port Elizabeth on Friday after a short illness.

The African National Congress (ANC) has described him as a humble and dedicated activist, who commanded respect and possessed sincerity. Eastern Cape Legislature deputy speaker Mlibo Qoboshiyane says Mhlahlo played a crucial role in improving the conditions of the transport system in the province.

“He has played his role in re-enacting and re activating the railway line between East London and Mthatha. When it comes to train re-introduction and he has played a crucial and high role during the 2010 world cup and also ensuring that transport system in the province of the Eastern Cape is well developed to be world class. All of that is an indication of a principled man and committed man working hard to improve the conditions of the province of the Eastern Cape in particular,” says Qoboshiyane.



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