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Judge Hlophe to interdict National Assembly Speaker to stop impeachment process
15 September 2021, 1:10 PM

Western Cape High Court Judge President John Hlophe says four members of the Judicial Services Commission were automatically disqualified from participating in the JCS process last month.

This is contained in his urgent review court application against the decision to impeach him.

He also wants to interdict National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-qakula to stop the impeachment process by the National Assembly and President Cyril Ramaphosa from suspending him.

Hlophe has approached the High Court in Johannesburg  to set the JSC decision aside.

In his court papers Hlophe argues that the four JSC members, Western Cape Premier Allan Winde, Justice Sisi Khampepe, Gauteng Judge President Dunstan Mlambo and Supreme Court of Appeal Justice Henry Mbha were automatically disqualified from participating at the JCS’s meeting of  August 25,  which endorsed the finding of the Judicial Conduct Tribunal that he should be impeached.

He says there was conflict of interest or reasonable apprehension of bias.

Hlophe was found guilty of gross misconduct by the Judicial Conduct Tribunal earlier this year for trying to influence two Constitutional Court Justices Chris Jafta and Bess Nkabinde in a matter involving then ANC president of the ANC Jacob Zuma 2008.


Last month, Parliament said the impeachment recommendation relating to Hlophe as well as the debate on expropriation without compensation will only be considered in Parliament after the local government elections.

This is because Parliament will rise at the end of this week until after the election.

A special Programme Committee has resolved that the Hlophe impeachment recommendation and land expropriation matters need time for consideration.

VIDEO: SABC’s Bulelani Phillip reports on the story:

Singer Lola Lennox on making music with family
15 September 2021, 12:23 PM

Singer Lola Lennox teamed up with her boyfriend, model and musician Braeden Wright as well as her famous mother, Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox, to work on her music during lockdown, producing six tracks for her upcoming debut EP.

London-born Lennox, who lives in Los Angeles, has released two of those songs, “Love Like That” and “Wherever You Go”, this year. Her EP is scheduled for release in 2022.

Reuters spoke to Lennox about her music and working with her mother.

“It is about falling in love with somebody where it finally feels like the right person, but it’s more so to me about falling in love with yourself and finding that level of self-acceptance and being able just to feel comfortable in your own skin. I wanted to uplift people and make them feel just that.”

Growing up, she followed her mum into music, but was apparently too shy to share your music with her.

Lennox says, “The bar in my household for making incredible music was really, really high – probably couldn’t get much higher. So I chose to keep my writing quite secretive.”

“With singing, I was more open with it because I had singing teachers at school. So I was doing a lot of concerts and I was singing, but I didn’t make it a point that I wanted to make this my life as an adult. I wanted to work at it and make it something that I felt proud of before I started to share it.”

She spoke about producing music with her mum and boyfriend during lockdown.

“So there’s a great level of respect in the studio. We both listen. We both feel that the other person has something interesting to offer and that’s worth listening to. We’re both perfectionists … Braeden’s a perfectionist too.

“We really spend time honing every sound that’s in there. And … just spending that time really diving into the details and the subtleties really helps bring out the best of the song,” Lennox adds.

Trump’s top general ‘secretly warned China of war’
15 September 2021, 12:09 PM
The top US general secretly called his Chinese counterpart twice during the presidency of Donald Trump, according to a Washington Post report on Tuesday.
US General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called General Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army on October 30th last year – and again on January 8th, two days after the storming of the US Capitol, over concerns then-President Donald Trump could spark a war with China, the newspaper reported.
The report draws on reporting from a new book “Peril,” by journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, based on interviews with over 200 sources.
It is due to be released next week.
Trump, in a statement, cast doubt in the story, calling it “fabricated.” He said if the story was true Milley should be tried for treason.
Milley’s office declined to comment.
Republican Senator Marco Rubio called on President Joe Biden, a Democrat, to immediately fire Milley.
The White House has declined to comment on the report.
The Washington Post reported that Milley was motivated to contact Beijing the second time in part due to a call with US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who had asked the general what safeguards were in place to prevent an “unstable president” from launching a nuclear strike.


Zikalala concerned about high number of violent incidents in KZN
15 September 2021, 11:23 AM

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala says he is concerned about the high number of violent incidents that the province has been experiencing since the July civil unrest.

About 350 people were killed during the unrest that engulfed the province and Gauteng.

This past weekend alone, at least nine people died in two separate incidents. One of them is suspected to be linked to political tensions ahead of the local government elections.

Zikalala led a 2KM Peace Walk in Phoenix, north of Durban on Tuesday.

He says government will continue to fight for peace and stability in the province.

“It is important that we continue to mobilise and encourage communities to live together in harmony, but also its important that we strive to build a non-violence society given the violent incidents we continue to see day by day, week by week. We must deal with all of those things and build peace and harmony amongst the people.”

Monument for Phoenix killings

A monument for the victims of the Phoenix killings during the July unrest will be built by the end of the year.

A peace garden representing all the affected communities, will also be laid out.

This announcement was made by Zikalala.

A total of 36 people died in the Phoenix area during the unrest and alleged racial attacks.

He has called people from various communities to join in efforts to bridge economic and racial divides.

“Tougher legislation and sentences alone will not get rid of deep-seated roots of violence. We need to return to the source and begin to promote sanity for human lives in our families, in our communities. The foundation is the family, and we must build from our families.”

In August, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said social cohesion initiatives have so far yielded positive results at Phoenix, Bambayi and surrounding areas in the north of Durban.

Activists call for a Commission of Inquiry into killings in Phoenix:

Vaccines must become mandatory in some sectors: Karrim
15 September 2021, 10:50 AM

Renowned epidemiologist, Professor Salim Abdool Karrim, has suggested that vaccines become mandatory in some sectors, such as healthcare, saying those in the industry who choose not to vaccinate should be required to provide a weekly negative COVID-19 test.

Several countries across the globe already have the requirement in place for some sectors.

Karim says this is for society’s benefit at large.

“You, taking the vaccine, is actually reducing the risk for many other people. There is a case for society’s benefit that people should take the vaccine. I don’t think that the government should simply make it a blanket mandate. But I think that mandatory vaccines should be implemented in certain sectors. The clearest example for me is healthcare and for those who choose not to be vaccinated, there is an alternative – they ensure that they provide a negative test result on a weekly basis.”

Court cases

Earlier this month, the Labour Department warned of several court cases as some companies plan to introduce mandatory vaccination policies.

South Africa’s largest medical scheme administrator Discovery Health has become the first company in South Africa to make COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for all staff from the beginning of next year. It says it wants to ensure the safety of its workers and the environment in which they operate.

This as major global companies from banks to airlines insist on inoculation.

VIDEO: On Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that government was looking at introducing a vaccine passport system, which could be used as evidence of vaccination.



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