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Monday, 15 February 2021
FORMER SAA board chairperson Dudu Myeni has lost her bid to suspend the execution of a life-time delinquency order issued against her in the North Gauteng High Court in May last year.
Last week, Myeni made an urgent bid before the full bench of the High Court asking it to suspend the order, saying she has lodged appeal papers in the Supreme Court of Appeal
Myeni’s legal counsel, advocate Dali Mpofu, argued that she had resigned her memberships to several boards in the country.
Mpofu also indicated that Myeni has lodged an appeal in the SCA to overturn the May 27, 2020 ruling against her.
But this was rejected by Outa legal counsel advocate Carol Steinberg, who argued that Myeni failed to lodge appeal papers with the SCA in January this year after Judge Tolmay dismissed her leave to appeal application in December last year.
Myeni was ordered to pay the legal costs of Outa and Saapa.
2. The Zondo Commission Wants Former President Jacob Zuma To Be Jailed.
The state capture inquiry will ask the Constitutional Court to jail, former President Jacob Zuma, for being in contempt of the court; but his supporters have pledged their lives to ensure this does not come to pass. Jacob Zuma has once again failed to appear at the commission. He was meant to give evidence, this whole week.
According to Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zonda, the commission has made an application to the Constitutional Court for him to be held in contempt of the court. This has been taken seriously; obviously due to the former president not arriving at the state capture commission of inquiry, not respecting the summons that he had received or that constitutional court order that he is compelled to appear; and compelled to answer questions, but also the implications of him publicly disregarding the constitutional court order.
It is believed that some of the Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans and African National Congress branches are camping outside of Jacob Zuma's homestead in Nkandla; and are vowing to put their bodies on the line to protect Zuma from getting arrested. The branches of the ANC themselves are pronounced their undying support for President Jacob Zuma; and they have this to say.
"We have been here in Nkandla for quite some time and went around and spoke to the authorities, traditional leaders and every man on the street who place their support for President Jacob Zuma. We really believe that President Jacob Zuma has been vilified for attempting to correct the historical injustice of the past; the apartheid legacy in terms of economy of this country, which 97% of it, can you think about it, 97% still sit in the white hands. Black masses are languishing in poverty in the country that is so rich; and his only thing was to try and fix that; and stop the looting by the white companies that have contracts with the state owned enterprises. The people on this permissions said they are willing to put their bodies on line, and their message is clear, they say, kill us first before you arrest president Jacob Zuma "
3. Back To School For Public Schools
Tears and excitement this evening for many Grade 1's as the country's public schools finally, kick off 2021.
School is finally back across the country. Education Department said, first day back at school, went off without a hitch; despite some pupils still not yet being placed. Over 2000 schools have opened their doors to learn under these strict COVID-19 regulations.
In the Western Cape more than 10,000 pupils are still waiting to find a school. The provincial Education Department says it's working on getting these children placements as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, Malusi has given the 2020 matric exam results, its stamp of approval. This is after Mathematics Paper two and Physical Pcience paper two scripts were leaked during last year's final exams. But the accreditation body says there's no evidence the leaks were widespread enough to attempt to affect rather the integrity of the results; and those matric 2020 results are due on the 22nd.
4. Land Boarders Are Finally Opened
All land boarders have been closed since last month, following concerns that they are becoming COVID-19 super spreaders; putting a strain on the country's health officials.
From sun set, more and more trucks are still waiting to cross the Beitbridge border from the South African side to Zimbabwe. Most of those trucks have been queuing since yesterday night. Some are saying that they have been on this queue for four days, and some for three days. Traffic authorities and the border management authorities have now separated trucks to make is easy for the truck to move; as the queue is stretching for up to 9 kilometers.
The Lebombo border between Mozambique and South Africa experienced slow movement. No congestion and even the trucks have been moving safely in and out of the country. Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoeledi was also at the boarder; basically trying to check whether the measures they put in place when they were proposing that some of these borders be opened.
"I was coming to check how it was working out. Up to so far, I am satisfied that all the things we have planned are here. For instance, in terms of infrastructure," said the Health Minister.
5. First Black Women To Lead The World Trade Organization.
BREAKING: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala from Nigeria is appointed as the next WTO Director-General. Doctor Okonjo-Iweala makes history as the first woman and the first African to lead the WTO. Her term starts on the 1st of March 2021.
The question is will this be in the better at the end of the day for countries that are feeling in the back seat of this trade arrangement? we will have to wait and see. She becomes the first woman to ever lead the Switzerland based institution, and the first African citizen to take on the role. She is the former Nigerian finance minister; her WTO candidacy was supported by all geographic regions of the trade body, apart from the United States, where the then Trump administration said it would continue backing the Korean candidate. Officials are saying the WTO needs to be reformed, and its rules, updated as yet there's been no consensus on how to do exactly that.
6. Teen Stabbed In The Back At V&A Waterfront In Cape Town
The V&A Waterfront in Cape Town has beefed up security after a stabbing incident involving youngsters at the weekend.
Waterfront spokesperson Donald Kau said a fight between a group of youngsters broke out at the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre on Saturday.
“We don’t know the cause of the fight and are reviewing video footage of the incident. We will interview our own security personnel and get further details from their report,” said Kau.
During the brawl, one teen was stabbed in the back, said Kau.
He said ER24 were called to attend to the victim at the scene. He was later released to his family, who arrived to fetch him.
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