South Africa: Today’s latest news and headlines, Thursday 10 October
Oct. 10, 2019
Jacob Zuma prepares to hear his fate.
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As former President Jacob Zuma prepares to learn his fate before the High Court tomorrow, his son, Duduzane, fresh out of the State Capture Inquiry’s hot seat, has resolved to sue the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) for a ‘wrongful arrest’ which occurred in July 2018. In sports news, the Telkom Knockout fixtures have been announced; setting up an epic north versus south battle of soccer giants.
Today’s latest news in South Africa, Thursday 10 October
Jacob Zuma’s High Court verdict brought forward
The Office of the Chief Justice, on Wednesday, confirmed that former president Jacob Zuma would appear before the KwaZulu-Natal Division of the High Court, in Pietermaritzburg, on Friday – a full four days ahead of schedule . Zuma, who was first due to appear on 15 October, first approached the court with an application for a permanent stay of prosecution relating to the controversial arms deal saga.
The infamous arms deal scandal, which has forced Zuma in and out of courtrooms for the past 14 years, is estimated to have cost the South African taxpayer in excess of R38-billion.
Zuma is hoping that the court grants a permanent stay of prosecution which will effectively terminate any current or future legal recourse relating to the president’s alleged involvement in the arms deal. If the court fails to support Zuma’s application, the former president will still be liable to stand trial.
Zuma has argued that a subversive ‘political plot’ against him – spurred on by the South African media – has ruined his chances of a free and fair trial in the country. While this forms part of Zuma’s central defence, if the stay is denied, Zuma will likely be dragged back to court with the possibility of serious jail time looming overhead.
Angelo Agrizzi’s return to the Zondo commission cut short
Former Bosasa executive, Angelo Agrizzi, whose initial appearance before the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture brought with it damning allegations of state-endorsed corruption, bribery and tender-fraud, still has the axe of cross-examination hanging over his head.
On Wednesday, Agrizzi was due to be interrogated by attorneys representing former Armscor CEO Kevin Wakeford. However, this process hit a snag when Advocate Reg Willis, representing Wakeford, requested a postponement citing ‘lack of access to supplementary evidence’.
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo granted the postponement and resolved to set a new date for cross-examinations.
Despite Willis’ application to postpone, the advocate remained defiant, claiming that Agrizzi had purposefully misled the commission and that the former Bosasa boss’ testimony had severely impacted Wakeford’s personal and professional life.
Agrizzi testified that Wakefield had gladly accepted monthly bribes, to the value of R100 000, to assist with squashing South African Revenue Service (Sars) investigations into Bosasa. Wakeford has categorically denied the accusation.
Iqbal Survé’s claims Gordhan is attempting to stifle his media freedom
South African businessman, Iqbal Survé, whose holding company, Sekunjalo, owns Independent Media Group, claims that government ministers are attempting to silence his publications because of ‘evidence’ against Pravin Gordhan.
On Wednesday, the media mogul’s offices were raided by police officers and members of the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA). According to official statements, the FSCA arrived at Survé’s Cape Town offices, unannounced, demanding to confiscate laptops and paperwork as ‘evidence’. Officials from the FSCA stated that they were conducting investigations into illegal share trading.
Survé has, however, rubbished the claims, saying that, instead, the entire operation was planned to disrupt his publication’s schedule. As heard in video footage gathered from the scene, Survé said:
“Pravin Gordhan is behind all this. It’s a political case. I know you had to get approval from a judge, who was a friend of Gordhan, to come here.
This is purely a fishing exhibition to get information from our laptops which contain sensitive information about the President [Ramaphosa] and Pravin. You are here to get that information, which is being published this weekend.”
Duduzane Zuma seeks R1.5 million in damages for 2018 ‘wrongful arrest’
Duduzane Zuma has resolved to sue the state and National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) for his ‘wrongful arrest’ in 2018. The latest revelation comes just days after the former president’s son appeared before the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, where he denied any wrongdoing and, in following his father’s rhetoric, alleged that he had been vilified by the media.
The young Zuma was arrested in July 2018 on charges of corruption, relating to bribery claims made by former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas, and processed by the Johannesburg Commercial Crimes Court. Charges were eventually dropped, citing ‘lack of evidence’.
Now, Duduzane Zuma is seeking damages, arguing that police had acted improperly and illegally. Zuma said:
“The reason for that is, as you found out on the charge sheet there has not been a complaint, so in my limited knowledge of how things work it is as if there’s no complaint, there’s no charge. So, someone has to explain exactly what’s going on.”
Herman Mashaba dismisses racism claims over colleague’s “EFF views”
Herman Mashaba has once again took the fight to the Institute of Race Relations (IRR), after one of their contributors shared a message which showed the mayor chastising a white DA councillor ‘for hating all black people’, and not just EFF members as the “offender” had previously claimed.
Telkom Knockout draw: Soweto giants to meet Cape sides in opening weekend
The Telkom Knockout draw took place on Wednesday afternoon, with the two Soweto giants drawing opponents from the Western Cape.
The previous edition of the competition produced an unlikely winner in Baroka, who stunned overwhelming favourites, Orlando Pirates in the final held at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.
The opening fixtures are headlined by a clash between semifinals last time out, Kaizer Chiefs, who trek down to the coast for another encounter with 2016 champs, Cape Town City.
Amakhosi’s bitter foes, Orlando Pirates, on the other hand, have a date with top-flight newbies, Stellenbosch FC, who will travel to Orlando Stadium for their Telkom Knockout debut.
Dale Steyn eyes Proteas return ahead of World T20
Proteas pace ace, Dale Steyn says he has not given up on winning a World Cup medal for South Africa, despite calling time on his career in the game’s longest format.
The country’s all-time leading wicket taker in Test cricket retired from the format in July, but is still available for selection in both One Day Internationals (ODIs) and T20 International.
Having missed out of the 50-over World Cup through injury, he has an opportunity to help the Proteas to elusive silverware with the 2020 ICC World T20 taking place in Australia.
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