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Daily Podcast - February 14, 2017

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Daily Podcast - February 14, 2017

Daily Podcast - February 14, 2017

14th February 2017

By: Thabi Madiba
Creamer Media Research Assistant and Reporter


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February,14 2017.
For Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I’m Thabi Madiba.

Making headlines:
Parties to debate Zuma's Sona
SABC committee to consider responses to interim report
And, Gambia announces plans to stay in ICC


Political parties will debate President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The president’s address was again marred by fisticuffs, swearing, heckling, and walkouts.


The EFF would miss the debate, as they were automatically suspended for five working days following their violent ejection from the National Assembly on Thursday.

The DA MPs, who walked out before Zuma delivered his speech, said on Sunday that they would attend the debate.

COPE would be participating as well, leader Mosiuoa Lekota said on Monday. The party said Zuma’s speech carried little weight and was just smoke and mirrors.


Parliament’s ad hoc committee looking into the fitness of the SABC board will today start discussing the responses to its interim report.

The committee had almost completed its work. It adopted a final draft report on January 27.

The document was sent to the SABC, Communications Minister Faith Muthambi and former SABC board chairpersons Dr Ben Ngubane and Ellen Tshabalala, as requested.

It was made available to the public through Parliament’s website.

Public submissions on the draft report close on Thursday. The committee hoped to conclude its work by February 22, before submitting its report to the National Assembly.


Gambia's new government has told the United Nations it would remain in the International Criminal Court, state media reported yesterday, reversing the previous administration's plan to withdraw from the tribunal.

Former president Yahya Jammeh announced in October that he would pull Gambia out of the ICC, accusing the world body of ignoring alleged war crimes of Western nations and seeking only to prosecute Africans.

But President Adama Barrow, who defeated Jammeh in a December election, pledged during the campaign to undo Jammeh's decision, restore human rights and repair the country's badly-damaged foreign relations.

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