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Daily Podcast – December 14, 2017

14th December 2017

By: Thabi Madiba
Creamer Media Research Assistant and Reporter

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Making headlines: Parliamentary committee says Zuma judgment assures SA of judiciary's independence; Right to Know seeks information on 'draconian' draft regulations; And, Mugabe to miss Zanu-PF congress for first time since 1963

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

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Parliamentary committee says Zuma judgment assures SA of judiciary's independence

The Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services yesterday said it welcomed the judgment by the North Gauteng High Court on the former Public Protector's recommended remedial actions after her investigation into State capture.

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In yesterday's scathing landmark judgment, a full Bench of the court, led by Judge President Dunstan Mlambo, dismissed President Jacob Zuma's application against Thuli Madonsela's report, finding that he must institute a commission of inquiry into State capture within 30 days.

This would be headed by a judge appointed by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, as per the "binding" remedial actions put forward by Madonsela.

Committee chairperson Mathole Motshekga said in a statement that the nation will be assured that it has an independent judiciary that continues to uphold the Constitution and the rule of law in the country and that all citizens, regardless of their public or private standing, are subject to the Constitution and the rule of law.

Right to Know seeks information on 'draconian' draft regulations

The Right2Know Campaign yesterday demanded that government shed light on proposed draft regulations for a state of emergency following media reports.

R2K announced in a press statement that it submitted information requests in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act to the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, the South African Police Service and the South African National Defence Force.

News24 sister publication Rapport reported on Sunday that the Presidency appointed a task team to compile the draft regulations. However, the Presidency on Tuesday denied its involvement in any draft regulations on the matter.

News24 reported on Tuesday that it had seen documents from the SANDF's defence legal services division on the arrangements for a workshop on draft regulations to be used in the case of a state of emergency, including a document with draft regulations.

And, Mugabe to miss Zanu-PF congress for first time since 1963

Former Zimbabwean president and former leader of Zanu-PF Robert Mugabe is set to miss the ruling party's congress for the first time since the party's founding in 1963.

Zanu-PF party was gearing up for its extraordinary congress that was set to take place on Friday in Harare.

According to News Day, in a landmark moment for Zanu-PF, "new party leader Emmerson Mnangagwa would preside over the ruling party’s extraordinary congress".

The report quoted the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans' Association spokesperson and Zanu-PF Harare provincial commissar, Douglas Mahiya as saying that Mugabe was no longer a member of the ruling party.


Also making headlines:
Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane says the party will be laying charges of perjury against President Jacob Zuma.

 

That’s a roundup of news making headlines today
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