Making headlines: ConCourt reserves judgment in NPA boss saga; Hawks raided home of author Jacques Pauw; And, Malema says DA is the 'enemy of the people' for not supporting land expropriation motion
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ConCourt reserves judgment in NPA boss saga
The Constitutional Court yesterday reserved judgment in the matter involving former NPA head Mxolisi Nxasana and incumbent head, Shaun Abrahams, whose future hangs in the balance.
Legal heavyweights stated their arguments in front of eight justices, which included Justice Chris Jafta, Justice Mbuyiseli Madlanga, Justice Azhar Cachalia and Justice Sisi Khampepe.
According to a statement, the court heard an application to confirm two declaratory orders of Constitutional invalidity, made by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on December 8.
The High Court declared former president Jacob Zuma's conduct as unconstitutional in the termination of Nxasana's appointment as the then National Director of Public Prosecutions.
Nxasana accepted a golden handshake of R17.3-million from Zuma after a break down in their relationship.
Hawks raided home of author Jacques Pauw
Hawks officers yesterday afternoon raided the home of author Jacques Pauw.
Pauw’s lawyer Willem de Klerk confirmed to News24 that the Hawks obtained a search and seizure warrant to conduct searches at the author’s home in Riebeek-Kasteel in the Western Cape.
The case relates to a docket opened by the State Security Agency at the Lyttleton police station in Pretoria.
In his book, The President’s Keepers, Pauw revealed the existence of a parallel intelligence network within the SSA.
de Klerk confirmed that there was a legitimate warrant for search and seizure against Pauw. The warrant relates to supposed secret documents in the possession of the author. Pauw is giving his full co-operation to the police.
And, Malema says DA is the 'enemy of the people' for not supporting land expropriation motion
While the DA can still rely on the EFF’s support to continue governing the Joburg and Tshwane Metros, EFF leader Julius Malema is determined to "punish" the party in Nelson Mandela Bay for rejecting its motion to allow a Constitutional review on land expropriation without compensation.
His comments came after the party's motion for the amendment of the Constitution to allow expropriation without compensation received overwhelming support. The EFF motion, with an ANC amendment, was supported by the majority of MPs on Tuesday and paves the way for a review of the Constitution.
Speaking outside of the party's public healthcare campaign at Baragawanath hospital in Soweto, Malema yesterday said that the EEF needs to take support away from the DA, to teach them a lesson to make them appreciate that the EFF meant business when it came to land.
They party now wants to support a motion of no confidence against Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Athol Trollip in retaliation.
Also making headlines:
Former state prosecutor and now DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach was yesterday acquitted of all charges relating to unauthorised access to, and modifying official laptop computer contents while she was still at the NPA.