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Article by: Bradley Dubbelman
Published: 05 Sep 2011
|Daily podcast – September 5, 2011|
Monday September 05, 2011
From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I’m Brad Dubbelman
The Judicial Services Commission, or JSC, has recommended to President Jacob Zuma that Mogoeng Mogoeng be the next Chief Justice.
The commissioner, speaking on condition of anonymity, said JSC members had voted in favour of Mogoeng who was interviewed on whether he was an appropriate choice for the job throughout the weekend. The JSC is still to comment. Mogoeng was grilled by commissioners on his religious views, his lack of experience for the job and on his previous judgments.
Yesterday, Sudan demanded that the southern-aligned Sudan People's Liberation Movement, or SPLM, cease operations in the country. This has stoked tensions with the newly independent south after fighting flared in border areas. The SPLM, the south's dominant party, said this amounted to banning the group. SPLM's northern wing, SPLM-N, fought with the south before a peace deal in 2005 that led to South Sudan's independence in July. It has supporters in Sudan, particularly in areas along the border.
Clashes between youth members of the ruling ANC and police last week are signs that millions of unemployed young South Africans don’t believe their ageing leaders' promises to lift them out of poverty, said a news release. Unless President Jacob Zuma and his government move fast to create more jobs for young people, there could be further violence which will scare off investors and deal a blow to the already sluggish economy.
The disciplinary hearing the ANC is holding to examine charges that popular party Youth League leader Julius Malema has sown division in the party has acted as a catalyst for the deep frustrations of the young.
Also making headlines:
A UN special adviser said the proliferation of weapons in Libya is a major concern and the new rulers need to establish a proper police force and army to replace the hundreds of armed groups who patrol the streets.
And, Cameroon President Paul Biya launched his bid to extend his 29-year rule over the central African oil-producing state on Sunday, brushing aside critics who say he is not eligible to stand in an October 9 election.
That’s a roundup of news making headlines today.