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Daily Podcast – April 08, 2019

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Daily Podcast – April 08, 2019

8th April 2019

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje
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For Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I’m Mc'Kyla Nortje.

Making headlines: McBride testimony at State capture commission postponed again, Zimbabwe to start paying white farmers compensation after April and, Rwanda honours those killed in genocide 25 years ago

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McBride testimony at State capture commission postponed again

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Long-awaited testimony from former Independent Police Investigative Directorate head Robert McBride was postponed at the State capture commission today due to parties implicated in his evidence not having been notified by the commission as per its rules.

The head of the Commission's legal team Advocate Paul Pretorius said 30 to 50 notices would be sent out today to those implicated by McBride. 

McBride's evidence, set to shed light on the alleged capture of law enforcement authorities, was previously delayed in February due to implicated persons having not been notified.

 

Zimbabwe to start paying white farmers compensation after April

Zimbabwe is to start paying compensation this year to thousands of white farmers who lost land under former president Robert Mugabe's land reform nearly two decades ago.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government sees the paying of compensation to white farmers as key to mend ties with the West, and government set aside $17.5-million in this year's budget to that end.

The initial payments will target those in financial distress, while full compensation will be paid later.

Mugabe's government carried out, at times, violent evictions of 4 500 white farmers and redistributed the land to around 300 000 black families, arguing it was redressing imbalances from the colonial era.

But land reform still divides public opinion as opponents see it as a partisan process that left the country struggling to feed itself.

 

Rwanda honours those killed in genocide 25 years ago

Rwandan President Paul Kagame began a week of solemn ceremonies yesterday to commemorate the lives of 800 000 Tutsi and moderate Hutus murdered during the Rwandan genocide, a three-month-killing spree that began 25 years ago.

Kagame laid a wreath at the Gisozi genocide memorial site, where over a quarter of a million of people are buried, before the government began an afternoon of speeches and song.

The 100 days of slaughter began on April 6, 1994, after President Juvenal Habyarimana and his counterpart Cyprien Ntaryamira of Burundi -- both Hutus -- were killed when their plane was shot down over the Rwandan capital. The attackers have never been identified.

 

That’s a roundup of news making headlines today

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