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Making headlines: Ramaphosa's court challenge does not prevent National Assembly from considering report; Mantashe says Eskom agitates for 'overthrow of the state' by not dealing with loadshedding; And, Ramaphosa declares December 27 a public holiday
Ramaphosa's court challenge does not prevent National Assembly from considering report
President Cyril Ramaphosa's application to legally challenge the Section 89 panel report on Phala Phala won't prevent Parliament from proceeding with a possible impeachment process.
This was the conclusion of Parliament's legal advisors after several questions were raised about Ramaphosa's latest legal moves.
In a letter to National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, the institution's legal advisor, Zuraya Adhikarie, said Ramaphosa's pending application did implicate the sub judice rule.
She said this creates a practical challenge of managing the debate. However, this cannot be an absolute bar to the National Assembly deciding whether to proceed with a Section 89 inquiry and whether to refer the matter to an Impeachment Committee.
She said it was, however, permissible for the National Assembly to consider the fact that the president had launched a review application in determining its way forward.
On Tuesday, the National Assembly will vote on whether to adopt the panel's report.
Mantashe says Eskom agitates for 'overthrow of the state' by not dealing with loadshedding
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has accused Eskom of "actively agitating for the overthrow of the state" as it continues to implement loadshedding, which hit Stage 6 this week as power plants suffered breakdowns.
At a signing ceremony for 13 new independent power projects today, Mantashe said loadshedding was becoming worse than State capture because of how it directly affects citizens and takes a toll on the economy.
He said by not attending to loadshedding, Eskom is actively agitating for the overthrow of the state.
The minister said Eskom simply had to fix its operational problems. In his view, six months of focused maintenance ought to be ample time to address the matter.
Eskom CEO André de Ruyter has repeatedly said that corruption, mismanagement, and lack of planning and maintenance have brought the power utility to this point.
And, Ramaphosa declares December 27 a public holiday
South Africans won't be short-changed on their public holidays this festive season.
This is because President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared Tuesday, December 27 a public holiday to ensure citizens get the full 12 public holidays owed to them.
This year, Christmas Day falls on a Sunday. Usually, that would see the Monday immediately after it declared a public holiday, but the existing public holiday on Monday, December 26 (the Day of Goodwill) has complicated matters.
Presidency spokesperson Vincent Magwenya said the extra holiday was because of the unique circumstances around the 2022 calendar, and to uphold relevant labour law principles and practices.
That’s a roundup of news making headlines today
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