Daily Podcast – October 04, 2023

4th October 2023 By: Sane Dhlamini - Creamer Media Senior Contributing Editor and Researcher

Daily Podcast – October 04, 2023

Umngeni Mayor and DA's KZN Premier candidate Chris Pappas
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For Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I’m Sane Dhlamini.

Making headlines: Zuma wants to challenge appointment of Chief Justice Zondo, Bheki Cele laughs off Parliament's order and, DA KZN Premier candidate, Pappas, outlines his plans to fix the province


Zuma wants to challenge appointment of Chief Justice Zondo

Former president Jacob Zuma and his Foundation have approached the courts to review and set aside what he calls the "inexplicable" appointment of Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.

The foundation announced that it had launched an application against President Cyril Ramaphosa in a bid to have his conduct in appointing Zondo declared unconstitutional and to have the appointment process reviewed.

However, the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution's Dan Mafora does not believe there are any grounds for Zuma's claims.

Jacob Zuma Foundation spokesperson Mzwanele Manyi said according to publicly available evidence, the current chief justice scored the lowest number of votes from the Judicial Service Commission.

Mafora explained that the appointment of a chief justice is a discretionary power of the president and that the JSC only plays an advisory role in the process.


Bheki Cele laughs off Parliament's order

Police Minister Bheki Cele says Parliament's sanction for him to apologise to anti-crime activist Ian Cameron is "laughable", adding that he will take the decision on review. 

Cele was found guilty of breaching the code of ethical conduct for MPs after he locked horns with Cameron, the director of civil rights organisation Action Society, at a crime imbizo in Gugulethu, in the Western Cape, last July.

The meeting descended into a screaming match between Cele and Cameron after the latter interrupted the minister's speech and accused him of failing to protect citizens and not adequately deploying police to crime hotspots.

More than 30 community organisations – including community policing forums from Nyanga and Gugulethu – were in attendance to discuss critical issues of crime and policing, as well as the challenges faced by the police.


DA KZN Premier candidate, Pappas, outlines his plans to fix the province

Umngeni Mayor and the Democratic Alliance’s KwaZulu-Natal Premier candidate Chris Pappas has told Polity that the devolution of powers is the solution to fighting crime in the province, which has been beset with high levels of violent crime.

In an exclusive interview with Polity, in which he outlined his plans to improve governance and service delivery in the province, Pappas said that the KZN government under Premier Nomusa Dube-Ncube was doing nothing to win the battle against crime.

He said her solutions of installing cameras and panic buttons were not answers to the problem.

Pappas stressed that adding more boots on the ground, such as Leap Officers in the Western Cape, could help tackle crime.

He added that unclogging crime intelligence and forensics and supporting criminal justice could also help as many people were arrested for crimes but did not see the inside of a jail cell.


That’s a roundup of news making headlines today

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