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Eskom says no blackouts, Dewani case post-mortem, Oscar appeal this morning

Eskom - we won't have black outs:

EWN Correspondent Reinart Toerien produced this update from Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona:

If all goes well, we should not load shed over the weekend and for the rest of this month. January typically will be a period where we'll have a high probably of load shedding because the summer is when we do a lot of our maintenance. February and March are looking pretty concerning and that's because the financial levers start to experience major constraints.

Dewani's return due to poor witnesses and evidence:

Following the acquittal of honeymoon-murder accused Shrien Dewani on Monday, questions have been asked around what went wrong. Justice and Constitutional Development Spokesperson, Advocate Mthunzi Mhaga - worked at the NPA as a prosecutor from 1999 - 2012 - has expressed his disappointment at the outcome, but with reservations:

Having invested a lot of resources into the case, yes. But knowing how justice is defined as a fair and just adjudication of legal issues, with the proper interpretation-application of the principles of criminal law, well, I'm not really suprised. When we went to the UK, we had a solid case that convinced the UK authorities to grant the order for us to bring Dewani to South Africa. You may have a strong case, but when your witnesses testify in court, it's either come out as star witnesses like Zach Modise the Oscar Pistorius case or they come out bruised like that probation officer (Annette) Vergeer, who told lies about our correctional facilities (also in the Oscar Pistorius case). In respect of this case, our witnesses' credibility was bruised and the judge felt that he had to discharge Mr Dewani. Unfortunately, justice isn't only about conviction, but it is also about acquittal.

Pistorius appeal live from 10:00:

EWN Senior Correspondent, Barry Bateman on this story: Judge Thokozile Masipa is expected to announce today whether her conviction of paralympian Oscar Pistorius on a charge of culpable homicide can be reviewed by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA).

Catch the live stream on the EWN live blog from 10:00 this morning, here.


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