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State Security to seek out South Africa's CIA 'spies'

State Security to seek out SA's CIA 'spies'

A claim made by the State Security Agency is that it is now investigating a claim made on a website that Julius Malema, Advocate Thuli Madonsela, Joseph Mathunjwa and Lindiwe Mazibuko are spies. The claim it appears comes from a website called Africaintelligenceleaks.wordpress.com. Wordpress is an online blogging tool that allows anyone to create a blog online and to write whatever they want on that blog. The blog’s author is not named but it does claim the four are or may be working for the CIA. State Security Agency Spokesperson, Brian Dube:

The statement is not a joke, it's serious, with someone making allegations that these individuals are working for a foreign government. This means that someone is putting a cloud over certain individuals and the fact that someone has made these claims means we need to investigate the veracity of these allegations. By making these claims publicly, we also want to afford these individuals the opportunity to clear their names publicly as well.

EFF Leader and Member of Parliament, Julius Malema:

This is a joke man, that belongs in a preschool. There is no State Security in South Africa, we've got a group of clowns that calls themselves Intelligence, with an Intelligence illiterate Minister leading them. They are just using our names to divert from the issues - there is no issue here. We hope the media should rather use their resources to investigate who created this website, so we can move away from paranoia. Julius Malema and the CIA - the two don't go together. I don't care if they clear me or they don't clear me, I'm not taking this seriously, because it wouldn't be the first time that I would have been accused of similar claims, this government keeps investigating me and that's not how Intelligence works. There's no Intelligence that works through press statements, this is just a smear campaign.

#BringBackTheSignal court action

In the Western Cape High Court, lawyers for Primedia Broadcasting – the owners of this radio station – along with News 24, the Right 2 Know Campaign and other organisations are asking a judge to order Parliament to show a wide-angle shot of what happens in the National Assembly. The case comes after the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) caucus were forcibly removed from Parliament during the State of The Nation Address (Sona) – but the camera feed provided by Parliament didn’t show any of those events. EWN's Rahima Essop:

Advocate Steven Budlender has argued that the public have the right to know what's happening, using the Sona to illustrate his argument. Budlender has argued that the public weren't able to see the commotion that happened there, having to rely on second-hand information on what happened. The application includes a call for an uninterupted feed and that a wide-angle shot that would be used to show what is happening during interruptions in Parliament.

Millenial women to run the corporate world

Several reports this morning have surfaced about a Price Waterhosue Coopers (PwC) study suggesting that women aged between 20-35 years of age are more ambitious than older women and believe they will actually get ahead in the corporate world. Judi Nwokwedi of the International Women's Forum SA is also COO at the Tourvest Group:

The study is rich in data and it confirms findings from a number of other studies. I personally find younger women different to women in their fifties. We also have to bear in mind that the world is so fundamentally different and changing due to changes in technology. You're seeing very talented women - particularly black women - it's not unusual to find women who are double-degreed. However, this study also found that many women wouldn't reach their career peak, yet most men would. This needs to be looked at.

Set-top drama

Communications Minister Faith Muthambi has noted that there will be a control system in the set top boxes used as part of the digital migration process for terrestrial television. Founding Editor of TechCentral, Duncan McLleod:

This whole cabinet statement and press conference held seems to have added to the confusion. The definition of the controlled system will be clear only when they publish on the specifics of the controlled system. Minister Faith Muthambi has now said that the specifics of the controlled system will not include encryption for the set top boxes. There's so many vested interests pulling in every direction, including division within the ANC; anything could happen between now and the publication of the policy document. There are numerous markets that have in recent years finally seen through their digital migration, including in the US, and none of those markets have used encryption to achieve this - that would mean going against the trend, if we were to pursue that route of digital migration.

Zephany Nurse case - update

In the Cape Town Magistrates Court, the woman accused of kidnapping 17-year-old Zephany Nurse when she was a new-born baby has now been granted bail, in a case that saw her biological sister bumping into her at school, before her biological parents realized this must be their daughter. EWN's Lauren Isaacs:

The accused has appeared briefly in court this morning, following arrest last week and was granted bail of R5000. The court was absolutely packed, with members of the Nurse family and the public. There was a delay because it was too overcrowded and would cause a security hazard. There was a large group of media waiting at the back when she left, with her face covered, and one of the relatives quickly grabbed her, before shoving her into a car. Some members of the public were upset, saying she took good care of Zephany. Zephany's biological family has stated she is doing fine under the circumstances.

ISIS reign of terror extends to artefacts

In Iraq, the country’s government claims that the ISIS group has now destroyed the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud by using bulldozers. EWN Mid-East's Paula Slier:

The Iraqi Prime Minister has condemned this and has called the United Nations and other global leaders to strongly condemn ISIS. Some of these artefacts date back to 400 BC and ISIS who destroyed some of these, feel they were justified in doing this. These artefacts are worth a lot of money and there have been reports that ISIS have now started selling them on the black market and there's been a call to not buy them, as this is seen as robbing the cultural identity of Iraqi's.

Build up to the Soweto Derby

At Soccer City on Saturday, Orlando Pirates seem to have lots to prove against Kaizer Chiefs in the Soweto Derby PSL match. Football analyst, Marks Maponyane:

It's a big game for them: we have to look at the history between them, with Pirates not having the better of the Chiefs over the last 5 games. There's also a lot to be said about the Chiefs defense, with them having conceded 38 goals, so that has to be watched out.

Protea-Pakistani clash at ICC World Cup

In Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday is a crucial clash between the Proteas and Pakistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup. Cricket commentator, Aslam Khota:

Purely from a competition point of view, you'd like to see that, but from a South African point of view, you want to see good form coming from them. It seems that Pakistan have had pre-World Cup games inconsistencies, and the fact that they've had good form in their batting is good for them. The way South Africans have been playing and the form they've playing in means they won't be taking this match lightly; there's likely going to be some close competition because you won't know which type of a Pakistan will be walking up there on that field.


This article first appeared on 702 : State Security to seek out South Africa's CIA 'spies'


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