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President firm on Nkandla, Stellenbosch fire evacuations, Mvoko muggers search

The President stands on Nkandla

EWN's Stephen Grootes, Rahima Essop and Gaye Davis on this story in Parliament: after a sustained campaign and mounting calls from opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) for him to answer questions on Nkandla, President Jacob Zuma has flatly denied any personal wrongdoing or obligation to repay the money spent on his KwaZulu-Natal home. There were tense scenes but no police in Parliament yesterday, where the president took questions in the National Assembly for the first time since Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members were removed by security officers during his State of the Nation Address. The stumbling block was whether Zuma should respond to questions he didn't answer last August. Opposition MPs wanted assurances that a date would be set for him to return to the house to reply to those questions. Perhaps the most dangerous moment for the session was right at the beginning when EFF leader Julius Malema refused to accept Speaker Baleka Mbete’s ruling, as she said he couldn’t ask Zuma questions from last year’s session. Eventually MPs were able to put it to the President that he had dodged questions. His reply was one filled with anger, “This Parliament did not act honorably to me. They stopped me from answering questions. I never dodged questions."

Jonkershoek Fire: residents ready to evacuate

EWN's Masa Kekana on this story: some Stellenbosch residents say they're ready to evacuate their homes should a fire that's been raging in the nearby Jonkershoek valley flare up again. The blaze erupted early this week gripping the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve. Stellenbosch University students were evacuated from the Coetzenburg Sport Center as a precaution on Wednesday. A thick cloud of smoke covers a large part of Stellenbosch, many have complained about the smoke and the ash that can be found on cars and inside people’s homes: “I live like one kilometre from there and my car is full of ash.”

Mvoko muggers search is on

This story on EWN: police are searching for at least two men who robbed an SABC News TV crew during a live crossing outside Milpark Hospital on Tuesday evening. The robbery was broadcast live during a 7pm news bulletin. Journalist Vuyo Mvoko was preparing to cross live to the SABC studio when several men approached him and other members of his team, demanding their cellphones and other valuables.

[WATCH] Armed robbers target SABC News TV crew

If you recognise the men from the photos below, contact the police on 08600 10111 or report your information through Crime Line by sending an SMS to 32211.


This article first appeared on 702 : President firm on Nkandla, Stellenbosch fire evacuations, Mvoko muggers search


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