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State Security on Madonsela suspension claims: 'It is speculation'

SSA on Madonsela suspension claims: 'It is speculation'

A claim made on the Tuesday edition of the Midday Report by Public Protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela is that the State Security Agency may be investigating claims that she is a spy in order to create a situation in which she can be suspended. Twelve days ago, the Agency released a public statement saying it was investigating claims made on a website that Madonsela, EFF leader Julius Malema and former DA MP Lindiwe Mazibuko were spies for the CIA. The site has not offered any evidence of its claims. Madonsela said she thinks there is a very real agenda behind this investigation. Spokesperson for the State Security Agency, Brian Dube:

We agree with Ms Madonsela to say that SA is a constitutional democracy, which est a number of institutions with mandates governed by laws. IN terms of Chapter 11 of the constitution, we have a mandate to protect the nation. at no stage, did we say we would be investigating people or persons; we are looking at the veracity of the information and the claim that have been presented. We are quite surprised with her response. We are focused on a specific task which we will continue doing as a legitimate structure of government. Our constitutional democracy provides for recourse, where people may not be happy with our process. (On claims that Madonsela's phone is being tapped) at no stage did we claim that we would be investigating peoples' communications and we don't understand why those things are being brought up. Why would you even go there, Stephen? Why would we go and tap her phone? There's no reason for us to even go to that length to say what we have done or haven't done, because it is speculation.

McBride-Ipid court tussle

In the High Court in Pretoria is a ruling that the head of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) Robert McBride’s legal bid to stop him being suspended is not urgent. McBride had brought the application after he was asked by Police Minister Nathi Nhleko why he should not be suspended after Nhleko claimed he had manipulated a report used by Nhleko to suspend the head of the Hawks, Anwa Dramat. EWN's Barry Bateman:

There are several reasons: there is an ongoing process, where McBride pre-empted the process. If they are to prove irreparable harm done to McBride, he would still have to come to court later to prove that. Another point that was made was that if this would be a case that would be taken to the Constitutional Court, it might be one that would be heard with success.

Sanral investigation on Alli over Wild Coast road

An exclusive report in the EWN bulletins this morning confirms that the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is now investigating claims that its CEO Nazir Alli may have forged an affidavit by a community member in a case relating to the agency’s plans to build a toll road along with Wild Coast between Durban and East London. Chairperson of Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance, Wayne Duvenage:

This is a serious allegation and it speaks to how Sanral conducts their business in the public engagement process. It's a matter that's been going on for 10 years, to get this toll road into place on this new road. There have been questions in terms of 'what is the need for a new road, when the existing roads could be fixed?'. I'm not sure what is happening, but there's a sense of desperation here.

All smiles as Proteas launch into Quarter Finals

Huge celebrations in Sydney as the Proteas have finally become the first South African team to win a knock-out match at the ICC Cricket World Cup beating Sri Lanka by nine wickets in the World Cup quarter final match. EWN Sports' Jean Smyth:

It's been an exciting morning and a good morning to be a South African. This has been one of the best performances put by any national team in any sport in recent years. We know that it has become routine for Proteas to take their mind off the game and the 'chokers' tag, to go to the beach, go for a swim; the result, is hopefully going to take them through.

'Young people need to change' - govt on addresing jobs

An interview in Business Day in which the Acting CEO of the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda), Sipho Zikode suggests that many young people don’t want to start businesses, but rather want to be a DJ or a TV presenter. Hip-hop artist and entrepreneur, Siyabonga “Slikour” Metane:

I just think that the world is different, it's not that young people are different. There's so much business around music and entertainment. I think that there's a level of not understanding from older people and government, where South Africa isn't conducive to doing business. Government often has a strong emphasis on production, but retail is owned by White South Africa and or the world. There's all this talk about production, but where would you be selling these things?

Nene's links to ANC policies + economic woes

A report in the Business Day notes Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene telling the ANC's Lekgotla in January that many of the problems facing the economy were actually created by ANC policies. The report says that Nene told the party the economy was constrained by unsolved structural issues, inefficient labour markets, regulatory uncertainty and contradictory policies. Senior Economist of Renaissance Capital, Dr Thabi Leoka:

I think it's correct and if he did say that, I think it's commendable, especially from a Minister. We do have a long way to go, but I often want to compare our NDP with the long-term plans of China and India. The NDP is centred around the creation of jobs and in order to halve unemployment by 2030 you need more than 5% growth; we are currently at about 2% growth, so we need more.

Sandton Shutdown

An announcement on Tuesday evening and then confirmation this morning from the Joburg Mayor Parks Tau is that certain roads in Sandton are going to be closed to normal traffic for the month of October and will only be used by buses and bikes. MMC for Transport in the City of Joburg, Christine Walters:

It would be the internal section of the CBD of Sandton - four roads - and it would be from extensions to those roads. The City has done a lot of work with the stakeholders in the area and it's emerged that Sandton has become a very congested area that's often gridlocked. Our focus is on the promotion of public transport, with walking, and park and rides prioritised before we look at spaces for driving and cars.

Netanyahu electoral victory: coalition next?

In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed victory in that country’s elections as his challenger Isaac Herzog has congratulated him. EWN's Paula Sliers:

It is a victory for Netanyahu, who was won 30/120 seats, the Zionist Union got second place. It's only 30/120, which means that only a quarter of the Israeli population voted him, so he needs to seek a coalition with other leadership. There has been quite harsh rhetoric coming out of the Palestinian camps and leadership, who are saying now going to intensify efforts to take Israel to the ICC. By many indications, it is clear this will be a right wing government.

French authorities legislate against low BMI models

In Paris, the fashion world is agog with a suggestion by the French Health Minister, Marisol Touraine that models should all be of a certain Body Mass Index (BMI) before they’re allowed to work; in other words, Touraine is suggesting that too many models are too thin. Editor of Elle Magazine SA, Emilie Gambade:

A model or a fashion isn't just there to share clothes, but is also there to sell a lifestyle or a dream. We've got a long way to go to change that idea (of perceived perpetual thinness); there also aren't very many beautiful black women walking the runways. There's a lot that needs to be changed. That's the power of those amendments and it makes us talk, you don't want those kinds of issues to be trivial, but at the same time, it's very taboo. People don't often talk about it.


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